25 Stocking Stuffers That Make the Season Bright
It's the most wonderful time of the year… until it comes time to find those last-minute stocking stuffers. These gift ideas aren't just for stockings, either — they're fun to give to friends, family, and neighbors, too. From sweet treats to ringing bells to cozy socks and much more, spread some much-needed cheer this holiday season with these best stocking stuffers for 2020.
He's the Bomb
Hot cocoa bombs trending on TikTok, and they'll be trending in mugs across the U.S. with this dazzling gourmet snowman. Drop him into a hot mug of milk and watch him melt into a sweet holiday treat.
Buy it: $12; The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills, 310-854-1111, extension 492
Luck of the Irish
Whomever the stocking fits that has a Teeling Whiskey Trinity Pack within will have the luck of the Irish with them. The three bottles, at 50 ml each, are Small Batch, Single Grain, and Single Malt, come direct from Ireland. Sip on their own, or add to a cup of coffee for a little kick.
Buy it: $22; bevmo.com
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A collaboration between indie pop band AJR and hot sauce company Small Axe Peppers resulted in a hot hit — BANG! Hot Sauce. Fiery, bitter, hot, and umami flavors blend with locally-sourced peppers from more than 30 community gardens throughout New York City's Bronx and Queens boroughs.
Buy it: $10; smallaxepeppers.com
My 12-year-old nephew introduced me to the trend of mismatched socks, so I know he'd just love the fun, food-inspired choices from Pals, like Chips & Guac, Pizza & Pasta, or Strawberry & Banana. For the holidays, Gingerbread & Candy Cane take the cake, and adult sizes are available, too.
Buy it: from $10; palssocks.com
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Seasonal flavors like dark chocolate and Himalayan pink salt, white chocolate matcha, and gingerbread lend themselves to popcorn, mini cookies, and paleo puffs that meet most dietary needs. Your vegan, keto, and paleo friends and family don't miss out on the tasty fun with these snacks; the Mixed Holiday Box has them all.
Buy it: $20; lesserevil.com or Whole Foods
Turn up the heat, toss in one of these extra large bath bombs, and soak any cares away. Each of the four holiday designs is made with moisturizing sweet almond oil and detoxifying, mineral-filled Kaolin clay. Each design has its own scent, too: candy cane — pink sugar and mint; snowflake — black raspberry, vanilla, and mint; gingerbread — cinnamon bun and maple sugar; and Christmas tree — acai and mangosteen. What's more, they're vegan-friendly and cruelty-free.
Buy it: $9/each, $32/set of four; nectarusa.com
Liven Up Libations
Turn your kitchen into the coolest bar in town with these jarred cocktail mixes. Filled with dried fruits, organic herbs, and infused sugar, just add the alcohol of choice, let sit in the refrigerator for three days, then shake, strain, and serve. Each of the six flavors — Canjun Kick, Ginger's Juice, Lou's Lemonade, Rosemary's Paloma, Southside and Wisconsin Draper — make enough for eight to 10 cocktails.
Buy it: $25; louslibations.com
Pancakes with a Punch
Add some color to breakfast with these colorful pancakes. Naturally colored, the mixes are made from simple ingredients: blueberries, beets, carrots, and pumpkins. Not only are the colors fun, their healthy and nutritious, and a way to add more fruits and vegetables to the popular morning dish.
Buy it: $7/each, $24/four pack; kickerfeast.com
A Poppin' Movie Night
Make movie night even more fun with this treasure chest of goodies. In addition to nine bags of organic microwave popcorn and oil, there are three gourmet seasonings — real butter and sea salt, aged Parmesan and rosemary, and white cheddar and sea salt. There are activities and games like movie night bingo, trivia, word searches, and crafts printed right on the recyclable box.
Buy it: $24; amazon.com
Add a sweet treat to everyone's stocking with See's Candies' Scotchmallow Trees. Divide the pack of 12 individually wrapped dark chocolate, caramel, and honey marshmallow trees to stuff into each stocking, or, if someone's been very good this year, give the whole dozen.
Buy it: $36; sees.com
Taste of the South
Bring a taste of the south to stockings with a garlic and cheddar biscuit mix from Greenville, South Carolina institution, Soby's. The biscuits have been a guest favorite since the restaurant opened its doors, and now the same delicious flavor can be served at home. The gift set includes a tea towel for a nice finishing touch.
Buy it: $20; shoptable301.com
The churro, Mexican hot chocolate, and PB & jelly protein bars from UNiTE are globally-inspired, and add fun flavors to the stockings of your active family and friends. In addition to being healthy and tasty, the bars have 10 grams of protein each, and most are gluten-, dairy- and soy-free for those with dietary restrictions. The 12-bar variety pack is perfect for splitting up so everyone can try the three different flavors.
Buy it: $29; unitefood.com
This gift set features lots of minis — soap, lip/hand balm, and bath salt — for a bit of pampering. Choose the scent that you think fits best with the person you're gifting. Choices include Campfire, with birch tar and fir needle essential oils; Lavender Marshmallow with lavender essential oils, marshmallow leaf and root, and activated charcoal; and Salted Lime Hibiscus with lime peel and essential oil, hibiscus powder, and pink Himalayan sea salt.
Buy it: $22; vellumstsoapcompany.com
Toast the holiday season with these ready-to-drink cocktails from St. Agrestis. The Negronis, available in a four-pack, are made with their Inferno Bitter, Greenhook Gin, and Torino-Style vermouth, and are ready to serve. Simply pop off the cap, pour over ice and serve with an orange twist and voila. Instant holiday spirit!
Buy it: $25; stagrestis.com
Add some sparkle to the holiday season with this Sapphire + Snowflake Hair Pin Set. Swarovski Crystals make the classic, snowflake, and teardrop pins sparkle, and they're sure to complement any festive holiday outfit… even if that outfit is cozy pajamas at home.
Buy it: $18; alexandani.com
Message On a Bottle
If you have something to tell someone, one fun way to get the message across is on a customizable Nalgene bottle. Simply choose a bottle shape and color and cap, upload your own photos and/or add your own or pre-created graphics, and create your own unique gift to give.
Buy it: $20; nalgene.com
Play With Your Food
Sure, our parents always told us not to play with our food, but how can we refuse with this enticing, family-friendly three-in-one game set? Games inside include the Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Game (dice and card game), Jell-O Jiggler Slap Game (card game) and Heinz Ketchup Dice Game.
Buy it: $20; target.com
This taco-themed Electra bicycle bell will alert others that you're coming through, and have you craving tacos at the same time, even if it's not Taco Tuesday. Other food-themed bells include Love-Ocado, Burger, Ice Cream, Pizza and S'mores, to name a few.
Buy it: $13; trekbikes.com
Order a four pack of this organic, small-batch kettle corn to split amongst the stockings and give everyone the flavors of vegan cane sugar, organic virgin coconut oil, and Himalayan pink salt in a crunchy snack.
Buy it: $54; eatprojectpop.com
The new flavors from MadeGood — Red Velvet Cookies, No Nut Butter, and SnickerDoodle — not only taste delicious, but are kosher pareve and contain a full serving of nutrients from vegetables. What better way to get kids to eat their vegetables than in cookies?
Buy it: $3.50; target.com
Add some sweet and colorful fun to cookies, cakes, cocktails, pastries, and more with Magic Unicorn Sprinkles. After all, who couldn't use more sprinkles in their life? With a pound and a half of sprinkles, these should last awhile. Or, maybe not.
Buy it: $20; shop.beautifulbrinysea.com
Light Up Your Life
Anecdote Candles' Candle of the Year for 2020 "smells like," perhaps unsurprisingly, "WFH and WTF," or amber and mandarin. We like Midnight Moonlight, which "smells like celebratory toasts & wishful thinking," or plum and sandalwood. If you can't decide which candle is right for your stocking stuffee, check out the gift guide to make the right choice.
Buy it: $34; anecdotecandles.com
Sweet Without the Sugar
If you’re looking for a sweet treat to give but don’t want added sugar, look no further than Lily’s Sweets. Rather than adding sugar, these chocolates are botanically sweetened with Stevia. New flavors for the holiday season include Mocha Hot Chocolate, Peppermint White Chocolate and Gingerbread Milk Chocolate, which are all gluten-free, too. The Find Lily’s button on the website will help locate individual chocolate bars ($4) near you.
Buy it: $20/holiday 4-pack; lilys.com
Even if you're traveling this season, Santa Paws will surely find your four-legged family member. Fido will hit the jackpot if he finds Brutus Broth On-The-Go in his stocking. Made with all-natural, human-grade bone broth, this food supplement is fortified with glucosamine, chondroitin, turmeric, and a number of other vitamins that moisten dry food to ease chewing for senior dogs; boosts flavor of ordinary food for picky eaters; aids digestion for good gut health; and helps strengthen joints.
Buy it: $2; brutusbroth.com