Anyone who knows me very well knows that one of my favorite parts about Christmas (besides the real reason we celebrate!) is the stockings. I have no idea why, but the stuffed stockings have always brought a smile to my face like cotton candy for a child at the fair. But now that my boys are growing into young men, ideas for stocking stuffers have become more difficult. Maybe you’re in that same predicament? If so, I’m offering some family favorites and 70 top stocking stuffer ideas for teens, adults and in-laws (updated for 2021.)

In the coming weeks, I’ll also share great shopping ideas for family and friends as well as a grouping of the best books to add to your reading list, so stay tuned!


Spiral Hair Pin Set

Spiral hair pin set with pearls, rhinestones and crystals

Have a special female on your list? I guarantee she’s likely to love this pearl, rhinestone, crystal twister spiral hair pin coils to dress up her hair to the next level. I love the beauty, the size, and the ease to use! Buy on Amazon

Sports Chalk

Sports chalk great for rock climbing, weightlifting, gymnastics, tennis and more

This chalk is great for rock climbing, weightlifting, gymnastics, tennis and more. It was top on my youngest son’s list. Buy on Amazon

Chalk Bag with Adjustable Belt

Chalk bag to store chalk

If you get your favorite athlete hand chalk, you’ll want to get this chalk bag so they have somewhere to store it. Buy on Amazon

Beach Blanket Holder Clips

Beach blank holder clips to secure towel to chair.

I love sitting on the beach but hate when my towel gets blown off my chair. These beach blanket holder clips secure your towel to your chair. And there’s enough for each member of the family to have their own color! Buy on Amazon

12 in 1 Immune Support

12 in 1 Immune Support capsules help your own natural immune system fight off any offenses.

Winter is not only the season for holiday celebration but for bugs and viruses too. This 12 in 1 Immune Support capsules help your own natural immune system fight off any offenses. Great way to tell your loved one you care about them. Buy on Amazon

Car Cup Holder Expander

Car cup holder expander

My husband loves to use a coffee travel mug with a handle, but then it effectively takes up two cupholders! So I got him this expander that swivels 360’ and creates a spot for my travel mug as well! This is also perfect for holding your cell phone while driving! Buy on Amazon

Classic Blue and White Thank You Notes and Envelopes

Classic blue and white thank you notes and envelopes, perfect for men and women.

Have you ever needed a thank you note and can’t find one anywhere in the house? Here’s your answer! Perfect for men and women on your list. Buy on Amazon

Batteries, Batteries, Batteries!

Batteries are a perfect stocking stuffer and functional, too.

We are always searching for batteries. The great thing about these is that they have a 10-year shelf life! Perfect for the stocking, and functional too! Buy on Amazon

First Aid Kit

First aid kit

This first aid kit is small and compact and perfect for a dorm room, car glove box, or in the beach bag, and perfect for anyone on your list! Buy on Amazon

Dishwasher Magnet

Dishwasher magnet

We always struggled to know if the dishes in the dishwasher were clean or dirty. This has left us without question! Buy on Amazon

Coup (The Dystopian Universe)

Coup (The Dystopian Universe)

Need a fun but quick strategy based game? You’ve found it here. And it’s small enough to fit in a stocking! Buy on Amazon

Bug Bite Poison Remover

Bug bite poison remover handy suction tool removes insect poison.

Mosquitoes love me! This handy suction tool removes insect poison to help keep you from reacting! Buy on Amazon

SweetLeaf Liquid Sweet Drops

Sweet Drops, perfect for sweetening coffee, tea and smoothies

These are the perfect sugarfree sweetening drops for coffee, tea, smoothies etc! Buy on Amazon

Laptop, Phone camera cover slide

Laptop phone camera cover slide to protect your safety

I use these on all my electronic devices to help protect my safety. Small and easy to apply! Great for everyone’s stocking. Buy on Amazon

3 in 1 Grout Cleaner Brush Set

3 in 1 grout cleaner brush set

I severely dislike cleaning the grout in my bathroom, but these grout cleaner brushes make it so much easier! Buy on Amazon

Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel Seasoning Blend

Trader Joe's Everything But the Bagel Sesame Seasoning

We use this on everything from bagels to steak, potatoes to popcorn. I only wish I’d known about it sooner! It’s that good. Buy on Amazon

Men’s Patriotic Socks

Men's patriotic socks

Everyone in our family loves fun socks, and the most patriotic of us absolutely loved it when I gave him these patriotic socks! Buy on Amazon

Peanuts Crew Socks

Peanuts crew socks

As I mentioned, my family has fun with silly socks. I’ve got a real Snoopy lover in the family and he loved this set of two pairs of Snoopy socks! Buy on Amazon

Bulk package of 30,000 Wildflower Seeds

Wildflower seeds

This showed up in my stocking last year and I couldn’t have been happier! This is sure to please any flower lover on your list! Buy on Amazon

USA Flag Men’s Winter Warm Wool Knitted Scarf

USA Flag men's knitted scarf

This is a beautiful, warm scarf, perfect for any winter-faring loved one’s stocking. Buy on Amazon

Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza

Taco cat goat cheese pizza

This was gifted to us last Christmas by a friend, and we had so much fun and so many laughs that my son asked for his own version to take to college, and I’ve gifted it to other friends! Perfect for all age ranges! Buy on Amazon

Cover Your Assets Card Game

Cover your assets card game

This was also gifted to us last year, and our family has had hours of fun playing this game. Good for ages 7+. Buy on Amazon

Pre-Made Wax Seals

Premade wax seals

These pre-made wax seals take the time, effort, and mess out of beautifying any envelope. Just peel and stick! Buy on Amazon

Air Pod Case

Airpod case

I not only love my air pods, but I love my case to carry them in. It easily attaches to my keyring or phone to I don’t misplace or leave them somewhere! Lots of colors to choose from. Buy on Amazon

Swarovski Little Snowflake Ornament

Swarovski Little Snowflake Ornament

Every year at Christmas, I get my sons the annual Swarovski little snowflake ornament as well as a fun ornament that represents something from the past year. This ornament is timeless beauty and won’t get shoved in a drawer, but will be displayed every year! This also makes a thoughtful hostess gift to bring to a party or special occasion. Buy on Amazon

Reusable Glass Drinking Straws

Clear glass drinking straws

So many of the restaurants are now not supplying straws, but I prefer to use a straw rather than drink straight from the glass. The best solution I’ve found is these ECO friendly reusable glass straws. They are dishwasher safe, but also come with a perfect cleaning brush. Buy on Amazon

Foldable Bluetooth headset

Foldable Bluetooth headset

Not white, and not named for a fruit, but great for multiple days of listening, and you’ll never be scrabbling under the driver’s seat for that dropped earpiece.  Buy on Amazon

Microfiber Clean Screen Cleaning Cloths

Microfiber Clean Screen Cleaning Cloths

With all our devices now comes fingerprints, dust, and dirt. This 7-pack of microfiber cleaning cloths is perfect for everyone’s stockings. Buy it on Amazon

Biscoff Cookies

Biscoff cookiesWho remembers back in the day when select airlines served these as a mid-flight snack? Skip the peanuts and pretzels—these were my favorite! Well now you can delight a loved one with Biscoff in their stocking. Buy from Amazon

Multitool Survival Gear

Multitool survival gear

This stocking stuffer offers 13 in 1 pocket tool set for emergency or everyday use. It’s sure to please many of the men on your list, and some of the women too! Buy on Amazon

Poo-Pourri Before You Go Toilet Spray—Citrus Scent

Poo-Pourri Before You Go Toilet Spray—Citrus Scent

Spritz the bowl before you go and no one will ever know 😉 Buy it on Amazon

Colorful and plentiful letter openers

Colorful and plentiful letter openers

Fun and at hand. One for the office, one for the kitchen, and one for wherever else you open letters or packages. Buy it on Amazon


Hand warmers

This is a good idea for all the athletes on your list who have to practice regardless of the weather, or for the family outing to hike or ski, but also useful just for the average person like me who still likes to get out for a daily walk despite falling temperatures. Buy it on Amazon

Burts Bees Assorted Fruit Lip Balm Holiday Edition

Burt's Bees lip balm

This four-pack (wild cherry, pink grapefruit, coconut & pear, and strawberry) scented lip balm is perfect for hydrating and soothing your lips during the winter weather, and will remind you of Christmas all winter long. Hoping this ends up in my stocking this year. Buy it on Amazon

Portable Extendable Back Scratcher

Portable extendable back scratchers

Confession time: I thought this was a dumb stocking stuffer until I gave one to my husband one year, and I still see him using it! Buy on Amazon

Stainless Steel Odor Absorber

Stainless steel odor absorber

Don’t you just hate after you’ve cut up onions or pruned smelly bushes, and despite washing with soap your hands still carry the odor hours later? This Rub-a-Way Bar made out of stainless steel is the perfect odor absorber. It’s small and fits under your sink without taking up much room, ready for use the next time you need it. Buy on Amazon

Digital Tire Inflator

Digital Tire Inflator

My “check tires” indicator comes on a little too often in my old car. Instead of having to find a gas station with an air pump, this digital tire inflator with pressure gauge can be used in your own garage or driveway. Buy on Amazon

Gentle Exfoliating Brush

Gentle exfoliating brush

The winter months often lend to dry flaky skin. This gentle exfoliating brush can be used wet or dry to get rid of dry skin and improve circulation. Buy on Amazon

Natural Glide Detangling Brush

Natural glide detangling brush

The longer my hair has gotten, after decades of very short hair, the harder it has become to detangle it after washing. This naturals glide detangling brush is perfect for kids or adults, wet or dry hair, and curly or straight hair. Buy on Amazon

Bluetooth Beanie Hat

Bluetooth beanie hat

This is one of those stocking stuffers that would work for any age, any gender. We’re so tied to our devices, and this will help us stay warm while still trying to listen to that latest podcast, audiobook, news clip, or phone call. Get one for yourself while you’re at it. Buy it on Amazon

Thermal Neck Warmer

Thermal neck warmer

Winter months can chill us to the bone, but this 2-pack of thick heat trapping thermal neck warmers in your choice of four colors keeps your neck warmer than traditional scarves. Buy it on Amazon

Sneaker balls, Gym Bag, and Locker Deodorizer

Sneaker balls, Gym Bag, and Locker Deodorizer

Have athletes in the house? Then you know the “after glow” that comes following the workout. Put these in their stocking then after the holiday they can be put to good use in their athletic shoes, gym bag, or locker. You’ll thank me. Buy it on Amazon

Rainbow Puzzle Ball/Fidget Toy

Rainbow puzzle ball fidget toy

This will keep you busy for hours. It’s part puzzle ball, part brain teaser, part fidget toy. Perfect for any age person’s stocking. Buy on Amazon

3Up 3Down Family Card Game

3Up 3Down family card game

Our family loves to play games when we get together, and we’ve always got a “game bag” ready for travel. This is a new game that is sure to delight! Buy on Amazon

Car trash can with lid

Car trash can with lid

Car Trash Can with Lid and Storage Pockets, 100% Leak-Proof Car Organizer, Waterproof Car Garbage Can, Multipurpose Trash Bin for Car. Buy on Amazon

Golf Club Pen Set

Golf club pen set

Have a special golfer in your life? Get them this Golf Club pen set, complete with putting green! Buy on Amazon

Herb Scissors Set

Herb scissors set

This dishwasher safe herb cutting scissors makes fast work of cutting herbs for recipes and takes up little room in the kitchen utensil drawer. Buy on Amazon

KindNotes Glass Keepsake Gift Jar with Blank Papers to Write Your Own Messages

Kindnotes Glass Keepsake Gift Jar with personal messages

Jar with 31 notes where you can write your own messages. Your 31 notes can be opened one a day, all at once, or anytime they need a smile. Your personal notes will surely warm their heart! Buy on Amazon

Bath Bombs

Bath bombs gift set

This pack of six in assorted scents is sure to please any female on your list. Who doesn’t enjoy a warm soak after a long or cold day? This is often the kind of thing your special someone won’t spend money on themselves but will be delighted when these show up as a present or in their stocking. Buy it on Amazon



It’s too easy to put electronic devices in front of our children today. Want to stimulate creativity, give them something that forces them to use their imagination. Enter WikkiStix. Quiet and engaging, reusable, and the perfect compact toy to take to restaurants or other venues where quiet entertainment is the goal. Buy it on Amazon

Gel Highlighters

Sharpie gel highlighters

I’m always highlighting, but what I like about these particular highlighters is that they don’t bleed through the pages which is particularly important to me when I’m highlighting on thin paper like most translations of the Bible or some other text. Buy it on Amazon

Colored gel pens with refills

60 pack gel pens with refills

Just fun! For journaling, drawing, doodling, or actually writing, these classic, neon, glitter and metallic inkers add a little sparkle to your day. Buy it on Amazon

Motivational Stress Ball Assortment

Motivational stress ball assortment

Sometimes we just need something to occupy our hands or take our mind off the stress for a few moments. This 3-pack of stress relief toys is perfect for kids and adults. Comes in 6 different colors to choose from. Each ball has a motivational saying. Buy it on Amazon

Freezer Pop Sleeves

Freezer pop sleeves

Who doesn’t love a nice cold freezer pop on a hot summer day? But they’re often too cold for little hands to hold. That’s when freezer pop sleeves come to the colorful rescue! Buy it on Amazon

Keychain Tape Measure

Key chain tape measurer

This little handy keychain tape measure doubles as a keychain. It measures 6-ft. long which is a reasonable length for most home projects. Buy it on Amazon

Magnetic Book Marks

Magnetic book marks

These magnetic book marks are colorful, re-usable, fun, and functional. They won’t fall out of your book like any ordinary bookmark, and can even help mark the exact spot where you stopped reading by utilizing the arrow line marker at the end of each book mark. Buy it on Amazon

Pedicure Set

Professional pedicure 18 in 1 foot care kit

Professional Pedicure Tools Kit 18 in 1 foot care kit for women, men, salon or home. Buy it on Amazon

TableTopics Conversation Starters

Family Tabletopics - conversation starters

These are great family-oriented conversation starters. We keep some of these cards in our car glove compartment for when we have to wait a long time at a restaurant, and the rest close to our dinner table at home. It’s fun to see what each other responds. How well do you know your family? Buy on Amazon

Men’s Premium Necessities Travel Kit

Men's premium travel necessities kit

Sometimes the guys on our list can be hard to find useful stocking stuffers for. I love this men’s premium travel kit because it includes everything from a spare razor and shaving cream to bandaids and deodorant. All items are TSA approved. Buy it on Amazon

Lip Scrub

Lip Scrub

We need to take care of our skin, especially during the winter months. This organic exfoliating sugar scrub exfoliates chapped dry lips, and moisturizes lips. It comes in berry, mint, and vanilla flavors. Buy it on Amazon

Aqua Notes Water Proof Note Pad

Aqua Notes Waterproof Note Pad

Have you ever had that “perfect idea,” stroke of genius, or even remembered something you didn’t want to forget while you were in the shower? Here’s your answer: the waterproof note pad that hangs in your shower and lets you jot down a note before you even dry off. Perfect idea for everyone on your list from writers to busy moms to executives on the go. Buy it on Amazon

Magnetic Wristband for Holding Tools

Magnetic wristband for tools

I think everyone needs one of these in their toolbox, men and women alike. Have you ever gone to hang a picture, or screw in a screw, only to drop it? This magnetic wristband has super strong magnets to hold nails, screws, washers, etc. making any home repair job just a little easier. Buy it on Amazon

Funny Socks – “If You Can Read This Bring Me Chocolate”

Funny socks: if you can read this, bring me chocolate

Who doesn’t love fun socks? These are perfect for any sock-wearing, chocolate lover on your list! They will be on my list this year for sure! They also have other varieties too. Buy it on Amazon

4-Piece Dessert Topping Set

4 piece dessert topping set

Speaking of chocolate, whether you fancy peanut butter and chocolate, or sea salt caramel, or bittersweet chocolate, this dessert topping set is sure to please this holiday season. It’s a perfect topping for pie, cake, ice cream, or added to that warm cup of coffee or cocoa. And given that it’s from Stonewall Kitchen, the quality is sure to please. Buy it on Amazon

Milk Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels

Sander's Milk Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels

If you want to fill a stocking quickly with a sweet treat that is sure to please, go for the 36 oz package of Sanders Milk Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels. One is enough to tame that sweet tooth, but with company around for the holidays, there will be plenty to share. Buy it on Amazon

Burt’s Bees Hand Repair Gift Set

Burt's Bees hand repair gift set

Made with all natural ingredients, this set is perfect for winter. It comes with their Almond Milk Hand Cream (smells divine!), Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream, Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, and a pair of cotton gloves. Buy it on Amazon

Colorful Charger Cable Protectors

Cable protectors

Who hasn’t had their charging cable break? And usually at the most inopportune time. These cute cable bites (come in many different varieties) are perfect for preventing the outer part of the cable from breaking, rendering it useless. This is perfect for anyone on your list. Buy it on Amazon

Waterproof Portable Aluminum Pill Box

Waterproof portable aluminum pill box

We own a couple of these. They are perfect for stashing a few dollars, or your next medication dosage. They are brightly colored so they are easy to find in your bag, and waterproof so safe to take with you to the beach or camping. They come in a 3-pack or 6-pack. Buy it on Amazon

Iota Game

Iota game - perfect for travelling

This is one of my family’s favorite travel games. It’s touted as “the Great Big Game in the Teeny-Weeny Tin.” It won’t take up much room in a stocking, but it will occupy many fun hours together with family and friends! Buy it on Amazon


Blink Card Game

Blink - touted as "The World's Fastest Game", perfect for travelling

This is one of my family’s favorite travel games, but fun when you have a few minutes around the house too. It’s touted as “The World’s Fastest Game” and literally only takes a few minutes. Perfect for middle-age child to adult, two players. We like to compete against each other in playoffs! Buy it on Amazon

Assorted Lindt LINDOR Chocolate Truffles

Lindor chocolates, assorted bag

This is the assorted flavor bag of Lindor chocolate truffles, or you can find the bags of your loved one’s favorite flavor. My favorite is the milk chocolate with sea salt. You really can’t go wrong with Lindor. Buy it on Amazon

Well that list should give you a good start to your stocking shopping. If you have other great ideas, I’d love to hear about them in the comments below. I shop for stocking stuffers all year long, and I’m always excited to get new, fun ideas to surprise my family with.

Wishing you and your family a hope-filled holiday season!


Stocking stuffers are my favorite things! I shop for them all year long. Your family will love this huge list of new, fun gifts (practical, useful and unique, too). 70 top 2021 Christmas stocking stuffer ideas for teens, adults and in-laws.

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