There's a science to picking the best stocking stuffers, and Santa Claus is, of course, the expert. But if you've been tasked with filling your family's stockings this Christmas, you're in luck because I've searched high and low to find unique, wallet-friendly ideas for all ages.
As Yahoo's gifting editor, it's literally my job to help people find the perfect treats for all manner of recipients and occasions. And while most of the focus next month may be on the presents wrapped under the tree, I believe the smallest gifts can make the biggest impact (when done right, of course). That's why I've compiled a list of ideas based on the inspiring and fun things I've given, received and wished for. Some of these finds are even favorites among Yahoo editors and readers — the watch and eyeglass screwdriver set, for example.
My guess: Even Santa himself would approve of these stocking stuffers for men, women, kids and teens.
Got a potluck princess in your life? Next time, she'll be able to stamp a custom message into her dough, so everyone will know exactly whose kitchen those delectable cookies came from. Pick from eight designs, all of which can be personalized.
She can pick a card, any card, from this deck for an instant mood boost. While some of them provide a simple pick-me-up, others list clever ways to connect with the community, practice gratitude, appreciate the moment and learn something new.
It may look like any ol’ luggage ID, but no — this one has a removable battery pack with a USB charging port tucked inside. “So convenient to have a charger in the most inconspicuous place, and you don’t need to search for a plug or carry those large battery packs,” one fully charged customer wrote.
His new go-to for eyeglass and timepiece repair comes with five different magnetic bits. Take it from Scott Simone, Yahoo’s Managing Editor: “This one — large in the hand, with several different bits — have saved me a trip (or three) to the optometrist for very-much-needed adjustments to my specs."
A car vacuum can only do so much. This reusable goo, on the other hand, is specially designed to boldly go into air vents, consoles, steering wheels and other hard-to-clean spots. Press it into the car’s nooks and crevices, then pull it away slowly to remove years of dust, dirt and grime.
This pocket-size juice box has racked up more than 10,000 rave reviews on Amazon (Read some of them here.). Along with being compact and easy to pack, it provides about four or five full charges for an iPhone.
He works hard, he plays hard, and sometimes he overheats. He can run this under water for 10 seconds, wring it out and drape it around his neck for some blissful relief. It will stay cool for up to two hours on the hottest days.
He wears his baseball cap on the green, in the outfield and just about anywhere else he can get away with it. These peel-and-stick liners will keep sweat, smells and unsightly stains at bay. This price is for a 6-pack, but smaller and larger denominations are also available.
These stones can be chilled in the refrigerator, then placed over tired, puffy peepers. “My migraines start behind my eyes and these are so soothing in easing the pain. Likewise for sinus headaches,” one satisfied shopper wrote.
Now the aspiring spy in your brood can write special messages for their eyes only — or the eyes of the ones they trust. The ink is completely invisible unless they shine it with the blacklight from the pen’s cap.
Apparently, reindeer farts smell — and taste? — like peppermint. That’s news to me, but not to more than 11,000 Amazon shoppers. “I won't lie, the whole reason I purchased this is because I knew that my kids would laugh at the name. However, I was really happy with how yummy the actual cotton candy in the bag was! The candy was fresh and well packaged, and the product name got the laughs expected,” one happy customer wrote.
If the lass in your life is still figuring out her signature scent, she can test out one of these fruit-forward fragrance sticks, which let her apply as much (or as little) as she’d like without being overpowering.
Kids looove personalized gifts — all the better to safeguard them from their buttinsky siblings. Spell out their name with crayons (from $5 to $29, depending on length) featuring solid or swirl lettering. “They teach their names, letters and colors and they are functional and not to mention super cute,” one Etsy shopper wrote in a five-star review.
One box, so many possibilities. Young and old will get a thrill transforming this geometric wonder into 70 different shapes. One Amazon reviewer noted that this “fantastic fidget toy” was a “great toy for in the car” or “waiting in a doctor's office.”
In case you're wondering: Kinetic sand is covered with silicone, which allows it to be molded into all kinds of shapes ... and keeps it from spilling all over your house! Your kids will uncover a wild fish, shark or friendly-faced critter in the container, then mold the sand into different formations for the animals to play on.
Six teenagers go on trial Monday in Paris for their alleged roles in the beheading of a teacher who showed caricatures of the prophet of Islam to his class, a killing that led authorities to reaffirm France's cherished rights of expression and secularism. Samuel Paty, a history and geography teacher, was killed on Oct. 16, 2020, near his school in a northwest Paris suburb by an 18-year-old of Chechen origin who had become radicalized. Paty’s name was disclosed on social media after a class debate on free expression during which he showed caricatures published by the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which triggered a newsroom massacre by extremists in January 2015.
NYPD Crime StoppersTwo women have been handed hate crime charges after they allegedly assaulted a Jewish woman in New York City who criticized them for tearing down posters displaying Israeli hostages taken by Hamas during the Oct. 7 attack. The New York Post reported that Mehwish Omer, 26, turned herself in to police on Monday, while Stephanie Gonzalez, 25, was arrested a week earlier. The pair were accused of violently attacking the Jewish victim on Nov. 9, knocking her phone out of her hand a
A woman in China has spent 270,000 yuan ($38,100) over the past nine years indulging in her love for hotpot. Kong’s addiction: The Chinese woman, surnamed Kong, has gone viral on Chinese social media after expressing her addiction to the soup dish on Nov. 17. Haidilao’s excellent service: Kong, a manager at a bed and breakfast hotel from Nanjing, praised Haidilao for its fresh ingredients and excellent service, noting that she first tried the restaurant’s hotpot about nine years ago after receiving many recommendations.