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Let the record show: Stocking stuffers are the best. TheyâreÂ the best. Affordable trinkets that are equal parts practical and cute? That donât take up unnecessary space? That you can mix and match to create the perfect gift for literally anyone? TheyâreÂ the best. And âtis the season for loading up on them.
It can be hard to drop $300 on that dress youâve been eyeing or $100 on those shoes that caught your fancy or maybe even $75 on that throw pillow youâve been in love with since Augustâbecause, honestly, $75 is a lot to spend on a throw pillow, and you pretty muchÂ have to buy another so you have a matching set.
Whatâs worse: Once youâve spent that $300, or $100, or $75 (letâs be realâ$150), youâre committed. You justÂ bought a dress, or pair of shoes, or throw pillow (set)âyou donât need another any time soon.Â EvenÂ if you find one you really like.Â Even if you find one you like more than the one you just bought. Part with a significant chunk of change, and youâre in, baby. Youâre obligated to love that thing you just bought, and keep your eye from wandering too far off track.
But with stocking stuffers, you never have to deal with buyerâs remorse. Because theyâreÂ affordable, theyâreÂ practical, theyâreÂ cute, theyâreÂ space-efficient. TheyâreÂ the best.Â Why would you ever regret dropping $30 on a millennial pink tarot deck? Or $6 on a glitter-filled picture frame? Or $12 on a catchall dish thatâs big enough to hold all your stuff and cute enough to display anywhere, anytime?
Thatâs rightâyou wouldnât. Because those items are fun and usefulâand more importantly, theyâre too tiny and budget-friendly to become inconvenient.
My favorite thing about stocking stuffers? Theyâre inspirational. Not in the rah-rah motivational poster way, but in the Pinterest wayâthe let-me-fill-you-with-ideas way. Not sure what to get for everyone youâre tasked with shopping for this holiday season? Spend five minutes scrolling through this stocking stuffers guide, and youâll walk away with a bunch of ideas for each of them.
Because tarot is in, and these cards are so cute.
Come onâwhoÂ doesnât want lip balm with flowers in it? (Talk about Instagrammable.)
Consider this your (or your gifteeâs) excuse to snap tons of pics over the holidays. You needÂ something to put in that adorable frame.
This one requires no explanation.
So cute it wonât matter if you have nothing to put in it.
These sweet little shot glasses are sure to be the hit of any party.
Whatâs more practical than giving someone an ornament for Christmas? (Especially one as timelessly cute as this geode.)
Everyone needs a card caseâand almost no one owns a cute one.
Obsessed with any and all cute (glitter-filled) picture frames we can get our hands on.
Useful. Cute. On-trend.
For the classical art lover who seriously appreciates a bottle of wine.
We donât smoke, but this ashtray is so cute weâre considering putting it out, anyway.
OK, these fallÂ way above our $50 budget. But theyâre so cute (and stocking-sized)âcan you blame us?
Pay homage to your friendâs hometownâand make sure they have a place to keep all their pretty little things.
Above the price point, but come onâyou can never go wrong with Chanel No 5. (And for the record, one bottle will last ya a full two years.Â DefinitelyÂ worth the $85 youâd spend on it.)
For the vagabond with a sweet spot for Anthropologie wares.
Cute, functional, and practically begging to be Instagrammed.
Itâs 2018âyou didnât think weâd forget to include one of these, right?
Personalized, cute and incredibly wearable.
The ultimate (festive) housewarming gift.
Again, itâs 2018âyou had to see this one coming.
One of the best liquid eyeliners weâve ever used. A steal at $12, and very stocking-friendly.
This celestial ring and necklace set would pair excellently with the myriad other celestial stocking stuffers youâre undoubtedly stocking up on.
Flasks. Are. Perfectly. Sized. For. Stockings. (Thatâs all.)
Not sure weâd use a catchall tray for oranges, but it looks so good we kind of donât care.
Jewelry makes a truly excellent stocking stufferâand youâd be hard-pressed to find something this cute (and on-trend) for $50 or less.
For the HBIC in your life.
Itâll be way harder to lose your keys when theyâre adorned with this stunning little piece.
Not gonna lieâthese made our wishlist. (And theyâre definitely stocking sized.)
Cat lovers will be delighted by the latest iteration of the Himalayan salt lamp trend.
A necklace that speaks for itself.
For the friend whoâs still super into school supplies. (You know the one.)
Load up a stocking with OPI, and youâre sure to get some serious thanks.
More crystals. Because why not?
Technically over budget, but practically not. (And itâsÂ so cute.)
Super cuteâand easy to weave into any aesthetic.
A one-stop shop for all your New Agey friendâs needs.
Tea light candles make for a magical atmosphere. (Pro tip: Line your tub with them for a hyper-cozy bath.)
So cute youâll want to attach it to everything.
A sleek travel wallet for the friend whoâs always jet-setting.
Above the price point, but worth it, because itÂ so specifically fits one friendâs aesthetic.
Someone definitely came to mind when you saw this ornament. This is for them.
Socks are truly underrated holiday gifts, because theyâre cute, practical and you can never have too many.
The best-smelling oil weâve encountered, to date.
Chunky, on-budget and perfect for NYE.
Practical and sleekâand perfect for the friend who loves tortoiseshell.
Trynna be a high-roller while stuffing stockings this season? This gift-to-be has your name written all over it.
Itâll make your skin feel like velvetâand keep your foundation from getting runny.
If the mechanical pencil set in #28 was perfect for your Type A friend,Â this is perfect for your Type B friend.
The holidays are better with flasks.
For the friend who loves snail mailâbut can never seem to open envelopes.
Metallic crystals for the friend who loves shiny things.
Candles so cute your giftee wonât even care what they look like.
For the friend who acts like they take first class, even if they donât have the budget for it.
On-trend, useful and so, so cute.
For the resident plant mom.
A holiday present thatâll keep your eyes on the prize: NYE.
For the person who loves socks as much as they love raising hell.
Jaw-droppingly pretty. (And out of budget, but weâll keep eyeing it anyway.)
Your â90s denim-jacket-loving friend is sure to appreciate a stocking filled with these adorable pins.
Perfect for the friend who loves the beachâand their bar cart.
Undoubtedly the most useful keychain around.
For the friend whoâs an amateur bartender.
The cutest little things to pair with your Chelsea boots.
The bookworm in your life is sure to appreciate this incredibly useful, incredibly cute bookmark.
Because some people have too many rings to drop haphazardly into a catchall tray.
This patch is so cute you donât even have to attach it to anything to fully appreciate it.
Anyone who owns glasses or sunglasses (so, everyone?) could use one of these.
Itâs official: This keychain just made crystals on-the-go-friendly.
The most practical of purchases. (Rest assured, your friend will thank you later.)
Cute, on-trend and ambience-setting. Sweet dreams, giftee.
For the friend who wishes piggy banks were still a thing in adulthood.
Refuse to drink from anything other than this at your NYE party. (Power moves only.)
Not sure what youâll use this for, but heyâglitterâs fun.
So, so cuteâand it comes with the added benefit of feeling personalized.
A gift your loved one can put on immediatelyâor at least, when NYE rolls around.
This sparkly tag will ensure you never get your suitcase confused with someone elseâs again.
Friendship bracelets are an elementary-school tradition worth resurrecting.
This candle is so cool you donât even have to light it to fully appreciate it.
Give your apartment major tropical vibes with these adorable (practical!) coasters.
Weâre not positive this belt bag would fit into a stocking, but weâre pretty sure it would.
Hair ties that are cute enough to wear as braceletsâwith, like, anything.
Your makeup-loving friend will thank you. (Gotta keep that eyeshadow from running, yâall.)
Ornaments are always a good idea.
Neon lights are making a comeback. (OK, we canât cite our source on that one. Weâre just hopeful.)
You needÂ something to light all those candles with.
If you donât want to wear socks that correspond with the day of the week, we donât want to know you.
For the potty mouth who likes to keep things orderly.
One can never own too many candlesâespecially during the winter.
Bluetooth speakers areÂ always practical. And this oneâs affordable. (And cute!)
Hair accessories are a super underrated way to dress up any look. Donât take them for grantedâinstead, gift them to everyone on your list this holiday season.
Because sleep is importantâand this eye mask is cute.
The ultimate party trick.
A star-covered choker? Perfect for the holidaysâand the New Year.
Never underestimate the power of a little hand cream.
The more glitter frames, the merrier.
WhoÂ doesnât want to ring in the New Year with one of these?