Stockings, as all who celebrate the season know, are key. Christmas stockings often hold the best stuff, the unexpected small packages and indulgent pleasures of Christmas morning. There are the little candies and lip balms, the goofy toys and new pens. They are the best part of Christmas morning. My new husband and I, however, did not own stockings of the Christmas sort. Our usual Christmas stockings are still at our childhood homes with family. So -- what to do? I do not sew (at all, to the disappointment of my mother and pleasure of my professional seamstress), so a homemade stocking was out of the question. I really didn't want to spend $13 on an overly decorated stocking at Target. And then it occurred to me that an oven mitt has much the same shape as a stocking -- it even has a convenient little toe... err, thumb, for squirreling away soft peppermints. This one has a loop for hanging, even.
My husband has a proper old-fashioned felt stocking, but this oven mitt will do just fine for whatever I happen to get in my Christmas stocking. It did occur to me that a setup like this would make a great Christmas gift for a foodie friend. Stuff an oven mitt with a pretty towel or two, a good wooden spoon, and some fresh spices, and you have a gift that's both practical and delicious. Related: Gift Idea: 10 Favorite Tea Towel (Images: Faith Durand)