The 10 Best Stocking Stuffers to Buy in 2018

You know what they say: Sometimes the best things come in the smallest packages

Stuffed Christmas stockings over fireplace
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When you think of Christmas morning, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For most, it’s coming downstairs to find a pile of presents under the tree. The stockings? In most cases, stockings play second fiddle to the rest of the presents. But the stockings get hung with care for a reason—they’re an integral part of the holiday.

So why not make them a highlight of the morning? This year, rather than leave stocking stuffers to the last minute, save a spot on your shopping list for the smaller items. Stocking stuffers don’t have to be cheap throwaways. With a little forethought, you’re bound to find fun, interesting, and useful gifts for everyone on your list.

To up the ante but take some of the pressure off, pick one great gift for each stocking. Then, pick up some extras to make it a haul. Try seasonal candy, lottery tickets, a cozy pair of socks, or even a gift card to a local coffee shop.

To help you get started, we’ve curated a list of the top stocking stuffers we could find. There’s something for everyone—moms, dads, babies, college students, even notoriously those difficult-to-shop-for tweens and teens.

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    Best for Her: SKEDERM Snail Jelly Face Mask Bundle

    One thing is for sure: She works so hard every day. Give the leading lady in your life the gift of relaxation—times six. This assortment of 10 soothing sheet masks features a secret ingredient: snail secretions. The unusual ingredient has very real beauty benefits Korean women have been taking advantage of for years— snail secretions are said to hydrate and regenerate. They also help with anti-aging, tissue repair, acne, rosacea, scars, and razor bumps.

    Skeptical? Nearly 250 reviewers give these sheet masks five stars, calling them “worth the money” and “super hydrating.”

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    Best for Him: Leather Wallet Phone Case

    Phone, keys, wallet. It’s a mental checklist men go through before ever leaving the house. And because this sleek stocking stuffer keeps his phone and his wallet in the sample place, it will simplify the process even more.

    Made of advanced PU leather, this wallet comes in four shades of leather and features three card slots inside the cover, a cash compartment, and a space for a smartphone. Precise cuts in the leather mean he’ll never have to take the phone out of the wallet to talk, charge, or take photos. The cover also folds in half to double as a kickstand—ultra convenient for watching videos on the go.

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    Best Game: What Do You Meme?

    Take one of your favorite pastimes—scrolling through hilarious memes—offline with this fun party game. From the founder of the wildly popular F*ck Jerry Instagram account comes a game that challenges players to create the funniest memes with the cards their dealt. Each round, a rotating judge draws a photo card, the rest of the players put down their funniest caption card, and the judge chooses their favorite as the winner.

    More than 3,000 reviewers give this game an enthusiastic five stars, but note that it’s a bit salacious. Don’t buy this expecting good old fashioned family fun!

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    Best for Teens: Mpow Flame Bluetooth Headphones Waterproof IPX7

    If you can’t remember the last time you saw your teen without his phone in his hand and headphones in his ears (the dinner table doesn’t count), surprise him with a headphone upgrade this holiday season. Gone are the days of tangled headphones—wireless versions are taking over.

    These wireless earbuds will be their new must-have. They can take them to the gym and not worry about getting them soaked with sweat or use them on their walk to school. No matter the occasion these headphones will get some serious mileage and might be their favorite Christmas present of the year.

    Thes take 1.5 hours to charge and they'll play for 7 to 9 hours so plenty of time for them to rock out once they are charged. They come in four different colors to suit their style.

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    Best Beauty: TruSkin Naturals Vitamin C Serum for Face

    Once the excitement of the holidays is a thing of the past, she’ll be so glad to have a little something to get her through those dark, dreary winter days. This skin-boosting serum is packed with plant-based ingredients that stimulate collagen production and target the most common signs of aging including brightness, firmness, fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and sun spots.

    More than 7,000 reviewers give this serum five stars for its brightening, hydrating, and smoothing properties. One reviewer goes so far as to call it “the holy grail” of beauty products.

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    Best for College Students: Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker

    Whether your college student needs some background music to get through a long study session, some motivating tunes to get through a workout session, or some house music for a party, this Bluetooth speaker will do. This powerful speaker packs a punch and will surely fill up their dorm room with killer beats. Once it is fully charged it will play for up to 24 hours and it maintains a strong Bluetooth connection for up to 66 feet so they won't need to worry when they walk into another room with their phone.

    With over 10,000 reviews and the options to choose in a red, blue, or black model these speakers are a must-have for any young adult on your list.

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    Best Food: Maldon Smoked Sea Salt

    This stocking stuffer helps make sad desk lunches a thing of the past. A tiny tin of smoked sea salt adds depth and zest to everything from grilled chicken breast to salad. The .35-ounce size easily fits into purses or pockets, and is attractive and discreet enough to tote to even the fanciest restaurants.

    Reviewers love the complex smoky flavor, plus find the refillable tins ideal for keeping at work.

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    Best Practical: Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips

    Sometimes the best stocking stuffers really are the ones you need but don’t want to spend the money on yourself. File teeth whitening strips into that category.

    These powerful whitening strips work to remove up to 14 years of stains and buildup in just 30 minutes per day. Each package contains 20 strips for as many days of treatment, but you’ll see noticeable results in as little as three days. The kit also includes two powerful 1-hour strips for times when you need results fast.

    Reviewers highly recommend the product, saying the strips work wonders and have impressive lasting results.

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  • 09 of 10

    Best for Toddlers: Play-Doh Modeling Compound 10-Pack Case of Colors

    Play-Doh Modeling Compound 10-Pack Case of Colors
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    If you’re looking for something that will stand the test of time, you can’t go wrong with Play-Doh. This classic gift—it’s been a childhood staple since 1956! It provides hours of entertainment and fosters imagination and creativity. This multipack includes 10 2-ounce jars of non-toxic modeling clay in a rainbow of colors (from blue and purple to black and white), so you can put a couple in each kids’ stocking, or wrap it up and give the whole lot to one lucky recipient. Just note Play-Doh is suited only for children ages 2 and up.

    Reviewers marvel at how much fun their kids having playing with this Play-Doh set. One reviewer says it’s the only gift her child wanted to open and play with right away. Parents will also get in on the nostalgic fun.

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    Best for 1-Year-Olds: Tegu 8 Piece Pocket Pouch Magnetic Wooden Block Set

    If your toddler loves to stack things, these blocks are a must-have. Tegu blocks are a twist on an old classic. The wooden blocks have hidden magnets inside, so kids can do more than simply stack. With this set of eight stacking blocks, your little one can create towers, houses, cars, robots, and more. They’re designed to improve fine motor skills, pattern recognition, balance, sense of scale, imaginative play, problem solving, and storytelling.

    The colorful blocks come with a convenient carrying case, so you can take this toy wherever your travels take you. Choose from eight different color combinations, from mahogany to sunset.