Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

More Stocking Stuffer/ Secret Santa Ideas

Christmas is two weeks from today! For those of you who still have holiday shopping to do — or are just getting started — don’t forget to check out my holiday gift guides for some great suggestions for all the men and women in your life. If anyone needs help buying gifts for your kids, a generous DW reader would like to help someone. Also, to you sweet Canadians who asked if I could get an Amazon.ca affiliate link, I’ve got one now! You can click the widget on the sidebar (below the ModCloth ad) or bookmark the direct link, which is: ;

Since I wrote the holiday guides, I have some more stocking stuffer ideas I thought I’d share (these could also do well as Secret Santa gifts):

For Da Men

I got Drew some Richer Poorer socks for Hanukkah which were featured on Fab.com a few weeks back. I’ve never heard a man go on and on so much about some socks! If I’d have known they’d be such a hit, I would have bought 20 pairs! They’re no longer on Fab, but you can find them here (or at their home site, of course).

Stainless Steel Ice Cubes for whiskey lovers who don’t want their booze watered down. (Good for women too!).

Vosges Mo’ Bacon Caramel

Universal USB Charger

Red tartan plaid bow tie

Key bottle opener

For Da Ladies

Happy Hour pill case

Pretty, pretty luggage tags

Retro Rosie Earrings

Rosebud three lavish layers lip balm (who doesn’t love this stuff??)

Best hand cream ever (I used this constantly when I was a florist to keep my busted hands moisturized): Crabtree & Evelyn Gardeners Hand Therapy

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    MissDre December 11, 2012, 1:16 pm

    Damn! I made 2 Amazon purchases yesterday! If only I’d waited until I saw your Canadian link… Oh well, I’ve got it bookmarked now!

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    • Dear Wendy

      Wendy December 11, 2012, 1:29 pm

      Thanks!

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        absurdfiction December 11, 2012, 2:27 pm

        Wendy, I shop on ModCloth constantly, I am so glad you have an affiliate link! I’ve already bookmarked you Amazon link, but I don’t see the one for ModCloth. It says “Thanks For Shopping Through My ModCloth Affiliate Link Below!” but I don’t see a link, only plain text, and I really want to save it. I run Firefox, if that helps troubleshoot this at all…

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        Wendy December 11, 2012, 2:55 pm

        I actually don’t have a direct link like I do for Amazon, but if you click the ModCloth ad to get to the site, the special elves there will know to credit any purchases you make to my affiliate account. Thank you!

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        absurdfiction December 11, 2012, 2:57 pm

        I don’t see the ad either! And I’m not running any ad-blocking software. Oh well. 🙁

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  • iwannatalktosampson

    Iwannatalktosampson December 11, 2012, 1:21 pm

    Bhahahaha. I am going to start considering popping xanax happy hour too. Seems much classier. It’s the new wine.

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    GatorGirl December 11, 2012, 1:32 pm

    I use my fiance’s whiskey stones in my white wine all the time. I like my wine super chilled and with the stone it doesn’t get diluted!

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    • Lili

      Lili December 11, 2012, 2:51 pm

      Have you ever tried frozen grapes in white wine/champagne? They look so pretty and its fun to eat a few too, they taste just like Popsicles!

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        GatorGirl December 11, 2012, 3:05 pm

        Oh what a great idea! Now I just ned to convince my fiance to let me fill the ice cube bucket thing with grapes!

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      • LM

        LM December 11, 2012, 3:08 pm

        Try frozen blackberries too! When they soak in the alcohol – delish!

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        Addie Pray December 11, 2012, 5:44 pm

        brilliant! all the frozen fruit, brilliant.

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      • iwannatalktosampson

        Iwannatalktosampson December 11, 2012, 5:46 pm

        My mom and I did the frozen grapes thing in Canada while we were on our wine tasting tour and it was amazing. Drink a glass of wine and get rewarded with grapes!

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      • Cara

        Cara December 11, 2012, 7:10 pm

        Omnomnom, you have da best ideas!

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    lets_be_honest December 11, 2012, 1:33 pm

    Re the lip balm, I can’t seem to get past the idea of dipping my finger in a tub as being gross. Is that just me? Makes me feel like I miss out on 1/2 the lip balms though.

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      jlyfsh December 11, 2012, 1:38 pm

      this lip balm is worth the finger dipping. i use a tissue over my finger to get it out. i’m probably a little weird though. really though that lip balm is amazing, i always have one of the minted rose ones on my desk at work.

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        lets_be_honest December 11, 2012, 1:43 pm

        Someone should invent a dipping stick! I like the tissue idea though.

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        karenwalker December 12, 2012, 2:18 am

        they have lip brushes that are meant for lipsticks/glosses/accoutrements that could work as a dipping stick for lip balm

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      lemongrass December 11, 2012, 1:44 pm

      I hate lip balm in tubs too. I never need lip balm in the bathroom so I can’t wash my fingers first- I’ve been touching door handles, money, debit machines- yuck! Then afterwards I have balm on my finger. I also don’t like putting lotion on during the day at home because the perfume will make my food taste weird and I worry about getting oils on my clothes.
      I also count my banana slices for my PB & banana sandwiches so that I get the right amount of slices. My husband says I have OCD.

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    • LadyinPurpleNotRed

      LadyinPurpleNotRed December 11, 2012, 1:45 pm

      I don’t like it either. No lip thing has ever been worth it for me.

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    • FireStar

      FireStar December 11, 2012, 1:51 pm

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        lets_be_honest December 11, 2012, 1:54 pm

        Why not? Because I’m apparently just not bright enough to have thought of that lol.

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        jlyfsh December 11, 2012, 1:56 pm

        obviously i’m not a big makeup person because i had no idea these existed!

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      • Fabelle

        Fabelle December 11, 2012, 2:40 pm

        Ooh, I had one of those once. I always lose them though, or let them hang out too long in my purse (where they magnetically draw dirt & loose tobacco, becoming totally un-usable)

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        lets_be_honest December 11, 2012, 2:42 pm

        Keep your makeup stuff in a ziplock bag in your purse!

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      • FireStar

        FireStar December 11, 2012, 2:46 pm

        They have retractable ones too – it is the only thing that saves me. Though now I think Fabelle is some sort of cowgirl if she has loose tobacco in her purse.

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        lets_be_honest December 11, 2012, 3:17 pm

        haha, I know exactly what she meant. All the loose pieces that fall out of the pack. Makes for a nasty mess in the bottom of your bag.

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        lemongrass December 11, 2012, 3:27 pm

        I know I haven’t used a purse in a long time when I open it up and there’s loose tobacco in the bottom!

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      • CatsMeow

        CatsMeow December 11, 2012, 5:11 pm

        Yep. Happens to me too.

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      • Cara

        Cara December 11, 2012, 7:12 pm

        Ugh, yeah, loose tobacco is the worst!

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      EB December 11, 2012, 2:36 pm

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        lets_be_honest December 11, 2012, 2:44 pm

        You’re the best! I’m going to try it.

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        lets_be_honest January 4, 2013, 10:16 am

        EB, you’ll prob never see this, but I saw the tube kind in anthropologie last night, so I got it…love it! Thank you:)

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    lets_be_honest December 11, 2012, 1:35 pm

    I’m using a birchbox subscription as a stocking stuffer for my sisters and moms this year. Anyone have that? Its awesome.

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      kerrycontrary December 11, 2012, 1:48 pm

      OOOh what a great idea. I might not use it for christmas since I’m on a tight budget, but I’ll probably do this for my sister’s birthday.

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      ktfran December 11, 2012, 1:49 pm

      Ooh, I drew my cousins name and the limit is $30. She’s getting a three month subscription for Christmas.

      I need to get myself one. I’ve heard great things.

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        lets_be_honest December 11, 2012, 1:55 pm

        Do it! Seriously, I love getting my box every month.

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        ktfran December 11, 2012, 2:04 pm

        I put it on my Christmas list. But yeah, I think I’m going to have to do this for myself.

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        lets_be_honest December 11, 2012, 2:07 pm

        If you do, leave reviews for the samples you get in your box. For every 10 reviews, you get $10 toward other stuff.

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        ktfran December 11, 2012, 2:13 pm

        Good to know. Thanks!

        I have a friend that gets a box every month and she loves it too.

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      bethany December 11, 2012, 2:40 pm

      I had to look that up because I’d never heard of it… Sounds really cool though! Might be a nice idea for my sister in law when she goes away to college next year!

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    ktfran December 11, 2012, 1:51 pm

    Vosages chococlates are seriously delicious. If you haven’t tried them, you’re missing out. Plus, the person behind the chocolate is a very friendly woman from Chicago. I’m all for supporting local business women. And men, I guess.

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  • CatsMeow

    CatsMeow December 11, 2012, 2:00 pm

    Does anyone know how the stainless steel cubes compare to whiskey stones?

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    • iwannatalktosampson

      Iwannatalktosampson December 11, 2012, 2:04 pm

      I’m hoping everyone says the whiskey stones are the way to go because I just ordered some on amazon (holler wendy) for my brother.

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        Rachel December 11, 2012, 2:06 pm

        Ross loves the whiskey stones I got him last year

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      GatorGirl December 11, 2012, 2:05 pm

      I haven’t used the steel ones but the soap stone ones work nicely. We have used them in Whiskey and in my wine and the flavors don’t seem to transfer. Plus the soap stone feels cool.

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    bittergaymark December 11, 2012, 2:02 pm

    The bottle opener is so cool… Very Bond, James Bond… And the Bacon Caramel is probably beyond amazing…

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    stickelet December 11, 2012, 3:06 pm

    I got my friend the ice cubes for his birthday (Dec 21)! Thanks Wendy, I had no idea what I was going to get him.

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    kerrycontrary December 11, 2012, 3:42 pm

    I just found this: http://www.spinelessclassics.com. They are poster sized versions of full books (all the text from the book on one poster). Awesome gift for those bibliophiles out there.

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    • Cara

      Cara December 11, 2012, 7:19 pm

      That is awesome! I just told my brother that I want “The Hobbit” as a poster for christmas! Thank you so much!

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    Addie Pray December 11, 2012, 5:04 pm

    I love all your lists, Wendy. I always end up wanting to buy 1/2 of the items… for myself.

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