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The Best 100 Stocking Stuffers that aren't a waste of money!

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, November 02, 2022 | 0 comments
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Do you love doing stocking stuffers? I do, but sometimes it feels like the usual items are just highly packaged garbage - trashed, broken, or forgotten by New Year's Eve. So I have compiled a list of 100 stocking stuffer ideas. There’s truly something for everyone.
These stocking stuffers won’t make you feel like you’re throwing money away. Some are inexpensive, some are a little more in price, but at least you know they might actually be used. Some of us don’t mind paying a little more for stocking stuffers that aren’t just junk.


1. Play silks.
2. Puzzle books.
3. Mini puzzles. Like this wintery sceneor these famous paintings.
4. Glow sticks.
5. Bananagrams.
6. Silly Putty or Thinking Putty.
7. Mini Rubix Cube or Etch-A-Sketch.
8. Playing cards. (or a card game like Gimme 5)
9. Lego Minifigs.
10. Travel chess or checkers.
11. Ivan’s Hinge Puzzle.
12. Mini puzzle ball.
13. Wooden animals.
14. Glow in the dark stars for their bedroom ceiling.


15. Hairbows and headbands.
16. Twisty Ponytail holders.
17. Cute panties or boxers.
18. Leggings.
19. Socks. Even better, anti-slip socks.
20. Cute earrings, like these strawberries or pretty daisies.
21. Reflective-wear. For running or walking the dog in the evening.
22. Cute face masks.
23. Mittens or Gloves.
24. Nail stickers.


25. Altoids.
26. Beef jerky. Or make your own.
27. Smart Sweets.
28. Hot chocolate drink mix, spiced cider drink mix, Emergen-C).
29. A pineapple, like in this story about Charlie and Lola. (Or maybe a clementine, pomegranate, or starfruit.)
30. Tiny adorable bottles of Tabasco or portable packets of Sriracha.
31. Small tubs of Nutella.
32. Gold chocolate coins, like St. Nick threw in the legend.
33. Seasoned Sea Salts Gift Set, for chefs and bakers.
34. Craft soda in a glass bottle.
35. Dried or freeze-dried fruit.
36. Herbs and spices. Think little jars of barbecue rub, steak seasoning, a new herb blend, cinnamon sticks, or mulling spices.


37. Mini flashlight or headlamp.
38. Pocket knife or multi-tool.
39. Small umbrella in a cheerful color.
40. Batteries.
41. Travel Mug.
42. Candles.
43. Mini manicure kit.
44. Key chain. (Something cute like this or this.)
45. Bluetooth tracker, for those who tend to lose their keys.
46. Magnetic Headphone Cord Wrap.
47. Sprinkles and cute cupcake wrappers, for those who love to bake.
48. Personalized address labels.
49. Small framed photos.
50. Seed packets, especially if they’re already dreaming of spring.
51. Bike tools.
52. Old books iphone case, or old books android case
53. Reusable straws, for the party-throwing type.


54. Board books.
55. Slim paperbacks.
56. Book light.
57. Book darts.
58. Charming bookmarks.
59. More adorable bookmarks.
60. I’d Rather Be Reading.


61. A favorite (or soon-to-be-favorite) audiobook. https://amzn.to/3LFbw0e
62. Movie tickets or movies to rent. https://amzn.to/3Sbqaii


63. Blank journals or a planner/calendar for the year to come.
64. Note cards. Or thank you notes!
65. Notecards that you can color.
66. Pens: Paper Mate Flairs or Sharpies in pretty colors.
67. Postage stamps, especially the fun limited editions.
68. Pencils: mechanical pencils; or Tombows.
69. Coloring books for kids and adults. Roll up like a scroll and tie with a bow.
70. Calligraphy stencil. A fun tool to help makes your handwriting look better.
71. Custom library stamp or printed book plates.
72. Pencil case.


73. Bath bubbles or bath bombs.
74. Reusable hand warmers. 
75. Nail polish.
76. Character band-aids. Not just for kids! Try these for fun and these for literary types.
77. Rosebud salve.
78. Seasonal Chapstick or lip balm.
79. Hand lotion.
80. Lotion bars.
81. Fancy soaps.


82. Soap carving knives. (Buy plain Lever 2000 bar soap to go with it)
83. Markers/crayons/colored pencils. Or pencil sharpeners.
84. Washi tape.
85. Stickers.
86. Watercolor paints and paint brushes.
87. Mini fairy lights.
88. Mini photo clipboard frames.
89. Post-it notes (especially the shapes).
90. Small craft kits.


91. Coffee or tea samples
92. Matchbooks or Mini Incense Sticks.
93. Milk frother for homemade lattés. 
94. Essential oils.
95. The New Yorker or anotherprint magazine subscription. Subscribe now on their behalf, slide the first issue in their stocking.
96. Wine stopper.
97. Tea towels.
98. Bottle opener.
99. Instant read kitchen thermometer.
100. Whiskey stones or ice sphere molds - cool off your beverage in style!



About Catherine: I have been writing frugal tips since 1982, when I was a young divorced mom of two - for my baby product company, Born to Love. I am now mom to three sons, who are all grown up - and re-married to a wonderful man. We have rescued two little dogs, Denny and Dexter - and Bella, the cat.

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