25 Ultimate Last-Minute Stocking Stuffer Ideas

by Julie Cohn
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We are coming to the final few days before Christmas. If you are like me, you probably have all of your holiday shopping finished, but what about stocking stuffers?  Stocking stuffers are always the hardest thing for me to figure out, but this year I’ve got it covered and ready to share some of the best gift ideas with you.  Here are 25 Ultimate Last-Minute Stocking Stuffer Ideas, with practical, frivolous, and fun stocking stuffers your whole family will enjoy!

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25 Ultimate Last-Minute Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Christmas stocking stuffers are usually things most people use all year, so it is always a good idea to have a mix of practical and fun.  You could go with the customary stuffers such as candy or fruit, but there are so many other unique things you can gift in a stocking. 

Get them something uniquely theirs from Etsy. Or how about a candle from Thistle Farms, which employs and empowers women survivors of human trafficking and prostitution?  A special book is always a great idea, or perhaps a custom subscription box with thousand’s of ideas?  Every year, I get my family new themed Tervis Tumblers

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For the foodie in your family, upgrade that chocolate with something delicious from Ghirardelli’s.  For those on paleo, refined sugar-free, or vegan diets, get some chocolate and treats from Hu Kitchen.  These tea drops are an adorable and tasty gift or how about a customized wine tasting?   Gourmet cheese is always a great idea!  

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Are they interested in learning a new language, learning a new skill, or expanding their career?  Surprise them with a class from  Udemy or buy a course for someone and get 50% off for yourself with a class from  Coursera.  

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If someone you are gifting is always busy, give them the gift of time.  Make them a gourmet dinner, do some yard work, or finish a task they struggle with.  Or give them a coupon book with lots of little moments of time! 

How to Pick the Perfect Last-Minute Stocking Stuffer Ideas 

Stocking stuffers are gifts that are smaller and serve a purpose, either practical or as an indulgent holiday treat. Here are some tips to pick the perfect stocking stuffers: 

  • Will the item get used once or many times?  Try to purchase something that serves a purpose and will be used again and again.  
  • Does the stocking stuffer reflect an interest?  Is your recipient into sports?  Do they like Star Wars?  
  • Is the gift a special treat they would not get themselves? 
  • Is the gift something unusual or unique that your gift recipient never knew they needed?  Unique gifts are the best! 
  • Is the gift something they can learn from or challenge themselves with, such as a puzzle or game?
  • Is the gift fun?  Everyone should be allowed to have a little fun at Christmas! 
  • Does the gift have a WOW factor, something over-the-top and unexpected?  One year I got my family Hamilton tickets and a trip to New York City…that certainly brought the wow! 
  • Does the gift invoke a positive emotion?  A sense of joy, comfort, indulgence?   
  • Does the gift have sentimental value?  Start a tradition and gift something they will look forward to every year, such as a special ornament.  

25 Ultimate Last-Minute Stocking Stuffer Ideas

The ultimate list of last-minute stocking stuffer ideas, with ideas for the whole family.

Whatever you decide for last-minute stocking stuffer ideas, make sure those gifts are from the heart and you can’t go wrong!  ♥

 

25 Ultimate Last-Minute Stocking Stuffer Ideas

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