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.)
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:
Whether they’re a great outdoors fanatic or all about the backyard hangs, this powerful little light 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). Chances are the kids are going to be just as obsessed with it as the adults are.
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 tinted lip oil set. The super moisturizing formula is not only good for your lips, but the hint of color is perfect for everyday wear. Includes four lip oils in shades Bel Air, Cara Cara, Taupe and Falcon.
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.
“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.
Manta Sleep• $35
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
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?
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• $14.95
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.
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.
Vosges Haut-Chocolat• $13
Impeccably packaged and almost too gorgeous to eat, the truffles from Vosges Haut-Chocolat make the most delicious stocking stuffer we can think of. Their complex flavors come from high-quality, superior-sourced ingredients and are intended to be savored slowly and thoughtfully. A decadent experience all in one small box!
Copper Cow Coffee• $18
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.
From coffee to cocktails, this attractive camp cup is ready for anything. The brand new offering from Welly keeps drinks hot for up to three hours and cold for up to 24. We’ve always loved their stylish stainless + bamboo water bottles and have to admit, we’re fully crushing on our growing collection.
Natalie McMillan• $58
Want to slip something into the stocking that’s fun and sexy but still giftable in front of the kids? Consider the box checked. This sultry roll on perfume oil from LA based Natalie McMillan is the perfect blend of spicy and sweet with a je ne sais quoi scent that everyone seems to love. And as much as I love to wear it out, it stays on my bedside table because it’s just as fun to wear in, if you know what I’m saying…
There’s nothing more priceless than the gift of connection. Like a more refined (and grown up) version of Truth of Dare, this clever deck of cards from Alleyoop is made up of 100 bond-inducing prompts that are either questions or actions. Whether you’re playing with people you’ve known for decades or only recently met, be prepared for hilarity, insight and fresh perspectives.
A few years ago I swapped body lotion for body oil and haven’t looked back. The offer a more effective boost of hydration and there’s something about the way they glide on that feels delightfully indulgent and relaxing. However, not all oils are created equal, and one of my current faves is the subtly scented and super moisturizing body oils from Curie. They sink in just right without feeling greasy and give my skin a healthy glow that even my partner notices. It’s a gift to both of you, really.😉
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.😂)
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.
They’ve probably amassed a decent collection of face masks by now, but what about a convenient way to keep them clean and at-the-ready? The handy sealable silicone case protects masks while they’re stored in pockets and bags and comes with a matching refillable silicone bottle for their favorite hand sanitizer.
The Happiness Project• $24.99
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
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?
Mo Mi• $35
Aromatherapy really is the best staycation. One of my favorites is the Forest Bath Spray from Mo Mi which can be used on linens, towels and even in your hair. The scent offers a gorgeous depth that evokes the crisp, calming environment of nature, even when you’re stuck at your desk on a dreary afternoon.
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
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.)
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.
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