Affordable Stocking-Stuffer Ideas for Kids, Teens and Adults Spread Holiday Cheer

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Stuffed stockings hanging on a fireplace on christmas morning

You don’t want to empty your wallet while you’re stuffing the stockings this holiday shopping season. Hanging the stockings and discovering the goodies inside are meaningful parts of the holiday experience for many kids and adults, and finding affordable stocking stuffers is vital to your gift budget.

If you still need to stock up, we’ve got great ideas. We’ve broken these down by age group — kids, teens and adults — and all are available for $10 or less.

Stocking stuffers for kids

  • Play-Doh or Silly Putty
  • Novelty socks
  • Lego and Playmobil mini-figures
  • Life Savers candy book
  • PEZ dispensers
  • Stickers or sticker books
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Novelty erasers
  • Juice boxes or fruit snacks
  • Slinky
  • Chewing gum
  • Hot Wheels or Matchbox cars
  • Dress-up accessories
  • Jenga game
  • Kids’ card games
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Night light of a favorite character
  • Letter-shaped refrigerator magnet sets
  • Bandages decorated with favorite characters
  • Novelty toothbrush

Stocking stuffers for teenagers

  • Earbuds
  • Gift cards
  • Smartphone case
  • Lip gloss or balm
  • Hair gel or product
  • Scented shampoo
  • Spare phone charger
  • Movie passes
  • Sunglasses
  • Magnet-backed mirror for locker at school
  • Knit cap
  • Glitter pens
  • T-shirt graffiti markers
  • Candy cane pens or other holiday pens
  • Tablet stand
  • Wallet
  • Smartphone gloves
  • Novelty “false mustache” gloves
  • Lump of coal candy

Stocking stuffers for adults

  • Gift cards
  • SD Memory cards
  • Coffee shop gift card
  • Gourmet salt
  • Colognes, perfumes or fragrances
  • Avocado slicer
  • Wine bottle stopper
  • Car/wall phone charger
  • Mousepad
  • Artisan soap
  • Shaving kit
  • Scratch-off lottery tickets
  • Scented oils
  • Mints
  • Chocolate

Stockings aren’t the only area where you’ll want to stretch your holiday budget. Check our list of affordable gift ideas for more tips on presents that will break out smiles without breaking the bank.


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