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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. Don’t miss all of the Strategist’s holiday gift coverage right here, too.

For the cousin who just started grad school

Marvy Le Pen 10-Piece Drawing Set

Taking notes is much more fun with a good pen, and these bright ones are easy to find at the bottom of a bag.

For the mom who’s never tried a sheet mask

My Beauty Diary Alps Edelweiss Ultra Repairing Mask

Our beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton calls this K-beauty mask a “total lifesaver” for her dry winter skin.

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

Casio Unisex MQ-71-1BCF Classic Luminous Hands Watch With Black Resin Band

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

COODIA Legs Out Front Pet Dog Carrier

For taking your pup everywhere — in stripy style.

For the uncle who’s always on a business trip

Epicka All-in-One Wall Charger

Frequent travelers love that this compact adapter works in 150 countries and has four USB ports for charging multiple devices at once.

For the aunt who loves a good Pinot Noir

Corkas Executive Corkscrew

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

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

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

Zeroll 1020 Original Ice Cream Easy Scoop

An ice cream scoop with such an elegant design, it’s part of MoMA’s permanent collection.

For the parents who can never keep their phones charged

Anker Powerline Lightning (10ft) Apple MFi Certified Lightning Cable

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

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

SipWell Stainless Steel Drinking Straws

Let him enjoy his iced coffee (in a reusable tumbler, of course) guilt-free with metal straws that won’t end up in the ocean or a landfill.

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

Leighton Duckhead Auto Open AA Umbrella

This stylish umbrella, in sunny yellow, is cute and functional.

For the sibling who makes their own cold brew

Evak Fresh Saver Airless Canister

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, Lime

This soap might come in a fancy bottle, but this lime-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 Case, Yellow Sub

This $5 yellow submarine contact-lens case is both adorable and useful.

For the tween boy obsessed with his Nintendo Switch

Paladone Super Mario Brothers Question Block Night Light

Get him a night-light styled like an iconic Mario question block to go along with his excitement for Super Mario Odyssey.

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

Shop Succulents Aloe Plants

Strategist writer and resident plant expert David Notis says “aloes are great, hardy plants for beginners.”

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

TEMANY Makeup Blender Beauty Sponge with Makeup Sponge Holder

Makeup artists love beauty blenders for applying foundation — and she’ll love the drying stand with a heart-shaped base.

For the cousin who went to art school

Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees, by Lawrence Weschler

Evelyn Hankins, senior curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., told us, “The narrative that Weschler weaves from pioneering artist Robert Irwin’s own words will captivate anyone with even a passing interest in art.”

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

BAGGU Merch Tote, Simple and Easy Canvas Tote Bag

In “blush gingham,” 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 — Red 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.” The red version feels especially festive.

For the 6-year-old cousin who’s obsessed with dinosaurs

LEGO Creator Mighty Dinosaurs 31058 Dinosaur Toy

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 Playground 41303 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 park.

For the teenager with sophisticated taste

Acrylic Tortoise-Shell Hoop Earrings

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

Zebra Pen Mildliner Double Ended Highlighter Set

This set of highliter 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

Purism Style Plant Mister

A handsome plant 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

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 Big Monthly Planner 18-Sheets Silver

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

For the mom whose purse needs organizing

PACMAXI Felt Insert Bag Organizer

This bag insert has a place for everything and a slim profile to stay hidden in her purse.

For the grandparent with an old-timey sense of humor

Amscan Jumbo Clown Nose

They’ll be sure to get a kick out of a classic red clown nose.

For the cousin who thinks they’re an Instagram influencer

Apexel 10-in-1 Cell Phone Camera Lens Kit

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

For the mom who idolizes Ida Garten

Microplane 46020 Premium Zester Grater

Get mom zesting citrus fruits and grating Parmesan like the Contessa herself.

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 sibling who can’t stop watching pimple-popping videos

Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask + Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask + Hemp Blotting Papers Bundle

A clay mask so intense you’ll want to blog about it – and some sweet extras.

For the sibling who puts Sriracha on everything

Large 20 oz Sriracha Hot Sauce Red And Green Ceramic Mug

For the person who wants to make everything spicy.

For the recently retired grandparent

The New York Times Monday Crossword Puzzle Omnibus

Give the gift of 200 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

True Fabrication 5272 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

Dinosaur Cookie Cutter Set with Recipe Book

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

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

Mr. Nosey

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

Herschel Supply Co. Men’s Charlie RFID-Blocking Card Holder Wallet

Like their iconic backpacks, this wallet from Herschel Supply Co. is simple, slightly sporty, and highly functional.

For the quiet niece or nephew who likes to draw

642 Things to Draw

This pocket-size drawing journal offers imaginative “prompts” for tons of 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 properly cook an egg

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 sister who loves cute beauty supplies

TONYMOLY Panda’s Dream White Sleeping Pack

It’s K-beauty-level sleeping masks in a panda-shaped container. She will love it.

For the sibling with a serious sweet tooth

Haribo Peaches, Five-Pound Bag

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

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

Heritage menswear in the form of intensely minty whitening toothpaste.

For the chocoholic dad

Tony’s Chocolonely Caramel Sea Salt Milk Chocolate Bar

Might as well get one for yourself as well, as dad probably won’t want to share.

For the aunt who loves to spoil her cat

Munchiecat Sushi Toys

She’ll flip over these adorable sushi-shaped catnip toys, and so will kitty.

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50 Non-Boring Stocking Stuffers Under $25