21 cheap ways to stuff a stocking

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The countdown continues. It’s less than a week before Christmas and—eek!—you haven’t finished your shopping. Instead, the stockings hang limp above the fireplace. What to do?

We have 21 low-cost ideas for stocking-sized gifts, perfect for the entire family. Read on to finish your holiday shopping with finesse.

1. Jingle Bell Bracelets

These fun, colorful bracelets are perfect for the tween in your life, or anyone who loves cute bling. Find them for $3 at Walmart.


2. Fragrance For Him

Fragrance isn’t just for ladies anymore! Scoop up the Team Force Eau de Toilette from Adidas for just $5.69 at Target. It’s sporty, masculine and the perfect size to toss in your gym bag.


3. Toilet Perfume Spray

This quirky, funny, but totally useful gift is the perfect size for a stocking. It neutralizes stinky odors so they don’t stink up your commode. 2018 is gonna smell great, y’all! Grab a bottle for $5.67 on Amazon.


4. Glow Sticks

Who doesn’t love glow sticks? Choose from glow stick swords to glowing bouncing balls to glowing princess wands. Find them for $1 at Dollar Tree.

Dollar Tree

5. Crossword Puzzles

Crossword puzzles are perfect for the family member who likes to exercise their noggin while stuck on the bus or waiting in the pickup lane to take the kids home from school. Find them for $1 at the Dollar Tree.

Dollar Tree

6. Pull Back Race Cars

Kids love racing cars, and these inexpensive, small toys are the perfect way to stuff a stocking and make little ones smile. Find a pack of 6 cars for $6.97 on Amazon.


7. Paw Patrol Watch

For the kiddo who loves Paw Patrol, this LCD watch has interchangable faces so you can choose whether you want to rock Chase or Marshall. Find it for $6.88 at Walmart.


8. Adult Achievement Stickers

Perfect for the Millennial on your Christmas list! These hilarious stickers celebrate “adult” moments like shaving your legs, paying your bills, almost going to the gym and many more. Get a package of 16 for $8.95 on Amazon.


9. Lip Gloss

Ideal for product junkies, or for anyone who loves smooth, sexy lips. Get an EOS Smooth Stick from Ulta for $2.49.


10. Silly Putty

Whether you’re 3 years old or 30 years old, there’s something so fun and satisfying about playing with a ball of Silly Putty. Grab this bag of metallic Silly Putty which features glow-in-the-dark abilities. Find a pack of 10 on Amazon for $16.89.


11. Bubbles

Bubbles always make kids smile! Grab these Bubble Wands for just .99 cents at Target.


12. Socks

Fun socks make getting dressed more exciting, especially for kids. These cute and sassy socks from Amazon start at $4.99 for a pack of 5. You will have the kid in your life saying “Meowy Christmas!”


13. Toy Figurines

Whether it’s the Littlest Pet Shop, FUNKO Pop or Star Wars, you can find inexpensive but beloved characters for under $5 on Amazon. Perfect for stocking-stuffers!


14. Nail Stickers

A sheet of nail stickers will make your favorite teenager crack a grin…well, OK, maybe she won’t crack a grin but she won’t roll her eyes, and that’s a win, right? Get these DC Superhero Nail Stickers for $8.99 on Amazon.


15. Candy

My mom always put candy in our stockings growing up. It never got old, and it never went to waste! Grab a bag of Reese’s Peanut Butter Trees for $3.83 at Walmart.



16. Card Games

A fun deck of cards is a good stocking stuffer, especially for someone who has a long flight home when Christmas is over. Get this 3UP 3DOWN Card Game for $9.95 on Amazon.


Or for family fun, get a pack of Cards Against Humanity’s ’90s Nostalgia Pack for $5 at Target.


17. Wine Cubes

A small wine cube is the ideal size for a stocking, and it’s a tongue-in-cheek gift for that person who you know is dying for a drink after all that family time! Prices vary based on where you live, but you can generally find them for under $5.


18. Honey Sticks For Tea

This sweet stocking stuffer would be a good choice for your mom, grandma or anyone else on your Christmas list who loves tea. The stick of pure clover honey melts into warm drinks for a smooth, sweet drink. Find a pack of 20 for $5.03 on Amazon.


19. Mad Libs

Mad Libs never gets old, and this edition of “My Bleeping Family Mad Libs” is perfect for Christmastime. Find it on Amazon for $4.99.


20. Spices

Is there a budding chef on your Christmas list? Then look no further than Penzeys Spices, where you can get high-quality spices at a reasonable price, such as a jar of cinnamon for $3.45.

Penzey's Spices

21. Coloring Books…For Adults!

Give the gift of mindfulness with this adult coloring book. The lovely geometric patterns will help encourage peace of mind and help you to de-stress from the holiday craziness. It’s pocket-sized and just $3.99 on Amazon.