12.19.2019

Last Minute Stocking Fillers for the Foodie

For the Foodie...

My family usually does stocking fillers and all of the tiny bits and bobs the last week before Christmas. Usually, it's items such as chapstick, gum, candy, fuzzy socks, silly putty—you know, those finishing touches that everyone loves, but don't really ask for. I was trying to think of some of my favorite stocking stuffers and the default is always food. "Santa" would always leave those LifeSaver Sweet Holiday Storybooks and my sisters and I would fight over the flavors. 

You can never go wrong with gifting food, keeping in mind allergies of course. It's the perfect present route to go in for co-workers, friends, secret Santas, or the beloved foodie in your life. I also love gifting small things because sometimes those make the biggest smiles. 
For those non-coffee drinkers like me, tea is always a great gift. I am always willing to try new flavors and one of my favorites is The Republic of Tea Cranberry Blood Orange black tea. It's the perfect holiday blend. For something to stir with, I always love the look of personalized dining ware like hand-stamped spoons and forks or even engraved glasses. This spoon was from a local craft fair and it just adds a little joy to every cup of cheer! I would recommend looking on Etsy for custom engravings, too. 
I don't know anyone who doesn't love chocolate. Every year my mom has one of these Terry's Chocolate Orange Balls. Maybe it's more of a British tradition, but there's something so satisfying when you have to slam the orange on the counter and break open the decadent orange chocolate slivers. Pure bliss. 
Indulge in fruit-flavored body care items such as the Orange Ginger Body Lotion from Bath and Body Work's Aromatherapy collection. There's always something to love from their wide variety of bath, skincare, and home scents. I'm always trying to keep track of who loves what fragrance! I love their aromatherapy line because it includes natural essential oils and the look of the amber bottles are sleek and the perfect addition to anyone's bathroom essentials. 

Speaking of sleekness, olive oil is another great gift as a stocking or basket filler. I bought this La Carrera Olive Oil while I was in Spain, so I'm not quite sure how accessible this bottle is, but another one of my favorites originates in Egg Harbour, Wisconsin. It's Fat Louie's Garlic Olive Oil and every time we're in Door County my family stocks up with five or six of these bad boys. It's perfect to cook and dip with. 
Chapped lips are a no-go this time of year. If there's something I know, it's that I have at least one tube of chapstick in every bag wherever I go. Burt's Bees is my forever lip balm and this Limited-Edition Peppermint Lip Balm is currently at my bedside. They also have holiday packs, which have special edition flavors to choose from and share such as Chai Tea and Vanilla Maple. 

These are some of my current favorites and are the perfect bits for those who love food and also just might want the "small things" this holiday. Christmas is right around the corner, so I hope these ideas alleviated some pressure from the shopping mania that's going to happen this weekend. To all of my readers, supporters, and friends, I wish you all a very merry holiday season. I will be taking a much-needed break, as I hope you do too! I will be back and ready for the new year and can't wait for what's to come. 

Merry Christmas <3

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