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What are the best stocking stuffers

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Looking for what are the best stocking stuffers for the whole family?

Rooting through the stocking on Christmas morning is the bonus round of gift opening. They’re the wild card of the holiday – anything could be in there! On the flip side, finding the best stocking stuffers is challenging.

Every year magazines come out with their glossy holiday gift guides filled with quirky items that could be a hit, or just as easily wind up in the junk drawer. The more you think about the small items family may or not love, the harder things get. Gift shopping should be fun.

Let’s focus on useful, fun and unique stocking stuffers for all the different people on your list.

Children

How do you WOW the kiddies with the best stocking stuffers? With a little chocolate and a whole lot of magic! A small packet of instant super snow will expand to over 100 times its size when you add water, producing more than 2 quarts of snow. Magic sets, a magic 8 ball and enchanted wands will light up the eyes of blossoming Harry Potter fans.





Crafty kids can always use a refill of crayons, new stickers, scissors and paste. Doll craft kits are small and affordable, and come with glittery paints and gems so they can decorate their own wooden dolls. For younger ones, expand their reading with colorful board books.

Teens

Teens are hard because parents kind of still see them as kids, especially around this time of year. Quirky socks and silly graphic t-shirts you can roll up and stuff are always a fun option. Functional items with some personality like a wallet with a few bucks inside, funny key chains and unique belt buckles will surprise them, and actually be used.

For music lovers, you can’t go wrong with an iTunes gift card. Take a look at things that get a lot of use, too. A new set of head phones, shoe laces, nail polish, make-up and their favorite hair product, lotion or spray may even earn you a hug. Oh, and throw some chocolates and weird candies in there to bring out their sweetest side.

Men

Fellows are hard because they don’t often provide much guidance in terms of what they what and need. Gloves, socks and a few new pairs of underwear save him a dreaded trip to the store. If he’s on his feet a lot, shoe insoles give him the gift of supportive comfort. On the pampering side, slipper socks, new razors and other shaving accessories are a treat.
 
Now let’s talk about the fun stuff. Mini boozes so he can try mixing some of those weird cocktails he’s wanted to try. Beef jerky, a coffee gift card and some retro candies add a gentle touch of holiday indulgence. A clip-on reading light, flash drive and a handheld multi-tool give his stocking a manly boost.

Women

There’s a lot of overlap with men and women, granted. You really can’t go wrong by embracing their hobbies and, ahem, recreational activities. Wine drinkers can always make use of wine stoppers, gardeners love getting heirloom seeds and bakers collect cupcake liners shamelessly. If she’s a knitter, fill her stocking ith colorful, squishy yarn and you may get a handmade hat next year.

Many women love pampering products like soft socks, shower loofah, bath bombs, mud masks and romantic candles. Those with an old fashioned streak will get a kick out of personalized stationary.  And please do not forget the chocolates – old favorites (If you know her, you know what kind she likes.) and something new like chocolate covered rose petals or dark bark with nuts and dried fruit.

As you can see, the best stocking stuffers are delicious, silly and just as thoughtful as everyone on your list. This is one area where you’re impulses will gladly guide you.

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