December 19th, 2020
On My Mind

Significant Stocking Stuffers

Stocking stuffers used to be a last minute scramble. Now that the girls are older and their gifts fewer and often more practical (I’m not wrapping the snow tires for under the tree), stocking stuffers have been elevated to a new status. Small but mighty is my motto this year because the best things come in small packages. Open ended plane tickets, Mother’s jewelry passed down to the next generation, a beautiful pen and stamps, a mini Chanel something — you get the idea.


What's New


Caged satin minaudière


Wool-crepe strapless top


Vokayo high-rise straight-leg jeans


Garcon suede loafers


Laser-engraved logo belt


Belted leather biker jacket

Jil Sander

Gathered Knit Midi Dress


Cropped leather jacket


Triple Francois 18kt gold vermeil earrings


Jimmy Leather Puffer Jacket


Le 57 quilted leather shoulder bag


Belted wool blazer


Blade velvet slingback pumps


Silvia silk-twill scarf


Logo-embellished leather loafers


Crocheted Cotton-Blend Midi Skirt

  • Love this post. It’s not easy finding special gifts for my older sons when I know that the latest iPhone model and cash is probably most appreciated. My girl is so much easier.

    karenDecember 19th, 2020  7:08 AM

  • Any ideas on pens? Love the idea since I already got my girls personalized stationery. A lovely pen would be a great addition.

    HeatherDecember 19th, 2020  7:08 AM

  • Hermès lipstick is the perfect small gift in impressive packaging, love the little orange box and cloth cover. Bought for myself to celebrate a milestone birthday that I’m ignoring until 2021 and it cheered me up immensely.

    LauraDecember 19th, 2020  10:02 AM

  • Beautiful idea Preston I’m sure your daughters will be thrilled. I was going to go easier, then was hit with the madness, let my fingers do the walking (whoa that dates me!) and now something for literally everyone.

    SueMDecember 19th, 2020  3:25 PM

  • Earlier today I used my mother’s favorite expression “like taking coals to Newcastle” and NO ONE knew what I meant — talk about feeling old…

    PrestonDecember 19th, 2020  4:27 PM

  • My husband uses the “Coals to Newcastle” expression all the time! Wishing you safe and happy holidays! Love, Pamela Taft

    Pamela TaftDecember 19th, 2020  4:32 PM

  • My parents always made our stockings so special…we would find a pack of Trident gum at the bottom of our stockings…total proof that Santa existed because my parents never let us chew gum… I did this for my boys and will gently remind them when it is their turn to create the magic. Merry Christmas Preston! Thank you for the daily gift of KIC.

    Amy Thorne RichardsonDecember 19th, 2020  8:10 PM

  • Ah, my mother loved that one too and I’ve used it. We could probably fill a book with arcane sayings that no one understands. Never stop ❤️

    SueMDecember 19th, 2020  9:03 PM

  • We give all our boys (men) cool, fun, small things in their stockings plus a BIG check. Everyone is happy.

    MP AllegaertDecember 19th, 2020  9:10 PM

  • These are lovely ideas! I, too, am handing off a special jewelry item to my daughter for Christmas this year! The stockings in the photo remind me of my family’s as a child c. 1960’s – my mother made them all with felt (as above), appliquéd with adorable cut out images, always an orange in the toe. Christmas stockings hold a certain magic.

    PaulaDecember 20th, 2020  1:52 AM

  • I used the expression, “that’s like bringing coals to Newcastle,” yesterday, with my husband, when he suggested bringing a bottle of wine to a friend who already had an extensive wine collection (we brought it anyway, plus a big pot of tomato soup that they didn’t have). I also found myself saying, “That sweater doesn’t owe you anything,” when he discovered an ancient sweater in his closet and put it on.. I sound like my mother and grandmother when I say things like that, and I don’t mind because the phrases they repeated were actually quite sensible. Happy holidays and thank you for this delightful website!

    Laura Zinn FrommDecember 20th, 2020  1:00 PM

  • I have NEVER heard that expression (and I am OLD!!) , what ever does it mean? My 5 kids all love their stocking presents the most, and I find it a challenge every year. Mom used to put a silver dollar at the bottom of our stockings… I think I need to bring that one back!!

    MelDecember 20th, 2020  9:52 PM

  • In one episode of the Big Valley a young Harvard Law School graduate, arriving at the Barkley ranch, presents a bouquet of beautiful flowers to Victoria Barkley (Barbara Stanwyck) and says to her, “I know this is like bringing coals to Newcastle.” I saw this before the internet. So I asked a lawyer what that expression meant. And he explained to me that Newcastle is a coal producing region. Victoria Barkley knew exactly what her guest meant and accepted his compliment graciously.

    M K OkayDecember 20th, 2020  11:50 PM

  • As someone from Newcastle I am heartened that the expression is still in wide use across the pond!

    Jess FDecember 21st, 2020  1:36 AM


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