40 Small Stocking Stuffers That Will Make a Big Impression This Holiday Season

Small Stocking Stuffer Gifts

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Many would agree that rummaging through your Christmas stocking is one of the most exciting parts of Christmas morning. Hung by the fireplace or at the end of your bed, the tradition of filling an empty sock-shaped bag full of surprises originates from the life of Saint Nicholas. Legend has it that the Christian bishop wanted to help an old man in poverty, by secretly throwing bags of gold coins directly into his daughters’ stockings while they were hanging up to dry by the fireplace. This led to the custom of children hanging stockings or putting out shoes, eagerly awaiting gifts from Saint Nicholas.

The stories of Saint Nicholas’ secret gift-giving later influenced the modern Christmas Eve traditions of Santa Claus. Today, many children (and adults) are still leaving out their stockings in the hopes of finding them filled with all sorts of tiny treats by morning. After all, good things come in small packages.

If you’re looking for unique stocking fillers for your loved ones, this gift guide includes something for everyone on your list. For the artist in your life, we’ve included the Viviva Colorsheets—a portable booklet of watercolor paint sheets. For crafters, there’s plenty of gift ideas to keep them busy, including a hedgehog needle felting project. For photographers, check out the solar photography kit. But if you'd like that creative person to just relax, give them some geode bath bombs to make sure they take some time that's just for them.

Looking for creative stocking stuffers? Check out our selection of 40 small gift ideas that are sure to make a big impression.


Geode Bath Bombs


Ballerina Bookmark


Artist Page Flags Set


Bull Bottle Stopper


Mindfulness Cards


Frida Kahlo Action Figure


Small Leather Pouch Kit


Solar Photography Kit

Stocking Stuffers Christmas Stocking Gifts

UncommonGoods | $14.95


Cubist Earrings


Cat Butt Magnets


“Art Genius” Playing Cards


Hedgehog Needle Felting Kit


Animal Multi Tool


Cat Head Air Freshener


Tealight Candles

Cactus and Tealight Candles

Zoet Candles | $12.95


Animal Temporary Tattoos

Animal Temporary Tattoos

Tattly | $15


Abstract Portrait Ring Cone


Fox Embroidery Kit


Never Give Up Necklace


Small Wooden Cat Pile Game

Stocking Stuffers Christmas Stocking Gifts

Comma | $20


Lollipopter Kinetic Toy


Wearable Nail Polish Bottle Holder

Nail Polish Holder

Tweexy | $9.99


Cubebot Multicolored Wood

Cubebot Multi

David Weeks | from $9


Balloon Dog Phone Stand

Balloon Dog Phone Holder

Case-Mate | $9.99


Wooden Snake Block Toy


Sheep and Sheep Dog Wool Dryer Balls


“Dot” Kokeshi Doll

Stocking Stuffers Christmas Stocking Gifts

Sketch.inc | $55.95


Rainbow Pencils


Quote Pencil Bag


Music Box Kit


Portable Watercolor Paint Sheets


Blue Floral Temporary Tattoos

Blue Temporary Tattoos

Tattly | $15


Yoga Joes: Series 1 Figurines

Stocking Stuffers Christmas Stocking Gifts

Brogamats | $25


Rainbow Sloths Enamel Pins

Sloth Enamel Pins

Surfing Sloth | $13.29


RGB & CMYK Double-Sided Necklace


Baby Nessie Tea Infuser

Baby Nessie Tea Infuser

OTOTO | $14


Monstera Leaf Coasters 


Vincat van Gogh Enamel Pin

Vincat Van Gogh Enamel Pin

Nia Gould | $12.50


Mini Cactus and Green Circle Planter


Modern Table Tiles


This article has been edited and updated. 

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.
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