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Not everyone in your life, like your friendly neighbourhood mailman or the kid cousins you only see once a year, is going to receive a fancy gift from you this year. However, you might still want to give them a small token of love and appreciation during the holidays because it’s simply a nice thing to do.
Before you tackle the big-ticket gift purchases on your list for your mum, dad, or significant other, it’s easier to start small with the stocking stuffers you can buy by the armful. Under $US10 is just about as affordable as you can get with gifts, but this low price point doesn’t mean your stocking stuffers can’t still be useful, thoughtful, and unique.
These 31 affordable stocking stuffers, from handy tech accessories to personal care staples, are far from throwaways.
Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all of Insider Picks’ holiday gift guides for 2018 here.
A stylish and reusable shopping bag
The mini version of Baggu’s original best-selling bag is the perfect size for grocery store pick-me-ups or their daily lunch.
Cute lid lifts that allow steam to escape so their pots won’t boil over
Add a little personality to their kitchen with these heat-resistant silicone lid lifts. They’re also available in sheep and smiley-face varieties.
High-quality, matte prints of your favourite memories together
Physical prints are always thoughtful and appreciated. Artifact Uprising’s easy-to-use photo editor helps you check off your gift list in no time.
A pack of double-ended coloured pencils
For only $US4, they get 24 colours to exercise their creativity. These pencils save space and colour smoothly.
Surprisingly high-performing earbuds that tens of thousands of reviewers love
Panasonic proves you really don’t have to spend a lot for a solid pair of earbuds. The comfortable feel and balanced audio make them a great everyday model.
A hydrating lip balm
Relieve winter-chapped lips with a best-selling lip balm filled with hydrating and nourishing ingredients like avocado oil and green tea extract.
A mini waffle maker
This gadget may be mini, but it’s just as functional and versatile as the big version. Plus, they can feel free to eat multiples since the waffles are pretty small.
A soothing face mask
Sephora’s special “bio-fibre” masks hug facial contours more closely so their skin will enjoy the full benefits of the ingredients. Choose from masks like Rose (moisturizing, brightening) and Pineapple (pore-refining).
A set of sticky notes to jot down good ideas
Printed with the phrases “I am very busy,” “It’s all going to happen for you,” and “Fun,” these pastel sticky notes are realistic but also motivating, and they start your recipient on the right foot for 2019.
Reusable stainless steel straws
Gift reusable metal straws so your friends and loved ones have little excuse not to reduce their plastic waste.
Cable clips that keep all your cables organised
These handy adhesive clips prevent cables from slipping around the table and control any cords that run along the wall.
Indulgent gourmet caramels covered in dark chocolate
Rich caramel, slightly bitter dark chocolate, and a zing of sea salt balance each other out in this treat that melts in your mouth.
A mini Rubik’s cube
Help them exercise their brain by solving the iconic puzzle with this tiny Rubik’s cube that fits right in their pocket.
A fizzy bath bomb
With this gift, they will feel their worries dissolve as quickly as this bath bomb. The South Seas scent will take them to a coastal dream far, far away.
An affordable phone accessory that really lives up to the hype
We know – PopSockets Grips are everywhere. But there’s a reason why even naysayers have been convinced. They offer a strong grip on your phone, double as a stand, and come in many different colours and prints.
Cute hair ties
Hair ties that don’t strain your head or leave marks aren’t easy to find, which is why your recipient won’t be able to thank you enough for this simple hair accessory.
A funny laptop sticker
Find thousands of unique laptop sticker designs, from inspirational phrases to quirky illustrations, at art site Society6.
A small, beautiful candle
Featuring notes of huckleberry, vanilla and crushed sugar cane, this candle brings the scents of a garden indoors and has an impressive 25-hour burn time.
A fast-charging power bank
This $US10 power bank packs a lot of charge into a compact device, letting them fill up to a full battery around two times.
A mini silicone spatula that home cooks swear by
If they bake at all, GIR’s well-designed spatula is a must-have tool. They will enjoy using the mini size to dig into small bowls and jars.
A tropical bottle opener
A luxe bottle opener lets anyone start the party in style. This one also serves as a great conversation starter.
A five-year journal
One Question a Day: A Five-Year Journal: A Personal Time Capsule of Questions and Answers, $US11.55, available at Amazon
It only takes a few minutes a day to write in this guided journal. By the end, they will have a cool record of how they have changed (or haven’t changed) in the last five years.
A monogrammed mug
This large, personalised mug looks best when filled with steaming hot cocoa or tea.
A silky smooth sleep mask
A soft mask made from mulberry silk will have them feeling relaxed and sleepy in no time.
A pair of fun, colourful socks
To meet the free shipping minimum, pick up a few different styles, or check out the themed gift box sets to impress the sock aficionado in your life.
A keychain that lets you enjoy hot sauce at any time
If their meal isn’t complete without a dash or two of chilli sauce, they might want to bring along this portable bottle.
Gel nail polish
Essie’s nail polishes boast rich colour and long wear, so they can recreate the salon experience right at home.
A festive bottle stopper
You can’t walk into a dinner party empty-handed – make sure to bring your favourite host a bottle wine and a seasonal wine stopper to match, or gift it as a stocking stuffer to the wine aficionado in your life.
Hot chocolate mix, complete with marshmallows
These hand-crafted mason jar mixes have hot cocoa, dry milk, marshmallow, peppermint, and chocolate chips for a cosy, indulgent night in.
A long lightning cable
Admittedly, they’re not the most glamorous stocking stuffer, but you can’t deny their usefulness. The long length is convenient and the cable delivers maximum charging speed to their device.
A collectible ornament for beer lovers
There’s much to celebrate this holiday season. They can do so with this six-pack of “Christmas Brew” on their tree and a real six-pack in their hand.
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