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.
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Have a wonderful holiday season and don't forget to fill those stockings!
- The Boston General Store Team
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Here at Boston General Store, we love spending time outdoors this time of year. The New England landscapes have so much to offer when it comes to outdoor activities, especially camping and hiking, and we like to take full advantage of that.
Today, some folks are opting for an upgraded kind of camping experience, called glamping, and while we understand lengthy stays out in the wild aren't everyone’s style, we definitely prefer to keep our excursions a little more unpolished. But, that also doesn’t mean we like heading into the woods empty handed.
We take what we need to get by and leave all the rest at home.
People who've followed along on our journey know how important makers are to Boston General Store.
When the shop first launched online, the idea was to create a small assortment of products from around the world featuring craftsmen who truly cared about their trade. Today, four years after opening the business, we still carry almost all of the items from that original collection, speaking to the significance these makers have had in the continued success of BGS.
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