Great Things Can Come in Small Packages: 19 Smart Stocking Stuffers

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Despite common thought, some of the best gifts throughout the holiday season are packed inside stockings rather than sitting under the tree. In a time where advanced devices like portable speakers and streaming sticks are small enough to fit in a boot, there’s no saying what hidden gems will be waiting over the fireplace on Christmas Day.

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Of course, some of the best stocking stuffers are the cute trinkets and accessories that people don’t usually like spoiling themselves with. This Teeny Tiny Record Player and miniature vacuum cleaner are some of our favorites on this list.

Below, find more unique stocking stuffer ideas to gift this year.

Broadway Tickets and Ticket Holder

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Courtesy of Etsy

Tickets, whether it’s to a Broadway show or a sports game, are an example of a high-value gift that can hide in a stocking, and are a great option for those who prefer experiences over material goods. Check out the complete lineup of Broadway shows for the upcoming year, and pair it with this adorable ticket holder to add extra customization.




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Teeny Tiny Record Player

Courtesy of Urban Outfitters
Courtesy of Urban Outfitters

This teeny tiny record player is testament to one of the few universal truths: that you can’t not be obsessed with small things that are supposed to be much larger. This is perfect for someone who loves the feel of a retro record player but might not have the space for a full-fledged turntable. The miniature table, which is small enough to fit in the tiniest of nooks, comes with a trio of mini rock, jazz and soul records, decorative stickers and a tiny book.




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Funko Britney

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Courtesy of Urban Outfitters

There’s no better time to celebrate the Queen of Pop than now, following the much-awaited end to her conservatorship. Britney fans can show off their love for the singer with this fun and glittery Funko Pop, dressed in one of her most memorable all-red stage fits.




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IBX Pogue Party Blanket

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Courtesy of Volcom

Invite your friends and family to be a part of the exclusive Pogue clan for the holidays with this groovy blanket inspired by the beachside style in “Outerbanks.” The versatile towel is great for beach days and bonfires and features a sleek tie-dye design perfect for any season. “Outerbanks” fans might also like these special-edition Sperry’s inspired by the hit show.




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Rose Apothecary Candle

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Courtesy of Beekman 1802

“Schitt’s Creek” ended more than two years ago now, but their collaboration with Beekman 1802 lives on. The best-selling skincare line, inspired by David’s store in the show, also includes this artisanal candle that smells of rose, jasmine and neroli blossom. Check out more “Schitts Creek” gifts here.




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Bala Bangles

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Courtesy of Ssense

If you know someone who’s been getting swole on the down low, these Bala Bangles might have something to do with it. The “Shark Tank” invention will help people majorly step up their exercise routine. Designed to be worn on the wrists or ankles, the set includes two one-pound weights that fit everyone. They’re an easy way to add resistance to yoga, running, aerobics, Pilates, walking, core training or even when you’re just out and about, making them a smart alternative to dumbbells, since they’ll never limit your range of motion. They come in a range of colors.




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Kohler Moxie Showerhead Speaker ($139 Off)

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Courtesy of Kohler

One of the biggest obstacles to the professional multitasker is solved with this genius shower head speaker, an invention that much more people should know about. The Moxie combines a luxurious spray with a high-quality audio speaker so you can listen to your favorite soundtrack or podcast while winding down for the day.




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World’s Smallest Vacuum

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Courtesy of Urban Outfitters

This is one of those unbelievably convenient and adorable household items that everyone knows would make their life significantly easier but feels too indulgent to pull the trigger on. Enter the stocking stuffer! This tiny vacuum cleaner is perfect for sucking up crumbs from between couch cushions or cleaning up dust in keyboard crevices. Plus, the colorful and sleek design gives the utilitarian device some festive edge.




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Evolve Together Face Mask

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Courtesy of Evolve Together

Masks are still very much a thing but one small silver lining of their ubiquity is that we’ve all had plenty of time to figure out which masks are the best on the market. This is a safe stocking stuffer choice because basically nobody can do without an extra face covering in the house or as an extra to store away in their work bags or purses. This celebrity-loved brand, worn by everyone from Sarah Jessica Parker to Kendall Jenner, is popular for good reason: aside from a sleek and simple design, it also boasts a water-resistant outer layer.




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Le Labo Candle

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Courtesy of Nordstrom

The candle has long been degraded as the ultimate cop-out gift but I stand by the fact that they have a nearly perfect success rate. No one likes spending money on candles themselves but almost no one doesn’t enjoy creating some ambiance with a lit flame on a cozy night in. And Le Labo’s Santal 26, one of the few fragrances with its own cult following, will make any room feel like a luxurious dream.




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Úberleben Fire Starter

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Courtesy of Amazon

Any wilderness buff (or someone who’s watched one too many episodes of “Alone”) will love this compact fire stick, a half-inch thick ferrocerium rod that allows you to ignite any fire at ease, wherever you are. The six-function multi-tool also works as a straight-edge striker, tinder scraper, map scale, ruler, hex wrench and bottle opener. And yes, it really is small enough to fit in a stocking!




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JBL Waterproof Portable Speaker

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Courtesy of Amazon

JBL brings portability to the next level in the Clip 3, which packs wireless bluetooth streaming and up to 10 hours of playtime in an ultra-compact 3 x 5 case. Not only is it waterproof, and features a built-in noise cancelling and echo-cancelling speakerphone, but it also comes with fully integrated carabiner clips to attach onto clothes or belt loops while on the go.

Buy: JBL Waterproof Portable Speaker $49.95

Craft Cocktail Kit

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Courtesy of Amazon

Create two top-shelf Moscow Mules wherever you are. This compact cocktail kit, neatly packaged in a copper tin, contains a small batch of bold and spicy ginger syrup developed in-house with ginger, lime concentrate and capsicum for the perfect blend of sweet and spice.

Buy: Craft Cocktail Kit $23.51

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Video Game

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Courtesy of Amazon

Video games are a great supplemental gift to go along with any console, and if you have a gamer in the household you probably already know which ones are on their wish list. But if you’re at a loss, you can’t go wrong with the newly released “Guardians of the Galaxy,” where players become part of an intergalactic squad as Rocket, Groot, Gamora or Drax. For more video game options, check out the best new releases from this year.

Buy: Guardians of the Galaxy $39.95

Baggu

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Courtesy of Shopbop

Tattered totes and plastic bags, no more! Reusable bags for running errands and grocery shopping is made more fun with Baggu’s wide range of lightweight bags, all designed with different fun patterns to match the day. Baggu’s most notablea feature is its portable folding design which allows you to pack it up in small pockets and purses when you aren’t using it.




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Miniature Lego Set

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Courtesy of Walmart

From Harry Potter to the Millenium Falcon, there are dozens of mini Lego sets to choose from depending on which buildable characters your kid gravitates towards. This set is small enough to fit in a stocking, and comes with a Hans Solo Lego minifigure complete with a blaster pistol so they can role-play as the Rebel hero as soon as they’re done building.




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Everywhere Belt Bag

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Courtesy of Lululemon

Nothing will make the gym rat in your life happier than this handy workout bag, perfect for carrying the essentials to a workout class or the weight room. The belt bag is compact enough to sit on the waist underneath coats and jackets, but roomy enough to fit your phone, wallet and keys. Plus, it comes in a bunch of fun colors for those who consider a coordinated outfit inherent to their workout routine.




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Fire TV Stick 4k

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Courtesy of Amazon

If you know someone looking for a streaming upgrade, Fire TV’s stick lite is the most affordable option on the market for fast-streaming full HD pictures. It comes with access to over 200,000 free movies and TV shows, while supporting traditional platforms like Netflix and Hulu, with an Alexa-controlled remote to boot.

Buy: Fire TV Stick 4K $17.99

AMC Gift Card

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Courtesy of Amazon

As we wait for MoviePass’s imminent return, an AMC gift card will do the trick for the movie lovers in your life. In general, nothing makes for a better stocking stuffer than a gift card. It’s small, easy and offers people he freedom to gift themselves something they’ll really enjoy. While an Amazon card is a catch-all that will sure to have something for absolutely everyone on your list, the retail site has hundreds of more specific options to make it more personalized.




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