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The 12 Best Stocking Stuffers to Buy in 2018



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The 12 Best Stocking Stuffers to Buy in 2018

Shop the greatest gifts to fill their stockings with

By Sarah Koller

Updated 08/12/18




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While presents around the holidays tend to get the most credit, stocking stuffers are equally as important. After all, they are some of the first items opened — and some of the most fun!

From cool gadgets, to A-list games, to trendy beauty products, we’ve rounded-up the best holiday stockingMORE stuffers to please a variety of audiences. Even better, most of these double as great White Elephant or Secret Santa items, too! Which means less time shopping for you, and more time enjoying the season (isn’t that how it always should be?)

Take a look at our complete stocking stuffer line-up below and also be sure to check out our stocking stuffers for her and him guide as well.

  • CardNinja Ultra-slim Self Adhesive Credit Card Wallet for Smartphones


    Buy on Amazon

    Let’s face it all you really need when you leave the house is your phone, keys, credit card and license. The need for a big, bulky wallet is no more. The CardNinja is a great option for those who just want to carry their phone with the essentials. It sticks to the back of your phone case and you can fit up to eight cards, cash.and it also extends enough for earbuds. We love it because it’s a universal gift for everyone, so why not buy one for each person on your list this year. 

  • Sea Team 6pcs Multicolored Portable Travel Toiletry Bags


    Buy on Amazon

    Organized or not this bag set will help keep their stuff in check with it’s see-through, lightweight design that helps them know what’s in what. Great for traveling, everyday or even good for kids stuff (think school or baby supplies) this set is a must for anyone who needs to manage a lot of stuff and wants to do it efficiently. Gift the whole bundle or break it up amongst family and friends. 

  • TruSkin Naturals Vitamin C Serum for Face


    Buy on Amazon

    We all want to look our best so why not harness the power of vitamin C with this face oil that helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles, smooths fine lines and boosts collagen. With over 5,500 5-star reviews this serum is that good. To use, just place three to five drops on your skin once daily followed by moisturizer and you’ll be on your way to flawlesst skin. 

  • Hanes Men’s FreshIQ Tagless Tartan Boxers with Exposed Waistband


    Buy on Amazon

    Sometime, the most practical gifts are the best ones. Rather than wrap it up and place it under the tree, treat him to some of the softest undergarments around right in his holiday stocking. With a tagless design that keeps him comfortable and fresh IQ odor protection, that well, keeps him smelling good — this set is a gift for both of you. Consider it a gift he’ll absolutely love and use, without even having to ask for it.

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  • Sleepover Party Mad Libs


    Buy on Amazon


    Buy on Walmart

    Mad Lib’s have been a favorite for kids since the 50’s. Continue the tradition of laughter and good hearted fun by inserting this top-rated pick into their stockings. Watch along as they craft inventive plot lines in a fill-in-the-blank style activity. With 21 stories, they’ll be giggling along the entire night, until the ________ arrives!

  • Cards Against Humanity


    Buy on Amazon

    This game is sure to keep the party going long after the holidays are over. Listed as a best-seller on Amazon — and packaged in the perfect size to fit in a stocking — it comes with 500 cards full of funny/awkward/unfortunate phrases to pull out the next time guests come around. Simply lay down the question card, and let guests come up with their own unique responses in what’s bound to be a few hours of belly-laughing fun. This makes an ideal gift for aunts, cousins, and family friends in need of a good laugh — and a good time!

  • Jelly Belly Bean Boozled Spinner and Refill Boxes


    Buy on Amazon


    Buy on Walmart

    Take their traditional candy favorites up a notch with a game that promotes fun and interactivity from a favorite household brand, Jelly Belly. Enjoy the collection of 20 lookalike flavors — some with crazy flavors and some of the classics — in this candy game of “chance.” With the spin of the wheel, the fate of their next indulgence lies at the hand of the spinner. Fingers crossed it doesn’t land on the two latest flavors, stinky socks and lawn clippings! 

  • Crest 3D White Glamorous White Whitestrips Dental Teeth Whitening Strips Kit


    Buy on Amazon


    Buy on Walmart

    The gift of a good smile is one that will last them long after the cookie making and caroling are over. The Crest 3D White Glamorous White Whitestrips are the latest from the brand and the only whitestrips proven by the American Dental Association to remove up to 10 years of tough stains. With a no-slip grip, they’ll stay put on their teeth for hassle-free whitening any day of the week. Ultimately, elevating their smile to one that makes them feel their best and most beautiful self, which is something that comes without any kind of price tag!

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  • Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark Dark Chocolate Bar


    Buy on Amazon

    No stocking would be complete without a few seasonal chocolates to indulge their tastebuds. This decadent San Francisco staple is bound to become a new favorite of theirs — if it isn’t already! Made from rich chocolate layers and sprinkled with festive peppermint, they’ll enjoy a taste of the season every time they bite in. Warning: They may be tempted to consume the whole thing, so we’d recommend divvying out the pre-packed squares accordingly!

  • Shuttle Art 40 Colors Glitter Gel Pens


    Buy on Amazon

    Keep their creative spirit alive with a set that permits endless crafting opportunities. With 40 unique gel glitter pens in all colors of the rainbow, they can draw all of their favorite characters and scenes in a cinch. With durable ink and a long-lasting design, the fun never stops with these pens perfect for the little artist in your life.

  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe


    Buy on Amazon


    Buy on Walmart


    Buy on Target

    Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a gift any gamer is sure to enjoy. Let them jump behind the wheel in the Nintendo classic that allows them to perform flips and wheelies, right from the comfort of their couch. Compatible with Wii consoles, they’ll be able to experience all of the traditional race action in a real time setting. Take a look at the thousands of Amazon reviews to see why this Nintendo staple makes a great present for both young and old gamers alike.

  • Wonder Hardcover by R. J. Palacio


    Buy on Amazon

    Let them enjoy the novel behind the soon-to-be major motion picture starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson. Rated as a #1 New York Times Bestseller, over six million people have already read along with the story of this “ordinary boy with an extraordinary face” meant to inspire kindness among all who turn its pages. Great for young and old readers alike, it’s sure to instill the spirit of the season in anyone who loves a good book — or flick.


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10 Unique Stocking Stuffers for College Students

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By Nancy Berk, Ph.D.

Finding the perfect holiday gift isn’t always easy. And if you’ve got college students on your list, it can be difficult to think beyond those two staples — cash and gift cards. Below are a few stocking stuffers they might not expect, but could be grateful for down the road.

The FitKit : Billed as “total fitness in a kit,” this portable workout solution weighs in at under two pounds and contains all of the tools for a total body workout. It includes an exercise band, resistance tube, jump rope and stability attachment, as well as a pedometer, reflective arm band and ID tag all tucked into a sleek capsule-like case. Also included is access to an extensive online exercise library developed by co-founder and fitness professional Amie Hoff. The perfect gift for the student who wants flexible and always accessible fitness options, the FitKit at $34.99 costs less than a gym membership and is a health-inspiring dorm room accessory.

The Surf Shelf : For students prone to multi-tasking, the $39.95 Surf Shelf just might be this season’s favorite gift. This laptop holder designed for treadmills, stationary bikes and ellipticals allows exercise and studying to happen at the same time. It may look precarious, but as a daily user, I can verify the laptop is securely fastened onto the shelf. I love the ability to walk for hours and get email and social media work done at the same time. Caution: Not recommended for those with balance and coordination problems.

American Red Cross FRX2 Hand Turbine AM/FM Weather Radio with Smartphone Charger : Okay, so this $40 gadget probably isn’t on your college student’s list, but it should be. After evacuating my college student in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, it became clear that many families are dropping the ball when it comes to prepping their kids for disasters. I’ll have a few of these under the tree.

Luggage Scale : Fees for overweight luggage can rival tuition payments. For $12 and up, a portable luggage scale is the perfect gift for students preparing to study abroad.

Starbucks’ Creative Tumblers : These days it feels like “college” and “Starbucks” always go together in that word association game. If you’re going the gift card route, consider tucking it into one of their latest creative carriers ($8.95). A throw back to those elementary school art projects, this tumbler will make them smile.

Clever Cases : Whimsical cell phone, tablet, or laptop cases are always a welcome gift. Whether they’re designer or discount, the sleek and silly options offer a fun change of pace for students on the go. From $5 and up, these gifts can be the surprise they didn’t see coming.

InternSushi.com : If there’s a future college intern on your gift list, consider introducing him or her to InternSushi.com. This free multimedia platform allows interns and companies to share their stories. Replacing the paper resume with a digital profile, Intern Sushi levels the playing field for applicants by connecting them with internships in some of the most competitive industries. The unique application dashboards allow both interns and companies to easily track and organize the interview and acceptance process. Free membership includes 10 applications per semester and 1 standard video resume upload. Premium membership ($8.99/month or $79.99/year) includes a 48-hour head start on application submission, unlimited applications, unlimited video resume uploads and targeted company-specific video uploads.

Mad Men on The Couch : If you are shopping for a psychology major, look no further. Psychoanalyst Stephanie Newman, Ph.D. has Don Draper and those other characters diagnosed in her latest book Mad Men On the Couch: Analyzing the Minds of the Men and Women of the Hit TV Show ($14.99). As the next season approaches, this will be a must read for “Mad Men” fans and those students wanting to understand the nuances of human behavior.

On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft : If your college student has a novel in his or her future, Stephen King’s book ($16.00) is a classic “must have.” A mix of autobiography and writing advice, it’s a page turner with lots of help, not horror.

The Comedy Bible : Judy Carter’s The Comedy Bible: From Stand-up to Sitcom — The Comedy Writer’s Ultimate “How To” Guide ($16.00) is perfect for the wannabe stand-up kid on your list. Whether it’s joke writing or joke telling, this gift might keep the whole family laughing.

Note: The author has received no financial compensation from any of these products or companies.

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