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Father’s Day Gift Idea

A Special Gift Just for Dad

Every year we rack our brains for something fun and unexpected to give Dad for Father’s Day. How many tools and grilling recipe books can one guy have?! Thankfully we have put together a great Father’s Day gift idea with our WineCollective gifts! With great options to fit your budget and any Dad, it’s sure to make Father’s Day 2021 the best one yet. Here at WineCollective we’ve always created memorable Mother’s Day gifts, but this year we’re showing up for the Dads too. Because Dad deserves some great bottles and the chance to relax with a glass of wine.

The Best Father’s Day Gift

Preview of the contents of a WineCollective subscription box - a Father's Day gift idea.

There are many reasons why a WineCollective gift is perfect for Father’s Day. 

  • Unexpected: we are Canada’s largest wine subscription service and since this is our first time offering a Father’s Day gift option, we’re pretty sure Dad hasn’t had a wine gift like this before!
  • Education: WineCollective gifts aren’t just random bottles. We provide wine education too, with in-depth online wine reviews and monthly wine guides including tasting notes, food pairings, and more.
  • Sustainable: we are your source for a great sustainable Father’s Day gift. Our shipping materials are compostable and recyclable, while ensuring wine bottles arrive intact. 

There are many more ways that make WineCollective a great Father’s Day gift idea. We offer exclusive bottles that can’t be found elsewhere in the Canadian wine market, which means Dad will be trying new wines. Not to mention, this is the perfect time to surprise anyone who plays a special role in your life: father-in-law, neighbour, uncle, coworker. Everyone deserves a token of appreciation!

A Wine Gift Just for Dad

A glass of wine from WineCollective accompanied by a barbecue for Father's Day festivities - a father's day gift idea.

WineCollective Father’s Day gifts include the features listed above, plus:

  • 3-bottles of wine: all red or mixed
  • Your choice of gift length: 1, 2, or 3 months
  • Starting at just $79.99
  • Greeting card in the first month’s shipment

Wine gifts are also priced so that the more you buy, the more you save: 10% off the first month of 2-month gifts and 15% off the first month of 3 month gifts. We rarely reduce pricing on our gifts or subscriptions, so this is a great time to introduce WineCollective to your loved ones. WineCollective has created this Father’s Day gift present so that you can treat Dad the way he deserves!

Give Dad a Memorable Gift

A preview of the contents of a father's day wine subscription box from WineCollective.

This is the perfect time to get the best gift for Dad and give him a special treat this Father’s Day. There are plenty of Father’s Day gifting options out there, but Dad will love his very own wine subscription sent right to his door. Make Dad proud this year and share the world of wine.


Very Special Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift is for More than Just Sipping

Repurposed glass-cut wine bottle holding a bouquet of flowers.

Once again we are celebrating all of the incredible moms who impact our lives. And once again, we are looking for ways to share our appreciation in creative ways while keeping socially distant. As rules are constantly changing across the country, it’s important to find a way to give a special gift without having to worry about travelling or restrictions. Which is why we’re proud to share our WineCollective Mother’s Day gift ideas! We offer amazing, hard-to-find wine from around the world, but our gifts are so much more. Go beyond the wine and see some innovative ways Mom can enjoy her WineCollective subscription.

Mother’s Day Craft Ideas

DIY Cut Glass Bottle Craft

The top of the wine bottle has been cut off and it is acting as a vase, holding a bouquet of flowers.

While our favourite way to appreciate wine is to drink it, there are many more ways to enjoy wine (and your favourite bottles). One of which being: displaying flowers! Floral arrangements are synonymous with Mother’s Day and we think there is no better way to display a fresh bouquet than in your favourite wine bottle.

We see so many beautiful, artistic wine labels and it’s a shame to have them end up in the recycling bin. Why not proudly display them? You can keep the entire bottle in tact to hold a few stems, or cut the glass bottle at the base of the neck for a wider opening. There are many online tutorials for wine bottle cutting, including this one that we used. They’re great Mother’s Day gift ideas and a great use for the bottles Mom will have from her new WineCollective subscription.

DIY Candles for Mother’s Day

A DIY candle made inside of a class-cut wine bottle.

Now that you’ve mastered the art of wine bottle cutting (it can take some practice and elbow grease), why not make homemade candles? Once Mom has enjoyed some of her wine, this is a great afternoon activity to enjoy together.

  • By cutting the wine bottles to whatever height you like and carefully sanding the edges, you will have the perfect candle vessel.
  • There are many tutorials available and video guides on how to make candles at home. We love this craft idea and even think it would be a great Mother’s Day gift to present Mom with her WineCollective gift subscription!

Since our gifts start shipping in June, let Mom know she’ll be getting some wine soon. Or wait and make some candles together, when you’re able to.

A Wine Education

A glass-cut wine bottle holding a candle, and another holding a succulent, decorating a coffee table.

Now that you’ve learned the special ways Mom can enjoy her WineCollective Mother’s Day gift, what about the actual wine?! We have been sharing wine with Canadians since 2009 and pride ourselves on not only providing an amazing selection of bottles, but also sharing a full wine experience. Mother’s Day gift recipients receive:

  • 3 bottles of wine (all red or mixed)
  • monthly wine guide including tasting notes, food pairings, and more
  • access to special member pricing in our online store
  • sustainable shipping products that are compostable in most Canadian locations

WineCollective is a great Mother’s Day gift idea because you are not just providing Mom with wine to enjoy. She will learn about wine from her favourite wine regions, and some that she hasn’t explored yet! We can all use some daydreaming about Tuscany or the Andes Mountains. Now is the perfect time to give Mom the best wine experience possible! It’s just what she deserves.


Red Wine Chocolate Cake Recipe

A Tasty Treat for Mother’s Day

Freshly baked red wine chocolate cake cooling in a bundt pan.

It’s hard for us to imagine two more beloved treats than wine and chocolate. So we couldn’t resist combining the two into your newest favourite dessert! Red wine chocolate cake is sure to be your go-to recipe when looking for a decadent way to celebrate. And what is better for celebrating upcoming Mother’s Day? We love how versatile this recipe is; you really just need any dry red. And red wine is something we happen to know A LOT about. Put your favourite apron on and get baking!

How to Bake Red Wine Chocolate Cake

Ingredients for baking a red wine chocolate cake recipe for Mother's day, including eggs, sugar, butter and red wine.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour 
  • ¾  cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ¼  teaspoons baking soda 
  • ½  teaspoon salt 
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened 
  • 1 ¾ cups sugar 
  • 2 large eggs 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 1 ¼ cups dry red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Tempranillo, Gamay would all work)

Step 1
Preheat the oven to 350°. Butter and lightly flour a 12-cup bundt pan. In a bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.

Step 2
In a large bowl, using a handheld electric mixer, beat the butter with the sugar at medium-high speed until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat until incorporated. Add the vanilla and beat for 2 minutes. Working in two batches, alternately fold in the dry ingredients and the wine, until just incorporated.

Step 3
Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, and bake for 45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn it out onto a rack; let cool completely. Top with your favourite buttercream icing or dust with powdered sugar.

The Perfect Mother’s Day

Red wine chocolate cake sliced beautifully and served with red wine.

Whether you bake this cake to share with Mom, or are lucky enough to have her bake it for you, we know finding the perfect Mother’s Day gift can be hard, which is why we’ve created easy, unique WineCollective wine packages just for Mother’s Day. If you really want to impress Mom, bake her a cake and send her a wine gift subscription. It’s an unforgettable way to spend time together and show how grateful you are.


Holiday Gifts for Him

The holiday season is the perfect time to show your love and appreciation for those important men in your life; even the ones who are hard to shop for. Whether you’re searching for the ideal present for your boyfriend, brother, dad, cousin, or husband, chances are you’ve been stumped on what to buy. At long last, you don’t need to search any further because we have the perfect holiday gifts for him.

Whether your loved one is across the hallway or across the country, sharing a gift from WineCollective this holiday season will have him smiling from ear-to-ear. Easily delivered to his door for one, two, three, six, or twelve months, this is truly the gift that keeps on giving! We admit we’re a little biased in how great our gifts are, so we’ve asked our members to share their personal WineCollective gifting experiences. 

A Gift For The Man Who is Hard to Buy For

A glass of white wine on a table with charcuterie and yahtzee during the holidays.

We know it’s cliche, but men can be tricky to shop for, especially when it comes to the holidays. Oftentimes they’ve already bought everything they need, which leaves you searching high and low for hints. Part of the fun of the season is finding that great gift he would never expect. And what is more unexpected than a shipment of wine, right to his front door?! Our wine gifts include wine selections that aren’t often found in stores across Canada and they’re always a surprise. It’s truly an exciting, unexpected gift each month.

Every month when their gift delivery comes, they take pictures of the bottles as they open them, they give us their thoughts. They haven’t had a bottle they didn’t like in 3 years and we like knowing that their gift is the easiest one on our list every year.

Rita

He’s hard to shop for?

A Gift For Distant Family

Profile view of a man taking a sip of red wine.

Gathering during the holidays is something extra special. However, it doesn’t always happen the way you imagine. Especially this year with many people staying closer to home, we’re all searching for ways to spread holiday joy far and wide. WineCollective makes gifting across Canada simple. You can still be a holiday-hero, even from a distance! 

… all our children and families in Nanaimo, Sherwood Park, Halifax, Edmonton and Calgary have our Xmas presents; great wine selected carefully, shipped on time, along with arrival communications. … Right now we’re preparing our notes with addresses, email data, phone numbers, etc. … For us it’s like a miracle and we’re happy as can be. Sincere thanks for your ability to get things done, excellent products and real caring for your customers.

John

Holiday Gifts Across Canada

A Gift For The Entertainer

A stem-less glass of red wine surrounded by spices for cooking and a corkscrew.

Whether he’s inviting some friends over for a backyard cigar or hosting a small holiday party, the guy who lives to entertain will love WineCollective. While it’s tempting to open up every bottle you receive each month, WineCollective members also save them to share. Whether that’s for gifting individually or to uncork at dinner parties, getting 3 bottles of great wine shipped each month takes the guesswork out of purchasing wine. What more could a host want?! Save him time and get him a WineCollective gift.

We received a gift of five months of WineCollective. The gift was to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary… So far we have collected on the first two months, and the wines have been excellent… What an excellent Christmas present for that special person or a couple in your life.

Rick and Donna

Gift the Ultimate Host

The Best Holiday Gifts For Him

Take some time to relax this holiday season. We’ve definitely all earned it! And take the guesswork out of finding the perfect present. Giving him the gift of wine is not only easy, but memorable and exciting – well into 2021. Find the wine gift that works best for him and send great wine from around the world straight to his doorstep. We’ll even take on the hassle of shipping and the post office for you! Make new memories with the best wine, from WineCollective.

The Perfect Gift for Him


Holiday Gifts for Her

Sisters. Moms. Wives. Friends. We search high and low to find perfect gifts for her during the holidays. Whether she already has everything or she lives on the other side of the country – you’ll be able to show her how much she means to you this holiday season with the help of WineCollective. 

Gift her with the present that keeps on giving – a monthly wine gift subscription. Delivered to her door for however many months you choose, it’s a constant reminder of how much she is loved. We admit we’re biased, so don’t just take our word for it! We asked our members share their own personal stories about gifting with WineCollective.

A Gift Idea for the Woman Who Has Everything

Two women using the WineCollective tasting guide as they taste their monthly wine gifts for her.

There is always that woman on your list who just seems to have it all. When asked ‘What’s on your list this year?’ she likely says ‘Oh, don’t worry about me, I don’t need anything.’ (Very helpful, Mom). But you still want to show her how much she means to you through a holiday gift. This is where we come in; send her a wine gift. She’ll get a monthly delivery of wine which she can enjoy on her own or share with everyone she loves. It’s the perfect gift for your mom, wife, or girlfriend. 

Beats the heck out of a bottle of champagne. So far we have collected in the first two months (four bottles of excellent affordable wines each month) and the wines have been excellent… As a matter of fact we have actually purchased four bottles of the wines we have liked the best to date. We are pleased that we were introduced to WineCollective. What an excellent Christmas present for that special person or a couple in your life.

Rick & Donna

She Already has Everything?

A Gift Idea for the Hostess with the Mostest

A Callipepla Malbec wine bottle sitting in front of a charcuterie board.

Is that special lady in your life always hosting? She loves to have guests over and treat them to yummy snacks and delicious drinks. Give her a truly meaningful gift this year with WineCollective. She’ll receive 3 bottles of wine per month (for as many months as you choose) accompanied by an interactive tasting guide. She’ll love learning about each unique wine and sharing her knowledge with her guests. She could even lead them in a wine tasting. It’s the perfect holiday gift idea for your mom, wife, or best friend.

The wine collective subscription has been the answer to the perfect gift. They love trying new wines and the cards that come with each wine help them impress their friends with all their fancy wine knowledge.

Rita

Leave a Lasting Impression

A Gift For The Far Away Friend

A mother and daughter enjoying white wine together.

Many of us have family and friends spread across Canada. Travelling to visit everyone on your list during the holidays can be a challenge, especially in 2020 (darn Covid…). But it doesn’t mean that you can’t spread holiday cheer by sending an amazing wine gift to your Mom in Nova Scotia, and your sister in Ontario or even your wife on the couch beside you in BC. 

I’m retired and have been for about 2 decades, so personal shopping for our family members is extremely limited. At that time of our first order, your phone number was available… and I called to receive the best help for holiday shopping that ever existed. Every November since I make the same call, answered by the same person and through her we buy presents for our family and friends right across Canada.

So that’s our story. One phone call and all our children and family in Nanaimo, Sherwood Park, Halifax, Edmonton and Calgary have our Xmas presents; great wine selected carefully, shipped on time, along with arrival communications.

John

Gift from a Distance

The Best Holiday Gifts for Her

It’s always our goal to make your holiday gifting experience not only memorable, but easy too. Sending a meaningful holiday gifts to her is as simple as pressing a few buttons. You can avoid the busy malls, and stay safe at home. WineCollective will even battle the post office for you! We know you’ll find the perfect gifts for her this holiday season. Make memories with great wine, from WineCollective.

The Perfect Gift for Her


WineCollective’s Holiday Gift Guide 2020

Oh 2020… What a year! With the Holidays just around the corner we can happily say that this strange year is almost over – which calls for a celebration! Whether you are planning for a small holiday gathering with your closest friends and family, or if you will be celebrating together from afar, we have some great gift ideas that will fit any budget. Plus — we deliver across Canada, reaching most everyone you love. So, let’s get shopping and find the perfect gift!

Holiday Gift Ideas Under $100

Online Holiday Shopping

Have a really big wine fan in mind that deserves a great gift? Our 1-month wine gift is a great way to introduce WineCollective to the wine-oh in your life! With 3 bottles of wine (either all red or mixed), sourced from around the world, this introductory pack will get their taste buds going. Our 1-month gift includes all the perks of being a member:

  • Tasting guide
  • Door-to-door delivery with tracking
  • Special member pricing and access to our online store
  • $25 to spend in the online store
  • One-of-a-kind wine experience and education
  • Wine you can’t always find in local stores
  • Professionally curated bottles from around the world

At under $100, this is a great wine gift that any wine enthusiast, pro or new, will love. We pride ourselves on sharing the best wine and know this will be the perfect start to a new wine experience from Canada’s favourite wine club.

Holiday Gift Ideas Under $250

Wine Club Holiday Gift

If you’re looking for an even bigger gift, we have you covered! With gifts available in many different increments, a 3-month wine gift is the holiday present that keeps on giving. Your recipient will enjoy wine well into the spring, shipping out: January, February, and March. What an incredible holiday gift! This longer gift includes all the perks mentioned above, from tasting guides, to member only access to our online store, and more. It’s a great way to show your ultimate appreciation! Our 3-month wine gift is perfect for:

  • Group gifts. Pitching in with your sibling? Get Mom and Dad 3 months of wine!
  • New parents. Save them trips to the liquor store for 3 whole months!
  • Teachers. It’s been an extra hard school year so far, so show your appreciation with wine!

No matter who you are gifting to, our wine gifts are the ultimate holiday gift. How often do you get amazing wine, sent right to your door?!

The Ultimate Holiday Gift – A Year of Wine

Wine Holiday Guide

This is the gift for those really looking to blow the socks off everyone. In fact, you’d never be caught giving someone socks as a gift. You’re probably always looking for something exciting and unique to give. Well, we have the greatest gift idea for you: an entire year of wine. 12 whole months, January to December, with wine delivered right to your recipient’s door. Every month includes great WineCollective perks, from tasting guides to wine education. This is the perfect gift for the wine professional who already has an established cellar, or for the wine newbie who is looking to get a start. We provide outstanding bottles of wine, ready to please any palate. So if you’re looking to really impress this holiday season, then the year of wine gift is just what you’re looking for!

Wine Gifting Made Easy

Considering the many options you have available for gift giving, we’re happy to have shared what WineCollective has available. In fact, there’s even more options available that will fit any budget! We’re sure there is a perfect wine gift to fit your needs and we can’t wait to share great bottles of wine throughout 2021 and beyond.

Find the Perfect Gift for Everyone on Your List!


Not Your Average Mother’s Day Gift

Celebrating Mom Like She Deserves

Many holidays are synonymous with spending time with loved ones. Whether it’s large family dinners for Christmas or a festive birthday brunch, Canadians love celebrating with their friends and family. No matter who the Mom is in your life — spouse, friend, caregiver, neighbour, or parent — they deserve all the appreciation you can give. We want to share some ways you can still celebrate Mom with a great Mother’s Day gift, without being in the same room.

Obviously, Moms Love Wine

We couldn’t miss this opportunity to share our Mother’s Day gifts. Every year we create great gifting options that will delight any lucky Mom who is interested in wine. This year especially, it’s so easy to send a gift of wine to that special Mom who deserves a few great bottles. With limited resources available locally, getting wine shipped is the easiest way to enjoy wine these days. And with WineCollective, you know that the bottles Mom gets will be great.

We scour the world looking for the best wine and often share vintages, varietals, and wineries that you can’t get in stores. Shop our 1, 2, 3 and 6 month gift options and get some awesome wine in Mom’s hands, without either of you leaving the house!

WineCollective Mother's Day Wine Gift Wine

Brunch: A Mother’s Day Gift Classic

A tried and true celebration of Moms is brunch. And while having a traditional brunch may not be possible right now, there are some inventive ways to still show Mom you care with a great meal. Many great, local restaurants are still offering delivery or take out services, which is an excellent way to support small businesses and eat great food!

Using food delivery services means you can easily send brunch right to Mom’s door:

All of these services offer delivery across Canada. What a great surprise to give! There is also the option of picking up a basket or prepared meal from a local vendor or restaurant and having a “distant picnic”. If the weather is great where you are on Mother’s Day, why not set out some blankets 2 metres apart, and enjoy brunch that way! We even have some great Rosé that would accompany an outdoor, socially distant breakfast.

mother's day winecollective brunch

Time For a New Hobby

There is no better time than now to further explore existing hobbies or taking on a new one! As our days of social distancing has gone on, have you noticed Mom talking more about her knitting? Maybe she’s learning to paint or is excited about getting back into the garden. This is the perfect time to really listen, not that we don’t always listen to our moms…

Take some time to scout out local shops. Many now offer online shopping, delivery, or curb-side pickup so that you can still support the businesses in our communities that need the help. Craft kits and adult colouring books can be found at tons of bookstores. As spring moves along and we’re getting more sun. Local greenhouses will also likely be offering plenty of great gift options. Shop local and ask around for shopping ideas!

WineCollective Mother's Day Wine Gift Hobby

A Mother’s Day To Remember

It’s unlikely that most of us will forget this Mother’s Day. It’s easy to get into the routine of being at home working, spending more time with the kids, and adjusting to new schedules. However these kinds of changes in our lives are felt even more on holidays when we can’t spend time with one another like we used to. If gifting isn’t an option for you this Mother’s Day, don’t worry. What Moms want most is for their loved ones to be cared for and happy. So at the very least, take the time to call, email, or video chat with the special Mom in your life.