Stocking Stuffer for the Nut Lover: The Walnut Key

This is truly the trinket for the person who has everything (or maybe just that lucky someone with a big batch of red walnuts from the farmers' market). But when we saw it, we thought it was an oh-so-lovely stocking stuffer that's practical, too. There's only one problem with the one pictured above.

It's currently out of stock, unfortunately. And the company, Cox & Cox, is in England, so you'd be paying a pretty price for shipping. But their website is worth browsing; there are all kinds of beautiful home goods and some really pretty kitchen items.

Cox & Cox website

Never fear, though. We found another walnut key, made by Alessi, that we think is just as cool (maybe even more so, with it's shiny, heart-shaped edges). And while it's a bit more expensive, it's available in the US.

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Nut Splitter/Walnut Opener, $21 from Alessi.

Obviously a good, old-fashioned nut cracker will do the trick, too. But this keeps the shell in tact and makes it less likely to crush the nut inside. What do you think?

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(Image: Cox & Cox)