Our Favorite Stocking Stuffers for 2023Posted by Whole Earth | 12.17.2023
Our Favorite Stocking Stuffers for 2023
As the big day approaches, do you have Christmas stockings to stuff? Stockings for kids are easy. Our Whole Earth stores have been the first stop shop for parents for many years. You'll find lots of items that are in-store but not online like wind-up toys, animal figurines, and special candies (Dr. Pepper Jelly Bellies anyone?) to name only a few. The shelves around our registers are prime stocking stuffer territory. If you're filling up a stocking, here are a few suggestions for gifts large and small.
eeBoo Go Shark Go! Playing Cards
Make game time with kids even more fun. Instead of Go Fish with a regular deck of cards, try eeBoo's Go Shark Go! No hearts, spades, clubs, or diamonds here. Instead, each numbered card is a species of shark or ray. If the player has none of the requested whale sharks, they call out Go Shark Go! As you would expect from eeBoo, the illustrations and cards are visually appealing and well-made. Have fun and learn the names of sea creatures you may not have met before!
Tangle GigaPets Tech T-Rex
They're back and ready to intrigue a new generation! Meet the Tangle GigaPets! Floppy Frog, Pixie, Star Cat and Compukitty, and Tech T-Rex, our personal favorite. Who hasn't wanted to bring up a ferocious dinosaur? These are updated versions of the classic toys from the 1990s. They now have upgraded hardware, graphics, sound, and battery life. The GigaPets require care, feeding, and playtime and grow through multiple stages of development. They also have handy keyrings so they can accompany their caretakers wherever they may go.
Stance Unisex Curren Crew Socks
Socks make great stocking stuffers. These days, socks are not just colorful, they're themed with cats or dogs, bears or birds, dinosaurs or spaceships, and even some with messages. And these are socks for all ages. Kids no longer have a corner on the market for fun socks! This pair of Stance Unisex Crew Socks may be on the cutting edge of a new trend. Socks that, while they belong together, are deliberately mismatched! At Whole Earth we have socks for men, women, kids, and unisex from some of your favorite makers including Darn Tough, Smartwool, Pendleton, Sock It To Me, UGG, Sockwell, Stance, Blue Q, Feetures, and Injinji. Add beautiful socks or a pair or two of fun socks to their Christmas stockings.
Life is Good Men's The Right Thing Crusher Tee
Yes, t-shirts make great stocking stuffers! Here's how: Fold in the arms, fold the shirt in half lengthwise, and roll from the neckline to the hem - secure with a bit of ribbon and, violà, the t-shirt is ready for a Christmas stocking, perhaps snuggled into the toe! We have tees for all ages. Themes include Texas, outdoor adventure, the holidays, words of encouragement and wisdom, and so much more. We have your favorite brands including Patagonia, Life Is Good, Howler Brothers, Natural Tribute, Sendero, Tumbleweed Textiles, THC Provisions, Parks Project, Outhouse Designs, and our very own Whole Earth t-shirts.
Peter Pauper Press Venetian Journal
A new year is coming and for the diarist on your list, a beautiful new journal for 2024 would be a great find in his or her stocking. We have a surprising range of styles including embossed gilded designs from Peter Pauper, colorful Leuchtturm1917 journals, either lined or blank, Field Notes with craft paper, color, or National Park illustration covers and graph, ruled or blank pages, plus journals featuring flowers, and animals. There are also specialized journals for hikers, birders, and a journal with prompts to tell your family's story.
Cotopaxi Fuego Down Scarf
Here's an item that you may have thought would be a great idea, but you'd never seen it anywhere. With the incredible warmth of down, why isn't there a down scarf? The most reasonable answer is that ripstop nylon is very slippery, and it would be extremely difficult to keep the scarf in place. But Cotopaxi has found a way! Their Fuego Down Scarf has an opening where you can thread the scarf through and make it as tight or loose as you like. And there's a bonus! The ends of the scarf have pockets so you can keep your neck and your hands warm. Add one to the stocking of someone who's easily chilled, plus one for you!
Pendleton Harding Coffee Mug
Here's another stocking-sized gift - a mug! You'll find quite the assortment at Whole Earth including ceramic, enamel, stainless steel, and even anodized titanium. Our ceramic mugs run the gamut from sassy signs at El Arroyo to Monty Python, Pendelton patterns, butterflies, and flowers. The enamel cups celebrate dinosaurs, maps, butterflies, cacti, and fish. The stainless-steel mugs from Hydro Flask are insulated to keep your drink warm and your hands comfortable. And then there are the titanium mugs that were made for camping or use at home. We love the colors! Find a mug they can use every day or when they're out adventuring.
Blue Q Easy as Pie Is Such a Lie Oven Mitt
Blue Q is famous for its attitude in the kitchen on dish towels and oven mitts. This one is a particular favorite. Made of easy-care cotton and heavily insulated, the Easy as Pie oven mitt will be appreciated by bakers and cooks of all levels of skill and years of experience in the kitchen. The other side of the mitt is a colorful pastry lattice. For a fun combo gift, consider giving that special cook a Blue Q oven mitt and dish towel! A portion of your Blue Q kitchen gift purchases go to support Doctors Without Borders.
Tarot for the Great Outdoors by Julie Gordon
Here's a set of Tarot cards created with the outdoor adventurer in mind. The Tarot for the Great Outdoors combines the traditional cards but with a twist. The major arcana cards are linked to our National Parks. For example, XI Justice is an image of Balanced Rock at Big Bend. For the minor arcana, the cups, coins, wands, and swords have been transformed into vessels, stones, blades, and sticks. The Ace of Blades is a multitool! The set comes with three quick reference cards and a booklet that begins with the principles of Leave No Trace. The booklet presents a brief history of the Tarot, how it is organized, and how to use it. There's gentle humor and good spirits throughout the deck that will make it a treasured gift for both the Tarot enthusiast and the outdoor adventurer.
Opinel Picnic Plus Complete Set with No. 8 Folding Knife
For the environmentalist, the Opinel Picnic Plus Complete Set with the No. 8 Folding Knife is an excellent stocking stuffer. They can now carry a reusable fork and spoon set for hiking, camping, and picnics as well as ditching plastic utensils when eating out. The Complete Set comes with a No. 8 Opinel folding knife, a fork insert, a spoon insert, and a dual-use microfiber napkin that doubles as a carrying case. If they already have a wooden handle No. 8 Opinel folding knife with the Virobloc safety ring, the Picnic Plus Insert Set will give them added versatility for their knife.
Patagonia Ultralight Black Hole Mini Hip Pack 1L
Add a black hole to their stocking! A Patagonia Ultralight Black Hole Mini Hip Pack that is. It's the smallest Patagonia hip pack at one liter and can hold a phone, keys, and cards when they're out and about, walking the dog, or exploring. It can be worn across the shoulder or on the hips. It has two zippered compartments. The smaller pocket includes a key clip and can be used as a storage bag when the hip pack is not in use. Made of %100 recycled materials, the lightweight ripstop material is water resistant and the herringbone webbing belt is soft and comfortable.
For the traveler or camper who loves their morning coffee, the AeroPress Go will be a welcome gift. Does their day get off to a rocky start without that hot cup of homebrewed coffee? Same for us. And just because they're traveling, camping, or on the trail doesn’t mean that the morning cup must be subpar. The AeroPress Go was made for use while traveling and its compact design makes it perfect for camping or backpacking as well. All the coffee-making tools are stored in the travel mug ready to be deployed when needed. All that's required is to add hot water and ground coffee for a great start to the day.
Goal Zero Flip 36 Power Bank
The Goal Zero Flip 36 Power Bank is a great stocking stuffer for the person whose phone always seems on the verge of entering the red zone and needing an immediate recharge. Other possible recipients include the person who, after the big winter storm, never wants to be without a charged phone again, and, of course, travelers. A Goal Zero Flip 36 Power Bank will help them keep their phones alive with this pocket-size, battery backup charger. It’s a small item that’s handy for traveling and to have stowed in a bag for everyday use when a cable gets left at home or there’s no safe outlet available for use. The Flip 36 can charge three smartphones or one tablet. Give the gift of peace of mind!
Fenix CL28R Multifunctional Outdoor Lantern
Here's a small gift that sheds a lot of light. The Fenix CL28R Multifunctional Outdoor Lantern measures roughly 4 inches by 4 inches by 2 inches. The brightness can be dialed up from ten to two thousand lumens. It also has an adjustable red light for night vision and a flashing red light for emergencies. The lantern is rechargeable and comes with batteries, The light is adjustable for a full 360 degrees and the handle is magnetic, providing hands-free light. The handle can also be attached to a tripod. Give them the gift of light when camping, when working on repairs, or in emergencies.