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 tchotchkes on sale, there are so many distinguishable mementos out there that you’d be wise to start thinking about holiday shopping now (*checks to see what day it is*).
Because unpacking stockings on December 25 is undoubtedly one 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 because gifting something special shouldn’t mean depleting your debit card balance in your process, we’ve included items at all price points. Ahead, the best stocking stuffers to shop before styles inevitably begin to fly out of stock. (Which, word to the wise, is already happening as we speak.)
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.
Plush Slipper Socks Women (5 Pairs)
These cozy slipper socks are just the right amount of kitschy for the holidays. They’re also a steal as each pair comes out to costing less than $3.
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.
Les 4 Ombres N°5 Limited-Edition Quadra Eyeshadow
Part of Chanel’s N°5 limited-edition 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 cool is the fact that the shades have been embossed with the iconic Chanel No. 5 logo.
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.
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.
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.
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 devices without any neck straining. Even cooler? It’s compatible with USB-C, lightning, and micro-USB devices.
Kleenex On-The-Go Packs Facial Tissues, 3 Pack
Are there sexier gifts in the world than travel-sized packs of tissues? Who’s to say! Now that peak sniffling season is fast approaching, these will be super useful for anyone to have on hand. Also! This set of 3 literally costs less than $1.
Yellow Bird 4-Pack Organic Hot Sauce Sampler
Gift this quartet of organic hot sauces to someone who can handle the heat.
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.
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.
Marlborough Leather Wallet
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 all of AllSaints’s leather wallets are low-key under $100.
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.
Precise V7 Liquid Ink Pens
Now 47% off
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.
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.
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.
Beauty Light Wand in Pinkgasm
For a sense of how cult-loved this Charlotte Tilbury highlighter is, consider the fact that one is reportedly sold every 8 seconds. Any dewy skin is certain to be impressed you were able to get your hands on one.
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.
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.
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.
The North Face Jim Beanie
No winter wardrobe is complete without a beanie. This best selling number from a brand he’s known since middle school comes in 13 other colors as well.
Men’s Savage X Fenty Boxers
Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty line now makes men’s styles as well, which includes these fun satin boxers.
Men’s Papa Bear Slipper
Men’s Checkered Scarf
Made almost entirely by hand by artisans, this wool and mohair scarf is topnotch quality.
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.
+ Smythson Panama Manners Maketh Man Cross-Grain Leather Notebook
After a luxe gift for an intellectual type? Smythson’s leather notebooks are the crème de la crème.
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.
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.
Striped Terry Cloth and Lurex Headband
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.
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.
Mandy Faux Fur Fingerless Gloves
These faux fur gloves will keep her hands warm and serve looks while doing so.
Angels Shearling Bucket Hat Cream
Bucket hats aren’t just for the summer. This unisex option from Fiorucci (featuring the brand’s iconic angels) comes in light blue as well.
Sherpa Scuff Slippers
Made of soft sherpa with a non-slippery sole, these slippers will make her roommates green with loungewear envy.
Wine-O Wine Glass Markers
Clevr SuperLatte Starter Kit – Chai & Golden SuperLattes
Philips One by Sonicare Rechargeable Toothbrush
Now 40% off
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.
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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.
Large 14k White Gold Hoops
Mejuri’s 14k gold hoops are lightweight, versatile enough to be styled with anything and are real gold, so they can be enjoyed forever without fear of tarnishing.
Black Adjustable Warm Headband
Keep her ears warm and her forehead free of itchiness with Grace Eleyae’s silk-lined headband.
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.
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.
Leave In Conditioner
Now 18% off
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.
Creamed Pumpkin Spice
Impress any pumpkin spice aficionado in your orbit with this flavored honey from family-run, New York-based brand Zach & Zoë Sweet Bee Farm.
Matte Black Razor + Shave Gel-to-Milk
The Nightstand Duo
Behold, a duo of universal wintertime staples: Glossier’s Balm Dot Calm and the cutest packaged hand cream you ever did see.
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.
Maison Labiche Awesome Ribbed Knit Beanie
Remind her she’s the GOAT with a knitted beanie.
The Circle Cable Scarf in Cashmere
The intricate cable details on this cashmere scarf set it apart. Here, a piece that’s certain to be a mainstay in her closet for winters to come.
Williamsburg Sleepover Candle
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.
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.
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