\u201cSomething they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read\u201d is my wife\u2019s latest mantra for Christmas giving.\u00a0\u00a0 With \u201csomething they want\u201d in mind, I asked local merchants what they would recommend for holiday giving. Limited to things in bottles and jars, the suggestions are made by experts and cover a range of styles. There\u2019s more here than the expected wine and spirits, but that\u2019s a good place to start.\u00a0 I guarantee these gifts will bring a ready smile. If not, re-gift to me!\u00a0 RELATED:\u00a0Made in CT: 10 local spots to shop for the holidays Wine and spirits Fountainhead Wines, Norwalk At Fountainhead Wines in Norwalk, Mike Pelletier is thinking festive Champagne to liven the holiday season. Marie Weiss Champagne Brut ($38) and Vilmart & Cie Grand Cellier ($77) both meet his high standards for quality and value. He also has a limited quantity of Belle Pente Pinot Noir, Murto Vineyard, 2014 from the Willamette Valley. Held at the winery for an unheard-of seven years to be released at peak maturity, it's a bottle you don\u2019t see everyday.\u00a0 Harbor Point Wines and Spirits, Stamford Terry Rogers at Harbor Point Wines and Spirits in Stamford still has a few special-edition bottles of Hillrock Distillery, Hudson Valley, Solera-Aged Bourbon ($120) in stock. Signed by master-distiller Dave Pickerell, this collectable bottle will thrill any whiskey drinker. She also recommends a personal favorite \u2014 white Burgundy from Th\u00e9venet - Le Brun, Bourgogne Hautes C\u00f4tes de Nuit ($24) along with an art edition Grande Dame Clicquot 2012 Champagne ($225) with a label by Iconic Japanese Artist, Yayoi Kusama.\u00a0\u00a0 Wines and More, Milford\u00a0 It seems like wine lovers eventually come to the Pinot Noir wines of Burgundy. Corey Shoop at Wines and More in Milford is over the moon about Domaine Antonin Guyon, Beaune, 2012 ($65). He\u2019s also into Bourbon, recommending Remus, Repeal Reserve Series V ($85) crafted from five vintages. The limited release Thomas S. Moore, finished in Port Casks ($67), is on his list too. DB Fine Wines, New Canaan Jim Winston at DB Fine Wines in New Canaan loved the challenge of narrowing down his carefully-chosen inventory to a few special gift wines, aiming high for wines that would be treasured. He spans the wine world with marquee wines including E. Guigal, C\u00f4te-R\u00f4tie, Ch\u00e2teau d\u2019Ampuis \u201914 ($150), Casanova di Neri, Brunello di Montalcino, Tenuta Nuova ($130) and the sure-to-impress Paul Hobbs, Beckstoffer To-Kalon, Cabernet Sauvignon \u201917 ($500). To me, Winston\u2019s most intriguing suggestion is Ch\u00e2teau de Beaucastel, Ch\u00e2teauneuf du Pape Blanc \u201919 ($100) which I would match up with Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Blanc \u201818 ($50), a similar wine from Paso Robles made in partnership with the Perrin family of Beaucastle.\u00a0 The pair would make a unique gift.\u00a0 There\u2019s a notable lack of single malt scotch, collector tequila, fine cognac, and aged rum on this list. Feel free to ask about special bottles in these categories if that\u2019s your interest. Connecticut Jams Don\u2019t want any alcohol in your bottling? Then turn to fruit in a jar. Jane\u2019s Good Food Long-time pickler Jane Costello of Jane\u2019s Good Food has bottled a special batch of spiced peaches ($25) made from a colonial-era Boston recipe. With local fruit from Woodland Farms seasoned with apple cider, cloves and spices, it\u2019s more of a chutney than a jam, just right for holiday season eating. Jane says, \u201cIt\u2019s a delicious topping for baked Brie or add a spoonful to your next turkey or ham.\u201d Wonderland Jams Natalie McCraigh is the Chief Preservation Officer at Wonderland Jams. Her creative flavors are made using family methods with local fruit. The 4 oz bottles ($10) are great for stocking stuffers, house gifts or secret santas. (Are we still doing that?)\u00a0 Some of the twenty hard-to-resist flavors are Strawberry Balsamic, Blackberry Bourbon and Chipotle Raspberry.\u00a0 Frank Whitman writes a weekly column called "Not Bread Alone." He can be reached at NotBreadAloneFW@gmail.com.