When carefully considered, stocking stuffers have the potential to outshine big-ticket presents. So let this curated guide of 15 giftables gently priced under $50 come to the rescue this holiday season. Despite bring small enough to stuff into a stocking, every item here punches well above its weight when it comes to usefulness, style, and fun—proving some of the best things in life come in little packages.
Kato Mokko Wooden Cutlery, $20
Have you ever laid eyes on a more whimsical set of cutlery? Exclusive to Takamichi Beauty Room, a New York City boutique renowned for exceptionally chic and eco-friendly finds, this portable, reusable, and handmade fork-and-spoon duo handmade in Japan with magnolia wood will last for years to come. It will be enthusiastically received by children and those who are still young at art, too.
Fer A Cheval Cicada Marseille Soap On Rope, $9
Elevate your bath and shower routine to new heights with this sophisticated French soap on a rope. Lovingly crafted by hand from pure olive oil—which makes it suitable for even the most sensitive skintypes—with a traditional Marseille cauldron process that takes ten full days, this objet is functional and beautiful to behold with its stark silhouette evocative of brutalist art sculptures.
Native Union Smart Charger PD 20W, $40
The ultimate travel companion for our modern times, this slim and compact wall charger—it can easily slip into your back pocket—sports dual ports so you can quickly and simultaneously charge two devices. It also comes with international adaptors, so you’ll be covered wherever your travels may take you.
Tät-Tat Bookmark /Money Clip, $14
A sublime example of style and functionality, this highly giftable object fashioned from a recycled bicycle spoke is made in Switzerland by Tät-Tat, a design collaborative that creates jobs for elderly and special-needs people across Switzerland and Germany. So whether you use this as a bookmark or money clip, it’ll help you look and feel good.
Escentric Molecules Discovery Set, $40
From London’s Escentric Molecules, one of the world’s most intruiging fragrance houses, this set encourages you to experiment. Since the scents are set up as pairs spotlighting different aroma molecules like Iso E Super, Ambroxan, and Cashmeran, you can completely customize your experience. Feeling minimalist? Spritz on a Molecule. In the mood for something bolder? Then try an Escentric. Seeking something wholly original? Try layering two, three, or even more.
State Cashmere Unisex Cuff Socks, $45
Pamper those hard-working feet with the TLC they deserve with these wonderfully warm and snuggly socks. Made entirely with sustainable Inner Mongolia Cashmere—which is considered by many to be the world’s finest—by shepherds who receive fair wages, these little luxuries are durable and will maintain their shape indefinitely with proper care.
Proto 101 Relaxed T-Shirt Dress with Pockets, $39
Co-founded by fashion veterans Liyin Kok and Rafael Soto, Proto 101 is built on a simple premise: to offer comfortable, casual everyday basics for everyone made from sustainable materials with an ethical supply chain at reasonable prices. This t-shirt dress delivers on that promise with the effortless shape, handy pockets for every storage, and the dusty pink hue complements every skintone.
Kate McLeod Forest Forest Pebble, $48
These brand new and subtly scented Pebbles by Kate McLeod deliver clean and waterless moisture in a simple and fun-to-use format. If you’re taking a bath, drop a couple into the warm running water for an exceptionally softening soak. If you’re showering, just glide one over your body after cleansing to impart your skin with a healthy, dewy glow.
My Style Bags Trousse Aspen Small Travel Bag, $50
Consider the Aspen Small Travel Bag from the Milan-based and family-owned accessories company renowned for its custom embroidering the goldilocks of travel pouches: not too big, not too small, just right. Soft and durable, it boasts a waterproof lining and has just enough room to safely stash your daily essentials (credit cards, lip balm, and hand sanitizer).
Actually Curious Happy Hour Edition, $25
Started by Michael Tennant, Actually Curious is a thought-provoking card game that was designed to help spread empathy. Shaped by psychologists, crisis negotiators, and game developers, the 52-card game inquires about personal dreams, goals, and desires to help you establisher a deeper and more honest understanding of everyone, from new work colleagues to family members.
Shinola 2023 12-Month Runwell Planner, $30
This handsome daily planner by the beloved American lifstyle brand helps those with the even busiest schedules gracefully manage their responsibilities. And because it’s made in the USA with a sturdy linen hardcover and smyth-sewn binding, it can handle lots of wear and tear. Plus, doesn’t it feel lovely (and a bit nostalgic) to put pen to paper nowadays?
Odin New York 07 Tanoke Votive Candle, $30
Perfect for traveling, this sleek votive from the New York-based fragrance brand by Eddy Chai and Paul Birardi instantly warms up the drabbest spaces. Taking inspiration from the California coast with its salty air, piney forests, and crisp ocean water, the spicy blend of ginger, bitter orange, and redwood helps you bring some of the great outdoors in.
Nails Inc. Flawless Mani Nail Treatment Gift Set, $25
Try to name an activity where your hands aren’t in motion. From holding utensils to texting to opening doors, they’re rarely at rest. So pamper them with this boxed bundle, which includes a nourishing mask, file, strengthening base coat, glossy cherry-red polish, and protective top coat with retinol.
Dae Hair The Signature Mini Gift Set, $18
Don’t be fooled by the pretty packaging of this popular haircare brand. Thanks to the inclusion of potent desert-inspired botanicals such as hibiscus flower extract, false daisy extract, and moringa seed oil, the shampoo and conditioner gently clean while bathing strands with restorative moisture. Plus, the citrus-floral scent is heavenly.