Make (the adults) happy with these stocking stuffers this year! Your creativity will be noted, and even the pickiest family member will adore a Wire-cutter approved pepper grinder.
Stocking stuffers for the foodie
- Mini-bottles of flavored olive oil. One of my recent favorites was this company’s Persian lime but interesting combinations abound; a cilantro onion flavor once made cooking anything Mexican-flavored a cinch.
- Blooming tea flowers. Each blossom provides a moment of meditation, a warm flavorful cup of tea, and a beautiful design on the bottom of your cup.
- Penzy’s spices. (Swap in the local favorite, if needed.) Try an ounce of dried lemon zest or a more complex mix, like pico fruita.
- Uncommon nut or seed butters. Try pumpkin seed butter or black tahini.
- Fancy tinned fish. My favorite brands are Cole’s and Wild Planet— Cole’s Smoked Trout is particularly good. *For potent fish lovers only.
Stocking stuffers for the difficult to please
- Very nice chocolate. Truffles from Lake Champlain, Burdick’s, or Recchiuti are likely to please chocolate-lovers.
- Seasoned nuts. Simple classics may be your friend– like the honey roasted peanut.
- A new pepper mill— not just for peppercorns! Include a packet of coriander as one option other than black pepper.
- A fish spatula. Used for more than fish, this thin and flexible spatula is good for flipped roasted vegetables, oversized omelets, and, of course, fish.
- Spare batteries for that one item that always takes the odd battery. Perhaps it’s a CR2025, CR2032, or just the weird battery for the smoke alarm.
Stocking stuffers for the adventurous
- Crickets. Perhaps made into Chirps Cricket Chips.
- Chardonnay Wine Flour. Made from the grape must, it’s a lovely way to reduce food waste while also inserting a little extra flavor and some nutrients.
- Aleppo Pepper. These lovely peppers haven’t become trendy, but they have a nice citrus kick as well as your classic hot pepper flavor (on the milder side).
- New types of pasta. Lentil pasta may be passe (if delicious), but how about edamame spaghetti?
- Uncommon chocolate flavors. Vosges offers a nice little variety of pack of beautiful bars with the usual (salted almond, anyone?) and less common (coconut ash?).
Happy stocking stuffing!
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Disclosure: Amazon links are Amazon affiliate links. I have tried most of the products on this list– but not all. The pepper mill, for example, is on my shopping list. Don’t tell the recipient!