You don’t have to resort to cheap items from the dollar store or holiday-themed candy from the pharmacy for stocking stuffers this year.
These gift ideas will have the kids and adults on your list saying, “Wow, Santa really outdid himself!” Click through to see great affordable holiday gifts you can buy on a budget.
2. Sketch Pads
This owl-shaped sketchpad from Stephen Joseph has 100 pages, a handle and includes crayons in a reusable pouch. It’s a wonderful gift to curl up with on a winter afternoon or to take along on a trip to grandma’s house.
3. Davco Socks
Stuff their stockings with socks this year. The Sox Market’s Davco socks are available for men, women and kids and include basic and bold styles, like cats and stripes. Most of the socks are under $10 and some are even three for $10.
Price: $10 and under
4. Color Activity Set and Pencils
This set of mini color pencils and fun activity book from Yoobi is the ideal traveling companion, sure to keep kids occupied during flights or in restaurants. Yoobi will also give two items to a child in need for every set you purchase.
5. HASK Oil Vials
These Oil Vials from HASK are a treat for dry, unruly hair. There are other types you can choose as well, including keratin protein and macadamia oil. Just a few drops massaged into wet or dry hair will calm, tame and nourish hair.
7. Exotic Angel Joy Globes
These beautiful red and gold ornaments from Costa Farms can be hung from a tree or a window. Each ornament contains an air plant, which is very difficult to kill, making it a great gift for the “black thumbs” on your list. You can find these ornaments in-stores at Home Depot.
8. Green Tea Wash-Off Mask
Great for everyone from tweens to grown-ups, this So Fresh So Clean mud-based warming mask provides a deep clean. And the portable squeeze packet is perfect for masking when traveling.
9. Eccolo Travel Journal
This 200-sheet lined journal is a wonderful gesture for someone planning a trip. The matte laminated cover will withstand even the most rugged adventures.
11. Restoring Honey & Coconut Oil Body Butter
This Petal Fresh rich body butter with honey, argan oil, shea butter and coconut oil will tackle dry, winter skin. The scent is lovely, but mild enough not to conflict with any fragrance they might be wearing.
12. Ice Chips Candy
Anyone with a sweet tooth will love these tasty candies that come in old-fashion tins. Available in tons of flavors, from pumpkin spice to cranberry, it’s a delicious gift for everyone on your list.
Price: Starting at $4.99
13. Eos Lip Balm Sphere Set
This holiday limited-edition lip balm set from Eos includes two delicious scents: winterberry and vanilla bean. Containing vitamin E, shea butter and jojoba oil, this lip balm will keep lips soft and smooth throughout the harsh winter.
14. Deadpool Playing Cards
This deck of Deadpool playing cards features 52 different chuckle-worthy images. They make even a boring card game lively.
15. Rose Gold Bobby Pins
Every gal needs a set of bobby pins — why not give her a set in one of this year’s trendiest colors? Her hair will make a statement everywhere she goes.
16. Rose Gold Hair Coils
Help her complete the rose gold look with a set of Hello Crush hair coils. These coils will keep her hair in place without creating any kinks.
17. Tandem Bicycle Letterpress Paper Coasters
This set of 10 beautiful letterpress coasters are eco-friendly and make the perfect gift for outdoor and bike enthusiasts. Their chic design will work with any decor.
18. Password Directory
For the person who is always forgetting their passwords, this directory from The Container Store will keep everything in order. It’s organized alphabetically, so passwords will be easy to find at last.
19. Stormproof Match Kit
A must for any outdoorsman or woman, these award-winning matches will still ignite even after being in the water. The kit contains 12 matches and three strikers.
20. Cuddl Duds Layering Socks
Warm, soft socks are a must during the cold winter months. And these layering socks make the perfect stocking stuffers.
Price: As low as $5.99
21. Natural Lavender & Bergamot Moisturizing Body Wash
Beessential makes wonderful products, and its body washes are incredibly affordable for the quality. The Lavender & Bergamot Wash provides a refreshing and calming start to the day.
22. LATTJO Stacking Game
This wooden game of chance might occupy their whole stocking, but it guarantees hours of family fun. Kids will love playing the game and then using the blocks to build things of their own creation.
23. Napkids Lunch Notes Napkins
These napkins give parents of school-age children a special spot for notes. Whether it’s a simple “I love you” or an encouraging “Good luck on the test today!” both parent and child will love them.
Price: $2.79 for 50
24. Hydrate Facial Sheet Masks
Sheet masks are all the rage, and these masks from Miss Spa hydrate and nourish dry, winter skin. They’re single-use, portable for travel and an excellent morning pick-me-up after a long night of New Year’s Eve partying.
Price: $2.99 at Target
25. Magic Cube Puzzle
Cube puzzles are back in style, and puzzle lovers will want to solve this version as soon as possible. For kids, the puzzle helps them with problem solving and logical thinking. And for adults, it’s the perfect stress relief.
26. Emojiez Plushi Palz and Squishiez
The Emojiez Plushi Palz are plush key chains, and the Squishiez are tiny squishable toys that can be used as pencil toppers. From Smelvin the poop emoji to Dozer the sleepy emoji, there’s an Emojiez for everyone. Find these gifts in stores such as Walmart, Kmart and Target.
Price: $3.99 and $2.99
28. Balsam Fir Tin Candle
Stuff his or her stocking with this single-wick earthy tin candle that burns up to 10 to 12 hours.
29. Hands of Hope Hand & Cuticle Cream
Nobody likes rough, dry hands. This stocking stuffer from philosophy will help silken and protect hands and cuticles.
Price: $10 for 1 ounce
30. Cooling Gel Beads Sleep Mask
Here’s a great stocking stuffer for the lady who needs her beauty rest. This sleep mask from Earth Therapeutics has plush fleece on one side and cooling gel beads on the other to help prevent puffiness.
Price: $5.20 (original $8)
31. Mini Squeegees
These mini squeegees are ideal for cleaning or defogging windows and mirrors at home or in the car. Because they’re handle-less, they fit almost anywhere — including stockings.
Price: $8.99 for a two-pack
The Toydriver is a compact screwdriver perfectly sized for those tiny screws on toys, and it has forward and reverse functions. The parents of young children won’t be able to thank you enough.
33. ‘Your Playbook for Tough Times’
This helpful book by personal finance writer Donna Freedman, is packed with useful, practical advice and encouragement for anyone enduring financial struggles.
Sydney Champion contributed to the reporting for this article.