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50 Non-Boring Last-minute Stocking Stuffers Under $25 (That You Can Buy on Amazon)

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It’s officially time to start shopping for holiday gifts before they all sell out. That includes gifts for co-workers, best friends, extended family, and yes, stocking stuffers. This year, find a stocking stuffer that doesn’t come from CVS or Starbucks. They may be small — and affordable — but the gifts you buy to fill your family’s stockings will go over much better if you put in just a touch of planning. Here are 50 great gifts you can give to just about any family member from a jet-setting uncle to a unicorn-poop-obsessed 8-year old.

For the cousin who just started grad school

Caran D’ache Ballpoint Pen Fluorescent Yellow Metal
$19 at Amazon

Taking notes is much more fun with good pen, and this one is easy to find at the bottom of a bag.

For the mom who’s never tried a sheet mask

Dr. Jart Mask Sheet Set 6 Pcs Mixed Mask
$25 at Amazon

There are lots of good ones in this selection from Korean-beauty brand Dr. Jart.

For the sibling who’s trying to unplug from their devices

Casio Unisex MQ-71-1BCF Classic Luminous Hands Watch With Black Resin Band
$20 at Amazon

Put this budget-friendly Casio in their stocking, and wrap up a more serious watch for under the tree.

For the dog who’s basically a family member

ZippyPaws 12-Inch Hedgehog Squeaky Plush Dog Toy
$12 at Amazon

It won’t be long before this squeaky hedgehog becomes a permanent resident on your dog’s bed.

For the uncle who’s always on a business trip

Flight 001 4-In-1 Adapter
$21 at Amazon

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 aunt who loves a good Pinot Noir

Premium Waiters Corkscrew With Rosewood
$23 at Amazon

A handsome wine key will make quick work of opening her next bottle.

For the college student who complains about her roommate’s late nights

Fitglam Natural Silk Sleep Mask
$10 at Amazon

This cute silk sleeping mask comes with ear plugs, so she can totally block out her roommate before she goes to sleep.

For the little cousin who already has a Poopsie Surprise Unicorn

Poopsie Slime Surprise Poop Pack Series 1
$17 at Amazon

Ensure that your little cousin never runs out of rainbow slime for their unicorn to poop. And if you still need to pick up the Unicorn before they’re all gone we’ve got those too.

For the grandparent who’s addicted to ice cream

COOPS MICROCREAMERY Original Fudge Sauce
$20 at Amazon

This is the best hot fudge in the United States, plus it’s available in a vegan recipe.

For the parents who can never keep their phones charged

Anker Powerline Lightning (10ft) Apple MFi Certified Lightning Cable
$12 at Amazon

This ten-foot-long iPhone lightning cable is just $12, so you can buy two of them and still have spent less than $25 on each parent.

For the crafty cousin who collects tiny erasers

KLUTZ Make Your Own Mini Erasers Toy
$17 at Amazon

This set lets you create your own mini erasers that actually work. Great for keeping kids busy once the presents have all been opened.

For the activist dad concerned about climate change

Pinsanity Science Not Silence Enamel Lapel Pin
$10 at Amazon

This is a great conversation-starting pin for dads who love the environment, and honestly it works for a whole host of other important issues.

For the mom who only wants “practical” gifts this year

Leighton Duckhead Auto Open Aa Ver. 2013
$21 at Amazon

This stylish umbrella, in millennial pink, is cute and functional.

For the sibling who makes their own cold brew

Evak Fresh Saver Airless Canister
$10 at Amazon

Because stale beans are the number-one cause of a bad brew.

For the college grad moving into their first apartment

Malin + Goetz Hand + Body Wash, Cannabis, 8.5 Ounce
$24 at Amazon

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 contacts

Kikkerland Contact Lens Case
$4 at Amazon

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
$17 at Amazon

Get him a light-up pixelated Mario to go along with his excitement for Super Mario Odyssey.

For the 20-something sibling who just moved into a new apartment

Mkono Wall Hanging Plant Terrarium Glass Planter
$9 at Amazon

Encourage good plant habits with this bubble-shaped terrarium. For actual plants you can buy on Amazon go here.

For the teenage girl who’s starting to get into makeup

TonyMoly Mini Peach Lip Balm
$12 at Amazon

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 cousin who went to art school

Design As Art (Penguin Modern Classics)
$12 at Amazon

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 got her ears pierced this year

S.Leaf Cat Ear Stud Earrings
$16 at Amazon

These pearl earrings with rhinestone cat ears are simple but still totally cute.

For the aunt or uncle who’s still carrying a food co-op tote to work

BAGGU Merch Tote, Simple and Easy Canvas Tote Bag
$15 at Amazon

Available in five colors, this simple canvas tote looks a hell of a lot more pulled together than their stained co-op tote.

For the adult sibling who wishes they could still play with a fidget spinner

Speks — Original (2.5mm) Mashable, Smashable, Rollable, Buildable Magnets
$23 at Amazon

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’s obsessed with dinosaurs

LEGO Creator Mighty Dinosaurs 31058 Dinosaur Toy
$20 at Amazon

Lego sets are big every year, but this one with three-in-one dinosaur-building capacity is sure to make any kid’s day.

For the 6-year-old cousin who wants a puppy

Lego Friends Puppy Pampering 41302 Building Kit
$25 at Amazon

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.

For the teenager with sophisticated taste

Acrylic Tortoise-Shell Hoop Earrings
$10 at Amazon

These modern acetate hoops are lightweight and super-chic. Plus, at ten bucks it’s not a big deal is she loses one.

For the younger sister who started bullet-journaling

Livework 10 Colors Twin Pen Set
$13 at Amazon

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

Brass Mister
$23 at Amazon

A handsome brass mister will help her take care of her beloved ficus tree and countertop succulents.

For the baby celebrating their first holiday

CoCoCute Baby Socks - 3 Pairs Thick Winter Toddler Socks
$15 at Amazon

Giving the gift of socks might be lost on the baby, but their parents will appreciate the thought.

For the older sibling who’s already starting to plan for 2019

Jstory Large Personal Monthly Planner
$14 at Amazon

This Korean monthly planner has a minimalist design, but still enough space for all of their appointments.

For the mom whose purse needs organizing

DELFONICS Quitterie Pouch Size M
$21 at Amazon

An inner-bag zip pouch that looks more expensive than it is.

For the grandparent with an old-timey sense of humor

Emergency Clown Nose
$11 at Amazon

They’ll be sure to get a kick out of a classic red clown nose, cleverly packaged in a jar for emergency situations only.

For the cousin who thinks they’re an Instagram influencer

AMIR for iPhone Lens, 0.4X Wide Angle Lens + 180°Fisheye Lens & 10X Macro Lens, Clip on Cell Phone Lens for iPhone
$14 at Amazon

These easily clip onto your phone and will add new dimension to your timeline.

For the mom who collects pear-shaped things

Vance Kitra Timber Pear Candle
$7 at Amazon

For the boho mom whose table is always on point.

For the sister-in-law who keeps up with the Kardashians

Elago Keyring Headphone Splitter
$10 at Amazon

The perfect couple gift: a headphone splitter, so they can watch Vanderpump Rules together on a plane.

For the sibling who can’t stop watching pimple-popping videos

Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask
$11 at Amazon

This clay mask is so intense you’ll want to blog about it.

For the sibling who puts Sriracha on everything

Ripple Junction Sriracha Water Bottle
$10 at Amazon

For the person who wants to make everything spicy.

For the recently retired grandparent

The New York Times Best of Monday Crosswords
$8 at Amazon

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
$8 at Amazon

A silicone pineapple ice-cube tray: perfect for a party thrower.

For the aunt whose favorite winter activity is baking cookies

Dinosaur Cookie Cutter Set with Recipe Book
$13 at Amazon

Get ready for more snowflake-, gingerbread-man-, and snowflake-shaped cookies.

For the niece or nephew who’s learning how to read

Mr. Nosey
$4 at Amazon

Mr. Nosey, one of our favorite Mr. Men books, will delight any young ones on your list.

For the cousin whose wallet is a rubber band

Topo Designs Snap Wallet
$24 at Amazon

Topo Designs makes color-blocked backpacks, dopp kits, and small zip pouches for outdoorsy-minded people. They also make this snap wallet that is 1,000 times better than what your cousin is currently using.

For the quiet niece or nephew who likes to draw

642 Tiny Things to Draw
$9 at Amazon

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 aunt or uncle who “cannot function” without their coffee

Ello Campy Vacuum-Insulated Stainless Steel Travel Mug
$18 at Amazon

This speckled enamel-ware inspired travel mug holds 18 ounces of hot coffee, is BPA-free, and easy to clean.

For the younger sibling who still doesn’t know how to properly cook an egg

Norpro Egg Timer
$4 at Amazon

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 sister who loves cute beauty supplies

TONYMOLY Magic Food Banana Hand Milk
$10 at Amazon

It’s K-beauty-level lotion in a banana-shaped container; she will love it.

For the mom who always forgets her keys

Dynotag Stickers
$20 at Amazon

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 a serious sweet tooth

Haribo Peaches, Five-Pound Bag
$15 at Amazon

For a big stocking: a five-pound bag of Haribo peach gummies.

For the niece or nephew who’s getting into fashion

Carhartt Men’s Acrylic Watch Hat
$13 at Amazon

It’s still the “It” beanie so they’ll feel like a fashion influencer even on bad-hair days.

For the dad who likes nostalgic grooming supplies

Marvis Whitening Mint Toothpaste
$10 at Amazon

Heritage menswear in the form of intensely minty whitening toothpaste.

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50 Non-Boring Stocking Stuffers Under $25