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Stocking Stuffers Loved Ones Will Love

Skip the dollar bin when filling stockings this year.
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It’s the mysterious, lovingly wrapped gifts that tend to get the most attention around the holidays, but stocking stuffers can be just as memorable. We’ve gathered 12 single-serve items that make superb small food gifts, for any budget.  –Denise Shoukas  and Eva Meszaros

Budget-Friendly Cheer

Stocking Stuffers - food giftsChocolate for Tea Lovers (and Vice Versa). Move over hot chocolate—chocolate tea is taking over. Republic of Tea’s Red Velvet Cuppa Chocolate tin is filled with zero-calorie, low-to-no caffeine chocolate herbal tea. It’s an ideal way to satisfy a sweet tooth without the guilt.
$9.50/36 tea bags; republicoftea.com

Flavors as Crazy as the Holidays. Who can deny that the holidays are crazy? Celebrate with a gift of J&M Foods Insanity Cheese Straws. All-natural cheese sticks made with cheddar get a touch of heat from chipotle peppers.
$3.30/2.5 oz. carton, $6.40/6 oz. carton; jm-foods.com

Seasonally Spiced Snacking. Torn Ranch's Mashuga Nuts come in three varieties: cinnamon-sugar spiced pecans, sweet-and-savory spiced pecans and double chocolate walnuts. Each pack sports charming artwork and is the perfect stocking size.
$4/2.25 oz. pouch, $7/4.5 oz. pouch; tornranch.com

Coffee for Everyone on Santa’s List. Depending on the recipient, consider an 8-ounce bag of HoHo Naughty or HoHo Nice medium-roast coffee grounds. The Nice variety tastes of sweet vanilla and nutmeg, while Naughty has notes of devilish dark chocolate.
$8.99/12 oz. grounds; paramountcoffee.com

For Cider, Wine or Anything that Needs Mulling. A blend of traditional mulling spices with no sugar or preservatives added, Spice Hunter’s Winter Sippers New England Mulling Spices are a great way to warm up as the weather cools down. Though small enough to slip into a stocking, one packet is enough for 10 servings. Mix it with whipped cream, eggnog or French toast for a special wintry treat.
$2.49/1.2 oz. packet; spicehunter.com

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Mid-range Tidings

Cheery Cashews. Feridies Cashews Holiday Lights tin houses lightly roasted cashews sprinkled with a dash of salt. These jumbo whole cashews are plump and packaged in a festive tin adorned with bright, colorful Christmas lights.
$19.95/18 oz. tin; feridies.com

Go Savory for the Holidays. Robert Rothschild Farm’s Favorites Set comprises three of its top-selling gourmet dips: Onion Blossom Horseradish Dip, Raspberry Honey Mustard Pretzel Dip and Buffalo Bleu Cheese Dip. The festive box makes gift-wrapping optional.
$24.99; robertrothschild.com

One Foodie to Rule Them All. Throw down the gauntlet with food-loving friends. Foodie Fight Rematch is the trivia game for gourmets, at-home chefs and food culture fanatics. Show your stuff by answering such questions as: What is the world’s most widely consumed red meat?* Let the games begin.
$22.95; chroniclebooks.com

Stocking Stuffers - food giftsThe Gingerbread Man Gets a Syrupy Filling. This decorative glass gingerbread man from Stonewall Kitchen is filled with 100 percent pure New England maple syrup. This sweet packaging makes a fun presentation perfect for gift-giving.
$18.95/8.45 oz.; stonewallkitchen.com

Variety is the Spice of Cocktails. For mixology fans, The Modern Cocktail Variety Pack offers an array of mixers to make the perfect cocktail at home—whatever your poison. Each Variety Pack includes five enticing flavors plus a salt or sugar rimming crystal for a dash of elegance. Choose from Berrytinis, Martinis, Margaritas, Tropical Highballs, Champagne Toppers and Bloody Mary.
$26.81; amazon.com

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Santa Splurge-worthy

Caviar for One. En-K de Caviar (pronounced anka, French for treat) is a sleek, single-serve caviar tin, offering a half-ounce of Oscietra caviar imported from France. Choose from six tin colors: azur, fuchsia, apple green, black, silver or gold.
$59; finesaler.com

Edible Works of Art. The chocolates in Emanuel Andrén’s collection resemble glass marble, with distinctive, swirling colors—and equally mesmerizing flavors. Four-piece gift boxes come in six themes to tailor for your recipient’s tastes: Rustic Harmony features cheese and marmalade infusions, while Rich and Robust boldly imparts flavors of whiskey and tobacco.
$98/box; emanuelandren.com

*Answer: Goat.


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