It's no secret that catalogue shopping is big business: about $44.4 billion in sales last year. It's also no secret that most of us are, by now, nearly crazed by the gargantuan heap confronting us: More than 6 billion catalogues -- from 6,500 sources -- were delivered last year.
To at least give you a start on gift-ordering, here's a first culling: JOGGERS
Jogmits: Gore-Tex fabric for warmth and moisture escape. Knit cuffs, reflective stripes. Sizes S, M and L, $15.95 (plus $2.95). Carolina Health and Fitness, 2700 York Rd., Burlington, N.C. 27215.
Cool-pack headband: To provide relief when it's hot. Insertable gel stores in freezer when not in use. One size, in white or navy, $17 (plus $2.95). Comfortably Yours, 52 W. Hunter Ave., Maywood, N.J. 07607.
Wrist pocket: Terry-lined, velcro closing to fit any wrist. Includes lightweight stopwatch, $10 (plus $3.25). Enticements, Ltd, 777 Irvington Place, Thornwood, N.Y. 10594. KIDS' STUFF
Coloring books with a challenge: Anna Pomaska's Make Your Own Calendar, Write Your Own Story and Create Your Own Pictures coloring books. Set of three, $6.75 (plus $1.50). Dover Publications, 31 E. 2nd St., Mineola, N.Y. 11501.
Pilgrimage: A board game that follows the routes of crusaders and pilgrims. Players learn geography, customs, events of medieval life. (Developed under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.) Two to six players, ages 8 and older, $16.50 (plus $3.95). Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston Museum Shop, P.O. Box 1044, Boston, Mass. 02120.
Paper clock kit: The Gold Medal winner at 1929 Paris World's Fair. 160 heavyweight paper pieces to cut, fold and glue for a working -- and ticking -- pendulum clock. Project book, $7.95 (plus $2). Cahill & Co., 145 Palisade St., Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. 10522.
Sticker belts: Lets kids design a belt with stickers provided or show off their own collections. Clear plastic, enameled belt buckle, size adjustable, $5.95 (plus $2.25). Abbey Press, 109 Hill Dr., St. Meinrad, Ind. 47577.
Panda earmuffs: 4-inch smiling panda faces. Adjustable. Portion of each sale benefits World Wildlife Fund-U.S., $8 (plus $1.50). The Horchow Collection, P.O. Box 819066, Dallas, Tex. 75262. Catalogue, $3.
Bearfeet: Multi-colored acrylic socks with pocket on left ankle for tiny knitted teddy. Sizes 3-6 or 7-9. Two pairs, $14 (plus $1.35). The Paragon, P.O. Drawer 511, Tom Harvey Rd., Westerly, R.I. 02891. CREATIVE COOKS
Mushroom farm kit: Produces picking size in 3 to 4 weeks. Special growbox, growing media and mushroom spawn, $12.95 (plus $2.95). Van Bourgondien Bros., P.O. Box A, 245 Farmingdale Rd., Rte. 109, Babylon, N.Y. 11702.
Homemade pasta: Tomato, spinach, carrot or artichoke flour, each enriched with Semolina, no preservatives. Each 2-lb. bag, $4.50 (plus $1.95 for 1 or 2 bags, $2.95 for 3 or four). The Enjoyables, 199 Maywood Ave., Maywood, N.J. 07607.
Pasta drying rack. All-wood rack with 12 dowels is 16 1/2 x 15 x 16 1/2. $7 (plus $1.95). World's Fare, P.O. Box 5678, Smithtown, N.Y. 11787. RELUCTANT GARDENERS
Wildflower seeds: Mixtures of annuals and perennials need little care. 1-oz. pack covers 250 sq. ft. Different mixtures for sun/shade. Each pack, $4.95 (plus $2). Gardener's Supply Co., 133 Elm St., Winooski, Vt. 05404.
RainMatic: Can be programmed for outdoor watering on a 7-day, repeating cycle, with battery-powered microchip. $59 (plus $3.50). The Sharper Image, P.O. Box 26823, San Francisco, Calif. 94126.
Plant Sentry: Once inserted in houseplant, a soft melody signals time for watering. $14.95 (plus $2.95). Robert Edmunds, 101 E. Gloucester Pike, Barrington, N.J. 08007. HEARTH OWNERS
Log carrier: Webbed handles stitched completely around 20-inch heavy natural canvas. Navy blue webbing, $12.95 (plus $1.64). The Vermont Country Store, Weston, Vt. 05161.
Fire-starters: 20 Colorado pine cones treated with special wax, in gift garden basket with matches. $25 (plus $2.80). Willoughby Taylor Ltd., 8908 Ambassador Row, Dallas, Tex. 75247.
Hearth rugs: Add beauty as well as protect. Flame-resistant wool rug with oriental design. Either 44-inch by 22-inch rectangle or half-round. Choice of blue, rust or beige, $46.95 (plus $4.25). The Warming Trend, Inc., Box 1184, Manchester Center, Vt. 05255. ON THE GO
Fitted necessity kit: Razor, comb, clippers, tweezers, toothbrush and file, plus five cosmetic brushes. Burgundy leather, $19.98 (plus $3.40). Lillian Vernon, 510 S. Fulton Ave., Mount Vernon, N.Y. 10550. Catalogue, $1.
Dual voltage steamer: Safe for all fabrics. With own pouch, $22 (plus $2.50). Merconne, 2491 Cheshire Bridge Rd., P.O. Box 13010, Atlanta, Ga. 30324. Catalogue, $3. ANIMAL LOVERS
Penguin pump thermos: Press top of head for stored hot or cold drink. 12 inches tall in penguin formal wear, yellow feet, $14.95 (plus $2.95). Tapestry, Building 46, Hanover, Penn. 17333.
Cat lovers' reward: A tabby that gives foot massages with built-in vibrating motor. Plump stuffed kitty is removable, washable. $34 (plus $3.50). The Best Impressions, P.O. Box 720187, Atlanta, Ga. 30358. UPSCALERS
Phone Tones: Replace ringing sound with any of 30 melodies from Beethoven to "Close Encounters" theme. Simply plug in and make that summons more melodic. (Not compatible with wall phones), $29 (plus $2.50). The Sharper Image, P.O. Box 26823, San Francisco, Calif. 94126.
Connoisseur's condiment: Vidalia Onion Relishes. Set of three 16 oz. jars includes Vidalia Onion Pickle, Vidalia Onion Relish and Vidalia Onion Garden Salad, $19.50 (plus $2.75). Lynchburg Hardware and General Store, Lynchburg, Tenn. 37352.
Washington Scene: Lets you acquire property and perks in a board game of D.C. (Which part of downtown would you like to own?) $15 (plus $2.45). Casual Living, Kent Road, P.O. Box 1078, New Milford, Conn. 06776.