18 Unique Stocking Stuffer Ideas—And They’re All Under $50

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By Caitlin Clark
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The stocking stuffer category gets a bad rap. It can feel like an afterthought; a place for mindless gifting overflow. Personally, it’s where sensible presents like socks or gum came into play growing up. But I’d argue that, when done well, holiday stockings could be the most exciting gifting moment of them all. For help turning your stocking into an arsenal of thoughtful gifts, I’ve gathered the absolute best stocking stuffer ideas to keep things interesting. 

Stockings hung over fireplace.

18 Stocking Stuffer Ideas They’ll Love to Receive

Casa Zuma Small Salt Spoons

Casa Zuma’s thoughtful pieces elevate the everyday. And if your giftee’s every day includes salt or nuts (as all good days should), these perfect little spoons will regularly uplift.  

Fishwife x Fly By Jing’s Smoked Salmon Trio

Fishwife’s ethically sourced seafood and Jing’s 100% all-natural Sichuan chili sauce—a combo killer enough to convert the biggest canned fish skeptic.

JBL Clip 3

This petite speaker packs a sonic punch (thousands of 5-star reviews confirm).

MoMA History of Art Coasters

For the art-lover with a precious coffee table to protect.

FinaMill Spice Grinder

This nifty little grinder is battery-operated, easy to refill, and an absolute joy to use.

U Brands Ballpoint Pens, Set of 6

This set of ballpoint beauties is guaranteed to spark joy.

Casa Zuma Solstice Mug

The good folks at Los Angeles Clay Company know how to hand-throw a cup that fits your hand like a glove. Their exclusive stoneware mugs for Casa Zuma are inspired by Japanese simplicity and hand-dipped in glaze to ensure each one is unique.

Kotn Crew Socks

Did I allude in my intro that I think socks are a boring gift? Yes. But these are Kotn socks. They’re padded and made of Egyptian cotton. These socks are exciting. Trust me.

Joyce Chen Unlimited Yellow Kitchen Scissors, Set of 2

Much like the socks above, these aren’t regular scissors… these scissors are “unlimited.” Use them to prep food, cut chicken bones, or even snip some paper if you so choose. The best part is they’re dishwasher safe.

Lost Pattern x Leatherology Silk Twilly Scarf

You never know when you’re going to need a perfectly chic, perfectly silky scarf to complete an outfit. Gift them the perfect one from Leatherology and sustainable silk brand Lost Pattern NYC.

Super Smalls Jungle Jeweled Gloves

These cozy, bejeweled gloves are tailor-made for the little Zsa Zsa Gabor in your life.

Anthropologie Metal Bookmark Metal Bookmark

Bookish friends and charming, whimsical knick-knacks simply go hand in hand. We don’t make the rules.

Tuitionua Silicone Powerful Vibrating Massager

Perhaps not the best gift if children are present for a stocking unpacking, but perfect for spicing things up between the socks and Starbucks cards.

Casa Zuma Baseball Cap

Sure, we’re a little biased, but as longtime devotees of high-quality baseball caps that are *actually* flattering, we stand firmly behind this organic cotton canvas beauty.

Kendra Scott Merrick Chain Necklace in Gold

It’s hard to give jewelry that suits everyone’s style, but Kendra Scott’s gold and sterling silver chain necklace is a true gifting unicorn.

Pacifica Vegan Ceramide Hydration Fill Undereye & Smile Line Jelly Patches

When in doubt, a skincare-obsessed stocking holder will literally always be happy to see sheet masks and eye patches.

Thread There’s Snow Cosmetic Gift Set

For the tweens in your life who crave a little sparkle and want to get creative with their look. This shimmer set includes a multi-stick, lip gloss, and face and body gems for a little shine. They’ll love the sweet scents—and you’ll love supporting an inclusive, black-owned brand that encourages everyone to embrace their unique look.

The Worst-Case Scenario Card Game

Card games are an easy yes when it comes to stocking stuffer ideas. This game is easy to learn and guarantees laughs. Put in your partner’s or teenager’s stockings and get ready to level up your family game nights.