I do think that unless you know them and wine well enough, I would go with an accessory or perhaps some other gourmet food item.
I bought DH a $30 bottle of balsamic from WF for his birthday and everytime we splurge to use it, we oooh and ahhh over it.
I think that wine collar pp mentioned sounds pretty cool!
We made a small gift basket for a super-foodie friend with a nice (but not $30) balsamic, a grinder of pink primordial salt (my current fave), a bottle of organic volcanic lemon juice, a bottle of super good EVOO and a baggie of gourmet peppercorn blend (we knew she had her own grinder).
Super good chocolates, especially dark, is almost always a hit, too. Classic and, I think, underused these days.
Last edited by amldaley; 09-05-2011 at 08:50 PM.
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