20 Best Stocking Stuffer Ideas

December 14, 2009 5:56 PM
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Max Brenner Spa/Chocolate Set

Sweet indulgence. Tickle the taste buds with honey chocolate cubes and caramelized pecans rolled in praline cream and cocoa powder. Then nourish the skin with rich cocoa body butter. After all the treats are gone, she'll love storing trinkets in the adorable reusable tin. maxbrenner.com, $20

Capitano Waiter's Corkscrew

No more broken corks. The professional waiter's corkscrew has an elongated French spiral that works with any cork, plus a long handle for increased leverage. But oh the colors: 13 fun ones to choose from, and at less than $4, you can buy a color to fit every mood. The enjoyment of wine just got a little richer. wineopeners.com, $3.98

Animal Print Cupcake Liners

These high-quality liners made from Swedish greaseproof paper are the next best thing to the icing on the cupcake. The fun animal prints will have her eager to whip out the mixing bowls, meaning you're sure to get a little something sweet out of the deal too. bakeitpretty.com, $35

Winter Wonder-"hands"

When winter takes its toll, even the best-manicured hands suffer. Treat her to this mini-spa experience from Bliss. Comfy gloves lined with skin-smoothing gels will have dry, winter-worn hands feeling sexy and soft in just 20 minutes. bliss.com, $48

Cargo Hands of Hope Collection

Pretty just got a little prettier. The Cargo Hands of Hope Collection contains nine eye-popping shadows in a jewel-embossed case. The hamsa hand that adorns the case and each shade is a general symbol of hope and goodwill, meaning she’ll be reminded of the spirit (and beauty) of the season all throughout the year. sephora.com, $29

Earthlust Water Bottle

Plastic bottles are so last season, but a bulky water bottle isn't always so pretty either. Enter Earthlust. These sleek, artful bottles are BPA-free and won't clog up the landfills. Plus, since most of the line is limited-edition, she's sure to stand out, even when she's hydrating. earthlust.com, $16-$23, depending on size

Sport/Spa Towel

It may seem simple, but this tiny terry-cloth towel just made gym-going a whole lot easier. Keys, phone, and gym card all zip up into its handy water-resistant pouch, eliminating the need to lug a bag around the gym — or the danger of leaving something behind. containerstore.com, $12.99

Holy City Chocolate Toffee

Perfectly crunchy, decadently chocolatey, and totally delicious. This toffee has the "baked with love" taste of homemade treats, which isn't too far off — it's made with care in small batches by a husband-and-wife team in Charleston, SC. Who knew holy tasted this good? holycitychocolate.foodzie.com, $8.50

Touch-Up Tube

The Professional Touch Up Tube Set from Japonesque makes beauty on-the-go fun and easy. The sleek, colorful tubes come replete with all the essentials in beauty brushes for the flawless application of eye makeup, foundation, blush, and lipstick. They're perfect for travel or to keep in the purse for a midday touch-up. naimies.com, $3.98

Letterpress Fortune Teller

Ah, the cootie catcher. Remember those countless hours of writing silly fortunes and the fits of giggles those folded papers brought? This cootie catcher, or fortune teller if you've grown too mature for the phrase, has fun, clever fortunes and a pretty letterpress design that'll bring back all the joys of her 10-year-old self, minus the bad haircut. shop.sycamorestreetpress.com, $8

Leilani Clutch

The whimsical bird and flower design (choose from four) on this natural raffia clutch simply puts a smile on the face. But even more smile-worthy is the fact that it's handmade from renewable materials. Then there's the fact that the sales of all one-of-a-kind items turned out by Mar y Sol benefit artisans who make them in Madagascar. Small thing, whole lot of punch. (shopmarysol.com, $79)

Anna Cosmetic Case

That hot bag she loves is ravishing but cavernous. Help her out with this classic companion. The cheerful outside design is balanced by the signature Nikita Lynn polka dot lining, and the durable zippered pouch is a great place to stash everything from makeup to jewelry to pens. nikitalynn.com, $30

Sephora by OPI Nail Color

OPI Nail Color and Sephora have teamed up to bring color lovers a whole new line of long-lasting, chip-resistant polishes that are both easy to apply and free of harsh, environmentally hazardous chemicals. But the best part is that with more than 54 sexy shades, there's a color to suit her every whim. shopmarysol.com, $79

Oscar Wilde Note Cards

Liven up her correspondence with these "Wilde cards." The Victorian fashion-plate artwork is fun and fashionable, and it evokes that romantic era before texts and e-mails. These cards will have her eager to resurrect the handwritten letter, and the quirky quotes from Oscar Wilde may even inspire a few witticisms of her own. randomhouse.com, $12

Pashmina and Silk Blend Scarf

A sumptuous blend of pashmina and silk, these scarves also provide the ideal blend of fashion and function. The ultra-soft fabric will keep her cozy no matter how much the temperature drops, while the vivid colors and classic sheen add a little sass to any outfit. thepashminastore.com, $29.99

Sabon Body Scrub

Warning: This smoothing, nourishing body scrub is dangerously addictive. The ideal combination of salts from the Dead Sea and rich, soothing oils, it leaves the skin feeling luxuriously soft and improves circulation to boot. sabonnyc.com, $30

Saltbox Geo Travel Passport Wallet from Pop Deluxe

Fashionable on the outside, functional on the inside, this passport wallet will be a hit with your favorite jet-setter. The vibrant geometric pattern will add a funky punch of color to her next adventure, and the streamlined design makes it easy to carry in the hand or in the purse. Best of all, the myriad pockets provide a home for everything from passport to credit card. popdeluxe.net, $44.99

Simple Steps Deck

It's easy being green with this handy deck of simple household solutions from NRDC. The 50 cards are organized to make greening the home a no-brainer. Now the greenophile in your life can get even greener. And the greenophobe has no reason not to follow suit. chroniclebooks.com, $14.95

StripTeas Variety Pack

Funny name. Yummy tea. Practical concept. Loose-leaf tea always tastes better, but tea bags create so much less mess. These recyclable foil strips filled with whole tea leaves solve both problems. And they're pretty to look at too. originalstripteas.com, $12.95

Pulsera de Tagua Bracelet

Handmade by artisans in Colombia, this navy cuff is the perfect exotic addition to her wardrobe. The tagua nut grows in the Amazon Basin and has a texture similar to that of ivory: as smooth and luxurious but a whole lot more sustainable. tribalsociete.com, $35

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