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
For the mom who’s never tried a sheet mask
For the sibling who’s trying to unplug from their devices
For the dog who’s basically a family member
For the uncle who’s always on a business trip
For the aunt who loves a good Pinot Noir
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
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
For the grandparent who’s addicted to ice cream
For the parents who can never keep their phones charged
For the crafty cousin who collects tiny erasers
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
For the mom who only wants “practical” gifts this year
This stylish umbrella, in sunny yellow, is cute and functional.
For the sibling who makes their own cold brew
Because stale beans are the number-one cause of a bad brew.
For the college grad moving into their first apartment
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
This $5 yellow submarine contact-lens case is both adorable and useful.
For the tween boy obsessed with his Nintendo Switch
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
For the teenage girl who’s starting to get into makeup
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
For the baby celebrating their first holiday
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
This Korean monthly planner has a minimalist design, but still enough space for all of their appointments.
For the mom whose purse needs organizing
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
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
These easily clip onto your phone and will add new dimension to your timeline.
For the mom who idolizes Ida Garten
Get mom zesting citrus fruits and grating Parmesan like the Contessa herself.
For the sister-in-law who keeps up with the Kardashians
For the sibling who can’t stop watching pimple-popping videos
A clay mask so intense you’ll want to blog about it – and some sweet extras.
For the sibling who puts Sriracha on everything
For the person who wants to make everything spicy.
For the recently retired grandparent
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
A silicone pineapple ice-cube tray: perfect for a party thrower.
For the aunt whose favorite winter activity is baking cookies
Get ready for more snowflake-, gingerbread-man-, and snowflake-shaped cookies.
For the niece or nephew who’s learning how to read
For the cousin whose wallet is a rubber band
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
For the younger sibling who still doesn’t know how to properly cook an egg
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
It’s K-beauty-level sleeping masks in a panda-shaped container. She will love it.
For the sibling with a serious sweet tooth
For a big stocking: a five-pound bag of Haribo peach gummies.
For the niece or nephew who’s getting into fashion
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
Heritage menswear in the form of intensely minty whitening toothpaste.
For the chocoholic dad
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
She’ll flip over these adorable sushi-shaped catnip toys, and so will kitty.
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