Good things sometimes come in small packages.

By Hana Hong and Maggie Seaver
Updated December 09, 2020
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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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1 For the Jewelry Fanatic: Elephant Ring Holder

$10, etsy.com

These whimsical 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.

Skura Style Antimicrobial Protected Sponge

2 For the Clean Freak: Skura Style Dish Sponge

$15, amazon.com

Here's a not-so-fun fact for you: Research shows that the average kitchen sponge can be 200,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat. Skura Style sponges come embedded with an antimicrobial agent so they won’t smell. And thanks to its fade-to-change technology, the monogram will fade so you know exactly when it's time to change your sponge.

Drop It Wine Drops – Natural Wine Sulfite Remover

3 For the Wine Lover: Drop It Wine Drops

$15, amazon.com

For people with alcohol intolerance, otherwise known as “Asian glow," one glass of wine can turn your face as red as the wine in your glass. Reverse the flush and headaches with these wine drops—just two to three drops will remove the culprit—sulfites and tannins—in 20 seconds.

Best Stocking Stuffer – Cilque Silk Face Masks

4 For Everyone: Cilque Silk Face Masks

$29, clique.com

There's no such thing as too many face masks in the year 2020. Opt for this silk face mask (read: less friction) to get them through pandemic season safely, comfortably, and in style.

Best Stocking Stuffer – Primal Elements Bar Soap

5 For the Environmentally Conscious: Primal Elements Bar Soap

$10, amazon.com

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 aesthetic, but not with a monogram or name branding. These bars are handmade with eye-catching designs so it looks just as good on your sink as it feels on your skin.

Best Stocking Stuffer – Fujifilm Disposable Camera

6 For the Hipster: Fujifilm Disposable Camera

$29, amazon.com

Kick it old-school this holiday season with a Fujifilm disposable camera stocking stuffer. The camera comes preloaded with 27 available exposures; once the film is done, just send it away, wait a week, and unveil your photos in the New Year.

Best Stocking Stuffer – Homesick New York Reed Diffuser

7 For Someone Sentimental: Homesick New York Fragrance Oil

$28, homesick.com

While not everyone can venture there in person, you can bring New York state to your home this holiday season by dropping a mini diffuser in everyone's stocking. The tiny bottle emits a scent bouquet of the Adirondacks, pumpkin and apple orchards, and cinnamon. Just set out and whiff for an olfactory adventure.

Best Stocking Stuffer – Bounce Pet Hair and Lint Guard Mega Dryer Sheets with 3X Pet Hair Fighters

8 For the Pet Owner: Bounce Pet Hair and Lint Guard Mega Dryer Sheets

$13, amazon.com

Anyone with a dog or cat at home can relate to having a carpet of pet hair all over their home. Keep their clothes and home fuzz-free with these dryer sheets that repel fur from clothes before it sticks. That means less lint rolling!

Best Stocking Stuffer – BAGAIL Set of 3 Honeycomb Mesh Laundry Bag

9 For the Pro-Organizer: Honeycomb Mesh Laundry Bags

$8, amazon.com

These lightweight pouches are perfect for packing up your clothes, toiletries, and other miscellaneous items (cords, sunglasses, pens) that are easy to lose in your carry-on or suitcase. It's durable, washable, comes adorned with cute floral designs, and best of all? It's available on Amazon, which means if you saved your Christmas shopping for last minute, you can still get these stocking stuffers in time.

Best Stocking Stuffer – Magic 8 Ball

10 For the Jokester: Magic 8 Ball

$9, amazon.com

This funny, fortune-telling stocking stuffer idea could also work for any White Elephant gift exchanges you're going to this year. It's like the classic Magic 8 ball we know and love, but with sassier responses like, “Don't count on it.”

Best Stocking Stuffer – The Necklet

11 For the Jewelry Collector: The Necklet

$32, amazon.com

Twisted necklaces are a non-issue with this problem-solving necklace spacer. The simple and subtle accessory lets you layer three necklaces at once secured to one magnetic clasp. The distance between the three connector rings on each side creates the perfect amount of space between each necklace, allowing you to wear your favorite neck stack tangle-free. 

Cheap Stocking Stuffer Ideas: Kiehls
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12 For Dry Skin Sufferers: Kiehl's Body Cream

$14, sephora.com

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 with dry winter skin.

Inexpensive Stocking Stuffer Ideas: Matcha Packets From Chalait
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13 For the Non-Morning Person: Chalait To-Go Matcha Packets

$25, amazon.com

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.

Best Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Men, Women, and Teens: Card Game From Amazon
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14 For the Whole Family: Conversation Starters & Fun Facts Card Game

$13, amazon.com

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.

Best Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Men, Women, and Teens: Smith's Rosebud Salve
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15 For the Self-Pamperer: Smith's Rosebud Salve

$7, sephora.com

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.

Stocking Stuffers for Men: Travel-Sized Laundry Bag
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16 For the Jet-Setter: DOIY Koinobori Travel Laundry Bag

$25, amazon.com

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.

Inexpensive Stocking Stuffers: Kitsch Hair Scrunchies on Shopbop
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17 For the Trendy Dresser: Velvet Hair Scrunchies

$12, shopbop.com

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.

Inexpensive Stocking Stuffers: Cute Pencils From Etsy
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18 For the Writer: Grammar Pencils

$10, etsy.com

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.

Inexpensive Stocking Stuffers: Aquis Lisse Luxe Hair Turban
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19 For Hair Care: Aquis Lisse Luxe Hair Turban

$30, anthropologie.com

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!

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20 For the Shelfie-Taker: Dr. Pawpaw Scrub & Nourish

$10, ulta.com

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.

Best Stocking Stuffer Ideas: Urban Outfitters World's Smallest Vacuum Cleaner
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21 For the Tidy One: World's Smallest Vacuum

$16, urbanoutfitters.com

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.

Best Stocking Stuffers: Gifts for Teens, Velvet Reverse Sequin Phone Case
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22 For Anyone Who Likes to Dazzle: Velvet Reverse Sequin Phone Case

$8, amazon.com

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.

Guy Stocking Stuffer Gifts: Genius Music Playing Cards
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23 For Music Aficionados: Genius Music Playing Cards

$11, amazon.com

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.

Best Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Men, Women, and Teens: Travel Journal From Etsy
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24 For the Self-Reflective: My Travels Journal and Pencil

$10, etsy.com

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.

Inexpensive Stocking Stuffers: Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask
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25 For the Skincare Addict: Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask

$9, amazon.com

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.

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26 For the Resourceful Shopper: Reusable Shopping Bag

$14, amazon.com

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. 

Inexpensive Stocking Stuffers: Funny Socks From Etsy
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27 For the Reader: Quirky Socks

$13, etsy.com

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.

Best Stocking Stuffer Ideas: Smith and Cult Nail Polish
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28 For the Manicure Enthusiast: Smith & Cult Nail Polish

$20, net-a-porter.com

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.

Stocking Stuffer Gift Ideas: Invisibobble Slim Trio Cracker That’s Crackin
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29 For Ponytail Lovers: Invisibobble Coil Hair Ties

$18, sephora.com

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