As my own dear old dad reminded me, Father’s Day is this Sunday. So if you’re like me and scrambling for a gift that’s not a tie rack or golf bag to show you care, here are a couple last-minute ideas for the old man who likes old vintages (all of which are available on Amazon).
Bottle stopper: My father is a surgeon but he still sometimes manages to mangle a cork (sorry dad, it’s true!). So one of the things I picked up for him on a trip last summer was a handy little decorative bottle stopper. The one I got him is made of Murano glass from Venice, but it doesn’t have to be anything fancy. In fact, I think the sillier the better since everyone is a fan of dad humor. Try one of immLiving’s whimsical bottle stoppers, some of which are based on the Chinese zodiac – find your dad’s birth year and get his spirit animal for him. $13-$15
Electric corkscrew: As I mentioned, dads can sometimes…compromise…a cork. Get ahead of the problem and indulge his love for gadgets with this cheap and cheerful rechargeable electric corkscrew. All he’s got to do is plunk it down on the bottle, press a button, and voilà, wine opened! $19.99
Wine protectors: Have you ever tasted a bottle of wine you know your dad would love, but haven’t bought it because you didn’t have anything to pack or ship it in? to worry, these handy (and cheap!) little bubble wrap-like sleeves keep wine save and secure, and even insulate slightly against temperature changes to lessen the bottle shock from transport and the chances of ruining the wine before your dad gets a sip. $16.50
Wine aerator: Is your dad not the type to plan ahead and decant an old bottle of wine for dinner? Enable his absentmindedness even further with this thoughtful little gift that gets just the right amount of oxygen into that wine so that it starts opening up as soon as he opens the bottle and pours it into your glass. No advanced opening necessary. $18.19
Stemless picnic wine glasses: Dads love the great outdoors, right? So take yours on a picnic and tote along his present, this set of plastic (but I swear, they’re classy!) Govino wine glasses that are flexible, shatterproof and recyclable. Your mom will love them too. $14.95
Insulated wine bottle cooler: There’s nothing worse than warm rosé (yeah, dads drink rosé now) at a summer picnic. Am I right? Well, come to think of it, there are probably worse things. But at least this one is easily avoidable with an iceless wine bottle chiller from Wine Enthusiast that should keep a pre-chilled bottle cool up to three hours. Like that bottle of wine will last that long anyway! $19.99
Got any other great ideas for last-minute Father’s Day wine gifts? Share them by tweeting to me @clustercrush!