Running around for a few stocking stuffers . . . inexpensive but fun, functional treats to pop into those stockings hung by the fire. Or as Elvis crooned: “Hang up your pretty stockings, turn off the light/Santa Claus is coming, down your chimney tonight.” Stop running to find the goodies. Instead, simply walk to your laptop and click on amazon.com. There you will find zillions (okay, millions) of nifty “mini kits” developed and distributed by Running Press. Here, we chose the ones we have asked the Fat Jolly Man to drop in our stockings.
The “Wonder Woman” mini kit helps everyone become strong and invincible. There kit includes a “Wonder Woman” cast iron cuff bracelet (the size is adjustable) and 32-page book on “Wonder Woman” with full-color illustrations.
A few picks celebrating “Game of Thrones:” The “Longclaw Collectible Sword” kit includes a 4-invh replica of Jon Snow’s sword, “Longclaw”; a sheath sleeve for the sword; a stand to display the sword; and a book about the Night’s Watch, illustrated with full-color series photography. The “Three-Eyed Raven” kit boasts a collectible 3½-inch figurine of the raven from the show and a book featuring full-color series photography. The “Hand of the King Wax Seal” kit includes a Hand of the King wax seal, wax stick, mini envelopes and blank “ scrolls. The “Stark Direwolf” is a large creature that’s the sigil of House Stark. The kit features a stone statue in the image of the direwolf that flanks the entrance to the crypt at Winterfell.
The “Nun Bowling: It’s Sinfully Fun!” kit will become a habit to those who had their knuckles rapped by their favorite schooling sisters. This bowling set has 10 praying nun pins, one Satanic fireball and 32-page introduction to the nun bowling sport. Does going back to those holy days turn into an apocalypse? Opt for “Zombie Bowling: Heads Will Roll!” The kit includes 10 decapitated zombie body pins, one zombie head bowling ball and a mini guide to Zombie Bowling.
“Build Your Own Stonehenge” includes 16 Stonehenge rocks, a beautifully landscaped map and 32- page guide explaining the mysterious building of this ancient wonder. Explore and replicate the magic of this extraordinary monument right at your desktop. And oh! The airfare you’’ save!
No blue blood in your veins? That doesn’t mean you can’t participate in the sport of the rich and famous. The “Desktop Croquet” kit is packed with two mallets, four balls, nine wickets, two end posts, a playing mat and a 32-page illustrated book.
“A Christmas Story Leg Lamp” kit is the perfect stocking stuffer . . . pun intended! The flick’s fans will relish the replica of the movie’s iconic leg lamp prop (complete with an actual light-up feature), packaging material to protect the “fragile” ornament and a colorful sticker book.
Desktop fish are the perfect pets and will always be there to entertain you, even if you forget to feed them for months. The “Desktop Aquarium” kit includes two magnetic fish, magnetic wand to make fish swim, plant, gravel, four playful backgrounds and a booklet.
Based on The Peanuts Movie, the “Snoopy the Flying Ace” will become a treasured keepsake for fans of all ages. No Peanuts here, just a collectible figurine of Snoopy as The Flying Ace and full-color sticker book featuring artwork from the film.
Front and center: The “‘Outlander’: Mini Mortar & Pestle Set” includes a mini-size mortar and pestle set—just like the one Claire uses to help heal the sick—and a 32-page book of quotes and images from the TV show.