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Stuff We Buy Ourselves: The Wine Glasses Our Editors Use for Festive Occasions

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If you follow our monthly Strategist haul, then you’re familiar with the idiosyncrasies of our editors’ and writers’ shopping habits. While we think of those as the highlights, there are plenty of other, less glamorous things we buy — and love — on the regular, too. So whether you’ve wondered about the planners that keep us organized, or coffee makers we rely on, this is the Stuff We Buy Ourselves. In this holiday edition, here are the wine glasses (and regular glasses) we drink festive drinks from.

Lauren Ro, writer

My drink of choice is wine, but I don’t know much about it, and I’m perfectly happy sipping the house wine at restaurants because it makes me feel like I’m in Europe. The last time I got “nice” wine glasses was five years ago, and I think they were from Riedel’s diffusion line sold at Target. (These are the champagne flutes I have.) I can barely handle two glasses at a time, so standard stems are just too big for my purposes. I’ve always liked the squat, mini glasses they have at certain bistros across the city for their everydayness and how drinking from them gives me the illusion of having a higher tolerance than I actually do. I don’t think Ikea carries them anymore, but I got a bunch of short, thick-stemmed ones from there for no money at all. This set of six from Amazon is comparable.

Maxine Builder, writer

From $3

I have many thoughts on this, of course.

Most of my wineglasses are from Crate and Barrel, because they’re readily available and cheap enough to replace when they break (and in my house, for some reason, they always do, which is why I will never own Zaltos, even though that’s all I really want in this life). These stemless wineglasses are a little thick and not exactly elegant, but for $3, they’re a fantastic deal and relatively sturdy and what I use when I have guests at my house who are more focused on imbibing than giving tasting notes.

$56 for 4

If I’m drinking something that deserves a proper sniff and swirl, or I want to make a glass of cheap wine seem like more of an event, I bust out the real stemware — like these Schott Zwiesel Tour white-wine glasses. I was drawn to the slightly angular bottom, and the German-made glass is thin enough to feel fancy but not too delicate. The price is right, too. When a subletter broke one of them, I didn’t feel too bad about making them pony up $14 to replace it.