Ask Design Mom: Pretty Little Gifts for My Pretty Little Wife

November 21, 2006

One of my reader’s (very thoughtful) husbands sent me an email that I’ll post anonymously:
“Can you suggest a couple of sites that I can check out for fun, inexpensive stocking stuffers/ornaments that I can buy for my wife? I’ve gotten some great stuff at Anthropologie in the past, and I think I might get some stuff from Darlybird this year, but any other suggestions would be great. Thanks in advance.”

A wonderful question. Let me start with the easy answer. You’re on the right track. Anthropologie is perfect. So is Darlybird. And so is Target. In fact, I was in Target picking up some Thanksgiving whatnots and took 2 seconds (all 5 kids were in tow) to breeze through their ornament display. Dependably, there were lots of good choices and everything seemed to be $5 or less. I was especially loving a turquoise sphere with lots of shiny bangles on it. Very cute.

But in addition to the reliable sources already mentioned, here are a couple of places you can score awesome stocking stuffers/ornaments:

1) Take some time search Etsy. Look at Holidays:Christmas. You can filter by price or popularity. Lots of interesting things. I like this handmade little bird ornament.


Do another search for accessories or jewelry and find something funky like this:


2) Handmade not her thing? Explore Bigelow Apothecary, and
find this yummy lemon body scrub.

Or this Marvis toothpaste. Or dozens of other products to make her smile.

3) Go to Forever 21 or H&M; (if you have one) and get a few different warm accessories to get her through the winter. I like this pom pom hat.


And this houndstooth hat is darling.


And these cozy knit leg warmers would be hot.


That’s a start. Now, help a good husband out, Design Mom Readers. Where else should he hunt for won’t-break-the-bank stocking stuffers?

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1 Leslie November 21, 2006 at 11:26 am

urban outfitters always has good little things that are fun. also, i always find small goodies at cost plus/world market.
or there’s always dove chocolate. that would work in my stocking. :)

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2 amy November 21, 2006 at 11:56 am

I’m just amazed that the dude is going to Anthro. Rock on! He’s a keeper.

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3 Anonymous November 21, 2006 at 3:23 pm

Antique or Vintage stores have one-of-a-kind items that would be treasured in MY stocking!

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4 Rebecca November 21, 2006 at 3:57 pm

One of my favorite places to get unique gifts is Sundance Catalog Sore (sundancecatalog.com). They always have some great stuff in their outlet section!

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5 Anonymous November 21, 2006 at 4:22 pm

i love the selection, uniqueness and price of stocking items from The Container Store

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6 kim November 17, 2011 at 4:35 pm

I’m still amazed at this guy. Shopping for his wife? For stocking stuffers? My, my – he’s a keeper, lady!

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7 Marshelle November 17, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Sheesh, I would email this to my husband, but I’m the only one who checks or email! Maybe I’ll print it out for him . . .

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8 Kristen E November 18, 2011 at 9:31 am

LUSH!!! He can order online or purchase stuff in stores, but those bath bombs are AWESOME! They have lots of other fun products, too, but the bath bombs really are perfect stocking stuffers. I’m actually getting a few for my husband because he loves them just as much as I do!

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