Wine glass charms have a practical purpose (to prevent you from accidentally sipping from your boss's girlfriend's rosé at a party). But I find most of them inherently twee, if not downright ugly. Don't get me wrong — many are colorful, swirly and cute, but they usually feel like something a 12-year old-girl would draw in her notebook in class while day-dreaming. Personally, I am looking for something a bit punchier, not to mention cooler, for a more grow-up party. So skip the lame charms and check out zipper pulls instead!
Although zipper pulls sound like something for kids (and they are) they are making a comeback for adults in a big way. With the vinyl toy movement picking up speed all sorts of high end designers and artists are pitching in and putting their own pulls on the market.
Although you won't be able to walk into a store and buy a prepackaged card with 12 charms on it, you can hit up your local toy store, urban vinyl toy store, or find them online. The hunt to collect a whole set can be rather addictive. For party purposes, all you need to do is attach them to a glass via small rubber band or string — if, that is, their zipper clip is too small to fit around your wine glass stems. Many will be able to clip right on.
• Find the above zipper pulls and more at Kid Robot
What are your favorite ways to distinguish between wine glasses (or beer bottles) at a party?