We’re moving into day two of our Twelve Days of Christmas Shopping series with ‘Stocking Stuffers’ being the topic for the day. Not all gifts have to go under the tree, in fact some of the best presents can fit nicely right inside a stocking. Today’s list will include a handful of gift suggestions in a reasonable price range and then a couple big ticket items, for if you really want to surprise them. I love nothing more than opening a couple little things, like chocolate candies and mitts, only to find buried at the bottom a small box with shiny pretties.
Starting off with sweets because what stocking is complete without candied oranges and chocolate? My favorite quick sweet thing to make during the holidays is candied orange peel, a once popular treat during the 18th century is usually only had in modern fruitcakes today. As mentioned I usually make my own, which you can too – this is my favorite recipe, or if you’re short on time pick up these Italian candied orange peel strips from Market Hall Foods. They’re great for baking and snacking! For chocolates, American Heritage Chocolate is hands down our favorite. Choose from their gourmet hot cocoa or one of their varieties of rich chocolate perfect for nibbling, baking, or the most decadent hot chocolate you’ve ever had.
Hot chocolate not your thing? Try a historically inspired tea from Sense & SensibiliTea, a purveyor of fine hand blended teas which aims to recreate teas from different time periods. Hands down our favorites are Wolfe’s Spice tea and Great Fire of London tea, a 17th Century blend.
No gift of loose leaf tea is complete without a strainer to accompany it. A quick search for antique or vintage tea strainers on Etsy.com can produce a number of beautiful strainers at reasonable prices. If you’re looking for a guaranteed good find without having to do all the legwork check out this Victorian style brass tea strainer from the Madison Bay Company.
Have an avid seamstress or tailor on your list? Check out Burnley & Trowbridge’s selection of sewing tools which make perfect little stocking stuffers. You could even go all out and top it off with a sewing housewife, we like Haydenhill Handmades completely hand sewn 18th Century style housewife that comes with a beeswax cake and thread winder and Wednesdays Child Is offers a completely stocked early to mid 19th century housewife based on the instructions in the Workwoman’s Guide, better order now though to ensure arrival by Christmas.
The next suggestion isn’t strictly historical but is one of my favorite things to pick up before going to special events. I’m late to the party on discovering them, but Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab has some incredible scents which can really tie all of the elements of your ensemble together to help create this persona or character. My favorite scents that I’ve sampled so far have been Alice, which to me is a sweet and feminine innocence all dripping in honey and tea cakes, and Hollywood Babylon which oozes with that late 1920s/1930s decadence. If you’d like a scent that is based on historical recipes LBCC Historical has a selection of perfumes that span the centuries, perfect for those who really want to get into character.
Another gift I’d be thrilled to find nearly stuffed in my stocking is this adorably feminine puffed cap ribbon and breast knot set from Fashionable Frolick. She offers a variety of colors and styles perfect for mixing and matching.
Looking for something for the man in your life? If he has a flintlock chances are he could use some flints from Najecki Reproductions, be sure to call for availability as his shop doesn’t appear to have been updated recently. Another practical gift can be cartridge papers, I really like the looks of Samson Historical’s new cartridge paper pads. If you like to save on shipping like I do another perfect stocking stuffer from Samson Historical is one of their fine clay pipes and tobacco. My husband is an avid pipe smoker and of the various clay pipes he’s tried theirs has been his favorite.
Now to the good stuff, if you really want to impress her this holiday season pick up something, literally anything, from Dames a La Mode. You can’t go wrong with the quality of her work and her amazing customer service. Not sure what to get? You can’t go wrong with a simple coral or garnet necklace. Looking for something with more pizazz, try one of the collet necklaces! My absolute favorite is this regency style amethyst necklace.
And for the Gents why not spoil him with a reproduction pocket watch and watch strings. Kim at the Sign of the Gray Horse is offering a wonderful new pocket watch, in both silver and gold, based on an original. It’s a great affordable option for costumers and reenactors alike. Pair it with a set of watch strings from her shop or consult with her on a custom set that’d be perfect for your gentleman’s favorite ensemble.
Alright folks I think that about wraps it up for day two! If you think we missed anything add it down below in the comments, as I’m sure other reads would love to hear your thoughts. Check back here Wednesday for day three which is Gifts from the Heart.