Ten Stocking Stuffer Ideas

stocking stuffer ideas

Not only do I need to finish my holiday shopping, but I need to start getting things for stocking stuffers. This is the first year we will be doing it as a family since my son is old enough now and it seems worth the effort. I just bought some stockings from PotteryBarn (on sale, free shipping and free monograming!) Yes, I even got one for the dogs. Now for the stuff.

My favorite place to go is the Dollar Store, Christmas Tree Shops and Home Goods. There are some great things like tissue, body lotion, toothbrushes, and other little trinkets that you stumble upon. My other favorite place is CVS (Walgreens and Rite Aid are great too!) Check out their respective circulars and coupons. You can get some great deals.

But if you are looking for fun, fabulous and fresh – here are some 1o stocking stuffer ideas with links to some products you may want to scoop up or run out and get:

  • Pretty Polish – There are so many gorgeous shades. Be bold and pick up a fun color like this set from Sephora.
  • Note Cards or Journal – Find an elegant print to inspire the written word, like these note cards from PoshPeacock. I also found this cute set at Home Goods for $5.
  • Festive Earrings – Think handmade, recycled glass, like these from Etsy. If you are in a time crunch, head to a local second hand shop or boutique in your hometown & pick up something one of a kind.
  • Fun Socks – Like the ones from Little Missmatched or just some fluffy socks
  • Bath Products – Pampering products are always in style. Make it yourself for a homemade touch or I love this new product from LUSH. So cool.
  • Magazines – Fashion, fitness, food – you name it. Just fit the style of the recipient.
  • ‘App’ Gift Card – Small dollar amounts work since many smartphone apps are less than a buck, and these days, that comes in handy all year long for music or games.
  • Fun Bracelet – Like this one made from guitar strings.
  • A Lump of Coal – Just make sure it is a playful take, like this gum.
  • A Portable Game – For impromptu fun, like these little word teasers.
  • Luxuriously Functional Lotion – You want them to use it! Like the eco-friendly packaging, cruelty-free, healing creams from the Carmex brand! Hands down my favorite practical lotion for dry skin.

Hopefully these ideas inspire you!


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About Charlene DeLoach

As a Boston Mom Blogger in Massachusetts, Charlene DeLoach doesn't care about the megapixels on a smartphone. She only cares about whether it will survive being in the hands of her kids.


  1. Bernadette says

    Thanks for all the great info!

  2. What great ideas!! thanks so much!

  3. We’ve always done stockings and they’ve always been huge – about 3 ft tall that we stuff with full size products – I LOVE THEM!

  4. Stockings are always my favorite part of Christmas morning! My husband’s family had a tradition of always putting an orange at the bottom of the stocking. 🙂

  5. Lots of great ideas! I love picking things up at the drug store too.

  6. I just tweeted about the contest!

  7. Great ideas!!

  8. Great list — and perfect timing too, I was just trying to come up with some cute ideas for my niece’s stocking! And my mom’s 🙂

  9. Love this post – always looking for ideas for the stockings!! I try to pick stuff up during the entire month of December, here and there…. and then hope I can find it all to put it together on Christmas Eve! 🙂

  10. When I was a kid, we always came downstairs to overstuffed stockings, and unpacked them before breakfast (which came before unwrapping). Can’t wait to start for my older son (3) this year 🙂

  11. Great giveaway! Thank you 🙂

  12. Nadia Ullman says

    Thanks for mentioning Bulgaria

  13. Beth Feinberg Keenan says

    Such great ideas. I am such a big fan of fun socks and that is something that I like to buy for others and receive. Like you Charlene, I am also a big fan of little missmatched. Other things that I like to throw into stocking are gum and small gift cards for panera, DD, Starbucks.

  14. I love to open stockings but driving around like crazy to find the stuff to fill them during the holiday crazies is not so fun! Great idea for a giveaway!

  15. Can always use more ideas for stocking stuffers.


  16. Ariel Henry says

    Nice ideas! I’ve gotten a lump of coal in my stocking once, but it had a cute snowman painted on it.

  17. Ariel Henry says
  18. I love grab bags! I’m the one at the candy store that buys the “mystery bag” because I have to see what’s in there.

  19. Love to get stocking stuffer ideas.

  20. Stocking stuffers are my favorite presents!