S Is for Stocking Stuffers Under $18

published Dec 6, 2017
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Stocking stuffers don’t usually extend beyond socks, toothbrushes, and scratch-off lottery cards. But we all have enough socks. And the dentist gives out toothbrushes for free! And people rarely win more than $2 from a pile of scratch-off tickets!

For all those reasons (and more!), we think you should stick to this list when shopping for this year’s stocking stuffers. They’re all sure to get an enthusiastic reaction and won’t break the bank.

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10 Unique Stocking Stuffers for $18 or Less (Image credit: The Kitchn)
  1. Flake Salt Slide Tin, $5 for two at Jacobsen Salt Co.: A good, flaky sea salt is always nice to have on hand. If you put a few of these in a stocking, your loved one can then throw them in her purse and she’ll always be prepared.
  2. Metallic Paper Bag, from $9 at Uashmama: This paper bag feels like leather, washes like fabric, and flattens for easy storage (and stocking stuffing). Once gifted, it will make a great candy bowl or planter.
  3. Gold Standard Noteblock, $9 at Chronicle Books: Tell your dad you wanted to get him a real gold bar for Christmas but that it would have been too heavy for his stocking. You could have totally afforded it, but you had to give him this 300-page notepad instead.
  4. Feliz Pizza Cutter, $16 at Anthropologie: This is the prettiest pizza cutter we’ve ever seen. And guess what? It’ll fit perfectly in the toe of a stocking.
  5. Yes Way Rosé Nail Polish, $18 at Ten Over Ten: Because an actual bottle of rosé isn’t a great stocking stuffer.
  6. Morihata Binchotan Activated Charcoal Natural Water Purifying Sticks, $15 for 1/4 pound: We’ve seen many Brita filters in stockings over the years, but this is what we’re giving this year. One quarter-pound of charcoal can purify a gallon of water for up to three months — after that, the charcoal can be recycled in a garden.
  7. Blood Orange Lip Butter, $12 at The Object Enthusiast: Help keep chapped lips at bay with this butter, featuring moisturizing Shea butter and essential oils.
  8. Amagabeli Chainmail Scrubber, $14: No, this isn’t part of a Game of Thrones costume — it’s a cast iron skillet cleaner, which we actually like to use on baking dishes.
  9. Bread Wrap, $15 at Bee’s Wrap: Not sure what your daughter loves more — bread or the environment? Get her this reusable bread wrap.
  10. “Snack Club” Keytag, $9 at Waiting on Martha: The first rule of Snack Club is that one must have this vintage-inspired key chain — and a love of snacking, of course.