24 Gifts Under $5 That Will Arrive by Christmas


When we told our fellow Strategist editor that we were going to find the best stocking stuffers for $5 and under that were not totally crappo, he was skeptical. It wasn’t easy, but we think we may have proved him wrong. Below, the cheap gifts — from dollhouse bread to a camping mug to some Russian literature — that we turned up.

Instant Pot–Specific Mitts

Chap Stick Upgrade

Feline Paperclips

Some Dostoevsky

Chinese Milk Candy

Carole King, Live at Carnegie Hall

Reusable Drinking Straws

Fancy Salt

Cute Contacts Case

Enamelware Mug

Sparkly Play-Doh

12 Cans of LaCroix

Lipstick Patch

Pimple Patch

105 Twizzlers

4 Le Pens

Japanese Incense

Silver Shoelaces

Star Wars Toothbrush

Banana Bag

Note: The under-$5 version may not arrive in time for Christmas, but the $7 version definitely will.

Peach Squishy

Gumby Dog Toy

A Children’s Classic

Miniature Bread

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Stocking Stuffers Under $5 That Will Arrive by Christmas