The time to order your last-minute gifts is now, people. And if you’ve still got some stocking stuffers left to buy, and would rather not get everyone Starbucks cards this year, we’ve gathered together 23 slightly off-the-beaten-path doodads and gizmos that are either extremely useful or extremely delightful (and sometimes both).
Umami tomato paste — made from tomatoes, olives, anchovies, Parmesan, and dried porcini — will give a serious flavor boost to their humdrum pomodoro sauce or deviled eggs. It also happens to be one of our favorite cult condiments. Order this pack of two, and give a tube to two of your favorite foodies.
This tiny hand cream (its a little smaller than a lime) is housed in very cute harp seal.
On the subject of cute hand creams: banana-scented hand cream. In a banana.
Star Wars Band-Aids: always a crowd-pleaser.
This $3 ladybug contact-lens case is both adorable and useful.
Socks are a cliché stocking stuffer for a reason: because they are a good, inexpensive small gift! These cheerful Happy Socks are very nice.
A fold-out travel organizer that comes with four mesh zipper pouches and a little loop up top so you can hang it by a doorknob or a wall hook.
The perfect couple gift: A headphone splitter so they can watch Vanderpump Rules together on a plane.
Good for a 6-year-old who just got back from Disney World, or a hipster 22-year-old, who just got back from Disney World.
Meet the “Groomarang”: it’s a beard-styling comb that ensures his cheek, jaw, and neckline get groomed in a straight line.
Give the gift of 75 of the New York Times’ easiest crossword puzzles: a perfect thing for them to occupy themselves with while half-watching TV over a lazy holiday weekend.
A sports bra? For a stocking stuffer? Why not!
A silicone pineapple ice-cube tray: perfect for a party thrower.
For someone who’s gotten into loose tea: a “perfect” tea ball from Teavana.
Mr. Nosey, one of our favorite “Mr. Men” books, will delight any young ones on your list.
The iRing is a little gizmo you stick onto the back of your phone (so you don’t drop it while taking photos). It also doubles as a phone stand.
Our favorite (and apparently Jenny Holzer’s) Japanese pot scrubber will change the way they wash dishes.
Turn Christmas into a “flavor-tripping” party: Have everyone pop one of these tablets in their mouth and then suck on a lemon-slice. Let the fun ensue.
This pocket-size drawing journal offers imaginative “prompts” for tiny things to draw, like a hot-pepper flake or the last bite of a cookie. Pair it with a fancy pencil.
Plop this ingenious little egg timer to a pot of boiling water and its red face changes color to indicate when your egg is soft, medium, or hard-boiled.
Give a pack of these Dynotag stickers to the forgetful friend in your life: They can stick them on their phone, keys, remote control, umbrella, or the bottom of their husband’s shoes, and they’ll be able to track their whereabouts.
For a big stocking: a five-pound bag of Haribo peach gummies.
The ideal stocking stuffer: some animal-butt magnets.
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