Anyone who’s ever participated in a Yankee Swap knows that fun, useful gifts often come in the littlest packages. Is a huge box with a pretty bow making the rounds? You’d be lucky to find it filled with rolls of sudoku toilet paper. Whereas a small present might just harbor a Starbucks gift card, cocktail-flavored lip balm (below) or, well, diamonds! Here, cool buys for food lovers that make perfect stocking stuffers or portable hostess gifts.
Yummy Dessert Key Chains and Yummy Breakfast Erasers ($2 to $5): For the aspiring chef or at-home baker, Kidrobot’s Yummy series from artist Heidi Kenney features charming cartoon foods with googly eyes. The dessert key chains are referred to as “blind box” because you don’t know which figure you’re going to get: whether it’s a slice of pie or a wee hot chocolate. kidrobot.com
Stem ($4): A gift that satisfies at-home mixologists and health-conscious cooks, Stem sticks into any citrus fruit so you can aromatize your tumbler with a spritz of orange or flavor a piece of fish with just a touch of lemon. quirky.com