By Lucy Wendel
Updated November 06, 2020
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Shopping for thoughtful holiday gifts can be hard enough as it is, but factoring in the "Will it fit in a large decorative sock?" element adds another challenge. We took some of the guesswork out of the task and rounded up a variety of small-but-mighty gifts that are bound to please everyone on your list. We’ve got you covered, including ideas for the girlfriend who seems to already have everything you can think of, the tight-lipped dad who never drops any hints, and the tech-obsessed grandkids. (And don’t forget to check out our 10 Under $10 list, too!) Who knows, you may just find an item or two to treat yourself with. Go on, you’ve earned it.

Stocking Stuffers for Her

These stocking stuffers for women include pampering, pretty, and practical gifts she'll love to open up on Christmas morning.

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Silk face masks are all the rage this holiday season, and there’s no better use for them than helping to rejuvenate your body while you catch some much-deserved sleep. This silk mask is made with cooling, naturally breathable fabric so it's ideal for bedtime rest and also great for use during meditation, long flights, and any time you want to block out the light and bring on the relaxation.

Buy It: Mulberry Silk Eye Mask ($29, Brooklinen)

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Ideal for a home office or sewing room, these bird-inspired scissors add a touch of imagination and luxury to your workspace. The design hints at turn-of-the-century Art Nouveau style, which incorporates a lot of natural lines and animal motifs. The set comes with two small rose gold embroidery scissors that can be easily tucked into a desk drawer or sewing kit.

Buy It: Embroidery Scissors Set of 2 ($9, Etsy)

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A set of six indulgent scented exfoliating scrubs adds some sweetness to your shower routine. Gently massage each single-use cube over your skin to leave it feeling fresh, soft, and rejuvenated. These cubes are the perfect midwinter gift for those skincare fanatics on your list. Each one is free of parabens and sulfate and made with small-batch and cruelty-free methods at an apothecary in Indianapolis. Scents include apricot, peach, blue raspberry, lemon, coconut, and tangerine. Harper + Ari specializes in dessert-inspired skincare products that smell great and feel even better.

Buy It: Sugar Cube Discovery Kit ($12, Anthropologie)

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A chic ring is a simple way to add a pop of sparkle to any look. This gorgeous gold ring looks beautiful stacked with other rings or worn on its own. Its simple design makes this ring perfect for casual wear or formal events, so your gift can be as versatile as the recipient. 

Buy It: Poppy Ring ($40, Made by Mary)

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This titanium-plated mini flat iron is the perfect way to achieve runway-ready hair on the go. At 5 1/2 inches, it’s easy to store in a bag or purse and even comes with a holographic travel case. Eva NYC’s salon-quality products are made to promote stronger and healthier hair, so you can style away without damaging your locks.

Buy It: Mini Ceramic Straightener ($30, Eva NYC)

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This beauty must-have is armed with the highest concentration of active collagen. Its breakthrough vegan formula is made from plant collagen and Microalgae Oil beads that help restore your skin’s youthful bounce and vitality in just ten days. Soy, wheat, and corn protein fibers create amino acids that structurally mimic and effectively replace animal-derived collagen. Each bottle contains 13,000 tiny beads of Microalgae Oil, which are naturally sourced and sustainably produced. The beads are a rich source of Vitamin E and Omegas 3, 6, and 9.

Buy It: Liquid Collagen ($115, GENIUS)

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Available in Bergamot Amber and Neroli & Sea Salt, these candles evoke warm, comfortable scents perfect for a cozy night in. Each candle is hand-poured in Minnesota and made from a unique blend of soy wax. The glass tumbler can be reused or recycled after the candle burns down. The warm and citrusy Bergamot and Amber scent also contains notes of currant, jasmine, and apricot. The airy and floral Sea Salt and Neroli alludes to orange flowers, white moss, and ocean air. Both scents are bound to please: Reviews for these candles included calls for the company to start making body lotion and perfumes to match!

Buy It: Glass Tumbler Candle ($24, Madewell)

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If she's known for sending snail mail, a gorgeous custom stationery set from Papier is a natural choice. Help her keep up with her correspondence in the coming year by designing a monogrammed set of notecards just for her.

Buy It: Monogram Wildflower Paper Set ($35, Papier)

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A set of modern bar tools is a perfect gift for the oenophile in your life. This corkscrew from Crate & Barrel features a striking, sleek design that fits all bottle sizes for easy holiday wine consumption. This is the classic corkscrew redesigned and redefined, sure to be a bar cart staple for years to come.

Buy It: Le Creuset Wine Opener ($20, Crate & Barrel)

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Chatbooks makes it so easy to turn the memories on your Instagram feed or camera roll into a sentimental keepsake she'll treasure forever. Make a custom book just for her (the 6x6-inch size will fit in a large stocking) or drop in a gift card so she can make her own. Books start at $10 and can hold over 300 pages, so there's no limit to what you can create.

Buy It: Standard Photo Book (from $10, Chatbooks)

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A sampler of Skylar’s six signature scents is the perfect way to discover your favorite. Spritz some on as a midday refresher, or layer scents to create your own style. The palette includes the spicy, warm Arrow; fresh and clean Isle; sweet and zesty Capri; fruity and flirty Coral; lush and woodsy Willow; and elegant floral Meadow. Bonus: This gift is a two-for-one, as each purchase of a sample palette includes a $20 credit toward the purchase of a full-size fragrance. 

Buy It: Skylar Sample Palette ($29, Skylar)

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Corkcicle is well known for their insulated tumblers, wine glasses, and coffee mugs—and this season they've partnered with Rifle Paper Co. to bring us a gorgeous floral collection of all their best-selling products. This 16-oz coffee mug is decorated in the classic Rifle floral print and makes a great gift for any coffee lovers on your list.

Buy It: Corkcicle Coffee Mug ($40, Anthropologie)

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These miniature handcrafted candles are exquisitely detailed and perfect for the plant lovers on your list. Made from soy and scented with pine, vanilla, and jasmine fragrance oil, they evoke a sweet and comforting scent. Both candles are exquisitely detailed and have a burn time of around 30-35 hours. Choose between cactus or poppy candles⁠—or surprise your secret Santa with both!

Buy It: Terrarium Candle ($25, UncommonGoods)

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An oversize scarf makes the perfect wintertime accessory. L.L. Bean’s Blanket Scarf measures 80 inches long by 31 inches wide, so it’s ideal for snuggling into or covering up with. Plus its super-soft texture makes doing one of these things practically irresistible. The ample dimensions allow for it to be used as a scarf, a wrap, or a shawl. Any way you choose to wear this scarf will look effortless.

Buy It: Plaid Blanket Scarf ($35, L.L. Bean)

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This baking mat is a perfect gift for anyone who picked up a baking habit during quarantine this year. The silicon mat can be used in the oven, microwave, and freezer, and will ensure your cookies slide off the cookie sheet every time—no annoying sticking here!

Buy It: Silicon Cookie Baking Mat ($26, Silpat)

Stocking Stuffers for Him

Shopping for the guys in your life just got way easier. These stocking stuffers make great gifts for every guy on your list.

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This brass and leather watch from Timex is the perfect addition to someone’s stocking this year. With a minimalist white watch face and gold casing, this analog clock combines both fashion and function for a classy-looking timepiece. It’s water-resistant up to 30 meters and includes a light-up watch dial for easy use in the dark. All Timex watches are made with high-quality materials and protected by a one-year warranty.

Buy It: Fairfield 41mm Leather Strap Watch ($79, Timex)

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If you think he already has all the tools he needs, think again! This 16-in-one multi-tool is shaped like a regular key, so he can attach it to his keyring. It functions as a wrench, screwdriver, bottle opener, and a dozen other tools, so he'll be prepared for anything, even when he's on the go.

Buy It: Geekey Multi-Tool ($23, Amazon)

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Made of triple-walled, vacuum-insulated, high-grade stainless steel, these bottles keep hot liquids hot for up to 12 hours, and cold liquids cold for up to twenty-four. In addition to cutting down on waste from plastic water bottles, S’well bottles are condensation-free, so you won’t be clamoring for a coaster. Plus, the bottles come in dozens of colors (including ombre and ultra-shiny designs) so you can get one that matches their style.

Buy It: Stainless Steel Water Bottle ($25, S'well)

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This kit comes equipped with five TSA-approved toiletry bottles, so you can fill up on your favorite shampoos and lotions from home (and avoid rolling the dice with hotel-provided brands). Inside you’ll find an antimicrobial, reflective Silver Ion lining plus reflective side pockets for those travel bottles. Available in gray and black, this is one toiletries bag you’ll be excited to pack.

Buy It: Travel Kit ($48, Mack Weldon)

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Whether he prefers an intense gym workout or a leisurely round of golf, any active guy will find a good use for the Nomadix fitness towel. Made from recycled water bottles, this ultra-soft towel is super absorbent and quick-drying, so it's a great addition to any gym session or camping trip.

Buy It: Nomadix Hand Towel ($20, Amazon)

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What’s better than having a flashlight when you need one? A flashlight that straps to your head, leaving your hands free to get the job done. Energizer puts their electrical smarts to good use with their 250 Lumen Headlamp, which features three dimmable light modes including white spot, white flood, and red night vision to cover all of your needs no matter the job. The powerful light beam is up to four times brighter than standard LED technology. Its adjustable strap fits comfortably around the head or over a hat.

Buy It: 250 Lumens Headlamp ($20, The Home Depot)

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It might seem silly to put socks on your holiday wish list, but trust us when we say that Ties.com delivers some seriously good ones. This Christmas 5-pack features festive patterns and their “Sock Genius” design: a no-slip double calf band, super soft and elastic material that never compromises your comfort, and a form-fitting Y-stitch heel.

Buy It: Multicolor Sock Set (from $15, Ties.com)

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A beautiful day on the links can be spoiled with less-than-ideal gloves. Don’t leave the golfer on your list open to sore, calloused hands this season. The light and thin adjustable closure ensure a secure fit while the soft cotton terry cuff absorbs moisture. This glove can be purchased for either hand, ensuring that nothing gets in the way of a good game (except, maybe, the weather).

Buy It: Callaway Golf Club ($20, Dick's Sporting Goods)

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For the man who seems to have everything, get him an unbelievably useful tool that has, well...everything. Leatherman’s legendary quality is the backbone of this multi-tool, which is perfect for household fixes, outdoor adventures, and on-the-job fixes. Featuring twenty-one tools (yes, you read that right), this beauty is both hefty and handy. Everything is kept secure with locking mechanisms when not in use. When closed, this tool measures 4-1/2 inches long and 12-1/2 ounces. Tuck this tool into the sheath and store it in your car, toolbox, or work bag.

Buy It: Surge Multi-Tool ($130, Leatherman)

Stocking Stuffers for Kids

With games, toys, and jewelry, these kid-friendly stocking stuffer ideas will make it a December to remember. You'll love these Christmas gifts for kids.

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The Harry Potter craze has hit a new generation, so Alex and Ani’s line of jewelry inspired by “The Boy Who Lived” is perfect for the teens and tweens who can’t get enough. This quote from the final book in the series illustrates Harry’s realization of both his heroism and the family to whom his heart belongs. It’s a reminder to always seek out the places where you feel the most peace. The expandable band extends from 2 to 3-1/2 inches. A small blue jewel adds some sparkle against the charm’s two-tone finish.

Buy It: Harry Potter Bangle ($38, Alex and Ani)

At 4 inches wide, the camera has a thumbwheel to advance the film roll and a handy wrist strap—all you need is 35-millimeter film to get started. Based in Sydney, Australia, Sunnylife is a summer lifestyle brand with adorable beach gear, home decor, and more. Their colorful products and cute packaging bring the beaches of Australia into your own home—perfect for anyone longing for warmer weather.

Buy It: Iridescent Underwater Camera ($20, Sunnylife)

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If you’re traveling for the holidays, this gift is a great way to keep kids occupied on long car rides. Intended for ages three and up, the play set comes with 25 magnetic pieces to mix and match for hours of creative fun. The magnetic tin also makes it easy to keep track of all the pieces on the go and includes two adorable play scenes painted on the inside. Plus, the entire set is made with responsibly sourced materials and water-based paints.

Buy It: Little Travelers Magnetic Play Set ($15, Paper Source)

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The ’90s classic is back! Polly and friends have returned to the scene in slightly larger (and less losable) sizes, with new clothes and revamped digs. From smaller compacts to whole-room playsets, Polly has indeed entered the twenty-first century. The new generation of Polly Pocket still contains small parts, though, so make sure you’re buying these toys and accessories for kids 4 years old and up.

Buy It: Polly Pocket Toys (from $5, Mattel)

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This card game encourages the whole family to get outside and use their imaginations. With several ways to play, each player selects one or several cards, each with a descriptive word like “thin,” “furry,” or “rough.” The cards involve all five senses, so it’s a great game to play with younger kids who are just beginning to explore adjectives, senses, image recognition, and language development. The slim deck is stored in a drawstring pouch and fits easily into a pocket or purse.

Buy It: Nature Scavenger Hunt Game ($13, Amazon)

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The classic light-up memory game we all know and love now comes in a compact version for on-the-go! Watch as each red, yellow, green, and blue light is illuminated in a sequence, then try to copy it. Each sequence you successfully repeat is one step closer to passing the level and winning the game. This game lets you play in Solo mode, or get together with some friends and play in Pass It mode to compete against each other. The Simon Micro is a great game to take on the bus or keep in your backpack to play with friends. Two AAA batteries are included.

Buy It: Simon Micro Series ($10, Hasbro)

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This cuddly bunny is half stuffed animal, half baby blanket, and 100 percent sweet. Its 10-by-13-inch dimensions make it the perfect size for snuggling. Tan trim on the ears and feet, embroidered eyes, and its textured plush lend baby-friendly, natural appeal.

Buy It: Oatmeal Bunny Lovey ($16, Mary Meyer)

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Handmade by artisans, these non-toxic, biodegradable sidewalk chalk sticks look like precious gems. Each set includes twelve 2-inch chalk gems in pink, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple, great for drawing on gritty surfaces like sidewalks and concrete. All TWEE brand chalks are made with kids in mind—designed to improve grip strength and fine motor skills while encouraging creativity and imagination. The entire set, including the packaging, is biodegradable and recyclable, so your gift won’t negatively impact the planet.

Buy It: Rainbow Gemstones Sidewalk Chalk ($16, Bella Luna Toys)

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Silly silicone speakers use Bluetooth technology to pair with your devices so you and your kids can jam out during bath time. They come equipped with powerful suction cups on the bottom to stick to the side of the tub or shower. A 30-foot wireless range lets you keep your smartphone far away from the water while you connect up to two creature speakers for some sudsy surround sound action. You can even receive phone calls on them! A silicone tab covers the micro-USB port used for charging the battery with up to six hours of high-quality audio playback.

Buy It: Waterproof Speaker ($30, The Grommet)

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If you're shopping for a child that's not a little kid anymore, but isn't quite ready for teen gifts, this fun card game makes a perfect stocking stuffer. For kids ages 7 and up, Exploding Kittens is a game full of kittens, goats, and laser beams that the whole family will have fun playing.

Buy It: Exploding Kittens ($20, Target)

Stocking Stuffers Under $10

Stocking stuffers don't have to be pricey! Our roundup of cheap stocking stuffers under $10 is here to help round out wish lists and spread cheer.

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An elegantly twisted cocktail tool with a modern, champagne-gold sheen is the perfect way to raise the bar (so to speak) at your next holiday party. There are several scientific reasons why stirring your drink with a metal spoon is the right way to go, but we mainly like this spoon for its sleek design and just-right price point. Wire-welded and hand-polished, this tool is finished with a protective clear lacquer to ensure long-lasting quality.

Buy It: Brushed Gold Cocktail Stirrer ($9, CB2)

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These metallic bath bombs promise soothing fragrances of lavender, coconut, pine, or milk and honey. Once it’s dropped into your tub, each compact sphere melts into the water with an effervescent finish and long-lasting aroma, without leaving a powdery mess to clean up after your bath has drained. Plus, they’re vegan, made of natural ingredients, and are paraben-free. These bath bombs are the perfect way to soothe your skin and muscles during a long winter.

Buy It: Metallic Bath Bomb ($8, Anthropologie)

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Available in men’s, women’s, and children's styles, these silly socks just might constitute those matching family outfits that plague holiday festivities. The men’s version features a yellow toe and heel, while the women’s style boasts a taco-sauce-colored orange. The kids’ socks have a purple background with guacamole-green accents. Not a fan of Tex-Mex? Try burgers, pizza, or sushi styles, too!

Buy It: Food-Theme Socks (from $10, Joy of Socks)

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Available in a variety of fun and unique flavors, Sephora’s line of lip balms and scrubs provide hydrating, nurturing care for your lips all day long. Scrubs come in softening honey and vitamin-rich kiwi flavors to gently exfoliate with their natural sugar crystals. A wide range of balms—which include nourishing coconut, hydrating watermelon, moisturizing banana, and silky macadamia—target specific benefits to keep your lips smooth, healthy, and totally kissable.

Buy It: Lip Balms and Scrubs ($7, Sephora)

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Who doesn’t need a natural, softly exfoliating bath bar to smooth out their dry winter skin? The Swedish Dream line from Kalastyle prides itself on creating simple, high-quality products that leave you feeling clean. Their best-selling soap boasts a clean, “day at the beach” scent and accompanying sea-salty exfoliants. The rich, foaming lather leaves skin feeling soft and smooth.

Buy It: Sea Salt Soap ($7, West Elm)

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An effective sanitizing spray that’s hypoallergenic and smells delicious, you say? Hello Bello has delivered the perfect product to keep in your car or bag to keep hands germ-free—no rinsing required. These formulas are vegan and cruelty-free, and are over 60% alcohol-based so they're approved to kill germs that contribute to the spread of Coronavirus. With colorful, modern packaging, these bottles are perfectly suitable to leave out for family and guests alike.

Buy It: Apple Blossom Hand Sanitizer Spray ($6, Hello Bello)

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Take the worry out of water rings on your dining table this season with a set of modern cork coasters. From tangerine to teal, each of MAKO’s coasters is half-dipped in a West Coast-inspired hue, making them perfect for poolside cocktails or home bar use. The naturally soft cork material is scratch-proof and absorbent, while its durability means it can be used year after year.

Buy It: Cork Coasters Set ($6, Amazon)

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