Thursday, June 30, 2011

Wedding gift (one year late!)

I have a habit of giving Peter gifts that benefit me as well. One of the best in this category was his wedding present. I purchased this one year ago today, and kept meaning to tell you about it, but then I'd have to chat about sewing or pizza or some other nonsense. So today is the day!

Over the years, I had given Peter a watch and monogrammed cuff links and such -- traditional, easy wedding presents for men. I put my thinking cap on, knowing that I had to avoid flasks and embroidered handkerchiefs (What was I going to do with those?!).

During planning, I heard a fun idea for an engagement gift: a bottle of wine for the couple to celebrate with now, one for the wedding, and one for the first anniversary. Brilliant, no? I basically just expanded on this idea and got Peter a case of wine -- one to have around our wedding, and then for anniversaries 1-10 and 15.

If you want to see a very happy and excited wine store employee, tell him that you need a case of wine with a mix of things to drink at varying times in the next 15 years. This is like an awesome puzzle for them to put together!

Make sure you tell that happy wine store employee the price you want to stick with for the total cost. When we buy cases of wine, we typically stay in the $10 to $15 range per bottle. But the wines you want to age will be quite a bit more expensive than the ones you'll drink during the first five years. Go cheaper for the early wines, and expect to spend a fair amount more for the wines you'll age.

I'm so excited that we'll get to drink our first bottle this weekend! We're going to pay the corkage fee and take it to a fancy dinner at Eleven Madison Park. Anniversaries are so fun!

P.S. It's sort of turned into a mini anniversary week around here -- sorry about that! I'll back to normal next week :)


  1. That's a great idea! Care to share what wines the gift contained?

  2. That IS a fabulous idea. Wow. I wish I could go back and time and do the same.

    Have a blast at EMP! We loved our 5th anniversary meal there. It's such a wonderful place!

  3. Thanks, Kristina! I don't have the full list on me, but for this year we're doing a 2006 Chablis - Domaine Long-Depaquit from Albert Bichot.

    Kate, I think it could be fun for a milestone birthday gift, too! One for that birthday, and four more to age until the next milestone birthday (or something like that...). Your EMP praise helped push us toward it - we're so excited to go!

  4. ummm you are a genius...

    seriously, i have been at a total loss of what to give as a gift for our wedding, and i think i've now found something that will be utterly perfect for my wine-loving husband-to-be!!!

    i am shamelessly stealing your incredible idea. whew, that's a weight off.

    merci beaucoup.

  5. Oh, Brie, I'm so glad! I hope he loves it!

  6. What a fun idea, Julie! Hope you enjoyed the wine and the weekend!


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