15 Perfect Christmas Stocking Stuffers for Under $15

Hotsox, Thoughtfully/Amazon
Hotsox, Thoughtfully/Amazon

Sometimes, trying to figure out how to stuff someone's stocking with a series of small, memorable presents is more of a stumper than picking out big-ticket Christmas gifts. After all, it's far easier to blow someone away with a fancy new kitchen gadget than it is to impress them with a gift smaller than a fist. But when you get it just right, those smaller gifts can sometimes be the ones people remember most. From artsy socks to reusable straws, here are 15 fun (and functional) stocking-stuffer ideas for every type of person you're shopping for this holiday season.

1. Artist Series Socks; $4-$13

hotsox artist socks

Socks might be the greatest stocking stuffer of all time—inexpensive, useful, and oh-so-cozy. Surprise your loved ones this year with a pair that features their favorite artwork, be it Munch’s scary The Scream, Klimt’s romantic The Kiss, or another classic piece.

Buy It: Amazon

2. Reusable Silicone Drinking Straws; $9

reusable drinking straws
Flathead Products/Amazon

It’s now widely acknowledged that plastic straws are an environmental nightmare, so this Christmas is the perfect time to gift a good, sturdy set of reusable ones. These silicone straws are long enough for 30-ounce tumblers and even come with a cleaning brush.

Buy It: Amazon

3. Kitty Drink Markers; $10

kitty wine markers
Fred & Friends/Amazon

Parties are all fun and games until you can’t remember which wine glass is yours. These color-coded, curled-up kitten markers wrap around the stem of your glass so you can keep track of it in the most adorable way possible.

Buy It: Amazon

4. Supersize Mad Libs; $6

mad libs
Mad Libs/Amazon

In the absurd world of Mad Libs, everything is hilarious, everyone wins, and you’re allowed to use spaghetti as a verb without getting in trouble with the grammar police. You can give the gift of laughter this holiday season with a $6 collection that includes five Mad Libs books, including Unicorns, Mermaids, and Mad Libs; Escape from Detention Mad Libs; and more.

Buy It: Amazon

5. 365 New Words-A-Year Calendar; $10

merriam-webster word a day calendar
Merriam-Webster/Workman Calendars/Amazon

If you know someone whose New Year’s resolution is to learn something new each day, we know exactly what you should stick in their stocking. From schadenfreude (enjoyment obtained from the trouble of others), to tintinnabulation (a jingling sound of bells), this 2020 word calendar from Merriam-Webster can turn a wordsmith-wannabe into a master of vocabulary in no time.

Buy It: Amazon

6. Invisible Ink Pens; $8

invisible ink pens

These invisible ink pens are perfect for the a-spy-iring secret agent of any age. Simply scrawl out a top-secret hidden message on paper (or your skin, since the ink is washable), and then use the blacklight attached to the top of the pen to reveal what it says.

Buy It: Amazon

7. To-Go Hot Sauce Bottles; $15

to-go hot sauce

If Beyoncé keeps hot sauce in her bag, so too should we all. Spice up someone’s stocking with this set of five 1.6-ounce bottles of gourmet hot sauce from Cuba, Brazil, Australia, and other flavor epicenters around the world.

Buy It: Amazon

8. Lightsaber Chopsticks; $14

lightsaber chopsticks

With Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hitting theaters just five days before Christmas, the lucky fellow who finds these in their stocking might just be inclined to eat their holiday ham with chopsticks. They’re made of BPA-free plastic, batteries are included, and the Force, of course, is strong with anyone who wields them.

Buy It: Amazon

9. Jeopardy! Card Game; $10

jeopardy card game

Not only is this portable card game an excellent gift for Jeopardy! aficionados, trivia lovers, and all-around know-it-alls (we mean this as a compliment), it’s also a fantastic activity for the whole family on Christmas afternoon—or any time, really.

Buy It: Amazon

10. Pop Culture Soap; $6

bob ross soap
The Unemployed Philosophers' Guild/Amazon

This honey and oatmeal Bob Ross-themed bar is just one in a collection of novelty soaps that will be almost as fun for you to pick out as it will be for friends and family to open. There’s a lavender-scented Jane Austen “Suds and Sensibility” bar for Pride and Prejudice fanatics; an Earl Grey-scented Jean-Luc Picard bar for Trekkies; and tons more.

Buy It: Amazon

11. Culinary Herb Collection; $14

herb seed kit
Sustainable Seed Company/Amazon

Whether you’re shopping for someone with a green thumb or someone who’s just green, this seed collection will help them make a seamless switch from store-bought herbs to fresh leaves. Not only does it contain parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, and six other essential herbs, it also includes a 96-page growing guide. Here’s a handy food-and-herb pairing chart to pass along to the recipient, too.

Buy It: Amazon

12. Cat Sticky Notes; $6

cat sticky notes

Coffee mugs don’t have to do all the heavy lifting when it comes to personality in the workplace—office supplies can help, too. These cat-shaped Post-Its will make notes and reminders way more fun.

Buy It: Amazon

13. Planetary Refrigerator Magnets; $8

planetary magnets

Know an astronaut hopeful or lover of all things outer space? They can stick their moon phases calendar to the fridge with these awesome planetary magnets.

Buy It: Amazon

14. Tropical Fruit Stud Earrings; $8

fruit earrings
Lux Accessories/Amazon

Sometimes, the perfect statement piece to complete your ensemble is a tiny pop of tropical color on each ear. This six-piece set of fruity studs includes everyone’s fruit favorites, from sweet strawberries to tangy limes.

Buy It: Amazon

15. Reusable Grocery Bags; $14

reusable shopping bags

The adorable illustrations on these reusable grocery bags will remind users just how much they’re helping animals by doing their part to eliminate single-use plastic waste. For people who prefer a more understated bag, there are plenty of other patterns and solid colors to choose from.

Buy It: Amazon

Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers and may receive a small percentage of any sale. But we choose all products independently and only get commission on items you buy and don’t return, so we’re only happy if you’re happy. Thanks for helping us pay the bills!

Hallmark Released Some Adorable Harry Potter Ornaments—Just In Time for Christmas


Even if you never received your letter of acceptance to Hogwarts on your 11th birthday, you can still add some magic to your Christmas tree this year with some Harry Potter Christmas ornaments from Hallmark. These pieces have more of a minimalist style than Hallmark's other Potter releases, which are modeled to look identical to the characters' movie counterparts. But with that simplicity comes a unique charm that is sure to be popular with Potterheads.

Shoppers can look for seven different ornaments, which include Harry, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger in mid-flight, as well as Hedwig, the Sorting Hat, Dobby, and the Hogwarts Crest. Each one comes with a hanger, so is ready to be put on your Christmas tree as soon as its out of the packaging. You can find each one for $9 on Amazon—though be forewarned that Harry is currently out of stock (but you can find an equally adorable replacement Potter for $8).

If you can’t get enough wizarding gifts this holiday season, then check out our Harry Potter gift guide, which includes everything from magical cookbooks to chess sets.

Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers and may receive a small percentage of any sale. But we choose all products independently and only get commission on items you buy and don't return, so we're only happy if you're happy. Thanks for helping us pay the bills!

The Bartesian Is Basically a Keurig for Cocktails


The call for a classic cocktail can be hard to resist, but going out to bars gets pricey, and trying to combine the perfect amount of different juices, bitters, and liquors on your own is a tough skill to master. The Bartesian, available on Amazon for $350, wants to take the hassle out of homemade cocktails by serving up classic drinks in just a few simple steps.

To start, purchase the cocktail capsules of your choice, which contain all of the bitters, extracts, and juice concentrates you need for cocktails like old fashioneds, margaritas, martinis, Long Island iced teas, and more. Then, pour your preferred liquor—whiskey, vodka, rum, gin, and tequila—into one of the five glass bottles that comes with the Bartesian and screw it into its proper reservoir on the machine. (Vodka and gin occupy the same reservoir, so the machine will double-check that you're using the right one before making a drink with either.)

Once you’re set up, simply insert the capsule and the Bartesian will instantly identify your cocktail selection and the spirit will be automatically drawn. You can even specify the strength of your cocktail, whether you want a mocktail or something strong after work. If you want to make the concoction even more authentic, the machine will also suggest the proper glassware for each.

Bartesian provides an automatic rinse after each use, and the reservoirs are easily removed and dishwasher safe.

So whether you're looking to gift yourself or the cocktail lover in your life this holiday season, the Bartesian makes mixed drinks easy.

Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers and may receive a small percentage of any sale. But we choose all products independently and only get commission on items you buy and don't return, so we're only happy if you're happy. Thanks for helping us pay the bills!