96 Creative, Inexpensive Stocking Stuffers
They might be the least expensive items on your gift-giving list, and often they’re last-minute picks, but that doesn’t mean that stocking stuffers can’t be just as thoughtful as the other gifts you plan on giving. Spare your loved ones the predictable sock packs (snooze), scarves (boring), and ho-hum candy (trust us, they’re all set in those departments), and instead, check our list (twice!) for modern, unique, and special gift ideas for literally anyone and everyone. RS editors scoured specialty boutiques, niche websites (including Etsy, of course), and our favorite mass retailers to find items we know your recipients will go gaga over. From family members to friends, coworkers, and your kids’ teachers (and everyone else in between), these creative gems show lots of appreciation with just a little something. So let us take the guesswork out of shopping for those hard-to-buy-for people in your life and save you tons of time and energy so you can finish checking off your gift list with plenty of time to spare this year. Editor tip: Load up on some of these goodies pre-holiday season and stash them in a drawer or closet in your house so when another party pops up, you can grab, wrap, and go (yes, these are great for the holidays, but many of them double as amazing housewarming and birthday gifts, too). With a starting price at only $2, they won’t break the bank, and they are sure to make everyone on your list feel loved and appreciated.
Jo Malone London Christmas Cracker
Surprise! There’s a sample size set of the luxury skincare brand’s products within this colorful cracker. In assorted scents.
To buy: $48; jomalone.com.
WowWee Fingerlings Interactive Baby Monkey
A baby monkey for your animal-loving youngster. This interactive toy will cling to her finger, blow kisses, and playfully swing from its tail—no treats required.
To buy: $15; amazon.com.
Le Mini Macaron Hand Masks
For a stocking stuffer under $5, these hydrating hand masks will delight the hard worker. These single-use gloves are available in four scents.
To buy: $5 each; ulta.com.
Mini Lip Pill Kit
Mini lipstick tablets that can be tossed into an evening bag for easy reapplication without taking up valuable real estate.
To buy: $16 for five; winkylux.com.
A gift that practically guarantees a handwritten thank-you note, a retro '90s pom-pom pen is an irresistible addition to a work tote or backpack.
To buy: $6 each; target.com for stores.
Crab Multi Tool
A handy helper on the go with six mini tools stashed within the crab-shaped shell. A modern replacement for anyone’s well-worn pocketknife.
To buy: $16; amazon.com.
99 Ways to Happy
These interactive scratch-off journals offer a satisfying way to reveal words of encouragement. Tiny enough to toss in your bag for mobile meditation.
To buy: $11; amazon.com.
Jane Iredale Shimmer Lip Gloss Kit
This hydrating trio of shimmery, neutral glosses will keep her smiling through the season.
To buy: $35; janeiredale.com.
All-In-One Golf Club Cleaner by Caddy-Clean
A hole in one for the golfer’s stocking, this tiny tool comes complete with everything he’ll need to keep his clubs in prime shape. An awesome stocking stuffer for men on your list.
To buy: $25; thegrommet.com.
PopSockets Phone Grips
Attach this customizable grip to the back of a smartphone for selfie stability or a sturdy kickstand, then collapse it flat to fit into pockets.
To buy: $7 each; amazon.com.
Chit Chat Markers
Take the guessing game out of the charcuterie board with the help of these comically awesome food markers with a dry erase pen.
To buy: $10; momastore.org.
Chanel La Crème Main
Toss this posh egg-shaped capsule into a purse or gym bag for on-the-go moisturizing.
To buy: $50; bloomingdales.com.
Fat Toad Farm Petit Caramel Quartet
As if the idea of four two-ounce tasting jars of caramel sauce wasn’t already the perfect gift for anyone with tastebuds, you can choose from eight flavors, like salted bourbon or cold brew coffee.
To buy: $24; fattoadfarm.com.
Text, Don’t Call
Some will identify, others will learn a few things: This mini comic offers entertaining insight into the world of an introvert.
To buy: $10; amazon.com.
Bell Bottle Opener
Double-duty design: Shake this stylish bottle opener to alert guests that their drinks are ready.
To buy: $37; gretelhome.com.
Oh What Fun Chocolate Tiles
Almost too pretty to eat: A dozen bite-size chocolate bars in six different flavors (like sea salt milk chocolate and chipotle dark chocolate), wrapped in pretty pastel paper and nestled in a candy-colored box.
To buy: $12; lolliandpops.com.
Aspirational tags for your everyday keys. Choose from phrases like “Pied-A-Terre,” “Getaway Car,” and “Beach House.”
To buy: $15 each; dearkeaton.com.
A clip-on ball holder for your smartphone. Use it to persuade your pup to look toward the camera. Pull off a successful selfie with your pup by attaching this tennis ball to the top of your smartphone.
To buy: $13, amazon.com.
Plush Sleep Mask
She won’t need to count sheep to fall asleep when she can count on this super soft eye mask to block out the light.
To buy: $13; aerie.com.
Hay Clip Clip Spoon
Use this gilded bag clip to preserve your coffee grounds while leaving the Tablespoon scoop right where you need it at all times.
To buy: $10; momastore.org.
Areaware Standing Pen
Part artsy objet, part writing implement, these colorful, conical (or three-sided or five-sided) ballpoints stay upright on their own because each has a flat base. Made of wood, these pens are an ideal addition to an executive’s desk, a modern accent on a kitchen command center, or a fun touch for a student’s work space. They’re refillable too, with a front tip that’s easy to remove. And there’s a fit for every palette: The seller offers this pen in “natural” and four other shades: green (pentagon shape), yellow (circle), blue (pentagon), pink (circle), and red (triangle).
To buy: $15 each, areaware.com.
Bela Portuguese Sardines
Yes, sardines as a stocking stuffer. These imported umami-bombs boost the flavor of everyday salad and amp up plain pizza. Opt for a variety pack to try all four styles.
To buy: $18 for 6; food52.com.
This is the ideal gift for the parent who is often tasked with getting the kids’ newest games in working order immediately upon opening them. Thanks to a small Phillips head and flathead tip, this battery-powered screwdriver is just right for those tricky-to-access power ports on electronic toys and even computers. Stash the screw heads in a slot in the base to keep everything accessible for when a toy emergency arises. So convenient, parents will likely store it close at hand for quick access. Say goodbye to the frustration of digging in the junk drawer in search of the right tool!
To buy: $10, amazon.com.
Paper Source Unicorn Tape Dispenser
For the Lisa Frank lover in your life (we all know one!), bring a little magic into their world with this unicorn tape dispenser that comes with two rolls of rainbow tape. The colorful desk accessory acts as an instant mood booster while doing even the most mundane project. It also serves as a fun gift-wrapping tool, because why adorn a package in basic clear tape (boooring!) when you can go wild with this rainbow version? It also works wonders when trying to coax a kid into working on homework or a DIY craft project. Winners all around!
To buy: $15, papersource.com.
UncommonGoods State Slate Bottle Stopper
A bottle of wine makes a nice holiday or housewarming gift. Even nicer? A bottle of wine paired with a State Slate Bottle Stopper, available in all 50 states, to add a sentimental touch of state pride. Your favorite wine enthusiast will appreciate that the bottle is personalized with his/her state. You can also write on the stopper with a piece of chalk to label the bottle, or to include a festive message. Even sweeter: Colorado-based artists Steven Chavez and Justin English make the toppers out of scrap soapstone that would otherwise go to waste. Want to add a little more love to the gift? Pair the topper with one of their matching state slate cheese boards.
To buy: $10, uncommongoods.com.
The Land of Nod Balloon Animal Kit
For your family member—tween or adult—who just loves to clown around, help him or her set up their own little makeshift carnival booth with this “How To Make Balloon Animals” Kit, which contains everything you need to make 20 balloon animals, including a balloon pump and 80-page step-by-step instruction book (with more than 75 pictures!) so your recipient is the life of the party. Bunnies, puppies, teddy bears, and more, the kit will turn anyone above the age of eight into a balloon-making pro. We can almost guarantee that the kit won’t make it home unopened.
To buy: $9, landofnod.com.
Go Cubes Chewable Coffee
For the die-hard coffee lover in your life, consider these buzzworthy Go Cubes, chewable coffee gummies so he or she can stay caffeinated all day, without the hassle of brewing a fresh pot. The box contains 20 gummies, grouped into 4-packs so you can grab and go for the day. Get this: Each gummy is equivalent to half a cup of coffee, and they come in three flavors—mocha, pure drip, and latte. So the next time your loved one is faced with an out-of-control line at Starbucks or Dunkin’, they can pop one of these and be on their way.
To buy: $37 for box of 20, amazon.com.
Rose Quartz Crystal Soap
Because diamonds can’t really be considered a stocking stuffer (or even the main event!), we’ve found a sophisticated set of soap that looks just like gorgeous gemstones. Each soap is dyed and then rough cut to look like a real stone. With more than 65 fragrances to choose from (you’ll find everything from aloe vera cucumber to patchouli), it’s easy to pick something just right for each person on your list. We suggest saving yourself some time this holiday season and buying one for all the homeowners on your list. Available in 11 other precious stones, like Amethyst and Citrine.
To buy: $8, rockhoundsoap.etsy.com.
Believe it or not, this pretty porcelain vessel will become your new favorite breakfast tool. In about ten minutes, you can create flavorful eggs with a bounty of ingredients. Just butter the inside of the cup to prevent sticking and add whatever ingredients your heart desires (think cheese, spices and/or herbs). You can then crack the raw egg into the vessel, cover it, and immerse it in boiling water for 8-11 minutes, depending on how soft or firm you like your eggs. Scrambling and frying will become a thing of the past when you add this coddler to your culinary collection.
To buy: $22, aggcoddler.com.
Compartés Chocolate Bars
These silky smooth chocolates will really raise the gift-giving bar this year. Slip one (or a few) in the stocking of your sweetest friends and family as a tasty treat. Made in Los Angeles from organic chocolate, the treats are wrapped in packaging that’s almost too pretty to rip open. But the best is what is on the inside. Compartés offers a variety of flavors, from your classics (think cookies & cream and salted caramel) to more creative concoctions like caramelized popcorn, donuts & coffee, and waffle cone. You will not be able to just have one bite, so prepare to indulge.
To buy: $10 each, compartes.com.
Umbra Shift Trophy Jigger
You will easily win the gift-giving game with this quirky, eye-catching addition to a liquor cabinet, console table, or bar cart. This trophy-shaped, brass-plated bar jigger is engraved with three different drink pouring measurements—½ ounce, 1 ounces, and 1½ ounces—making it a cinch for anyone to pull off precise mixology. It’s an ideal pick for the perpetual party thrower who loves the latest cocktail-crafting gadgets—or a fresh, unexpected offering for the once-in-a-while host who wants to shine when it’s time to play bartender. Now you know who to look to when your glass is in need of a refill.
To buy: $20, umbrashift.com.
Color Club Nailmoji Neon Nail Polish
Let’s face it: Your tween basically speaks in emojis these days, right? So chances are, she’ll go “heart eyes” over these sparkly nail polishes with lips, ghosts, smiley faces, and other of-the-moment icons sprinkled in. Choose from seven bold, bright, aptly named shades: Squad, OMG, 100, Chill, JK, SMH, Yass. The glittery polishes work well on their own—she’ll want to try them all!—or applied over any other color. They’re a choice pick to pair with everyday outfits (she’ll be a standout in the school cafeteria) or as the breakout hit of her next sleepover party.
To buy: $6 each, amazon.com.
RHTeen Kashmir Faux Fur Mask
Got a teenager who demands her beauty rest? This plush, faux fur sleep mask is the ultimate bedtime indulgence—and a glam addition to her nightstand. It’s available in seven colors, from neutrals (gray, white, black) to fun, fashion-y shades (dusty rose, fuchsia, sea foam). She’ll wear it nightly, pack it in her bag for sleepovers, and take it on the road for family trips. The seller also offers bootie-style slippers and cosmetics bags made of the same soft, machine-washable material. Now there is no excuse for your teen to not get her full eight hours!
To buy: $16, rhteen.com.
MoMA Design Store R2D2 3D-Model Kit
These perforated steel pages come flat-packed so they will fit neatly in stocking of any size. You can assemble and transform the shiny sheets into a mini replica of your favorite film robot without any glue or screws. Looking for a family activity to do Christmas Day? Buy the shiny Chrysler Building and/or the Empire State Building versions of this model kit and construct them all together. These miniature models (the tallest is about 5”) will look great together as a trio on a bookshelf or ledge, or they’ll stand out alone on a nightstand.
To buy: $14, momastore.org.
KHAVYAR Amia Calva Caviar
For the host and hostess with high-end taste, this wild-caught, sustainable caviar is a wonderful holiday treat—without the expected price tag. At only $12 an ounce (as shown), this rich, black domestic variety is an intense and briny accompaniment to holiday hors d'oeuvres and libations. The best thing about this caviar, though, is that it doesn’t require any fancy treatment—it tastes just as delicious paired alongside a craft brew and party snacks. If they are the type who seek out unique and international varieties, the company offers that, too—just at a higher price point than this domestic variety.
To buy: $12 for one ounce, khavyar.com.
PINTRILL Praise Hands Pin
For the text-happy, emoji-fluent person in your life, pick up this kitschy, gold-plated “Praise Hands” pin. Straight from your smartphone’s emoji keyboard, this one-by-one-inch gold-plated brass pin with hard enamel can easily be secured onto any fabric to quickly dress up and personalize a jacket, hat, or sweatshirt. And if your gift recipient wants a wider selection of emoji, the PINTRILL website has an entire collection to choose from (from the taco for your foodie friends to, yes, even the poop emoji). Even though these pins are a fashion accessory, they’re truly one size fits all and both gender and age neutral—both your 10-year-old tech-savvy niece and your dad will get a kick out of the pop culture-inspired pins.
To buy: $12, pintrill.com.
Citizen Brick ‘Ink Enthusiast’ Minifig
Whether you have a tattoo-fanatic in your life or know someone who has been wanting to get inked for years but can’t quite work up the nerve, gift them this little too-cool-for-school figurine from Chicago-based company Citizen Block, which takes minifig-making very seriously. While the figures are not legit trademarked “LEGO” products, the minifigs are made from reused LEGO elements that have been repackaged or altered from their original form (clever, right?). Get this: They only use toy-safe, medical-grade ink so that the figures are able to withstand years of play. Citizen Block also offers custom printing services, so you can personalize your tatted toy with a name or number.
To buy: $15, citizenbrick.com.
Skinfood Gummy Bear Jelly Hand Cream
Moisturizing your hands has never been so much fun. Meet Korean beauty import Skinfood Gummy Bear Hand Cream, an oh-so-useful stocking stuffer. Available in six fruity flavors, including grape, raspberry, orange, kiwi, pineapple, and apple, the gel formula sanitizes and moisturizes parched skin (unlike traditional sanitizers that prove to be drying), so you can reuse it throughout the day without stripping your skin. While hand creams are a dime a dozen, this one is housed in a colorful Gummy Bear candy shape so it’s always easy to spot in your bag, plus it looks cool perched on your desk.
To buy: $8, amazon.com.
Walnut Studiolo Travel Dice Keychain
Arguably one of the most useful gifts on the planet for your most indecisive friend (we know you’ve got one), coworker, or family member, this travel dice keychain is handmade in Portland, Oregon by the husband-and-wife team at bike accessory shop, Walnut Studiolo. If you know someone who can’t decide where to go for lunch, gift them this handy little trinket and make their life easier. The metal rectangle houses six dice that you can roll wherever your life and travels take you, yet is slim enough to hang on your key ring without being too annoying, bulky, or noisy. Available in black or white dice.
To buy: $25, madeherepdx.com.
Hooks and Luxe Metal Bow Hair Tie Bracelet
Move over, boring black hair ties. Surprise the lady in your life with this sparkly accessory. This ivory elastic hair tie bracelet with a whimsical gold metal bow is sweet enough for younger recipients, yet sophisticated enough to wear even if you do your own ponytail. The best part: it tightly secures both a low and a high pony without causing a tension headache (yes!) and it looks like a trendy bracelet when worn around your wrist. Into it? Every Hooks and Luxe piece (from suspenders to jewelry) is handmade by Japanese designer Ryoko Kitazawa.
To buy: $16, hooksandluxe.com.
Swiss+Tech Micro Pocket Multitool for Outdoors
Go-go gadget—for the handy, HGTV-obsessed man or woman on your list, blow their DIY mind with this solid, stainless steel 19-in-1 (yes, you read that right!), micro pocket multitool. It attaches to your key ring, becoming a must-have for basically any outdoor activity. It includes almost every tool under the sun: two hex wrenches, six Phillips screwdrivers, pliers, a bottle opener, wire cutter and stripper, wire crimper, a hand drill, file, two rulers (mm and inch), and two ruler extensions. And it’s compact and has a quick-release integrated locking system that attaches to any key ring, eliminating the need for an extra ring or belt holster and it comes with a lifetime guarantee. What’s better than that?
To buy: $14, amazon.com.
Emily McDowell ‘My Better Half’ Charms
Reminiscent of the best friend charms kids wore in elementary school, this gold plate and enamel set now includes an adornment for (wo)man’s best friend as well. One half of the enamel heart charm hangs from a necklace for “mom,” while the other half can be connected to Fido’s collar. With sweet sayings like “You Rescued Me,” “Life Saver,” “Soul Mates,” and “Best Friends,” dog and owner can now proudly show off their unbreakable bond. There are two sayings available in cream and gold, while the other two phrases come in black and gold.
To buy: $20, emilymcdowell.com.
Charging Bracelet By FashionIt
With this stylish charging bracelet, your gift recipient will never be caught off guard on low battery again. Now she can charge her phone on the go without having to lug her phone charger around. Simply slip on this black (or white) and silver silicone bracelet and when it’s time to charge up, pull it apart to reveal a charging cable for your phone or device. How it works: Plug one end of the bracelet into your phone and the other into a USB port or computer to quickly boost your battery so you can text, tweet and listen to your playlist all day.
To buy: $15, papersource.com.
Blooming Nasturtium Grow Tin
A wonderful gift for someone who was not born/blessed with a green thumb, help them to grow their garden with this Blooming Nasturtium Grow Tin, which has everything (seeds, tin planter, coco fiber wafers, cardboard box and instructions) he or she needs to create a beautiful windowsill garden. Simply plant the seeds with the included coco fiber wafers and tin planter and then watch a lovely garden blossom with colorful leaves and flowers that are edible (and delicious), and look gorgeous as a garnish on any dish. The kit also comes in a Zinnia variety.
To buy: $24, shopterrain.com.
This is just the thing for teens (and on-trend adults) who are into elegant ink, but don’t want the commitment. From Dutch Delft-inspired floral patterns to geometric designs to more vintage options, there are dozens of artistic appliques to choose from. Your indie friend who’s afraid of needles or your cool college-aged niece who can’t quite make up her mind will adore a temporary tattoo that looks just like the real deal. A wide array of options from florals and vintage motifs to animals and quotes are available in a variety of sizes and colors. Nail tattoos are also available.
To buy: From $5 each, tattoorary.etsy.com.
Giant Santa Beard Lollipop
Instead of a chocolate Santa that doesn’t really even taste like the real thing, consider this giant cotton candy-flavored sucker instead. It not only makes for a delicious Christmas morning snack (you can make an exception to the no-candy-before-breakfast rule just this once!), but it’s also a sweet prop for a family photo op (imagine every member of the family sporting one!). Having a holiday party? Set up a photo booth and surprise guests with this edible disguise. Each 4.5-ounce candy beard is individually packaged, so you can easily divide and gift—just add a ribbon to each one.
To buy: $30 for six, target.com.
Mustachifier Baby Pacifier
The mustache trend has officially infiltrated baby accessories. Sure, this may be a gift that goes in the baby’s stocking, but we think it’s really a present for the parents. The silicone pacifier, which features either a brown “cowboy’s” mustache or a black “gentleman’s” mustache, will have tired, worn-out parents rolling on the floor laughing. The silly binkie also doubles as a great photo prop—he’ll love looking back on the funny photos one day when he really is rocking a mustache (and those photos will be perfect rehearsal dinner slideshow material for mom and dad).
To buy: $10, uncommongoods.com.
Maldon Sea Salt Travel Pack
For the foodie on your list, a purse-size (the tiny tin measures just 2.3 inches long and 1.3 inches wide) stash of the good stuff. The tasty flakes fit in her purse or his pocket, so workday lunches and airplane dinners will always have a little extra flavor. When out to dinner, they’ll never even have to ask a server to bring the salt—some chefs consider it rude and what they have with them is probably better anyway! For those who like a little extra umami flavor, a trio of smoked sea salt is also available.
To buy: $10 for three, amazon.com.
For the woman who always has her phone in one hand and her computer in the other or the man who has more gadgets than he can possibly keep track of, a new best friend ready to lend a hand with that multiple-device dependency. The quirky high-speed USB hub, which resembles a stick figure, plugs into her computer to provide four additional working ports. Now, she can plug in her camera, her phone, a wireless mouse, a tablet, and more, all at the same time. Compatible with Windows Vista, Windows XP, 2000, 98, and Mac OS 9.2 and higher.
To buy: $2.50, amazon.com.
Scooter Pizza Cutter
The only thing that could possibly make pizza night any better is a quicker way to get that slice in your hand and moving toward your mouth. This fun, durable plastic pizza cutter, which looks just like a flashy red Italian Vespa, has two wheels that speed through even the crispiest pizza crust in a flash. It even features a working kickstand, so you won’t dirty the countertop in between bites. Other oddball (but totally awesome) versions we found include an ax, a circular saw wheel, a motorbike, a road bike, and even a speed racer.
To buy: $13, amazon.com.
WINE-N-SHINE Wine Bottle Stoppers
For the wine lover who also happens to keep her home in sparkling condition (we have a hunch that a whole bunch of Real Simple readers fall into that category!), a set of wine stoppers that make a half empty bottle look suspiciously similar to her arsenal of cleaning supplies. The set of four silicone “spray nozzle” stoppers, which come in four different colors (red, orange, blue, and green), are pliable enough to fit inside all types of bottles. Also available in four other funny versions: an upside-down chicken, a soda-style bottle stopper, a black cat, and a drain plug.
To buy: $21 for four, amazon.com.
Design Ideas Merit Magnets
A grownup take on the traditional scout-style merit badges, use these magnets to shout out your talented friends and family. Whether it’s your pal, whose selfie-taking expertise is unparalleled, or your self-proclaimed, pet-obsessed favorite aunt who’s been deemed the “crazy cat lady,” these badges are hilarious. Is your girlfriend spending more time lifting weights at the gym than at home on the couch with you? She probably deserves the “winner of the gun show” patch. The recipient can proudly post any and all of these patches on the fridge so all visitors can see and admire the well-deserved awards.
To buy: $7 each, designideas.net.
Woodcut Memory Game By Bryan Nash Gill
Here is a stocking stuffer that does double duty, naturally. You can elevate your kids’ minds—and the look of your living room coffee table, or any other play area—with this artfully rendered memory game that plays off of the beauty of tree rings. The boxed set includes 26 different woodcut prints (for 52 cards in total) inspired by artist and author Bryan Nash Gill’s best-selling book, Woodcut. Little ones will love the challenge of pairing up the identical prints; adults will love the subtly drawn shapes, which are a welcome break from the typical toys’ brazen primary colors.
To buy: $16, amazon.com.
Revolution Design House Snoozz Phone-Recharging Rug
Like a bear skin rug shrunken down in size, this faux-fur mat will make the perfect home for a tech-loving friend’s cellphone. If she’s prone to misplacing it throughout the house, this little faux sheepskin mat will become her landing spot and help prevent future “I lost my phone!” freak-outs. She can use it on her nightstand to dull the sound of any late-night texts and incoming notifications, or place it in the household command center. You could also outfit a pair of newlyweds with two of these mats: fur for her, leather for him (or vice versa).
To buy: $12, madeherepdx.com.
Fredericks & Mae Paper Games
Need something enticing to get the kids off their iPads and iPhones? Enter these 150-sheet paper pads, which offer good, old-fashioned fun in the form of five two-player games: Tic-Tac-Toe, Dots & Boxes, Hedron, Hex, and Nim. (Playing instructions for all are printed on the bottom.) Give the whole set or break it up to put one pad in each person’s stocking. Created by a Brooklyn art-and-design duo, this colorful, graphic collection is perfect for occupying everyone during tricky times (long plane rides, backed-up car traffic) and other occasions (after-school homework breaks, game nights with family or friends).
To buy: $19, chroniclebooks.com.
TOPS Malibu Crystal Geode Surprise
Here is a modern and chic way to find out if your future “rocks.” (See what we did there?) What looks like a nondescript pebble actually separates to reveal sparkling white crystals inside and a good fortune written on a small piece of paper. You do not even have to worry about making a mess. This geode arrives cracked open and ready to go—all you have to do is remove the rubber band that is holding it together. No two rocks are the same, so you can add a few to one stocking to create a unique bundle.
To buy: $9, topsmalibu.com.
Brookstone Wine Chilling Stick
One of the most practical gifts you can give a wine lover: a sleek, freezable stick that will keep wine chilled while it sits on the table—without the need for a bulky, insulated wrap or bucket of ice. The best feature is the spout, which allows you to pour while the stick stays put. All you have to do is freeze the stick for one hour before slipping it into the bottle. It’s like having a big ice cube in your wine, minus the watering down—so, yes, it’s perfect for the person (um, your mom) who insists on having ice cubes in her Sauvignon Blanc.
To buy: $15, brookstone.com.
Tattly Scented Tattoos
There is more than just meets the eye when you uncover the contents of this package. These photo-realistic temporary tattoos are not just colorful and beautiful—they also boast a real flower scent. Eight tattoos are included and modeled from watercolors painted by artists like Vincent Jeannerot and Julia Rothman. Each package contains two of the following flowers: Blue Hydrangea, Pink Peony, Purple Peony and Rose La France. Safe and non-toxic, these tattoos are made from vegetable-based ink, so they’re fun for kids of all ages. Each American-made set comes with its own applicator.
To buy: $15, amazon.com.
Scoop THAT! II Ice Cream Scoop
For the ice cream aficionado who will never, ever wait for the pint of Americone Dream to get soft enough to scoop easily: behold, a lightweight aluminum scooper that transfers heat from your hand to the scoop. Just grip the handle, and your body heat turns this tool into an ice dream (get it?). That means the mint chocolate chip can go from freezer to bowl to mouth faster than ever. The scoop also has thin edges to help cut through a hard surface with less muscle. Warning: May lead to a dramatic increase in ice cream consumption in your home.
To buy: $20, amazon.com.
World’s Smallest Vacuum
This miniature marvel is a clean freak’s dream—simply plug the six-inch vacuum into a USB port and let ‘er rip. Great for the small nooks and crannies your full-sized vacuum can’t tackle, this adorable accessory is a great addition to anyone’s cleaning arsenal. If you have crumbs in your keyboard and dust in your child’s dollhouse, this mini machine can handle the dirty work with its excellent suction. The tiny, powerful tool even comes complete with three attachment heads for maximum efficiency and does not require batteries, so you will never need to recharge. Excellent!
To buy: $15, papersource.com.
Wrist Ruler Leather Bracelet
For aesthetes who appreciate the intersection of form and function, this unisex leather wraparound wristband is that edgy, unexpected, all-encompassing gift. Created by two longtime pals (a product designer and a graphic designer) who met in architecture school before opening a store and studio in Portland, OR, the piece is engraved with inch and centimeter markings so the wearer can take dimensions of anything on the go. It wraps around the wrist twice and latches with a stud closure. Drop one into the stockings of any design aficionados, and they’ll thank you beyond measure. Available in medium brown, black, and dark brown.
To buy: $20, ilovehandles.com.
Chococurb Nano Chocolate Subscription
When you have a chocoholic in your family, a Santa-shaped candy or a basic bar of Hershey’s is not going to cut it. Enter Chococurb, a curated box of various gourmet chocolates, from a fruity bar to a decadent dark chocolate square. A one-time box is $10, but you can also send a six- or 12-month subscription (if you’d like to, ahem, sweeten the deal). This is a sophisticated and simple—not to mention one-size-fits-all—way to broaden your favorite chocolate lover’s horizons. And if you are lucky, maybe she’ll share. Winners all around!
To buy: $10 for one month, chococurb.com.