Need stocking stuffer ideas that are $5 or less? Let me help you fill up those stockings this year with some really creative ideas, for around $5.
Psst: Since writing this article, several of the items are now a few dollars over $5! I've re-researched and tried to find the best/least expensive ones to link to.
Stockings hung by the chimney (or mantle, or wall) with care are sometimes an afterthought on Christmas morning. Why not take the opportunity to stuff them with unique, clever, or funny gifts? Below is a list of unique stocking stuffers for under $5.
- Mexican Jumping Beans: These will certainly leave the person guessing when they potentially see their stocking shift about every so often.
- Astronaut Food: Here in Houston you can purchase astronaut food at big craft stores (also at the NASA gift shop). Types of food include astronaut ice cream, ice cream sandwiches, fruit, etc.
- Toe socks: Ever since I received my first pair of toe socks as a gift in 7th grade I’ve been crazy about them (thank you Lindsey!). They are quite unique looking. Now that there is a trend of toe shoes, you can find more grown-up toe socks as well if the striped and brightly colored ones are not your thing.
- Bromeliads, or “Air Plants”: These make great indoor plants, and are very low-maintenance. They don't require soil to grow, only need moderate light, and once a week you need to give them a good soaking with water.
- Pet Toys: Let’s not forget the pets and how much your kids enjoy playing with them. Our cat Danny Boy loves a laser pointer, and will be most happy when we pull one out of his stocking this year. You could also include this in a child’s stocking to use to play with your pets. If you add something with catnip to your cat’s stocking, they might do the work of opening it for you. How fun! Again, you could include this in a child’s stocking as well to use to play with your cat(s).
Another idea is to use the stocking as the start of a scavenger hunt. Include a written clue inside a stocking and several other clues around your home (inside and outside) that lead to a final gift. If you want to get everyone involved, the search could be for a gift for the entire family.
Do you stuff your stockings? If so, what do you include?
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