Are you looking for stocking stuffers that are great for everyone in your family? Whether you have kids or not, you can make getting stocking presents fun!
In an earlier post, we talked about not giving large presents but only having stocking presents. We start giving stocking stuffers 12 days before Christmas and open a present each day.
Whether you want to try to do the 12 Days of Christmas or just have stockings with presents inside for Christmas morning, here are some ideas for stocking stuffers.
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#1 Jewelry Stocking Stuffers
Jewelry doesn’t have to be something expensive. You can look at the clearance jewelry in a store or even find jewelry at thrift stores, antique stores, and garage sales.
Church rummage sales generally have a lot of jewelry and it doesn’t cost very much.
Sometimes you can find antique jewelry or really unusual pieces.
You can also find small ring or other jewelry holders that would make great stocking stuffers.
Here are some pieces of jewelry you can buy:
#2 Sample Item Stocking Stuffers
A lot of discount and grocery stores now have small samples of shampoos, lotions, etc.
These are meant for travel, but they make great stocking stuffers.
They are small and there is a big variety of items you can get.
Sometimes I will buy the sample item before I purchase a bigger size just to see if I like it.
Here are some examples of sample items:
- small shampoos & conditioners (think nicer ones than normal)
- mini body washes
- mini lotions
- disposable toothbrushes
- tiny packages of tissues (with different pictures on them)
- sample makeup products (if you get a makeup subscription like Ipsy, you can save these products for stocking stuffers!)
- bottles of nail polish
Shop travel items at Target and other stores.
#3 Clothing & Accessory Stocking Stuffers
Small clothing items are always nice for a stocking.
This could be socks (which come in a variety of characters and patterns), mittens or gloves, smaller slippers, tights, scarves, or bandannas. Some stores carry bandannas with different themes like super heroes, Star Wars, or Harry Potter.
Here are some clothing ideas:
- t-shirts with cool pictures or patterns on them
- fuzzy socks
- toe socks
- a fun belt
- small purse
#4 Everyday Item Stocking Stuffers
These items include small versions of something you would use more at a certain time of year.
This might be an umbrella that folds up really small, a scented hand sanitizer with a holder (Target and Bath and Body Works carry a lot of these), a coin purse, flavored chapsticks, a sewing kit, or a nail clipper set.
#5 Candy Stocking Stuffers
Jolly Ranchers or another hard candy are perfect for stockings.
Chocolates that are wrapped individually or another wrapped candy are also great.
If you have never considered it, try some candies from other countries. The international aisle at the grocery store usually carries candy from around the world. Some of them are really different from the candy here in the United States.
Here are some candy ideas:
- hard candies (Jolly Ranchers, peppermints, candy canes, etc.)
- chocolates (candy bars, specialty chocolates, etc.)
- gum (different flavors)
- sour candies
- fruity candies (like Laffy Taffy, Airheads, Nerds, etc.)
- international candies
#6 Snack-size Food Stocking Stuffers
Small packaged foods that are made to put in lunches are nice for stockings.
Beef or turkey jerky, packages of nuts and seeds, and little packs of cookies or crackers are fun to get in your stocking.
Some more ideas of specialty foods:
- specialty pretzels (chocolate covered, yogurt covered, etc.)
- bags of nuts or seeds (trail mix, sunflower seeds, almonds, etc.)
- non-refrigerated meats (jerky, sausage, etc.)
- specialty granola or snack bars
- small bottles of hot sauce
#7 Office/Art Supplies Stocking Stuffers
Crayons, markers, color pencils, sticky notes, and small notebooks fit in a stocking easily.
Mini staplers with staples and small, fancy tape dispensers are nice too.
Some other ideas:
#8 Scented Item Stocking Stuffers
Tiny candles or special soaps make nice stocking gifts.
Many people wouldn’t buy scented soaps for themselves because they are more expensive than normal soap.
JoAnn Fabrics has a lot of nice scented liquid soaps near the checkout.
Bath and Body Works has lots of soaps, lotions, candles, and air fresheners with great scents.
#9 Drink Mixes for One Stocking Stuffers
Any single-serve drink mixes are great stocking stuffers.
You can purchase hot chocolate mixes, specialty tea bags, single-serve coffees, and flavors to add to bottled water.
There are many choices out there.
If you know someone that uses a Keurig or something similar, you can get them different flavored K-cups.
TJ Maxx is a fun place to look for specialty drink mixes as well as other unique foods.
#10 Money Stocking Stuffers
It doesn’t have to be a lot of money, but you could wrap a stack of 50¢ pieces or fold a dollar bill into a shape (like origami).
Money can also be placed in one of those puzzle gift boxes.
You can also purchase small gift cards and place them into a gift card holder.
#11 Kid Stocking Stuffers
There are lots of small items for a kid’s stocking.
Small action figures, finger puppets, tiny books, a character toothbrush, or small card or dice games are all great stocking stuffers.
One year, my son received some action figures that had magnets on the bottom of their feet. They had come from a dollar store, so they were really cheap! He really liked them because they could hang upside down on anything metal. None of his other figures could do that.
You really don’t have to spend a lot of money on toys for them to be cool.
Here are some other ideas for kids:
- bouncy balls
- deck of cards (with a cool picture on the back)
- small dolls
- small plush animals
- toy cars
- plastic animals
- small instrument (like a harmonica)
- favorite character items
- small puzzles (like Rubiks Cube, wooden brain teasers, or metal puzzles)
- small puzzle books
- silly putty
#12 Electronics & Media Stocking Stuffers
If you don’t mind paying a little bit more for your stocking stuffers, you can purchase different electronics or items that go with them.
These are great if you need some presents for teens or adults.
- cool flashdrive
- nice flashlight
- small electronic handheld game
- DvDs or BluRays
- video games
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What Are Your Favorite Stocking Stuffers?
Stocking stuffers don’t have to be expensive. There are lots of small items that your family would probably not buy for themselves but would appreciate.
You can also purchase cheap items that are bigger than your stocking and use those as well for the 12 Days of Christmas.
We would love to know what you like to get in your Christmas stocking. Comment down below or tag us on social media (@nowthatsthrifty).