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Let’s talk stocking stuffers for adults!

I think stockings get a bad rap sometimes. They make some people think about socks, underwear, and toothbrushes. Not exactly exciting stuff for Christmas. While I love a practical stocking stuffer, I also love really creative stocking stuffers! If you’re looking for the perfect gift for your Christmas stockings, look no further, it’s on this list!

I originally wrote this post in 2018, and now pre-holidays 2021 I have updated it. Now there are OVER 50 ideas on the list below to get you fully prepped for Christmas morning (plus check out the bonus ideas at the end).

My love for stocking stuffers actually started when I met Chris (my husband). He has been making a stocking for me since our first Christmas together! Here I have compiled for you a huge list of useful and creative stocking stuffers for adults! Small packages can really be the best, and they don’t need to be expensive gifts to make a huge impact. A little bit can go a long way.

Before we jump into all the best stocking stuffers, I wanted to share two quick tips to make your stockings extra special:

  1. Fill the bottom of each stocking with the recipient’s favorite candy. Chris started this tradition on our first Christmas together when he filled the bottom of my stocking with a pile of butterscotch candies. He knew I loved them and have some great memories from my childhood that involve them. He still does this for me every year and now, we do this for our kids too! Hang some candy canes around the top, too!
  2. With the candy, leave a sweet note or letter. If you have kids, you can have them write a letter for the stocking too. This gives an extra special, personalized, touch.
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If you’re still looking for gift ideas for kids, check out my list of NON-TOY GIFT IDEAS.

Best Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Adults this Holiday Season

Stainless Steel Credit Card Pocket Multi-Tool

This stocking stuffer is great for your handy loved ones as well as those who aren’t, but might need to be, like new home-owners! Such a fun tool.

Credit Card Pocket Multi Tool

Mini First Aid Kit

Perfect for the moms with young children in your life, but also for most other people including college students, and basically anyone who carries a purse! You never know when you or someone around you will need something in this kit, and it’s the perfect size! to carry around! Plus, it’s cute.
Mini First Aid Kit

PickPunch

For the guitarist or aspiring guitarist in your life, this is the perfect creative stocking stuffer! The PickPunch makes guitar picks out of a ton of different materials, including old credit cards! This is a really thoughtful gift for anyone who loves guitar.
Creative stocking stuffers

Origami Sticky Notes:

For the crafty people in your life, or those who are always using sticky notes, this is such a fun and creative stocking stuffer!
Origami Sticky Notes

3-in-1 Avocado Slicer

For anyone who loves avocados or just loves to cook, or let’s face it, any mom because we’re always in the kitchen and love us some handy kitchen gadgets!
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I Adulted! Sticker Book

This stocking stuffer is for… any adult with a sense of humor.

I Adulted Sticker Book

Coasters:

I really love these coasters, and really wouldn’t mind if they were in my own stocking this year. (Hubby, are you reading this?) Everyone who owns or rents, even college students can always use coasters! Bonus points for pretty ones like these!
Coasters creative stocking ideas

Pickle Lip Balm

Any pregnant ladies in your life? This is a great gag gift, but also could be a winner for anyone who loves pickles like us pregnant mamas!funny stocking stuffers

Burt’s Bees Lip Balm

If your stocking recipients aren’t into pickles, lip balm is still always a great gift! Burt’s Bees is my go-to and a gift everyone can use!
Burts Bees Lip Balm

Stainless Steel Drinking Straws

A great stocking stuffer for anyone, especially someone who is trying to go greener, or always has a Yeti Cup in hand!

Stainless steel drinking straws

Book Light

For the book lovers in your life, and maybe your spouse who likes to stay up late reading in bed?
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Emergency Fire Starter

This handy stocking stuffer is great for people who love to adventure outdoors, hike, or even have to work in remote locations!

Handy Stocking Stuffers

Need NON-TOY Gift Ideas for Kids? Here is a list of 25 NON-TOY GIFT IDEAS!!

Siracha Key Chain

For the hot sauce lovers in your life, this is not only a funny stocking stuffer idea, but practical, really! I mean, I can think of plenty of times we’ve been at a restaurant and my husband wished they had hot sauce. Problem solved.

funny stocking stuffer ideas

Eye Glass Repair Kit

One of those things you never think about needing until you need it! For glasses or sunglasses, this practical stocking stuffer idea is great for any adult on your list!
practical stocking stuffer ideas

Cigar Cutter

I just got this one for my hubs! He likes to smoke a cigar on the patio at night and recently broke his cutter, hence the idea.stocking stuffers adults

Butane Lighter:

If you are going to get the cigar cutter, you should grab this butane lighter too. All I can tell you is, it must do a way better job at lighting cigars, because I see Chris use it every night and he loves this thing.
adult stocking stuffer

TubShroom

Confession – I have a thing for the show SharkTank, and that is where I learned about the TubShroom. Pretty much every household could use one of these.

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Related Post: How to Create a Magical Christmas on a Small Budget

MagnoGrip Magnetic Wristband

My dad is at my house right now putting a door up for me, and the kids keep bringing me screws. So, you get the idea. Get this for the men (or anyone handy) in your life.

handy stocking stuffer ideas

Citrus Saw Bottle Opener and Fruit Slicer

This handy tool is the perfect stocking stuffer for the cocktail makers in your life! It doubles as a bottle opener and fruit slicer!kitchen gadget stocking stuffer

Flashlight with Rechargeable Battery:

Chris got the kids and I each a small flashlight with a rechargeable battery last Christmas (in our stockings) and we still use them every single day. Mainly to take the dogs out at night, but for other things too. I love the rechargeable batteries!
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Keychain Flashlight

While we’re on the topic of flashlights, when we first started dating Chris got me a flashlight keychain because I would come home late from night classes and there wasn’t a light outside my door. This could come in handy for anyone for a variety of reasons!

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Pocket Pal Sharpener:  

This is not just a handy stocking stuffer for the handy-men in your life, but for everyone. I could even use this in my kitchen for my knives that desperately need sharpened!
handy kitchen stocking stuffer

Bastiste Dry Shampoo

Literally every female in your life needs this. You need this. Put it in your own stocking and thank me later.
stocking stuffers for women

Reusable Rubber Twist Ties

I need these in my life. For cords, fishing rods, and countless other things. This is a super handy stocking stuffer idea for everyone on your list.handy useful stocking stuffers

Poo-Pourri Spray

I couldn’t skip this one. I mean, need I say more? You can get the big bottle or the 2 oz bottle.
adult stocking stuffer ideas

Reusable Shopping Bag

You can’t go wrong with this handy stocking stuffer! Everyone can always use an extra bag and this reusable shopping bag comes in all kinds of cute prints.
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Vacu Vin Wine Saver

For the wine lovers in your life, this useful stocking stuffer will remove the air from a wine bottle to keep the wine tasting fresh for up to a week!
wine stocking stuffer

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

This is the perfect stocking stuffer for the adventurer in your life! It filters bacteria and parasites out of any water to make it drinkable!
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A Christmas Story Bottle Opener:

I mean, it’s a Leg Lamp Bottle Opener. So many people love this movie and all things related to it, so this is certainly a fun stocking stuffer idea!

funny stocking stuffers

PopSocket

Such a handy gift! I use and love my PopSocket, actually I’m not quite sure how I ever held my phone without it!
useful creative stocking stuffers

Lint Roller or Lint Brush

I was going to suggest a standard lint roller, because who can’t use one of those? But then I happened upon this handy lint and pet brush. As the dog mom of two labs, I can certainly appreciate the cause. Give this one to the pet owners in your life, or your spouse who hates your pets’ hair.

useful stocking stuffer ideas for pet owners

Lemon Squeezer

I’m not sure why I never thought to buy myself a lemon squeezer, and just always squeezed lemons by hand. It’s one of those things you only think about while your hands are burning from doing it, and then forget about while you’re at the store. Then Chris got us one, and it’s one of the most-used tools in our kitchen. Grab your spouse a lemon squeezer.
useful kitchen stocking stuffers

Digital Tire Gauge

A tool like this is useful for…anyone who owns a car. It’s one of those things you don’t think of until you need it, which makes it the perfect stocking stuffer!
creative stocking stuffers

Hair Ties and Bobby Pins

Any female you know will appreciate this gift. These things tend to disappear magically, so it’s one of those things us women can never quite have enough of!

Tangle-Free Ear Bud Holder: 

Take it from someone who is constantly untangling her earbuds, these are definitely a handy stocking stuffer!
handy stocking stuffers adults

Personal Alarm Keychain

I really like this gift, especially considering the world we unfortunately live in today. This will sound a very loud alarm if ever needed!
creative stocking stuffers women

Zippo Hand Warmer

For anyone who works outside, attends sporting events in the cold, or even the adventurer in your life who still hikes and bikes in the winter, this is a super handy stocking stuffer idea! Up to 12 hours of warmth with one filling!
handy stocking stuffers for outdoors lovers

Tide Sticks

This is another one of those things that you never think about needing until you actually need it, and then you don’t have it. But, if someone who loves you puts it in your stocking, then you’ll be super thankful!
practical stocking stuffer ideas

Toilet Night Light

This could be a gag gift for your spouse who gets up a lot during the night or a totally practical gift for someone like me, a pregnant lady. Either way, it’s pretty genius.
useful bathroom stocking stuffers

Beard Bid Apron

This is like a duel gift. Ladies, get it for your husband and know it’s really actually for you so you don’t have to clean their hair out of the sink anymore. And, it’s funny. Win, win.

men stocking stuffers

Pineapple Magic Tool

Okay, this is not really called a “Pineapple Magic Tool”, but when I saw it that’s what I decided it should have been named. Everyone needs one of these, including me. Hubs, are you reading this?
kitchen gadget stocking stuffer

Wearable Nail Polish Bottle Holder

This is so clever! Any woman who paints her own nails, or her daughter’s, needs this handy stocking stuffer!
handy stocking stuffer women beauty

Funny Coffee Cup:

Since I resigned from my marketing job in August (after 14 YEARS!!), I have been FREED of this. But I know SO many people who can relate. Give this gift to a friend or family member who would get a good laugh from this, and then get to drink their coffee from it during those meetings!

Key Finder:

Know a mom with a toddler? Please, please get her this key finder. Earlier this year my toddler took the car keys and shoved them into the side of a closed box of baby wipes from Costco (in through the opening you punch out to make a handle). Since the box was closed, we didn’t check there and spent over $300 to rekey our car. 

And now we own a key finder.

Bubble Wrap Calendar:

Do you know someone who loves BUBBLE WRAP? Well then, you’re welcome.

It’s a BUBBLE WRAP CALENDAR!!

Clean / Dirty Magnet for your Dishwasher:

I’m getting this one, for myself. I love amazing kitchen tools! My husband and kids are always asking me, “Clean or dirty?” (in reference to the dishwasher). Then, I stare blankly while I try to remember if they are clean or dirty. Then, I go look at them to confirm. Feel a couple of cups, you know the drill.

Clean/Dirty Magnet for the win. Get this for the people who do the dishes in your life.

Great Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Some final ideas for your stocking stuffer list include:

  • reusable straw to eliminate plastic straws
  • essential oils
  • a reusable water bottle to replace plastic water bottles
  • gift card to their favorite place
  • eye mask / face mask
  • Kids love these: surprise mini brands mystery capsule
  • beauty products
  • silly putty
  • sea salt
  • tennis balls
  • portable charger

I hope this list was the perfect way to get all of those small gifts ready for your stockings or under your Christmas tree. If you have unique ideas, I would love to hear them in the comments! Don’t forget to pin this list for reference later, and share it with your friends on social media! Also, share it with your husband so he knows what to get you!

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