It’s the little things that count.
For those who have the tradition of Christmas stockings, it is often their favorite part of the present opening ritual. Small thoughtful presents in a decorative holiday stocking has great appeal. In my family we wrap each and every stocking present which takes a great deal of time but makes the opening festive.
This Infinity Keychain is made from natural vegetable-tanned leather and copper fittings. It is minimal, functional and charming. It has an easy access copper split key ring. $28.00.
Victoria’s Virgin Coconut Sugar Scrub exfoliates, smooths and moisturizes. It smells wonderful and is a great pick-me-up for winter skin. A 4 oz. jar is $17.97.
These poufy faux-fur key chains are fun. They come in five colors. $2.99 each.
I love this wool coffee sleeve. It also comes in light grey and 2 different plaids. It is made in a wool mill from blanket ends that would otherwise be thrown away. $10.00 each.
These are very funny tea towels. You’ll find the perfect one for everyone’s stocking. $14.00 each.
I love nothing better than discovering something delicious and ready to eat in my stocking. Quin Candy makes a 10-piece salty/sweet caramel package for $6.50.
When I first saw the Toro Tissue Ring I thought it was ingenious. Take the tissues out of their box. This brilliantly engineered stainless steel ring is balanced to hold them neatly in place and allow the tissues to be dispensed. Center the ring on the stack of tissues and it has a minimal visual impact. $19.95.
This men’s shave cream is lightly scented with a blend of eucalyptus, cedarwood and balsam. It has aloe to soothe the skin, sunflower oil to soften, shea butter to hydrate and hydrolyzed oats to smooth the skin. A small dollop is all you need so a tube lasts a long time. $19.00 for a 5.8 oz. tube.
Stick Up Sticks are fun magnets. They stick to anything metal and are cut at different angles so they point in different directions. You can buy a set of six in natural colors or in multi colors for $10.00.
Gochujang is a savory, spicy Korean condiment. It is made from red chili, fermented soybeans and salt. It is even more popular than umami. It is used in a wide variety of dishes – salads, soups, stews and marinated meat dishes. A set of two 7.5 oz. bottles is $8.99.
I love this fruit and nut pressed bar. There is a selection of roasted almonds, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, dried organic plums, apples, coconut, pineapple and more. It is wonderful to slice thinly and serve with a cheese board. It is also delicious as a snack. $15 for 8 oz.
These compact reading glasses are wonderful. I always keep a pair in my purse for emergencies. They can stick to the back of your phone, slip into an evening bag or be your back up pair in a bedside table or in your purse. The Grommet has a buy one get one free offer on right now. $19.95.
The Tovolo Perfect Egg Poacher guarantees to deliver a perfect poached egg every time. Take one of the bags, crack the egg into it and immerse into simmering water for four to six minutes. 20 bags are included and they are recyclable and biodegradable. A 20 pack is $6.82.
For the guacamole lovers, your leftover guac will never turn brown again! The Guac-Lock by Casabella keeps guacamole from browning by pressing all the air out of the container. It is 4.75” x 3.5” and $19.99.
These emoji cocktail napkins are perfect for the person who litters their texts and emails with emoji. A pack of 16 is $2.00.
Reader Frannie B. discovered these miracle microfiber cloths and brought them to our attention. They are reusable, require no cleaning products and clean everything from windows to any surface. Dampen a cloth and it will wipe 99% of the bacteria from a surface. Each cloth is 16” x 15”. $5.99 each
These 12” personalized wooden spoons come in four designs. The handle of the spoon is personalized with a 15 character limit. It can be a name, phrase, whatever you want. The bowl of the spoon can have a large initial or one of the other three patterns. Personalization takes 14 days so order soon! They are on sale for $11.99.
Ginny and I really care about pencils. I hate trying to erase and learning that the eraser will only leave black smudge marks. I also like my pencil lead to be sharp and not smudge. This Rhodia pencil might be my favorite. It is triangular in shape so it is easy to grip and won’t roll off the table. It is made of Linden wood and has smooth writing lead. $5.95 each.
Little River Sock Mill makes women’s and men’s socks from organic cotton in Alabama. They come in all shapes and sizes with many patterns, but I like that the selections are not overwhelming. I’m partial to knee socks this time of year and the pair pictured below are $22.00. There are many more women’s socks to choose from than men’s. For men there are ten mid-calf patterns and they are $24.00 each.
I never thought I’d say this but there is a vegetable dish I really love – spiralized zucchini in pesto sauce. It’s delicious. Spiral slicers are fun to use and if they can get me to eat vegetables they can get anyone to. The GEFU is very popular and easy to use. It fits easily into the palm of your hand so doesn’t take up space, it can go in the dishwasher and is made of stainless steel and plastic. $15.99. For some recipes check out our spiralizer article.