The time to order your last-minute gifts is now, people. And if you’ve still got some stocking stuffers left to buy, and would rather not get everyone Starbucks cards this year, we’ve gathered together 49 slightly off-the-beaten-path doodads and gizmos that are either extremely useful or extremely delightful (and sometimes both).
For the dad who’s really into family game night
Set Enterprises Visual Perception Family Card Game Set
For the mom who loves her evening glass of Pinot Noir
Premium Waiters Corkscrew With Rosewood
A handsome wine key will make quick work of opening her next bottle.
For the college student who complains about her roommate’s late-night routine
Fitglam Natural Silk Sleep Mask
This cute silk sleeping mask comes with ear plugs, so she can totally block out her roommate before she goes to sleep.
For the dad who’s gotten into survivalism
The Original Bomber Firestarting Paracord Keychain
This bracelet doubles as a fire starter, perfect for that postapocalyptic scenario your dad’s been prepping for, and small enough to fit in his stocking.
For the hard-to-shop-for mom who seems to have everything
Gold & Snail Hydrogel Eye Patch
She probably doesn’t have golden eye patches (a perennial Strategist favorite recommended by Rio Viera-Newton).
For the parents who can never keep their phones charged
2 Pack 10 Foot Lightning Cable
For the sibling who saw the new “Star Wars” movie on opening night
Star Wars R2-D2 C-3PO 2 Pair Pack Crew Socks
Give them droid-themed socks they can wear to the movie theater when they see it for the second (or third or fourth) time with you.
For the older sister who’s obsessed with her Classplass
Jonathan Adler Pop Candle, Grapefruit
This candle will make her home smell like a SoulCycle studio — minus the sweat.
For the college student whose wardrobe is inspired by gorpcore
Stanley Classic Flask
Though this stainless-steel one is designed to be enjoyed outdoors, it’s still stylish to flash around on campus.
For the mom who only wants “practical” gifts this year
Leighton Duckhead Auto Open Aa Ver. 2013
This stylish umbrella, in millennial pink, is cute and functional.
For the sibling who really got in touch with their spiritual side in 2017
Incense Matches — 15-Pack Variety
This set of stylish incense matchsticks comes with 15 different scents and gives a room what one Strategist editor describes as “a brief wisp of fragrant smoke,” so they can enjoy burning incense without making the whole house smell.
Editors’ note: These incense matchsticks are running low on stock and might not arrive until after Christmas. A good alternative is this highly reviewed scented candle.
For the college graduate who recently moved into their first apartment
Malin + Goetz Hand + Body Wash, Cannabis, 8.5 Ounce
This soap might come in a fancy bottle, but this cannabis-scented two-in-one body and hand wash is a great gift to help a lazy college graduate seem like they have their life in order, without too much effort.
For the teenager who traded in their glasses for their first pair of contact lenses
Kikkerland Contact Lens Case
This $4 ladybug contact-lens case is both adorable and useful.
For the tween boy obsessed with his Nintendo Switch
PDP Pixel Pals Nintendo Super Mario World Mario Collectible Lighted Figure
Get him a light-up pixelated Mario to go along with his excitement for Super Mario Odyssey.
For the teenage girl who’s starting to get into makeup
TonyMoly Mini Peach Lip Balm
Not only does this peach lip balm smell good and work well, as writer Molly Young notes, once she finishes the product, she “will want to rinse out the gleaming containers and repurpose them for small sundries” because it’s just so cute.
For the anime-obsessed 10-year-old
Raindrops Mini Candy Gummy Sushi Bento Box
You could try to guess which Japanese cartoon is their favorite, or you could just get them this box of sushi-shaped candy that will, at the very least, satisfy their sweet tooth.
For the cousin who went to art school
Design As Art (Penguin Modern Classics)
They’ll be sure to appreciate this treatise on modern design written by the legendary Italian artist, designer, and inventor Bruno Munari.
For the tween girl who’s excited that she got her ears pierced this year
S.Leaf Cat Ear Stud Earrings
These pearl earrings with rhinestone cat ears are simple but still totally cute.
For the 8-year-old who was entranced by the solar eclipse
NASA Iron-On Patches #5 — Super Save Pack
Encourage their interest in space with a set of iron-on patches that will let them turn any jacket into part of a makeshift astronaut suit.
For the fifth-grader who still plays with their fidget spinner
Kekilo Magic Rainbow Fidget Spinner Hand Toy
Add this holographic fidget spinner to their collection and ask them to show you some tricks.
For the adult cousin who wishes they could still play with their fidget spinner
Speks — Original (2.5mm) Mashable, Smashable, Rollable, Buildable Magnets
According to the Strategist’s own Katy Schneider, these magnetic balls are less noticeable than a fidget spinner, but still a great stocking stuffer for “someone who’s even slightly fidgety.”
For the 6-year-old cousin who wants a puppy
Lego Friends Puppy Pampering 41302 Building Kit
Since you probably shouldn’t get them a dog, put this affordable Lego set in their stocking, and help them set up a little puppy-grooming shop.
Editors’ note: Since this kit might arrive after Christmas, you could also give a Parrot’s Perch set or a Poodle’s Little Palace.
For the younger sister who started bullet-journaling
Livework 10 Colors Twin Pen Set
This set of five dual-tipped pens is the best stocking stuffer for anyone obsessed with stationary or color-coding their notes.
For the aunt who loves talking about her houseplants
A handsome brass mister will help her take care of her beloved ficus tree and countertop succulents.
For the baby celebrating their first holiday
VWU Baby Thick Cuff Cotton Socks 5-Pack
Giving the gift of socks might be lost on the baby, but their parents will appreciate the thought.
For the nerdy cousin with a morbid sense of humor
All My Friends Are Dead Enamel Pin
Because they know 2017 was a rough year.
For the older sibling who’s already starting to plan for 2018
Jstory Large Personal Monthly Planner
This Korean monthly planner has a minimalist design, but still enough space for all of their appointments.
For the uncle who’s always on a business trip
Flight 001 4-In-1 Adapter
This colorful travel adapter is great for frequent travelers, and the bright colors mean he’ll always be able to spot it at the bottom of his bag.
For the wildlife-obsessed cousin
Kikkerland Safari Pencils, Set of 4 (4348)
This set of four animal-shaped pencils is almost too cute to use (which might actually be an appropriate metaphor for the state of modern conservation that your environmentalist cousin would appreciate).
For the grandparent with an old-timey sense of humor
Emergency Clown Nose
They’ll be sure to get a kick out of a classic red clown nose, cleverly packaged in a jar for emergency situations only.
Editors’ note: If you’re concerned about this emergency clown nose arriving after Christmas, give a 16-pack of clown noses instead.
For the cat person in your life
Waldbaur Chocolate Cat Tongues
These German sweets are shaped like cat tongues — and come in an adorable, cat-adorned box — but taste like delicious chocolate.
Editors’ note: These chocolate cat tongues are expected to arrive after Christmas, so consider giving these equally adorable Japanese chocolates instead.
For the college freshman who’s still trying to decorate their dorm room
LED Cactus Light, YiaMia Cute Night Table Lamp
This cute LED cactus-shaped lamp will light up their room in style.
Editors’ note: This cactus lamp may arrive after Christmas, but the flamingo version is in stock and should arrive by the holidays.
For the dog that’s really just another member of the family
MultiPet Gumby Dog Toy
Your dog might not know it’s the holidays, but that doesn’t mean you can’t spoil them with a toy that’s cute enough to leave lying around your house.
For the cousin who thinks they’re an Instagram influencer
KobraTech Mini Cell Phone Tripod
This tripod for their cell phone comes with a remote control, so they can take photos of themselves without anyone else’s help.
For the digital nomad in your family
Umbra Tangram Travel Organizer
A foldout travel organizer that comes with four mesh zipper pouches and a little loop up top, so you can hang it by a doorknob or a wall hook.
Editors’ note: The pink version of this travel organizer is sold out, but the charcoal is just as handy, though it might arrive after Christmas. A good, albeit less design-conscious, alternative is this Strategist-approved set of packing cubes.
For the sister-in-law who keeps up with the Kardashians
Elago Keyring Headphone Splitter
The perfect couple gift: a headphone splitter, so they can watch Vanderpump Rules together on a plane.
For the young (or the young-at-heart) Disney fanatic
Minnie Mouse Watch
Good for a 6-year-old who just got back from Disney World, or a hipster 22-year-old, who just got back from Disney World.
For the recent college grad who needs some help with personal grooming
Meet the “Groomarang”: It’s a beard-styling comb that ensures his cheek, jaw, and neckline get groomed in a straight line.
For the recently retired grandparent
The New York Times Best of Monday Crosswords
Give the gift of 75 of the New York Times’ easiest crossword puzzles: a perfect thing for them to occupy themselves with while half-watching TV over a lazy holiday weekend.
For the father-in-law who loves hosting tiki parties in the summer
Yunko Pineapple Ice Cube Tray
A silicone pineapple ice-cube tray: perfect for a party thrower.
For the aunt whose favorite winter activity is baking cookies
Christmas / Holiday Cookie Cutter Set — 3 Piece
Get ready for more snowflake-, gingerbread-man-, and snowflake-shaped cookies.
Editors’ note: The three-piece set is back-ordered until December 17, but the 11-piece set of holiday cookie cutters is still available.
For the niece or nephew who’s learning how to read
Mr. Nosey, one of our favorite Mr. Men books, will delight any young ones on your list.
For the tween who loves watching YouTube challenge videos
Mberry Miracle Fruit Tablets (Pack of 2)
Turn Christmas into a “flavor-tripping” party: Have everyone pop one of these tablets into their mouth and then suck on a lemon-slice. Let the fun ensue.
For the quiet niece or nephew who always has their nose in a book
642 Tiny Things to Draw
This pocket-size drawing journal offers imaginative “prompts” for tiny things to draw, like a hot-pepper flake or the last bite of a cookie. Pair it with a fancy pencil.
For the younger sibling who still doesn’t know how to cook an egg correctly
Norpro Egg Timer
Plop this ingenious little egg timer into a pot of boiling water, and its red face changes color to indicate when your egg is soft, medium, or hard-boiled.
For the mom who always forgets her keys
Give a pack of these Dynotag stickers. They can stick them on their phone, keys, remote control, umbrella, or the bottom of their husband’s shoes, and they’ll be able to track their whereabouts.
For the sibling with the serious sweet tooth
Haribo Peaches, Five-Pound Bag
For a big stocking: a five-pound bag of Haribo peach gummies.
For the 9-year-old cousin who thinks butts are hilarious
Kikkerland Safari Animal Butt Magnets, Set of 6
The ideal stocking stuffer: some animal-butt magnets.
For the cousin you talk with only once a year at the holidays
Dave & Busters Gift Card
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