by Julie Davis
Call them the last licks of gifts; stocking stuffers are, without question, the most overlooked presents (if not the ones that are completely forgotten). But there’s something about these little extras that create genuine surprise and delight, for both children and adults alike. And while there’s no shortage of small somethings for kids—PEZ, plush toys, scented pencils, stickers—it’s hardly the case for the latter (socks, anyone?). With less than 10 days left, we’ve rounded up a host of luxurious little treasures suitable to slip into any stocking. Well stuffed, indeed.
Cheese lovers will melt when they pull this from their stocking: a gift card for a three month tasting of premiere artisan cheeses handpicked by Stephen Catania, owner of The Cheese Cave in Red Bank, and delivered straight to their door. TRT readers, enjoy a free $25 gift certificate with a six-month order.
Cheese of The Month Club, The Cheese Cave, Red Bank
Oenophiles will easily find their way to the wine bottle with these compass-capped corks, which are a total trip. Stuff one into every wine enthusiast’s stocking.
Compass Wine Stoppers, Shore Chic, Red Bank
Amber, the newest fragrance from Bond No.9 (the coveted perfume collection that celebrates all things New York), stirs bergamot and nutmeg with rose, jasmine and, of course, amber. A scent for both him and her—it’s rich, warm and intensely inviting.
Bond No. 9 Amber, Wisteria Beauty, Red Bank
Go ahead and light their fire with this beautifully scented and exquisitely designed candle. Among the gorgeous aromas: Luxe Linen (shown) and Lime Blossom.
Aquiesse Portfolio Candles, Veranda, Fair Haven
An adult adaptation of the beloved Elf on a Shelf, this hilarious spoof takes Santa’s disgruntled little helper on a mischievous adventure. An absolute must for every parent.
The Elf Off The Shelf, River Road Books, Fair Haven
A mini set of professional makeup brushes from renowned makeup artist Bobbi Brown. The sleek silver case doubles as an itty-bitty party clutch, perfect for toting a credit card and lip gloss.
Bobbi Brown Party Mini Brush Set, Blue Mercury, Shrewsbury
Fuel their love for coffee with the perfect cup of Joe. Booskerdoo Fresh Roasted Coffee Co. roasts their beans daily for the smoothest, freshest, and richest coffee around. Give them a bag (or two) or a gift certificate to select from eight delectable blends.
Booskerdoo Fresh Roasted Coffee Co., Monmouth Beach
Pulleez, Cocotay, Sea Bright
The iconic Tiffany blue box: the epitome of elegance and style. Slip one into her stocking filled with a signature Tiffany Lock Bangle—a timeless accent to any ensemble.
Tiffany Locks Bangles, Tiffany & Co., Red Bank
New York City or bust: Two round trip tickets aboard the Seastreak ferry equals a fantastic day or night of fun. New Jersey has never felt so far away.
Sea Streak Ferry, Atlantic Highlands
Blue Mercury, The Grove at Shrewsbury, 571 Route 35, Shrewsbury, www.bluemercury.com
Booskerdoo Fresh Roasted Coffee Co., 36 Beach Rd. #9, Monmouth Beach,www.booskerdoo.com
The Cheese Cave, 14 Monmouth St., Red Bank, www.cheesecaveshop.com
Cocotay, 1080 Ocean Ave., Sea Bright, www.cocotay.com
River Road Books, 759 River Rd., Fair Haven, www.riverroadbooks.com
Seastreak, 2 First Ave., Atlantic Highlands, www.seastreak.com
Shore Chic, 50 English Plaza, Red Bank, www.shorechic.com
Tiffany & Co., 105 Broad St., Red Bank, www.tiffany.com
Veranda, 763 River Rd., Fair Haven, www.verandanj.com
Wisteria Beauty, 17 Broad St., Red Bank, www.wisterabeauty.com