75 Cheap Stocking Stuffer Ideas For Everyone On Your List


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The problem with stockings is that there’s just so much space to fill. A small toy here, a gift card there, a sweet little piece of jewelry and you haven’t even begun to fill the stocking—yet somehow you have already spent $50!

That’s where this list comes in. Start your search for these items at your local dollar store. Where else will you be able to find all these things so reasonably priced? Self control will still be required—because even at $1 a pop, things can up add. Or if you’re crunched for time, many of these items can be picked up at a grocery store or pharmacy.

So here it is. A list that ranges from treats to toys and from home goods to toiletries. It shouldn’t be difficult to find a few goodies for everyone on your list.


Every stocking needs at least one sweet treat worth sneaking before breakfast. Chocolate is a crowd pleaser, but there are other options, too.

1. Pez dispenser


Limited Edition Cactus Pez Dispenser Bundle, $8.71

2. Gum

3. Beef jerky

4. Popcorn Ball

5. Bag of popcorn (and perhaps a Redbox gift card to go with it)

6. Hot Chocolate Mix

7. Favorite Candy Bar

8. Lollipops

9. Taffy

10. Chewy Candies


The reality is you’re going to be purchasing these items anyway, so you may as well stock up now. They are both practical and fun, especially when purchased in fresh new flavors or scents.

11. Hand Sanitizer

12. Comb

13. Chapstick


Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Lip Balm 2-Pack, $7.49

14. Scented Soaps

15. Body Wash

16. Toothbrush

17. Toothpaste

18. Nail Polish

19. Tissue Packs

20. Hand Soap

21. Lotions

22. Shampoo

23. Bobby Pins

24. Nail Clippers

25. Hair Ribbons

26. Band-Aids

27. Hair Ties

28. Makeup Sponges

29. Nail File


The stocking is the perfect place to tuck all those small, but awkwardly shaped toys that no one feels like wrapping. Or you can be that person who forces their kids to unwrap every item in the stocking. This may be time-consuming, but will be worth it when you get an extra couple of minutes to enjoy your coffee on Christmas morning.

30. Deck of cards

31. Baseball cards

32. Comic books

33. Bouncy Balls

34. Puzzle Books (i.e. Sudoku, crosswords and word finds)

35. Matchbox Cars

36. Foam Footballs

37. Small Puzzle

38. Yo-Yo

39. Play-Doh

40. Jump Rope

41. Silly String

42. Small Stuffed Animals

School/Office Supplies

This is a great time of year to restock the pens and pencils. It eliminates at least one excuse for the kids not sitting down to get homework done.

43. Mechanical pencils

44. Journal/Notebook

45. Stationary

46. Tape

47. Scissors

48. Calendar

49. File Organizers

50. Crayons

51. Pens

52. Glue Sticks and/or Glitter Glue Pens (we like the washable version)

53. Markers

54. Post-It Notes

55. Water-Color Paints

56. Stickers

57. Coloring Books

Household Items

Practical is sometimes perfect when you are talking Christmas stockings.

58. Duct Tape

59. Flashlight

60. Oven Mitts

61. Dish Towels

62. Straws

63. Bottle Opener

64. Cupcake Liners

65. Free Jiffy Cookbook


What’s a stocking without a few totally random items thrown in? Make sure that you select at least a few gifts from this section.

66. Glow sticks

67. Bookmark

68. Magnets (for the locker or fridge)

69. Key Chain

70. Yarn

71. Socks

72. Temporary Tattoos

73. Hand-Warmer Packs

74. Ear Buds

75. Car Air Freshener

Originally published on Simplemost.

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