What's a stocking if it's not filled with things you don't really need?

Stockings are the perfect size to hold little indulgences that we wouldn't buy for ourselves, the more random and unexpected, the better.

To help Santa fill stockings for the littlest sugar plums, the tweenish elves and even Mrs. Claus, we hit local grocers and gift shops to find both edible and nonedible treats, including dill-flavored popcorn from Reel Popcorn (what teenager hasn't sipped pickle juice straight from the jar?), miniature paintings made entirely out of chocolate by local artist Paula Simpson and homemade marshmallows from Lux Bakery and Cafe.

Better Bites of Austin, a trade association of companies that produce local, all-natural food and beverages, is hosting a Local Foods Holiday Gift Fair from 4 to 8 p.m. tonight at City Hall. More than two dozen vendors will be selling teas, coffees, chocolates, salsas and pastries, many of which would fit in a gift basket or stocking. The event, which is part of Edible Austin's Eat Local Week, is free.

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Sugar plums

• Owl apron, $16, Breed and Co.

• Fresh marshmallows, $3, Lux Bakery and Cafe

• Nutella rice square, $2, Royal Blue Grocery

• Spider-Man/Little Mermaid cupcake holders, $1.79 each, All In One Bake Shop

• Sprinkles, $4.49, All In One Bake Shop

• Construction utensils, $22, Breed and Co.

• Kids' cookbook with measuring spoons, $16.99, Austin Children's Museum gift shop

Elves

• Chocolate truffles, $20-28, Delysia Chocolatier

• Gingerbread cookie cutters, $9.95, All In One Bake Shop

• Longhorns (chocolate-covered pecans), $3, Lammes Candies

• Dill-flavored popcorn, $3, Reel Popcorn

• Gift certificates for cupcakes, tacos and ice cream

• Duck floating tea infuser, $9.25, Breed and Co.

• Hope and Glory magic bar, $3, Royal Blue Grocery

Santa

• Chocolate art and frame, $15-20, The Chocolate Lady

• Ladybug wine opener, $19, Breed and Co.

• Trout grill lighter, $10.99, Zinger Hardware and General Merchant

• Roscar honey caramel nut sea salt bar, $4.25, Breed and Co.

• Austin Slow Burn cranberry habanero jam, $3.59, Central Market

• Longhorn cookie cutter, $2.25, All In One Bake Shop

• Kakawa chocolate-covered cocoa beans, $7.99, Central Market

• Remedios Tejanos organic herbal tea, $8.99, Farm to Market Grocery

• Kohana coffee, $12.99, Breed and Co.

• AustiNuts praline pecans, $3.99, Farm to Market Grocery

• Single-serving French press, $16.95, Breed and Co.

Stores

All In One Bakeshop

8566 Research Blvd.

www.allinonebakeshop.com

371-3401

Austin Children Museum

201 Colorado St.

www.austinkids.org 472-2499

Breed and Co.

3663 Bee Cave Road and 718 W. 29th St.

breedandco.com

328-3960, 474-6679

Central Market

4477 S. Lamar Blvd. and 4001 N. Lamar Blvd.

www.centralmarket.com

899-4300, 458-3068

Delysia Chocolatier

www.delysia.com

Farm to Market Grocery

1718 S. Congress Ave.

www.fm1718.com

462-7220

Lammes Candies

5330 Airport Blvd., 11200 Lakestop Blvd., 2901 Capital of Texas Highway, 1000 W. 38th St., 110 N. Interstate 35

800-252-1885

www.lammes.com

Lux Bakery and Cafe

3601 W. William Cannon Drive, Suite 175

www.luxbakeryandcafe.com

891-9850

Reel Popcorn

9600 Interstate 35, Suite 500

www.reelpopcornaustin.com

280-7335

Royal Blue Grocery

247 W. Third St. and 360 Nueces St.

www.royalbluegrocery.com

499-3993, 476-5700

The Chocolate Lady

www.texaschocolatelady.com

Zinger Hardware and General Merchant

www.zingerhardware.com

2438 W. Anderson Lane

533-9001