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The Best Stocking Stuffers

Sometimes the best things come in small packages.

By Ellen Fort

Updated on November 10, 2023

First, let’s disabuse ourselves of the notion that a stocking stuffer must be truly small enough to fit in a stocking. Once we can all agree that a stocking stuffer is more of a lagniappe, the quirky, cute gift that refuses to fit into a category, we can get on with the fun stuff. And there’s so much fun stuff to give, from Swedish candy to gold crumb catchers to fabulous party puzzles—there will surely be a gift for everyone on your list. 

Messermeister Oyster Knife

    Keep the oyster shuckers in your life well-equipped and ready to pry open a fresh mollusk at a moment’s notice with this sleek, sharp stainless steel number from Messermeister. It has an attractive “fin” that is intended to increase stability while shucking, an important safety feature when dealing with wet, slippery shells and stubborn sea creatures.

    Bon Bon Candy
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      There’s no comparing the quality of typical gummy candies to Swedish gummy candies. Sorry, we don’t make the rules, but Bon Bon’s imported Swedish delicacies are some of the best we’ve ever had, particularly their line of Swedish fish in flavors like wild strawberry and sour elderflower. Send a holiday box of their finest mixed candies to your favorite sweet-toothed friend and start a lifelong addiction. 

      Cat Soup Ladle by OTOTO
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        There is no resisting this adorable ladle in the shape of a kitty, a kitchen tool any cat-lover will proudly display in their kitchen (possibly next to their mug that says “Cat Person”). Hang this cutie by its tail before using it to ladle up 

        Fantasia Glass Fish Straws
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          Glass straws are already more sustainable, easy-to-clean, and generally attractive than their plastic counterparts. However, these handblown borosilicate glass straws are a cut above, featuring beautiful little fish at the bottom, ready to swim about in whatever drink you’ve chosen. 

          Brightland Mini Olive Oils
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            Clocking in at 3.4 fluid ounces, Brightland’s mini olive oils are ready to travel the world with you. Never leave home without a teeny bottle of liquid gold, because you never know when you’ll encounter a baguette or a bowl of greens that are desperately in need of a glug of smooth and grassy  extra virgin olive oil. 

            Food52 x Dansk Købenstyle Butter Warmer
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              Truly there is nothing more adorable than this miniature pot from Dansk, the iconic purveyor of mid-century Danish cookware. It comes in a plethora of lovely colors (arugula and midnight blue are our favorites) that will look lovely on your stove or on the table. Soup for one? Warm milk for hot chocolate? Melted butter for pancakes on a winter morning? The hygge options are endless. 

              Tinned Fish Tongs | Fishwife
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                Tinned fish continues to charm us all with adorable packaging and delectable sea creatures captured at the height of freshness with no expiration dates. Now, it’s time to accessorize with this pair of astonishingly efficient tongs that were “born to pluck fish from a tin,” according to their maker. They’re a cross between chopsticks and the plating tweezers used in professional kitchens, designed to deftly drape an anchovy across a generously buttered baguette with elegant precision. 

                Merrymaker – Piecework Puzzles
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                  Puzzlers are a serious bunch. Liven things up with this puzzle dedicated to the art of merrymaking. 1,000 pieces of jigsaw make up this fantastical tableau of cocktails, trinkets, and more. 

                  Smithey Mighty Spatula
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                    Whether the task at hand is smashing burgers or chiseling the browned and cheesy corner piece of lasagna free of its pan, this sturdy new spat from Charleston’s Smithey Ironware Co. is up for it. A knife-sharp edge ensures that the offset flipper glides smoothly beneath delicate ingredients like fish and fried eggs, while a buffed walnut handle has the heft necessary for maneuvering weightier foods. In short, a workhorse that any home or pro cook will appreciate.

                    Crumb Catcher
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                      Because even if you’re sweeping up your toast crumbs from the table, you’ll want to do it in style. Bring the cache of a fine dining restaurant to your table at home with a bougie golden crumb catcher from Gohar. It’s fun gift for your etiquette-obsessed friend, or simply a lovely objet d’art for their dining room. 

                      The Perfect Cosmo by SJP
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                        The 90s are back baby (we called it), and so are the cocktails that reached icon status during that epic decade. And the espresso martini isn't the only one returning to menus: The Cosmopolitan, made famous by Sarah Jessica Parker's sipping habits on Sex and the City, is popping up all over, too. Now the tart, sweet, Barbie-hued cocktail is available by bottle or can from the Cosmo Queen herself. Slip The Perfect Cosmo by SJP into the stocking (or Manolo) of your most SATC-obsessed pal or keep it on hand for when the craving arises.  

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