What’s inside: For me, choosing and buying stocking stuffers is one of the hardest parts of Christmas shopping. This year I have compiled a list of over 75 stocking stuffer ideas and created a printable to keep track of what I have and what I need to buy. Scroll down to check out my ideas for stocking stuffers for this Christmas.
After I stopped working full-time, I was a little lost.
When I was teaching or counseling, I felt like I was helping people. But, when I stopped teaching and counseling, I really didn’t feel like I was making the impact that I was before. To compensate for that need, I began volunteering in both boys’ classrooms and did so for the past few years. But last year, when Straight Shooter moved to our intermediate school, I was no longer needed in his classroom. And this year, Skater Boy’s teacher does not have classroom volunteers at all.
Luckily, a little over a year ago, my mom suggested I “help out” at the City Thrift Shop where she volunteers one day a week. I gave it a try and immediately fell in love with the CEO, staff, and the work. Ever since, I spend a few hours every Friday volunteering at the City Thrift Shop. This has really been good for me because I really feel like I am doing some good. As an added bonus, this past summer the boys went with me most Fridays and volunteered, too. Now that I have gotten the community service bug, I am always searching for more ways I can help others.
Giving a Little More
Like donating candy to our deployed troops at Halloween (in this post), I wanted to give a little more this Christmas as well. So, my family will be doing a Reverse Advent Calendar this year.
For a Reverse Advent Calendar, we will give items each day from December 1st to Christmas instead of receiving them. I mean, do my boys really need a piece of candy or a little toy each day before they get a load of presents on Christmas? Uh, no. Starting December 1st, we are going to add at least 1 item a day to a box. These items can be toys they no longer play with, outgrown clothing, non-perishable food items, bath and body products, etc. Then, by Christmas we will have at least 25 items that we can then donate to Skater Boy’s school’s food drive, a local homeless organization, and of course the City Thrift Shop.
But, Christmas is also about giving presents to our family and loved ones. And part of that is finding and purchasing stocking stuffers.
I hate buying junk just to fill stockings, but I also do not want to spend a ton of money just on stocking stuffers. Also, filling a stocking with candy is not ideal. So, I decided that instead of waiting until the last-minute and picking up cheap stuff that nobody will use or want, I am getting ahead of the game and making a list of ideas now. Then, I can keep track of each stocking I need to stuff and make sure that the gifts are 1) not junk and 2) not too expensive for a stocking stuffer.
For organizational purposes, I made a list by category: boys, girls, teens/tweens, men, women, and everybody. Of course, ideas from each category can be used for any other category – I just listed them in the most “appropriate” category. All the stocking stuffers on my list can be purchased for $15 or less (most of them for $10 or $5 and less). These stocking stuffer ideas can also be a good ideas if you have children who want to buy gifts for friends and family members but do not have a lot of money to spend.
Below you will find my stocking stuffer ideas, by category. But, of course, this list is only a snapshot of all the neat stocking stuffer ideas out there. If you need more ideas, just search “stocking stuffers” on Google, Pinterest, Amazon, or any other search engine or shopping website and you will get a ton of ideas. And the stores in general can be a great source of inspiration. While I am out Christmas shopping or just on my weekly errands, I like to check out the Dollar Tree, Five Below, Target Dollar Spot, AC Moore, and JoAnn Fabric and Craft Store (just to name a few) for great stocking stuffers as well.
- Hot wheels
- Mini Lego sets
- Coloring book
- Model kit (AC Moore has small metal models $10 but $5-6 with coupon)
- Crazy straw
- Magnifying glass
- Nail polish
- Lip gloss
- Anything makeup or jewelry
- Small craft kits (Perler beads, bracelet kit, foam kits)
- Sidewalk chalk
- Glitter or gel pens
- Character band aids
- Silly shape or character cookie cutters
- Stuffed animals
- Character mini figures
- Hair accessories
Teens and Tweens
- Flash drive
- Hair color
- Movie tickets
- Body spray
- Headphone splitter
- Playing cards
- Shaving accessories
- Lottery tickets
- Car air freshener
- Money clip
- Golf balls/tees
- Bottle opener
- Nail clippers
- Playing cards
- Shoe polish
- Measuring tape
- Facial cleaning power brush
- Face mask packets
- Facial cleansing wipes
- Silicone beauty sponges
- Body or hand lotion
- Adult coloring book & colored pencils
- Manicure set
- Cold weather accessories (hat, gloves, etc)
- Tea, cocoa, coffee (cute mini coffee creamers)
- Mini Bluetooth speaker
- Phone, tablet, iPod accessories (extra charging cables, double USB wall mounts, HDMI cables, portable charging stations, phone case, screen protector)
- Cute tissue packets
- Antibacterial Wipes or gel
- Cool logo or saying t-shirt
- Touch screen gloves
- Puzzle books(crossword, Sudoku, hidden word)
- Book light
One of my many “therapies” is retail therapy. And one of my favorite things is Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. But, after years working in retail at a mall, I hate going out on Black Friday to actually buy them. So, I spent a lot of time over the Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend checking out the web for great deals and found some pretty incredible stocking stuffer ideas.
Below is a list of a few very cool, unique gifts from around the web:
- Kids and adults alike can make their very own Flip Book. Flip Book Kits, in styles such as Robot & Rocket, Dinosaurs, Butterfly & Frog, etc. are $14.99 on Amazon
- The Tubshroom is also another cool invention to keep the loose hair in the tub out of the drain. Although this may be a bit gross, at $13 on Amazon, it would be a great gift for someone who struggles with clogged drains frequently. (I would love one of these in my stocking)
- Anti-Stress Fidget Cubes are great for kids and adults alike. Whether we like it or not, we all deal with stress and Fidget Cubes are all the rage (now that fidget spinners are so done). You can find one for $7.95 on Amazon.
- With everyone using technology these days, touch screen gloves are definitely a winter must (I know I need a good pair for sitting at the skatepark in the cold winter months). I found a nice pair for only $6.99 on Amazon.
- If someone you love wears glasses and his glasses are constantly falling down his nose, this is the perfect stocking stuffer. Nerd Wax Stop Slipping Glasses for $10.99 on Amazon was a product that debuted on Shark Tank and does just what it says – stops glasses from slipping. I should probably invest in some of this (or maybe Hubby -hint, hint- can stuff one in my stocking) – my glasses are always falling down my face!
- What girl doesn’t need a hair tie? The Invisibobble “Original” Hair Tie for $7.43 on Amazon holds all hair types with super strength and does not leave a mark when you take it out. Again, I wouldn’t mind one of these in my stocking this year.
- Have a real feminist in the family? I may not be a radical feminist, but I love seeing strong women in action breaking that ever-present glass ceiling. Rad American Women A-Z Postcards are a great gift for any woman like me. And, they are only $11.25 on Amazon.
- The Evriholder Kitchen Kritter Ketchup Character Cap ($4.97 on Amazon) is super-cool cap for your ketchup bottle. When attached, ketchup pours out of his mouth. Since Hubby and both boys love their ketchup, someone will be getting this in his stocking this year.
- I know brushing teeth can sometimes be a struggle with younger kids. That is why I think GUM Crayola Squeeze-A-Color Toothpaste for $6.50 on Amazon is a great idea. Add a little fun to brushing and maybe they will fight it a little less. I wish I knew about this when my kids were younger.
- Who doesn’t love scented markers and crayons. Amazon has a huge selection starting at about $3.50. Just search “scented markers for kids” and you will find a ton.
- A few years ago, Skater Boy was obsessed with all things “spy”. This would have been great for him. The Draw a Secret Message Invisible Spy Ink Pen with UV light is only $5.49 for a set of 4 pens on Amazon. With these pens kids can write secret messages to each other and only a person with another pen with the UV light will be able to read it. For $5.49 I might get these for my boys and give each of them 2 pens.
- I love anything that gets kids talking. I found 2 great products on Amazon that do just that. Chat Pack for Kids is $10.49 and Table Topics To Go is $9.00. Either one would be a great stocking stuffer for the kid who needs a little help getting the conversation started.
- When I saw first saw this journal Between Mom & Me: Mother Daughter Journal ($14.46), I was a bit jealous. Then I found the boy’s counterpart: Between Mom & Me: Mother Son Journal ($12.84). Whether you have a boy or girl, these journals are a great way to keep communication open.
- Another product I wish I knew about a few years ago – Lego Tape. For $6.99 on Amazon, Lego Tape is reusable, adhesive strips of silicone that kids can attach anywhere and then build on any surface imaginable.
- My family loves games and I especially love word games. I found 2 word games that I really like for Christmas this year. The Scrabble Twist Game ($14.85) is an electronic Scrabble game for 1-8 people. and the Quiddler Mini Card Game ($5.83) is a smaller version of the original game. It only takes about 15 minutes for each player to form words out of his hand of letter cards.
*Just a quick note – I have no affiliation with any of these products or the sellers. I just spent way too much time surfing the web finding super cool gifts*
Of course, while you compile your stocking stuffer lists, you need a way to organize what you have and what you need to buy. I made this Stocking Stuffer Inventory printable to add to my Christmas Planning Notebook from my post 2 weeks ago. Download and print it to keep track of your stocking stuffers, too!
Do you have any other unique ideas for stocking stuffers? Let me know in the comments below.
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I have a ton of great Christmas ideas and projects planned for the coming weeks. And, I will post my best ones in the next 3 weeks. Keep checking back to see what I have in store for you!
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