30+ stocking stuffers any parent will obsess over
Sometimes the best gifts come in the smallest packages. Or in our case, a stocking.
By Sara Goldstein Updated December 1, 2022
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Sometimes the best gifts come in the smallest packages. Or in our case, a stocking. You don’t have to wrap anything (#TimeSaver) and they’re usually those presents you know someone wants or needs, but they won’t spend money on purchasing for themselves. (Honestly, the true sign of being an adult is realizing that things like dental floss make the best stocking stuffers for adults–and kids!)
Keep in mind that you don’t have to fill stockings with gifts that will make them cry (although if you want to go that route, we’ve included some ideas!) Instead, think of items that are functional and will make everyday life just a little easier. Or something that allows your loved one to spoil themselves a bit during this season.
We’ve curated the best stocking stuffers for parents that they’re guaranteed to obsess over:
Our favorite stocking stuffers for parents
Cloud Paper• $17.99
Swish Cloth Trio By Death & Co
We love a good utilitarian stocking stuffer they never knew they needed. Called Swedish dish cloths, these spongy and reusable kitchen cloths are a total lifesaver. They’re better than paper towels and a single one can last up to six months before becoming compost. And while they come in a ton of different designs, this limited-edition pack is ideal for the cocktail lover in your life. Each one features a recipe for the iconic Death & Co. signature Swish Cocktail. IYKYK.
SPF Bestsellers Mini Set
Keep their skin happy and protected with this Supergoop! SPF Bestsellers Mini Set. It includes some of our all time favorites in easy-to-stash travel sizes so they’ll never have an excuse not to wear it!
Fulton & Roark• $60
He doesn’t even have to be a cologne kind of guy to appreciate Fulton & Roark. The American fine fragrance company crafts some of the most evocative and intoxicating solid scents and delivers them in a badass (and portable!) metal container that can be refilled over and over. Not sure if he’s a woodsy, spicy or fresh kinda guy? No problem. Snag their discovery set first to find out! (And not to pick favorites, but special shoutout to Sterling, a leathery tobacco and vanilla blend that smells like sexy pipe smoke in the best way possible.)
The right candle can be a whole mood. Sure, you could pop any old candle into their stocking but the Anecdote candles offer something a little more special. Each of their sophisticated, layered scents is carefully crafted to evoke a familiar feeling or memory. From perusing a record store to getting lost in the forest, there’s a scent which packs meaning for nearly anyone on your list.
Prismatic Plants• $35
The Mini Set
Let’s be honest. The past few years have been a real kick in the pants. Everything feels a little more stressful and truly taking care of ourselves is hard work. This gorgeous powerhouse duo from Prismatic Plants is just the thing to slip into the stocking of anyone who needs a little more sleep, focus and all around healing. The day and night formulas are made with hemp and adaptogens for some plant-based wellness 24/7. And if you’re team “wrap stocking stuffers,” the packaging is so pretty you won’t want to.
Peppermint and Sugarcane Hand Lotion
Absorbent and non-greasy, this festive hand cream from Beloved is the perfect size to slip into their stocking (and then right into their purse.) Even better? The silky feeling and crisp pepperminty scent could fool you into thinking it cost three times as much!
Firebelly Tea• $22.95
Have a tea lover in your life? The organic loose leaf teas from Firebelly Tea make their daily cup a ritual to look forward to. This trio includes three blends that are just begging to accompany a book and a throw blanket: Chai Me Up, Pumpkin Spice and Shades of Earl Grey. Now go forth and snuggle.
Peppermint Halo Roller
Another suggestion for anyone who needs a little stress relief or afternoon pick me up! Available in two sizes of roll on and a 1 oz. bottle for your diffuser, Saje Peppermint Halo is a long-time cult favorite. The unique blend of peppermint, rosemary, lavender is mixed with eucalyptus, vetiver and cajeput essential oil, each of which have shown to help reduce stress and alleviate the pain of tension headaches. I keep mine on my desk and run a few swipes along my temples and down the sides of my neck for an instant refresh that’s absolutely heavenly.
Ursa Major• $34
Apres Anything Skincare Kit
Whether they’ve hit the gym, the slopes or just sat on an airplane turning into a husk of a human being, this stocking stuffer from Ursa Major is guaranteed to save the day. It includes two of their best-selling Essential Face Wipes to freshen up, their new Going Places lip balm to hydrate and protect and a travel size jar of their glow-inducing Golden Hour Recovery cream.
Whether she’s packing her bags for an island getaway or just to get her butt kicked at the gym, she’ll want to toss this brilliant All-in-One razor inside. The clever design packs a refillable water spray bottle, a Shea Butter moisturizing bar, and two triple-blade razor cartridges to keep her smooth on the go, wherever she goes.
Adult Electric Toothbrush
Yes, toothbrushes can be sexy. And Quip proves it IMO. The sleek design uses timed sonic vibrations to help get teeth throughly cleaned while a recurring subscription keeps them from having to think about replacement heads. They just show up! Add on toothpaste and floss and they’ll have you to thank for perfect dental hygiene.
As longtime fans of Brooklinen’s award-winning bedding, we’re already smitten with their brand new line of home fragrance! For a lasting scent that isn’t overpowering, check out their reed diffusers. Each scent is formulated with world class perfumers so even the most discerning of aromatherapy lovers will be impressed.
Out of the Woods• $12
Who can’t use a little more organization in their life? These super cool pouches from Out of the Woods is endlessly useful and impressively made from their Supernatural Paper which is sustainable and washable.
Whether they’re a great outdoors fanatic or all about the backyard hangs, this powerful rechargeable lantern is sure to come in handy. Choose from four standard modes (cool white, warm white, single color and multicolor) and give it a shake to kick in one of four secondary modes (single side light, candle flicker, one-color cycling or a multicolor party). And if our camping adventures are any indication, chances are the kids are going to be just as obsessed with it as the adults.
The Icons Set
It’s hard to pick a favorite from the gorgeous clean beauty brand Merit, but if we had to, it would be this highly-giftable Icons Set. It includes a trio of their best-sellers–The Minimalist Perfecting Complexion Stick, Flush Balm Cheek Color and Shade Slick Tinted Lip Oil along with their do-it-all Brush No. 1 to blend like a pro. The result? A polished and glowy look that took all of two minutes. Sold.
Matador’s pocket blanket is a total lifesaver. The water-repellent blanket folds to the size of a credit card so that you always have a clean, dry place to sit and chill. It’s big enough for 2-4 people, providing plenty of space for baby playtime at the park or unplanned stops along the way.
Organic Cotton No Show Socks
“I’m sorry for what I said when my socks were slipping off inside my shoe” is an apology I’ve actually offered up IRL. I mean, is that not the most infuriating feeling ever? Not with Ondo socks. These magical no-show ped-like socks stay put all day long with a streamlined design and patented silicone feature. And you don’t have to worry about sweaty feet either–they’re made from unique blend of organic cotton and innovative ‘aerolight’ fiber that keeps you dry and comfortable no matter how many steps you rack up. (They’re also available in a lightweight Merino wool!)
Manta Sleep• $35
Manta Sleep Mask
Battling bad sleep or need to snag some zzzs whenever they can get them? The Manta Sleep Mask is about to become their new BFF. The super-soft and customizable construction provides 100% blackout powers without putting pressure on the eyes to optimize sleep no matter what time of day it is.
Neno's Naturals• $29.99
CBD Freeze Roll On
From soothing aches and pains to promoting calm and relaxation, Neno’s Naturals CBD roll on is the multi-tasking star of your medicine cabinet. The 500mg CBD combines with heating and cooling camphor and aloe to offer head to toe TLC almost instantly. Who doesn’t need that in their arsenal?
Mello Sea Salted CBD Caramels
For a sweet indulgence that also offers a bit of calm and relaxation, Mello Sea Salted CBD Caramels are the ultimate adult stocking stuffer. The high-quality confections contain 15mg of active CBD in each piece which makes them as delicious as they are effective.
Loop Ear Plugs• $19.95
Sleep is tricky for all parents, but if you’re a light sleeper it can be even more frustrating. Ear plugs are a great option, but if you’re anything like me, the thought of not hearing something important stresses me out. That’s where Loop Ear Plugs Quiet come in. Designed to reduce ambient noise by 27 dB, the soft silicone ear plugs soften the noise around you just enough to drown out things like traffic or barking dogs but not so much you’ll miss a kiddo who needs you. They come in a handy little case as well!
On a mission to eliminate single-use items and help make the world more sustainable, LastObject products will have you rethinking everything in your bathroom cabinet. Their OG product, LastSwab can replace over 1,000 regular cotton swabs and comes packaged in a convenient case made of recycled ocean-bound plastic.
Copper Cow Coffee• $18
Best Brews Latte Sampler
For the latte lovers, Copper Cow Coffee brings barista-level treats right to your cabinet with their innovative pour-overs. On a mission to sustainably support and share the vibrant heritage of Vietnamese coffee, Copper Cow’s sampler set includes the best-selling flavors along with individual sweetened condensed milk creamer that creates the perfect drink every time. They’re also ideal for travel and camping since all you need is hot water!
From coffee to cocktails, this attractive camp cup is ready for anything. The versatile offering from Welly keeps drinks hot for up to three hours and cold for up to 24. You can even make it extra special by adding their name or initials. We’ve always loved their stylish stainless and bamboo water bottles and have to admit, we’re fully crushing on our growing collection.
Rooted Oil Roller
At home or away, this little oil roller is never far from my reach. The grounding and earthy scent–courtesy of palo santo, bergamot and cardamom–has become a necessary part of my wind down routine. A dab on your neck, wrists, temples, or even in your hair and you feel like you’re drifting off to sleep in the most magical forest.
Whipped Body Wash Trio
Who says showers can be as luxurious as baths? For one thing, you’re not sitting in a stew of yourself. Add in a few indulgent products and you’ve got a true oasis. One of my current faves? The whipped body wash from Curie. The rich, frosting-like soap gets nice and lathery which allows it to pull double duty as a shave cream and the scents are just dreamy. Be warned though. If you don’t hide it from your kids it will disappear.
The Quickie Kit
Speaking of a gift for both of you, let me introduce the Quickie Kit from the intimacy experts at Foria. Packed with mini versions of their best-selling essentials, it’s the ideal way to explore using CBD in the bedroom. From relieving tension to increasing blood flow, their Sex Oil, Awaken Arousal Oil and Intimacy suppositories can enliven and electrify your time together–even if you’re squeezing it in during naptime. Whatever works, right? (And maybe save opening this one until the kids are occupied with their haul.😂)
Paravel Cabana Passport Case
Travel in style with this sophisticated passport case which has plenty of room for all the essentials. Opt for foil monogram on the inside or super classy hand-painted initials on the cover to make it uniquely theirs.
Double Layering Clasp
For folks who love the look of layered necklaces, this clever little clasp is one of those products that 1. You never knew you needed and 2. Wish you thought of first. Simply connect your jewelry to each side of the Necklet and voila! Necklaces that won’t get tangled up and can be put on in one fell swoop. The magnetic attachment keeps them safe a secure and functioning like one stunning statement piece.
The Happiness Project• $24.99
Know Yourself Better Journal
Based on Gretchen Rubin’s bestseller, “The Happiness Project,” the Know Yourself Better Journal is ideal for people who want to journal for self-reflection but just don’t know where or how to start. Using questions from Rubin’s work, this guided workbook of sorts can help anyone unlock a deeper understanding of themselves and discover ways to make life a little happier as well.
Kinn Studio• $240
Mini Hoop Huggie Earrings
Like a leather tote or a denim jacket, a pair of gold hoops is a wardrobe staple that can, if chosen properly, last a lifetime. This huggie-style is a personal favorite because 1. it never goes out of style, 2. it pairs with everything and 3. it’s far more difficult to get yanked out by small hands than its (sassier) bigger sister. A gift that will make them think of you everyday for years to come? Worth it.
And they’re made from 14k solid gold, which unlike less expensive plated, filled or vermeil, means you don’t even have to take them off to shower, swim or sleep.
Skeem Design• $34
I’ve burned an embarrassing amount of candles over the past year. So much so that I’ve now moved on to considering my candle accessories. I just adore the gorgeous simplicity of Skeem Design’s Matches Cloche which marries form and function to sexy up your dresser, mantle or countertop. Sometimes it’s the little things, you know?
Pure Vanilla Paste
Chances are, you’ve been perfecting your at-home coffee game all year. But if you really want a treat, the pure vanilla paste from Heilala is the key ingredient in the most amazing vanilla latte ever. Just add a tiny bit along with milk, mix with a frother and you might even delete the Starbuck’s app before you finish.
Jacobsen Salt Co.• $7
Sea Salt Slide Tins
For the foodie on your list, these adorable salt tins from Jacobsen Salt Co. will be ever-so-appreciated. Filled with their signature flake finishing salt which is hand-harvested from the pristine waters of the Oregon coast, they’re perfect for camping or ensuring there’s always salt on hand when pulling a ripe tomato right off the vine. (Price is for a set of two.)
4-Spool Happiness Set
Arguably more important than brushing, it can be a chore to establish a flossing habit. And though I run the risk of sounding like a child confessing this, the fun fruity flavors of Coco Floss have helped me do just that. But even better than the taste is the efficacy of the product itself. Unlike your typical drug store brands, it’s made from 500+ textured threads to better scrub those pearly whites and cleanse with a dose of coconut oil.
A version of this story was published November 30, 2021. It has been updated.