Holiday shopping does not have to be stressful. Scratch that — stocking stuffer shopping does not have to be stressful! These low-stakes gifts can be funky, quirky, silly, and, best of all, cheap. They come in all shapes and sizes (see below for proof). The number-one rule of stocking stuffers is that there are NO rules. As long as whatever stuffer you choose fits in a giant sock that you hang on the mantel, you're good to go!
Here are our picks for the best, handmade, wallet-friendly stocking stuffers from a few of our favorite Etsy craftspeople.
1. Salud Spicy Cocktail Salt, $7 at TheSpanishTin
These tiny tins of hand-crafted rimming salt are the ideal stocking stuffer for anyone you love to clink glasses with. They're made with a blend of mild Nora chilies and sea salt — ideal for margaritas, micheladas, or bloody Marys. Maybe you'll get a brunch invitation in return?
2. Gin Chocolate Slabb, $9 at TheSlabb
Fancy chocolate is festive — but fancy, boozy chocolate is even more festive. This white chocolate bar from TheSlabb is swirled with London gin and speckled with poppy seeds and lemon, like little ornaments on a tree. It's a great gift if you can bear to give it away without eating it first.
3. Miniature Donut Temporary Tattoos, from $5 at LoveAndLion
If you and someone in your life have ever joked about getting matching ink (or have a mutual love of doughnuts), then these sweet temporary tattoos will definitely crack a smile. Don't worry, they come right off with baby oil in time to go back to work after the holiday break.
4. Ceramic Salt Spoon, $10 at Kabinshop
Don't these handmade mini salt scoops look like something Joanna Gaines would love? The rustic spoons come in satin white, gloss white, or oatmeal glaze and are food-safe. If you want, you could even pair this with a little pouch of special salt.
5. Astronaut Bottle Stoppers, $7 at HAHonline
Made of retro plastic figurines from the '70s, these handmade corks will delight anyone who has ever been an action figure fan. The stoppers are meant to fit in a standard bottle of wine. Just don't put them in Champagne, unless you're ready for blast-off.
6. Concrete Ring Holder, from $10 at AnnabelleTaylorCo
These charming ring cones are handmade out of stone and come with a painted color-blocked tip. Choose from yellow, white, peach, black, blue, pink, turquoise, and pearl.
7. Personalized Food Labels, $3 at RocketandFox
Know a super-thoughtful entertainer who plans a menu of treats for everyone to enjoy? Get them a thoughtful gift in return — in the form of these personalized acrylic food labels that are informative and customizable.
8. Giant Fortune Cookie Print, from $10 at Xenotees
Treat a friend to a silly, giant fortune cookie fortune — without the cookie. For a little more money you can choose the message, which then gets professionally hand-screened onto recycled card stock. It's shipped in a small tube, perfect for stocking stuffing.
9. Pineapple Coin Purse, $8 at JadenDesign
We all have that one friend whose bag is a black hole. Give them the gift of a little more organization with a handmade, padded cotton coin purse, which you can have embroidered for a more personal touch. Also, who doesn't love pineapples?
10. Air Plant and Holder Gift Set, $8 at HelloTilly
Do you have any plant parents on your list? Add to their growing brood with a spiky Tillandsia Scaposa nestled in a hand-crafted concrete pot splashed with minty blue paint. Low maintenance has never looked so good.
11. Felt Animal Crackers Play Set, $7.50 at ThatsSewPersonal
Animal Crackers in my s ... tocking! This meticulously sewn pouch of felt Animal Crackers is making us seriously nostalgic. Because these are crafted to order, be sure to allow a few weeks for construction and delivery.
12. Charcoal Grid Napkin, from $7 each at MagicLinen
These minimalist linen napkins are super-soft, ultra-absorbent, and stain-resistant. (And they follow our rule of never spending more than $10 per napkin!) Get them for a friend who loves hosting dinner parties so they can take their tabletop up a notch.
13. Matcha and Argan Bar, $7 at LittleSeedFarm
This bar from LittleSeedFarm is free of synthetic ingredients and artificial scents, and is made with raw goat's milk, organic matcha green tea powder, and argan oil. Yum! (Only not really, because it should not be eaten!)
14. Ceramic Dipping Bowl, $6 at artcrafthome
This dreamy stoneware bowl is imprinted with a unique pattern and can be used as a ring holder, salt cellar, dipping bowl, and more. It's both food- and dishwasher-safe.
15. Pet Cauliflower, $6 at tinofbeans
Okay, is this teensy cauliflower not the cutest thing you've ever seen in your entire life? This silly little guy comes in a glass bottle with a cork so that the cauli-lover in your life can take it anywhere and everywhere.
16. Clean and Dirty Dishwasher Magnet, $10 at Mugsby
Give someone you love the gift of never wondering if the dishes in the dishwasher are clean or dirty ever again. This engraved birch magnet puts the fun in functional.