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On top of holiday shopping this year? Prepared shoppers likely have a long list of what to buy, but stocking stuffers are often forgotten until the last minute, when useless items — often marked-up for just this reason — are grabbed in the checkout line out of desperation. Don't end up with gifts no one really wants by making that money-wasting mistake. Here's a list of stocking stuffer ideas that may not be as fun as a bit-coding robot but won't trash the budget or end up in the trash.


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Basu
Walmart

Basu Personal Safety Alarm

$10 and up from Walmart
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Give the gift of safety with the BASU eAlarm, a tiny but loud personal alarm that can go inside a pocket or hang from a zipper or key ring. The 120-decibel alarm is on par with an ambulance siren, and the included batteries last up to five years.

Scratch Art Rainbow Mini Notes
Amazon

Scratch Art Rainbow Mini Notes

$7 from Amazon
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People have been stuffing packs of sticky notes into stockings since humans first learned to put glue on little pieces of paper. But you can up your sticky note game with this 125-pack from Amazon. Complete with a wooden stylus, it lets you scribble, jot, and doodle in multi-colored style for just a few dollars.


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Badger Sleep Balm
W.S. Badger Co.

Badger Sleep Balm

$10 from W.S. Badger Co.
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An ideal stocking stuffer for insomniacs, Badger SleepBalm is a blend of essential oils including bergamot, balsam, and lavender that help speed them off to dreamland naturally. It's made in New Hampshire, certified organic and cruelty-free, too.

Credit Card Chip Blocker
Amazon

Credit Card Chip Blocker

$10 from Amazon
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If you have a credit or debit card, chances are you recently received a new one with a little chip to for extra security. But where there's extra security, there are criminals who figure out new ways to get around it. This RFID chip blocker prevents new-age data thieves from swiping your chip info no matter what kind of device they wield.


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Anker Power Core 5000
Amazon

Anker Power Core 5000

$25 and up from Amazon
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If they're not going to text you back, at least make sure they can't use a dead phone as an excuse. A great stocking stuffer, this compact little external battery has enough juice to charge most phones twice.

Grill Grate Scraper
Amazon

The Grate Grill Scraper

$19 from Amazon
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Christmas doesn't exactly conjure up images of backyard grilling in most of the country, but barbecue season will be here before you know it. When it arrives, whoever's stocking you stuff will be happy you got them the Grate — the universal, non-damaging brass cleaner that works for all gas grills.


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Travel Mug
Target

Contigo Travel Mug

$20 from Target
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If practicality is the goal, you can't do much better than keeping cold things cold and hot things hot. That's exactly what this mug does. Stainless steel with a 16-ounce capacity, it's got you covered no matter what you're sipping.


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Travel Sewing Kit
Amazon

Travel Sewing Kit

$9 from Amazon
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It may not be an obvious item to add to a shopping list, but a travel sewing kit, small enough to slip into a purse or pocket to save the day when a button comes loose or a seam pops, is so practical that it's bound to inspire gratitude.

Mini Maglite Pro
Amazon

Mini Maglite Pro

$33 from Amazon
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One of the most well-known flashlight manufacturers, Maglite makes its entire product line in the U.S. The 272-lumen Mini Maglite Pro, crafted from diamond-knurled aluminum, is a great stocking stuffer for anyone who needs a reliable flashlight to stash in a kitchen drawer or glovebox.

Shacke Pak Packing Cubes
Amazon

Shacke Pak Packing Cubes

$24 from Amazon
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Keep your favorite traveler more organized with these convenient double-stitched packing cubes, made from water-resistant nylon. A laundry bag is included to keep other clothes smelling fresh.

Mini-Flashlight
Amazon
Pain Reliever
CVS

Pain Reliever

$7 from CVS
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Some of the best stocking stuffers are the ones that help the people who receive them stock up their medicine cabinets. Headache medicine isn't glamorous, but it's necessary and practical. Scoop up a 100-count bottle of Advil tablets from CVS.

Magic 8 Ball Classic Fortune-Telling Novelty Toy
Target

Magic 8 Ball

$9 from Target
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This classic piece of Americana makes a great, inexpensive gift for a co-worker. "Will the boss let us go home early today?" "Outlook good."

Hasbro Gaming Rubik's Cube
Amazon

Hasbro Gaming Rubik's Cube

$10 from Amazon
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Train your mind while you look for the one answer that is correct on this classic 3x3 Rubik’s Cube. Twist it, turn it, try again. Rubik’s Cubes teach spatial intelligence, problem-solving logic, memory, focus, and above all, patience!

Super Wikki Stix
Amazon

Super Wikki Stix

$13 from Amazon
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Bendable and stickable without any special tools, American-made Wikki Stix are a molding toy made from knitting yarn and non-toxic wax that can be shaped into just about anything. This set includes 48 3-foot neon pieces for mess-free fun.

Seatbelt Cutter and Window Breaker
Amazon

Seatbelt Cutter and Window Breaker

$17 from Amazon
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This holiday give the gift of preparation with an emergency tool that the stocking stuffees — this is a four-pack, after all — will hopefully never need, but will certainly be glad to have if the situation calls for it.

Black and Decker Cordless Screwdriver
Amazon

Black and Decker Cordless Screwdriver with LED Light

$19 from Amazon
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The multitasker in your life will love having this screwdriver-flashlight hybrid on hand, great for common projects around the house. It's compact and rechargeable, and the handle pivots for a more comfortable grip.

Cuisinart 12-Piece Color Knife Set
Amazon

Cuisinart 12-Piece Color Knife Set

$20 from Amazon
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Whether the chef in your life is a novice or a pro, these vibrant knives will liven up their kitchen. Backed by a lifetime warranty, they have a nonstick coating and come with protective slides.

Soundbot Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
Amazon
Universal Remote
Amazon

Universal Remote

$11 and up from Amazon
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When you stuff a stocking with this GE Universal Remote Control, you give the gift of total control over multiple devices. You can upgrade a lucky someone's home theater system with a remote that comes in five different color options.

Electric Toothbrush
Amazon

Kids' Electric Toothbrush

$13.50 from Amazon
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Everyone needs a toothbrush, and electric versions that bring oral hygiene to the next level can be found for a range of prices. Even kids might get excited about a toothbrush — and toothbrushing — if it has cartoon characters on it, like an interactive talking Minions version from Colgate.

Journal or Notepad
Amazon

Journal or Notepad

$2.50 from Amazon
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For jotting down notes or making a quick to-do list, a stylish notepad makes a good alternative to a phone or tablet. Give recipients the satisfaction of physically crossing off each item as they go. Look for cover designs that reflect their interests and style — like this Van Gogh notebook for someone who loves art.


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Slinky
Target

The Original Slinky

$3 from Target
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Some toys are so timeless they never need to be updated, rebooted, or made over to stay in style forever. An American-made original, the Slinky literally never gets old, and if you've got a kid on your shopping list — and if that kid has access to a staircase — you've got the perfect stocking stuffer.


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Google Chromecast 3rd Gen
Walmart

Google Chromecast

$30 from Walmart
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Give someone you care about the gift of a connected TV and streaming video with Google Chromecast. Simple and cheap compared to many of its pricier rivals, Chromecast packs a digital punch without busting the bank.

WowWee Baby Shark Song Puppet
Amazon

WowWee Baby Shark Song Puppet

$20 from Amazon
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Be the hero in your favorite toddler's life by gifting this plush puppet that plays the "Baby Shark" song (doo doo doo doo doo doo). The tempo slows or speeds up depending on how fast you move the mouth.


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Exploding Kittens Card Game
Amazon
movie tickets
Sam's Club

Movie Tickets

$21 from Sam's Club
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While not everyone is heading back to the movies right now, a movie pass to a nearby theater chain is another good gift to buy in bulk from a warehouse club such as Sam's Club, where members can get a two-pack of AMC "black" movie tickets (they're good anytime and never expire) for $21. The ticketing site Fandango charges a $2 fee to send a physical gift card (and some "convenience" fees may follow), but a printout of the fee-free email version also fits nicely in a stocking.


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Carhartt Watch Hat
Amazon

Carhartt Watch Hat

$17 from Amazon
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You see these hats everywhere because they're just that warm and practical. Made of stretchy acrylic rib-knit fabric, they come in more than 30 colors.

Burberry Classic Eau de Parfum for Women
Walmart
Eight O'Clock Coffee
Walmart
Darn Tough Merino Micro-Crew Socks
Amazon

Darn Tough Merino Micro-Crew Socks

$22 and up from Amazon
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Socks as a gift? They won't sneer if they're these Vermont-made wool-blend socks, ready for anything thrown at them. All Darn Tough socks are also guaranteed for life.

HDMI Cables
Best Buy
Isotoner Women's Classic Terry Ballerina Slippers
Walmart

Isotoner Women's Classic Terry Ballerina Slippers

$15 to $17 from Walmart
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Slip these cozy slippers into her stocking so she can stay warm during chilly weather. The stretch terry cotton and cushioned sole allow a comfy, custom fit.

Burt's Bees Lip Balm
Amazon
PrettyCare
Amazon

PrettyCare 3D Sleep Mask

$14 from Amazon
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Whether you know a light sleeper, frequent traveler, or someone who has to sleep during the day because of their job, reviewers say this is the sleep mask to get them. It's designed with large cavities that won't put the squeeze on eyes, but the high-density memory foam still effectively blocks light.


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Magnetic Tool Wristband
Amazon

Magnetic Tool Wristband

$15 from Amazon
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When the handyman or woman in your life attaches the Magnelex wrist band, it catches and holds screws, nails, nuts, bolts and anything metal. This way, your favorite DIYer can keep both hands free without holding nails between their lips, which is gross and probably not safe.

Hiware Stainless Steel Straws
Amazon
Multi-Tool
Home Depot

Stanley Multi-Tool

$20 from Home Depot
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The epitome of practical, the multi-tool is what handy people carry around if they can only fit one tool in their pocket or purse. This Stanley 12-in-1 tool, which comes complete with holder, is constructed from stainless steel. Pick one up for the habitual DIYer in your life.

Winter Accessories
Bass Pro Shops

HotHands Hand Warmers

$8 from Bass Pro Shops
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In many parts of the country, winter arrives in force in December. Thin, air-activated hand-warming packs (there are foot-warmers, too) are cheap to buy in bulk and divide into individual stockings.

Buffway Slim Leather Wallet
Amazon

Buffway Slim Leather Wallet

$13 from Amazon
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This slender unisex wallet is ideal for any minimalist who wants to get around without worrying about keeping track of a bulky bag. Made of real leather, it comes in more than two dozen colors and has RFID blocking to prevent data skimming and ID theft.

Chi 1" Flat Iron
Walmart

Chi 1" Flat Iron

$52 from Walmart
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Here’s a hot gift, literally. This 1-inch flat iron has ceramic heating plates to tame frizzy tresses and make hair styling a cinch. It’s got an 11-foot swivel cord that’ll stay out of your way while you’re doing your ’do, and a dual-voltage switch so you can bring it along when you travel.

Dog Leash
Walmart
J.R. Liggett's Old-Fashioned Shampoo Bars, 3 ct.
Amazon

J.R. Liggett's Old-Fashioned Shampoo Bars, 3 ct.

$23 from Amazon
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For travelers, toting shampoo bars instead of bottles frees up valuable room in a quart-size bag for other carry-on liquids. These all-natural bars come in three fresh scents, and since they're biodegradable, they're eco-friendly, too.

Ceramic Greek Coffee Cup
Amazon

Ceramic Greek Coffee Cup

$8 from Amazon
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Any nostalgic New Yorker would love this ceramic version of the eponymous Greek coffee cup, a standard at the mom-and-pop bodega on the corner.

Digital Tire Gauge
Amazon

Digital Tire Gauge

$11 from Amazon
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A thing that helps you maintain appropriate tire pressure might not seem like a glamorous gift, but your recipient will thank you every time a tire gets a little droopy and no guesswork is needed to figure out exactly how many PSI are needed to get them out of that dark corner of the gas station by the air pump.


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Zippo Hand Warmer
Amazon

Zippo Hand Warmer

$15 from Amazon
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If gloves aren't warm enough, a Zippo hand warmer will really heat things up. He can fill it with lighter fluid, slip it into a pocket, and get up to 12 hours of toasty heat.

Hicoup Waiter's Corkscrew
Amazon
Skyrocket Blume Doll
Amazon

Skyrocket Blume Doll

$9 from Amazon
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They’re flower dolls. Just add water to the top of their pots and a Blume doll will bloom, emerging from the pot with a bright floral-themed, beehive hairdo. Each doll has more than 10 surprises including a mini friend, a sticker sheet, and fashion accessories, plus hairstyles and outfits you can mix and match.

Gift Cards
Target

Gift Cards

$10 and up from Target
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In a survey by the National Retail Federation, gift cards have been the No. 1 item on holiday wish lists for 10 years running. Gift cards fit easily in a stocking and usually can be bought in small denominations. For multiple stockings, consider buying in bulk.

Kitchen Tools
Target

Kitchen Tools

$11 from Target
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Small items such as an Oxo bottle opener will be at home in even the simplest kitchen.

Earbuds
Walmart
Phone Case
Amazon

Phone Case

$7 from Amazon
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Most everyone has some sort of protection on their mobile devices already, but swapping cases can be like switching eyeglasses or nail colors — a fun way to accessorize. One of Cheapism's top picks among cheap iPhone cases is the Incipio NGP, which comes in several color options for the iPhone 8. Cases for newer and older models are available, too.

USB Hub
Amazon

USB Hub

$8 from Amazon
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Connect all kinds of gadgets crying out for a charge to a computer with a USB hub. These handy accessories come in many sizes and prices. A hub from Sabrent makes one USB 2.0 port into four, each with its own power switch.

Measuring Cups
Walmart

Measuring Cups

$6 from Walmart
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Score this measuring cup set from Mainstays for the cook on your shopping list. They're made of durable stainless steel and are dishwasher-safe.

Batteries
Best Buy

Batteries

$20 from Best Buy
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No matter who it's for, no matter what their taste, no matter what else is stuffed in their stocking, the people you're buying gifts for are bound to get something with a "batteries not included" sticker on the box. You can solve that problem with a 48-pack of Insignia AA batteries.

Digital Voltage
Amazon

Digital Voltage Tester

$15 from Amazon
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Quickly and safely troubleshoot electrical issues at home or in the car with this digital multimeter from AstroAI, which measures voltage, resistance, continuity, and more.

Duct Tape
Staples

Duct Tape

$4 from Staples
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It's likely that the list of things duct tape can't fix is shorter than the list of things it can. Although it's hardly the sexiest gift in the world, a roll of good duct tape, like this Duck Tape brand basic strength roll, will absolutely come in handy.

Surge Protector
Staples

Surge Protector

$18 from Staples
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Turn one standard outlet into six and protect your home's power supply from annoying and potentially dangerous shorts with this power strip and surge protector.

Greeting Cards
Target
Ballpoint Pens
Staples

Ballpoint Pens

$8.50 from Staples
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Few items are more frequently needed — and more easily lost — than a regular old ballpoint pen. A single pack of pens, like this 36-pack of Bic Round Stic Grips, should last until at least next Christmas.

Deodorant
Target

Deodorant

$6 from Target
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It's not going to win any awards for holiday spirit, but if you're going for practicality, deodorant is a can't miss stocking stuffer. You can score a two-pack of 6-ounce Old Spice sticks from Target.

Contact Lens Solution
Target

Contact Lens Solution

$7 from Target
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Like deodorant, eye drops aren't going to be the wow gift of the year, but if you're looking for a stocking stuffer the contact lens wearer in your life will definitely use — like two 12-ounce bottles of multipurpose solution — look no further.

Forever Flag Stamps
USPS

Forever Flag Stamps

$11 and up from USPS
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Even in the era of digital everything, there is one universal truth at the holidays — everyone can use some stamps. A book of Forever Stamps will undoubtedly not go to waste.

Shaving Cream
Target

Shaving Cream

$2 from Target
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Make whoever's stocking you're stuffing this year think of you with gratitude every morning — or at least whenever they take razor to skin — when you give the gift of shaving cream.

Wet/Dry Trimmer
Best Buy

Norelco OneBlade Wet/Dry Electric Trimmer

$35 from Best Buy
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The rechargeable Norelco OneBlade works just as well both wet and dry. Whoever finds this in their stocking will be able to trim, shave, shape, and edge with ease, both pre-shower and post.

Tape
Target

Tape

$4 from Target
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One side is sticky. The other side is smooth. Tape isn't glamorous, but it works. Scotch Magic Tape is not really magic, but it can make two paper halves whole again, and that should make every gift recipient smile.

Lulu Candles Fresh Linen Soy Candle
Amazon

Lulu Candles Fresh Linen Soy Candle

$15 from Amazon
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Elevate the often-expected gift of a candle by giving one with a unique scent. This best-seller on Amazon will bring to mind that wonderful smell of clean laundry — without having to do chores, of course.

Amazon Smart Plug
Amazon

Amazon Smart Plug

$25 from Amazon
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This smart plug makes controlling the lights as easy as telling an Alexa-compatible device to turn them off. A smartphone app can to set up a daily schedule for lights or small appliance, and easily make it look like someone is home when they're not. 


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Burt's Bees Tips And Toes Gift Set
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