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But really. 😂
One of the hardest things to shop for during the holidays is those “little gifts”–you know…
What the heck do you bring to your office gift exchange?
What are you supposed to bring to your friend’s funny white elephant?
What kind of gift do you get your new boyfriend’s parents?
What’s something cheap that you can bring to your girls’ “steal the present”?
What hostess gift should you bring to your boss’ house for dinner!?
What can you buy in bulk to keep on hand for last-minute small gifts?
I’ve got SO MANY ideas for ALLL of the above!
Best Stocking Stuffers
Best Stocking Stuffers
For gift exchanges, coworkers, hostesses and more!
For gift exchanges, coworkers, hostesses and more!
The best holiday cards:
A lot of times, a great holiday card is 100 times better than a gift, especially if it’s a unique and funny one! Etsy is the BEST for holiday cards! I LOVE this shop for funny cards, and of course, my friend Katie’s shop for funny AND beautiful calligraphy cards! (She’s the one who designed my blog logo and gift guide graphics! She’s so talented!)
Fancy Ramen Bowl
For the coworker who is always eating ramen at their desk, the college grad, or the pho lover–the cutest, quirkiest gift that they’ll actually use all the time. (We use ours every time we order Pho takeout!)
Holiday gifting soaps
These are SO CUTE. And they’re $10. Just a little “something” to gift along with a thoughtful holiday card that will make everyone smile! The wrapping is so cute and they all have cheeky little sayings!
Leather Airpods Case:
Simple and useful for those who have airpods! This keychain case is beautiful and functional- would make a great stocking stuffer for only $20!
Burrata and Mascarpone cheese-making kit
This little out of the box kit would be so fun for a gift exchange or anyone who loves cheese or cooking! It’s also a fun thing to buy to do over the holidays with your family–all you need to add is milk and cream!
How great is this for coworkers or holiday gift exchanges?! This dough is infused with essential oils for stress relief modeled after clay used by art therapists. Perfect to keep at your desk for stressful days!
Such a great gift for the beauty lover in your life! This set features a leave-in conditioner, volume spray, wave spray and an adorable pearl flip clip!
Everyone needs a bottle of Drinkwel in time for the holidays! It’s a Vitamin with lots of liver support that you take before a night out––it makes you not hungover! MAGIC!! The best gift for the party animal in your life!
$15 Dainty Stud Earrings
I LOVE these earrings–they’re what I wear every day and I’ve gone through so many pairs because I lose them, but that’s okay–they’re only $15! They also don’t irritate my ears, shockingly, like most cheap earrings do–so I wear them day and night and never take them out!
Chef’n Looseleaf Plus:
A great kitchen gadget that a lot of people probably don’t have, this tool strips leaves from tough stems of kale, collard greens and herbs. Great for those who love to cook or adorable MIL’s who are always “harvesting herbs from the garden”–shout out to Juj Loftus.
Chef’n Pickle and Preserve Set:
One part hilarious, one part actually amazing. Great for gift exchanges, secret santas or stocking stuffers, this set makes the quickest pickles possible- in just an hour!
Felt Letter Board:
I love this letter board! Use it as a menu for holiday entertaining, to display inspiring quotes at work or friendly reminders at home. Anyone will love putting this at their desk at the office, too! It’s so versatile and a great stocking stuffer!
White Elephant winner! How fun is this for office, friend or family holiday get-togethers?I It features a built-in phone holder to pick your song and display the lyrics- it’s portable karaoke at a great price point!
Compression Packing Travel Cubes:
These packing cubes compress your clothes so you can pack a lot more into your luggage! Perfect for those who try to travel with only carry ons! And they come in a few colors and patterns!
Shower Wine Glass Holder:
How amazing is this?! 🤣 Such a good gag gift, stocking stuffer or present for your girlfriends!
A great book
I LOVE the idea of doing a book exchange with friends or coworkers instead of traditional gifts, but even as a traditional gift, it’s hard to beat a good book! I think it’s always meaningful when you give a favorite of YOURS, but if you need ideas, I recently just read All The Things We Cannot Say and HIGHLY recommend to fans of The Nightingale and We Were the Lucky Ones. Another great one to gift to a girlfriend would be City of Girls! For a male coworker or friend, Neal highly recommends Boys in the Boat!
Fancy Salad Bento Box
This is great for co-workers or an office gift exchange! This has everything you need for the perfect to-go salad to keep everything fresh until lunch–it will DEFINITELY be the hot object at the office “steal the present.” And it’s on Prime so you can get it fast! 😉
How great is this gym kit? Perfect for guys or girls, it features all your tiny fitness must-haves—from deodorant wipes to bandages to breath drops and socks. Great for gym enthusiasts and frequent flyers!
Hydro Flask Water Bottle:
About as practical a gift as they come, a great water bottle! I LOVE my Hydro Flask water bottle — it keeps water so cold, and it’s pretty to look at! I use this EVERY day because it’s big–it holds 34 ounces! So nice because I don’t have to keep refilling my water glass all day!
Blue Light Glasses:
These glasses would a) make for a great last-minute gift as they’re available on Amazon, and b) are great for coworkers, bosses, family members who are students, etc.! Bonus- they are made by Sojos, a women-owned brand!
I cannot recommend this little journal enough! It provides a structured format to boost your happiness in 5 minutes a day including: gratitude, prioritizing your day, 3 amazing things, inspiring quotes, daily affirmation, and end of day reflection. This would make for an amazing gift for friends, family and stocking stuffers!
Bloody Mary Cocktail Branches:
Perfect for a White Elephant, an entertainer or brunch/Bloody Mary enthusiast, these cocktail branches let you pile fixings high!
Breakfast Wine Mug
I’m obsessed with this mug. I share it a lot as a gift option, because who wouldn’t want to open this!?! 😂
Such a great co-worker/office gift! Also a great item to stock up on to use when your coworkers/team achieve a goal or land a new account!
Such a versatile gift! Simply prop up daily tech necessities for charging- from your iPhone, Apple Watch and Airpods!
How cute is this sloth mug giving your cup of coffee a hug? Perfect for coworkers, gift exchanges and stocking stuffers!
Resident Dogs Coffee Table Book:
This is such a versatile gift! Pick up a coffee table book that focuses on a passion or topic your giftee is particularly interested in (archicture, design, music, travel). Who wouldn’t want a beautiful book about “incredible homes and the dogs that live there”? Check out NYC Mag’s the 41 best coffee table books to give in 2019 if you want more ideas!
I love including fun ornaments with gifts and unique ornaments also make great presents on their own! Anthropologie has the BEST selection! How cute is this champagne ornament and this avocado option!? These are great if you want to gift several coworkers or a group of girlfriends, too! My group of college girlfriends does an ornament exchange every year and it makes decorating your tree so much more special!
Leather Charger Roll Up:
This is a great office exchange gift and can be personalized for a specific co-worker/boss, too! Who doesn’t need help organizing all their cords?! On sale for only $35!
Decked Out Cheese Board:
Swap your usual bottle of wine for a cheese board featuring an assortment of cheeses, nuts and fruit. Bonus, they get to keep the cheese board! Wrap it with saran wrap for travel, and you’ll be a crowd favorite when you arrive to any holiday event! I also love this option that you can customize with your giftee’s initial! Also on sale for 25% off! There’s also this one from Amazon that is only $24 and comes with cheese knives too!
High Performance Habits Book + Planner:
I use this planner every day and believe this book will change your life- It made me realize how much WORK and PLANNING is involved to be a high performer. And by that, I mean, someone who excels in business and in life. Brendan Burchard is one of my favorite people to follow–his business advice is so incredibly powerful and he makes you realize that as long as you implement a few simple habits in everything you do, there is nothing that you can’t achieve. This combo would make a great co-worker/boss gift or stocking stuffer for anyone on your list!
Equilibria Travel-Size CBD Daily Drops:
Whether your friends and family are traveling, have holiday deadlines, are entertaining and hosting, or are just trying to balance everything the season throws at them, everyone needs CBD drops! This holiday edition travel-size version of the daily drops is the perfect gift to help friends and family with the stress of the holidays. Bonus: these are available in a velvet gift bag with a gift tab, and includes a complimentary dosage consultation. Done and done!
Check out my full Equilibria CBD Review.
Coffee Mug Warmer:
This is a great last-minute gift idea for an office gift exchange or co-worker gift. And it’s available on Amazon!
Homemade Goodies in a pretty box:
Homemade Chex Mix, Cookies (my family ALWAYS made these for these Russian Tea Cake cookies for the holidays!), Popcorn, or Puppy Chow, in cute tins or boxes make for a thoughtful and delicious gift for anyone! Amazon and Target have really cute tin and box options that wrap up homemade goodies in a festive bow. Bonus points if you add a nice dish towel like this or this one!
Monogrammed Wine Tote:
A lot of you guys were asking for small, nice gifts for your new boyfriend’s parents, or to bring to your boss’ house, and other “nice” occasions–I LOVE this idea. It’s a beautiful monogrammed leather wine bag–pop in your favorite bottle and this makes such a nice presentation. Only $24 on sale right now and comes in three colors.
City Ball Caps:
How cute are these hats?! They are a great androgynous gift that lets you rep all of the teams in your city with one hat! (So nice if you live in a city with tons of sports teams!) If you don’t see your city, you can make your own here!
SO unique, but SO practical, and will totally bring someone joy EVERY day––a really cute lunch box!! Can you believe this one that looks just like a cute black cross-body? For only $39! Not just good for coworkers, I feel like you can take that one to your girls’ gift exchange and everyone would fight over it there too!
More options: this linen lunch box is also adorable and comes with a detachable messenger strap! This is a great gift for coworkers or office holiday parties. Amazon also has a great selection– love this super affordable (and chic!) option and it comes in tons of colors!
Dog Wine Stopper, Pourer + Aerator:
How cute is this dog wine stopper that also pours and aerates?! Add it to a stocking stuffer, bring to a gift exchange, or add a bottle of wine for a hostess gift!
DIY your own Hot Spiced Wine set!
Your favorite bold red (think Cab, Syrah, Malbec) + these Williams Sonoma mulling spices, and a cute holiday towel makes the best hostess gift! All they have to do is simmer the wine with the mulling spices, add sugar to taste (and some orange slices if they want to get really fancy) and they’ve got some delicious mulled wine!
Mini candles for mini gifts:
If you buy a really nice mini candle set this Jo Malone one, you can split them up into individual mini gifts for hostesses, coworkers, neighbors, friends, and more! (The set is 15% off right now, making each of them only $17!) They’re SUCH a nice small gift. Get these mini bags to put them in and some pretty tissue paper and ribbon (my favorite gift wrapping supplies are the Sugar Paper and Magnolia lines at Target!) and it’ll make it feel so fancy even though it’s a little mini present!
This one is a little more expensive ($75) compared to others here, but when in doubt, a personalized festive throw is such a nice, versatile (very safe!) gift. For in-laws, hosts or even your boss, a throw is a great gift on its own, or add in some popcorn, a holiday classic movie and even a monogram to add a special touch.
Need more ideas?
Need more ideas?
First, check out my Jess’ Favorite Things gift guide–it has a TON more ideas! Also, here are some of my favorite places to shop by category!
For quirky White Elephant type gifts: Urban Outfitters
For girly gifts: Alice + Wonder
For really nice, classic gifts: Mark and Graham