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

Stocking Stuffers Christmas Stocking 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 super-cute DIY Christmas sprout ornament kit and a hedgehog needle felting project. For photographers, check out the solar photography kit. And if someone on your Christmas list has been naughty this year, why not give them a bag of (chocolate) coal?

Looking for creative stocking stuffers? Check out our selection of 20+ small gift ideas that are sure to make a big impression.


DIY Sprout Decoration

TheMakeArcade | $10.03


Chocolate Christmas Coal


Geode Bath Bombs

Stocking Stuffers Christmas Stocking Gifts

UncommonGoods | $34.95


Ballerina Bookmark


Terrarium Embroidery Art


Moscow Mule Carry-On Cocktail Kit


Bull Bottle Stopper


Frida Kahlo Action Figure


Solar Photography Kit

Stocking Stuffers Christmas Stocking Gifts

UncommonGoods | $14.95


“Art Genius” Playing Cards


Hedgehog Needle Felting Kit


Abstract Portrait Ring Cone


Small Wooden Cat Pile Game

Stocking Stuffers Christmas Stocking Gifts

Comma | $20


Lollipopter Kinetic Toy


Sheep and Sheep Dog Wool Dryer Balls


“Dot” Kokeshi Doll

Stocking Stuffers Christmas Stocking Gifts

Sketch.inc | $39.50


Rainbow Pencils


Miniature Ceramic Cactus


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 | $10.78


‘90s erasers


Monstera Leaf Coasters 


10 oz. Ceramic Travel Cup

Ceramic Travel Mugs

Mudhavi | $35.21


Leather Fox Wallet

Leather Wallet That Looks Like a Fox

smallqueue | $75+


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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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