Are you looking for last-minute unique and affordable stocking stuffer ideas? I have gathered 25 ideas for all you last-minute stocking stuffer shoppers that are all under $15. These are all items you can find at your local Wal-Mart or Target.
I share fun and practical ideas for just about anyone you may be putting a stocking together for. I excluded sweets and treats as most people know those are the basics. These are additional things you can use to beef up your family’s Christmas stockings this year.
(To be fair: I also left out the Target Dollar Spot aka “Bullseye Playground” though if you have a Target nearby you definitely can find awesome stocking stuffers in that section alone)
1. Car Air Freshener Vent Clips
You can find these Febreze Car Plug-Ins right at check out for just $3.68 for a single pack.
2. Wax Cubes
These are great for anyone who owns a candle warmer. There are so many scents to choose from and each pack costs about $2.00 each.
3. Mini Emergency Kit
A great purposeful item to stuff a stocking with is a mini emergency kit. This would be useful for anyone driving to have in the car or even to throw in a purse.
Stuff this little kit in a stocking, and they will appreciate having the necessary supplies later. I found the one in the photo at Wal-Mart for just $ 5.99.
4. Small Kitchen Utensil or Kitchen Gadget
This idea would be especially great if someone in your life was planning on moving out soon. You could do an entire themed stocking to set them up with all the home essentials like measuring spoons, pan holders, spatulas and more.
5. Pepper Spray Key Chain
This is a great stocking stuffer for any female in your life. Give the gift of safety with this Mace brand pepper spray for only $ 12.59.
6. Phone Charger USB and Wall Port
There just isn’t a downside to having an extra phone charger around. Along with the USB phone cord, you could also include a wall plug-in. Phone USB charger cables typically retail for $3 and up.
PopSockets have been all over nearly everyone’s phones this year. You can find them in all the major stores. Pop Sockets attach to the back of a cell phone and can be used as a grip and as a stand.
They have a variety of designs including plain black colors and countless prints. Pop Sockets typically retail from $9.99-$15.99.
Target sells the original Pop Sockets in store where Wal-Mart actually sells a generic (knock-off) brand called “Spin Pop” for $4.88.
8. Gift Card
This is a go-to stocking stuffer idea for such a wide demographic because there is such a huge variety of gift cards to choose from. You can pick them up at any big-box store like Wal-Mart and Target especially around the holidays.
Some are labeled with a set amount and other cards you can have the cashier load your desired amount.
9. Christmas ornament
I mentioned in a previous post my family used to gift a new ornament for the Christmas tree every year. Stuffing a new Christmas ornament into a stocking is a great way to take part in the tradition.
10. Tumblr cup
These tumblr cups come in so many cute designs. You could even choose to do a to go coffee cup instead if that fits your family or friend better.
11. Chalk paint
The Waverly Chalk paint is a really great option for any crafter in your life. It only costs $9.45 and it goes a very long way.
It is an essential supply your crafter will appreciate having on hand next time they create.
Through the holiday craziness, it is easy to forget the practical items. I know it happened all the time in my family while I was growing up. We would open all of our presents and could not wait to play with our new toy then all of a sudden we’d realize there were no batteries in the house.
Did you gift something that requires batteries? Throw a pack in the stocking to avoid disappointment and hassle. An 8 pack of AA batteries generally retails around $6.
13. Cards Against Humanity $9.99
This card game is a crowd pleaser and is just shy of $10 at Wal-Mart.
14. Makeup Wipes
Though I am biased to #20, some people prefer makeup wipes. I also think these are just great to have in a book bag or purse. These definitely get major points for being travel-friendly.
The equate brand 40 count pack retails for just $3.48.
15. Mini Hand Sanitizer
You can find the mini hand sanitizer bottles in the travel section or at checkout. These are also sold in the jelly holders for just a few dollars total.
16. Fuzzy Socks
Who doesn’t love a good pair of fuzzy socks? For just a few dollars you can keep your loved one’s feet all warm and cozy. Bonus points if they are Christmas themed.
17. Nail Polish
Throw a sparkly nail polish in a stocking this year so they can rock their new glam nails for the New Year. The Essie LuxEffects nail polish is just $7.65.
The variety on this one is nearly limitless.
18. Batiste Dry Shampoo
The “Divine Dark” dry shampoo by Batiste helps decrease the number of wash times on hair and it also helps to stretch the time in between root touch-ups.
Batiste also sells a version for blondes. A full-size can is $6.58.
19. Real Techniques Sponge
This makeup sponge is well-known on the internet for being a dupe for the Beauty Blender which retails for $ 20.00. I own both the Beauty Blender and the Real Techniques Beauty sponge, and I actually prefer the Real Techniques.
Luckily for you, a single Real Techniques sponge retails for just $4.88 at Wal-Mart. A double pack is still under our $15 limit at just $9.23.
20. Garnier Micellar Water
The Garner Micellar Water is perfection. It is a cleanser and a makeup remover all in one. I used to use makeup wipes and as soon as I bought this I just stopped buying makeup wipes altogether. Even with the expensive makeup wipes, I would have to use quite a few just to take off a full face of makeup.
The 13.5 Fl Oz lasts me at least a couple of months, and it is only $6.78 at Wal-Mart. I just buy a pack of cotton rounds, and I’m set. Wal-Mart also sells a little mini 3.4 Fl Oz bottle for $3.44.
21. Face Masks
Face Masks are a great stocking filler. There are so many to choose from but they typically only cost $2.50 each.
22. The Wet Brush
This is not your ordinary hairbrush. I do not know how the Wet Brush brand makes brushing hair so painless, but I am so glad they do. The original style sells for $8.99.
After owning one of these I cannot go back to normal brushes.
23. Makeup Bag
After awhile makeup bags just reach the point where all the powders, mascara and foundation has stained the inside lining. Why not gift a refreshed makeup bag?
The price, of course, depends on the brand and size of bag you pick but I spotted some for under $5 at my Wal-Mart.
24. Elastic Hair Ties
A 10 pack of Goody Elastic Hair Ties is just $ 7.49. These get lost so easily that replenishing someone’s stock couldn’t hurt.
There are so many awesome chapsticks to choose from, so pick your loved ones favorite if you know it.
However, I recommend the Burt’s Bees Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm which retails for $4.64. It is so buttery smooth and makes my lips feel super moisturized.
This will probably be my last “holiday/ gift shopping” post for this year. I hope you liked this little series. Christmas is my favorite holiday; I love putting a lot of thought into gifting even the “littlest” of gifts (like stocking stuffers).
Thanks for checking out my post today! I hope you found something on the list you hadn’t thought of before. What is your favorite thing to get in your stocking?