*08/2016 this article has been updated for accuracy
Stocking gifts can be creative, useful and fun. They are many people’s favorite part of the Christmas gift giving traditions. Here are some ideas.
For the home:
Absorbent and eco-friendly Swedish dishcloths have personality. Made from 70% wood cellulose from FSC certified forests and 30% cotton, they replace paper towels and sponges. They can be washed over 200 times, are biodegradable and can be composted. There are many delightful patterns to choose from. $6.95 each.
Refresh favorite sweaters with this Dritz Snag Nab-It tool. When an elf has a pull in a favorite knit, this will make it look as good as new. $4.25.
Levoons are self-leveling measuring spoons. They look like regular measuring spoons but when you squeeze the handles a scraper swipes across and levels the measurement for you. The set of four snap together for storage and fan out when used. They snap apart so you only wash the dirty ones. $20.00 for the set.
This Kenu Airframe that Ginny found is a wonderful gadget for hands free driving. It’s a simple but effective portable smartphone car mount. Mount your phone at eye level for directions, hands free calling or streaming music. It has an expandable ‘jaw’ and grips securely onto your air vent. It is only 2 ½” x 1” x 1.9” and weighs .8 oz. $19.99.
This set of four umbrella tea infusers are perfect to brew tea with on a rainy day! They are for loose tea or for a tea bag. The set is $14.99.
Cable IDs allow you to color code and label each cord so your tangle of cords can make sense. A package of 8 assorted colors is $7.99.
These whale party toothpicks are very festive. A set of 24 is $3.00. There are also ant, balloon and Pinocchio party picks. A great and affordable hostess present as well as a stocking stuffer!
These ‘quote’ cocktail napkins are fun and amusing. Choose your favorite aphorism. There are 40 napkins per box. The napkins are very soft and three-ply. Each box is $18.00.
Anyone would love to find this fabulous body lotion in her stocking. “Heavenly” Ultra Luxurious Lotion is $12.00 for 8 oz.
I love this earbud pouch because it keeps my earbuds safe and I can find them easily. The lobster clasp keeps this little pouch secure and in one place. There are nine patterns to choose from. $7.00 each.
These brightening grapefruit facial wipes are great on-the-go cleansing wipes. Each wipe is slightly textured to make it exfoliating as well as cleansing and refreshing. A pack of 25 is $5.99.
No more rooting around the bottom and sides of your tote or purse for the small items. It is 6.4”h x 6.4”w. The bottom is 2.1”. $9.50.
To combat dry skin this winter, keep Pacifica Tahitian Gardenia Hand & Body Lotion Wipes handy. They also come in Lemon Blossom, Hawaiian Ruby Guava, Indian Coconut Nectar and Tuscan Blood Orange scents. $7.00.
This 1 oz. size of swimwear detergent is perfect for travel. It is highly concentrated. Each 1 oz. bottle will give you 4 – 8 hand-washes or more than 2 machine washes. This special detergent will maintain the elasticity, shape and colors of your bathing suits.
To relax, try Lather’s Clear Head Balancing Balm. It is “an aromatherapy balm blended with soothing emollients and therapeutic essential oils to help ease pressure and tension while clearing the mind.” Apply it to your temples, forehead or anywhere you feel tension. Breathe deeply. A one ounce tin is $9.00.
For the traveler:
These luggage tags of pets can be personalized with your own pet’s photo and any text you’d like. They would make a delightful stocking stuffer with the recipient’s pet on them. Just click on the ‘Customize it!” button and go to work. $10.50 each.
My friend Vivian brought me one of these great cat zippered pouches for cosmetics or other stuff and I love it! It is made from 95% recycled materials and is $6.99. 7 ¼” x 9 ½”. There are 25 other pouch designs to choose from if you’re not fond of cats. Update: the cat pouch has been sold out but there are more to choose from!
Know someone who is picky about their soy sauce? Give them travel containers that they can put their favorite sauce into. (These travel containers don’t HAVE to be used only for soy sauce!)
15 soy sauce containers for $4.29.
For the traveller, this worldwide adapter is great looking. It works in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Middle East, South America, Asia, Great Britain, Africa, Hong Kong, Australia, Japan – more than 150 countries. The dual USB plugs allow you to leave some other adapters at home. It comes in white or black.$14.95
I would be a mess if I didn’t have a cord travel bag! It is 14” high x 12” wide. It has a bottom and a handle so you can hang it on a hook or carry it. $13.00.
A pinch of gourmet sea salt at hand at all times? Six .35 ounce tins for $11.96.
Dollar Shave Club makes the daily chore of shaving easy for your guy. Choose one of three blades. New blades, with a free compatible handle, will be delivered to him every month. There is the $1.00/month blade, the $6.00/month blade or the $9.00/month blade. You can upgrade or downgrade his razor plan anytime. There are no fees or commitments. You may cancel anytime. The promo video on the site is worth a watch. It’s hilarious!
Kikkergard, an inspired company, has created this animal multi-tool. It is a 7-in-1 tool that includes a flat head screwdriver, bottle opener, knife, wire stripper, file, Phillips head screwdriver and a punch. $20.00.
Urban Outfitters has an extensive shaving section. They offer shave creams, pomades, after shaves, beard oils, beard washes, beard butters, mustache grooming kit, beard tonic, beard balm and hair and whisker wax. We like the Uppercut Shave Cream, $18.00 for 3.38 oz.
These temporary tattoos are fun for kids. A set of 12 is $7.95. There are many themes to choose from.
This Peel and Stick Night Light is a great idea. They are portable so are handy when traveling with small children. They are also good for closets or any dark spaces. $7.50.
People of all ages deserve fun band aids on their boo boos. These pirate and cupcake band aids fit the bill. $5.99 for a box of 12 adhesive band aids. There are also Abraham Lincoln, pickles Jane Austen and enchanted unicorn band aids.
These Invisibobbles will hold hair back with no breakage or slippage. A set of three is $8.00.
The Blue Cowboy and Orange or Pink Ballerina soaps are fun and there’s a little toy when it’s finished. Each bar is $9.35.