9 Off-Beat Stocking Stuffers from the Mr. Donahue’s Team in NYC

Courtesy of Ann Redding

By Elyse Inamine Posted December 01, 2016

No lame candy canes from sisters Ann and May Redding, a chef and designer respectively.

“Santa” sure had eclectic taste in the Redding home.

“The standbys were marshmallow-stuffed, chocolate-covered Santas, fancy toothbrushes and smoked oysters,” says May Redding, designer behind the charming Mr. Donahue’s in New York City and sister to Ann Redding, a chef who also runs the perpetually packed Uncle Boon’s around the block.

“It wouldn’t be a proper stocking without the smoked oysters,” Ann says. “We both love smoked oysters to this day, right out of the can with a squeeze of lemon. It’s the perfect post-present opening snack.”

We asked the two to curate a stocking stuffer gift guide for the holidays. Here are their picks:

1. Cool Movie Posters ($20) “I picked a lot of the vintage posters from this site when designing Mr. D’s,” May says. “There are a lot of unique ones, plus it would look great sticking out of a stocking.”

2. Old-Time Candy ($10) “It’s the same candy we give away at Mr. D’s,” Ann says. “They divide the candy up by era on the site, so there’s a bit of nostalgia for every age group.”

3. Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds ($3) “Seeds are lovely gifts that keep on giving. And they encourage people to grow their own food,” May says.

4. Bumble Bee Linens Handkerchief ($19) “Grandpa Frank Donahue always used to carry a handkerchief,” Ann says. “It’s a bit nicer than a pack of Kleenex.”

5. Solid Beeswax Perfume ($10) “Smells like the holidays,” May says. “Plus, solid perfume is more easily portable and spill-proof."

6. Best Made Co. Pocketknife ($72) “Beautifully made and handy, too!” May says.

7. Marbles ($12) “A throwback to a time when things were much more simple,” May says.

8. Marisa Mason Brass Bracelet ($109) “Classic,” May says.

9. Rose Pin ($4) “In honor of Grandma Rose, Grandpa Frank Donahue’s wife,” Ann says. “Plus, it’s really cute.”

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