Stuff Those Stockings: The Best Giftable Items That Won’t Hurt Your Budget!

No matter what holidays you celebrate, one thing is true for everyone this time of year: gift shopping is expensive AF. That’s where stocking stuffers come in! They’re the perfect thing for crushing the office Secret Santa game, for all 50 of your cousins when you only have the budget for about three, and hey; they’re the perfect gift to treat yourself to, too! Take a look at some stocking stuffers that are wallet-friendly enough for you to get something for everyone – well, everyone you want to shop for – this holiday! (And snag them while they’re all 30% off!)

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Zip Pouches – $16 $11.20 and up! 

Zip pouch: “Wolf in the Arctic” Andreas Lie | Mug: “Yes I Am” by Teresa Vigil | Phone case: “Leopard Print” from CL Art Design’s Artist Shop (it’s $26 there!)

Zip pouches are one of the few presents you can either stuff into a stocking or stuff with tiny gifts! They’re perfect for everyone from your brother who’s constantly losing his charger and in need of a tech bag to your makeup artist friend whose vast collection of eyeshadow is literally spilling over. You could even get one for the baby cousins and fill it with crayons…or hell, get one for yourself and fill it with crayons!

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Mugs – $15 $10.50 and up! 

Black mug: “Finish Hymn!” by Olly Moss and Aled Lewis.

You can never have too many mugs. Like, you can have enough to open several coffee shops and still never have too many. Mugs are a nice stocking stuffer because they’re not something we buy for ourselves willy-nilly. They’re best when they have a story behind them, and getting a mug from your best friend with a design that says “I know you way too well” is a dang good story. Dress up this gift by including a few hot chocolate or tea packets!

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Wall Art – $10 $7 and up!

Framed prints: “Above Sea Level” by Ross Zietz | “Wolf in the Arctic” by Andreas Lie | “House Brawl” by Alex Solis & Alice X. Zhang

Hint hint: rolled up art prints fit very well in Christmas stockings. Wall Art is a commitment, and the true test of friendship and familyship is getting something for someone that they’ll actually want to hang on their wall forever.

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Phone Case – $31 $21.70 and up!

Retro Technology” by Ralph Cifra.

Nothing shows how much you care like a phone case. Because it means you paid attention to the type of phone that a friend has, or to the fact that your cousin is the one family member who isn’t an Apple person.

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Pins, patches, and stickers – All $5!

Patches from left to right: “Retro Camping” by Elizabeth, “Not Today Satan” by Kelly Larson, “Sports!” by Matt Wilson, “Toothless” by Pepe Rodriguez, and “Love Wins!” by Perry Beane and Rossmat8.

We need to talk about your friends’ and fams’ flair…and how they can never have too much of it. Pins, patches, and stickers are like little collectibles that are best accumulated as gifts. A really on-point patch or pin can show someone that you get the kinds of nerdy things they love. And with these little stocking stuffers, you can get more without breaking the bank!

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Notebooks – $20 $14!

Mug: “Science is Magic” by Cody Weiler | Notebook: “Dungeons & Patterns” by queenmob.

Sketch pads, dream journals, a place to store your thoughts and ideas; a really nice notebook is a great gift because it can serve many purposes for many folks. Suggestion? Leave a little hand-written note or inside joke on the first page. Or, if you’re an awesome artist, a little sketch is a nice touch!

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Beanies – $25 $17.50!

Beanie: “Road Trip” by alfie bocabel.

If you don’t live in a place where the cold is making a serious comeback right now (hello from Chicago), chances are you know someone who does. Whether you have a fam member braving the city freeze or that one friend who lives in Arizona but still wears a beanie every day, beanies make a great gift. And we’ve got three styles of ’em to choose from!

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Gift card – $25 minimum

Can’t decide what to get someone? Really need a last minute gift for that “$25 and under” white elephant gift exchange? Let them pick! A gift card is a great way to say, “I care – now go spend it all in one place!”

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$25 and under combos!

Gifts under $25 are your wallet’s savior. Here are a few gift combos you can get under $25 (while still getting more than one thing to fill a stocking with!)

Weekender bag: “AvoCardio” by mogumogu | Sticker packs: Beanepod and ilovedoodle | Zip pouch: “Social Pugs” by Chalermphol Harnchakkham | White mug: “Into the Night” by John Tibbott | Black mug: “God Hates Techno” by G. Dan Covert.

Pin + patch + sticker – $15

Pin: “The Dark Scarf” by John Tibbott | Sticker pack: Beanepod | Patch: “Toothless” by Pepe Rodriguez.

Mug + pin – $15.50

Black mug: “I See Your Future” by Camille Chew | Pin: “Breakfast in Shore” by Elizabeth

Zip pouch + pins/patches/stickers – $16.20

Zip pouch: “Om Nom Nom!” by Philipp Rietz | Pin: “Pin” by Grant Stephen Shepley | Patch: “Love Wins” by Perry Beane and rossmat8 | Sticker Pack: Queenmob

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Carlyn Hill

Content manager & writer at Threadless by day, dad joke aficionado and contributor for sites like HelloGiggles and The Mary Sue by night. When she’s not writing or drawing, you can find her in her cave of a room and hanging out with her boyfriend, Netflix.

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