15 Perfect Christmas Stocking Stuffers for Under $15

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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

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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.

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2. Reusable Silicone Drinking Straws; $9

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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.

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3. Kitty Drink Markers; $10

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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.

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4. Supersize Mad Libs; $6

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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.

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

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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.

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6. Invisible Ink Pens; $8

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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.

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7. To-Go Hot Sauce Bottles; $15

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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.

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8. Lightsaber Chopsticks; $14

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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.

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9. Jeopardy! Card Game; $10

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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.

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10. Pop Culture Soap; $6

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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.

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11. Culinary Herb Collection; $14

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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.

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12. Cat Sticky Notes; $6

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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.

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13. Planetary Refrigerator Magnets; $8

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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.

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14. Tropical Fruit Stud Earrings; $8

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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.

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15. Reusable Grocery Bags; $14

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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.

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Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
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If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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Turn Your Laptop Into a Multi-Monitor Hub With This Lightweight Accessory

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If your dining room table has been doubling as your work-from-home station over the past few months, you’re probably missing the extra space, supportive chair, and the dual-monitor setup at your old office. The Mobile Pixels Trio, a portable triple-screen laptop monitor accessory, is designed to give you the space that multiple monitors provide without needing to be hardwired in a cubicle.

The Mobile Pixels brand offers an innovative multi-screen laptop accessory that's easy to use. Once you fit the magnetized accessory to the back of your laptop and plug it in, you simply slide the extra screens out and start working. The product began on Indiegogo with a single monitor attachment, but the new Trio model comes with an additional monitor, bringing the total number of screens at your disposal to three.

The lightweight tool comes in two sizes, Trio (12.6 inches across) and Trio Max (14 inches), and is compatible with any Mac, Linux, Chrome, or Android device with a USB connection. The Mobile Pixels Trio and Trio Max can be configured however you want, so if you need one monitor to be in portrait mode for design and coding work, you just need to turn the screen and you're good to go.

Right now, both sizes are discounted, with the smaller screen going for $214.99 and the larger one for $269.99.

Price subject to change.

Mobile Pixels TRIO: Portable Dual Screen Laptop Monitor - $214.99

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