Stuff those stockings with small, quirky gifts like these - they're useful too.

- Joy Deangdeelert Cho
In-flight dining

Meals can be more fun for baby (parents, too) with this soaring Plane Spoon ($17). Available at Piccolini, 264 S. 20th St. in Center City or 932 W. Lancaster Ave. in Bryn Mawr, and

Instant green thumb

Easybloom Plant Sensor ($60) can help your favorite gardener analyze and track growth and growing conditions. Available at

Impromptu snack

Slurpabowl ($10) becomes a food or water container on the spot - a handy companion for a dog lover. Available at the Container Store at Cherry Hill Mall and

Secure storage

Harry Allen's Lock Keychain ($35) offers organization for the forgetful folks on your list. Available at

On the record

Lifestyle Notebooks ($25 each) offer an assist for those with adventures and discoveries to archive. Available to order at Design Within Reach, 1710 Walnut St., and


Joy Deangdeelert Cho is a Philadelphia textile and graphic designer. Visit her design blog,

Oh Joy!, at