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I did some research to share some of the best stocking stuffer ideas for men, women, and kids and found that there are some truly useful items that won’t break the bank. And there are some that are just downright entertaining.
One helpful money-saving hack that I like to use: buy gift sets (beauty sets, spa gift sets, toys that come as multiples in one pack) and break them up into stocking stuffers. That way you’re paying the price for one gift but getting two or three out of it.
Keep an eye on these items below because stores like Amazon, Target, and Walmart will be running Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales soon. There’s a good chance you can get these stocking stuffers for an even better price.
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Best Stocking Stuffer Ideas on Sale Now
Add a little color to someone’s day with these small flower-shaped candles ($12.34, Amazon). Each one is scented with essential oils and will fill the room with a relaxing scent when lit. You get a set of three, and each one will give you two hours of burn time.
Related: The Best Gifts Under $25 That Are Thoughtful and Useful
Sugarfina Santa’s Cookies Candy Cube
While Sugarfina is more of a splurge than a box of candy canes, it’s worth every penny. These mini cookies are coated in white chocolate ($13.95, Amazon) with festive green and red sprinkles. Santa himself would definitely approve and so will anyone with a sweet tooth.
Cleverfy Shower Steamers
Your mind might naturally go to bath bombs when you’re brainstorming stocking stuffer ideas, but what about the person on your list who stubbornly only takes showers? Enter these scented shower steamers ($16.99, Amazon) which are currently on major sale. They’re marked down from their usual $24.99 price tag. All you do is place one of the tablets in the corner of the shower and then let the steam fill the bathroom with relaxing scents like lemongrass and coconut.
Squishy Stress Relief Toys
We could all use a little stress relief in our lives, and these squishy toys ($6.85, Amazon) are so satisfying to poke and squeeze when you need to boost your mood. The best part is you can score a 12-pack on Amazon for less than $7. Match up each animal squishy with a different person on your list (and maybe keep one for yourself, too).
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Digital Tire Pressure Gauge
Anyone with a car can use a digital tire pressure gauge ($8.99, Amazon) in their glove box. It could be the one gadget your dad doesn’t already have or just a useful tool to give to a friend. The next time the dreaded “low tire pressure” light comes on, this pressure gauge can tell you which tire needs a little more air. As an added bonus, it’s currently 44% off from its usual $15.99 price on Amazon.
Butter and Cheese Huggers
These butter and cheese huggers ($18, Uncommon Goods) help organize and keep leftovers fresh. The silicone caps slip over the open end of a stick of butter or wedge of cheese. They save you from needing to pull out plastic wrap or a bag to keep food from drying out in the fridge. A set of five includes one butter hugger and four different-sized cheese huggers.
Peanut Butter Spoon
A little silly and yet also extremely useful, this curved silicone spatula ($12, Uncommon Goods) is perfect for scraping the last bit of peanut butter out of a jar. It has a pointed tip for getting into every last nook and cranny. I also like that it has an angled back for easy spreading on a slice of bread.
3-in-1 Rainbow Slime
Slime is always popular with kids, and this 3-pound bucket ($9.97, Walmart) will keep them busy far beyond Christmas morning. The kit includes pink, yellow, and blue slimes that can be mixed together to form a rainbow. Meant for kids ages six and up, this soft, stretchy slime is great for sensory learning.
Magic Mixies Mixlings Cauldron
It’s a mini version of one of the holiday season’s most popular toys, costing way less than the original. The Magic Mixies Mixlings Cauldron ($8.99, Walmart) includes two characters that are revealed after waving the magic wand over the cauldron. With 40 different potential character options, kids will love the surprise of discovering which Mixies their cauldron creates.
Mega Magic Hatching Dinosaur Eggs
For future paleontologists, let them hatch their own dinosaur with this fun egg ($13.70, Amazon). Just place the egg in water and it’ll hatch over 24 hours. Then the dinosaur inside will soak up water and grow from a baby into a full-fledged adult. It’s a great project for kids to keep an eye on during holiday break or over a few snow days.
Piggy Paint Nontoxic Nail Polish, 4-Pack
This nontoxic, low-odor nail polish ($9.99, Target) is kid-friendly and great for any child who’s learning to paint their own nails. The pack includes four colors, all water-based, which eliminates many of the chemicals used in other nail polishes.
My First Phone Toddler Toy
Every toddler wants a phone, and this toy version ($12, The Tot) will help encourage their imagination. Made with sustainable, eco-friendly rubber wood and nontoxic vegetable dyes, this cute 5-button phone will stand up to plenty of playtimes.
Squeaky Lick Croix Parody Dog Toy
Furry family members deserve a stocking, too. This adorable soft squeaky toy ($13.99, Amazon) is great for fetch and is currently on sale from its usual price of $14.99. The brand Haute Diggity Dog makes a wide variety of fun novelty toys, including White Paws and Barkweisers.