Every year during the holiday season, I try not to leave stocking stuffers till the very last minute. There’s some incredibly cute stuff out there — to give to friends and family, and to buy for myself — if only I left myself the bandwidth to take my time, search them out and put some thought into it.
But, of course, I usually forget and leave it until I’m done shopping for all the big gifts. At that point I have no choice but to rush through, and wind up buying everyone the old standbys: socks, underwear and chocolate.
Well, not this year. I’ve already started looking, and I’m happy to report that the crop of stuffers that’s out there this year is even more adorable and clever than usual.
Take, for example, the pretty, retro set of hand-painted Petalpress measuring spoons by 1canoe2 ($20 at anthropologie.com), made in the company’s barn-turned-studio. They’re perfect for my girlfriend who’s a whiz in the kitchen and adores handmade crafts.
For my uncle who’s equally obsessed with golf and single malt scotch, there are the super-cute Golf Ball Whiskey Chillers ($24.50 at uncommongoods.com) — a set of two freezable faux golf balls that stand in for ice cubes.
One of my dearest friends and long-term employees constantly has her hands wrapped around a cup of coffee, so I’ll get her a Coffee Cozy ($26 from NevadaKnits on etsy.com) that looks like a hand-knit sweater and sports her initial.
For my hot sauce-loving friends, I’m grabbing the Sriracha To-Go Bottle Keychain ($8 at urban outfitters.com), so they’ll never be stuck at a meal empty-handed.
For myself, the cocktail shaker sitting on my bar could use a boost of fun. So I’ll replace it with a 24-ounce, stainless steel rocket-shaped one ($34.95 at highfashion home.com) to whip up my drinks in.
My little cousin, a sophomore in college, will definitely love the mini book “Recipes Every College Student Should Know,” by Christine Nelson ($9.95 at urbanout fitters.com).
Instead of the usual ho-hum grooming necessities, go for one with cult status in a gorgeous scent, like the mini eucalyptus deodorant by Malin+Goetz ($14 at malinandgoetz.com). My friend and neighbor, who’s constantly running back and forth to the gym, will love it.
And even with all this planning ahead, I still can’t leave out chocolates. But this year, instead of grabbing Hershey bars at the grocery store, I’ll order ahead from Lake Champlain, the Vermont company that hand-makes artisanal treats such as its incredible milk chocolate apple cider caramels (lake champlainchocolates.com)....Read more