Stocking stuffers are often overlooked but sorely underrated. Too often, they consist of unnecessary or unwanted gifts (another bottle of lotion? You already have a million!), but it doesn't have to be that way! We've gathered 15 of the best stocking stuffers — from makeup brushes to bookshelves — and gifts in small packages with small prices.
A recipe to have on hand all Winter season is for chewy gingerbread cookies. Unlike the crispy counterparts that are typically rolled, cut out in festive shapes, and decorated with royal icing, this ultramoist, molasses-rich gingerbread cookie is slice-and-bake. There's no need to be a Betty Crocker decorator, because this convenient, quick method just requires you to engage your basic log-forming skills (channel your inner kindergartener in art class).
OK, here's the hard part. The cookie dough log has to be refrigerated to moisten up and firm up before being cut. Distract yourself by eating peppermint treats for the next two hours.
The molasses makes the dough salty, so to offset that (and to add a nice crunchiness), dip one side of the cookies in a bowl of granulated sugar.
The cookies will spread as they bake, so be sure to keep them spaced out. Once the cookies have emerged from the oven, serve them with milk, eggnog, or even turn them into an ice cream sandwich with vanilla or eggnog ice cream.
A visit with Santa is an annual tradition for many families, but it isn't always greeted with enthusiasm by tots. The idea of sitting on a stranger's lap causes many kids to cry and run back to their parents' arms. Thanks to technology, however, children can still interact with Santa without enduring a terrifying trip to the mall. From customized phone calls to personal emails, there are many ways for parents to keep the magic of Santa alive for a bit longer.
Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark of the Cooking Channel's Tripping Out With Alie & Georgia are known for their inventive and off-the-wall cocktails like the McNuggetini and the Drunkin' Donuts. Well, they're upping the ante this holiday season with a drink practically guaranteed to get you through the gauntlet of holiday parties: meet the Orange You Glad It's Got Tequila? The hosts showed us how to combine Nespresso Dolce Gusto espresso with alcohol to create an energizing and aromatic drink your guests will love. On Allie: H&M blazer and Club Monaco top Watch the segment, then get the recipe.
While most of our holiday shopping is dedicated to our kids, every hardworking mom deserves a little something special this time of year. When it came time to come up with a gift guide that's just for stylish, in-the-know moms, we went straight to the source — our very own editors. From a day at the spa to a designer handbag, and even a wish for whine-free holiday travel (we can dream, right?), the Sugar mom picks range from the practical to the luxe and lovely. We also threw in some of our favorite gifts (in other words, things we'd really like ourselves) we're picking up for our kids, hubbies, friends, and more! Check out what's on our holiday gift and wish lists this year!
Along with picking out the perfect holiday gift for your pet, select something really special for those you know who love the furry rascals. And these gifts are all handmade from celebrated Etsy artisans, making them even more unique. Celebrate the gift-giving season by giving one of these animal-themed trinkets that are sure to be cherished for years to come.
A beautiful cut of steak will only get you so far . . . next, it's all about mastering the Maillard reaction (a fancy way to describe the process of creating that crispy, caramelized crust on the outside of meat). Lucky for us, we have experts from Omaha Steaks to teach us the best technique for prepping and grilling steaks.
Even the most organized, well-prepared of moms have to leave something to the last minute, and for many of us, that something is stocking stuffers. Filling the kids' stockings with fun, original trinkets is always a challenge, but we've found that Etsy is a great resource for making things a whole lot easier. Resist the temptation to stock up on candy and plastic toys at the local drugstore, and instead peruse 25 of our favorite handmade Etsy finds — all quality gifts that you'll feel good gifting your little ones with . . . and they're all under $25!
This season, skip the bottle of wine and give your new home-owning friends one of these thoughtful gifts instead. Convenience is key — especially around the holidays — so whether they love to cook, entertain, or decorate, we've found stylish but functional must-have items for anyone with a new address. From a cozy home fragrance to a new addition to their bar cart, these 10 household essentials are sure to impress.
Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs know a thing or two about quality products; the two Food52 cofounders are the masterminds behind Provisions by Food52, an online home-goods shop. Since we're so besotted by the curated items (everything from vintage menu prints to handsome jadeite servingware) featured in Provisions, we asked the two arbiters of taste to reveal what they're secretly hoping to receive as gifts this season.
Terrain Washed Linen Napkins
"Great, reasonably priced dinner napkins are difficult to find. These washed linen napkins ($12 each) — I like them in charcoal — are soft, relaxed, well-made, and perfectly affordable." — Amanda
Suite One Studio Gray-Rimmed Platter
"I like the Alice in Wonderland quality of this Suite One Studio Brushstroke Regency Platter ($96), and yet it's also grown-up and useful. And pretty much any side-dish vegetable looks great on it." — Amanda
Everlane's The Cashmere Stole in Charcoal
"This oversized — and totally sumptuous — cashmere scarf ($250) is on both of our Christmas lists this year." — Merrill