While every family has their own unique traditions when it comes to Christmas, certain traditions are fairly universal. Things like Christmas trees, wrapped presents, frosted cookies, and nativity scenes feel like they are woven into the very fabric of Christmas itself! And for me, it just doesn’t feel like Christmas until I get everyone’s stockings hung by the fireplace.
When I was a kid, one of my favorite parts of Christmas morning was getting to find out what Santa left in my stocking! But once I had kids of my own, I realized that filling those stockings can actually be pretty challenging! Apart from our traditional stocking stuffers of oranges and Christmas candy, I often felt at a loss for ideas of other stocking stuffers!
If you also struggle to come up with good stocking stuffer ideas, then you’ve come to the right place! Because today I’ll be sharing a list of over two dozen ideas for creative and inexpensive gifts that make perfect stocking stuffers. You can pick and choose items from the categories that interest you, or just use the list as inspiration for your own unique stocking stuffers! Either way, you’re sure to have an easier time filling those stockings this year! :-)
Creative And Inexpensive Stocking Stuffers, By Category
Travel & Daily Carry
Here are some stocking stuffer ideas that are perfect for people who are always on the go! Whether they’re boarding a plane to a faraway place or just doing errands around town, these little gifts will help them get where they’re going (and stay entertained and organized while they’re at it!)
- Reusable tote bags
- Luggage tags
- Notecards and stationary
- Paperback books
- Notebooks or journals
Need some stocking stuffers for a beauty queen? These simple beauty-related gifts will definitely be appreciated! And the best part? You only have to drive to your nearest drug store to find them!
- Lip balm
- Sheet masks
- Nail polish
- Emery boards
- Hand cream or lotion
Nearly everyone has a smartphone these days, so you can be sure that tech-related stocking stuffers will be appreciated! Check out these small, inexpensive items that will surely come in handy for anyone who uses a smartphone, tablet, or computer. Most of these tech accessories come in all sorts of colors and styles too!
- Screen cleaning cloth
- Pop Socket smartphone stands
- Portable charger
- Charging cords and adapters
- Cord organizers
Apparel & Accessories
Wearable gifts are always a great choice! Everyone wears clothes, so you can’t go really can’t go wrong with choosing clothes and accessories for stocking stuffers. ;-) These are perfect for kids and adults of all ages, and anyone who likes expressing themselves through what they wear!
- Novelty socks
- Enamel pins
- Gift card to a favorite clothing store
Practical gifts often end up being the ones that the recipient appreciates the most! For instance, if you’re looking for stocking stuffers for a college kid, you can’t go wrong with a grocery store gift card (because you can only eat so much ramen!) Here are some ideas for practical stockings stuffers that are sure to be put to good use.
- Booklet of stamps
- Gift cards for pharmacies, grocery stores, or gas stations
- Reusable drinking straws
- Pocket knife or multitool
Just For Fun
No matter your age, everyone likes getting fun stuff for Christmas! Here are some great stocking stuffer ideas for both kids and kids-at-heart.
- Pez dispensers
- Coloring books
- Bluetooth shower speaker
- Milk frother for lattes or hot cocoa
- Magnets (Our photographer Kaitlyn collects magnets from everywhere she travels throughout the year—these make great little gifts!)
What’s the best stocking stuff you’ve ever received?