The best Christmas stocking ideas


The best Christmas stockings are the icing on the cake of a magical Christmas morning … that is, if you choose the right gifts. Fill your loved ones’ stockings with last minute drugstore purchases, and it’s a disappointing end to Santa’s big reveal. The remedy, then, is to come up with stocking stuffer ideas that are thoughtful and unexpected, and if you don’t know where to start, you’ve come to the right place.

Below, also find stocking-sized gifts for women, men, and teens, from raised skincare products to little sparkly things that will make your heart beat faster. Although they are small, some of these gifts have the potential to become the star of your holiday celebration.

Best Christmas Stocking Ideas for Women

A light mist for dry hair

With the harshness of winter drying up, well, everything, Ceremonia’s Oil Mist con Aloe Vera is a game-changer for parched locks. Just spray on damp or dry hair for extra hydration once or throughout the day. The ultra-fine mist helps prevent greasiness, but also note – as the company says – that a little goes a long way.

A box of bath tubs inspired by cocktails

Fill any swim lover’s bottom with a fruity cocktail mix that won’t cause a hangover. This box contains six sachets of detoxifying bath salts with scents inspired by tropical drinks such as mojito, piña colada and Long Island iced tea. All they will have to do is pour a sachet into a hot tub to create an instant oasis at home.

Adhesive nail gels for a foolproof manicure

Upgrade the usual nail polish bottle bottom stuffing with these sticky gels from ManiMe. The gels adhere to the nails and the excess can be filed away, resulting in a professional looking DIY manicure with no drying time. The formula is non-toxic and cruelty-free and the color lasts for up to 10 days.

A set of fabric masks for the happiness of personal care

The Knours Be Kind Everyday Mask is suitable for literally all skin types. Everyone from acne-prone teens and expectant moms to mature-skinned grandmothers will enjoy the soothing and revitalizing benefits of these at-home facials. In short, it’s the perfect Christmas stocking for everyone on your list.

A set of cult lip treatment samples

Fresh fans know that the brand’s Sugar Lip Balms are above the rest with their creamy, gliding texture, air-light hydration, and subtle yet delicious scents. This trio of sample-sized tubes makes a sweet Christmas stocking for recipients looking for moisture and a kiss of color. Holiday wrap, which can be hung on the tree as an ornament, means you won’t even have to wrap it.

A trendy bracelet with a hidden security button

Fashionable and functional, the Flare bracelet is more than what you see. It’s deceptively high-tech and has a hidden button that can be pushed in discreetly if the wearer needs a boost. The alert sends a text message and its GPS position to up to five preselected contacts; as an option, the emergency services can also be alerted. The bracelet can also trigger pre-recorded fake calls so that users can apologize for uncomfortable situations. Overall, this is a fantastic gift idea for teens, college students, and anyone who would benefit from a safety button on their wrist.

The gift of personal style

A champagne flute that keeps bubbles fresh and carbonated for hours

For the recipient who would sip champagne anytime, anywhere, this shatterproof champagne flute from BrüMate is a natural choice (and just in time for New Years Eve). Its 12-ounce capacity is large enough to hold a heavy pour, and its insulated walls keep bubbles cool and carbonated for hours. The finishing touch is a flip-up cover that prevents accidental spills, or worse: splashing on their party clothes.

Comfortable hair ties that reduce damage

While Teleties is a great gift for anybody who needs to tame the mane, they are especially great for hard-to-buy teens. Available in assorted sizes and colors, they’re gentle on the hair while holding it in place and won’t restrict circulation when worn around the wrist. But the most important thing, of course, is that they are cute, both as a bun holder or as a bracelet.

Lab Grown Diamond Studs For A Sparkling Surprise

These sparkling balls represent two things you can’t go wrong with: diamonds and classic stud earrings. Lab-grown diamonds have the same chemical makeup and shimmering appeal as mined diamonds, except they’re conflict-free (and won’t break the bank). Set in 14k white, yellow or rose gold, they are elegant enough for dressing up but classic enough for everyday wear.

A nice trinket dish for storing valuables

A trinket is always a good idea; if the recipient has one, chances are they can always use another. This gorgeous pick from Rifle Paper Co. is a great place to drop valuable balls and will find its place on a vanity, nightstand, or somewhere near the kitchen sink.

Best Christmas Stocking Ideas for Men

Perfect-hold hair paste that smells great

Hair pros and novices alike will appreciate the just enough hold of Hair Craft Co. Hair Paste. Providing volume, texture and a semi-matte finish for short hairstyles, this product is lightweight and stays flexible. As a bonus, its light and neutral scent is similar to a few touches of cologne.

Handmade soaps with earthy and woody scents

Dr. Squatch’s soaps are natural, handmade and designed for anyone who likes to get away from the floral. Unexpected scents like pine tar, wood barrel bourbon, grapefruit IPA, and cold brew are so sweet that the ladies of the house will want to froth them too.

An all-natural deodorant that actually works

You have to be careful who you give deodorant to (a coworker, for example, may get the wrong message), but practical recipients will be grateful to find this useful gift in their stocking. Humble’s all-natural formula glides on smoothly and comes in artisan-sounding scents like Bergamot and Ginger and Palo Santo and Frankincense, and the latter (fun fact) is Jason Mamoa’s favorite.

A naturally soothing muscle balm

Jumby Beauty fairy may seem soft and delicate, but Warm as Toast balm seriously soothes aches and pains. It’s packed with powerful organic ingredients that relieve pain without any unnecessary additives. For those on your list who work out, play sports, or have tight or knotted muscles in general, this stuff will be part of their regular routine.

Syrups in small batches for mixing craft cocktails at home

For the person with an affinity for craft cocktails, delicious syrups in small amounts take the guesswork out of mixology; just add alcohol and a blender, then sip. This tasty trio includes mini bottles of old-fashioned syrups, Moscow mule, and spicy margarita that you can split between stockings or gift to a lucky recipient. And for the record, the spicy aromas also make delicious mocktails.

A travel mug designed especially for coffee drinkers

Fellow people are serious on coffee, so any java addict will love to discover it in his stocking. The Carter Everywhere Mug features a wide mouth to release the aroma of roasted beans, a tapered rim for sipping, a removable splash guard and a ceramic interior liner that doesn’t give off a metallic taste . It’s available in 8, 12, and 16-ounce sizes and in a handful of modern colors.

A peel-off mask that’s so satisfying

There are peeling masks that require rinsing, then there is the No BS charcoal mask which Actually comes off in the most satisfying way. Most importantly, it delivers results by removing dirt and debris and leaving the skin feeling soft and fresh. If you don’t know what to put on your teenager’s bottom, give it a try.

Really healthy (and good for the planet) candy

At first glance, the Faves are bite-sized squares of fluffy strawberry candy, but in reality, they’re way more. The treats are made from recycled fruits and vegetables, which helps eliminate food waste and is also a healthy snack. All your kids will know, however, is how delicious they taste.

Personalized photo ornaments for the family

If you’re looking for a sweet moment to treat the family, order a handful of Mimeo photo ornaments. (These also make adorable gift tags.) You can choose from different ornament designs, upload your photos, and save projects to the site. Just note that you can only order one type of product at a time (however, you can get multiples of the same product); different projects need to be purchased on separate orders.

A super nourishing CBD hand cream

Add a splash of popping cheerfulness to any grown-up stocking with this Happy Dance Hand Cream. Its ultra-rich formula is infused with CBD and CBG, leaving your hands hydrated and nourished even on the coldest and driest winter days.

A set of luxury perfume samples

Scent preference is personal, so if the man in your life doesn’t have a signature scent, he can find out with Le Labo’s “Most Loved†six-piece set. (Actually all scents are unisex, so this is a fantastic gift for anyone.) The hand-formulated scents are exclusive to the brand, so they can’t be found anywhere else.


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