Champagne is synonymous with romance and luxury.

Birthdays and anniversaries are coming up (not to mention New Year’s Eve). You want to give a gift that shows you put some thought into its selection. Ideally, it should align with your friend’s personality or interests.

Here are a few champagnes that are widely available. The cost will likely be in the $40 to $200 range. These iconic firms built their reputations long ago.

Veuve Clicquot: Today, this brand is well known because of its advertising plus sponsorship of high-profile events like polo matches. The company rose to fame in 1798, when Barbe Nicole Ponsardin became the first woman to run a champagne house. She is credited with building the brand.

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