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Stocking Stuffer Gifts 2014

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Christmas is almost here! I can’t even believe it! I’ve had Pentatonix on repeat this weekend, which is totally getting me into the holiday spirit. I’m currently home for 5 days between Thanksgiving and New Years, so I’m soaking in the decorating Andrew and I did back in the beginning of November.Christmas Decorations

A few years ago, I started making Christmas stockings for my mom, dad, and Andrew because I have so much fun finding little gifts to put inside. Here are some of my favorite things from this year that I would love to find in a stocking:

Teeny Bud Vase: I am in love with these adorable little vases! They are so cute with a single stem flower. I think the teardrop shape of this one in particular is so beautiful. Whenever I come home to visit, my mom always has a little vase like this with a few flowers in it on my bedside table – it’s really sweet! I currently have one for each bedside table in our apartment, but I want to get more to use for setting our kitchen table.Teeny Bud VaseLuggage Scale: This little gadget has been my best friend for all of the travel I’ve been doing over the last year – it prevents that awful scene at the airport of pulling things out of your suitcase at the check-in counter to get under 50 pounds. With this, you can weigh your suitcase at home and make sure you are under the limit. I have gotten a lot of comments by the check-in agents about hitting the 50lb weight limit exactly – little do they know that’s exactly what I planned for!

Luggage Scale - Stocking StufferNon-stick Baking Mats and Maldon Sea Salt Flakes: We just recently got these baking slip sheets and I have loved  making cookies with them – no sticking and such a breeze to wipe down after. And if you are going to be baking cookies, then you need a little sea salt to sprinkle on top. Maldon is a “finishing salt” for sprinkling on cookies right after baking. The salt crystals will stay flakey and crisp without melting into the cookie. It also works deliciously well for sprinkling on roasted vegetables or meat right before serving. Maldon is flakier than kosher salt (which is best sprinkled on vegetables and meat before cooking. Or rimming a margarita glass, of course :)

Baking Slip Sheet and Maldon Sea Salt Flakes

Where’d You Go, Bernadette? – This is my favorite book that I’ve read this year! It was SO entertaining! Bernadette is a mom to a 15-year-old daughter and wife to a Microsoft guru and has developed such distaste of Seattle that she disappears. The commentary on her life in Seattle was hysterical to me, even though I’ve never been to the city. I tried explaining the plot to my dad and it didn’t really excite him – but to be fair, he’s not the target audience. So for the men in your life, try Unbroken. It’s an incredible story and the movie is about to come out! But all you ladies: please read about Bernadette!Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Silicone Spatula – I use a silicone spatula just about every day. When I learned to use one of these to make scrambled eggs, it was a game changer. I swear. So much easier to scoop the eggs around in the pan. It’s also great for sautéing veggies, making stir fries, stirring dough, just about everything! Everyone should have one of these in their kitchen. Get It Right spatulas are made of silicone so won’t melt if you accidently leave it in the pan while cooking. They are strong and made of one piece so they won’t break with a tough dough. Plus, they come in a ton of fun colors!Get It Right Spatula

Do you need an idea for a white elephant gift? How about this inflatable moose head?? I think he is hysterical! Andrew and I got one for our apartment after we saw our friend Ty hang this moose up with his Christmas decorations. I seriously smile every time I look up at him. We got one for my mom and I think she did a great job accessorizing her moose for Christmas:Inflatable Moose Head

I hope this list gives you some ideas for how to stuff your own stockings this year! You can also see my lists from Stocking Stuffers 2013 and Stocking Stuffers 2012 for more ideas. Happy holidays!!

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Stocking Stuffer Gifts 2013

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I love the excitement of a Christmas stocking full of surprises! It’s a fun opportunity to give someone a few little practical or silly gifts. Last year, I shared with you some of the things I put in my parent’s Christmas Stockings 2012. This year, I have picked out a few more of my favorite things to fill their stockings! (I have made my family promise to stop looking at my blog until after Christmas, which I know pains my dad ;).) I hope this list gives you some ideas to fill someone’s stocking with goodies…or maybe your own!!

Coconut Body Butter from Trader Joe’s: I LOVE LOVE LOVE this body butter. It smells unbelievable, almost like coconut vanilla frosting. You are going to want to lick your fingers. In the dry winter season, it feels amazing to cover yourself in this thick whipped lotion that blends quickly into your skin and leaves it so soft. I feel good about using this because it’s made with pure coconut oil, shea butter, and other natural ingredients. Best part, it’s only $4.99 at Trader Joe’s!Stocking Stuffers 2013 / www.sarasfavoritethings.wordpress.com

Wall-mounted Bottle Opener and Magnetic Cap Catcher: A wall-mounted bottle opener is a fun gift for cracking open a bottle of beer or soda. You can find all different kinds, such as this Coca-Cola opener or this bear opener I got my dad for his cabin, or my favorite: Drink Wisconsinbly. You won’t have to search in a drawer for that missing bottle opener again! The other fun thing I found to go with the bottle opener is a magnet that you hang right below the opener. It is so powerful that it catches all caps that fall from the opener – no need to catch the cap yourself! The magnet will start to collect caps on top of each other, like bottle cap Jenga!Stocking Stuffers 2013 / www.sarasfavoritethings.wordpress.comStocking Stuffers 2013 / www.sarasfavoritethings.wordpress.com

Sugar Lip Balm: This lip balm feels so luxurious on your lips, it smells delicious and it will stay silky smooth on your lips for hours. My favorite is the clear balm in the brown tube below, which is perfect for everyday wear. I also have the petal balm, for when I’m looking for just a tint of color. It’s a bit of a steep price, but I think it’s totally worth it, along with the other 5,500 reviewers on Sephora who gave it an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars! It does have SPF 15 in it, but don’t take this to the beach with you because it will melt in hot temperatures.Stocking Stuffers 2013 / www.sarasfavoritethings.wordpress.com

A good CD: a perfect gift for transitioning away from the Christmas music they’ve had on replay the last month or two! Plus, it’s always great to get a recommendation of a new artist to listen to. I started listening to Gregory Alan Isakov recently and love his songs. His voice and guitar are so soothing and I can listen to him over and over again on repeat. To preview what he sounds like, listen to “The Stable Song” and “Raising Cane” from his CD That Sea, the Gambler.Stocking Stuffers 2013 / www.sarasfavoritethings.wordpress.com

Beaded Crystal Headband: this is a fun accessory for adding some sparkle to your holiday outfit. My favorite way to wear this headband is with my hair up in a messy bun – a little bit elegant and a little bit edgy. This one in particular from Banana Republic is very comfortable and worth the purchase – look for holiday discounts!

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Chocolate: because every stocking needs something a little sweet! I LIVE for these chocolate covered almonds from Trader Joe’s. The combination of the rich dark chocolate, the crunch of the turbinado sugar, and the slight hit of saltiness is divine. I bought some while at home with my family to take a picture and the tub was half gone before I could finish photographing them! Trader Joe’s has the best selection of chocolates above their freezer section, these in particular are only $3.99.Stocking Stuffers 2013 / www.sarasfavoritethings.wordpress.com

Some other ideas for stocking stuffers from my past blog posts: a few of these Nail Polish Remover Pads, a good book or two, these spiral hair pins, or a lemon/lime juicer for making my favorite margaritas.

I hope this gives you some good ideas! What would you want in your stocking this year? Any suggestions??