Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: Great last-minute ideas

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, but it’s not too late to find the perfect gift! I love romantic gifts, but I’m also loving functional and fun ones. Here’s my list of favorite gifting ideas for the special day:

 

Ruffino– Whether you get a bottle or two of the brand’s Pinot Grigio or it’s Sparkling Rosé, you just can’t go wrong with this idea. Ruffino is known for its high quality, balanced wines. Go a step, further and make a fun cocktail! Try the RUFFINO Strawberry Sparkler:

INGREDIENTS:

  • ½ part sugar
  • ½ part water
  • 1 ripe strawberries
  • ½ part basil leaves, torn
  • 1/8 part lime juice
  • 1 part Ruffino Sparkling Rosé, chilled
  • Basil leaves and strawberries, to garnish

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

In a small saucepan bring the sugar and water to a boil, cook 2 minutes. Crush the strawberries well with the bottom of a jar or your hands. Add the basil and strawberries to the hot sugar syrup, cover and let cool at least 30 mins. Strain the syrup and add the lime juice. Add 1 ounce of strawberry syrup to a coupe or wine glass. Top with Ruffino Sparkling Rosé. Garnish with basil leaves andsome sliced fresh strawberries if desired. TIPS: Strain and refrigerate the covered syrup up to 1 week. Try this breezy cocktail with raspberries or other seasonal soft fruit in place of the strawberries.

 

Mod Sélection Rosé– This champagne has elegance and class written all over it. It is one of the few champagnes that’s produced by the rare saignée method. The avant garde bottle design is absolutely beautiful and the taste has a nice balance of nectar and red fruits. It’s perfect for the wine aficionado!

Kim Crawford Wines The brand’s entire line of wines are wonderful. If you’re looking to gift a nice bottle of white wine, I’d recommend the Sauvingnon Blanc which is crisp and refreshing. You can even make a creative cocktail with it called The Kim Crawford Cupid:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 oz Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
  • ¾ oz grapefruit juice
  • 1 Tbsp simple syrup
  • Sparkling water
  • Ice
  • Crème de Cassis
  • Sage leaves and grapefruit for garnish

 

DIRECTIONS:

Mix Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, simple syrup and grapefruit juice in a shaker or mixing glass with ice. Strain over ice into serving glass and fill with sparkling water. Top with a splash of crème de cassis and garnish with sage leaves and grapefruit twist. Makes 1 cocktail.

 

Man Crates– This brand has a great assortment of perfect gifts for the special man in your life. Choose from coveted ideas such as the Beer Enthusiast Crate, the Hot And Spicy Crate, the Salami Bouquet, and so much more. Each curated gift has been designed to be unique and meaningful for your man. What a clever concept!

Which idea is your favorite? Here’s to a fabulous Valentine’s Day!

 

 

 

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