Unique Stocking Stuffer Ideas
The stocking stuffers. If I'm honest, the bane of my life. Trying to work out some unusual and unique stocking stuffer ideas, how to wrap them, and then where to hide them away from prying eyes so that the 'big secret' isn't spoiled. (My daughter is still a believer)
To keep yourself on track though, the first thing you'd benefit from doing, is just quickly work out how many items you actually need. You want enough to make the stocking or sack look full, but not so many that they are overflowing on to the floor.
Take an average size stocking or sack for your household, and just grab a couple of handfuls of items that may resemble what you'd normally put in there. But don't fill the stocking to stuffed, as you won't get quite so many stuffers in there when they've got wrapping paper on (if you wrap them).
For example, I know that each stocking in my household holds up to 20 stuffers, depending on how big they are. I may look for 2-3 large (as in a book size) stuffers, 5 medium (like a mug size) stuffers, and then the rest (approximately 10) would be small items.
Make a note on your stocking stuffer list from the mini planner and jot down numbers from 1 - X down the list. This way, you'll know when you've got enough for each one, and can stop buying.
As I pick bits up, I store them wrapped in an old bed sheet in a plastic carrier bag, the name written on the inside of the bag in permanent marker. I hope that a plastic bag is uninviting for prying eyes, but even if they do peek in, there's nothing to see but an old sheet. Sometimes I wait until the buying is complete before I wrap, and sometimes I wrap as I go. Whichever I do, they're ready in plenty of time for Christmas Eve night.
Below are over 100 unique stocking stuffer ideas, that could cater for all ages, male or female, with a variety of interests. All you need to do is to jot down the ones that you feel might work for members of your family.
I've listed ideas in no particular order, but they are listed by size. This way, you could easily pick some unique stocking stuffer ideas to suit which sizes you need, and who you need to buy for. Some of these ideas may appear in a couple of sized areas, just because you could get different sizes, from sample pots to full size pots for example.
Small Unique Stocking Stuffer Ideas
These are the stocking stuffers that can fill up little gaps. This could be a great opportunity to try something new, like a shampoo bar, or to give something that you know will be used lots, like lip balm. If there's several people that you buy for who would use similar items, don't be afraid to buy a pack and split them up. For example buying a pack of 3 nail varnishes, and splitting between 3 girls, could be a more efficient option than buying 3 separate colours. And look for items that are beautiful. Single flavoured teabags might be an odd choice, but with independent brands, the artwork on the packets make this a very unique stocking stuffer idea. The same with single biscuits. The decorated biscuits particularly, are an artwork that I definitely would like to receive!
You may find that with a little bit of time, planning and thought, some of these are items you could possibly make too.
|Keyring||Key torch||Mini sparklers||Ring|
|Glasses chain||Small jug||Small ball||Mini toy car/animal|
|Soap bar||Shampoo bar||Crayons||Reusable ice cubes|
|Tea lights||Pretty plasters||Votive candle||Garden veg bed tags|
|Fruit||Mini notepad||Lanyard||Single flavour teabags|
|Nail varnish||Pack of seeds||Dibber||Pack single biscuits|
|Hair clips||Lip balm||Hair bow||Christmas decoration|
|Nail file||Fountain Pen ink||Scrunchies||Hot chocolate sachet|
|Mini diary||Erasable pens||Mini bunting||Cocktail umbrellas|
|Battery lights||Timer||Cupcake cases||Hot chocolate spoon|
|Washi tape||Fat balls for birds||Erasers||Novelty push pins|
|Pack of cards||Stick deodorant||Jigger||Mini craft kit|
|Lip salve||Hair bobbles||Lego polybag||Pretty cupcake cases|
|Lipstick||Shot glass||Seed bombs||Small bag of bird food|
|Mini photo album||Eyeshadow||Cleanser||Detangling mist|
|Measuring glass||Toothbrush||Hair bands||Make up remover pad|
|Toothpaste||Small bag sweets||Stickers||Small pack of tissues|
|Ear phones||Small spirit bottle||Reusable bag||Single chocolate|
|Pillow mist||Badges||Face mask||Tea Infuser|
Medium Size Unique Stocking Stuffer Ideas
These are the items that are a little bit bigger, maybe up to a mug size. These can be a great way of bulking up the stocking, so that you don't need so many smaller items.
As with the smaller unique stocking stuffer ideas, some of these everyday products could be an opportunity to try something different. And look for unusually packaged pieces too, to make them feel more like an extra special gift if buying for adults. Try removing items from boxes, such as pencils, and packaging them differently like tying them up with a piece of string, if they will fit into the stocking easier, and look more expensive!. And of course, like above, don't be afraid to split down packets to share between stockings.
|Family bag sweets||
||Box flavoured teabags|
|Make up brushes||Necklace||Bubble wand||Pot of spice mixes|
|Can of pop||Sponge||Tea towel||Nail varnish remover|
|Craft kit||Hair wrap||Diary-up to A5||Magnetic note pad|
|Bracelet||Colouring book||Juggling balls||Gloves|
|Head massager||Bath soak||Note-lets||Wooden massager|
|Reed diffuser||Moisturiser||Room spray||Flavoured coffee|
|Glasses case||Beeswax wrap||Flannel||Cotton reusable pads|
|Small panettone||Notepad||Travel games||Coloured pencils|
|Small bag coffee||Brush||Lead pencils||Bar of chocolate|
|Shampoo||Conditioner||Tonic water||Magnetic to do list pad|
|Snack pack - jerky||Unusual cordial||Pack of Pens||Nail cream|
|Beard cream||Water bottle||Bra/vest tops||Flavoured vinegars|
|Box of tissues||Pencil case||Puzzle book||Novelty onion glasses|
|Boxer shorts||Flavoured salts||Deodorant||Cuticle cream|
|Flavoured oils||Wall plaque||Socks||CD|
|Bath salts||Knickers||Mug||Face cream|
|Glass||Stickers||Egg cup||Frame & picture|
Large Unique Stocking Stuffed Ideas
Unless you have a Christmas sack, there may only be one or two of these in a stocking, if at all. This could be a great opportunity to personalise something such as a desk diary with initials. All of these could also make great presents.
|Material scarf||Colouring book||Ball||Flavoured coffee|
|Travel mug||Craft kit||Notepad||Individual Xmas cake|
|Bag of coffee||Desk diary||Snack pack||Bag of chocolate|
|Desk to do list pad||Magazine||To do list pad||Flavoured vinegars|
|Wall plaque||Flavoured salts||Bubble bath||Puzzle book|
|Flavoured oils||DVD||Book||Pint mug|
Hopefully, you've got an idea of how many stocking stuffers you need, have made a note from this list of over 100 unique stocking stuffer ideas for members of your family, and have a shopping/making list that isn't overwhelming.
Give yourself enough time for wrapping and keep each person's items together labelled, and you've made it much easier for yourself on Christmas Eve.
Let me know in the comments below if there's something that you like to put in stockings that hasn't been mentioned here, and I can update the list for our other readers.
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- Annabelle Summerfield