Stocking Stuffers Done Right

Holiday gifts for nice people

It’s a well known fact that good things come in small packages, and this is especially accurate come Christmas! Because size doesn’t matter when it comes to spreading joy among friends and family, here are our recommendations for the best stocking stuffers that you can get your hands on during the holidays. Did we mention that all our picks are under $25?

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1. Atlas Obscura Page-A-Desk Calendar 2021 by Workman ($14): Although it’s not going to take a lot to forget this godforsaken year, it’s always easier if we greet the new one with an appealing desk calendar to remind us that things will get better. And who better to transmit that feeling of excitement and fascination towards the unknown than Atlas Obscura? The Brooklyn-based team of adventurers has reached a well-deserved status of experts in mysterious destinations for the daring wanderlusters, bringing the most unexplored, bizarre, and wondrous locations from all around the world to our Internet browsers and neighborhood bookstores alike. Adapted from their #1 New York Times best-selling book, this small calendar features 365 stunning photographs, fascinating facts, and more to let you discover our enigmatic planet without leaving your office or living room. A whole year filled with wonder that fits inside a stocking? Seeing is believing!

2. Expressions 3D Nail Stickers by Dashing Diva ($4): It’s easy to forget your nails when you think of expressing yourself in a unique way. Well, not anymore! Stuff your stocking stuffers with these super detailed, 3-dimensional nail art stickers that can be worn on any polish, press on, or nail strip. An original, fun, and easy-to-wear holiday present, it is available on many models and colorful designs (from Head Turners to Ghoulish!) How about you mix and match designs to fit your loved ones’ preferences?  No matter how you choose to rock these nail stickers, we guarantee that they make fab stocking stuffers. Give the gift of own style at your fingertips without breaking the bank!

3. Phyto Replenish Body Glow To Go by Dermalogica ($25.00): Giving a skincare product for the holidays can be a hit or miss with certain people. Why not offer them a portable size of your favorite product, so they can test it to see if it is right their alley? This roll-on by dermalogica includes its acclaimed moisturizing formula in a convenient format to carry everywhere – in your gym bag, on the go, or even in your upcoming travels as we return to our normal lives again. Feather-light and skin-replenishing, Dermalogica’s body oil is perfect to calm and moisturize skin during the winter months. A limited-edition, glow-on-the-go multitasker, it is infused with the essences of bergamot, neroli and orange for an uplifting self-care ritual. Perfect to introduce your loved ones in the world of haute cosmetics, this body oil leaves skin soft and delicately scented. {This product is lovingly made in the USA}

4. Brow Creation Gel & Your Way Mascara by Meloway ($20 & $22): These holidays, give the gift of self-expression with high-quality, unisex makeup products. And now that we all are wearing masks, there is no better gift than something that frames the beautiful eyes of your loved ones! Let’s start with a vitamin-fueled tinted brow gel. Available in different colors, from dirty chai to licorice tease, Meloway brow gels color and thicken brows with a fiber-enriched formula that goes instantly matte. Perfect for shaping and holding any kind of brows without flakes, this completely vegan item is a great choice for any stuffer stocking. Feeling generous? Add a volumizing mascara to those stockings to help your loved ones get bolder, thicker, and sexier lashes all day long so they are ready to face the winter like absolute champs! And the best part is that they come in a rainbow of awesome colors and the lash-hugging brush bends to any angle to coat every single one of your lashes. Our personal favorite? Mint creme! {These products are lovingly made in the USA}

5. Hair Chalk by Splat ($7.99): Because it never hurts to add a splash of color to your life from time to time, this fun hair chalk is designed to temporarily change your look without ruining your hair in the process. A fantastic stocking stuffer for that friend who needs a little bit of spark in her or his life, this product makes it extremely easy to rock bold violet highlights in seconds. Just apply with the included sponge. Zoom meeting with your boss? No problem! It washes out with shampoo in no time. Just brush it, curl it, or create your own style right after you use it in dry hair. A true ice breaker in any Christmas dinner, it’s the perfect little gift for those who like to live in a world full of color!

6. Goldie Locks by Nail Wig Stroke Effects ($12): Behold, nail experts! Gild yourself in gold with the stroke effects curated by the manicure experts at Nail Wig. This nail powder looks like a gold bar suspended in a jar. With a deep, rich color, and a super cool chrome effect, the particle-sized pigment gives nails an ultra-reflecting finish. Just swipe one layer of this scintillating gold powder to create unbelievable results at home. A crowd-pleaser for the discerning nail fashionista, it has never been easier to give the gift of a perfect mani pedi at home. Or treat yourself (and your stocking) and showcase your gorgeous nails dipped in gold!

7. Seasonal Favorites Popcorn by Sweet Chaos ($3.69/each): Bring all the delicious flavors of the holiday season into everyone’s favorite movie snack! Sweet Chaos’ surprising selection of drizzles, with tastes as bold as Vanilla Chai Peppermint Crunch, Maple Brown Sugar, and Iced Gingerbread, is exactly what we want to try this atypical winter. This limited edition set of non-GMO kettle corn popped in coconut oil dares to experiment with white frostings, dark icings, and more to add a twist to your binge-watching marathons at home. Share it with your friends, family, and any other movie-lover in your life for a truly original – and yummy- holiday gift! {This product is lovingly made in the USA}

8. Reusable Universal Silicone Lid and Straw by Go Sili ($6.50): Did you know that 500 million plastic straws are thrown away in the US…in just a single day? It’s absolutely mind-boggling. Be a part of the change with this highly portable set of 100% European silicone lid and straw that perfectly fits in the included aluminum travel case to use it on-the-go anytime, anywhere. The lid is universal, meaning it fits over a wide variety of cup sizes, and, once inserted the suction keeps it in place. The 8-inches-tall straw is completely reusable and designed to not melt in your mouth like the ones made out of paper. The whole set is not only bendable and flexible, but also safe, non-toxic, and completely eco-friendly. Cleaning it is easy, too: Just place it in the dishwasher, and that’s it. A most fitting gift for those invested in protecting our planet one sip at a time!

9. Creatibles Air Dry Clay Kit by Ooly ($9.99): Remember when you were a kid, not so long ago? You used to spend hours molding clay, creating literally anything your mind could imagine with the raw power of your hands. Or that’s how it felt like, at least. With this clay kit, anybody can remember those glorious days again, no matter the age. This ultra-cute set contains 12 colors of soft pliable clay contained in 3 plastic tubs, accompanied by shaping tools to add dimension and shapes to your creations. Good news is that you can keep your masterpieces forever! This air-dry clay doesn’t need an oven to cure, and can be decorated when it is dry with acrylic paint and markers. So, what’s your excuse? This sculpting kit is for everyone, and will make your loved ones’ feel like they’re kids again. And that’s never, ever a bad thing!

10. Portable Glass Dry-Erase Pad by Quartet ($25.00): Help your loved ones keep notes and reminders close to them wherever they go with this fun dry-erase pad with a cover. An eco-friendly alternative to sticky notes, its unique design fits perfectly in a bag or purse and opens and folds like a notebook for easy dry-erase writing. The non-porous glass board is easy to erase and will not stain over time, and the durable cover will keep it scratch-free for years to come. With a very clever design, the foam pads on inside cover help keep notes intact when pad is closed. A perfect stocking stuffer for the vintage soul, it adds a classic look to a home office or helps entertain kids during an impromptu virtual meeting.

11. Celestial Stars Pocket Palm Mini Journals by Ooly ($10.99): No matter how many laptops, cell phones, and tablets surround us everywhere these days, nothing beats the pleasure of writing down your inner thoughts, unutterable secrets, and strokes of genius in an old-fashioned paper journal. Any writer knows it! With this set of 8 journals that fit in most pockets (5×3.5 inches), you don’t have to worry if inspiration calls in the most unexpected of places. Just carry them with you or give it to any journalist, writer, poet, or creative mind you know. Functionality aside, the beautiful range of gradated tones and celestial patterns in its cover make this set of pocket diaries a wonderful present for the holidays. Buy a pack and gift a few, keep a few, and see where they take you!

12. Everyone Holiday Gift Set by Beast ($25.00): Unleash your inner beast with this nutrient-packed gift set to take care of body, face, and your sensitive side in an eco-friendly way. A collection of lightly scented, head-to-toe soaps, this gift set is specially formulated to be gentle enough for daily use by Beasts of all kinds, including wee beasts. Go ahead and wash your worries (and those nasty germs) away with a soap that is good for you and for the environment. The Everyone soap line, paired with the infinitely recyclable Beast Bottle made in aluminum, takes care of most of your bathroom needs — and those of the whole family. Set includes: Wash (16oz Pouch) + Bar Soap (5oz) + Aluminum Beast Bottle (16oz). The perfect stocking stuffer for the whole family, Beast puts an eco-chic twist in the hand-washing rituals that will accompany us this holiday season… and beyond.  {This product is lovingly made in the USA}

Are you still looking for the perfect gifts for your loved ones? Check out our other Holiday Gift Guides for 2020 below!

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