All right, next in my series on budget-friendly Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers, here are some gifts under $10. These are smaller presents that are perfect for tucking into a Christmas stocking, adding to a gift basket, or even giving for Secret Santa or White Elephant gift exchanges. I tried to find a variety of gift types for all ages, including kids, teens, or adults. So if you’re struggling to find the perfect present for your co-worker in accounting, your sister-in-law that you don’t know very well, or even just something nice to give your dog walker, consider these stocking stuffers under $10.
Mini Art Painting Set
If the person you’re shopping for is artistically inclined, you have to get them this stocking stuffer! This is like a tiny art studio in a miniature 16 piece set. It includes brushes, paint, mini art canvases, and even a mini easel. This is perfect to display on a desk or shelf and a lot of fun for beginning artists.
Check out more gifts for aspiring young artists.
Perfect for kids or dinosaur lovers that are kids at heart, this is a fun stocking stuffer. Handmade by Earth Grown Crayons, these are eco-friendly crayons made from soy and nontoxic earth minerals. They’re hand poured into dinosaur shapes and come in a set of 6 crayons.
Each crayon is 2 inches long and they come in the colors mustard yellow, orange, brown, green, blue, and turquoise. Recommended for children three and up.
Stainless Steel Drink Straws
This is the kind of gift you may not think of. Lots of people use drinking straws at home, whether it’s to enjoy a cocktail, a milkshake, or a glass of soda. But disposable straws are terrible for the environment and cost a lot of money over the years. This stocking stuffer is a great alternative. These stainless steel drinking straws are reusable and non-toxic. They’re perfect to go with any beverage and even come with a special cleaning brush.
Funny Phrase Slipper Socks
Cold nights can equal cold feet, but these slipper socks are a practical gift with a little extra humor. The soles of these slipper socks have funny phrases on them. Some of these phrases include “If you can read this bring me a cup of coffee” and “I can’t adult, don’t make me adult.” Overall there are 19 options available or you can request a custom design. You’re sure to find the perfect one for your giftee.
Color options include jade, maroon, wine, pink, and green.
You may think this is a gift just for kids but think again. Wikki Stix are waxed pieces of yarn that can be bent to make a variety of shapes. Think of it as doodling in 3D. Yes, they are a great stocking stuffer for kids, but they’re also good for creative adults as well. In fact, they make a great desk toy for professionals. They also come in a tube that’s perfectly shaped for slipping into someone’s Christmas stocking.
Timberland Touchscreen Gloves
During wintertime, cozy gifts are always appreciated. Gloves are a classic Holiday gift and since everyone has a smartphone these days, a nice pair of touchscreen gloves are essential. These Magic Gloves from Timberland are affordable and touchscreen compatible. These warm knit gloves feature three finger touch technology. They’re the perfect gift to tuck into a Christmas stocking.
One size only. Available in black, navy, orange, gray, green, and wheat.
Check out more of the best budget touchscreen gloves.
Scratch Art Rainbow Mini Notes
Take Post It Notes to the next level with these scratch notes from Melissa & Doug. Great for any age, these notes start off completely black and then you scratch them to reveal the rainbow colors underneath. Write notes and messages to co-workers or family members, or use them to create art. This a fun gift for creative types and office co-workers.
Comes in a pack of 125 with a wooden stylus.
Handmade Tic Tac Toe Travel Game
Many kids spend their travel time glued to a smartphone or tablet, but this is a gift that will give them something else to do on a road trip or plane ride. This handmade game features wooden playing pieces of Xs & Os and a portable case that doubles as the playing board. Easy to take anywhere, this portable tic tac toe game is a perfect budget gift for children.
Glow in the Dark Stars
Know someone who always has their head in the stars? Maybe they’re an astronomy buff or a sci-fi fan. If you’re looking for stocking stuffers under $10 for kids, it’s hard to go wrong with this gift. This box includes 200 glow in the dark stars, plus a bonus moon! These are perfect for decorating ceilings or walls in a bedroom and adding a little whimsy and fun to bedtime.
Amco Rub-A-Way Bar
This may seem a little weird, but trust me, it’s amazing. On the surface, it’s stainless steel in the shape of a bar of soap. In practice, rubbing this bar on your hands will remove odors. You know the ones–those food odors that linger after you’ve cut some onions or garlic, or handled a piece of fish. Soap may take away the germs, but the odor stays behind. All you have to do is rub this on your hands–with or without water–and it takes the odor away. This is a great gift to give cooks and foodies. You may even want to pick up one for yourself.
Leather Headphone Cord Organizer
We all know the plight: your headphones get tangled up in your pocket or bag and become a huge mess to untangle. This handy little item solves that problem and makes a useful stocking stuffer. Made from beautifully tanned leather, these organizers feature a silver or brass snaps that hold the organizer in place and keeps your earbuds untangled. Plus it’s the perfect size and price for an affordable stocking stuffer.
Pocket Pal Journal Pack
Do you have that friend who’s an aspiring novelist? Maybe that cousin who’s always making lists? This is the perfect gift for them. These pocket-sized notebooks come in packs of 8, perfect to slip into a jacket pocket, purse, or school bag. Each cover is unique and comes in various styles like forest friends, abstract, and urban cities. These notepads are cool and practical.
Check out more stocking stuffers for writers.
You know what goes well with notebooks? Writing utensils. Or, in the case, Smencils. No, I’m not writing gibberish. A Smencil is a scented pencil, and this five pack is holiday themed. made from recycled newspapers, each pencil features a holiday character and a delicious scent. These are absolutely perfect for anyone’s stocking.
Scents: Hot Cinnamon, Sugar Plum, Candy Cane, Holiday Cheer, & Gingerbread.
Guardman 11 in 1 Survival Tool
If you’ve got a handy guy or gal on your shopping list, then this is the perfect stocking stuffer for them. This survival tool is stainless steel and the size of a credit card, so it fits perfectly in any wallet. The idea is that you always carry it on you so when there is an emergency you can use it.
This card features eleven tools including: can opener, knife edge, screwdriver, ruler, bottle cap opener, 4 position wrench, butterfly wrench, saw blade, direction ancillary indication, 2 position wrench, and a key ring hole. Technically the last one is not a tool, so it’s really a 10 in one tool. Still, this is a great practical gift to give.
Zero Gravity Fridge Rover
If you’re looking for a playful stocking stuffer or something fun for Secret Santa, check this out. Designed like a space rover, this wind up car can be placed on any magnetic surface and travel across it–no matter the direction. It’s tons of fun and great for a filing cabinet or refrigerator.
Still need to gift ideas for some of the people on your list? Check out these articles for more creative and practical gift ideas:
Stocking Stuffers under $20
Cozy Stocking Stuffers
Gifts for Gardeners
Stocking Stuffers for Book Lovers
Gifts for Animal Lovers