The stockings were hung by the chimney with care in hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there. Right. So, it’s crunch time now. You’ve pretty much checked off your gift list and then onto the stockings. They are fun to open but a bitch to gather up.
We know how filling the stockings can also add up but thank goodness for some family traditions. Ours always includes an orange, chocolate and a magazine. Here are a few more items to stuff your stockings we’ve found that are under $10 – some fun, hopefully useful and better than a lump of coal.
Me to We Rafiki bracelet: ($10) In Swahili, the word for friend is Rafiki. These bracelets have always been a favourite of ours to give and receive. Each bracelet is made with traditional art techniques by a mama artisan in Kenya. Each beautiful Rafiki bracelet in the collection also gives back to charity — you can even track how your purchase impacts directly to the community to supports. This “Frozen Snowflake” edition gives access to education. Link here.
ALL NATURAL BATH BOMBS by FreshBatch.ca: ($7.99 each msrp) Feel pampered with this luxurious bath soak after a long day of cookie baking or turkey feasting. Several beautiful natural scents to carry you away to the land of sugar plum fairies. Link here.
EPIC BLEND HEMP LIP BALM: ($3.49 US) keep lip from getting all chapped and dry this winter with this natural blend of organic moisturizing balms made with organic hemp seed oil. Variety of flavours available. Gluten free, non-GMO, petroleum free, and cruelty free. They smell good too! Link here.
Thursday Plantation 100% Pure Eucalyptus Oil: ($9.99 at well.ca) We found this essential oil to be handy in so many ways from providing relief to headaches to helping with coughs and colds. Dilute with water in a spritz bottle and spray your shower walls and curtains for a soothing and mind-clearing experience all year round. Link here.
BOOT RESCUE Salt Stain Remover Wipes: ($8.99 msrp) the winter salt stains are damaging to our boots and shoes but Boot Rescue’s all natural formula helps to protect your leather and suede items. And it’s Canadian too! This box of 10 individual wipes are convenient to toss in your handbag or backpack. Link here.
22 PIECE SET FIRST AID KIT from Indigo: ($10) For the world traveller or urban explorer this handy little kit is ideal for the person on the go . For peace of mind it comes with a variety of items to handle little emergencies (we know how it can get when you’re slugging through the rush hour commute in the city) or as you jet set for that weekend get away to Miami. Link here.
STRUT-N-IT Non-slip insoles: ($6.99 msrp) It’s where fashion meets footsore with this line of insoles. Peel off the adhesive and stick inside your shoes to help avoid slips and missteps. Memory foam helps reduce pain because their shock absorbent. Silpure provides the insoles with anti-microbial technology to give you long lasting freshness and door protection. Several patterns to choose from.Great for high heels, casual shoes and sneakers. Link here.
SCRUB DADDY: ($5.98 each msrp at Home Depot) sponge is best recognized with it’s smiley face. It’s actually famous for it’s it’s scratch free FlexTexture side that changes texture based on the water temperature (firm in cold water for tougher scrubbing, warm water or light cleaning. This sponge is six times more absorbent that others and keeps odors at bay. Link here.
GLITTER & GOLD STAR from DAVIDsTEA: ($8.00 each) This tea actually has pretty little gold-star sprinkles in the blend! Perfect of the festive season, this sweet with a hint of spice black tea is neatly packaged up in the star ornament that can be used after the holidays to keep other treasures. Other tea flavours available. Link here.
MAILLE CORNICHONS: Our favourite and most delicious brand of mustards has recently introduced a line of cornichons (pickles) to the market. Great for the foodie’s stocking! Lots of great recipes on their site you’ll want to use this holiday season too. Link here.
PAPABUBBLE TORONTO: This hand-made candy takes traditional methods of making hard candy. The sweet treats are made right in the shop where visitors will often see the artisans at work. Each piece of candy is rolled out made with only five ingredients. Many flavours to choose from. Holiday mixes are available in a variety of sizes. Link here.
PEANUT SATAY SAUCE by Wicked Gourmet: ($10 per bottle) Add a little wicked fun to a spice lover’s stocking with this delicious Peanut Satay Sauce. Rich and flavourful, it is the perfect dipping accompaniment to chicken, pork, shrimps, grilled fish or beef. Its thick texture means it sticks to your food, adding that spicy kick you have been waiting for. Link here
LIP SCRUB by froosh: ($10 per jar) You’ll be wanting to yell, pucker up butter cup with this all natural lip scrub. The small all-in-one jar of exfoliant and moisturizer packs a big punch. Lips all around the family will be thanking you. Link here