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45 Cool Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Fill your holiday with tradition and your stockings with tiny treasures. Our stocking stuffer ideas include gifts simple and small, but all are thoughtful ways to add joy to Christmas morning.

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Lore has it that long ago, Dutch children would leave shoes out for St. Nicholas to fill with goodies; that is, until Washington Irving wrote a story in 1809 describing how children would hang stockings out instead. The Dutch, being quick to recognize a trend, changed their custom.

Keep the tradition alive by filling someone's stocking with one of these nifty gifts.

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Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Adults

Rounding up the perfect assortment of stocking stuffers for adults can be tricky. Use this list of stocking stuffer ideas as your guide to the gifts they really want.

  1. Address/date book
  2. Bath salts and spa items
  3. Camera memory card
  4. Candles
  5. Card games
  6. Cell phone or accessories
  7. Chocolates and candy
  8. Cookies
  9. DVDs
  10. Gift certificates
  11. Golf balls or other hobby goodies
  12. iPod case
  13. Jewelry
  14. Kitchen items, such as a spatula
  15. Magazine subscription
  16. Ornaments
  17. Picture frame
  18. Scarves and gloves
  19. Snow globes
  20. Socks/slippers
  21. Stationery or note cards
  22. Tickets to a concert or sports event
  23. Two-dollar bill

Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Kids

Kids and stockings go hand-in-hand; use this list of stocking stuffer ideas meant for the youngest ones in your family.

  1. Coloring books or game books
  2. Crayons, colored pencils, or markers
  3. Diary or journal
  4. Dolls or tiny teddy bears
  5. Card games
  6. Certificates to paint ceramics or make a bear
  7. DVDs
  8. Gift certificates
  9. Handheld games
  10. iPod shuffle
  11. Jewelry
  12. Miniatures (such as tea sets, doll furniture)
  13. Mittens or gloves
  14. Movie tickets
  15. Oranges
  16. Puzzles
  17. Slippers
  18. Snow globes
  19. Sport cards
  20. Stickers
  21. Stationery or note cards
  22. Theme park admission
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