Stocking Stuffers

Stockings are arguably the most fun part of Christmas morning. Bonus gifts! Small treasures tucked away in a giant old sock. Who doesn’t love this part? If you’re still looking for said small treasures, here are a few from Red Barn Mercantile that we are particularly fond of.



  1. You can’t go wrong with any Sydney Hale scents, but the Bourbon + Brown Sugar candle smells particularly wonderful this time of year. Rich, molasses saturated sugar cane and charred double oaked bourbon. Straight up. ($32)
  2. A subtle Blood Orange and Bergamot hand cream to soothe, hydrate, and heal winter skin. ($28)
  3. While most of us are landlocked this holiday season, this Sea Mineral Sparkling Bath Tablet contains a blend of essential oils that reminds us of the sea. Main notes are petitgrain, rosemary, and lavender, making for a very fresh, slightly green blend with a slight briny herbal finish. ($8)
  4. These raw Porcelain Faceted Stud Earrings are a unique and modern alternative to pearls. Each piece is hand-formed, carved, and kiln fired, making them truly one-of-a-kind. ($32.50)
  5. A set of marble coasters to put a little magic under their glass and stars in their eyes. ($19)
  6. E. Frances Holiday and Non-Holiday Little Notes are just so ridiculously cute and useful! ($16)
  7. Silly and sweet. This cinnamon-flavored Candy Coal is a perfect mix of nice and naughty. ($5)
  8. It’s hard to find good trivia questions on the web (trust us, we’ve looked!). Ridley’s Games are great for post-dinner fun, road trips, or just to learn a few new things. ($15)



  1. The Horseshoe Magnet is strong enough to hold your dish towel, office papers, shopping lists, or family photos. Plus, the horseshoe is a symbol of good fortune, and goodness gracious, we could all use more of that. ($15)
  2. Simple, elegant, and completely useful, this new line of Craig Hill Keyrings are small works of art and fit perfectly in a stocking. ($15.50-$32)
  3. So many stickers in the shop right now, but who doesn’t love Mr. Rogers? ($3)
  4. A set of 10 self-adhesive 1″ wax seals to brighten any correspondence. ($16)
  5. That delightful look of disdain we’ve all come to expect from America’s sweetheart, David Rose. ($12.50)
  6. Rainbow rubber bands in a pretty tin box because why in the world not? ($16)
  7. Packed in a sturdy jewel case that doubles as a stand, this 5.5″ x5″ desk calendar is loaded with frame-worthy illustrations that perfectly complements any workspace. ($22)
  8. Sugarfina’s Candy Bento Box comes with three delicious tea treats: Matcha Bears, Peach Tea Bears, and Rose Tea Bears. Your morning tea, just a little bit sweeter. ($30)
  9. Miniature jigsaws for everyone! While not the most challenging puzzles we carry, they are a fun 20-minute activity that leave you with a sweet little treat and a sense of accomplishment. ($18)

When in doubt, candy! But if you’re looking to step up your (Santa’s) stocking game, hopefully these ideas will spark your imagination!


  • The latest from Lisa
Born and raised in St. Louis, Lisa graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in journalism and strategic communications. She began her career in publishing, working for a local magazine in St. Louis. In 2011, she moved to Old Town, Alexandria with the love of her life, Nelson. They immediately fell in love with the area and after a few years of renting, decided to buy a very sweet house (that needs a new kitchen). Lisa worked in D.C. for a Fortune 500 company as a senior design and production associate for the better part of seven years. She recently jumped ship to pursue more creatively fulfilling and inspiring endeavors. She is currently a freelance florist for Sweet Root Village, and a digital media manager for her two favorite businesses in Old Town, Penny Post and Red Barn Mercantile.

Penny Post is a paper goods store offering witty and sophisticated greeting cards, notebooks and note pads, pencils and pens for the novice and professional alike, desk accessories and office supplies plus wrapping paper bags, ribbon, party supplies and balloons.

1201 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314


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