15 Perfect Christmas Stocking Stuffers for Under $15

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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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Take Advantage of Amazon's Early Black Friday Deals on Tech, Kitchen Appliances, and More


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Even though Black Friday is still a few days away, Amazon is offering early deals on kitchen appliances, tech, video games, and plenty more. We will keep updating this page as sales come in, but for now, here are the best Amazon Black Friday sales to check out.


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- Instant Pot Duo Plus 9-in-115 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker; $90 (save $40) 

- Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Signature Sauteuse 3.5 Quarts; $180 (save $120)

- KitchenAid KSMSFTA Sifter with Scale Attachment; $95 (save $75) 

- Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker; $60 (save $20)

- Cuisinart Bread Maker; $88 (save $97)

- Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker; $139 (save $60)

- Aicook Juicer Machine; $35 (save $15)

- JoyJolt Double Wall Insulated Espresso Mugs - Set of Two; $14 (save $10) 

- Longzon Silicone Stretch Lids - Set of 14; $13 (save $14)

HadinEEon Milk Frother; $37 (save $33)

Home Appliances


- iRobot Roomba 675 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity; $179 (save $101)

- Fairywill Electric Toothbrush with Four Brush Heads; $19 (save $9)

- ASAKUKI 500ml Premium Essential Oil Diffuser; $22 (save $4)

- Facebook Portal Smart Video Calling 10 inch Touch Screen Display with Alexa; $129 (save $50)

- Bissell air320 Smart Air Purifier with HEPA and Carbon Filters; $280 (save $50)

Oscillating Quiet Cooling Fan Tower; $59 (save $31) 

TaoTronics PTC 1500W Fast Quiet Heating Ceramic Tower; $55 (save $10)

Vitamix 068051 FoodCycler 2 Liter Capacity; $300 (save $100)

AmazonBasics 8-Sheet Home Office Shredder; $33 (save $7)

Ring Video Doorbell; $70 (save $30) 

Video games


- Legend of Zelda Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch; $40 (save $20)

- Marvel's Spider-Man: Game of The Year Edition for PlayStation 4; $20 (save $20)

- Marvel's Avengers; $27 (save $33)

- Minecraft Dungeons Hero Edition for Nintendo Switch; $20 (save $10)

- The Last of Us Part II for PlayStation 4; $30 (save $30)

- LEGO Harry Potter: Collection; $15 (save $15)

- Ghost of Tsushima; $40 (save $20)

BioShock: The Collection; $20 (save $30)

The Sims 4; $20 (save $20)

God of War for PlayStation 4; $10 (save $10)

Days Gone for PlayStation 4; $20 (save $6)

Luigi's Mansion 3 for Nintendo Switch; $40 (save $20)

Computers and tablets


- Apple MacBook Air 13 inches with 256 GB; $899 (save $100)

- New Apple MacBook Pro 16 inches with 512 GB; $2149 (save $250) 

- Samsung Chromebook 4 Chrome OS 11.6 inches with 32 GB; $210 (save $20) 

- Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 with 13.5 inch Touch-Screen; $1200 (save $400)

- Lenovo ThinkPad T490 Laptop; $889 (save $111)

- Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet (64GB); $120 (save $70)

- Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition Tablet (32 GB); $130 (save $70)

- Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8 inches with 32 GB; $100 (save $50)

Apple iPad Mini (64 GB); $379 (save $20)

- Apple iMac 27 inches with 256 GB; $1649 (save $150)

- Vankyo MatrixPad S2 Tablet; $120 (save $10)

Tech, gadgets, and TVs


- Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS; $179 (save $20) 

- SAMSUNG 75-inch Class Crystal 4K Smart TV; $998 (save $200)

- Apple AirPods Pro; $199 (save $50)

- Nixplay 2K Smart Digital Picture Frame 9.7 Inch Silver; $238 (save $92)

- All-New Amazon Echo Dot with Clock and Alexa (4th Gen); $39 (save $21)

- MACTREM LED Ring Light 6" with Tripod Stand; $16 (save $3)

- Anker Soundcore Upgraded Bluetooth Speaker; $22 (save $8)

- Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote; $28 (save $12)

Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Camera with EF-M 15-45mm Lens; $549 (save $100)

DR. J Professional HI-04 Mini Projector; $93 (save $37)

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Get Early Access to Black Friday Savings On Rosetta Stone

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For anyone looking to learn a new language, you can grab The Social Distancing Lifetime Subscription Bundle, which features the award-winning Rosetta Stone program, for just $170 by using the code GETSOCIAL10. This adds up to a 77-percent discount from its original price.

The bundle includes a lifetime subscription to Rosetta Stone, the 12-Minute Premium Micro Book Library, and KeepSolid VPN. Each tool is perfect for solo learning with the safety to access the apps anywhere.

Anywhere is great because you’ll want to be traveling everywhere after you start learning any of the 24 languages offered in the Rosetta Stone lifetime subscription. And while travel may have to wait during social distancing efforts, you’ll get a taste of a new culture while you immerse yourself in the local languages. After all, The Wall Street Journal called Rosetta Stone, “the next best thing to living in a country.”

When you are ready to travel, you’ll be grateful to yourself for securing a KeepSolid VPN subscription that can protect your data on any public Wi-Fi, lift any speed or bandwidth limits, and access over 300 servers in 80 countries with military-grade encryption. It comes with tons of other features that helped it secure its Top VPN ranking with PC Mag.

As if learning a new language and planning your travels across the globe weren’t enough to keep you busy, the Social Distancing Lifetime Subscription Bundle also includes the 12-Minute Premium Micro Book Library, which hosts hundreds of books in microformats for you to read or listen to whenever you want to take in a little extra knowledge or entertainment.

You can get the packed Social Distancing Lifetime Subscription Bundle right now during this early Black Friday sale. And with the coupon code GETSOCIAL10, you'll get an additional 10 percent off, bringing the total down to just $170.

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