They say good things come in small packages, and that’s especially true at Christmastime, when we’re on the hunt for stocking stuffers. We don’t just want to slip any old thing into our stockings this year. We’re looking for little gifts that pack a real punch, items that your loved ones can’t do without for one more second. Because nobody wants Lame-O stuff.
8+ STOCKING STUFFERS EVERYONE WILL WANT
STOCKING STUFFER 1: A bottle of Christmas Gin
WHAT IT IS: Gin cocktail, anyone? OK just swig straight from this precious bottle of traditional craft Christmas gin. Direct from the award-winning farm-to-glass distillery, Eau Claire, this spirited and truly Canadian gift is flavoured with two unique botanicals, Frankincense and Myrrh, and a spicy lemon kick.
WHO IT’S FOR: Anyone legal
WHERE IT’S FOUND: Buy online or find a list of local merchants here. Canada only. $34.99/750 ml
STOCKING STUFFER 2: A sweet Hydro Silk Razor with cozy socks
WHAT IT IS: We love our hair, but only in certain places, thanks. Give the gift of fuzzy only where they want it (that would be on your feet, we say, not your legs). The Schick® men’s and women’s holiday gift packs have everything you need to pamper your beautiful bottom half— a razor that gives the cleanest, closest shave so you can slip those tootsies into the coziest socks ever and strut around like the queen you are.
WHO IT’S FOR: Any woman who loves her legs and feet (and therefore any man who loves her legs and feet), aka every one of us
WHERE IT’S FOUND: Just $16.99 at any drugstore where Schick is found.
WHAT IT IS: No more Mr. Rough Feet! Amopé Canada has the solution for soft feet with its new, limited edition at-home Pedicure Gift Set, featuring the Pedi Perfect™ Electronic Foot File with Diamond Crystals™. The bonus? 5 select boxes contain a $1,000 diamond card! A little pricey for a stuffer, but you can’t put a price on soft feet.
WHO IT’S FOR: Your feet and anyone’s feet who will be touching yours
WHERE IT’S FOUND: In store at Shoppers Drug Mart, and online at Amazon.ca. $49.99-$59.99
STOCKING STUFFER 4: L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
WHAT IT IS: The perfect sized cream for your purse or to keep by your desk. Made with 20% shea butter, this rapidly absorbing cream with minimal scent will keep digits soft and comfy all winter long. Because you never know whose hand you’re gonna shake.
WHO IT’S FOR: Everyone, everywhere. All the time.
WHERE IT’S FOUND: L’Occitane stores, retailers, or online. $12
STOCKING STUFFER 5: Quo Lip Gloss Ornament
WHAT IT IS: Quo Cosmetics has limited edition lip glosses that can also be used as an ornament. Cute, huh? Choose from three shades – Neutral, Pink or Shimmery – slick ’em on and smile big. It’s holiday time.
WHO IT’S FOR: Lipgloss addicts and anyone who wants to be in pictures
WHERE IT’S FOUND: Shoppers Drug Mart. $5 (you heard us right).
STOCKING STUFFER 6: The Northern Cable Pim Hat
WHAT IT IS: This super styling slouchy pom pom hat is ours, and we do not like hats, no we do not. Mostly because of hat head, but also because of the itch. Not this one. It’s soft and cuddly, and super cute. Comes in grey, frost, ivory or pink.
WHO IT’S FOR: Anyone who wants to stay warm and still look good
WHERE IT’S FOUND: In store and online at Indigo.ca. $24.50
STOCKING STUFFER 7: Durex Intense Orgasmic Gel
WHAT IT IS: This is the best reason we’ve ever heard for stockings on Christmas Eve! Part of Durex’s new Intense Orgasmic range, this box contains a magical bottle of clitoral Stimulating Gel designed to intensify your pleasure with cooling, warming and tingling sensations for more intense orgasms.
WHO IT’S FOR: You and your lovah or BOB
STOCKING STUFFER 8: The Empathy Effect Pin
WHAT IT IS: Empathy is a major cornerstone of brazen living. We believe all women are entitled to live their lives their way, and we are here to support you as you do. So we’re wearing and gifting The Empathy Effect Pin. It’s the perfect reminder to practice one act of empathy every day.
WHO IT’S FOR: Who is it NOT for?
WHERE IT’S FOUND: Online at The Empathy Effect. Support this non-profit for just $10 and feel great
Need more stocking stuffer ideas? We’ve got zillions.
Lip Balm: Smooth lips are definitely required for holiday kissing. Our faves? Decleor Intense Nutrition Lip Balm ($23 at Hudson’s Bay in store and online) and EOS Organic Lip Balm (from around $4.50).
Photos: Get those damn pics off your phone and give them to people. This is literally THE BEST present. Just print at Costco, Walmart, or place of your choice, right off your phone and get a cute frame. Done.
Gift Cards: Dude, it’s not impersonal. It’s free Shopping. What could be better?
Tech: Show your love with an extra long phone charger or one of those magnetic holders for the car (so you can use Waze and not get a ticket).
Wine and other booze: Fill up the stocking with the good stuff. Best part? Light the fire and open the bottle to share. Who knows where it will lead? Surefire way—along with the Durex gel above— to end Christmas night with bang.
Gifts that give back: We love gifting with a charitable component. Donate to a meaningful cause in someone’s name. Or if you want more than a certificate, try Ten Thousand Villages (handcrafted pieces from around the world), Just One (jewellery and accessories whose making means a hand up instead of a handout), or Me to We (gifts that make a positive impact around the world).
Panties, PJs, and Bras: If you’re gifting underwear, make it cute. Matching bra and panty sets are hot, and they’ve got those in spades at La Senza, as well as great pricing on panties (can you ever have too many pairs?) Obsessing over their super-comfy wireless bras, too—a cross between a bralette and regular bra. Try GapBody as well, and FYI, the pricing on socks at H & M can’t be beat.
Winter Wear: So where are the best places for hats, gloves, socks, scarves, and the like? Obviously Indigo (in addition to the Pom Pom hat above, they’ve got faux fur stoles, mittens, cozy socks), plus The Gap, Winners, Hudson’s Bay. Look for the newest trends: bun hats and fur snoods.
For your furry friends: We’re big fans of Petsafe products. Well made, interesting, and useful. You can get them at Petsmart and other pet retailers. Might we also suggest a lovely sheepskin jacket and doggie galoshes?
Bonus: Here are some of our favourite places and ways to shop for small last-minute gift ideas:
Saje Wellness: Everything at this Canadian retailer is good for you and good for the soul. The products use essential oils in innovative ways to solve all of life’s problems.
Shoppers Drug Mart: You literally can get everything here, from beauty to accessories, snacks to seasonal items. Best part? Some of the stores are open 24 hours.
Amazon: Duh. What don’t they sell? Get Prime and it’s at your door by tomorrow.
Indigo: This is hands down one of our favourite places to buy gifty items for ourselves (ummm… our loved ones, we mean…). For unique stocking stuffers, you can’t beat ’em. So join ’em.
Netflix: Dude. Who wouldn’t want an annual Netflix subscription in their stocking. PS. Goes perfectly with the Durex product above if you have no one to Chill with.
HomeSense: If we could live here, we would. You literally never know what you’re going to find at Homesense because it’s all kinds of unique.
Sportcheck: Best place to get warm mittens? Here. From workout wear to sports gear, to cool tech, you’re sure to find something for everyone.
SoloParaTiGifts: Tons of interesting giftware. We’d bet they have a great selection of wine stoppers.
Thorpe Toys: Get back to basics with these wooden toys for kids of all ages. We’re pretty sure the ball &bat ($3!!!!!) will relieve any kind of adult stress.
Blue Q: This place has really cool small stuff (translate: perfect stuffers) you won’t find anywhere else. As a policy, they’ll ship to Canada without tacking on duty or extra shipping charges. So yay!