Little gifts might be, well, little, but they can have a big impact. Consider stocking stuffers — a great catchall category for small, relatively inexpensive gifts that tick the “this made me think of you” box. They’re a bit random, sometimes cute, sometimes practical, and they’ll make the life of the receiver just a bit better in the days to come.
Yes, we know that holiday season feels ages away, but we have channeled the Virgo in us to help you start planning your holiday gifting (or at the very least start thinking about it). We’ve already rounded up the best gift ideas for every type of employee, but scroll down to find mostly under-$25 small and delightful stocking-stuffer ideas for anyone else who made it on your list.
For Your TikTok-Obsessed Niece or Nephew
Remember these? Behold the gel pen that took TikTok by storm. Lauded for its extra-smooth glide, this pedestrian pen became the unlikely obsession of thousands of users over on office-supply TikTok (yes, that’s a thing). It’s still a solid stocking-stuffer gift, even for the crossword enthusiasts in your life.
For the Cozy-Knitwear Enthusiast
It may not be the viral TikTok shaver, but this analog sweater shaver is just as good for anyone trying to keep their knits free of pills, pet hair, and lint. This wood-handled version looks nice and is slim enough to slide in a pocket or a purse for touch-ups on the go — the soft scraping motion is also weirdly addictive.
For the Kid Who Loves Puzzles
Tired: 2-D puzzles.
Wired: 3-D puzzles.
For Your Stressed-Out Friend
Journaling is a low-pressure creative outlet and one way to cope when you “just can’t.” This one has a series of writing prompts based around the phases of the moon.
For the Skin-Care Fanatic Who Has Everything
For the Obsessive Online Shopper
Ripping boxes open with scissors and keys is a great way to cut yourself. This keychain slides open to reveal a short, sturdy steel knife that’s perfect for all kinds of slicing tasks, without all the weird unnecessary extras of a multitool — and stows safely away when they’re done.
For the Friend Who Works From Home
Gift them something they didn’t know they needed. This mini-brush will help keep their workspace free of dust and crumbs.
For the Aspiring TikToker
You can’t record your GRWMs, vlogs, or #dayinthelifes without a trusty phone stand. This one from the MoMA Design Store extends up to ten inches, and the angles can be adjusted so no moment or detail isn’t captured.
For the Person Who Loves Spicy Food
Developed in Chengdu by chef Jing Gao, you’ll want to put this savory, tongue-numbing condiment on everything from dumplings to noodles to veggies.
For Your Environmentally Conscious Friend
Consider these a very cool way to save the turtles without paper straws disintegrating in your drinks.
For the Crafty Kid
Make a play against the slime industrial complex and introduce the tween in your life to the joys of DIY pom-poms. This brilliant little plastic device makes it even easier to wind and slice their way into the “weird girl aesthetic” with pom-adorned shoelaces, backpacks, necklaces, and jewelry.
For the Amateur Photographer
Film is having a moment, so impress a TikTok-loving teen or your artsy best friend with this reusable black-and-white-film camera. The point-and-click cam makes it easy to capture every unfiltered holiday moment.
For the Lip-Gloss Lover
Lip balms are the superior beauty stocking stuffer. Consider this nonstick one from Summer Fridays that’s just as glossy as their go-to lip product but smells way better.
For the Holiday Host
For the Frequent Sanitizer
For That Friend Who’s Going Through Their Saturn Return
If they’re going through it, help them understand what the stars are trying to tell them with this book from astrologer Lisa Stardust.
For the Self-care Fanatic
If you don’t have the budget to gift them a NuFace device, this stone gua sha tool is handcrafted with wide and short edges to help depuff and naturally contour their face.
For the Minimalist
For the One Getting a New iPhone
They may have to replace their phone case with every new iteration of the iPhone, but this cute little phone strap is forever.
For the Beginner Cook
Who wouldn’t want to host a holiday dinner when their wooden serving set is this cute?
For Your Friend Who Wants a New Hobby
For the At-Home Esthetician
These colorful hydrocolloid stickers curb the urge to pop zits and are the ideal gift for skin pickers of any age. Plus, the cute case is refillable.
For the Matcha Lover
Upgrade the process of making all their favorite juices, drinks, and powders with this rechargeable frother so they can enjoy more lattes at home.
For the Reformed PSL Fanatic
There are lots of ways to get a hit of crisp seasonal flavor without having to succumb to public scrutiny (though for the record, you do you!). This blend of aromatic black tea, spices, and dried apple is a more sophisticated way to scratch the cozy-beverage craving.
For the Comfort Eater
If they’re always ordering takeout from their favorite ramen spot, gift them these cute little chopstick holders. Not only they are cute but they make for great conversation starters.
For the Beauty Lover
This mini M.A.C lipstick is small enough to fit in even the tiniest of bags.
For the Friend Who Needs to Discover Seasoning
The least-subtle way to hint that there’s more beyond plain salt. This seasoned salt is the update their cooking skills need, and it pairs perfectly with chicken or fish.
For the Dutiful Dishwasher
For the gifted host or anyone who has rediscovered their love of cooking and baking over the last year or so, there’s likely to be a sink full of dishes around. Reward them with this elegant, ergonomic brush designed to give their hands a break.
For Your Friend Who Can Never Find Their Glasses
This ingenious cast-brass perch makes a perfect resting spot for easily accessible, scratch-free specs.
For the Friend Who Loves Euphoria
Danessa Myricks arguably makes some of the best, most highly pigmented, and longest-lasting eye shadows out there. This multipurpose gel is perfect for creating Euphoria-worthy eye looks and highlights for all their holiday parties.
For a Hard-to-Read Sister-in-Law
This dreamy li’l set of J. Hannah’s luxe lacquers comes in a modern — but crowd-pleasing — array of warm neutrals that even that family member you can’t quite crack is sure to love.
For Outdoorsy Caffeine Fiends
Made to pack flat for road trips and backpacking excursions, it’ll brew the perfect cup of coffee even in the middle of the wilderness.
For the Chill Friend
Rolling papers they won’t mind keeping on hand. These are made of organic rice paper — plus, look at how pretty they are.
For the Sneakerhead
They missed the latest drop on GOAT? No problem! Get them the next best thing. This unscented mini-candle will stay as pristine as the Jordans they wanted (as long as they don’t light it).
For the Fire-Escape Gardener
There’s something inherently hopeful about gifting seeds in the dead of winter, especially these jewel-like micro tomatoes. Plus, Baker Creek ships its seeds in charmingly old-school, heavily illustrated craft-paper packages that are so pretty, they don’t need to be wrapped.
For Your Sister Who Finally Embraced Her Brows
Less commitment than microblading, lamination has been taking over as the go-to brow treatment of the moment. It’s a temporary perm that’s surprisingly easy to do at home and makes for easier grooming and some extra oomph.
For the Person Who Hates Having Hair in Their Face
Bread’s mission is to simplify your natural-hair routine; for example, this supersize satin scrunchie is made for easy, no-damage updos. While it’s ideal for curls and coils, it’s also perfect for quick updos with braids and twists. The puff can handle even the thickest hair.
For the Dedicated Pet Parent
They love their dog almost as much as they love you, so this cute collar is a gift for them both. Featuring hand-painted patterns and soft fabrics for comfort, these collars come in sizes that even fit large breeds like Labradors and German shepherds.
For the Doomscroller
We’ve never been more dependent on our phones — which means they’ve never been more streaked with fingerprints and whatever else. This easily pocketable spray cleaner makes getting a sparkling screen the matter of moments.
For the Anxious Sleeper (a.k.a. Anyone)
Cannabis culture has never been more necessary for the stressed and sleepless — this tincture by Xula is designed to help them wind down. The non-psychotropic “Lights Out” blend is formulated from high-quality CBD and herbs like lemon verbena to help them relax and rest easy — a holiday gift that might actually be priceless.
For the Friend Who’s Always Reading
Help them keep track of their vacation reads with this out-of-the-ordinary bookmark that is infinitely chicer than the bookstore receipt they’ve been using.
For the Home Hairdresser
Did a loved one master the art of at-home cuts during the beginning of the pandemic? Level up their styling game with this minimal pair of scissors. Added bonus: They look good on the vanity and can be sharpened when they dull.
For the Film Lover
If they always go on about their top-ten favorite A24 films, gift them this desk tray merch so they’ll know you take their rankings into consideration.
For the “No Gifts Please” Person
Any kind of charitable gift actually makes a great stocking stuffer — write out a short note explaining where you sent funds in their name. The Free BlackWomen’s Library is a perfect pick for New Yorkers. Founded in 2015 by OlaRonke Akinmowo, it’s a mobile library accessible to all also that hosts readings, workshops, author talks, and so much more.