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The holidays are just weeks away, and now is the time to make sure stockings are stuffed. While candy is a popular addition to any stocking, there are many unique items that will make your loved one’s stocking the best part of Christmas morning.

Whether you enjoy shopping local or online, here are a few ideas for the Santa in you this year.

For Moms and Dads

Chapstick is a must during the winter season, but finding a place where you can easily grab it when in a dry lip jam can be challenging. Jamie Bruinsma, owner of After8handmade, has designed the perfect solution. “My chapstick holder keychains are so popular,” she says. “I’ve sold over 4,700 of them and still going strong.” Her accessories store, located in downtown Crown Point, is full of stocking stuffer possibilities, from the fun to the practical, including quarter carriers for those trips to Aldi and the 25-cent cart rack.

Coffee is never a bad thing for moms and dads, and Sip Coffee House and Artisan Cafe, with locations in Highland and Crown Point, is one of several local coffee and tea houses that offer a line of gifts that last for several cups of a hot beverage.“We have things like gift cards and a variety of loose leaf teas that are available to buy per ounce to make at home,” owner Rhonda Bloch says. “Some classics are chai, sencha green and Earl Grey, and some unique flavors are hot mama, blood orange, mojito, blueberry, lemon meringue and many more.”

If the mom in your family loses her keys often at the bottom of her purse, the Finders Key Purse might be the right solution. This accessory ( keeps keys at the top of the purse—serving as both a safety device for easy access and a convenient solution to lost keys.

If safety is a top priority, try the Tiger Lady (, a protection device that is modeled after a cat’s claws and captures valuable DNA if a person needs to use it.

For moms and dads who suffer from headaches, the Headache Eraser ( is a compact and easy stocking stuffer. Made of avocado oil and essential oils, this roller helps alleviate any pain suffered by a headache.

For Kids

As kids, we enjoyed retro viewers that made pictures seem just an arm’s length away. Now a company is bringing this popular toy back with a twist. Retro Viewer ( allows customers to upload their own pictures and turn them into 3D magic.

For the gamer in the family, a customizable video game ornament from the Ornament Shop ( is the perfect fun addition. Gamers also will like SkinIt (, which allows customization of electronics to fit someone’s favorite team or style, whether it’s the Chicago Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks, Cubs or White Sox.

Teens will love a key2Bme (, fun gifts that clip to a key chain or bag that remind them they hold the key to their happiness. This line features things teens love, from dance to cheer and sports, as well as encouraging notes such as "be happy," "hope," and "change the world."

For Pets

Don’t forget your favorite four-legged family members this Christmas. Mary Schaut, owner of Fuzzy Butz Pet Bakery in St. Joseph, Michigan, says special dog treats make the perfect gift. Each year, the store carries a line of Christmas treats, switching all of its baked items, from the decorating to the packaging, over to be holiday-themed. Candy canes, snowflakes and Santa treats fly off the shelves, as do several other unique items the store offers including pet stockings themselves. “We’re a full-lined pet store, so we have collars, toys, Christmas clothing for dogs and other gifts as well,” Schaut says.

Although more for the owner, Meet Flint ( rollers are the perfect stocking stuffer for pet parents. The retractable and reusable device removes hair from surfaces of all kinds and is made of high quality Japanese tape.

If rescue pets inspire you, check out the MuttNation Rescue Mutts (, life-like plush dog toys inspired by real-life rescues. Each comes with the details of his or her rescue story and new family.

If you enjoy baking, you’ll want to check out the Make Your Own Cat Treats or Dog Treats kits ( Both kits feature themed baking equipment like a pet-shaped spatula, biscuit cutter and stamper, treat bags and a full-color recipe booklet.