Christmas is right around the corner, which can mean only one thing: My favorite holiday tradition is almost upon us. No, it's not holiday baking or even putting up the tree. Rather, it's the simple act of opening a stocking. Now, I know what you're thinking, "Hey, Beth, you're forty-[censored], why are you still getting a stocking?" Well, Mr. or Mrs. Stocking Party Pooper, the answer is simple, "Because my mom says so." She's been making me a stocking since I was a kid. Forty-[censored] years later, it's still one of my favorite holiday moments.
Last year, for the first time, I did stockings for both of my parents. It was fun to grab stocking stuffers and other small gifts to fill their socks and see their delight in opening them. Stocking stuffers aren't usually expensive or over-the-top, but they are a thoughtful way to throw a few more gifts at your favorite people. I've got more than 30 ideas here for you, for everyone from the tech-savvy teen to the challenging-to-buy-for coworker. Grab two or 20 and cross a bunch of names off your nice list.
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These Echo Dot For Kids Are So CuteMy kids have been begging for a kid’s Echo in their rooms for listening to calming music at bedtime, playing games with Alexa, or fun tunes for impromptu dance parties. These new ones look like an adorable tiger or panda and look great in their room. The best part is the parental controls you can set, so they can use it unsupervised without you having to worry about what content they’re accessing.
Open Your Own Arcade With Desktop Skee-Ball
via: AmazonSkee-Ball is the best arcade game of all time and if you don't agree with me, you're wrong. Now you can experience all the fun of the arcade game without leaving your office (or home) with this mini-Skee-Ball desktop game. For less than $10, add this game, which comes in the design of a small book, to the stockings of arcade lovers of all ages.
Give A Smart (Speaker) Gift This Season
via: AmazonIs there anyone left on the planet who doesn't have at least one of these smart speakers in their home? The Echo Dot might be Amazon's best-selling gadget of all time, with a whopping 660,000-plus reviews. Perfect for the tech lover and even the tech-challenged, the Echo Dot plays music, reads the news, sets times and can control smart bulbs and other smart appliances in the home.
Warm Their Hearts With A Mug Warmer
via: Amazon / KPThere's no better time than the holidays to give your favorite people a Mr. Coffee mug warmer. Why? Because the parade of beverages that need to be kept warm is endless: Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, cider, chai, hot gin punch (not sure how that one worked its way into the list). This warmer has a lengthy power cord and is conveniently portable.
Chop It Up At The Table With These Lightsaber Chopsticks
via: AmazonI've never really gotten the hang of using chopsticks, but these lightsaber chopsticks might have me putting in overtime to figure it out. They light up! They light up and you can eat with them! These come in a variety of color options with an easy on-off pushbutton. May the force be with you as you order a few of these for stocking stuffers.
No One Will Be Crabby With This Handy Multitool
via: AmazonIs that a crab in your pocket or are you happy to see me? Literally, anyone would be happy to see you if you gifted them this cute beachwood crab multitool. Including scissors, a bottle opener, can opener, screwdriver, knife and rope saw, this gadget is great for home, the car, camping or the beach. When not in use, it stands upright on stainless steel appendages.
The Littles In Your Life Will Love This Fire 7 Kids Edition TabletKids love screens, so why not gift them one that can actually teach them a thing or two? This Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet includes access to over 20,000 apps, games, books, audiobooks, and educational content so they’ll never run out of ways to use it. Plus, it’s built to stand up to even the most intense play.
Cradle That New Phone In Style With A Thumbs Up Stand Holder
via: Amazon / JabFor many, a new smartphone or tablet will likely be under the tree this year. This thumbs up stand holder will keep it in style. Available in seven colors, it bends and adjusts to hold smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices up to 10 inches in size. You can even adjust the viewing angle and orientation, from horizontal to vertical and back again.
The Perfect Pizza Mouse Pad For Your Favorite Foodie
via: AmazonComputer work makes me snack-y. So, this circular pizza mousepad would either be the greatest gift or the worst. Either way, it's pretty darn adorable. Roughly 8-in.-by-8-in. in size, this mousepad comes with a nonslip rubber base to keep it in place on a desk. It also comes in doughnut, waffle and chocolate chip cookie designs for whatever your foodie's favorite might be.
Deck Their Halls With This Deck Of Black Foil Playing Cards
via: AmazonThese aren't your mama's playing cards. This black foil deck of cards is both chic and functional so your gift recipient can do all their favorite magic tricks and play all their favorite card games in style. This eco-friendly material is also waterproof so they can be played with for hours and then simply wiped clean with water. Honestly? It's one of the coolest decks of cards you'll ever see.
Exfoliate and Polish Your Lips With This Vegan Coconut Lip Polish
via: AmazonMany people struggle with dry lips, especially during the winter months. This vegan coconut lip scrub will not only show your thoughtfulness but also offer a practical solution for people whose lips need a little extra love. Packed full of natural ingredients that are great for your skin like coconut, sweet almond oil, avocado oil and vitamin E, give the gift of soft and smooth.
Organize It All With Tiny Leather Cord Keepers
via: AmazonThese tiny leather cord keepers might seem like an odd gift, but your recipients will be thanking you, I promise. Adorned with a brass snap, these cord keepers will organize everything from charging cables to headphone cords. Pro tip: Buy a 10-pack for $10 and split them evenly between five stocking recipients ... or keep a few for yourself. I'll never tell.
Buy Them A Facial Mask And Not Of the COVID Variety
via: AmazonHere's another stocking stuffer that you can get a lot of mileage out of. Whether you're buying for a beauty-enthralled teen or your BFF (or both!), this 12-pack of Korean skincare masks pack a lot of giving power. Split the pack among your recipients or overload a single stocking with this variety, which includes bases of avocado, honey, tea tree, cucumber and charcoal.
Change Your Look With Temporary Hair Color Wax
via: Amazon / OleseaIn 2020 alone, my hair has been red, brown, blonde, pink, rose gold and purple ... and I've still got a few weeks left so watch out! This temporary hair color wax is a fun way to change up your look and then wash it out the next day. The four-pack includes silver, blue, red and purple in a cruelty-free and vegan format. This is a great gift for the one who likes to stand out from the crowd.
Give Them A Brain Teaser With This Wooden Puzzle Ball
via: AmazonYou could watch holiday movies ad nauseam, turning into a veritable couch potato, or you could challenge your mind with this wooden puzzle ball. The description calls it "hard to take apart, but harder to assemble." This two-way toy also makes a beautiful addition to a coffee table or desk, where you can reach for it and fiddle with it constantly.
Grab A Coffee To-Go With This Pocket-Sized Collapsible Travel Cup
via: AmazonThe only thing I love more than coffee is taking my coffee with me wherever I go. This pocket-sized collapsible travel cup makes that possible in the most adorable way imaginable. Available in more than 20 colors, this 12-oz. cup folds up to stay out of the way when not in use. Its silicone construction means your gift recipient will enjoy this for years to come.
Once You Try These Echo Buds You’ll Never Go BackWireless earbuds are absolute game-changers. I immediately threw out my old-school wired headphones after buying these Echo Buds and can’t imagine my life without them. They provide premium sound quality and work with Alex voice control for a streamlined listening experience. Plus, they're the perfect size for a premium stocking stuffer.
Encourage Their Love Of Travel With Creative Travel Guide Cards
via: AmazonSeveral people on my gift list are travel nuts. This Anywhere Travel Guide would offer a unique accompaniment to those excursions. Filled with 75 cards for "discovering the unexpected, wherever your journey leads," travelers can spice up their exploration of a new city with prompts such as, "Ask the next person you meet where his/her favorite street is. Then, go there."
Customize Their Keychain With This Personalized Leather Option
via: AmazonIf you're looking for a stocking stuffer that really speaks to your relationship with your recipient, look no further than this custom leather keychain. Every time they reach for their keys, they'll be reminded of you and your messaging, such as an important date, a favorite quote or the coordinates of a favorite place. It comes in six different colors.
Make Their Stocking Old-School Cool With This Electronic Football Game
via: AmazonI'm old enough to remember when the full-sized version of this electronic football game was all the rage. Now, they've miniaturized it and made it in keychain form for the ultimate portability and boredom buster when you're waiting in line or sitting in the doctor's office. Equipped with original gameplay and sounds, you'll score big on this one as a stocking stuffer.
This Slim Wallet Is Perfect For A Pocket Or Purse
via: AmazonThe minimalist in your life will rejoice at the sight of this slim wallet that holds just the essentials. Great for a man or woman in your life, it is designed to hold up to eight cards, offers RFID protection, and comes in various leathers and colors. Fun fact: When you gift a wallet, it's good luck for the recipient to tuck a few bills inside.
No One Will Touch Your Book With This Shark Bookmark
via: AmazonI'm loyal to my Kindle, but sometimes it's just nice to have a book in your hands. To keep from losing your place, you should grab — or give — this shark bookmark. Made from plastic, this bookmark cleverly features a fin that sticks out the top of the book as well as wording that reminds people not to kill sharks for their fins. It's Jaws-approved!
A Crumpled Map You'll Never Have To Re-Fold
via: AmazonI know, GPS has taken over the world, but sometimes you just need an actual map ... say, if you're exploring a new city by foot. This is the map for all of us who've tried — and failed — to re-fold a map just the way it came. This crumpled city map of New York eliminates the stress of getting a map back to its original state. Just cram it in your pocket and go. It's also available for other major cities around the world.
Bring Out Their Inner Punk Rocker With This Rivet-Style AirPods Case
via: AmazonThese AirPods cases have serious 'tude — attitude, that is. Available in numerous solid colors and several multicolored patterns, this case serves up more than just great looks. The rivets also provide full-coverage shock protection if you happen to drop it. It's the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone who has Apple AirPods 1 or 2 on this year's Christmas list.
Plan For A Great 2021 With This Weekly And Monthly Planner
via: AmazonA planner for 2020 would've been a terrible gift: January, February, March — COVID — December. I'm adding this to my list in an abundance of hope that 2021 is going to be much better. This faux leather weekly and monthly planner is available in gray, green, pink and blue, offering tracking options for both weekly and monthly plans. Make plans now to gift this to your favorite organizer.
Busy Plant Lovers Will Love This Zero-Maintenance Venus Flytrap
via: AmazonWhat do you get for the person who has everything? How about a venus flytrap? This tiny glass jar with included plant is perfect for all ages who have an interest in watching things grow. Even better, it requires zero maintenance on the part of its recipient — no watering, no feeding — with growth results you'll see in one to two weeks. It's a cute addition to any existing plant collection or to start a new one.
Everyone Needs This Do-It-All Keychain
via: AmazonI'm always looking for a charger. Always. Would someone please buy one of these keychains with both a lightning cable and bottle opener? Folks on the receiving end of this stocking stuffer will be delighted to know that they'll always have a lightning cable at the ready, right with their keys. The added bottle opener would be perfect for my daily Topo Chicos.
Clean Their Socks With This Goat's Milk Soap
via: AmazonOK, so you probably won't want to clean their stockings with this goat's milk soap, but you could. Instead, grab a few bars of this Zum soap that both smells great and has great moisturizing properties. Zum soap bars are available in scents like almond, lemongrass, rosemary-mint and lavender. There's a scent for anyone on your list in a cute little 3-ounce bar package.
Pork Lovers Will Go Crazy For This Bacon Air Freshener
via: AmazonYou've heard people talk about it being hot enough to fry an egg on the hood of a car, but what about hanging bacon from the rearview mirror? This novelty bacon air freshener, with its "sizzling bacon aroma," is certain to get a good laugh from whoever receives it. The air freshener, which includes a string for hanging, stands four inches tall and will be a friendly reminder of everyone's favorite breakfast meat.
Hide Your Drink In Style With This Flask Bracelet
via: Amazon / AsquaredI can think of so many instances where this would've come in handy: Football games, airplanes, church. I'm kidding! I wouldn't drink at church. But, if I did, this would be the perfect way to conceal it. This stainless steel flask bracelet slides securely over the wrist and features a hidden compartment for the — ahem — beverage of your choice.
This Essential Oil Set Will Diffuse Your Gift-Giving Anxiety
via: AmazonI've really ramped up my interest in essential oils lately. I not only like the way they smell, but I also appreciate the extra benefits they can provide. This nine-piece set of oils will give anyone a good start who's interested in exploring more about the world of essential oils. It includes scents like lemon, sweet orange and peppermint. Wrap a diffuser to put under the tree and you have a great gift set.
Put A Little Heat In Their Pocket With This Tabasco Sauce Keychain
via: AmazonI know there have been other keychains mentioned in this gift list, but this is the crème de la crème of keychains — or, maybe I should say, the crème de la hot sauce of keychains. This Tabasco sauce keychain will help keep the spice level high for those heat-loving people on your Christmas list. It comes with a glass mini-bottle and a silicone carrying sleeve with carabiner.
Twisty Travel Pillows For Air, Rail and Road
via: AmazonHowever your friends and family are traveling this holiday and beyond, they'll thank you for this twisty travel pillow that can be shaped and bent into any desirable form. Unlike regular travel pillows designed only as neck support, this pillow can be adapted to fit any sleep position or situation. It comes in one size and is available in gray, black and blue.
This Oversized Smart Luggage Tag Will Stand Out At The Airport
via: AmazonThe worst part about air travel isn't the security checkpoints or the itty-bitty airplane aisles (OK, that actually is pretty bad). The worst part for me is waiting for my luggage and then trying to sort out my suitcase from 50 others that look just like it. This supersized luggage tag stands out for its bright color combinations and its included QR code makes it simple to reunite lost luggage with its owner.
The Adventurer On Your List Needs This Personal Water Filter
via: AmazonLots of people love being out in the great outdoors, but it's not without its dangers. Lack of access to clean drinking water could be the difference in life and death if explorers run into peril. Equip them with this handy LifeStraw personal water filter. It filters up to 1,000 gallons of contaminated water whether they're hiking, camping, traveling or simply in an emergency situation.
I Dip, You Dip, We Dip With This Dip Powder Starter Kit
via: AmazonI put this on the life purely for selfish reasons. I am a serious dipper and, before you think that means something gross or illegal, it's just for my nails. I do it every weekend! I love it because it stays chip-free and gorgeous until I opt to remove it. This dip powder starter kit includes six pots of nail dip powders and all of the liquids necessary to achieve enviable at-home manis.
A Perfectly Portable Mobile Pack Will Give Them A Charge
via: AmazonYou've never seen a more compact and stylish portable mobile pack than this 10000mAh compact charger that's less than half the size of your typical smartphone. In fact, it's so small it might get lost in a stocking! This tiny device is packed with enough power to charge a device up to five times in as short as 60 minutes.
This Body Glitter Is Derived Straight From Unicorns
via: AmazonThat's right — derived straight from unicorns ... snot, that is. OK, not really, but it is a creative name. This unicorn snot holographic body glitter gel dries clear and feels lightweight on the skin. Teens and kids will love it in pink, purple or silver, and it washes off easily with soap and water. It's also a great "topping" for makeup, adding just a bit of extra sparkle. And, who couldn't use some extra sparkle?
Slip This Credit Card Survival Tool In A Wallet
via: AmazonThere are all kinds of multitools out there with handy gadgets attached. This credit card survival tool holds one distinct advantage: It slides easily into the thinnest of wallets. Called a credit card survival tool, it includes a can opener, knife edge, screwdriver, ruler, cap opener, multiple wrenches and a saw blade. It can easily be attached to a lanyard or keychain if your recipient prefers.
Give Them What They Really Deserve: Coal
via: AmazonMaybe the most fun you'll have giving this as a gift is the lead up to Christmas when gift recipients are asking for hints. Just tell them they're getting coal for Christmas. You don't have to tell them it's chocolate double crisp candy wrapped to look like coal. Each piece is individually wrapped so you can spread the coal among numerous stockings. Being naughty never tasted so nice!