2002 Marilyn Wines The Velvet Collection,
Napa Valley, ($210)
This is one gorgeous gift set. The box is lined with red velvet, but the real attraction here is Marilyn posing nude on the bottle’s label. Well, sort of. (The R-rated bits are covered up with a peel-away sticker.) It’s a magnum, too, so your host might invite you back to enjoy the Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot blend. Available at Central Market, 5750 E. Lovers Ln. 214-234-7000.
Jon, Mark, and Robbo’s Malt Scotch Whisky,
The Rich, Spicy One ($29.99)
Three guys from Britain have made it their mission to create “whisky without the waffle,” which means you get a great-tasting, easy-to-drink whisky for half the price of a bottle with “Macallan” on the label. The Rich, Spicy One is packed with hints of figs, cloves, orange, and even a little cinnamon. Available at Centennial, 6312 LaVista Dr. 214-821-6294.
2003 O’Brien Cellars Seduction,
Napa Valley ($34.99)
This proprietary Bordeaux blend (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot) has an enticing bouquet that leads to an even better experience on the palate—ripe currants mingle with plum and brown spices. Encourage your hostess to decant this wine about 30 minutes before the guests leave. It’s best shared with someone to love. Available at Grand Tastings, 4430 McKinney Ave. 214-559-3491.
Amarula Cream, South Africa ($16.99)
You’ve had cream liqueurs before, but none with the sweet flavor of the marula fruit brimming with soft vanilla and caramel flavors. Although it’s fantastic straight, try mixing it with a jigger of vodka and a splash of crème de cocoa to create your own Saharan martini. Available at Goody Goody, 7124 Greenville Ave. 214-363-2317.