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25+ Creative And Inexpensive Gifts That Are Perfect For Stockings

stocking stuffer ideas

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.

mandarin oranges in a crate

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! :-)

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Creative And Inexpensive Stocking Stuffers, By Category

stocking stuffer ideas

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
stocking stuffer ideas


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!

  • Tissues
  • Lip balm
  • Sheet masks
  • Nail polish
  • Emery boards
  • Hand cream or lotion
stocking stuffer ideas

Tech Accessories

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
stocking stuffer ideas

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
  • Patches
  • Gift card to a favorite clothing store
stocking stuffer ideas

Practical Stuff

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
  • Handwarmers
  • Gift cards for pharmacies, grocery stores, or gas stations
  • Reusable drinking straws
  • Pocket knife or multitool
stocking stuffer ideas

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.

  • Magazines
  • 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!)

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  • To me, stocking stuffers should be $2 or less…especially when you have more than a couple kids. Jillee, most of these ideas are not very feasible and are obvious. Was hoping for more helpful suggestions. Maybe more budget-friendly suggestions next year?
    Thank you

    • Hmmm? Not sure I agree. I love the traditional stocking items like coloring/puzzle books, a bit of candy, nuts and fruit. But for me, a stocking full of dollar store junk that breaks the first time they use it is pointless, wasteful and disappointing. There are many inexpensive, fun and useful items to collect throughout the year. I love the readers other suggestions too.

  • I used to give my younger brother lumps of coal (charcoal briquettes) because he was such an imp! Even today, though he is all grown up – I send him “coal” for his stocking.

  • We usually get nuts and an orange in our stockings. Usually some other stuff related to our presents.My Dad is usually in charge of the stockings. The orange and nuts are a carryover from my parents growing up. They were both kids near the end of the depression.

  • When we were young…Mother had fruit in the stockings for our breakfast (while we all waited for Mom and Dad to get up) and in there would also be coloring books, comic books, crayons, puzzle books, the pen with the 4-5 colors!, for the wee ones, little toys to play with, these were things to keep us occupied till Mom and Dad got up (around 7am)! The stockings were hung by Santa, on our foot posts!

  • Having stockings wasn’t a tradition in my home growing up. I received my first stocking right after my 40th birthday. The sister-in-law of a guy I was dating filled one for me. It contained both fingernail & toenail clippers, fingernail files, a cute key chain, sample bottles of shampoo, conditioner, lotions, etc., as well as the traditional fruit, nuts & candy. That was over 30 years ago & I can still remember the surprise & joy of receiving it.

  • I always am sure to ask for replacement heads for my electric toothbrush in my stocking. I always forget about them, and a package of them can be about $20. One package gets me through an entire years! Trial sizes are good too. Ever been with someone and they say, “Oh, I’d love to try that expensive shampoo, hairspray, moisturizer”? Get them a trial size of it for their stocking! They get to try it and see if they actually like it and want to shell out $$$ for it!

  • I get a lot of cosmetic and hair care samples throughout the year, so I save them up and divide them between my two daughters’ Christmas stockings. One year I didn’t do it, because they popped off about it so much the year before, and they were devastated! So it’s back to that tradition this year. Also, batteries make a good stocking stuffer for video game console users. I get the large packages of AA batteries for my son and sons-in-law each year, and they last until the next Christmas. There’s nothing worse than being caught short of batteries in the middle of a game when your controller burns through them!

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