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'Sips + Surprises' Vine Oh! Gift Boxes


Article by Mindy Hargesheimer

Photography by Mindy Hargesheimer

Once upon a VINE, I fell wildly in love with my seasonal gift box showing up out of the blue at my front doorstep. “Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done!” But better yet, I don’t NEED places to go; the fun will be done at my home!

Subscription boxes are ALL the wrapped-up rage…from FabFitFun, to BarkBox, Stich Fix, and Birchbox—but what could possibly be better than receiving two-to-three FULL bottles of red or white wine paired with your glam-inducing, pamper-providing products?? Yes, please gift me that carefully curated California Cabernet Sauvignon with that hand selected Sherpa blanket, and I will luxuriously lounge by the fire as I sip and snuggle my stresses away!

Not only is Vine Oh! a female-focused, “deserves to reward herself or be rewarded” locally KC-founded concept, but it is also male-devised with the hard working and responsibility-tasked female in mind, thanks to former Beauty Brands executive, David Bernstein. STOP the presses, love this. And on behalf of every woman, THANK YOU!

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Shop local, shop small, suppor your local visionaries, makers, and creators—that's where it’s at. Yes, I of course buy big box items, big brands, drink the ‘Bucks and eat the Fil-a, but any time I can possibly buy locally, I almost always opt for that route because it supports our community, it fuels our local economy, and it spreads the wealth of love for Kansas City pride and prestige.

Vine Oh! boxes do incorporate wonderfully created items not manufactured locally that are outstanding! But more often than not, each quarterly gift box includes something by our local entrepreneurs, like this seasons’ Oh! Ho! Ho! Holiday Gift Box, inclusive of local chocolatier, Bizz & Weezy Confections, and Accessories Curator, EB & Co. And, what better way for these hard-working business owners to thrive than by hard-working women receiving these magnificently compiled gift boxes to divulge in new items on the regular!

I love that it’s not strictly beauty product samples. #snooze I love that it’s not strictly wine. #buzz (JK, love that buzz!) I absolutely adore the fact that it’s a combination of festive and fun, practical and playful, delicious and divine surprises and delights. Gift giving gets boring and mundane. And sometimes we don’t know what we don’t know, meaning, let an organization’s team, like Vine Oh!’s, do the hard work by scouring the immense market and compiling the most unique finds. Who has time to search Etsy? Who has the energy to drive from shopping district to district? Efficiency = Ease of Mind

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Vine Oh! is a quarterly subscription box with a minimum retail value of $120, sometimes upwards of $200! Choose your wine preferences (red, white, or both). Add your credit card on file. Seek out your surprise box four times per year (spring, fall, holiday and winter). Sign up quarterly for $59.99 or join the annual membership for $224.99; a savings of $15 overall. Refer friends and receive $10 in wine credit upon their sign up. $$ And, feel free to gift one of your own subscription boxes to a friend instead simply by redirecting that quarter’s shipment!

Lastly, can’t get enough of your love of the wines? Simply join the wine club or shop-the-wine-shop! But I have a feeling you’re going to want those bath salts, chocolates, candles, earrings, tea towels, lotions, note pads, face masks, room sprays, caramels…(insert voiceover fading out with the eternal list of goodies….!)