31 last-minute stocking stuffers they’ll actually use — all under $10


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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.

Most of these items are available with two-day shipping, so don’t stress too hard about your last-minute shopping – just remember that the sooner you order, the better your chances of a timely arrival.

Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all of Insider Picks’ holiday gift guides for 2018 here.

A mini waffle maker


Dash Mini Maker, $US8.99, available at Amazon

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.

Cable clips that keep all your cables organised


Shintop 6-Piece Cable Clips Set, $US6.99, available at Amazon

These handy adhesive clips prevent cables from slipping around the table and control any cords that run along the wall.

Reusable stainless steel straws


RSVP Endurance Stainless Steel Bent Drink Straws, 4-Count, $US7.95, available at Amazon

Gift reusable metal straws so your friends and loved ones have little excuse not to reduce their plastic waste.

A stylish and reusable shopping bag


Baby Baggu, $US8, available at Baggu

The mini version of Baggu’s original best-selling bag is the perfect size for grocery store pick-me-ups or their daily lunch.

Surprisingly high-performing earbuds that tens of thousands of reviewers love


Panasonic ErgoFit In-Ear Earbuds RP-TCM120-K, $US8.98, available at Amazon

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 funny laptop sticker


Pug Yoga Sticker by Huebucket, $US2.09-$US6.99, available at Society6

Find thousands of unique laptop sticker designs, from inspirational phrases to quirky illustrations, at art site Society6.

A long lightning cable


Anker Powerline 6-Foot Lightning Cable, $US8.99, available at Amazon

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 hydrating lip balm


Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25, $US7.50, available at Sephora

Relieve winter-chapped lips with a best-selling lip balm filled with hydrating and nourishing ingredients like avocado oil and green tea extract.

A small, beautiful candle


Japonica Santiago Huckleberry Petite Decorative Tin Candle, $US9, available at Nordstrom

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 mini Rubik’s cube


World’s Smallest Rubik’s Cube, $US8, available at Urban Outfitters

Help them exercise their brain by solving the iconic puzzle with this tiny Rubik’s cube that fits right in their pocket.

Cute hair ties


Invisibobble Slim 3-Pack Hair Ties, $US7.95, available at Nordstrom

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 soothing face mask


Sephora Collection Face Mask, $US6, available at Sephora

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).

An affordable phone accessory that really lives up to the hype


PopSockets Grip, $US7.65-$US9.89, available at Amazon

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.

A pack of double-ended coloured pencils


Yoobi Double-Ended Coloured Pencil 12-Pack, $US3.99, available at Target

For only $US4, they get 24 colours to exercise their creativity. These pencils save space and colour smoothly.

High-quality, matte prints of your favourite memories together


Everyday Print Set, from $US8, available at Artifact Uprising

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 set of sticky notes to jot down good ideas


I Am Very Busy Sticky Note Set, $US6.99, available at Ban.do

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.

Indulgent gourmet caramels covered in dark chocolate


Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels, $US7.50, available at Sugarfina

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 fizzy bath bomb


Bath Bomb, $US9, available at West Elm

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.

A fast-charging power bank


heyday 4000 mAh Power Bank, $US9.99, available at Target

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


GIR: Get It Right Premium Silicone Mini Spatula, 8 Inches, Red, $US15.77, available at Amazon

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


Brass Palm Tree Bottle Opener, $US3.99, available at West Elm

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


Monogram Mug, $US8, available at Anthropologie

This large, personalised mug looks best when filled with steaming hot cocoa or tea.

A silky smooth sleep mask


Alaska Bear Natural Silk Sleep Mask, $US9.99, available at Amazon

A soft mask made from mulberry silk will have them feeling relaxed and sleepy in no time.

A pair of fun, colourful socks


Hummingbird Sock, $US8.40, available at Happy 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


Sriracha To-Go Bottle Keychain, $US8, available at Urban Outfitters

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 Gel Couture Nail Polish, $US8.69, available at Target

Essie’s nail polishes boast rich colour and long wear, so they can recreate the salon experience right at home.

A festive bottle stopper


Snowflake Wine Stopper, $US8, available at Pottery Barn

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


Mason Jar Cocoa Mix, $US7.99, available at Etsy

These hand-crafted mason jar mixes have hot cocoa, dry milk, marshmallow, peppermint, and chocolate chips for a cosy, indulgent night in.

A collectible ornament for beer lovers


Holiday Lane 2018 Cheer Glass Ornament, $US4.55, available at Macy’s

There’s much to celebrate this holiday season. They can do so with this old-fashioned whiskey flask ornament on their tree and a real drink in their hand.

Cute lid lifts that allow steam to escape so their pots won’t boil over


Tovolo Farm Animal Pot Lid Lifts, three for $US7, available at Amazon

Add a little personality to their kitchen with these heat-resistant silicone lid lifts. They’re also available in sheep and smiley-face varieties.