stocking stuffer ideas

Unexpected surprises!

I love Christmas stockings! In our family we wrap each and every one of our stocking presents, and they can range from a favorite candy bar to something very special in the toe of the stocking. Stocking presents are fun, varied and unpredictable, sometimes practical and sometimes designed just to bring a smile. Here are some ideas for you.

If you have a runner, walker or biker on your stocking list, put in a pair of Higo LED Slap Armbands safety lights. There are six colors to choose from. $8.50 each.

Kikkerland Beechwood Crab Multi-tool is very cool! It is a 6 in 1 multi-tool with a mini scissor, bottle opener, flat head screwdriver, can opener, knife and rope saw. The crab has an easy to grip Beechwood shell and measures 2.5” x 1.5” x 1.1”. $19.99.

This spatula for make-up bottles helps avoid waste. The spatula is washable and reusable and can be used on any size or shape container. $5.50.

Spotlit by Nite Ize is a small clip-on LED light. Attach it to your key ring and you will always know where your keys are, even in your purse. It is also a mini-beacon to help you find your way at night. It provides enough ambient light bright enough to read, find the keyhole, or act as a dog collar light. It is water resistant. The battery will last 20 hours in glow mode or 25 hours in flash mode. $3.67.

Angry Mama Microwave Oven Cleaner is a powerful non-toxic cleanser that uses natural steam power with added vinegar and water. ‘Mama’ is 5” tall with a removable head for filling.   Put water and vinegar into ‘mama’ and microwave for 7 minutes. Any crud in your microwave will be very easy to clean off, and all odors will be gone. $7.97.

These crocodile paper clips are whimsical. These animal paper clips also come as squirrels, turtles, elephants, whales, dogs and rabbits. 30 clips come in a sliding box. $9.

This Beechwood wide-tooth comb is great looking with the added benefit that the Beechwood calms static. It is 5” long and fits easily into a pocket or purse. $28.00.

For the chefs on your list, give them the latest culinary craze – flavor dusts. See our earlier article for uses. The Shed calls them powders and sells Shitake Mushroom, Tarragon/Caper, Smoked Onion, Pepper, Nicoise Olive, Green Garlic, Charred Eggplant, and Purple Sauerkraut powders. $15.00 each.

This Budable Flower Arranger looks fabulous for cut flowers. It is flexible and self-sticking. It will fit over the top of most vases up to 5” with 60 self-gripping holes. It can be used over and over, and it’s easy to remove to change the water without disturbing the arrangement. It is washable and 100% recyclable. A set of three is $15.99.

Put a tube of Proraso shaving cream in his stocking. It is moisturizing and nourishing, and $9.50.

Here is an updated version of our favorite universal smartphone car holder.   It still pushes into your air vent, and has a strong magnet that grips your phone and holds it in place. It allows the phone to swivel and rotate for easy viewing. I love mine! $9.99.

The Original Vacu Vin Wine Saver removes air from your wine bottle to keep wine tasting as if it was just opened, for up to a week. The black wine saver comes with two grey vacuum bottle stoppers. $13.25.

This is a non-drip wine server also by VacuVin. No more drips on your favorite tablecloth. It is reusable and dishwasher safe. It pairs with VacuVin’s Vacuum Wine Saver.

The Vidalia Chop Wizard Elite is the latest version of this product. It is great for chopping fruits, vegetables and yes, Vidalia onions! It comes with stainless steel chopping and dicing blades. It has a built- in measuring cup and is 4.7” x 3.6” x 11.3”. (It will take up some room in the stocking!) $19.50.

How divine does this Jasmine Fig Bath Soak sound? It is a silky blend of soothing salts and powders scented with jasmine, green fig, sandalwood, cedarwood and patchouli. $10.00 for 7 oz.

This is a deep exfoliating soap for men, especially for their hands and feet. It has a sandalwood fragrance and is black in color from the activated charcoal ingredient. $14.00.

A fabulous single cup of coffee is difficult to make on our own. Give your coffee lover a subscription to Sudden Coffee single cup powder. It is crystalized coffee made from high quality beans. Just add water or milk. There are no preservatives or chemicals. Sudden Coffee is great for travel or for a quick cup on the go. It gets rave reviews and their packaging is fully recyclable. If you subscribe, they ship a package of delicious coffee directly to your home or office. The subscription is month to month and can be canceled anytime. They offer a 2 cup trial subscription that becomes a regular membership if you agree.  An 8 cups a month subscription is $19.00 a month.

Do you ever look at a new pair of shoes and wish they had different laces? Here are colorful unisex shoelaces that will perk up any pair of shoes.   This site carries sneaker laces, dress shoelaces and bootlaces. $17.50 – $19.50.

Maybeline Baby Lips lip balm with sunscreen provides 8 hours of moisture. It comes in peppermint, peach or grape vine. $5.00.

I just love Rabbit’s new LED bottle stoppers. They seal the wine and add soft ambient light to your evening party. They also look great on the bar. $16.00 for two.

Kusmi Tea began in 1867 in St. Petersburg and has been based in Paris since the 1920s. There are white teas, green teas, oolong teas, black teas, smoked teas, flavored and perfumed teas, red teas and rooibos teas. Give your favorite tea drinker one or more 4.4 oz. Kusmi tea tins. $18.90 each.

Happy Socks have many great patterns for both men and women. Prices for socks range from $12.00 – $14.00. Happy Socks also carries underwear for men and women.

ASE reader Mary M. raves about her Zenlet credit card case. It is a great gift for everyone on your stocking list. It is slim and lightweight.   It has a simple one-hand open access, RFID blocking design to keep your credit cards secure and it fits in any pocket. It is 3.9” x 2.5” x .4”. It carries up to 4 – 6 cards and is waterproof, scratchproof and recyclable. It comes in 8 colors. $50.00.

Do some good for the world while shopping. To The Market “economically empowers vulnerable women through artisan enterprise by showcasing handmade goods made exclusively by proud and passionate artisans who have overcome the perils of abuse, conflict, and disease”. These Free Fall Earrings are lovely and are made by HandsUp Global Goods. Read their mission to help young men living in impoverished communities. $15.00.

I love the smell of Gardenias. Help a good cause and put a bar of this soap into the stockings you’re stuffing. There are many other scented soaps to choose among. $8.00.

Put a treat into the stockings you are stuffing. Sugarfina has a wide range of delicious candy. You can buy a Tasting Packet for $2.50 – $3.00 depending on the candy, or a cube (pictured) for $7.50.

For a more sophisticated candy stocking stuffer, give this box of 24 delicious chocolate tiles. $20.00.