DIY Wine of the Month Club Gift
This Christmas I was looking into buy hubs a wine of the month club gift. He loves a nice glass of red wine at dinner and I thought it would be fun to get a monthly wine club delivered. You know, it’s the gift that keeps giving. But, I have to say I was overwhelmed by the options and even more so by the price. (If you want to look for yourself, check out California Wine Club) The shipping alone was enough to give me a heart attack! Being the determined and thrifty gal I am, I decided to make my own! Let’s start by talking about the #1 reason why I decided to DIY this gift – the savings!
Save Money On Wine With Grocery Apps and Rebates
Yes you can save money on wine purchases! And actually it is even easier now thanks to Grocery Rebate apps like Ibotta and Checkout 51. These apps are regularly offering savings on wine, beer and other alcoholic beverages. And the great thing is, you can stack the savings from these apps with other savings offers like traditional mail in rebates. In the picture above you see hang tags offering mail in rebates on specific brands of wine. Cross check these brands with the rebate apps to see if you can double up. Also, if you purchase these items at a store like Kroger, you will also receive a 10% discount on the purchase of 12 (look just the right number for each month!).
So here is how I saved on my wine of the month club purchase:
- Bought wine varieties priced from $7.99- $13.99.
- Use 3 different grocery apps.
- Saved 10% on the “case” purchase at Kroger.
- Submitted $10 in traditional mail in rebates. Note: You will need separate receipts for each of these. If you are wanting the 10% discount as well, check out at customer service and ask for several duplicate receipts.
- In the end I paid about $100 for all 12 bottles of wine. The shipping alone was $70 on one of the Wine of the Month Club offers. I’d say my DIY was a success!
Make Your Own Wine of The Month Gift
Now that you saved a ton on the actual wine purchase, it’s time to assemble the gift. I raided my gift wrap and found 12 wine bottle gift bags. If you need to buy a few, check the Dollar Tree to keep the cost down. I also printed off tags with each month of the year (see printable below).
I placed a bottle in each bag and taped it shut (no peeking!). Some of the brands had names that corresponded with events happening in each month. For instance, the Layer Cake brand was perfect for May – the month of hubs’ birthday. There was an Argentinian Malbec with a big sun on the label, which was perfect for June. You get the picture, it’s just an added special touch.
After bagging all the wine bottles, I found a box to put them all in. This was one of the trickiest parts. I ended up taping the top flaps of the box up vertically to make a bigger box, it just didn’t have a top. Then I used one of those large plastic gift wrap bags to wrap it all up. Now hubs can pull out a new bottle each month to enjoy. It’s fun for him to anticipate what is coming next, and it’s fun for me to know how much I saved! 😉
This gift is better with little finishing touches, like the printable monthly tags I used. You can print these tags for use in your own gift of the month project. Or use them for labeling and home organization. The month tags are in PDF format, 6 months to a sheet. Get the printable here.
Other Do It Your Self Gift of the Month Ideas
I am sure that you could do this with many of the popular gift of the month ideas. Here are a few thoughts:
Flowers– set a calendar reminder to pick up a different variety of flower on the first of each month. Look for manager special mark downs to make this a more frugal option. Deliver in a repurposed jar vase and voila, a beautiful gift idea.
Coffee- since coffee has a long shelf life, this one would be easy to create like the wine. Shop at World Market for fancy International coffees and fill in with grocery store faves (and look for coupons and rebate apps too!)
Crafts– this one might even be good for a creative kiddo in your life. Buy crafting items by themes like stamping, knitting and painting. Once again, check those clearance bins and after season sales for deals.