Great gourmet stocking stuffers under $10

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Let’s confront it, vacation stocking stuffers are often an afterthought — a hastily tossed together hodgepodge of ho-hum food products, cheap gadgets and also undesirable trinkets destined to wind up in the junk drawer. It’s understandable. You spent all the time and money trying to find the great big-ticket present, why waste any more about the little stuff?We hear you, we believe you and we are here to help. Below, locate some interesting stocking stuffer suggestions for the food lover in your life which will not drain out of your wallet this vacation season.

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Spice up things for this small yet sturdy bamboo mortar-and-pestle set. It will remove the need for floor grocery store spices, pulverizing entire peppercorns and fennel seeds to get fresher taste and stronger aromatics. In this procedure, you will also get a nice workout and anxiety relief in the all-too-hectic vacations. There’s a motive that this early food processor has survived the test of time.

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That’s right, the most expensive spice in the world could be obtained for under the usual Hamilton. It’s not only saffron’s vibrant color and unmistakable taste that push up its cost. The spice is famously hard to crop; the blossoms that make saffron are in blossom just six weeks each year, and every flower only generates three saffron stigmas (or ribbons ). In flip side, 170,000 flowers are needed to produce one pound. It’s no real surprise that this specific bundle of real-deal Iranian saffron is all about a pinch of threads — 1 g to be accurate — but that is a lot to take this paella, risotto or fish stew to another level. Stocking stuffers for foodies may be so basic, but you are going to get serious culinary cred for this present.

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The revolution is here: Plastic straws are going this way of the Styrofoam container. There are lots of reusable options to choose from — but we’re particularly fond of this all-encompassing set, which features four bent and four straight choicesin a variety of fun sizes, ensuring all your drinking needs are covered. It also includes a pair of cleaning brushes and eight silicone tips for really hot or cold beverages. These are fun stocking stuffers that are also topical.

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Peeling garlic by hand and prying away those last stubborn flecks of skin is never easy — it’s always a chore, resulting in fingers that smell like Dracula’s worst nightmare, and pre-peeled grocery store garlic never tastes quite right. Enter this oh-so-simple garlic peeler. Load up to three cloves in the nifty silicone tube and roll it back and forth a few times and… boom. Fully peeled garlic that’s actually fun to prep!

Gran Gala

Hold up the tradition of gifting oranges during the holidays — without actually sticking someone with a bulky piece of fruit. Gran Gala is a blend of brandy and fresh orange: A lively Italian orange liqueur that can be enjoyed on the rocks or in a margarita. For sweet tooths, this airplane-size bottle offers just the right amount of sweet boozy goodness for a citrusy soufflé.

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If you know someone who loves wine but hates hangovers — that’s a lot of people — here’s an easy and thoughtful stocking stuffer idea. This effective, easy-to-use rubber bottle stopper provides an airtight seal that keeps bottle contents fresh. It’s great for virtually any capped container, be it booze or oil, though it’s a particular asset for fans of bubbly beverages such as beer, Champagne and soda, helping to prolong carbonation.

French Food Baskets

There’s nothing more decadent than a truffle, the elusive delicacy that delights the senses of both gourmands and pigs alike. Even a light shaving of the ‘shroom will set you back a very pretty penny. But this luxury salt, made in Italy by famed French truffle house Pebeyre, is the perfect way to experience the joy of truffles on any food without breaking the bank. A light sprinkle elevates anything from steaks to French fries and is an absolute game-changer on popcorn.

Raye’s Mustard

Maine condiment king Raye’s produces some of the best small batch mustard you’ll ever slather on a wiener. There are plenty of varieties to select from — but it’s hard to top Down East Schooner, a classic American yellow mustard that’s been in production since 1900. It comes in multiple sizes, but the 4-ounce jar will keep you under budget.

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These single-serving hot chocolate spoons are pure magic. Turn a hot mug of milk into creamy cocoa in seconds with a simple dip and stir. And the results are way superior to the run-of-the-mill powdered product. 

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No more bulky bottle openers! These sleek tools are constructed out of stainless steel dipped in turquoise and coral paint. They slip right into any wallet or pocket, and look good, too. 

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