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14 Adorable and Affordable Stocking Stuffers

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You could fill a stocking entirely with candy canes and Hershey’s Kisses, and that would definitely be appreciated. Or, you could throw in some tiny presents that make a big impact. Like these stocking stuffers that are adorable, affordable, and a lot of fun.     

A First Aid Kit That’s Actually Cute

A box of bandages is very practical, but not the most exciting stocking stuffer — unless it’s a first aid kit from the brand Welly. In these tins, you’ll find everything you need for scrapes and bug bites packaged in brightly colored tins with equally colorful bandages. Choose from tin designs featuring everything from unicorns to polka dots, and Welly even sells refills of ointment and bandages to restock its first aid kits.

The Wallet Finder

For your forgetful travel buddy who’s always fretting about leaving behind a passport at the gate, gift this Bluetooth-enabled gadget. Chipolo, a sleek tracker about the size of a credit card, can fit easily in a wallet or laptop or passport case and boasts a year of battery life. The “wallet tracker” chirps loudly to help you locate any item that’s gone missing.

The Prettiest Way to Ditch Plastic Bags

Wrap a few homemade cookies and pieces of fudge in this eco-friendly food wrap made by Vermont brand Bee’s Wrap. Each piece is made from organic cotton and sustainably harvested bee’s wax, and can be reused over and over again. There are quite a few prints to choose from, but we’re partial to this toile-inspired design with bees and bears.

A Very Sweet Puzzle

It seems like jigsaw puzzles made a comeback in 2020, as folks spent more time at home and looked for ways to stay busy besides watching Netflix and Hulu. This tube-shaped container will fit perfectly in a stocking, and the 1,000 pieces devoted to all varieties of donuts will keep puzzle fans busy for some time.

A Rainbow Piggy Bank

Loose change can add up, and this rainbow-shaped plastic money box gives each penny and quarter a purpose. Put your coins in either the “spend” or “save” section, and watch those piles grow.

Socks Worthy of an Art Museum

Happy Socks lives up to its name: you won’t find any boring white ankle-length socks here. One example of the Swedish brand’s colorful ethos is its Andy Warhol x Happy Socks collaboration, plastering the pop art master’s work on cotton socks.

Mesmerizing Travel Flatware

We’ve learned the hard way this year that sometimes a flimsy takeout spork simply does not get the job done. Enter this travel set of utensils that includes a fork, knife, spoon, chopsticks, and multiple straws, all contained in a carrying case that’s the perfect stocking stuffer size. Teivio sells its cutlery in multiple colors, but the iridescent rainbow version is our pick.

An Anti-Stress Bath Soak

Give the gift of a calm start to 2021 with this “Ache Erasing Anti-Stress Bath Treatment” from the brand Flewd. The packaging is eye-catching, but the 15-minute soak itself is said to relieve shoulder tension and muscle aches thanks to ingredients like magnesium and vitamins C and D.

A Tiny Soy Candle

Madewell’s travel candles in metal tins promise to transport you to a French garden on a sunny afternoon or a cozy log cabin après ski, both of which sound like a nice distraction from our living rooms. Made with soy wax, each $10 candle has a 12-hour burn time.

Phone Detox Book

Consider this a subtle nudge to your loved ones who can’t ever put down their smartphones. This little spiral notebook is designed to break the scrolling cycle, thanks to meditative essays on nature, travel, and more.

A Designer Dog Leash

This is a gift for both the canines and the owners who love them, with a snazzy dog leash designed by ceramicist and furniture maker Jonathan Adler. We’re partial to the mint leash with a terrazzo pattern, a print that also appears on chew toys, harnesses, collars, and dog bowls in case you want to accessorize.

An Eco-Friendly Notebook

You can never have too many notebooks, so Paperage’s simple lined version is a fail-safe gift. This 160-page notebook is made out of recycled paper, lays flat when open, and rings in at less than $10.

A Candy Bar That’s Almost Too Pretty to Open

Brooklyn-based small batch chocolate company Raaka serves up bars in creative flavors like ginger snap, coconut milk, waffle cone, and pink sea salt. It’s all made with unroasted cacao beans, and the designs on the chocolate bar wrappers are just as visually appealing as the chocolate.

Instant Clean Hair Set

Keep good hair days going with this limited-edition gift set from Bumble and Bumble featuring a full-size version of Prêt-à-Powder Dry Shampoo Powder in pastel pink packaging. The dry shampoo spray comes with a sample of the brand’s popular, blow-out extending Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil too.

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