By Zoe West
Who doesn’t love Christmas stockings and the stocking fillers that stuff them? Whether they’re hung at the end of your bed for the morning or shared out after Christmas dinner for a few laughs and treats, there’s nothing like pulling lots of little presents out of an oversized sock. All the best things come in small packages, right?
And, while it’s only right to fill those stockings with many affordable gifts, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t think carefully about the recipient.
How much should you spend on stocking fillers?
There's no right or wrong answer when it comes to budget for stocking fillers, it's all relative to your income and lifestyle. For some families stocking fillers will all be under a tenner, whereas for others they'll go north of £50. If you're looking for a general rule for how much to spend on a stocking filler, take the value of the main present you are buying for that person and divide the price by ten.
Even on a small budget you can buy something that’s sure to put a smile on their face, whether it’s a great gift book for the avid reader, a folding beard comb for Dad, an indulgent luxury bubble bath for Mum, or a fun game for the little ones.
How many stocking fillers do you need?
Again, there are no hard rules on number of stocking fillers. Between 7-10 is common.
We’ve loved tracking down the best stocking fillers for you. Nothing in this fantastic selection of special hand-picked gifts will look like an after-thought this Christmas. They might even please your impossible-to-buy for family member. Plus, they’re ideal Secret Santa gifts too!
Best stocking fillers for all the family
Folding beard comb
For grooming on the go, a folding beard comb small enough to fit in jeans pockets is the ideal stocking filler for the men in your life. The timeless tortoiseshell design makes it ideal for all ages – from teens to grandpas.
RRP £23/ $33
Accessorize all areas this Christmas and start from top-to-toe. This gorgeous silver metallic headband (available on 11th November) is one that will go with all outfits across every season, year after year. Hair accessories and jewellery are the fail-safe gift to rely on for a Secret Santa gift.
Fantastic women top trump cards
Fun for the entire family (especially the women) this unique card game featuring 32 feminist icons – from Malala Yousafzai and Rosa Parks to Marie Curie and Amelia Earhart is a win-win. It’s the informative game that will also get everyone together for a night talking about some of the most amazing women of all time.
Tonal hair tie set
How many times do you lose hair bands and kirby grips each week, or even day? It’s usually a lot. Christmas is the time to stock up on items you don’t necessarily want to buy yourself making these snag-free bands the ideal stocking filler. They come in sets of 10 so hopefully you’ll have enough to last until the following Christmas!
Supermini block strips umbrella
Another item you never want to buy for yourself but will appreciate how handy it is when you live in Britain: the umbrella. This tote-ally cute style from Totes is a must-have as a little stocking filler. The punchy stripes and brighten colours are guaranteed to lighten up the drieriest of winter days.
AIM Studio Co notebooks (pack of three)
Whether it’s for to-do lists, notes, work essentials or just to look pretty in the new at-home office, these gold foiled marble notebooks are a great addition. Choose them in pink, blue, teal or a mix of all three – either way everyone will appreciate these beauties.
V&A seed packs
Give someone a gift that just keeps on growing, The little seed packs from the Victoria and Albert museum are the thoughtful present for anyone with a garden (or without, if they’re house plants) and they’re just £2 each. From marigolds to butterfly-attracting seeds, we love the idea of letting loved ones grow their own flowers throughout the year.
Animal cable tidy earphone case
You know when you leave your earphone in your bag or out of the side and you then have to spend an hour untangling them? This problem will never happen again with this adorable bird cable tidier – simply wrap them around and they’ll stay neat and ready to use at all times. The genius invention we didn’t know we needed...
Snowy scenes socks (pack of 3)
Festive socks have to be high up on everyone’s Christmas lists each and every year. Whether you’re a novelty fan or you prefer a subtle style, there’s bound to be a pair that will give you happy feet. This set from Seasalt comes in a stylish book box to reveal the amazing snowy designs everyone would love to wear.
Give everyone the gift of a great night's sleep with one of Cyberjammies’ gorgeous printed eyemasks. Run a bath, dim the lights and once you’re relaxed pop on some silky pyjamas with this eyemask and be prepared for the best sleep of your life. Note: a few drops of lavender oil on the pillow will be an extra treat.
The Wisdom of Old Dogs by Elli H.Radinger
Written with great warmth and insight, and accompanied by wonderful photos, this touching book is one for all animal lovers. Full of practical advice and uplifting stories about our faithful companions, it reveals how dogs are a constant source of wisdom, comfort and love as they age.
Stuff You Should Know by Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant
Do carrots help you see better in the dark? That's just one of the questions Josh and Chuck have looked into in their famous podcasts. Now, the inquisitive pair have brought out a book in which they take a fascinating and often funny look at how the world around us works.
Mindfulness Pocketbook: Little Exercises for a Calmer Life by Gill Hasson
We all get stressed or anxious at times, and this handy little book is here to help. It’s packed with over 100 quick exercises to help you restore balance to your life. You can also discover how mindfulness opens you up to fresh ways of doing things.
Guinness Book of Records 2021
Who doesn’t love losing hours flicking through the pages of this iconic volume of record-breaking facts to find the most obscure and bizarre amongst them? Have you heard about the man who drank 416g of mustard from a tube in 30 seconds or the stunt rider who suffered 433 bone fractures in his life? Just a couple of the most recent entries - this much-loved entertaining book should be a staple on the family Christmas wish list every year.
Diptyque Pomander Scented Candle
This blend of oranges, cinnamon, and cloves will make any room smell festive and cosy. Plus who wouldn’t LOVE to find a Diptyque candle in their stocking come Christmas morning?
Cowshed Indulge Body Lotion Shot
Keep dry winter skin nourished and hydrated with this miniature body lotion. Ylang-ylang, rose and palmarosa essential oils blend together for a festive fragrance, perfect as a stocking filler (or to keep yourself).
Tweezerman Winter Wonderland Micro Mini Tweezer Set
With all the gusto of their full-size tweezers, this miniature set is great for grabbing the shortest of hairs and tidying up brows on the go. A must-have tool for all beauty DIY-ers.
Kevyn Aucoin Kaleidochrome Holiday Collection All-Over Highlight Palette
A make-up bag must-have for glowing skin, this suits-all highlighter can be applied to cheekbones, the cupid bow and even as eye shadow. Perfect for low key festive make-up or something a bit more special. Every make-up fan would be happy to find this in their stocking come Christmas morning.
Soap & Glory Pinkly The Best
Filled with all the Original Pink classic scented products including shower gel, scrub and a radiance-boosting mask, this limited edition set is perfect for every bathing beauty this Christmas.
Botanics Roll & Nourish Kit
Glowing skin is always in, and this gift set comes with a full-size Organic Nourishing Facial Oil and Facial Massage Tool to give complexions a festive pick-me-up.
Sanctuary Spa Hand & Feet Mini Treat
The festive period can be incredibly busy, so we suggest a little indulgence with this miniature set. The duo comes with a nourishing hand balm and heel balm for soft skin all over.
Nails INC It’s Always Happy Hour Trio Tin
Keep things festive by creating stunning nails with this polish collection. Containing three classic shades: Festive Feels, Flaunt It Fitzrovia and Wear’s The Party? to keep your mani merry all month long.
Baylis & Harding Fuzzy Duck Sloe Gin Luxury Bubble Bath Decanter
For an impressive gift that won’t break the bank, try this beautiful glass decanter that would take pride of place in any bathroom. The skin-nourishing bubbles inside help to unwind body and mind, too.
Liz Earle Seasonal Serenity Miniature Limited Edition Set
Fans of this cult skincare brand will love this mini Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser and muslin. Perfect for the gym, a night away or save it for special occasion.
Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Hand Hygiene Spray
For on-the-go hygiene, Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Hand Hygiene Spray kills up to 99.9% of germs within seconds. The fairtrade spritz uses only certified organic ingredients and is paraben-free. Simply spritz the spray on hands, fitness equipment and surfaces to get rid of germs and prevent colds and other illnesses in their tracks. With a refreshing Peppermint scent, it is a uplifting alternative to alcohol-laden scented alternatives.
P for pizza game
RRP £12.99/ $15
This fun family game will have you in stitches as you battle it out to win the next pizza slice. Be the first to connect the category and the letter by shouting out a word and winning the card. Build up your pizza slices into one massive slice for victory over your opponents. This game provides hours of fun.
L.O.L Suprise eau de toilette
Little ones will love this grown-up spray from their favourite characters. Made with a water-based, child-friendly formula, this floral eau de toilette makes the perfect first fragrance for kids.
Rifle Paper Co. AirPods case
Store your AirPods safely away with this handy keyring holder. It’s a must-have for any handbag, attach to an internal pocket or hang from your keys for easy access. The iconic Rifle Paper Co. floral print makes this the most pretty and practical of presents.
LEGO DOTS bracelet mega pack
This crafty kit comes with five customisable bracelets to be decorated with different coloured and shaped tiles. Kids can mix and match to create their favourite looks and then share their designs with their BFFs. This is a modern-day friendship bracelet for Generation Alpha.
5 Surprise mystery mini brands two-pack
RRP £27.99/ $14.99
Fans of collectibles will want to get their hands on these miniatures, with over 100 brands to collect. Enjoy the thrill of unboxing and unwrapping to reveal mini favourites like Aunt Bessies, Dove, Spam, BabyBel and Birds Eye.
Marbled wooden letters
RRP from £12.50
Looking for a personalised present that won’t break the bank? These hand-marbled letters are the perfect mix of a thoughtful gift and an easy win. Pick out a friend’s initials or favourite phrase, so they can create a stylish display in their home.
It’s safe to say, woman&home’s Books Editor, Zoe West has read a LOT of books.
As an avid young bookworm obsessed with the adventures of The Magic Faraway Tree and the misadventures of red-haired orphan, Anne Shirley, Zoe never lost her love of reading - and the fact she now gets to do it as her job is a constant source of wonderment for her.
When Zoe hasn’t got her head stuck in a book she is interviewing authors, hosting live events where she gets all the gossip, and seeking out exciting new writers she can’t wait to tell her readers about. You’ll often find her on twitter @zoeannewest looking for ideas and shouting to anyone who will listen about the books she loves.
In a previous life Zoe planned advertising campaigns for major record companies but these days you’re more likely to see her out and about on a book brunch with a flat white and pile of exciting new reads.
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