We’re all already thinking it, so I’m just going to come out and say it: Presents are great, but stockings are the real MVP of Christmas.
I know, you’re feigning disagreement. On the outside, you’re like, “What! NO. Come on. #TeamPresents!”, but on the inside, you’re realizing you’ve thought this your entire life and never had the courage to say it outright.
Here’s the thing—pouring out the contents of an overly stuffed stocking is like opening 25 gifts all at the same time. It’s the definition of loot. And usually these things need to be on the smaller side, so they have the added bonus of being super cute and fun to open. Basically, stocking stuffers rock and they’re far more fun than any actual gift that you wrap this season. Here’s a guide to what we wish Santa would fill our stockings with this Christmas!
Sarah Britton, the brilliant photographer and food blogger behind My New Roots, just launched her first line of prints feature fruits, veggies, and all things healthy and beautiful. We’re in love with this cute little beet crystal formation—and it’s perfect for the foodie in your life.
Smudging is an ancient home ritual used to cleanse a person, place, or thing of bad energy. Lately, the semi-mystical process has come into vogue amongst the in-the-know (or particularly superstitious) wellness set. And whether you believe it works or not, smudging with palo santo or white sage does make your space smell incredible. Gift this smudge set to someone who could use some fresh, renewed energy in 2017.
We saw beauty ingestibles reach new heights in 2016, but there’s no reason to assume that the demand for skin- and hair-enhancing supplements will diminish anytime soon. For the pal that’s obsessed with anti-aging, gift Fountain’s best-selling set. The viscous liquids are easily added into any beverage—we add a teaspoon to our morning smoothies—and add a boost of nutrients specially formulated to improve skin tone and texture. The Hyaluronic molecule delivers cell-plumping moisture, while the Beauty molecule is a combination of antioxidant-rich resveratrol and hyaluronic acid.
Travel-sized products are always appreciated (so cute! so easy to carry!), and last just long enough for the discriminating beauty aficionado to decide if it’s worth splurging on the full-sized thing. We have a feeling that whoever’s lucky enough to find this set in their stocking will want to upgrade—EiR’s natural and organic essential oil-based products are made for active lifestyles, but they’re super chic and effective.
You know when someone opens up a gift and everyone in the room bounds over to see what it does? There’s always one present, usually the most unassuming one, that ends up being the most popular guest at the party. Well, this acupressure massage mat is definitely that gift. You’ll probably end up wanting one for yourself after trying out its 6210 foam spikes, so you might as well buy two now!
Even the health conscious enjoy a drink every now and then. Gin is a relatively clean alcohol—it’s low in sugar and typically low in contaminants, and it’s plant-derived—which is why the gin and tonic is a popular cocktail amongst the wellness set. Help your buddy customize their favorite beverage with this selection of 10 botanicals meant to elevate any basic G&T.
The kindest gift you can give to that friend with perennial heavy under-eye bags (other than a weekend getaway): A gentle, soothing alarm clock that slowly brightens as a wake-up call. No more jarring beeps and buzzes to startle you awake—this intuitive clock is perfect for sensitive sleepers.
We were lucky enough to get our hands on the Rove foldable foam roller a few weeks ago, and “obsession” doesn’t even come close to describing how much we love this feat of athletic engineering. Although it’s too late to get yours in time for Christmas (the product goes to production in January and is set to be delivered in March), you can still buy it online and receive a stylish card that’ll let the recipient know what to look forward to.