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Give the Gift of Wine

There really isn’t anything more special than a DIY’d gift. But let’s be honest, it can be hard to find classy, adult DIY options. Enter the Craft A Brew Wine Kit. Yep, you can make your own wine – what’s more adult and classy than that?! As someone who will never say no to a glass of wine, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make my own!

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The kits (which retail for $60 USD) make five bottles of wine so you’re getting a pretty good price per bottle! So, the economics of it check out. Now I’ll share some overall takeaways I have from the process itself:

  • This is not a solo project – but I think part of the fun of it is sharing the experience with someone else!
  • It was really cool to see the science behind wine making! Because you are turning juice into wine it’s going to go through a lot of chemical changes so don’t be alarmed if it looks a little weird or things are moving around.
  • After phase one you have to get the wine out of the jug and into a pan to add some more components to get your wine to the finish line. I gotta be honest, this step wasn’t fun for me. It was a little frustrating but ultimately we (my boyfriend was so kind and acted as my wine making assistant) figured it out!
  • Be sure to read the instruction manual in its entirety before starting the process. I was super excited to get to making my wine and I think if I would have read through every step it would have been beneficial.

CAB2 In the end, the wine tasted pretty good but for me it was just cool to know that I made it! I loved checking in on my wine every day to see how things were changing with it.

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The whole process takes a month so if you start soon you’ll have wine ready to go for Mother’s Day to celebrate all of the special ladies in your life and National Wine Day to celebrate well…your special love of wine. I also think it would be so fun to buy the kit and go through the wine making process with your mom or girlfriends! Here are some more of our favorite wine-centric items to mix in with your gift or girls night:

PS – thanks to Craft A Brew for sending me the pinot grigio wine making kit. All opinions are my own!

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Don’t let yet ANOTHER gift giving occasion stress you out. We’ve rounded up our favorite cards and gifts for Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 8, 2016):

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SHOP: World’s Greatest Mom Card / Capri Blue Mercury Glass Jar Candle / Best Mom Ever Card / Mer-Sea & Co. Candle / Thymes Kimono Rose Bath Salts / Pretty Plum Sugar Robe / J.Crew Fleur-De-Lis Necklace / Aveda Hand Relief Lotion / Mer-Sea & Co. ANYTHING (available at Anthropologie and independent retailers near you!)

Flowers (or succulents) are always a good idea:
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This iPhone case is by watercolor artist Laura Trevey, available on Amazon ♥.

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It’s hard to go wrong with Aveda gifts. For birthdays, Mother’s Day (any day…).

SHOP: Aveda Comforting Tea / Hand Relief / Stress-Fix / Shampure Composition / Wooden Paddle Brush

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And for those moms with the travel bug, we highly recommend Jet Set Candy. Warning: there are too many options to chose from!

I’m sure we’ve missed some fantastic ideas. Comment below and let us know what you’re thinking for Mother’s Day gifting this year!