Christmas is my favorite holiday of the year, and while I enjoy the presents under the tree and the big Christmas dinner feast, to be honest, my favorite part of the entire day is opening up my stocking. There’s something about stocking stuffers that’s just ridiculously fun. Everything is whimsical and miniature sized. It’s a chance to be creative and completely, 100% unpractical, but that’s the point. And I love it. Since we’re all coffee friends here, this is my top 10 list of stocking stuffers for those coffee addicts. We all know one, don’t we? Or, better yet, here’s to hoping it’s YOU. In that case, just print this list out and leave it “lying around.”
USB Beverage Warmer: How cool is this?! This warmer plugs right into the USB drive on your computer, keeping your coffee warm all morning long while you peruse and surf.
Gum: Gum is just a must in any stocking stuffer, and with coffee in mind, the options are almost endless. Check out Jolt gum for “caffeinated gum.” Two pieces gives you the equivalent of one 12 oz. cup of coffee. That’s 6 coffees in a pack, and if you eat 144 pieces, that’s 72 cups. Just a little FYI. You could also try a coffee flavored gum. Wrigleys Doublemint Kona Crème is a good choice.
Coffee Beans: Splurge on a fantastic bag of coffee beans that you could never afford to drink on a daily basis. There’s going to come some bleak, wintry morning when nothing else will be good enough to pull you out of bed.
Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans: If you haven’t become addicted to these, it’s about time you joined the crowd. I might even venture to say that I enjoy these more than drinking espresso, and a little package of these is an excellent addition.
Milk Frother: Depending on the size of your stocking, you may have to get creative to make this fit, but a milk frother is a very exciting gift.
Milk Frothing Thermometer: If you’re shopping for the die-hard coffee addict, they may already have a milk frother, but I bet they don’t have a thermometer to go with. EG&H sells a great stainless steel version with a wide dial face that makes it easy to get accuracy.
Espresso Glasses: For anyone with espresso machines, you can’t go wrong with an awesome duo of espresso glasses. Starbucks sells a set of Double Wall Espresso Glasses by Bodum that I really like.
Coffee Stirs: These guys are silly and fun. I’ve seen them in raspberry, vanilla and cinnamon flavors. You can find them at any coffee retail shop
E.S.E: For those into espresso, find some special E.S.E. (Easy Serving Espresso) pods. They’re super quick, easy and a good way to try out new brands and experiment.
Chocolate Cabarnet Liqueur Sauce: I first tried Anette’s Chocolate Cabarnet Liqueur Sauce at their store in Napa Valley, CA, and let me tell you, this stuff is so good chances are you’ll just end up drinking it, but it’ll last a lot longer if you use it properly and mix it in your coffee. It’s also really good on ice cream… And, it comes in chocolate port, chocolate amaretto and chocolate raspberry too.
Tara Alley is a freelance writer native to Montana and now living in Orange County, CA, writing and working for Coffee Home Direct. You can reach her at: tara[at]coffeehomedirect[dot]com.