Best stocking stuffers for $25 or less

Steph Coelho

You don't have to break the bank to buy a personalized gift for everyone on your list. These affordable stocking stuffer ideas are ideal for smaller presents or add-ons, and there's something to appeal to anyone.

Don't blow your holiday budget on pricey but useless gifts; you want to find that sweet spot of affordable presents the people on your list will actually use.

We have a whole list of inexpensive suggestions for all the stockings hanging from your mantel or for those who you just want to gift something small. 

From high-quality kitchenware to practical electronics accessories, there's something for every type of person on your list -- and the best part is that they're all under $25.


For the person always on the go: Anker PowerCore 5000 Portable Charger

People have enough clutter in their lives; don't add to the problem by gifting something useless. For the gadget-obsessed, this portable Anker charger is the perfect practical gift. It offers up enough juice to fully power most smartphones at least once, and it's something that practically any recipient would find useful.


A valuable tool for the world traveler: Herschel Supply Co. Charlie RFID Card Case

This RFID card case from Herschel is a practical gift for the friend whose wallet is falling apart or who's worried about their digital security. The RFID shield prevents thieves from running off with credit card information, so you can gift them peace of mind in the form of a trendy wallet.


For the neat freak: ProCase Screen Cleaning Pad

Another ultra-useful gift to consider adding to stockings this year is a ProCase Screen Cleaning Pad. They can use it to wipe down their iPhone, iPad, or any other screen that's inevitably covered in smudges. This is also great for people with young kids that like to play iPhone and iPad games.


The student's best friend: Moleskine Notebook

Sneak this quintessential notebook into your loved ones stocking to support their studies or their creative endeavors -- great for note-taking in class as well as for writing, drawing, brainstorming, or whatever their passion may be.


A self-care essential: Kiehl's Since 1851 Ultimate Strength Hand Salve

You can't go wrong with skincare products as stocking stuffers or add-on gifts. Most anyone will make good use of a heavy-duty hand cream, especially in winter when the air is dryer than usual. This Kiehl's brand cream is an ultra-moisturizing option that contains a naturally-derived olive oil wax to keep hands super soft.


For the skincare guru: TONYMOLY I'm Real Aloe Mask Sheet

Give the gift of glowing skin this holiday season -- what person doesn't want that? These soothing aloe-based face masks are a thoughtful present for the chronically stressed or for the person who loves their skincare routine. 


The gift of bathtime bliss: da Bomb Galaxy Bomb Bath Fizzer

We wish we had the budget to amass a collection of bath bombs that could last us the year. These fizzy globes turn bathtime into a luxurious, relaxing experience. Gift the da Bomb Galaxy bomb to your mom or someone else who deserves a bit of downtime. 


For the coffee or tea drinker: Prima Design Speckled Can Mug

Because these cute mugs are so affordable, you can buy a set of four as a hosting gift or package a single mug with treats like hot chocolate and mini marshmallows or a bag of coffee coffee. We especially love delivering a mug filled with goodies to neighbors and coworkers.


To keep coffee fresh all day: Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer

With the cold season upon us, every cup of coffee has a shorter lifespan. A trip to the microwave will reheat your brew, but it's an annoying waste of time. Gift the caffeine obsessed in your life to a Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer for home or office, so they'll never have to suffer a sip of lukewarm coffee again.


Top-notch cocoa mix: Godiva Chocolatier Milk Hot Cocoa Powder

If you're going to gift hot cocoa mix, either with a mug or on its own, you can't go wrong with this canister that has 10 servings of creamy, rich goodness that any chocolate-lover will enjoy. 

A warm cup of cocoa is the perfect indulgence on a chilly winter evening, and it's something everyone should have in their pantry come winter.


An eco-friendly beverage accessory: Reusable Stainless Steel Metal Straws

This set of reusable stainless steel straws is the ideal stocking stuffer for someone who always has an iced coffee in hand. Eco-friendly and sleek, the straws add a touch of elegance to any drink and they're perfect for use at home or to bring on a coffee run.


A wine-lover's best friend: Le Creuset Table Model Corkscrew

There's not a lot from this luxury brand that falls under $100, let alone $25. But for the person who loves to pour up wine at their dinners or parties, this Le Creuset corkscrew makes opening even the most stubborn bottles a breeze, and it won't break the bank for you. 


A great gift for anyone: Bottle of wine 

Stumped? When in doubt, you can always get a bottle of wine for the person who leaves you puzzled over what to buy. If they don't love the bottle you picked, they can always re-gift it, after all. Wine Access has selections under $25 (that don't taste cheap). 


A tasteful home bar accessory: Sagaform Rocking Whiskey Tumblers & Drink Stones

For the liquor connoisseur on your list, a set of tumblers with whiskey stones is a classy yet practical gift that will make an attractive and useful addition to their bar cart. Bonus points if you pair this gift with a bottle of their favorite after-hours beverage.


A goofy drinking game: Fairly Odd Novelties Table Golf Shot Glass

A cute gag gift for the drinker and golf lover in your life, this shot glass set isn't just a display piece -- it's also a drinking game. Jazz up the festivities, open up a bottle, and have fun trying to aim miniature golf balls into the hole. 


For the person who loves to host: Thirstystone Geometric Color Block Marble Coasters

As an accessory for a bar cart or merely a practical gift all on their own, these Thirstystone Geometric Marble Coasters are a beautiful way to block condensation from ruining tabletops. 


An aromatic candle: Voluspa Japonica Petite Embossed Glass Jar Candle

If you have a friend who always has a candle or two burning in their home, why not gift them more of what they love? This Voluspa Glass Jar Candle is a beautifully embossed decor item, and it delivers up to 50 hours of burn time. 


An athlete's must-have: Swiftwick Performance Two Sock

The right pair of socks is key for staying dry and comfortable, and we guarantee the athlete on your shopping list always needs more pairs of socks that can keep up with their active lifestyle. Swiftwicks are quick-drying and breathable, and they're loved by runners, cyclists, and all people who spend time on their feet.


There's always chocolate: Ghirardelli Limited Edition Peppermint Bark

A bag of Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark is a delightful and tasty holiday-themed treat for anyone's stocking -- friend, acquaintance, child, schoolteacher, or sweet-toothed grandparent. Chocolate is a no-brainer gift that pretty much anyone will be thrilled by.


A deck for the sports fan: MasterPieces NFL Chicago Bears Playing Cards

There's so much you can do with a deck of cards. The game options are nearly endless, whether you're at a holiday party or a tailgate. Stuff a pack of NFL playing cards into a football fan's stocking and play a game of war as you discuss the sport and eat leftover Christmas cookies.


A board game for two: Hive - A Game Crawling With Possibilities

Pondering what to buy for a couple? Hive is an award-winning chess-like board game with a twist. It's super simple to learn, and a round takes less than twenty minutes to play. It's also easy to travel with thanks to the handy, compact zipper case. 


For the aspiring green thumb: Altman Plants Assorted Cactus and Succulent Plants

We don't recommend ever gifting a pet at Christmastime. It's a lot of responsibility to throw at someone, even if they have been pining for a puppy or kitten. Consider a collection of succulents instead: A low-stakes gift that offers plenty in return -- especially for the plant nerd in your life. 


If you don't know what to give: Amazon Gift Card

Struggling to find a present for the coworker you don't know well, a distant cousin, or any other person who's a challenge to shop for? An Amazon Gift Card offers up plenty of choice for your intended receiver. You can even send an electronic gift card to relatives or friends who you won't be seeing face-to-face this holiday season. 


Don't forget the dog: USA Bones & Chews Elk Antler Split Dog Chew

Make an instant furry friend by getting a dog bone for any pups you'll play with this holiday. It's available in multiple sizes, so there's one for every pooch. Buy a few extra to stuff into your own dog's stocking and keep them busy while the rest of the family opens up gifts. 


A retro timepiece for trendsetters: Casio Men's Classic Quartz Watch

A watch isn't something most people buy for themselves. That friend who never seems to know what time it is or who's chronically late? Buy them this budget-friendly but fashionable Casio watch. It's water-resistant and features large, easy-to-read digits. Or, if they prefer digital to analog, you can't go wrong with the simple Casio Classic Resin Strap Digital Sport Watch.


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