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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 new college grad moving into their first apartment. 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 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

These dentist-approved wipes let her sip her reds without staining her pearly whites.

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 fashion-forward elementary-schooler

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 now just $10, 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

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

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 with a sensitive nose

One of the first toilet fresheners on the market, Poo-Pourri is still one of the best. Mom will appreciate the tastefully designed bottle.

For the sister who always overpacks

She’ll love being able to weigh her suitcase before heading for the airport to avoid those pesky checked-bag fees.

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 college grad starting their first office job

Blue-light blocking glasses make staring at a screen all day easier on your eyes, and this pair is actually nice-looking.

For the teenager who traded in their glasses for contacts

For the friend always posting “‘90s kids” memes


One whiff of these fruit-scented markers will bring back fond memories of elementary school art class.

For the teenage girl who’s starting to get into nail art

This ring-like gizmo holds a nail polish bottle in place for easier touch ups.

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.”