Forget coal—these are stocking stuffers your giftees will actually love.
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Imagine it: It’s the night before Christmas, and you have the perfect little something for that special person in your life. You slip it into their stocking and wait. The next day, be prepared, because sometimes these budget-friendly little gifts can steal the show, and even manage to outshine your giftee’s main present.
No matter which family member you’re shopping for, stocking stuffers can be a fun way to show you care and give the ones you love a little token of your appreciation this holiday season. Popular stocking stuffer items this year include everything from candles to loot boxes for kids, and more. Whether your giftee is obsessed with self-care or you’re just trying to get a few extra goodies for the kids, we have some great ideas for you. Here are the best stocking stuffers of 2019 for everyone on your list.
Candles are a long-time favorite as stocking stuffers, and this one is no exception. Capri Blues are the highest-rated ones sold at Anthropologie, a fusion of citrus and tropical scents. It’s no wonder the Volcano Jar is so popular—the 4 oz. incarnation of it is only $12, so it’s perfectly priced for a stocking stuffer.
The seasons are changing, and with that comes dry and chapped skin. For anyone who suffers from dry, itchy skin, try putting Burt's Bees Honey Pot Holiday Gift Set in their stocking. It contains lip balm, hand cream, and body lotion, and all for less than $20. Skincare fanatics will undoubtedly be thrilled.
We live in a society where self-expression is an underrated quality. Let that special person in your life who’s experimenting with stream-of-consciousness writing know that you trust their voice with this monogrammed journal from Anthropologie. At $10, it’s perfectly priced for a stocking stuffer. Best of all, it’s emblazoned with the giftee’s initial on the cover for all to see, which adds a personal touch.
Nail polish sample sets can be great when the recipient doesn’t quite know how they want to present themselves in the new year. This OPI Fan Faves collection has three different nail polishes, including a shine and gloss. While it’s a bit pricey at $30, most nail polish lovers will probably appreciate the variety. OPI makes some of the most popular nail polishes out there right now, so this is a solid bet.
You may have seen these popular chocolates in the Whole Foods checkout aisle. Good Day Chocolates serve a number of potential functions. In this pack, there are vegan-friendly chocolates, which claim to help boost energy, help with sleep, and more. While a bit small, these chocolate supplements normally can be quite expensive but make a great treat for just about anyone in your life. Our own Isabelle Kagan recommends these and says that they make a great stocking stuffer come Christmas morning.
Whatever you may think of them, the Kardashian-Jenners are some of the most influential celebs when it comes to setting fashion and beauty trends right now. Kylie Jenner’s lip kits are a cult favorite among beauty experts and influencers alike, and the Mary Jo Matte Lip Kit is a vibrant red that’s perfect for the holiday season. Your Youtube vlogger niece or daughter will surely appreciate being able to replicate Kylie’s look thanks to this kit.
As a reader, I’m always losing bookmarks, at least partially due to the disposable nature of the ones I use. The flimsy paper ones I snagged a stack of at the used bookstore tend to disappear rather quickly. Perhaps if I had a handsome, leather bookmark like this, I’d feel more ready to be careful with it. These leather bookmarks come in a pack of two, so they make great gifts for loved ones and are affordably priced for a stocking stuffer.
It has been said in the ancient texts of yore that with the cooling of the air and the changing of the leaves comes whiskey season. But no one wants watered down whiskey due to melting ice. A set of this super-popular whiskey stones will be a more than adequate way to ensure that that your giftee’s brown liquor won’t lose its flavor or potency in their glass.
When it comes time for family road trips and airplane rides, everyone appreciates having a fully charged power bank around. However, not all of them are fully compatible with all devices. The Mophie Powerstation Plus is one the best portable chargers for a Nintendo Switch that we’ve ever tested. In testing, our reviewers loved how lightweight it was compared to other portable batteries, and although it is a bit more expensive than your average stocking stuffer at $60, everyone will appreciate having one of these around during the next power outage.
Ah, sweater weather. There’s nothing better than being fully bundled up and ready to face the elements in a cozy manner. This Wool Ragg Sock Gift Set from L.L.Bean will give you the toastiest feet imaginable. While they're a bit pricey at $50, they’re also priced high enough to get free shipping for your purchase. So, if you’re planning on buying a nice coat or scarf from L.L.Bean, these would be an incredible accompaniment.
For men in particular who work a lot with their hands, dry skin can be a big problem during the wintertime. Hand cream can help, but most dudes might shirk from using lotions from Burt’s Bees and Bath and Body Works because they’re too sweet-smelling or femme. This L’Occitane Fast-Absorbing 20% Shea Butter Hand Cream is a terrific alternative, since it’s ultra-nourishing and made with a blend of shea butter, coconut oil, but is incredibly understated. Reviewers of this nearly 5-star rated lotion say it’s the best on the market and isn’t greasy or thin like other hand lotions can be.
Yep, they’re still here. Fingerlings are still the most popular toys around among the preschool set. With the prevalence of the Baby Shark song, it’s unsurprising that these Baby Shark Fingerlings are one of the best stocking stuffers for toddlers this season, and one that’ll definitely make your kid the most popular one around during singalong time.
Untangling hair can be a painful, sometimes traumatic experience for kids. The Wet Brush Kids Detangler gets rave reviews on Amazon for being a solid, inexpensive way to work with tangly and difficult-to-manage hair. It’s practical and small, which makes it a particularly useful stocking stuffer this season.
Toys that feature a surprise have proven to be quite popular over the past couple of years. From Surprizamals to Hatchimals, kids can’t get enough of replicating the loot-box experience. The Skyrocket Blume Doll is the next big according to some toy experts, and actually grows as it gets watered, so kids are sure to love it.
Chances are, you know all about Hatchimals by now. Kids are still completely obsessed with them, and while some Hatchimals toys—like the Llalacorn—are far too big to be considered stocking stuffers, these small, neon glow-in-the-dark Hatchimals could be just right. This egg carton might seem a little big for most stockings, but it’s actually a great option since kids are getting 12 little toys in one.
PopSockets have skyrocketed in popularity over the past few years and undoubtedly anyone will appreciate finding one or two in their stocking, even if they already have one. These collapsible grips are fully customizable, with designs ranging from appealing (marble) to obscure (galaxy). So every smartphone user will have something that works for them aesthetically.
It’s widely known that the pressure is on us, as individuals, to save the environment. While there certainly isn’t a cure-all product we can use, there are going to be steps consumers can take to reduce their carbon footprint. Hummingbird Glass Straws are the best reusable straws we’ve ever tested and they help us create less plastic waste. Our testers loved how easy they were to clean and how difficult they were to break despite being made of glass, which makes these straws perfect for anyone who plans on being more eco-conscious in the new year.
There’s nothing better than a cup of loose-leaf tea that’s freshly steeped. Add a cute animal figurine and how could anyone want more? The Fred Manatea Silicone Tea Infuser is great for any seeker of serenity via tea cup. It easily clips onto the side of your mug, and greets you with a happy smile while you wait for your tea to brew. When we tested it, we found that it’s easy to clean as well, which just makes it even better.
Everyone loves a nice glass of red wine in the wintertime, but finishing a full bottle can sometimes be a risky venture. Now with Wine Condoms—which are, for the record, not actual condoms at all—your giftee can reseal an open bottle of wine to save it for when they can enjoy their next glass “for the antioxidants.” These might seem like a novelty gift, but reviewers say they actually work by creating an airtight seal over wine, and they’re reusable. While these might elicit a few chuckles, these Wine Condoms make a hilarious (but also functional) stocking stuffer.
Your giftee might not be the most handy person around, but that’s okay, because with a multitool like this one, they’ll have everything they need to do virtually anything from open a can to cut wires and more. The Gerber MP600 Multi-Plier is one of the best multitools we’ve ever tested, and it comes with 14 tools in one sleek, stainless steel design. Whether you’re shopping for him, her, or anyone else on your list, this multitool is a must-have and makes an awesome stocking stuffer.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.
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