(Original story published on Monday November 24th, 2014 on Slice.ca.)
What was once the home to the gifts you needed more than the gifts you wanted – socks, dental floss, a toothbrush, and maybe a pair of completely unsexy underwear or two – has now become the gift we actually look forward to most. From the prettiest stationery set to a cool new contraption for taking the perfect selfie, here are twenty stocking stuffers that SO don’t suck. Plus, they’re under $25.
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1. Golden Magnetic Frames
For a great way to show off your favourite Instagram pictures while adding a seriously opulent touch to your fridge, go for CB2’s Set of 6 MagneticGold Frames ($23).
2. The Selfie Contraption
Time to perfect those #selfie skills. Urban Outfitters’ The Selfie ($20) boasts a shutter release that’s perfect for self-portraits and group shots, helping you achieve the best photo every single time.
3. A Pretty Stationery Set
A lovely stationery set is an essential for any proper lady, and Rifle Paper Co.’s Global Greetings Stationary ($22) is a cute and sweet option.
4. Parisienne Pencil Case
Whether used as a pencil case or travel makeup bag, Anthropologie’s Parisienne Pencil Case ($24) is a très chic option you’ll want to take with you wherever you go.
5. Glamorous Game Night
For cocktail parties or a casual afternoon, game time just got the lavish treatment with Anthropologie’s Metallic Playing Cards ($18).
6. The ‘It’ Coffee Table Book
The book fashion editors, socials, actors and models alike are obsessing over right now? How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style and Bad Habits ($20). Written by four accomplished French women with that serious je ne sais quoi, this book is a fresh take on how to dress, entertain, have fun and behave like a true Parisian.
7. EOS Lip Balm Collection
For the girl who likes her EOS lip balm (read: every girl), this Rachel Roy Lip Balm Collection – Pack of 3 ($15) makes the perfect small gift. The lip balms come in pink grapefruit, strawberry kiwi and orange blossom, and are packed with Vitamin E and Shea butter for ultra-long-lasting hydration, making them ideal for use in these dry and cold winter months.
8. The Pretty Handbag Notebook
For the prettiest way to record passing thoughts, ideas and memos, go with Kate Spade’s pocket-size Leatherette Small Rose Gold ($14).
9. Coffee Stencils
Up your coffee game with Urban Outfitters’ Coffee Stencil Set ($12). Add your favourite seasoning to your morning cup of Joe in the shape of a heart, reindeer or moustache.
10. Smartphone Camera Lens
Take a 180-degree-view of the world around you, or an up-close shot on the tiniest little detail. It’s all possible on your smartphone, thanks to Anthropologie’s Magnetic Smartphone Camera Lens ($20).
11. A Winter-Perfect Candle
Add that warm, winter feeling to any room in your home with Indigo’s Mini Mercury Candle in Vanilla Maple Syrup ($9).
12. The Travel Mug
An essential for coffee and tea lovers everywhere: J.Crew’s Travel Mug ($19), which comes in both gold and white.
13. Stacking Rings
Delicate and lady-like, Foe and Dear’s Classic Hammered Stacking Ring ($20) is a simple piece every woman needs in her jewellery box. The ring is available in both sterling silver or 14K gold.
14. A Cool Coaster Set
Featuring illustrations of New York, London, Tokyo and Paris, Rifle Paper Co.’s Cities Coaster Set ($16) makes the perfect gift for any globetrotter.
15. Monogrammed Handbag Essentials
A compact mirror and pill box are quite useful in a woman’s purse, so it comes as no surprise that we’re completely obsessed with Pottery Barn’s Silver Purse Accessories Collection ($16-19) which can be personalized with monogrammed initials.
16. Emergency Kit
Perfect for your purse, car or desk drawer at the office, Pinch Provisions’ Minimergency for Herkit ($16) is bound to save you time and time again from everyday hiccups.
17. A Decadent Hot Chocolate Mix
Icy winter days spent trapped indoors just got a whole lot better thanks to Williams Sonoma’s Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate ($18).
18. Tech-Friendly Winter Gloves
Don’t let ice-cold temperatures prevent you from accessing your smartphone! All you need is West Elm’s Tech Knit Gloves ($14) that feature touchscreen-compatable fingertips so you can keep on Instagramming in the cold… err, we mean, respond to those pressing work emails!
19. The Portable Charger
Juice up your phone wherever you are, with Urban Outfitters’ lightweight and compact Portable Phone Charger ($24). It’s universally compatible, so you can just hook it up to your smartphone with your current USB power cable and you’re good to charge.
20. Lucky You Bottle Opener
Small and handy, West Elm’s Lucky You Bottle Opener(on sale for $9) makes a sweet and practical gift.