It’s that time of year again! The time for tasty treats, festive lights, holiday gatherings, fancy dinners, and the exchanging of gifts.
We’re willing to bet you’ve already got a gift list growing for your friends and loved ones. Generally speaking, everyone on your list receives a single signature gift. Everything else is icing on the cake.
But don’t forget the sprinkles! We mean, of course, those small gifts we like to call stocking stuffers. While they’re not as expensive or impressive as the bigger presents enclosed in wrapping paper, stocking stuffers are a way to add extra excitement for family members.
Finding unique stocking stuffers for the special people in your life can be difficult, especially as we march closer to the holidays. However, it’s not impossible, especially if you’re guided by a series of decent suggestions.
Suitable Stocking Stuffers for the Whole Family
With this in mind, let’s take a look at seven suitable stocking stuffers for the whole family:
Sweets and spirits
It’s virtually impossible to walk through a supermarket in December without spotting a section dedicated to holiday-themed candy and other treats. The same can be said for popular wines and spirits.
With this in mind, make a point to stock up on sweets and spirits to use as stocking stuffers. The candy goes to everyone, while the liquor goes to the grown-ups. Just make sure to match the sweets and spirits to everyone’s preferences for optimum effect.
Gadgets and gizmos
Countless handheld toys and novelty items for sale make for excellent stocking stuffers. From classic yo-yos to fidget spinners to battery-operated miniature model trains, the options are virtually endless.
Dash cams, selfie lights, and color-changing LED light bulbs are other gadgets and gizmos to consider gifting your loved ones this holiday season.
Socks and pajamas
As meta as it sounds, fun and comfy socks make for fantastic stocking stuffers. The same goes for cozy sleepwear. With this in mind, sets of boys and girls pajamas with matching themed socks make for a great combo for kids.
The same goes for other members of the family. While socks and jammies don’t sound particularly exciting, the right style and theme will generate an enthusiastic response from your kids, while a luxurious sleepwear upgrade is sure to make your partner happy.
What do you get for the person who already has every popular type of electronic? Simple: accessories! Phone cases, smartwatch bands, wireless earbuds, auxiliary keyboards, external hard drives, ring lights, portable chargers, and gaming controllers are just a small sample of the many accessories out there that make for great stocking stuffers this holiday season.
What’s more, it’s fairly easy to determine which items to get; simply observe which type of device they have and do a specific online search for accessories matching that specific device.
Giving out gift cards during the holidays is unfairly classified as a lazy move by those who waited until the last minute.
While that might be true in situations where a standard present seems more appropriate, there’s nothing wrong with tossing a few gift cards into your loved ones’ stockings this holiday season.
The more tailored the gift card, the more thoughtful the gesture, but don’t be afraid to fall back on Amazon, Target, or Wal-Mart gift cards if you’re unsure. Just about any product can be purchased through one of these three retailers.
Affordable packs of assorted stickers can be easily purchased through Amazon and other online retailers. Once divided into piles based on theme or style, stickers can be distributed across multiple stockings. Your loved ones can put them on laptops, clipboards, windows, car bumpers, and more!
No stocking is truly stuffed until it’s filled with a handful of trinkets. From tiny toys to costume jewelry to packs of cards and more, the list of trinket options means there are bound to be several great selections for your family members.
‘Tis the season for good cheer. That means it’s the time of year to think about what to get your loved ones. While you’ve probably already got a few headline gift ideas in mind, don’t wait until the last minute to stock up on those stocking stuffers! They’re the sprinkles on the icing on the cake!
Alex Farina is a freelance writer from Ohio. He enjoys writing about design, fashion, nature, and technology.