A consumable item — selected with care for the recipient’s tastes, dietary restrictions, scent sensitivity, and other needs and preferences — can be a lovely gift that doesn’t require any long-term storage. The following are just a few such items.
Wine, chocolate, cheese, and similar items can always be good gifts, if well chosen. For example, you would want to know if the person you’re getting chocolates for prefers dark chocolate or milk chocolate.
This year I’d like to suggest wines from Sonoma or Napa counties to support the communities ravaged by wildfires in October. Sparkling wines always seem festive, so a few choices might be Mumm’s Napa brut rose sparkling wine or the J Cuvee sparkling wine from the Russian River Valley in Sonoma.
The possibilities within this category are enormous, though. A few examples:
- David Lebovitz, a cookbook author who now resides in France, raved about Reine Claude plums. And sure enough, you can get a Reine Claude confiture.
- A tea aficionado I know recommends Teatulia, and the company has a variety of teas to choose from: organic black tea, organic lemongrass herbal infusion, etc.
- Oprah recommended the Mount Mansfield Maple Products Organic Pure Vermont Maple Syrup, which looks enticing.
- You could make an interesting assortment of Penzeys spices: for example, Vietnamese cinnamon, China Tung Hing cinnamon, and Ceylon cinnamon.
Personal care products
Some personal care products, such as shampoo, seem hard to buy for someone else — people tend to have favorite brands that work for them. But one fun item for those who use bar soaps could be one of the periodic table soaps. If you want something more traditional, you might consider the soaps from Nesti Dante, including its cypress soap.
And a nice lip balm might be a fine stocking stuffer. Some specific products that I’ve seen people rave about are the Tokyo Milk dark salted caramel lip elixer, the Dr. Hauschka Lip Care Stick, Palmer’s cocoa butter swivel stick, and Crazy Rumors lip balms in a variety of flavors such as spiced chai and orange bergamot.
One more option would be Girl Scout lip smackers in all the flavors you’d expect, including thin mint.
This category is filled with cool choices for kids of all ages — and adults, too. Some that caught my eye are the Color Splash liquid watercolor paints, the Rainy Dayz gel crayons, and the Jolly colored pencils. Copic markers come in various sizes to fit various budgets: six pieces (Ciao or sketch sets), 36 pieces, etc. For serious artists, the Daniel Smith watercolors look intriguing — the only problem would be choosing from the many colors.