Shiny Packages: These gift boxes and package deals will brighten up your holidays
We’ve told you about the beauties of Bern’s Black Box, the treasure chest full of fine wines and whiskeys you can purchase from Bern’s Fine Wines & Spirits. If you like that, how about boxes full of candy and popcorn, specially delivered? Or a variation on the box o’ wine, this one with a racy back-story? Or perhaps you’d like to give someone a cute little box to carry things around in — in this case, one covered in precious crystals. Read on to learn more about these ideas, plus two BIG packages that can’t be wrapped up: amazing package deals from the wonderful world of wine.
Sugarwish.com is like an online candy store. Its shelves are packed with popular brands from A (Atomic Fireballs) to Z (Zotz), from Mike and Ikes to Reese’s Pieces. Choose assortments of your favorites and have them sent to the sweet tooths on your list in pretty blue boxes, or let them order for themselves via E-Card. (You could also send some to yourself — for parties or personal consumption, we won’t tell.) Gourmet popcorn boxes, too; choose from over 50(!) flavors. Candy Sugarwishes range from The Duet ($19.50 for two choices) to Epic Sweet Shoppe (14 types of candy in 150 treat bags, with a candy scoop). Popcorn Sugarwishes range from Three-Pick ($39.50 for three flavors) to Epic Pop-Shoppe (14 flavors, 50 treat bags and a popcorn scoop). sugarwish.com.
Kevin Buckler knows how to succeed at high speeds — he’s a winning race-car driver and team owner — but he’s also attuned to the slower pace of his other field: winemaking. Both of his professions come into play in this deluxe gift box from Buckler’s Adobe Road Winery, a set of four ultra-premium California wines each named for an element of the sport: APEX, named after the racing term for the inside edge of a turn; REDLINE, whose bottle is silkscreened with a vintage tachometer; SHIFT, its cork topped with a five-speed shift knob; and THE 24, with a metal chronograph label in honor of the Rolex timepiece that counts down the 24-hour races at Daytona and Le Mans. $279 at adoberoadwines.com (Wines also can be ordered individually.)
Just a little sumpin’-sumpin’ for safekeeping milady’s necessities. A black satin four-ring clutch from the fabled British design house Alexander McQueen, this “box” is embellished with multicolour crystal embroideries and detailed with spiders and Swarovski crystals. The hardware is brass with an antique silver finish and the lining is blush suede. The topper: It’s big enough for a smartphone! (Who needs a phone case?) $4,590, alexandermcqueen.com.
The heroes in your life can’t sign their names with just any old pen. How about one called “Super Hero” made by the Swiss watchmakers Eberhard & Co.? With a minimalist design and contemporary style inspired by the shape of a pencil, this edition is produced in the corporate blue color of Eberhard & Co. and the cap is customized with the “E” shield. Spruce it up even more by adding the recipient’s initials. And of course, like any good pen (or watch, for that matter) it comes in a nifty little box. $212.18 (190 euro), https://www.eberhard-co-watches.ch/shop/en/super-hero/
Remember that SNL bit with Dan Aykroyd hawking “Bag O’ Glass” as a kids’ toy, shocking poor Candice Bergen? Well, Candice. how about Box O’ Knives? OK, that’s not what F.N. Sharp is selling exactly, but they do provide a block of knives — a beautiful Acacia wood knife block, in fact, and a set of six knives (Chef, Santoku, Paring, Boning, Bread and Utility) in Damascus steel — plus a sharpening subscription service that pre-ships an identical set of F.N. Sharp knives in exchange for return of your dull knives. How’s that for cutting-edge? 6-knife set, including Acacia wood knife block and three free sharpening cycles (approximately four months a cycle), $1,380, fnsharp.com.