In the long game that is holiday gift-giving, stocking stuffers often fall to the end of the list — resulting in a hastily assembled jumble of candy canes and lottery tickets in a felt sock. We can do better.
This year, we’ve made it easy to master the art of the tiny-yet-memorable gift with a curated collection of five Etsy shops sure to wow. Stock up on glitter-infused bath bombs, literary candles and whimsical mini-calendars, then sit back and revel in your gifting prowess.
Psst! New to Etsy? Spend $50 or more on your first-ever purchase and get $10 toward your next must-have.* Pass it on.
A Candle to Read By
Oxford Library Candle by Frostbeard, $18
If you’re giving a candle as a gift, it best be a good one. Candlemaker and literary bon vivant Frostbeard has created a line of book-inspired scents with names like Gatsby’s Mansion, Trashy Romance Novel, and Divination Classroom (for the Harry Potter fans). We’re currently pining for Oxford Library, a rich and woodsy scent that evokes rolling ladders, spiral staircases and leather-bound books. Shop owners Roxie and Tom promise that this scent “will have you rushing to your local library faster than you can say ‘Dewey Decimal System.'”
A (Mini) Calendar
2017 Foxes and Florals Mini Wall Calendar by Papio Press, $16
We love Papio Press’s animal-adorned calendars, planners, prints, and stationery. Illustrated with an array of whimsical prancing foxes, this mini wall calendar (only 6″ x 8″!) will get an “aww” from tween cousins and mothers-in-law alike.
A Glam Bath Bomb
Black Universe Bath Bomb by Kiyi Kiyi, $8
Bath time should be an experience, and Kiyi Kiyi’s Black Universe bath bomb delivers: Simply throw in the tub to create a shimmering purple pool laced with gold glitter — perfect for the aspiring mermaid. Check out the rest of this shop for lip balms, bar soap, and more unusual bath products (robots and dinosaurs make an appearance).
Unisex Mushroom Socks by Yu Square, $9
Colorful mushrooms, fruit trees, and street scenes adorn knitwear designer Yu Square’s eclectic patterned socks and hats. Ditch the staid solids and make getting dressed more fun for everyone on your list.
Not-So-Basic Cases and Pouches
Mermaid iPhone Sleeve by Ross Miu, $12.50
Designer Ross Miu has created a line of ’90s-inspired transparent pouches and iridescent phone cases that add pizzazz to your iPhone (or your pencil collection). Looking for more unique accessories? Check out our handy gift guide.
What’s your signature stocking stuffer gift?
*First-time buyers who make a purchase of at least $50 with one Etsy seller will receive a $10 gift card from Etsy. Limit 1 per buyer, ends 12/12/2016, redeem by 1/31/2017. Terms and conditions apply.