Best stocking stuffers

Last Updated January 2020

Feeling the stress of figuring out how to stretch your holiday budget this year? You don’t need to spend a ton of money to wow your friends and family with gifts they’ll actually use. Whether you’re shopping for a beauty junkie, wine aficionado, rabid sports fan, or even a furry friend, our list has you covered with high-quality, budget-friendly gift ideas.

For the phone-dependent

The friend who can’t stop texting will definitely appreciate this convenient portable smartphone charger from Anker, whose 5000 mAh battery power can fully charge a smartphone at least once. The small, tubular design fits easily in any pocket or bag, so they never have to be without their device.

Practical but trendy

Everyone needs a place to keep their credit cards, debit card, and ID, so this Herschel card case is perfect for any family member who needs a new wallet. They’ll especially appreciate the fact that the case is RFID-blocking, so thieves can’t electronically steal their credit card information. Great for the person who’s obsessed with digital security.  

For the screen-obsessed

Anyone who uses a phone or tablet inevitably has to deal with fingerprints and smudges marring the screen, especially if they let their kids play on their device. This screen cleaning pad makes it incredibly easy to remove dust, smudges, and any other residue from a touchscreen.

For the writer or doodler

For the person who loves to journal or draw in their free time, this lovely Moleskin notebook is the perfect place to jot down notes, start a bullet journal, or work on sketches. Its thick, unlined pages can take ballpoint pen, fountain pen, and of course, pencil, without any bleed through.

For the person who works with their hands

Anyone can suffer from dry, rough hands in cold winter weather, but this luxurious cream from Kiehl’s will come to the rescue. With highly moisturizing ingredients, it can repair even the most parched skin, and it’s easy to keep on hand in a bag or drawer.

For the beauty junkie

Have a friend who loves trying the latest beauty and skincare products? They’ll love this aloe-based sheet mask that bathes the skin in moisture to revive a dull, tired complexion. It’s also the perfect gift for anyone on your list who needs a little self-care this holiday season.

For the friend who loves bath time

If you know someone who’s all about the bath bomb trend, this one from da Bomb takes the bath experience to the next level with its fizzy, spinning action. When it dissolves, it even leaves a fun surprise behind, making it a hit with the kids or the kids at heart on your list.

For those who love cozy days at home

$5.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond

If you have that friend who loves curling up on the couch with a cup of hot coffee or tea on a cold winter day, they’ll love this jumbo ceramic mug. You can even make your gift even more special by filling it with some of their favorite tea, coffee, or candy.

For the caffeine-obsessed

$10.99 at Amazon

For the caffeine fiend who can’t get through the day without their coffee fix, this Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer is a sure hit. Forget about trekking to the microwave to heat up coffee that’s gone cold because this gadget can keep a cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate warm for hours.

For the hot cocoa addict

Coffee and tea aren’t for everyone, so consider this Godiva hot cocoa for anyone who has slightly sweeter taste in hot beverages. It has a rich, velvety chocolate flavor that will delight cocoa fans, plus it’ll last through plenty of cold winter nights.

For the eco-minded

For anyone who’s trying to reduce the amount of disposable plastic they consume, this set of stainless steel straws is the perfect gift. With eight reusable straws, they can enjoy their favorite ice coffee or tea without guilty. They’re dishwasher safe, so they’re convenient, too.

For the aspiring sommelier

$19.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond

Most wine drinkers will appreciate a reliable, user-friendly corkscrew, and it doesn’t get better than this one from premium cookware brand Le Creuset. Its self-pulling design lifts even the most stubborn corks with ease and the flared ends mean it can open almost any type of bottle.

For the friend who has it all

$15+ at Wine Access

Have that one friend or family member who never seems to need anything? You can’t go wrong with a bottle of wine from Wine Access, which has plenty of great-tasting options for under $25. Even if your loved one isn’t a fan of a particular bottle, they can always pass it along as a gift themselves.

For the home bartender

Mixing up cocktails at home is always easier when you have the right accessories. This tumbler and whiskey stones set lets the amateur mixologist in your life make drinks that rival a professional bartender’s. The stones keep drinks cold without watering them down, and the cool rocking glasses sway from side to side without ever tipping over. It’s all dishwasher-safe, too, for easy cleanup.

For the fun-loving golfer

Forget the usual tees or golf balls for the golfer on your list. This shot glass set and drinking game has a cool golf theme and can be played on any table, desk, or floor. Its premise is simple -- use the included mini-putter to get the ball in the hole and then take a shot based on the number of strokes needed -- but it’s loads of fun at any party.

For the host with the most

These striking marble coasters from Thirstystone are the perfect gift for any friend who regularly hosts parties, game nights, or family dinners. The set includes four coasters that protect tabletops from spills, but no two are exactly the same thanks to the natural marble material -- which makes this a truly unique gift.

For the candle lover

Anyone on your list who enjoys scented candles will love this one from Voluspa. It has gorgeous Japanese-inspired artwork on the jar, and the scent itself features delicious, warm amber notes. Best of all, it can burn for up to 50 hours and is hand-poured right here in the United States.

For the fitness minded

$12.99 at Backcountry

If you’re shopping for someone who’s always at the gym, we’re sure these socks from Swiftwick will be a hit. Made of a synthetic material that’s breathable, quick-drying, and moisture-wicking, they can keep the feet dry and comfortable even during the most rigorous of runs or bike rides. The hidden seam keeps blisters at bay, too.

For the chocoholic

Peppermint bark is a crowd-pleasing treat at the holidays, so any chocolate lovers in your life -- or even folks you don’t know too well, like your child’s teacher, your hairstylist, or your mail carrier -- will love these tasty squares from Ghirardelli. We especially love that they’re individually wrapped, so you know each one is as fresh as can be.

For the football fan

The football fan in your life probably has plenty of memorabilia, but they can always use a deck of cards with their favorite team’s logo on them. They’re perfect for poker night, family card games, or even to bring along when tailgating to keep busy until kickoff. You can choose from nearly every NFL team, too, so no one’s left out.

For the nature lover

If your loved one loves spending time outdoors, bring a little bit of nature inside with this assortment of easy-to-care-for succulents. You get four plants in individual pots that can be left separated or combined in a large planter for a striking display. In warm, dry climates, they can even be transplanted in-ground.

For the hard to please

Variable at Amazon

Everyone has that one impossible-to-shop-for person on their holiday list. Whether it’s a co-worker who you drew in the office Secret Santa, a friend that’s impossible to please, or a relative you don’t see very often, you won’t disappoint with an Amazon Gift Card that lets them choose exactly what they want. You can select any denomination and even send email gift cards to loved ones you won’t see in person.

For your furry friend

Don’t forget Fido this holiday season. These dog chews are sure to be an instant hit with any pooch on your shopping list -- and they come in several sizes, so there’s an option for any breed. The best thing about these bones? They’re made in the USA, so you can trust the quality of the ingredients.