When it comes to stocking stuffers, don’t settle for a bunch of junk from the dollar bin. It’s better to stuff each sock with a couple of carefully selected items that everyone will love. With that in mind, here are the stocking stuffer ideas I’m loving this season.
Stocking Stuffers for Men and Women
#Badass Post-it Notes ($5) at Effie’s Paper
How about a little empowerment with your Post-its? These are perfect for confident overachievers—or someone who needs a little nudge. Each pad contains 50 sheets wrapped in a resealable pouch.
Fred and Friends PLUNGE Wine Bottle Stopper ($8)
Get a little cheeky with the wine buff in the family. P.S. This stopper is also great for potty mouths. Zing!
Classic Over the Calf Holiday Socks ($11)
Everyone will comfortably be in the holiday spirit thanks to these incredibly cozy socks! They’re good for plodding around the house in or as a boot sock when it’s time to get out and shovel.
Booginhead SippiGrips ($5)
Any new parent understands the frustration of a dropped sippy cup, especially parents of kids who drop them again, again and again. This sippy cup leash attaches the cup to wherever the little guy or girl happens to be sitting, from stroller to high chair, and ensures that the cup never hits the ground again.
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Carrington Farms Sriracha Coconut Cooking Oil ($11.99) at Carrington Farms
The packaging isn’t what you would call “gifty,” but the home chef on your list won’t care. Sauté, bake or fry with it to add a dash of spice to any dish while enjoying the health benefits of coconut oil!
Mastrad Folding Hexagonal Trivet ($8)
Trivets always come in handy, and this heat-resistant silicone one folds up so small that it’s perfect for the space-challenged.
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Annie B’s Popcorn Bags ($1.99–$3.99) at Annie B’s
This is a tasty treat for any stocking! Grab a bag in a variety of delicious flavors, from Sharp Cheddar Jalapeno to Triple Treat (a mix of caramel, white and cheddar). Truth: The bags might not make it out of the living room.
RuMe Baggie All Zippered Organizer ($15)
This sturdy little pouch holds a surprising amount of stuff! I use mine to hold my mobile charger, charging cables, iPod, earbuds, makeup and gum. There are nine colorways with several unisex options.
Tovolo Comfort Grip Knives ($5.95–10.20) at KaTom
Give your recipient a warning that something sharp lies in that stocking! Seriously, though, you can’t beat the value and style of these colorful knives. The blades are high-carbon stainless steel with an ergonomic handle for comfortable cutting, and the collection of 12 includes everything from a basic paring knife to a knife just for avocados.
Stocking Stuffers for Teens
I know we’re $1 over our price limit, but these are so cute! The super-soft and machine-washable Snoozies come in tons of fun colors and patterns to suit anyone’s style.
Headsweats Energy Bands ($15) at Headsweats
Whether they play sports or just need a headband that stays put, these energy bands are the perfect fit. Available in several colors and patterns, these 1-inch comfortable and lightweight headbands are lined with soft velvet, making them totally slip-free.
Feetures High Performance Socks ($13)
The combination of fit, compression, comfort, wicking and lots of fun colors (plus black and white for the conservative) will make these the sock of choice for your favorite athlete.
Travelrest Tranquility Sleep Mask Kit ($9.95)
This kit comes with moldable earplugs and a sleep mask that blocks light entirely without any uncomfortable pressure on the eyes. If they like to sleep until noon on the weekends, they won’t know how they lived without this mask!
Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps ($3.99) at your favorite food retailer
Holiday cheer never tasted so good. These ultra-airy pretzels are dipped in decadent dark or white chocolate and then sprinkled with crumbled peppermint candies. I’m salivating right now.
These hair rings are colorful and functional, and the Around the World packaging is really cute. If you’re not familiar with hair rings (I wasn’t), they are a nice alternative to the standard hair band. Bonus: They won’t rip your hair! Also, they hold very well and sink into the hair, so you can’t see them.
Stocking Stuffers for Kids
Bathtime is so much fun with these sudsy toy sponges. Add soap to the pocket, and kids will have a blast getting clean. Characters range from a hippo to a dragon, and they are all adorable.
Manufacturer’s suggested age: all ages
Star Wars Itty Bittys ($34 for 4)
Tiny stuffed Star Wars characters that are soft and squeezable —how can you resist? Suggestion: break up the set and distribute across multiple stockings.
Manufacturer’s suggested age: 3 and up
Hog Wild Unicorn Popper ($10)
You simply cannot stop popping this magical popper. Enough said.
Manufacturer’s suggested age: 4 and up
Frozen Olaf’s in Trouble Game ($15)
This is big for a stocking, but it’s a great way to kick off a fun morning! A new take on an old favorite, this version of Trouble features Olaf and other favorite characters from Frozen. Also available in The Avengers, Minions and more. And don’t worry, the Pop-O-Matic is still in full effect.
Manufacturer’s suggested age: 5 and up
Knock Knock On-the-Go Game Pad ($9)
A must for long car rides or flights, this pad contains multiple pages of five different games, including hangman and tic-tac-toe. Consider this a nice screen-free option to keep kids entertained.
Manufacturer’s suggested age: 7 and up
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