I’m not a bargain shopper. I’m actually more likely than not to be the person who never finds good deals or treasures in the clearance aisles. I’m the girl who pays full price and then sees her co-worker wearing the exact same thing that they found for $4. So you’ll have to excuse me while I brag just a tiny bit. You see, I just scored 9 bottles of wine for $25 via a fantastic deal on Buy With Me.

For four more days you can purchase a $75 gift card to use at for only $35. Click on the “more deals” link to find the offer.

Sorry guys…I had an additional $10 coupon code (who knows what other coupon codes you might find via google) that has expired, hence my $25 miracle, but $35 can still get you oodles of wine and free shipping if you shop from their “Gifts and Collections” section. I ended up ordering the California Cheer Collection and The French Kiss Trio. At this rate we’re going to need a bigger wine rack!

Snowman Wine Bottle HolderMove over Frosty, there’s a new snowman in town. For what he lacks in a corncob pipe and a button nose, this sculptural snowman more than makes up for it with a unique, whimsical design and practical purpose. Created by artist, Guenter Scholz, The Snowman Wine Bottle Holder is a wine bottle caddy with character. Individually handcrafted and welded from recycled steel and copper, this stylish snowman holds one standard wine bottle and would be an excellent gift for the art enthusiast on your list. As an added bonus, when winter chill gives way to spring, this snowman won’t melt; he’ll simply get tucked into the cupboard for safe-keeping until it’s time to remerge, inspiring holiday cheer for another celebratory season.

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Bordeaux Wine ToteInvite me to dinner and I’ll come bearing gifts in tall bottles. This time of year, my bottle of choice is Beaujolais Nouveau, a harvest wine that pairs well with holiday foods like turkey and dressing. The presentation of this specially chosen wine is how I say “thank you” to my host/hostess for their hospitality, and its important to present with style. Enter: a quality tote.

Environmentally friendly, and oh-so-classy, the reusable Bordeaux Wine Tote from Maptotes is made from 100% cotton and features a whimsical silkscreen map of France’s famed Bordeaux wine country. The Bordeaux tote holds one bottle of wine and has convenient shoulder straps for easy transport to your dinner destination. Not a French wine fan? Maptotes wine totes are also available in La Rioja, Tuscany, Napa Valley, Philadelphia, and Manhattan designs. An ideal gift for enthusiasts, or a wonderful accessory for yourself, an attractive tote ensures your gift of wine will be remembered long after the contents of your bottle have disappeared.

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Eyeball Wine CharmsWitches may have their incantations, but for my money, the best charms are those you dangle from your wine glass. Pier One’s whimsical eyeball wine charms are available just in time for Halloween. A set of six, each eyeball comes ringed in bold colors like blood red, swamp green, and jaundice yellow so that those imbibing can keep track of whose glass belongs to whom. When your guests inevitably ask, Jeepers creeper’s where’d you get them peepers? it will be up to you whether you want to share.

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Chalk Note Glassware It’s official. I’m completely obsessed with this whole writable dish fad. Let’s face it. I’ve never been very good at remembering what wine charm someone placed on my glass. I tend to end up wondering, “Now…was I a sea horse or a cupcake?” But you really can’t make a mistake when your name is scrawled across the front of your tumbler in neon chalk. Unless of course you’ve been imbibing a bit too much? In that case I don’t think the Chalk Note Glassware is going to help at all. Might I suggest three Tylenol and a bottle of ginger-ale?

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Starborough WineThis summer I finally altered my “go-to” wine and I’m praying that my local liquor store keeps my new favorite, Starborough New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, in stock. Truth be told I picked up the bottle initially because I liked the label and thought it sounded a lot like Stars Hollow (the picturesque fictional home of the Gilmore Girls). Yes, this is the bizarre way in which I choose my alcoholic beverages. Does it make me think of pop-culture? Yes! Is it pretty? Yes! Well then I absolutely have to buy it of course.

The gamble did payoff though. This wine makes my heart happy. The producer describes Starborough as having “a plush, approachable style, highlighted by the refreshing fruit accents and acidity that characterize wines from this region. The wine shows flavors of honeydew melon, passion fruit, and peach over a citrus background.” I just like that it makes me think of sparklers, sunscreen, and hot summer nights. All things that will be in short supply in New England very soon.

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