I love the holiday season. However, I must admit I don’t love the shopping part. In recent years, we’ve made big strides in moving to more experience-based gifts and other clutter-free gift ideas. This has carried over to how we do stockings, so today I want to share clutter-free stocking stuffers for all ages.
Clutter-Free Stocking Stuffers
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Do you struggle with the piles of post Christmas morning stuff? If you find yourself overwhelmed and not sure where to put all the things, it’s a good sign that you should reconsider how you shop for gifts. Clutter-free gift ideas and clutter-free stocking stuffers are ones that will get used and many of which are consumable.
The goal is not to end up with a pile of random cheap stuff that you really don’t want in your home. My kids get very excited to see what’s in their stockings and they love this list of clutter-free stocking stuffers and helped me to come up up with some extra ideas.
Now, it is possible that some of the items listed could become clutter if you don’t love them or use them, so make sure to consider the preferences of the person you are gifting them to. I’ve broken up the lists by adults and children, although there is a little overlap.
So here are our favorite clutter-free stocking stuffers.
Adult clutter-free stocking stuffers
Here is the list of clutter-free stocking stuffers for the adults in your household. Keep in mind the needs and wants of the person you are selecting them for. The more customized they are to the recipient the less likely they are to become clutter.
1. Favorite candy
What is this person’s favorite candy? Include a bit of it in their stocking.
2. Essential oils
If you have someone in your home who likes scents, essential oils are great, I love diffusing them and my husband uses some for his beard oil.
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Socks can get a bad rap. While some people may not appreciate receiving them, I love getting good quality socks in my stocking as does my husband. They’re useful and sadly, end up being disposable at some point.
4. Tea or coffee
For the tea or coffee lover in your life you could buy them their favorite or something new to try! Last year my sister got her husband a monthly subscription to Atlas Coffee and he’s loved it, so I bought it for my husband this year. If you’re new to Atlas, you can save $10 through my referral link.
A small candle is a great option for a clutter-free stocking stuffer too.
If you’re wanting to include some homemade treats, you could bake their favorite cookies.
7. Card game
Card games are the perfect size to include in a stocking. There are so many games you can play with a simple deck of cards.
8. Travel mug
An insulated travel mug is a great clutter-free stocking stuffer (bonus that this one takes up a lot of the space in the stocking. My husband likes the Contigo travel mugs. My favorite is from Pioneer Woman.
9. Wireless earbuds
While I am not one to spring for the high end ones, I have loved my inexpensive wireless earbuds. I use them to listen to podcasts while I’m washing dishes, cleaning, and getting ready.
10. Cake in a mug
11. Coffee/tea cozy
Know someone who loves getting coffee on the go? These handmade coffee/tea cozies are super cute and practical. No need for any more cardboard sleeves to keep your hands from burning!
12. Hand soap
I love new hand soaps. Mrs. Meyers and Method are my two favorite brands. The seasonal scents usually smell really good.
13. Notebook or notepad
Having a flashlight in your pocket, purse, or beside your bed is always a good idea. We own flashlights in a variety of sizes depending on where we are storing them.
My husband really likes coffee and promises that it tastes better when made with an Aeropress. I’m more of a little coffee with my creamer kind of girl, but I can tell when he makes it this way that it is less bitter. It’s an option too for if the power goes out or if you’re camping.
Toiletries can be fun stocking stuffers too. Shaving cream, body wash, or really anything that the recipient would use and enjoy are great.
17. Cashmere hair scrunchies
These upcycled hair scrunchies from Love Woolies are so cute & so soft! A great gift idea for the lady in your life. They also sell other assorted handmade upcycled items that you can check out on their site!
18. Rubs or spices
Have a chef in your home who likes to BBQ? Specialty rubs and spices would be a fun addition to their stocking.
If you have someone on your household who is picky about what they write with, a new set of pens would be a practical option to include.
20. Gift card
Gift cards to Amazon, Target, Starbucks or iTunes would all be welcome gifts for most people.
21. Healthier snacks
Looking for a healthier snack option to include? Nuts and dried fruits are a great on the go option that would make a great stocking stuffer.
22. Pocket knife/multi tool
My husband loves to be ready with a knife or tool in his pocket available for whenever we need to open a package or cut something. He likes having both a multitool around as well as regularly carrying his Swiss Army knife.
23. Kitchen utensil
In order to include this one on a list of clutter-free stocking stuffers, I don’t suggest you get unusual gadgets or unnecessary items, but if you need a new spatula or slotted spoon, go for it.
24. Gourmet salts
For the chef who loves to cook an assortment of gourmet salts would be a fun stocking stuffer.
25. Chocolate biscotti
If you have a chocolate lover in your home, this biscotti assortment would be quite the treat.
Kids clutter-free stocking stuffers
1. Favorite candy
My daughter’s on wish list for her stocking? Gummy worms. Funny, yes, but kids of course enjoy getting their own little candy supply.
2. Glow sticks
Glow sticks are a fun stocking stuffer. A friend told me last year she uses them for when her kids are taking a bath on occasion. We tried this with our kids and they loved it. They’re also great to have on hand for any activities you may be doing outside after dark.
Now I hear that some kids don’t like getting new socks, but my kids do. My one daughter especially likes socks with animals on them like these.
4. Hot cocoa
Hot cocoa packets are a fun additional to a kid’s stocking.
5. Fruit snacks
We don’t keep fruit snacks in the house all the time, so my kids really like getting these Annie’s fruit snacks in their stockings.
6. Chex mix
We’ve been making this peppermint Chex mix the last few years and really enjoy it. It makes a fun stocking addition.
7. Card game
Uno is a favorite of my kids’ card games. We got Uno Flip last year and they’ve really enjoyed that variation.
8. Water bottle
Needing new water bottles or cups for your kids? This is the perfect opportunity to get rid of one that is in bad shape and replace it with a new water bottle.
9. Lip balm/chapstick
Chapstick or lip balm are also great options for clutter-free stocking stuffers.
If you have a boy who loves cars, a new Matchbox car would be a hit.
My kids are often losing gloves, outgrowing them, or putting holes in them. New gloves are a practical option for their stocking.
12. Nail polish
My daughters love nail polish so some years they have gotten a few non-toxic nail polishes in their stockings that they have enjoyed.
13. Scratch art
These smaller pieces of scratch art paper would fit great in a stocking. Just be careful where your kids use it as it can make a little mess.
Our kids keep a flashlight on their nightstands too. We have ones like these for them.
15. Bubble bath or bath bombs
My daughters love taking baths so bubble bath or bath bombs are really fun for their stockings.
Yes this may seem funny, but my kids are particular about the kind of toothpaste they prefer so they enjoy getting them in their stocking.
If your kids are old enough to chew gum, sugarless gum can be a fun option for them.
It’s hard to believe that they’ve made such a strong comeback, but scrunchies are everywhere and could be a great stocking stuffer.
20. Amazon or Target gift card
My kids love getting gifts cards to Amazon or Target and being able to choose something themselves.
21. Gardening gloves & accessories
Have a budding gardener? Some gardening gloves and accessories would be a fun addition.
Children of all ages seem to love bubbles, so they’re a great clutter-free stocking stuffer.
23. Sidewalk chalk
Sidewalk chalk is another great option for kids to be able to use up.
My kids sunglasses are constantly being lost, so having a back up pair that we keep in the car has been very helpful.
25. Story Cubes
I hope that you’ve found this list of clutter-free stocking stuffers for all ages helpful as you prepare for the holiday season. If you’re looking for more clutter-free gifts, check out this post.
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