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22 Stocking Stuffers Under $15 (That You Can Buy on Amazon)

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I tend to think the best holiday gifts are small and delightful. Anyone can pick out a big-ticket appliance or designer scarf, but there’s a real art to finding a stocking stuffer that’s low pressure yet thoughtful and won’t end up in the junk pile. To help you locate the perfect little presents for everyone in your life (from close family members to co-workers to college friends), I’ve combed through our archive for inexpensive items recommended by Strategist staffers and other experts we’ve spoken with. Some of our foolproof finds include a designy Uno deck, celebrity-approved incense, and one of our staff’s most universally beloved condiments. There are also ideas for parents, dog parents, and tricky-to-buy-for teens. All of these stocking stuffers are $15 or under, available on Amazon, and, as of now, set to arrive before Christmas. Things could change the closer we get to December 25, so keep checking for stock updates. For more gift ideas for different kinds of people in your life (from birders to knitters to jet-setters), find all of our curated picks here.

For the slightly psychic person in your life

This beginner-friendly tarot deck will help them dip their toe into that world.

For your husband whose T-shirt drawer is a little dingy

Former Strategist UK editor Chris Mandle told us about these T-shirts that he loves for their soft fabric, reinforced neckline, and perfect sleeve length.

For your sister who wants a garden (but lives in a studio apartment)

She doesn’t even have a bedroom door, so she likely doesn’t have private outdoor space either. This vertical garden is small-space friendly, and she can hang it by her largest window.

For the flaky friend who always misses your birthday

You can write out everyone’s date of birth in this planner before you give it to her.

For your niece who’s learning how to read

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This heartwarming tale of a dad trying to give his daughter an extra-special hairstyle will quickly become a bedtime favorite.

For your roommate who puts hot sauce on everything

No hothead would turn down a bottle of the original Chile-Crisp Sauce beloved by many Strat staffers, including our senior manager of audience engagement.

For your former Boy Scout brother

For your mom who just joined a book club

These cheery bookends will help her organize her new collection.

For your cousin in film school

For your little brother who really wants a dog

If this guessing game increases his canine knowledge, maybe he’ll be able to convince Mom and Dad he’s ready for the real thing.

For your friend who already has a dog

We’ve heard these licking mats — paired with some creamy peanut butter — make a great gift for the parent of a hyperactive dog.

For the homesick Californian co-worker

For the couple who just had a baby

$11 for 2

A two-pack for your friends in desperate need of sleep.

For Daddy’s little helper

An adorable pair of toddler’s work gloves.

For the college student who’s moving into their first apartment

These solid-wood spoons are the perfect starter set for any cook’s kitchen.

For your friend with a fancy bathroom

For your Gen-Z sister who’s leaning into the preppy trend

An oversize hair bow to go with her loafers and sweater-vest.

For the “mom” of the group who always has snacks

A reusable Ziplock that’s even microwave safe.

For the friend who FaceTimes in a face mask

The cutest pimple patches ever created come highly recommended by two expert dermatologists we spoke with as well as our beauty writer, Rio.

For the overworked high-school student

For your friend who’s spending two weeks in their hometown over the holidays

Here’s a stylish, stripped-down Uno deck they can use to play with family members of all ages.

For the boyfriend who always steals your water bottle

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22 Stocking Stuffers Under $15 (That You Can Buy on Amazon)