When it comes to stocking stuffers, the best gift ideas are things people will actually use. Convenient as it might be to wait until December 24 to roll through your hometown mall and buy random things on sale, there are so many distinguishable mementos out there that you’d be wise to do your holiday shopping now (*checks to see what day it is*).
Because unpacking stockings on December 25 is undoubtedly one of the most exciting parts of Christmas, ELLE.com has gone ahead and put together a definitive list of stocking stuffer gift ideas for everyone on your list in 2021. From cult-loved beauty products in fun size form to classic accessories and thoughtful objects you might not have thought to gift before, the list ahead has every niche covered. And if you’re shopping last-minute, you’re in luck: Most of the items we included can still be expected to arrive by December 25. Ahead, the best stocking stuffers to shop now before styles sell out of stock. (Which, word to the wise, is already happening as we speak.)
1 Women’s Plush Slipper Socks
These cozy slipper socks are just the right amount of kitschy for the holidays. This set is also a steal as each pair comes out to costing less than $3.
2 Precise V7 Liquid Ink Pens
Pilot’s Precise V7 pen writes so smoothly that even the purest restaurant-goer, if prompted to sign the check with one, would want to steal it. Here, a stocking stuffer with universal appeal.
3 Foxy Sherpa Bucket Hat
Alo Yoga stans will immediately recognize that this sublimely cozy bucket hat is made with the same material as the brand’s best selling Foxy sherpa jacket. Last minute shoppers, note that Alo orders placed before Monday, December 20 will deliver by December 24.
4 Infinity Hoop Earrings
These textured hoops from DTC jewelry brand Aurate can be styled with just about anything. They’re lightweight, versatile, and are guaranteed to ship by December 20 if you’re shopping last minute.
5 Therapy Dough
Essentially grown-up play dough with the added benefits of aromatherapy and stress relief, this aptly named Therapy Dough is a thoughtful gift for anyone who’s pushed through the last 2 years.
6 Native Union Belt Cable Universal
Native Union’s universal cable belt stretches 6.5 feet long, which means your loved one will be able to simultaneously use and charge their phone without any neck straining. Even cooler? It’s compatible with USB-C, lightning, and micro-USB devices.
7 Embroidered Cotton Peter Pan Collar
If she studied abroad in Paris or has a bunch of music from Christine and the Queens on her Spotify, voila. This detachable collar from Maje’s FW21 collection will give any look she layers it with a French accent. PS: It’s one size fits all in case you have no idea size she wears.
8 Malin + Goetz Cannabis Votive Candle
Malin + Goetz’s Cannabis votive doesn’t actually contain any psychoactive hemp-derived extracts, but it’s still lit. With notes of sandalwood, amber patchouli, fig and pepper, it’s a subtly sensual and cozy choice you can’t go wrong with gifting anyone.
9 Les 4 Ombres N°5 Limited-Edition Quadra Eyeshadow
Part of the Chanel N°5 Holiday 2021 collection, this eyeshadow palette is comprised of pigment rich hues that can be mixed and blended to create a variety of looks. Making the palette all the more special is the fact that the shades have been embossed with the iconic Chanel N°5 logo.
10 The Nightstand Duo
Behold, a duo of universal wintertime staples: Glossier’s Balm Dot Calm and the most playfully packaged hand cream you ever did see.
11 slip Pure Silk Skinny Hair Tie Paparazzi Holiday Bauble
For anyone in in your life who usually wears their hair up on days ending in ‘y’, behold an uncomplicated gift that goes a long way. Slip’s silk hair ties have a gentle feel and help protect hair against breakage.
12 Joseph Joseph Edge Dish Brush with Sink Rest
Are there sexier gifts in the world than dish brushes? Who’s to say! This easy-to-hold brush thoroughly cleans and looks like a minimalist art sculpture when it’s not in use, making it a thoughtful stocking stuffer for any aesthete whose apartment is dishwasher-less.
13 Extra BASS Wireless Compact Speaker
Sony’s new waterproof bluetooth speaker is small but mighty. It delivers impressive sound and its battery life can last up to 16 hours. Thanks to its compact size, it can be brought on-the-go.
14 Venus & Mercury Ceramic Salt and Pepper Shakers
There are a lot of salt and pepper shaker sets out there, but few double as works of art for the kitchen table in the same way as this duo from designer Anissa Kermiche.
15 Kleenex On-The-Go Packs Facial Tissues, 3 Pack
Now that peak sniffling season is upon us, these pocket-sized packs of Kleenex will be useful to all. Note that this set of 3 literally costs less than $1.
16 Forest Lungs Fragrance
Buying perfume for someone else is undoubtedly a bold move, but you can’t go wrong with this 30mL bottle of The Nue Co.’s unisex Forest Lungs fragrance. Designed with olfactory chemistry to help wearers feel more calm and less stressed out, this is a gift most could use after the last 2 years.
17 Set of 4 Stainless Steel Glacier Rock Ice Cubes
Spare someone you love the sadness of a watered down cocktail. These straight-forward cubes work to keep drinks cool.
18 Jade Roller & Gua Sha Face Roller
Jade rollers date back to ancient China and have been used for centuries to bring both positive chi and muscle relaxation to the face. This rose quartz option from Baimei went viral on Tik Tok earlier this year and currently boasts over 30k ratings on Amazon.
19 The Christmas Crop Top
Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini
Not your great aunt’s Christmas sweater.
20 Velour Cami
This winter-friendly velour tank from Kim Kardashian’s Skims line can be worn with everything from leather pants to pajamas. It’s wildly comfy too.
21 Power 9″ Biker Shorts
For the fitness enthusiast or Tik Toker in your life who prefers biker shorts to real pants, behold Sweaty Betty’s super flattering and sculpting Power shorts. The side pocket will come in handy (literally) when she’s on the go.
22 The Milos Card Holder
Every woman of the world needs a sleek wallet. If you’re keen on getting her one without draining yours out in the process, note that British brand DeMellier has a fleet of options under $200. PS: The retailer also offers complimentary monogramming and express holiday shipping for orders placed before December 21.
23 Buffalo Games Chronology – The Game Where You Make History – 20th Anniversary Edition
If they love history or hosting dinner parties, Chronology is a gift that guarantees a fun night in. The way this game is played is super straightforward: Players have to guess the chronological order of a select number of milestones, inventions, and cultural happenings whose dates range from BC to 2012.
24 Benefit Cosmetics Benefit Lashes All The Way Extreme Lengthening Mascara Set
Thin stocking-shaped tin opens up to a duo of Benefit’s best-selling All The Way mascara (an all-time favorite among ELLE.com editors) in full size and mini form.
25 Berkshires Granola Candle
This crowd-pleaser of a scent from Otherland’s Homestead collection features creative notes such as creamy oat milk, toasted granola, and pumpkin seed. (And, fear not, it doesn’t smell like food at all.) Here, a cozy choice for anyone who likes a warm scent with a hint of vanilla.
26 Large Hair Claw Clips for Thick Hair, Set of 4
These claw clips went viral on Tik Tok this year and for good reason. They’re durable, comfy, and grippy enough that wearers with thick hair can use them without fear of them snapping in half.
27 Wintergreen Tic Tac Fresh Breath Mints, 12 Count
Despite their popularity, wintergreen Tic Tacs can be an elusive find in drugstores and bodegas. Spare someone you love having to hunt them down with this 12-count pack.
28 Cleo Leather Gloves
These leather gloves will keep their hands warm and serve looks while doing so. Even better? The index finger on each glove is iPhone friendly, so they won’t have to pick between feeling their thumbs or answering texts this winter.
29 Gradient-Effect Knitted Scarf
Gradient-effect scarves are everywhere this winter. The neutral earthy hues going on in this Golden Goose iteration play nicely with just about everything.
30 Men’s Ultra Soft Modal Pants
These popular men’s pajama pants are made from ultra-soft modal, which makes them a thoughtful choice for hot sleepers.
31 Men’s Savage X Fenty Satin Boxers
Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty line now makes men’s styles as well, which includes these epic leopard printed boxers.
32 The Triumph Muscle Tank
Also filed under cult-loved brands expanding into menswear these days? Alo Yoga. Here, a soft-to-the-touch tank that can be worn while working out or lounging.
33 Printed Leather Card Holder
The artwork on this sleek, leather cardholder from Sandro homme is fuzzy-feeling enough to melt even the most frozen of hearts.
34 The Felted Merino Waffle-Knit Scarf
What’s not to love about a minimalist waffle-knit scarf? Rhetorical question! PS: This Everlane number is unisex, so you can “borrow” it from your BF or whoever.
35 Men’s Papa Bear Slipper
Editor’s note: Naturally, these Amazon reviewer-loved slippers are a sweet gift for dads. But, if you’re feeling bored, gift these to a Hinge guy you’ve gone on three dates with and see what happens.
36 Jao® Suave Salve Pack
This trio of grooming essentials includes 3 best sellers from nontoxic, daughter and father-run brand Jao: The brand’s moisturizing and flyaway taming BeardScent, LipJao chapstick, and multipurpose Goe Oil.
37 Sherpa Scuff Slippers
Made of soft sherpa with a non-slippery sole, these slippers will make her roommates green with loungewear envy.
38 Slogan Print Coaster Set
There’s no such thing as too many coasters, but there is such a thing as boring, uninspired coasters. Here, a cork-lined set from Christopher Kane’s lifestyle brand that’s anything but stale.
39 Fantasia Lines Extra Virgin Olive Oil Ceramic Jar
Inside this hand-painted ceramic jar is extra virgin olive oil from the award-winning Frantoio Galantino olive mill in Puglia, Italy. Anyone in your life who finds joy in cooking is certain to use this down to its last drop, but they’ll be able to use the jar as a vase afterwards.
40 Clevr SuperLatte Starter Kit – Chai & Golden SuperLattes
Fun fact: Meghan Markle turned Oprah onto Clevr, a woman-led wellness brand. Here, a duo of the brand’s best selling latte mixes which earned a spot on Oprah’s List of Favorite Things 2021. Both blends are formulated with adaptogens to support mood, energy, and stress.
41 Creamed Pumpkin Spice
Zach & Zoë Sweet Bee Farm
Impress any pumpkin spice aficionado in your orbit with this flavored honey from family-run, New York-based brand Zach & Zoë Sweet Bee Farm.
42 Philips One by Sonicare Rechargeable Toothbrush
Included in Oprah’s List of Favorite Things this year and presumably loved by many dentists, this rechargeable smart toothbrush uses micro-vibrations to achieve a complete clean. It’s easy to travel with and can be charged via USB cable.
GIFT THAT GIVES BACK
The conversation-making prompts in this deck are light-hearted, yet interesting, with questions such as: “What’s one chore you really enjoy?” and “Most memorable celebrity sighting?”
What’s more is that proceeds from this game go toward the United Nations World Food Program’s Zero Hunger Initiative.
44 Ruled Notebook – British A5 Journal
There’s something inherently thoughtful about gifting someone a notebook for all of their ideas and to-do lists.
45 Wine-O Wine Glass Markers
These felted wine markers will ensure guests at your loved one’s future dinner parties don’t “accidentally” mistake their near empty wine-glass for a much fuller one.
46 Yellow Bird 4-Pack Organic Hot Sauce Sampler
Gift this quartet of organic hot sauces to someone who can handle the heat.
47 Embroidered Ribbed Knit Beanie
Remind her she’s the GOAT with an embroidered beanie from French label Maison Labiche.
48 Ray-Ban Roundabout Sunglasses
Shield your loved one from the paps with a pair of glamorous sunglasses. These Ray-Bans feature a timeless slightly rounded shape and come in a handful of other color ways.
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Gold Pearl Hoops
If you’re after a unique jewelry gift for her, look to these gorgeous hoops that have been handcrafted with traditional Turkish techniques from Charleston-based brand Seyahan. PS: The story behind this husband and wife-run brand is too cool not to mention. The founders (who are now husband and wife) met while working in Istanbul when their Turkish instructor introduced them.
50 Original Mood Chews
Created by wife-and-husband duo Olivia June and Zak Williams (son of the late actor Robin Williams), PYM chews are a safe, natural, and effective way of relieving stress. Made from amino acids and adaptogens, these non-addictive chews won’t cure anxiety (nor should they be used as an alternative to getting help), but they have a noticeably calming effect. Here, a stocking stuffer with universal appeal.
51 Leave In Conditioner
Swedish brand Sachajuan’s leave in conditioner not only smells divine, but it makes hair feel (and look!) noticeably softer and more moisturized. Spritzing this in post-shower also helps with detangling.
52 Briogeo Wide Tooth Detangling Comb
This wide tooth comb from editor-loved clean haircare brand Briogeo was designed to detangle hair (when it’s either wet or dry) while preventing snagging. Its hook design allows for easy shower storage.
53 Striped Terry Cloth and Lurex Headband
This workout headband from Maje’s collaboration with British activewear brand Varley channels 80s workout video energy in a way that feels right going in 2022.
54 Dior Addict Lip Glow Balm in Coral
Dior’s hydrating Lip Glow has been a best seller ever since it launched in 2009. So legendary that Meghan Markle even opted to wear the balm in Coral to her royal nuptials, you can’t go wrong with gifting this in any shade.
55 Matte Black Razor + Shave Gel-to-Milk
One of ELLE.com’s favorite razors for women, Oui The People’s single blade razor safely removes hair to prevent ingrown hair and cuts. Give someone you really love the gift of a shave like that.
56 Baume Essentiel Multi-Use Glow Stick
Nobody in your life will be upset over being gifted Chanel Beauty’s moisturizing glow stick. Available in 7 finishes, this multi-use balm has a smooth, silky texture that creates a natural, dewey look. This can be used for the face, eyes, and lips.
57 Williamsburg Sleepover Candle
BETTER WORLD FRAGRANCE HOUSE
There are bougie candles and there’s Williamsburg Sleepover from Drake’s brand, which just hits different. With notes of red roses, patchouli and ambers, the scent is intoxicating and seductive without being overbearing. Any aesthete in your life or friend who listens to Drake on long, contemplative walks will freak out over this.
58 Radiant Glow Express Mask
In just 3-5 minutes, this face mask from Sisley-Paris goes to work in deeply cleaning and making one’s skin look and feel more glowy. The mask is formulated with red clay, plant extracts, and essential oils (rosemary and chamomile).
59 The Glow Light
With the box it comes in, Casper’s Glow Light might be too big to fit inside a stocking; but, this cordless light is so genius that it’s worth noting as a gift in general. Designed with a self dimming light that you can set and control right from your phone, this light emits a warm light that helps with falling asleep.
60 Low Sock
Help someone you love fight off winter blues with a pair of colorful socks. This everyday, unisex style from eco-friendly brand Double Soul is wildly comfy and can be worn for working out or wearing with boots alike.
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