Stocking Stuffers on the Cheap

If you are like most people, you probably feel a little burned out after Christmas shopping. The lists are long, the sales are rampant and sometimes you just wonder how you made it through it all. Then it hits, what should I do about stocking stuffers?! Many people forget this step or try to make a last-ditch effort to at least fill the stocking with something. 

This year, you can be both prepared and somewhat frugal. The stocking stuff should be fun, useful, and exciting. You can be a jokester and add a lump of coal or a fake lottery ticket. However, if you want to get the family something worthwhile, check out these stocking stuffers for $5 and under.

Stocking Stuffers For Children

Most children are not too entirely picky. Heck, some will even play with a cardboard box for hours. You can find tons of treasures at the local dollar store or Target dollar bins. This might also be a good time to teach your children the value of a dollar. In addition, you can slip in a few bucks or a gift card. This is a great way to introduce money and its value. 

Here are some more ideas for the little ones:

  • Bottles of bubbles
  • Play-Doh or slime
  • Crayons and a coloring book
  • Fruit snacks
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Lip gloss
  • Hot Wheels
  • Stickers
  • Bath toys
  • Craft supplies
  • Plush toys
  • Small games
  • Slipper socks
  • Card games

Stocking Stuffers for Teens

This could perhaps be the toughest category of all. Most teens wouldn’t get excited unless they opened the latest version of an iPhone, but we all know that isn’t under $5. Getting a teen excited for Christmas might not go over well, but you can still fill their stocking for cheap. At least you can say you tried. Here are some ideas for that tough teen in your house:

  • Multi-pack of gum, mints or other small treats
  • Travel size hair products
  • Set of nice pens or pencils
  • Body spray
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Lotion
  • Flash drive
  • Costume jewelry
  • Lip gloss or chapstick
  • Earbuds
  • Favorite magazine
  • Amazon or iTunes $5 gift card
  • Nail files and nail polish
  • Coin purse
  • Cell phone case
  • Sample size cologne

Stocking Stuffers for Mom

Let’s be honest, what moms most want for Christmas is a break. You could give her an empty stocking and whisper magical words in her ear of ‘take the rest of the day off’ and you would have one happy woman. However, if you do not have the means to pull this one off, you can still fill her stocking full of goodies and keep them all under $5 a pop. Here are stocking stuffer ideas for mom:

  • Candle
  • Face mask
  • Nail polish
  • Gift card for coffee
  • Fun size bottle of wine or liquor
  • Picture frame
  • Christmas ornament
  • Paperback book
  • Earrings
  • Specialty tea
  • Chocolates
  • Compact mirror
  • Sunglasses
  • Bath bombs
  • Under-eye mask
  • False lashes
  • Body mist

Stocking Stuffer for Dad

Finding a nice gift for dad can also be a challenging task. He probably won’t complain with what he receives but will you ever know if he’s happy? Like truly happy? At least you can attempt to fill his stocking with potential things he might use and if it goes unopened, then you probably know not to do the same for next year. Here are stocking stuffer ideas for dad:

  • Money clip
  • Travel size cologne or aftershave
  • Breath mints
  • Jar of nuts
  • Eyeglass repair kit
  • Golf balls
  • Personalized keychain
  • Fun size bottle of liquor
  • Shoe polish
  • Playing cards
  • Beanie hat
  • Epic wipes
  • Dollar Shave Club starter kit
  • Pocket notebooks
  • Pack of beef jerky or beef sticks
  • Gift card for coffee or fast food

Stocking Stuffer for Anyone

Rounding out the list are stocking stuffers for anyone. It could be for a neighbor, teacher, friend, post office worker, co-worker, best friend, great aunt, cousin, or anyone else that you just need that $5 gift for. Here are stocking stuffers for anyone on your Christmas list:

  • Coffee mug
  • Candy
  • Luggage tag
  • Stationary
  • 2021 Calendar
  • 2021 Planner
  • Book of crossword puzzles
  • Stress ball
  • Car freshener
  • $5 Amazon gift card
  • Back scratcher
  • Reusable shopping bag
  • Journal
  • Novelty socks
  • Pack of stainless steel straws

Final Thoughts

Stocking stuffers definitely do not need to be over the top. They can be fun and inexpensive. Some people are harder to buy for than others, but this year you can be prepared. Make sure you check everyone off on your list.