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15 Inexpensive, Last-Minute Stocking Stuffers

These inexpensive last minute stocking stuffers are both fun and practical. You don’t need to break the bank to fill your Christmas stockings with surprises that will delight your family.

Two Christmas stockings hung on a mantel with greenery.

Sometimes in the rush to get everything done, I’ve been known to buy a bunch of little things my loved ones will probably never use.

Instead, here are some ideas for fun, inexpensive and practical presents to tuck in Christmas stockings:

1. An orange or clementine

Traditionally put in the toe of the stocking.

2. Candy canes or sticks

Unusually flavored versions are fun!

3. Tea

A box of tea, or a bag of loose tea, or even a few favorite tea bags.

4. Knit gloves

The stretchy kind that cost $1 a pair, much appreciated by the person who always loses one of their gloves. (That would be me.)

5. A used paperback book or a favorite magazine

For the reader in your life.

6. Candles

For eco-friendly illumination in the year ahead.

7. Socks or Slipper socks

The super-soft ones are often on sale at this time of year.

8. A small notebook

For jotting down those great ideas in the new year!

9. Packets of flower or vegetable seeds

Great gift for your favorite gardener!

10. A pretty bar of soap

Choose one with organic ingredients and bless the environment, too.

11. A jar of cinnamon or other spices

Perfect for the baker in your life.

12. A bag of imported pasta, quinoa or bean soup mix.

Nice for making a comforting meal on a chilly night.

13. A ball of yarn.

Do knitters and crocheters ever have enough yarn?

14. A roll of duct tape.

What did we ever do before duct tape was invented?

15. A package of batteries.

Are we the only ones constantly running out of the AAs?

How about you? Do you and Santa fill the Christmas stockings in your home, and if so, what are some of your favorite treasures to give? Drop a comment below!

No matter how you celebrate, I hope you’re finding time during this busy season for some moments of relaxation, rest and reflection.

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is the author of 17 books, including Small Bites and 101 Things To Do With Bacon. She shares ideas to simplify cooking, gardening, time and money. She is also the owner of Cross Media, Inc. and founder of the BENSA Bacon Lovers Society.

4 thoughts on “15 Inexpensive, Last-Minute Stocking Stuffers”

  1. I like how all these items are useful and not just something that will sit on a shelf for show and get dusty.

    I particularly like the candles and food items. Many people don’t really like to spend the extra money on themselves for the more premium or quality items, so these can be really fun gifts to receive.

  2. Eliza,
    Thanks for the terrific suggestions. Very helpful!
    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. Sending love
    and hopes for a wonderful new year.


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