If you are reading this post right now, chances are you (like so many of us) have yet to complete you Christmas shopping. And we don's blame you- December is such a hectic time of year! The malls become crowded, car rides become longer and for those that still work well into the "holidays" it can feel like the year is never going to end. We hope that this very last minute gift guide can help make your lives a little bit easier, by helping you figure out what to get for that friend or family member that has everything...


1.The Corkcicle

This brilliant little invention is an essential for the hot summer months (perfect for a South African Christmas) and we love it so much that we suggest getting one for yourself even if you buy one as a gift for someone else. Simply pop the Corkcicle in the freezer and once frozen, place it in your open bottle of wine. The folks over at Corkcicle promise that this little device will keep your (already chilled) wine cold for an hour outside, no ice bucket needed, and can also be used to cool room-temperature red wines in 15 minutes!



2. Vinturi White Wine Aerator

By now, most wine lovers will be familiar with the original Vinturi Red Wine Aerator, but did you know that some white wines benefit from aeration as well? The Vinturi White Wine aerator is made with different dimensions and flow rates, perfectly suited to bring out the best in an aged white wine, making it the perfect gift to pair with a bottle of Highlands Road Sauvignon Blanc 2009.


3. Vacu Vin Bottle Coaster

This nifty little accessory ensures that there will be no more "red wine coasters" left on mom's marble counter tops or wooden tables. The collar-like device fits snugly around the base of your wine bottle, and catches any drips and spills that may occur.

 

4. The Vinnebago

The guys over at Corkcicle have come with yet another great gadget to keep your wines at the perfect temperature for longer. Meet the Vinnebago- a sleek looking, specially insulated flask that can keep your wine (or other cold beverage) cool for an impressive 25 hours. Perfect for long game drives, picnics and most outdoor excursions. 


5. CorkPops Wine Glass Writers

Keep track of your wine glass at your next festive party with these fun pens that can be used to write on glass, crystal and glazed-ceramic items, and is easily removed with a soapy sponge or in the dishwasher.



These items can be purchased at specialist hobby-stores or at yuppiechef.co.za