Whether you're looking for stocking stuffer ideas for your wife, dad, or kids, there's a gift here for everyone on your list–including great last-minute options.

By Maggie Seaver Stacey Leasca and Claudia Fisher
Updated November 01, 2019
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'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care… and stuffed to the brim with the best stocking stuffer gift ideas! Sorry, had to go off script there...

Stocking stuffers may be the smallest presents given during the holiday season, but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring or throw-away gifts. Whether you need stocking stuffer ideas for grandparents, parents, siblings, or kids, we're here to help you find the best gifts—at the right prices—for everyone on your list.

Stocking stuffers for adults are usually a little harder to shop for than small gifts for the younger members of your family who still get excited about candy and stickers, so our list of stocking stuffer ideas pays some extra attention to the types of items the men and women in your life covet. Because, while jewelry can definitely fit in a stocking, you're probably trying to save a little of your gift-buying funds so you can splurge on the bigger Christmas gifts that Santa goes so out of his way to get under your tree in the middle of the night.

From cozy winter socks to multi-purpose gadgets, the items on our list of cheap stocking stuffers will help you tick off every member of your family with gifts they'll love and even leave you with enough in your wallet to treat yourself to a little something (nobody said the season of giving can't incorporate some self-spoiling).

Here are 28 of the best inexpensive stocking stuffers around sure to make your fireplace the most exciting place to be on Christmas morning.

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These funky, conical ring holders are a pretty and practical addition to any ring lover's dresser top. Help declutter their getting-ready space with a few of these minimalist ring stackers, perfect for storing their favorite baubles.

To buy: $8; etsy.com.

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Keep everyone’s skin in your family happy this winter by stuffing their stockings with Kiehl's Creme de Corps body moisturizing cream. The brand, beloved by both men and women, offers a mini-sized product, making it a great stocking stuffer choice for just about anyone.

To buy: $11; sephora.com.

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Matcha is not just trendy, but delicious and nutritious—but a daily matcha latte habit can definitely get pricey. Packed with nutrients and caffeine, this set of 10 match powder packets makes a stocking stuffer that will surely help kick everyone's New Years resolutions into gear. If you happen to be in NYC for the holidays, stop by Chelsea Market to pick some up in person.

To buy: $25; amazon.com.

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Whether you've got a teenager who loves to go camping or a spouse trying to cut down on the number of plastic bottles used, this collapsible silicone water bottle is a modern and fun take on an old classic–and the structure means it's compact enough to fit in just about anything–including a stocking!

To buy: $25; thegrommet.com.

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Have a teen comedy movie lover who can't stop quoting Regina George or Gretchen Wieners 15 years later? These little Mean Girls magnets are the only stocking stuffer they'll really need. When it doubt, let it out—put it in the (mini) Burn Book.

To buy: $10; urbanoutfitters.com.

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There’s nothing worse than sitting around on Christmas day with nothing to say. Luckily, you can beat the silence by dropping a box of Conversation Starters and Fun Facts in one of your family member's stockings. The pile of question cards will keep people busy and laughing throughout the holiday season. Make sure to keep it handy for road trips, too.

To buy: $13; amazon.com.

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This nourishing lip balm is a little luxury they can keep in a pocket or purse all winter to save everything from chapped lips to dry elbows. The cotton seed oil lip treatment gives lips a subtle shine and has, hands down, the prettiest natural rose scent.

To buy: $6; anthropologie.com.

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Ideal for the frequent traveler, or anyone with an upcoming trip, these miniature laundry bags will keep your dirty laundry separate from your clean clothes in your suitcase. Plus, they're designed to look like Japanese "Koinobori," or traditional carp wind socks, making them the coolest laundry bag anyone could ever have and therefore a very cool stocking stuffer to receive.

To buy: $11; amazon.com.

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Just because a stocking stuffer is affordable doesn’t mean it has to be impersonal. This holiday, grab each member of your family a personalized, monogrammed jewelry box. Each piece of eclectic stoneware comes with gilded lettering and can fit a few precious treasures inside.

To buy: $14; anthropologie.com.

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A beautiful bar of soap is always a welcome gift—and the ideal size for a luxe stocking stuffer. Take it a step further with something personalized, but not with a monogram or name branding. As a fun twist, gift your special star-gazer a bar of soap aligned with their astrological sign.

To buy: $15; fresh.com.

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Scrunchies are all the rage once again, and luckily they're also on the cheaper side. Make sure your loved ones are in on the trend this holiday season with Kitsch's set of five matte velvet scrunchies in blush tones. Scrunchies not only keep your hair in place and make you look fashion-forward, but they're also a lot less likely to leave you with an unfortunate crease when you let your hair down.

To buy: $12; shopbop.com.

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Just because school is on vacation over the holidays doesn’t mean your family has to stop learning–and what better place to sneak in some learning than a stocking? This Christmas season, gift every member of your group this set of pencils, each of which highlights a different grammar rule in a playful way–and since it's written right on the pencil, there’s no excuse to forget the difference between “your and you’re” again.

To buy: $10; etsy.com.

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Kick it old school this holiday season with a Lomography disposable camera stocking stuffer. The camera comes preloaded with 36 available exposures on 35 mm film, along with a few color filters to make each photo unique. Once the film is done, just send it away, wait a week, and unveil your photos in the New Year.

To buy: $22; urbanoutfitters.com.

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Bring a little warmth to the holiday season by dropping a mini Holiday Homesick candle in everyone's stocking. The palm-sized candle emits a festive scent bouquet of cinnamon, clove, sandalwood, vanilla, and musk. There's no better way to say welcome home for the holidays.

To buy: $10; homesick.com.

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Self care is a perfect category to explore for stocking stuffer ideas. Gift your loved one something they (and their hair) will appreciate after every hair wash. This rapid-drying towel turban's moisture-wicking material cuts drying time in half and helps prevent frizz, flyaways, and wet hair damage. Plus, it's super cute!

To buy: $30; anthropologie.com.

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Here's a fabulous stocking stuffer idea for the bike rider in your family. This lightweight, portable repair kit has everything they need to tune up a popped wheel, adjust loose screws and bolts, and more in a pinch.

To buy: $30; uncommongoods.com.

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The holiday season typically comes with colder weather, which often leads to dry, chapped lips. You can help save your family’s faces with a bit of Tarte's lip exfoliant. The scrub has a minty scent and is made with shea butter, maracuja, and sugar to buff out flakiness. It's a refreshing way to keep your pout feeling silky smooth all winter.

To buy: $16; sephora.com.

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There is no mess (or stocking) too small for this teeny-tiny vacuum cleaner they can use to scoop up crumbs, lint, and other small spills. Whether they take it to work or leave it at home, it's the best little helper for life's mini messes.

To buy: $15; urbanoutfitters.com.

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Your teens will flip out over this shimmery phone case, which will be a nice complement to any shimmery outfit they plan to wear to holiday parties this year.

To buy: $19; amazon.com.

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These light-weight pouches are perfect for packing up toiletries and other miscellaneous items (cords, sunglasses, pens) easy to lose in your carry-on or suitcase. They're durable, washable, come adorned with cute designs along the top, and best of all? They're available on Amazon, which means if you saved your Christmas shopping for last minute, you can still get these stocking stuffers in time.

To buy: $21; amazon.com.

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In this deck of cards, each suit features icons from four music genres—pop, rock, folk, and blues—making game night a truly epic battle of the bands. It's a great stocking stuffer gift for everyone from the music lovers in your life to the kids just learning their first card games.

To buy: $9; amazon.com.

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Inspire your friends and family to traverse the world by stuffing their Christmas stocking with a “My Travels And Other Daring Adventures” notebook and pencil set. The set by HappyDabbyBits is perfectly sized to fit into any pocket and comes with hand-drawn lettering made on 100 percent recycled paper.

To buy: From $10; etsy.com.

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This funny stocking stuffer idea could also work for any White Elephant gift exchanges you're going to this year. It's like the 8 Ball we know and love, but with sassier responses like “Good luck with that.”

To buy: $17; amazon.com.

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Detoxify this holiday season with Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask. It's formulated with charcoal and salicylic acid (to exfoliate and prevent breakouts) combined with soothing botanicals. After just 10 minutes on your face, simply wash it away for a smoother, cleaner complexion. While this may be an inexpensive stocking stuffer, one of our editors has called it "the best mask" she''s ever used based on her results after just one use.

To buy: $14; amazon.com.

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This stocking stuffer idea is great for anyone who runs errands (so, everyone). Each lightweight sack holds up to three times as much as a typical plastic bag, reduces waste on shopping trips, and is easy to roll up and pack in a larger backpack, handbag or pocket. The nylon totes are available in 38 colors and patterns.

To buy: $36 for pack of 3; amazon.com.

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Help everyone feel a bit cozier this holiday season with their own pair of funny socks. Each pair of these socks comes in soft, warm fabrics, with charming lettering on the bottom that says, “If you can read this bring me a cup of tea.” Further customize the socks by choosing between five colors and seven different sayings.

To buy: $13; etsy.com.

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Not only is this nail polish a striking shade of red and packaged in a pretty bottle—it's cruelty-free, paraben-free, and phthalate-free for their most sustainable, finger-friendly manicure yet. Slip a few different colors into your giftee's stocking for a Christmas morning treat.

To buy: $18; net-a-porter.com.

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These trendy, coiled hair ties will hold your loved one's hairdos in place without tugging or causing breakage. Bonus: They'll look cute as a bracelet on their wrist. 

To buy: $18; sephora.com.