2017 Update: We still think these are some fun stocking stuffers, but you may also want to check out our latest gift ideas for professionals.
Call me crazy, but I always like to do stocking stuffers as thoughtful little presents that may be everyday, almost boring things — but done better. For today, I’ve rounded up some small gifts that definitely fit that description.
Our previous gift guides are linked below — note that each one has a Pinterest board that is still being updated as we find more good stuff:
- Gifts for Moms (including MILs and mom-like mentors); Pinterest board here.
- Gifts for the Guys (husbands, fathers, brothers, friends, etc.); Pinterest board here.
- Gifts for the BFF; Pinterest board here.
- Small, Personalized Additions to Cash Gifts (e.g., for your assistant); Pinterest board here.
- Maybe it’s just my Midwestern upbringing, but a stocking ain’t a stocking until it has a ridiculously sized chocolate Santa in it. For those of you stocking healthier stockings, these honey sticks look awesome.
- I always love a gift with a sense of humor. These insult bandages look like the perfect stocking stuffer — they’re probably not the kind of thing you’d buy for yourself, but they would bring a smile to your face when you need a bandaid. Along these lines: ThinkGeek has some bacon soap, and The Onion always delivers with mugs and more.
- I’ve been a fan of the company Minimus for many years now — they sell mini, travel-safe versions for all kinds of things, from salad dressings to sunscreens. They can be a great way to stock someone’s travel bag — or someone’s desk drawer. They even have a gift set with samples of fat-free dressings. Another good spot for finding mini versions: World Market (where I always load up on the single servings of Nutella).
- They were called the Hairdini in my day, but they’re ba-ack… as wraps to help perfect a top knot. They range in price from $6 to $12, and I think they’d be perfect for… well, that person who still needs help with her topknot. Also fun: reader favorite Spin Pins.
- You know how whenever you walk into Bed Bath and Beyond you want to buy all the cool kitchen stuff and then have to stop yourself because you need to FOCUS and GET THE ONE THING YOU WENT IN THERE FOR and not get sucked into the vortex of happy silicone spatulas or whatnot? I tend to go to BB&B and buy all that cool stuff for my mom’s stocking. These cool spatulas are from Amazon, but I lurve the ghost vibe.
- Finally: Sometimes you really need boring stuff but a) don’t know the product exists or b) don’t want to spend the money on it yourself. For example: these cool heel replacement caps look perfect for the stiletto addict in your life; this Hunter boot shine sponge looks great for the rainboot fanatic.
Have you bought some fun stocking stuffers to give this year? What is the best (or funniest, or oddest) thing you’ve found in your stocking over the years?