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Gift Guide: 10 Stocking Stuffers to Outlast Christmas Morning

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Dec 22, 2013 01:05 AM
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by Meredith Swinehart last modified Dec 21, 2013

I learned how to fill a Christmas stocking from a master. In my house, the Christmas stocking was not an afterthought; every year, my mom came up with an inspired mix of gifts—a wooden hairbrush, wallet, tiny flashlight, nail polish, ceramic mug, and pair of earrings—each individually wrapped and buried in a trove of foil-wrapped chocolate. The perfect stocking stuffer is small, relatively inexpensive, and not destined for the garbage can. Think: tiny treasures that are fun, useful, and a little more extravagent than what the recipient would buy for him or herself. To make sure we've got everyone on your list covered, we're posting a new gift guide every weekday from now until Christmas. See all of the  Gift Guides  to date in our archive. Above: This  Rosewood Tape Measure  has been on my stocking wish list for a while. It's a tiny 2-inch square but measures up to 6 1/2 feet and would be a delightful alternative to the clunky tape measure I often tote around; $14 from Spartan in Austin. Above: Though I scoffed at my mother's suggestion of  a nice pen as a gift for a love interest , I myself am a sucker for pencils. Left: From Germany, an  Adjustable Brass Pencil Sharpener  that creates three points: sharp, medium, and rounded; $22 at Canoe. Right:  Cedar Pointe Pencils  are made of California incense cedar by a New Jersey company founded in 1889; $5 for a set of twelve at Canoe. Above: The  Midori Grain Memo Pad  is filled with ruled sheets for writing and plain white sheets for drawing, and is covered in recycled Spanish leather; $8 from Vetted.   Above: I know few people who would buy $11 French toothpaste for themselves, but it makes for a great stocking stuffer.  Botot Toothpaste  has a wintry clove and anise flavor and displayable old-school packaging; $11 via Amazon. These pins from Ancient Industries are daily luxuries. Above L: Red-headed  Spanish Lace Pins  are made by the oldest pin factory in Spain and are useful as thumb tacks; $12 for a box of 200. Above R: Black enameled  Entomology Pins  are suitable for mounting butterflies, and for pinning delicate fabrics; $10 for a box of 100. Above: Mexican-style  Taza Chocolate  is stone-ground in Massachusetts and ideal for drinking, eating, and cooking. A set of three flavors—guajillo chili; cinnamon; and salted almond—is $16 at Shed in Healdsburg. Above: Danish  Hudsalve  lotion was originally developed for military use in the 1950s. An all-purpose healing salve with a vanilla scent, it's still made in Denmark; $12 at Mjölk. (Photo at right via  PlejeShoppen .) Above: Anyone who likes to draw can always use a set of  Conté Crayons . A limited-edition tin of six sketching crayons is $5.19 at Blick. Above: Well-designed hardware is always appreciated by design aficionados. These powder-coated steel  Wall Hooks  by LA's Scout Regalia are available in orange or navy-gray; $18 each. Still have some shopping to do? Check out last year's post Stocking Stuffers for Grownups . Also don't miss our recent gift guides for the Organizationally Challenged ; Scandi Chef ; and Office Mate .






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