There are lots of things that set the tone for the holiday season each year: warming spices, colorful landscapes and cheerful music. But there seems to be something about stocking stuffers that excites us more than anything else during this time. Small, wrapped, thoughtful surprises. What's not to love?
The problem can be finding unique gifts this size that aren't repeats from the year before. People tend to expect the lineup of usual suspects when they're unpacking their stockings or Hanukkah gifts, so this year you should give them something new and exciting when they're ripping off the wrapping.
Below is a smart list of small gifts that are cleverly designed, passionately crafted, and best of all they're incredibly functional.
If you're scrambling to find presents for your friends and family, take a look at 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 wintry 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 into the 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 buddies. The Pocket Monkey can do everything, and more, that your old multi tools could. Plus, the best part is that it's TSA compliant so it will pass through airport security when you're traveling.
If you know someone who loves to host guests 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 nuts if we didn't plug our own soy candle here. And, ahem, we might add it 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 stockings.
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 providing the freshest seasonings possible.
They have blends appropriate for a range of dishes such as Asian-style noodles and baked, breaded fish filets. 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 spices can attract every palate imaginable.
New to their collection (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 shops 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.
Have a wonderful holiday season and don't forget to fill those stockings!
- The Boston General Store Team
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