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33 best stocking stuffers for adults this year

Stocking stuffers don’t have to be boring. Here are some small gifts and trinkets for adults that you can put in their holiday stockings this year.
Woman stuffing a stocking, supergoop and a Stojo 16-Ounce Collapsible Travel Cup
Here are some of our favorite stocking stuffers this season from brands like Laneige, Carhartt, Supergoop!, NEST and more.Kara Birnbaum / NBC News ; Stojo ; Sephora

The holiday season is in full swing, which means many houses have decked out their interiors with lights, trees, wreaths and ornaments to get into the holiday spirit.

Stockings are a common holiday decoration to put up next to the tree or fireplace, and more traditional households may place small gifts inside as “stocking stuffers” to add to the main set of presents. Although some people may consider stocking stuffers to be a last-minute gifting task, they can go well beyond your typical gift cards and lotions — stocking stuffers can serve as an exciting opportunity to surprise your friends and loved ones with unique and meaningful gifts without having to break the bank.

The best stocking stuffers this year

To help you comb through all the potential stocking stuffers for your loved ones this holiday season, we perused our previous Select shopping guides with an eye toward reader favorites and picked some highly rated stocking stuffers we think are worth considering. We’ve also analyzed Select purchasing behavior and noted the bestselling stocking stuffers so far.

Bestselling stocking stuffers

USAGA Head Massager

A scalp massager is a great go-to gift: It’s relaxing and can be used on their head, neck and shoulders, according to the brand. This scalp massager has 20 flexible prongs and, though they’re made of metal, the brand says each prong has a rubber bead at the end that makes it smooth to the touch.

LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask

This hydrating lip mask comes in a compact container and features a small applicator so their hands don’t ever have to touch their lips. It’s rich in antioxidants and hyaluronic acid, according to the brand, and comes in a variety of flavors like Vanilla, Sweet Candy and Gummy Bear. Select manager of editorial operations Shari Uyehara has been using these for years. “I apply it every night before bed,” she said. “I also love that it leaves my lips feeling softer when applied consistently and that it isn't too sticky.”

Grow A Beard Grooming Kit

This grooming kit equips multiple tools to keep their beard healthy, including beard balm, oil, a bristle brush and a natural wood comb for both the beard and mustache. The beard oil features a blend of jojoba and argan oils to moisturize the beard, while the beard balm helps style without making it stiff and crunchy, according to the brand.

Dr. Scholl's Spa Socks

You really can’t go wrong with gifting cozy socks during the cold winter months. Lined with lavender and vitamin E, this crossover between a sock and a slipper is designed to moisturize and soothe feet, according to the brand. These socks contain traction bumpers to keep them from sliding around, while the smooth toe seam can help to minimize irritation and prevent bunching, the brand says.

Acupoint Physical Massage Therapy Ball Set

Similar in use to a foam roller, this massage therapy ball set can be used for self myofascial release to help relieve pain and tension by carefully massaging sore areas of the body, according to Acupoint. The set comes with two therapeutic balls similar in size to tennis balls, according to the brand, which can be used on the lower back, neck and mid-back and underneath the foot. They come in a mesh bag, too, so they can take them on the go.

StrawExpert 16-Pack Black Reusable Metal Straws

Select associate updates editor Zoe Malin called these highly rated eco-friendly straws “lightweight, durable and easy to take on the go.” Made from stainless steel, these straws come in a pack of 16, and each one features a food-grade silicone tip so you don’t have to touch the metal. The tips can be removed for easy cleaning and come in a variety of colors. You can also choose different colors for the straws themselves, including Gold, Rainbow and Rose Gold.

More top-rated stocking stuffers to consider

Jack & Rose Essential Oil Diffuser Bracelet

This bracelet doubles as an essential oil diffuser: Your giftee can place three to five drops of their favorite essential oil on the locket’s reusable, removable felt pad and secure it in place with the magnetic closure. It comes with eight felt pads in different colors like pink, blue and green, so it’ll feel — and smell — like a new bracelet each time. And to reuse them, the brand says, they can rinse the pads with cool water and allow them to dry.

Energizer Clip-On Book Light

For giftees who love to read, this clip-on book light can let them read in bed without needing a bright overhead light to see. It’s compact, portable and runs on two included batteries, which the brand says can provide up to 25 hours of runtime. It also has a flexible and collapsible neck, so you can adjust where you need the light on your page, according to the brand.

Amazon Echo Dot (5th Generation)

If they want access to Alexa but don't foresee needing the larger speakers, the Echo Dot can be a great compact option to consider. The latest version — released earlier this year — is an affordable alternative to the Echo and just as convenient for checking the weather, making phone calls and adjusting smart home controls, according to Amazon.

Godiva Holiday Truffle Flight

These assorted truffles from Godiva come in a pack of six and offer a good variety of flavors, including Christmas cookie, salted caramel, tiramisu, roasted almond, cranberry and milk chocolate. The chocolates are also wrapped in a holiday-themed gift box that can comfortably fit in your giftee’s stocking.

Supergoop! Glow Stick

The Glow Stick from Supergoop! — which makes some of our favorite sunscreens for acne-prone skin — offers SPF 50 protection and is designed to be invisible while leaving behind a hydrating finish, according to the brand. Its formula includes antioxidant-rich oils, and the brand says it is water- and sweat-resistant for up to 40 minutes.

OTOTO Baby Nessie Loose Leaf Tea Infuser

This tea infuser comes in the shape of the brand’s popular “Baby Nessie” and has a removable bottom that lets you place the loose leaf tea of your choice inside. It’s dishwasher-safe and has four legs at the bottom to keep it upright inside your cup, according to the brand. The infuser is available in three vibrant colors: Turquoise, Purple and Green.

Vermont Maple Syrup Sampler

If your giftee is a breakfast food enthusiast, this maple syrup sampler comes with four 60-milliliter syrups that were made and packaged in Vermont, according to the brand. The syrups come in multiple flavors, including elderberry, cinnamon and vanilla, and cardamom-infused varieties, along with a rye barrel-aged syrup. You can also download and share a recipe guide from Uncommon Goods’ website to give them a few unique ideas about how to use them.

Zodiac Sign Necklace

If your giftee is interested in astrology, this custom zodiac sign necklace lets them put their star sign on display. You can choose between one of the 12 star sign constellations, as well as the three material options — gold, silver and rose gold — and lengths ranging from 14 inches to 21 inches, according to the seller.

Music Playing Cards

A great gift for music lovers, this playing card deck features illustrations of famous musicians on each card, ranging from Taylor Swift and Madonna to Elvis Presley and David Bowie. The suits are split by genre: Hearts are pop, spades are rock, diamonds are folk and country, and clubs are soul, blues and R&B. They also feature music royalty as the king and queen of each suit, such as Beyonce and Prince as the queen and king of hearts, respectively.

Bala Bangles

One of our favorite ankle and wrist weights, Bala Bangles can be great to use during Pilates-based workouts and come in weights of either 1 pound or 2 pounds. These weights are also available in fun colors like Blush, Sage and Sea.

Carhartt Knit Cuffed Beanie

This knit beanie is made of acrylic rib-knit fabric and comes in a variety of colors, including Dusk Purple, Dark Brown and Black. It also equips a fold-up cuff and a Carhartt patch in the center. It comes in a one-size-fits-all style, and the brand says this beanie has some stretch.

Stojo 16-Ounce Collapsible Travel Cup

Stojo’s 16-ounce Collapsible Travel Cup, made from food-grade silicone, does exactly what its name suggests: It can collapse to just 2 inches in height for easy storage and travel. The dishwasher-safe cup comes apart for easy cleaning and features a silicone straw and temperature-resistant sleeve so they can use it for both cold and hot drinks, according to the brand. You can also choose from a variety of colors, including Lilac (purple), Sage (green), Peony (pink) and Steel (blue).

Women's Daybreak Scuffs

These scuffs are ​​lined with soft fleece to help keep your giftee warm and comfortable year-round. They include an anti-slip rubber sole for greater traction and an open-backed mule style that you can slip on and off, according to the brand. These scuffs come in a variety of colors and are designed with various nature motifs, including cats, pandas, raccoons and deer.

Cell Phone Stand with Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

This portable phone stand has a built-in Bluetooth speaker, so your loved one can comfortably watch their favorite show, movie or videos on-the-go. The brand says this stand works with most 4- to 13-inch smartphones and includes a non-slip bottom and back to keep their phone secure, the brand says.

Olive & June Merry Mani Ornament

This limited-edition holiday bundle from Olive & June comes with a nail polish and a bottle of the brand’s Super Glossy Top Coat. You can choose from three nail polish colors: CV (cherry red), GH (pink) and OJSM (rose gold).

Brightland The Mini Artist Series

The Mini Artist Series from Brightland — which makes some of our favorite olive oils — includes four 100-milliliter cold-pressed olive oils infused with different flavors: Ardor (infused with red chili peppers, jalapeño peppers, chipotle peppers and paprika), Rosette (infused with garlic), Lucid (infused with lemon) and Arise (infused with basil). Each olive oil is packaged in a fully-recyclable glass bottle that has been UV-coated to protect the olive oil from damaging light, according to the brand.

Jellycat Amuseable Happy Boiled Egg

Select’s Malin says she’s a big fan of the Jellycat brand, thanks to its fun food-inspired plush toys. A great option for your foodie friends, you can find toys in the shape of everything from cherries and pastries to pretzels and popcorn. The brand also offers toys in the shape of animals, plants and more.

4-Piece Matte Claw Clips

These claw clips come in a pack of four and are available in over a dozen color combinations. The large clips, which measure about 4.3 inches in length and are made from a matte plastic and resin material, are designed to have a strong hold for thick hair, but they can also work well with thin hair and most other hair types, according to the brand.

The Five Minute Journal

The Five Minute Journal is filled with guided and thoughtful prompts — including weekly challenges, daily highlights, positive affirmations and more — that can help your loved ones start their day with gratitude and mindfulness, according to the brand. The journal is undated so they can jot down their thoughts when they can, and the brand says it has enough pages to last up to six months.

Tabasco Hot Sauce Keychain

For the hot sauce lover in your life, this Tabasco Hot Sauce keychain lets them take a miniature bottle on the go — they can simply unscrew the cap and dispense it when needed. It comes with a protective silicone case and an aluminum carabiner to attach to their keys, pocket, backpack and more. The bottle itself is tiny — only about 0.08 ounces — but can be refilled.

BIHOIB Small Moon Jewelry Dish Tray

This small, half-moon-shaped dish can help keep your giftee’s rings, earrings, small necklaces and other types of jewelry safely in one place. It’s made of ceramic materials and painted with a glossy finish, according to the brand. It also comes in multiple colors, including blue, black and white.

Williams Sonoma Classic Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate can be a beverage staple during the holiday season, and this tin from Williams Sonoma can be a good one to consider if they love the rich drink. The brand says its hot chocolate is produced from bittersweet chocolate shavings rather than cocoa powder for intense flavor and a smooth texture. Select production coordinator Gabriella DePinho said this hot chocolate is her favorite to make at home because it comes out with a café-level of richness and flavor. It comes as a single tin or as a set of two, and you can purchase marshmallows in fun designs like Mini Snowflake and Mini Snowman to pair with it.

Muji Smooth Gel Knock Type Pen Set

Select editorial operations associate Rebecca Rodriguez said she loves her Muji pens because “they come in multiple covers, they write really smooth and they don’t smear.” The set includes 10 pens, each with a unique ink color.

NEST Fragrances Votive Candle

This compact, 2-ounce candle from NEST Fragrances can burn for up to 28 hours, according to the brand. The brand sells mini candles in multiple scents, including Cedar Leaf & Lavender, Grapefruit, Pumpkin Chai and Moroccan Amber, and they can also be purchased in additional sizes like Classic (8.1 ounces) and 3-wick (21.2 ounces).

Cold Beer Coats

To reflect the cold weather, these fun “beer coats” have a metallic lining on the inside and a nylon exterior that can help maintain your drink’s temperature while keeping your hands warm, according to the maker. They measure about 3 inches wide and 6.5 inches high to fit most cans, and you can choose from four color combinations, including Navy/Yellow and Red/Tan.

Blue Bottle Bella Donovan

One of the best gifts for coffee lovers, this whole bean dark roast blend from Blue Bottle is Malin’s go-to for making cold brew. You can choose between a 6-ounce or 12-ounce bag, or Blue Bottle also offers a subscription service that you can customize to ship weekly, biweekly, every three weeks or monthly.

Best of Saje Oil Blend Kit

This set of five roll-on essential oils includes the brand’s bestselling Peppermint Halo, Fortify, Gutzy, Stress Release and Pain Release oil blends packaged in a black cotton canvas pouch. The brand says these essential oils — each of which come in a 0.2-fluid-ounce container — can help soothe stress and ease pain in different parts of the body.

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