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Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Updated on December 16, 2013

50 Christmas Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Everyone on Santa's List

Looking for great stocking stuffer ideas to fill up those Christmas stockings this year?

For over a decade, a major part of my Santa duties each Christmas has been shopping for and stuffing the many stockings at our extended family Christmas gathering. We usually have ten or more stockings to fill, for all ages. Over the years I've learned a lot of good ideas for what to put in a Christmas stocking!

Below you will find dozens of stocking stuffer ideas, broken down by categories such as stocking stuffer ideas for kids, stocking stuffer ideas for men, and so on. Some of the stocking stuffer ideas could work for lots of different kinds of people, so be sure to read through all the lists.

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I like to keep a list of facts about family and friends so that I can refer to it each year when I start my stocking shopping. Each year tends to be a little different in my family; some one has a new boyfriend of girlfriend, or somebody has a dear friend who is joining us this year. So I try to keep tabs. I've even been known to look over their Facebook profile to see if I can find their profile and check out a list of their likes and interests!

Here are some good questions to ask when you are trying to think of what to put in some one's stocking:

  • Do they have a favorite color? My sister loves brown, and my aunt decorates her bedroom in pink. And everyone in my family knows if it's bright neon colors, it should go in my stocking.
  • Do they collect anything? From hedgehog figurines to Magic The Gathering cards, this is a rich area of possibility.
  • What are their favorite hobbies? Try to think of some goodies to go with those hobbies, such as Ace bandages and sunscreen for the snowboarder and embroidery floss and watercolor paints for the crafter.
  • What is their everyday life like? If they travel for work get them fun luggage tags or a sleep mask; if they can't live without their morning coffee get them a travel mug or a bag of high quality coffee beans.
  • What's new in their life? Get the new driver a cool key chain, or matching his-and-hers gifts for newlyweds.
  • How do they like to indulge? A favorite candy bar for almost anyone, or a bath pillow for the beauty queen - or how about a soothing eye mask for the overly stressed?
  • Regional treats for out-of-town visitors such as regional snacks or memorabilia for the local sports team.

Cheap and Inexpensive Stocking Stuffer Ideas - Buy in cool stuff bulk to fill up that stocking without breaking your budget

To me, choosing every item for each stocking by hand is always part of the fun of playing Santa, but with about a dozen to fill every year it can get a bit daunting. Over the years I've developed a list of go-to items that work for all or most people, so I just buy a bunch and give one to each.

Fuzzy and Soft Christmas Socks, 6 Pack, Size 9-11.
Fuzzy and Soft Christmas Socks, 6 Pack, Size 9-11.

Socks are a classic stocking stuffer, they are affordable and practical - but they can also be fun like these soft and cuddly socks in Christmas patterns. Plus socks take up a fair bit of space for the price!

Aquasentials Mesh Pouf Bath Sponge (8 Pack)
Aquasentials Mesh Pouf Bath Sponge (8 Pack)

Another really awesome cheap stocking stuffer idea is the shower poof; again, they are inexpensive and fill the stocking well and also strike a great balance of practical but fun as well. These are good for all ages, and go great with a bottle of shower gel or bubble bath.

ChicoBag Original Reusable Shopping Tote / Grocery Bag (Variety 4 Pack - Mazarine Blue, Aqua, Orange Peel, and Yellow)
ChicoBag Original Reusable Shopping Tote / Grocery Bag (Variety 4 Pack - Mazarine Blue, Aqua, Orange Peel, and Yellow)

These reusable shopping bags are a great environmentally conscious gift, as well as just being darn useful and practical. Buy an assortment of colors like this one and give everyone one in their favorite color.


Should you wrap stocking stuffers?

In my family we have never wrapped stocking stuffers; in fact, I had no idea some families practiced this tradition until the past few years. Since my family puts so much effort into wrapping the bigger gifts and choosing the stocking stuffers carefully, it never even occurred to me. But I've heard some fun stories about this cool Christmas ritual.

My cousin told me about a family friend who puts more stock in the stockings than the presents. Each stocking stuffer is wrapped creatively along with a riddle that must be solved before opening. Another friend of mine made her husband rewrap all her stocking stuffers their first year as a married couple because he'd used the same paper as he'd wrapped other gifts, and he had to use "the Santa paper"!

Does your family giftwrap the stocking stuffers as well as the gifts?

Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Kids (and the young at heart!) - Classic toys and games make great little gifts to fill a Christmas stocking

Games Make Great Stocking Stuffers for the Whole Family

Fun Stocking Stuffer Ideas

4 Fake Lottery - Lotto Tickets
4 Fake Lottery - Lotto Tickets

A silly spin on a common stocking stuffer, these gag lotto tickets will give everyone a laugh this Christmas.


Practical Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Chapstick Lip Balm Variety Pack (10 Sticks X 4g Each)
Chapstick Lip Balm Variety Pack (10 Sticks X 4g Each)

The winter months are often cold and dry - and a great time for sports like skiing and snowboarding - so chapped lips are a problem for almost anyone this time of year. Fix everyone up with a Chapstick and save their day!

Streamlight 66118 Stylus Pro LED PenLight with Holster, Black
Streamlight 66118 Stylus Pro LED PenLight with Holster, Black

A slim and sleek flashlight is handy in a storm, a roadside breakdown, or many other emergencies - or just peeking into the corner of a dark closet - and makes a terrific stocking stuffer for almost anyone.

Duracell Fastest Value Charger with 4 AA Batteries 1 Kit (CEF14DX)
Duracell Fastest Value Charger with 4 AA Batteries 1 Kit (CEF14DX)

Young and old alike need batteries, especially at Christmas when they get new toys and gadgets that require them. Stuffing their stocking with batteries that they can recharge is a great idea!

Samsonite Eye Shades & Earplugs, Charcoal Grey
Samsonite Eye Shades & Earplugs, Charcoal Grey

A stocking stuffer idea for light sleepers and those who travel frequently - a luxurious face-fitting eye mask with ear plugs will give them the gift of a good night's sleep.

Victorinox Swiss Army Classic SD Pocket Knife, Red
Victorinox Swiss Army Classic SD Pocket Knife, Red

The best practical gift, everyone needs a pocketknife - especially if your family saves the wrapping paper! Great for carefully unwrapping gifts without ripping.


I really hope these lists help you take the stress out of this wonderful holiday tradition. Please let me know your thoughts, questions, or comments, and be sure to share your favorite stocking stuffer ideas.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Ever since I was a kid, my mom would put an orange in my stocking....I guess to counteract all the yummy chocolate candies lol. My husband just bought me a ring wrapper, and I think that would make a great stocking stuffer. I wear it all the time b/c it protects my ring.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wow, great stocking stuffers. It won't be long now and Christmas will be here.

      Candles, socks, slinkies...all of them are good for me.

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      spritequeen lm 7 years ago

      Great ideas! Thanks for sharing!!

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      northamerica 7 years ago

      Well done!

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      Megal LM 7 years ago

      I think it is funny where we have come. It used to be all candy and small toys inside of stockings. Now, we have people putting iPods and Cell phones inside the things.

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      Othercatt 7 years ago

      Last Christmas I stuffed my sister-in-laws stocking with 100 individually wrapped belly rings! It took her half the day to unwrap them! These are some great ideas. I especially like the fake lotto tickets.