Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Ideas for Stockings

At some point after becoming adults ("grown-ups" would be too much of a stretch), my sister and I started doing Christmas stockings for my folks, after years of them doing stockings for us (and by "them" I of course mean my Mom). We quickly discovered that finding useful and/or entertaining gifts that are small enough to fit in a stocking but not break the bank can be quite a challenge. Suffice it to say my folks both have an ample supply of travel-size toiletries and decks of cards! So, to make life easier for you, here are some gift ideas that will easily fit (well, mostly) in the average stocking:

  • 2010 bookmark calendars ($7.95) -- artists, countryside, Hokusai
  • adorable magnetic bookmarks ($2)
  • "Novel Teas" ($3) -- English breakfast tea with literary quotes
  • "Quotesters" ($9) - a tin of one dozen quotable coasters
  • reading glasses ($18) -- impossible to have too many of these!
  • microfiber cleaning cloths ($6) -- perfect for the aforementioned glasses
  • magnetic poetry in various themes ($12/box; $5/tin) -- book lovers, nature, more!
  • Theo organic fair trade chocolate ($4) -- yummy flavors
  • lovely pocket memo pads with pen ($6)
  • book lights ($15) -- we're running low on these
  • card games of all types (various prices)
  • Bananagrams ($15) -- need I say more? FUN!
  • Already got Bananagrams? Try Appletters or Pairs in Pears ($15)
  • collage light-switch plates ($10) -- so cute!
  • blank books in various sizes and prices
  • 60-piece jigsaw puzzles ($12/pack of 4) -- wonderful pictures
  • memory game ($14.50) -- kittens, puppies, or travel themes
  • guidebooks to Oregon wine country or Portland happy hours (new ed) ($15)
  • Walk There: 50 Treks in and Around Portland &Vancouver ($9.95)
  • Portland Walls: In Celebration of Local Murals postcard book ($14.95)
  • The new edition of The Blue Pages ($12.95) -- informed shopping!
  • National Audubon Field Guide to the Pacific Northwest ($19.95) -- a perfect stocking fit
  • The new Fearless Critic guide to Portland restaurants ($14.95) - bit chubby but should fit
  • Ok, this last one might stretch the average stocking, but it's too good to pass up: A NEW David Sedaris CD with four LIVE performances! What a hoot! ($17.98)
  • Hottest ticket in town: Broadway Books magnets!!! ($5)

How's that for a list? I think I know what MY folks will be getting this year.....Quantities of many of these items are limited, so don't delay.

1 comment:

  1. I think that list is lacking Farkel!


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