Stocking stuffer Monday: Some goodies for gifting

I don’t know about you, but sometimes the little goodies you get (in your stocking, perhaps?) can be the most fun and enjoyable. I haven’t done a whole lot of shopping out and about in the early holiday mayhem, but here are a few things that have caught my eye recently:

To fill out a Sephora order to get free shipping, I stuck a Sephora almond foot mask in my shopping bag. They have two varieties for feet and three for hands. I haven’t tried mine yet, but at $5 a pop, they won’t break the bank and will give someone a bit of pampering. You could pair several for a nice little present.

goodiesAlso this year Molton Brown returns with their shower gel baubles ($15), made to look like ornaments. My DH really liked the Black Pepper one for the shower I got him last year.

A little bigger item from them ($28), their limited edition Juniper Berries & Lapp Pine Fine Liquid Hand Wash, is a deep, rich, green bottle of gorgeousness adorned with a collar of cheery little bells and an exhilarating seasonal scent. BTW, just saw that this also comes in the cute bauble as mentioned above (sans bells). Saw it at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus but may be at other retailers too.

Supergoop’s travel size of Forever Young hand cream is very purse-friendly and long lasting (I’ve had mine for several months now). I love putting it on just before leaving the house in the morning; it’d be especially nice for those who do a lot of driving. It’s silky, with a very slight scent and boasts a hefty SPF 40. I’d be tickled pink to find another tube tucked in my stocking ($12 at Nordstrom, who currently is offering a box of three: buy two, get one free for $24).

Not fragrance/beauty-related, but Nordstrom was showing a very cute line of socks called SOCKART, with fun sayings on the feet such as Mistle Toes, Kiss Me, Bah Humbug and Oy Vey, $15 each. They’re sure to get a foot-warming welcome from the young and young-at-heart.

For those with an artsy inclination, Hot Sox’s Museum Collection features the likes of “Girl With a Pearl Earring” and Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss,” among others. A 4-pack is goodies$40. If I didn’t have a leg that swells a lot, I’d snap several of these cute socks up in a heartbeat.

Two favorite goodies from last year that I still love: Snowflake marshmallows (to float prettily in a cup of your favorite hot chocolate), and snowflake pretzels ($25 for a 16-ounce tin), both from Neiman Marcus. The marshmallows ($10 for a pack of six) would make good little emergency gifts, so you won’t be emptyhanded when, for example, your neighbors come calling unexpectedly with presents. And the pretzels could be divvied up into cute little gift bags if you don’t want to keep them all to yourself.

What about you? Please do share what goodies you’re giving or what you’ve seen out there that looks like a winner.

  • March says:

    I’m obsessed with these rude socks from BlueQ. I think I’m going to get each kid his/her own pair, lol.

    • Ann says:

      Wowza, March! Those are some sassy socks, all right! My son was looking over my shoulder when I opened the link — his eyes got big and he said, “They really put those words on socks?” 🙂

    • Molly says:

      A little cheaper directly from BlueQ and they have tons of other cheeky things!

  • Musette says:

    I’m doing a lot of Trapp this year – LOVE Bob’s Flower Shoppe (which is much like AG’s Noel at about 1/3 price) as well as their Gardenia&Jasmine room sprays. I’m totally over Christmas already (BAH! HUMBUG! 😉 – got the grandkids’ gifts all wrapped and all I have to worry about now is a gift for the dog. xoxo

    • Ann says:

      Hey, dear! THAT’S the one I was trying to think of that you loved and mentioned awhile back! Thanks for refreshing the ol’ gray matter. Now to find a nearby store that carries the line.
      Good for you for getting the little ones’ stuff done; always a relief. BTW, what will your precious pup be getting? That makes me think fondly of our sweet little yellow lab who would practically shake with excitement when we put up the stockings because she knew she had one with goodies in it.

  • Eldarwen22 says:

    I find that perfume roller balls make great stocking stuffers and gifts. I ordered a Euphoria roller ball for my grandmother for Christmas. I’m not big on giving full bottles of perfume for presents but roller balls do the trick. I just have to shop for my two nephews that live in California but everyone else is done.

    • Ann says:

      Yes, yes, dear! Gotta love those rollerballs! They are just so cute, portable and purse-friendly. Whoever gets one in their stocking is a lucky duck.

  • HeidiC says:

    Every year Aveda does a gift package of 3 mini hand creams — original scent, rosemary mint, and a third one that changes every year but is some seasonal scent. It’s usually around $25, and if you’re an Aveda Pure Privilege member, they usually offer some deal — double points on all purchases that first December weekend, or extra points for buying their gift packages — that sweetens it further. I usually buy around 5 of them — they’re great to have on hand (pun intended) for last-minute gifts, and I’ve usually given them to my son’s preschool teachers who have to wash their hands all the time.

    • Ann says:

      Hiya, Heidi! That is a great gift idea — and especially for those teachers. And you are so right — last-minute gifts are very handy 🙂 I’ll have to go investigate them.

  • Portia says:

    Candles. Everyone is getting Mud Australia and Gascoigne & King Candles.
    I can’t think of anything else that’s gorgeous and consumable and lasts for a while.
    Portia xx

  • Rose says:

    Nice information. I will try Molton Brown :). Thanks

    • Ann says:

      Hi, Rose! You might like it; they have lots of nice scents in hand wash and shower gel. Thanks for stopping by!