Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

Carrière Frères Candle $47 | Dr. Hunter’s Rose Hand Creme $14 | Table Topics cubes $25 | Feeling Smitten cupcake bath bombs $5.50/pc | Pink & grey clutch $37 | Zad Agate ring $13 | Deux Lux felix toiletry case $64 | Maybelline Baby Lips balms $3.49/tube

I‘m super excited to kick off the month continuing my yearly tradition of gift guides. Whatever holiday you celebrate, there’s always a place for small, inexpensive gifts for the people in your life. As a person on a tight budget, I try to keep gifts to friends & colleagues unique, but inexpensive. I’m a firm believer that thought & care that make the gift, not the price tag.

These trinkets (which I call stocking stuffers, but, again, can work for any type of gift-giving) are unique and pretty (and, admittedly, rather skewed toward the female sex) and in some cases, coveted the world over. Each has caught my eye for one reason or another.

I gravitate towards pink-and-grey combinations. I’m a total nut about potent, long-lasting scented candles (I love the Thymes brand–Douglas Fir smells just like a real Christmas tree–but the new Glade holiday candles are just as fantastic). I can’t stop swiping my lips with the new (and, so coveted it’s sold out many places) Baby Lips balms by Maybelline. I can’t pass up a sparkly bag, especially one to put my cosmetics in when I travel (plus, I can’t help but love that it comes in army green + gold — perfect to match with my Glitterati blouse!).


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  1. 12.01.2011 / 7:57 pm

    Great combo! I need some glitter in my life as well and I wish I could find baby lips here. In the meantime I have to wait 🙂

  2. 12.01.2011 / 8:01 pm

    I am currently obsessed with Maybelline Baby Lips balms! I also like to get some cute and comfy novelty socks to stuff in my families stockings 🙂

  3. 12.01.2011 / 9:37 pm

    Wonderful inspiration Kristina! Love the clutch and the ring. :-)xo, Christina

  4. 12.01.2011 / 9:55 pm

    Those cosmetic cases are adorable! Thank you for creating a gift guide that is actually affordable and not just a wish list.

  5. Stacy
    12.01.2011 / 10:35 pm

    Ordered the cupcake bath bombs for my daughter. She’ll love them.

  6. 12.01.2011 / 10:56 pm

    I love the LuLu pink and gray clutch amazing

  7. 12.01.2011 / 11:19 pm

    A) Can I have your savvy design skills?B) I have that Dr. Hunter’s cream in my desk NOW – love it!

    Another great post :0)

    xo Carla (

  8. 12.02.2011 / 5:08 pm

    Such an amazing roundup! I need one of those makeup bags in my life, and I’ve been wondering about those lip balms! The bath cupcakes look brilliant, and the festive season would not be complete without scented candles!

  9. 12.02.2011 / 10:54 pm

    absolutely love pink and grey, too. great gift ideas! those cosmetic bags are a great find.

  10. 12.06.2011 / 4:40 pm

    Great Ideas! im always looking for small presents. im doing gift guides all week also 🙂

  11. 12.11.2011 / 3:30 pm

    I love Baby Lips! At first, if your lips are really chapped like mine, t feels as if it is cheap and isn’t going to work. But with continued use it is AMAZING! My lips are now back to normal. It’s my new favorite! I have several flavors.

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