OH, WHAT FUN it is to open a bunch of small, precious packages. Which is why we love hunting for (and receiving!) stocking-stuffer mini-presents. No pressure to make sure it’s the gift of anyone’s dreams. Just a little joy wrapped up and dropped into a funny-looking stocking.
The National Museum of Women in the Arts’ very first fashion exhibit is a retrospective of the arty clothing of designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy. Their 13-year-old luxury label is known by Rodarte (a variation on their mother’s maiden name, Rodart). If you can’t make it to the show, the museum shop is selling a book of paper dolls ($36). Wouldn’t your niece just love to dress up the sister duo in a total of 12 different looks?
LEFT: A little high on the hog for a stocking stuffer, but fans of Fornasetti will swoon for this Labbra Scented Candle ($195). Although they’ll have to wait because a note from the Amara website says it won’t be in stock again until Jan. 8. Maybe for Valentine’s Day? RIGHT: We first noticed Mackenzie-Childs’ Courtly Check moose a few years ago when the company introduced it as a centerpiece. We couldn’t be happier that it has now popped up as a Moose Bottle Stopper. For a stylish host. It’s $32 at Mackenzie-Childs.
LEFT: For your friend who can never keep track of where her glasses are. Anthropologie’s Colloquial Glasses Case will be a timely reminder and a fun way to protect a favorite pair of specs. $20, Anthropologie. RIGHT: Wouldn’t this Eye-Black Matchbox be the perfect match for the Fornasetti candle shown above? Or for that matter, anyone’s cocktail table in need of a little graphic whimsy. $4, John Derian.
Among Peter Carl Fabergé’s elite clientele were the last two czars of the Romanov family, for whom he crafted Easter eggs in rare gems and precious metals. For a close-up look at the real Imperial Easter eggs, head to D.C.’s Hillwood Museum for the exhibit “Fabergé Rediscovered. In the meantime, someone on your list might be thrilled with these Russian Imperial Mini Egg Ornaments. $60 for six at the Metropolitan Museum of Art shop.
LEFT: Made of beeswax, jojoba oil and tree resin, Bee’s Wrap Lunch Pack is the eco-friendly alternative to sealing sandwiches and such with plastic. Save the oceans; give it to everyone. $21, Amazon. RIGHT: Undeniably preppy and practical, these knit Bow Tech Gloves will let your pal keep on texting, no matter how low the Fahrenheit dips. Also available in white and black, $36, Tuckernuck.
LEFT: Who doesn’t need a little off-screen time? Little Puzzle Thing™ jigsaws are miniature puzzles that can be completed in 20 minutes or less. The Food series (which also includes a New York slice, papaya, eggplant and birthday cake) is a timed edition, printed in limited quantities. Little Puzzle Thing – Brocoli, $15, Areaware. RIGHT: These hand-painted solid milk chocolate lipsticks are sold out. But you can still make someone smile with a dark chocolate and salted caramel martini glass and a white-chocolate pimento olive from Maggie Louise’s Happy Hour Chocolate Gift Box. $16, Neiman Marcus.
LEFT: Maybe a bit more of an “important” gift than a stocking stuffer, these Surprise Earrings from Reliquia (named for the word meaning family heirloom in Spanish) will suit your sister who likes the look of vintage. $145, Shopbop. RIGHT: A quartet of star-crossed ladies on this decoupage Les Nebuleuses Plate with velvet backing is the perfect place to corral one’s jewelry after a night out—and to find it again the next day. $50, Catbird.