My friends and family probably reckon I’m a bit like a stuck record when they ask what to buy me. My answer is always “Champagne, or anything Champagne related”.
Year-end has all of a sudden crept up on us, so if you’re stuck for some gifting inspiration, keep reading … I’m going to focus this blog on Champagne Gifts That Are Not Champagne.
Wake me for Champagne
At the moment, I’m totally in love with Ted Baker‘s Wake Me For Champagne range. From clothing, to phone covers, to homeware, you can’t go wrong with a gift from this range. Some items are available exclusively on the Ted Baker website, others exclusively from retailers like Nordstrom – and in both instances they ship worldwide.
These fabulous Ted Baker LOLYATA champagne-slogan fitted tees are available on the website in a range of colours and start from £49 excl. shipping.
Another item definitely on my wish list is a new phone cover. And they don’t come much cooler than the Ted Baker KARAA phone cover. You can bag it for £45.
Sticking with Ted Baker, but moving on to homeware, I cannot resist a champagne quote scatter cushion. I have more cushions than space to put them, but that’s not going to stop me from adding this gorgeous embroidered velvet one from Nordstrom to my list. I might even take two.
Think white chocolate with vanilla bean ganache, milk chocolate with peanut butter candy and dark chocolate with coffee ganache to name just a few flavours in the box. Almost too pretty to eat … almost. From around $38 available from Maggie Louise Confections and also from Nordstrom if you need international shipping.
They’ve been around for a while, but Sugarfina’s Champagne Bears are still immensely popular, as any sweet made with Dom Pérignon should be.
I’ve always had a thing for truffles and Louis Sherry‘s Champagne Truffles come in a beautiful designer tin. Louis Sherry opened his candy shop and restaurant in New York in 1881 and today his chocolates are sold at selected upmarket retailers and venues.
Work It, baby!
After all this indulging, one will need to work out, and by now you must know I love the entire range from Fit & Flirty. Everything on their site is bubbly themed and they regularly add new items. I have some of their products, quality is great and international shipping rates are very reasonable.
Do yourself a favour and sign up to their VIP Mailing List, you’ll get instant discounts and be the first to know about new products and specials.
Is There Such a Thing as Too much Jewellery
No, there most certainly is not. And if you’re looking for a gift for a champagne-and-jewellery-loving friend, you simply have to get them a piece from Wearing Memories. They create absolutely gorgeous pieces to hold the plaque de muselet from a special bottle.
The range is comprehensive and includes cocktail rings, pendants, fob bracelets and cufflinks, to name a few. The pieces are available in silver or gold in the Couture Range or in bronze in the more affordable Ready To Wear Range or order your own bespoke one-of-a-kind custom piece.
The possibilities are endless and even include a Pet Collection, here modelled by Little Lola Sunshine, Wearing Memories Pet Ambassador.
I have just discovered the most incredible range of Champagne Jewellery from Laura Lobdell. Online sales with limited worldwide shipping as well as a shop at 183 1/8 West 10 Street, West Village, New York. You are going to love her pieces … rings, pendants, necklaces, lockets, cufflinks – you name it, she’s got it . Available in silver, yellow/white/rose gold, with or without diamonds, oh you could blow the budget here.
In The Eye Of The Beholder
Art is definitely in the eye of the beholder, and for me when art features champagne it’s simply irresistible. And it doesn’t get more eye-catching than Kurt Pio‘s giant dripping Champagne Bottles. Kurt is based in Cape Town and is represented in the US by Gallery Orange.
If you’d like to order a custom piece, pop a mail to Mia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Knowledge is Power
There is so much to know and learn about Champagne and I love expanding my knowledge. I have quite a collection of books and definitely one of my favourites is Tyson Stelzer‘s Champagne Guides. Published every 2 years, these are my go-to for comprehensive tasting notes and information from large houses to small producers.
Available from most good book shops, you can also buy the 2018-2019 Champagne Guide directly from Tyson’s website at Au$49.95 or get the 4-pack of Tyson’s guides covering the years 2012-2013, 2014-2015, 2016-2017 as well as 2018-2019, currently on sale at Au$109,95.
I have a few books on my shelf and often use them for reference and tasting notes, but one I’m missing that is definitely on my next-buy list, is Peter Liem‘s Champagne – The Essential Guide to the Wines, Producers, and Terroirs of the Iconic Region.
It comes beautifully boxed and features a pull-out tray with a set of vintage vineyard maps. You should be able to find it at most top end book stores and online sites like Amazon.
I simply couldn’t write a blog post without including something luxe from my favourite house, Louis Vuitton. I often joke and say “No thanks I don’t need a coaster, I won’t be putting my champagne down”, but STOP THE PRESS!! Have you seen these? William Monogram Coasters … I have no idea what they cost, but they’re going on my wish list.
There you have it, I’m pretty sure there’s something for everyone on this list. But if you’re still at a loss, just buy Champagne.
Pop, Fizz, Clink
The Champagne Chick