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
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
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
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
For taking your pup everywhere — in stripy style.
For the uncle who’s always on a business trip
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
For the college student who complains about her roommate’s late nights
For the little cousin who already has a Poopsie Surprise Unicorn
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
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
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
For the activist dad concerned about climate change
For the mom who only wants “practical” gifts this year
For the sibling who makes their own cold brew
For the college grad moving into their first apartment
For the teenager who traded in their glasses for contacts
For the tween boy obsessed with his Nintendo Switch
For the 20-something sibling who just moved into a new apartment
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
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
For the aunt or uncle who’s still carrying a food co-op tote to work
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
For the 6-year-old cousin who wants a puppy
For the teenager with sophisticated taste
For the younger sister who started bullet-journaling
For the aunt who loves talking about her houseplants
A handsome plant mister will help her take care of her beloved ficus tree and countertop succulents.
For the baby celebrating their first holiday
For the older sibling who’s already starting to plan for 2019
For the mom whose purse needs organizing
For the grandparent with an old-timey sense of humor
For the cousin who thinks they’re an Instagram influencer
For the mom who idolizes Ida Garten
For the sister-in-law who keeps up with the Kardashians
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
For the sibling who puts Sriracha on everything
For the recently retired grandparent
For the father-in-law who loves hosting tiki parties in the summer
For the aunt whose favorite winter activity is baking cookies
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 cousin whose wallet is a rubber band
For the quiet niece or nephew who likes 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
For the sister who loves cute beauty supplies
For the sibling with a serious sweet tooth
For the niece or nephew who’s getting into fashion
For the dad who likes nostalgic grooming supplies
For the chocoholic dad
For the aunt who loves to spoil her cat
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