written by: Dan M.
There are lots of things that set the tone for the holiday season each year; warming spices, colorful landscapes, cheerful music. But something about stocking stuffers excites us during this time more than anything else. Small, wrapped, thoughtful surprises. What's not to love?
If you're scrambling to find presents for your friends and family, here's a guide to a few of our favorite pint-sized presents in the shop this year:
Pour a drink for the friends who love to start the vacation fun right away or the anxious flyer in your family.
W& P Design Carry On Cocktail Kits should be on everyone's checklist of luggage necessities, next to toothpaste and passport. It includes everything you need (except the alcohol, of course) to make classic cocktails like an Old Fashioned or a Moscow Mule at 30,000 feet. The Hot Toddy will be an essential accessory during the upcoming wintery travel season.
Perfect for the handyman or handywoman in your life, but functional for just about everybody.
Don't let its obvious name trick you into thinking the Pocket Monkey Multi Tool is a gimmick. It's a much approved 12-1 multi-tool that fits perfectly into a card slot of your wallet, making it accessible wherever you are. Tighten eyeglass screws, open cardboard boxes or uncap a cold one for you and your friends. The best part is that the Pocket Monkey is TSA compliant so it will pass through airport security when you're traveling.
If you know someone who loves to host throughout the year, this is a stocking stuffer made for them.
Daneson Flavored Toothpicks are infused with naturally derived essential oils and fine whiskeys, giving guests an added flavor they won't get at every home they visit. Provide after the main course for a memorable post-meal experience, or use as an appetizer utensil and cocktail stick to cleverly match flavor profiles.
Toothpicks are available in six different flavors - Cinnamint, Mint, Lemon, Single Malt, Ginger Honey, and Bourbon.
We haven't lost our humility, but it would be crazy if we didn't plug our soy candle here, which ahem we might add is actually a wonderful stocking stuffer.
Our Acadian Night all natural soy candle was designed to conjure up the memories of spending summer evenings at the family cabin in the quiet northeastern wilderness. Wood, leather and smoke fragrances truly evoke the spirit of New England living.
The candle comes into two sizes, but we recommend the smaller, 7 oz., option as the gift fit for a stocking.
Add zest to your favorite home cook's stocking with these unique spice blends.
Curio Spice Co. toasts whole, then grounds and packages their spices locally, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, so you know you're getting the freshest seasonings possible. There are blends appropriate for a range of dishes such as Asian-style noodles and bread crumb toppings for fish. From Dalat Spice, a bold Vietnamese coffee and spice rub, to Aegean Salt made with Cyprian sea salt, lemon, thyme and mastic, these high-quality spice blends can attract every palate imaginable.
New to their collection, and just in time for the holidays, is a Mulling Spice Kit to help you warm up on a cold winter day with a cup of mulled wine or cider.
We're carrying products from so many great makers this season so make sure to stop by the shop to check them out. If you don't live in the area, or don't have the time to see everything in person, take a look at our Holiday collection online.
If you haven't already, subscribe to our newsletter to get updates on the new makers we carry throughout the year plus other great news.
Have a wonderful holiday season and don't forget to fill those stockings!
- The Boston General Store Team
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There comes a moment when keeping good news to yourself is impossible. And because we're ready to burst at the seams, literally and figuratively, we'll cut to the chase.
Boston General Store is growing.
Yes, this is our official announcement that we'll be opening a second permanent home in Dedham next month, made possible after a first-year success that wouldn't have happened without help from a lot of people.
Most people familiar with Boston General Store know our goal: to bring long-lasting, well-crafted products, made by people driven by the love of what they create, to the rest of the world.
Meeting makers is the best part of doing this work because experiencing their passion firsthand re-inspires us to keep working toward that goal. Which is why we are so excited to introduce the newest maker to our store...
Boston General Store!
The first time I organized my own Thanksgiving, I was so exhausted I think I may have fallen asleep at the table. But what I remember most - what left me with the greatest feeling - was when everyone finally sat down together in my home, their eyes wide, and shared the meal I prepared.
For people who've hosted Thanksgiving before, you're all too familiar with the amount of planning and preparation involved in getting everything on the table, hot and ready to serve to your guests on time. For those that haven't experienced cooking this epic meal, there's a lot you need to familiarize yourself with in order to get it right. Don't let that intimidate you though, because there are ways to simplify the process and make it a little bit more manageable. The outcome will be worth the effort, trust me.