During Christmas shopping, stocking fillers often become secondary gifts, obligatory pieces of jewelry. We believe that this is the wrong approach. (Smaller gifts are often used the most! Here is our list of smart, fun and useful gifts that fit in socks that hang over the fireplace and make everyone happy on Christmas morning—and good after.
UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit ($10)
This waterproof case can accommodate 12 matches, making it perfect for a backcountry skier or winter tourist on your list and should be constantly in your protection kit. Once lit, they will burn for up to 15 seconds, which is convenient for triggering fires in emergencies or under suboptimal conditions.
Printworks Classic Dominos ($32)
Nowadays we spend more and more time inside, so the games have gained a new meaning. If you are tired of playing cards, scramble and monopoly, get these beautiful wooden dominoes to create hours of entertainment for the whole family. Practice your skills and then make your best impression of an ice cube from this classic clip.
Field Notes National Parks Three-Pack ($13)
Keeping a diary often helps me in difficult times. Recording your thoughts and feelings—both good and complex—makes it easier to process them. These notebooks are a good starting point because they are small enough to go anywhere with you, and nice if you just sit at home on your desk.
Voormi Everyday Gaiter ($35)
This is currently my most used piece of Equipment. Designed for the daily COVID mask, it is a high quality wool neck with ear loops to ensure it stays up. If you drive or between stops, it is comfortable on the neck. I also look forward to using it as the primary facial cover for warmth and safety this ski season.
Huckberry Beanie ($28)
Made from a blend of acrylic and wool, this hat is perfect for cold walks with your dog or even skiing, but it’s not too thick and warm so I can’t wear it to stay cozy while I work at home. Made in Japan and available in a ton of colors, it looks great on all and fits almost any outfit.
Jacobsen Salt Co. Habanero Salt ($11)
Jacobsen produces the best salt I’ve ever tasted (it’s hard to use anything else once you’ve tried this brand), and this version adds a good kick to many dishes. Sprinkle them with eggs in the morning, add them to a smoothie in the afternoon and eat your fried chicken for dinner.
Urban Agriculture Grow Your Own Christmas Tree ($25)
Here is a gift that really passes on. With simple instructions you will have a spruce shoot in a few months. After a year of growth indoors, it will be ready to plant outdoors. Then you can leave it forever or give it a few years and cut it off when you’re ready to celebrate Christmas around your own handmade Christmas tree.
Cool Material Space Candle ($24)
Does the room really have a smell? Is this a Zen koan? Anyway, it’s a cool and ambitious idea to try to grab what might smell there. Give this candle to the lover of space in your family and you will be happy to light it.
PhD Outdoor Ultra Light Grateful Dead x Smartwool Print Crew Socks ($27)
“Fire on the Mountain”, a short film by Chris Benchetler that was put on the soundtrack of Grateful Dead, is definitely my favorite movie this season. He’s not trying to impress us, he’s just celebrating what it means to be outside. Along with the film, Benchetler also helped create several Grateful Dead-inspired smartwool products, including these lightweight socks that are perfect for relaxing in the house or for quick hikes along the way.
Oura Ring Health Tracker ($300)
It is an expensive stocking filler, but it will really appeal to the right recipient. Like a ring, it’s less bulky than a watch and tracks everything from your workouts to your sleep steps. Now I am totally addicted and I also love how it looks. My suggestion: Go with the legacy version in black.