Looking for some creative stocking stuffers for adults that are actually useful? 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!
Started this list of creative stocking stuffers for adults back in 2018, and I updated it yearly!
I originally wrote this post in 2018, and now pre-holidays 2023 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:
- 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!
- 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.
Best Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Adults this Holiday Season
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. Get it on Amazon.
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. Get it on Amazon.
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. Get it on Amazon.
For the crafty people in your life, or those who are always using sticky notes, this is such a fun and creative stocking stuffer! Get it on Amazon.
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! Get it on Amazon.
This stocking stuffer is for… any adult with a sense of humor. Get it on Amazon.
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! Get it on Amazon.
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! Get it on Amazon.
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! Get it on Amazon.
For the book lovers in your life, and maybe your spouse who likes to stay up late reading in bed? Get it on Amazon.
This handy stocking stuffer is great for people who love to adventure outdoors, hike, or even have to work in remote locations! Get it on Amazon.
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. Get it on Amazon.
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! Get it on Amazon.
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.
Updated 2023: He quit smoking cigars, whoo hoo! But, still a good idea if you have a cigar smoker in your life! Get it on Amazon.
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 used to see Chris use it every night and he loved this thing. Get it on Amazon.
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. Get it on Amazon.
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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. Get it on Amazon.
This tool is made for people who may have a weaker grip, and can even be used to open water bottles or anything that may be hard for someone to open who is maybe elderly, has arthritis, etc. Get it on Amazon.
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! Get it on Amazon.
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! Get it on Amazon.
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! Get it on Amazon.
Literally every female in your life needs this. You need this. Put it in your own stocking and thank me later. Get it on Amazon.
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. Get it on Amazon.
You can’t go wrong with this handy stocking stuffer! Everyone can always use an extra bag and this set has all different types. Get it on Amazon.
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! Get it on Amazon.
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! Get it on Amazon.
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! Get it on Amazon.
Such a handy gift! I use and love my PopSocket, actually I’m not quite sure how I ever held my phone without it! Get it on Amazon.
As the dog mom of two labs (sad update as of 2023: mom of one lab), I can certainly appreciate the cause. Give this one to the pet owners in your life, or your spouse who hates your pets’ hair. Get it on Amazon.
Update as of 2023: We still have and use this SAME lemon squeezer, so…good buy! 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. Get it on Amazon.
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! Get it on Amazon.
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! Get it on Amazon.
Take it from someone who is constantly untangling her earbuds, these are definitely a handy stocking stuffer! Get it on Amazon.
I really like this gift, especially considering the world we unfortunately live in today. This will sound a very loud alarm if ever needed! Get it on Amazon.
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! Get it on Amazon.
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! Get it on Amazon.
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. Get it on Amazon.
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. Get it on Amazon.
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? Get it on Amazon.
This is so clever! Any woman who paints her own nails, or her daughter’s, needs this handy stocking stuffer! Get it on Amazon.
Since I resigned from my marketing job in August of 2020 (after 14 YEARS!!), I have been FREED of this. I started my own business so now I do this site and this company. 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! Get it on Amazon.
Know a mom with a toddler? Please, please get her this key finder. In 2021, 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. Get it on Amazon.
Do you know someone who loves BUBBLE WRAP? Well then, you’re welcome.
It’s a BUBBLE WRAP CALENDAR!! Get it on Uncommon Goods.
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. Get it on Amazon.
Great Stocking Stuffer Ideas
Some final ideas for your stocking stuffer list include:
- batteries (everyone needs batteries)
- 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 phone chargerhttps://amzn.to/3LNy9kr
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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Hi, I’m Jessica! I am wife to Chris, and mom to Kaiper, Alana and Koa. I am a graphic designer, website developer and aspiring author. In this space, I share about everything from parenting, working from home, food we cook, and lots of things for kids! Learn more about me here.