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Lil’ Stocking Stuffers With BIG 2020 Energy

The world of stocking stuffers has historically been a functional one. Each year, parents dutifully filled that fuzzy nylon sock — which in no way resembled an actual stocking? — with everyday items: socks, underwear, deodorant, toothpaste, and if you were lucky, candy. It always went to use with the candy first, of course, but the contents were never terribly inspired (no shade, mom and dad). If you’re now on stocking-stuffing duty OR want to forward this along to your parents, we’re here to help ensure that this year's offerings are thoughtful, unexpected, and still affordable.

The shopping guide ahead consists of some classic over-the-chimney gifts that you definitely won’t find at your local drugstore — along with some current-day additions to the canon: team Shopping’s favorite face mask; a kit for someone who already has all the puzzles; a foam block for the diehard home yogi. Without further ado, click on through to discover 32 lil’ gifts worth shoving into that 2020 “stocking”.


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Nike Elite Crew “Xmas” Sock

A goofy Christmas sock might not be the most elegant gift, but if it’s going to bring a much-needed smile to someone’s face this year, we say go for it. Besides, this isn’t any old Santa stocking — it’s a sweat-wicking, supportive basketball sock engineered by the sport experts at Nike.
Nike Elite Crew “Xmas” Sock, $14.00 Buy
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Sunnylife Destination Votive Candle

Save this sun-kissed votive set for that globetrotting friend whose wanderlust has been dampened in this year of isolation.
Sunnylife Destination Candle Set, $20.00 $9.00 Buy
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GAP Adult Contour Mask with Filter Pocket

Because they can never have too many masks to protect themselves and others (this 3-pack set is made from triple-layer lightweight cotton and features a pocket for filters).
Gap Adult Contour Mask with Filter Pocket (3-Pack), $18.00 Buy
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Summersalt Coziest Cashmere Eye Mask

We know that self-care is of the utmost importance this year. While $25 for an eye mask might feel excessive, it’s the kind of little luxury that will make someone feel really pampered during a time they need it most.
Summersalt The Coziest Cashmere Eye Mask, $25.00 Buy
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BaubleBar Alpha Bauble

We’re all feeling extra-sentimental this holiday season; missing the friends and family we’d normally be surrounded by this time of year. A memorable keepsake like this initial pendant is the perfect way to keep someone you love close — even if they’re far away.
BaubleBar The Alpha Bauble, $20.00 Buy
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The Laundress Wool and Cashmere Spray

They say that much textile-related waste happens in the aftercare of clothing — excessive washing and dry-cleaning and pollutes water and releases harsh chemicals into the environment. This spritz can freshen up your winter layers and save you — and the planet — a trip to the dry cleaners.
The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Spray, $10.00 Buy
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Free People Jaden Blanket Scarf

To be fair, you might have some trouble fitting this ginormous scarf into an actual stocking, but it’s going to bring some serious joy to someone who is looking to drown themselves in layers of insulating coziness — whether or not they plan to venture outside this season.
Free People Jaden Ribbed Fringe Blanket Scarf, $48.00 $24.97 Buy
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Lululemon Lift and Lengthen Yoga Block

The home workout is huge part of our lifestyles in 2020 — streaming yoga routines in our living rooms is one of the few things keeping us sane right now. Give someone you love the gift of an elevated — literally! — plank experience with Lululemon’s slogan-emblazoned yoga blocks.
lululemon Lift and Lengthen Yoga Block, $14.00 Buy
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Uniqlo Airism Face Mask

The face mask is the ultimate stocking stuffer — small, incredibly useful, and available in every shape, size, and iteration. Our pick is Uniqlo’s Airism mask — our beauty and wellness writer dubbed it “the best $15 [she] spent this year.
Uniqlo AIRism Face Mask (3-Pack in S, M, L), $14.90 Buy
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Kosasport LipFuel

This heavy-duty moisturizing balm from clean beauty leader Kosas is infused with 50 mg of full-spectrum CBD; to help calm irritation, visibly reduce redness, and smooth uneven texture on the lips. It’s the perfect antidote to a year that’s been tough, to say the least.
Kosasport LipFuel, $18.00 Buy
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Modern Citizen Recycled Silk Twist Headband

Silk is your tresses’ great ally — it won’t sap moisture, stress your hair, or cause any undue breakage. (Even better, this chic mulberry silk headband is recycled.) We nominate this lovely self-care accessory for any friend or family member who needs some soothing this season. (In other words: anyone.)
Modern Citizen Recycled Silk Twist Headband, $20.00 Buy
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Cody Foster Vintage-Inspired Food Ornaments

Many of us apartment-dwellers have never bothered with a tree or holiday decor, knowing that we’d be able to bask in evergreen accouterments once we joined our families for the holidays. Now, some of us are flying solo this year, but our paltry decor collections leave much to be desired. You definitely have a friend whose first-ever tree will benefit from one of Cody Foster’s vintage-inspired glass ornaments. (We recommend the avocado for anyone who was part of a #brunchsquad in a previous life.)
Cody Foster Vintage-Inspired Food Ornaments, $22.00 Buy
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Anthropologie Deck The Halls Monogram Ornament

You could also try a fuzzy and festive option, personalized with their initial (or yours).
Anthropologie Deck The Halls Monogram Ornament, $10.00 Buy
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Now House by Jonathan Adler Vertigo 1,000-Piece Puzzle

Puzzles took 2020 by storm, and if you happen to know someone who hasn’t started building their collection, this abstract, design-driven showpiece is sure to please.
Now House by Jonathan Adler Vertigo 1000 Piece Puzzle, $24.99 Buy
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Madewell x Hedley & Bennett Vintage Potholder

Have you heard? People are baking a lot these days — and based on the news, that’s only going to continue as winter wears on. Help the newly-minted sourdough enthusiast in your life up their baking game with this chic, durable potholder from Madewell’s cheerful collaboration with chef-wear brand Hedley & Bennett.
Madewell x Hedley & Bennett Striped Potholder, $22.00 Buy
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Eurographics Puzzle Roll-up Mat Kit

Maybe you know someone who’s become an utter puzzle pro this year, but they’ve already collected every example under the sun. This puzzle kit contains a roll-up mat for storing half-completed works, a sorting tray (!), and even glue, for finished pieces. If this doesn’t impress the puzzle-presario in your life, we don’t know what will.
EuroGraphics Puzzle Roll-Up Mat Kit, $24.95 Buy
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“The Best of Me” by David Sedaris

We’re definitely in need of a little levity this year, and no one does humor writing like David Sedaris. Someone will definitely thank you for his most recent book — a compilation of his best humor writing from throughout his kooky and memorable career.
David Sedaris “The Best Of Me”, $30.00 $27.60 Buy
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Chronicle Books Date Night Dice

Since you and your partner definitely aren’t leaving the house anytime soon, why not gift them with a game that leaves your stay-at-home date night up to chance? This set of dice will help you decided what to order, what to Netflix, and what to, um, do afterward.
Chronicle Books Date Night Dice, $15.95 Buy
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Olive & June Poppy Nail Brush

While we’d love to spring for this California-based nail brand’s full-fledged mani or pedi kit, the premium assortments aren’t quite within the stocking-stuffer price point. What does hit the mark, price-wise, is probably the most important component of a professional-looking at-home manicure: a good brush. Olive & June’s Poppy model is engineered for easy handling, helping you get a clean finish every time you mani at home. (Which is currently all the time.)
Olive & June The Poppy, $16.00 Buy
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World’s Smallest Vacuum

A reviewer on Urban Outfitters vouched for the legitimate functionality of this teensy-weensy dust-buster: “I bought this little vacuum as a joke, but it actually cleans the dust on my desk. With the two different attachments, it helps me go in between cracks and small spaces.” We need this little helper more than ever, now that our couches and beds are doubling as desks and tables more than we’d like to admit.
World's Smallest World’s Smallest Vacuum, $15.00 Buy
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Kikkerland Earbud Cleaning Kit

Ew! But come on — you definitely know someone who needs this. Our earbuds are getting more wear and tear than ever, thanks to all of those WFH-conference calls.
Kikkerland Earbud Cleaning Kit, $30.00 $13.50 Buy
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Yellowbird Organic Hot Sauce (Set of Four)

Want to spice up someone’s life — literally? The gift of hot sauce will enhance your loved one’s eating experience on a daily basis.
Yellowbird Organic Hot Sauce, $24.95 Buy
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Sakara Life Detox Tea

Sakara’s premium meal offerings don’t come cheap, but pretty much everyone who’s ever tried the plant-based meal plan becomes an evangelical devotee — including our lifestyle writer. For a stocking stuffer-sized step into Sakara’s world, gift the brand’s Detox Tea — a citrusy blend that supports the body’s natural cleansing systems.
Sakara Life Detox Tea, $20.00 Buy
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CB2 Faux Pampas Grass Stems

The weather outside may be frightful, but these life-like fronds make for a rustic home accent that will bring some tropical cheer to a loved one’s home — or just look sweet and unexpected poking out of the stocking on Christmas morning.
CB2 Set of Three Faux Pampas Grass Stems, $24.00 Buy
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West Elm ASPCA Cat & Dog Mugs

For the animal lover in your life; a sweet, furry friend-themed mug that also benefits the ASPCA will certainly bring a little cheer.
West Elm ASPCA Cat & Dog Mugs, $14.00 Buy
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Vosges Matcha Green Tea and Spirulina Super Dark Chocolate Bar

Sometimes, only a fancy, slightly expensive chocolate bar will do.
Vosges Chocolate Matcha Green Tea and Spirulina Super Dark Chocolate Bar, $9.00 Buy
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Linoto 100% Linen Boxer Shorts

This Westchester, New York-based brand creates soft, super-wearable shorts out of production scraps left over from the manufacture of its linen home goods. We can think of several people on our list that would appreciate such a comfortable and sustainable gift.
Linoto 100% Linen Boxer Shorts, $34.95 Buy
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“Wreck This Journal” by Keri Smith

There’s never been a better year for this creativity-inducing journal, which encourages users to unleash their destructive tendencies to create something beautiful.
Keri Smith “Wreck This Journal”, $16.00 $14.72 Buy
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AllVeryGoods Kente of Gees Bandana

Pretty much everyone on team Shopping is a devoted superfan of AllVeryGoods’ work-of-art bandanas — this writer may have carted up no less than five when she first stumbled across their Etsy shop. Whether the recipient wears the scarf as an accessory or just hangs in on their wall to admire designer Ama Schulman’s handiwork, these meaningful pieces will bring some much-needed joy this holiday season.
AllVeryGoods Kente of Gees Bandana, $24.00 Buy
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Farm Steady Soft Pretzel Baking Kit

Whether your recipient is totally sourdough-ed out or never really got into the swing of quarantine baking in the first place, the homemade soft pretzel will be a welcome new diversion. The kit includes everything you need to make a dozen of these beloved salty snacks.
Farm Steady Soft Pretzel Baking Kit, $24.00 Buy
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World Market Mini Metal Shopping Basket Tabletop Decor

Sometimes the smol-est things bring the most cheer. We can’t explain why you should nab this teeny-weeny shopping basket other than for its diminutive decorative properties — and that’s as good a reason as any. Delight someone this year by presenting them with this miniature object, perhaps filled with tiny groceries?
Cost Plus World Market Mini Metal Shopping Basket Tabletop Decor, $9.99 Buy
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Speks Original Magnetic Balls

May Hong filled us in on a version of these fidget-happy magnets when we polled fashion friends for their take on Amazon’s next viral item. Their accessible price tag and miniature size make them a perfect stocking-friendly item, and their weirdly addictive interactive properties will provide a welcome distraction from anything and everything going on in the world.
speks Speks Original Set of Magnetic Balls, $24.95 Buy
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