(NC) When it comes to giving memorable and fun stocking stuffers, sometimes it’s as much about what isn’t in the stocking as what is. And while sourcing affordable, out-of-the-box items that are thoughtful, creative and small enough to fit in a stocking can feel like an exercise in determination, we’ve created this list of carefully curated and not-so-typical options to help.
Here are five stocking-sized selections that are sure to please anyone on your list.
- Retro Pac-Man Arcade Machine, $39.95 at chapters.indigo.ca
The original crowd-pleasing video game, this Pac-Man “relic” will thrill any kid at heart. It features a full colour, 2.75” screen, a removable joystick, has volume control and a headphone jack, and includes artwork inspired by the original arcade cabinet.
- Rescue Coffee, $20 at rescuecoffeeco.com
What if we told you that purchasing a bag of fair-trade, organically grown coffee meant you could enjoy a delicious cuppa while simultaneously supporting an animal rescue organization? That’s the reality of buying from this Nova Scotia-based brand, which dedicates 10 per cent of proceeds to their partnering animal rescue programs.
- Liv 8” Footed Planter, $34 at urbanoutfitters.com
If you haven’t heard, indoor greenery is having a moment. This adorable footed planter will perfectly highlight your recipient’s bloom of choice, and its clay, colour-blocked natural finish will blend seamlessly with any décor.
- Tile Mate Tracker Tag, $29.99 from thebay.com
For the recipient who could benefit from an automatic locator for their keys, TV remote, wallet or other easily misplaced item, this attachable tile uses compatible technology (Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple App Store and Google Play) to play a sound that guides them in their search for what’s lost.
- World Vision Gift Card, $30+ at worldvision.ca
The perfect present for would-be world changers, a World Vision gift card positively impacts the community the funds are donated to – and beyond. Recipients can choose to use their gift card toward health and nutrition, education, clean water, animals and more, and can take comfort in knowing that a donation made in their name will not only put a smile on the face of the recipient, but can also set in motion a lifetime of change and possibility.