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
HotSox

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

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Maleden/Amazon

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
Thoughtfully/Amazon

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
Chopsabers/Amazon

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
Mattel/Amazon

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

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Post-It/Amazon

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

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Ktdorns/Amazon

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

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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

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iFavo/Amazon

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

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The 10 Best Memorial Day 2020 Sales

iRobot,GoWise,Funko via Wayfair, Entertainment Earth
iRobot,GoWise,Funko via Wayfair, Entertainment Earth

The Memorial Day sales have started early this year, and it's easy to find yourself drowning in offers for cheap mattresses, appliances, shoes, and grills. To help you cut through the noise and focus on the best deals around, we threw together some of our favorite Memorial Day sales going on right now. Take a look below.

1. Leesa

A Leesa Hybrid mattress.
A Leesa Hybrid mattress.
Leesa

Through May 31, you can save up to $400 on every mattress model Leesa has to offer, from the value-minded Studio by Leesa design to the premium Leesa Legend, which touts a combination of memory foam and micro-coil springs to keep you comfortable in any position you sleep in.

Find it: Leesa

2. Sur La Table

This one is labeled as simply a “summer sale,” but the deals are good only through Memorial Day, so you should get to it quickly. This sale takes up to 20 percent off outdoor grilling and dining essentials, like cast-iron shrimp pans ($32), a stainless steel burger-grilling basket ($16), and, of course, your choice of barbeque sauce to go along with it.

Find it: Sur la Table

3. Wayfair

KitchenAid Stand Mixer on Sale on Wayfair.
Wayfair/KitchenAid

Wayfair is cutting prices on all manner of appliances until May 28. Though you can pretty much find any home appliance imaginable at a low price, the sale is highlighted by $130 off a KitchenAid stand mixer and 62 percent off this eight-in-one GoWise air fryer.

And that’s only part of the brand’s multiple Memorial Day sales, which you can browse here. They’re also taking up to 40 percent off Samsung refrigerators and washing machines, up to 65 percent off living room furniture, and up to 60 percent off mattresses.

Find it: Wayfair

4. Blue Apron

If you sign up for a Blue Apron subscription before May 26, you’ll save $20 on each of your first three box deliveries, totaling $60 in savings. 

Find it: Blue Apron

5. The PBS Store

Score 20 percent off sitewide at Shop.PBS.org when you use the promo code TAKE20. This slashes prices on everything from documentaries like Ken Burns’s The Roosevelt: An Intimate History ($48) and The Civil War ($64) to a Pride & Prejudice tote bag ($27) and this precious heat-changing King Henry VIII mug ($11) that reveals the fates of his many wives when you pour your morning coffee.

Find it: The PBS Store

6. Amazon

eufy robot vacuum.
Amazon/eufy

While Amazon doesn’t have an official Memorial Day sale, the ecommerce giant still has plenty of ever-changing deals to pick from. Right now, you can take $100 off this outdoor grill from Weber, $70 off a eufy robot vacuum, and 22 percent off the ASUS gaming laptop. For more deals, just go to Amazon and have a look around.

7. Backcountry

You can save up to 50 percent on tents, hiking packs, outdoor wear, and more from brands like Patagonia, Marmot, and others during Backcountry's Memorial Day sale.

Find it: Backcountry

8. Entertainment Earth

Funko Pops on Sale on Entertainment Earth.
Entertainment Earth/Funko

From now until June 2, Entertainment Earth is having a buy one, get one half off sale on select Funko Pops. This includes stalwarts like the Star Wars and Batman lines, and more recent additions like the Schitt's Creek Funkos and the pre-orders for the upcoming X-Men movie line.

Find it: Entertainment Earth

9. Moosejaw

With the promo code SUNSCREEN, you can take 20 percent off one full-price item at Moosejaw, along with finding up to 30 percent off select items during the outdoor brand's summer sale. These deals include casual clothing, outdoor wear, trail sneakers, and more. 

Find it: Moosejaw

10. Osprey

Through May 25, you can save 25 percent on select summer items, and 40 percent off products from last season. This can include anything from hiking packs and luggage to outdoorsy socks and hats. So if you're planning on getting acquainted with the great outdoors this summer, now you can do it on the cheap.

Find it: Osprey

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Swear Off Toilet Paper With This Bidet Toilet Seat That's Easy to Install and Costs Less Than $100

Tushy
Tushy

The recent coronavirus-related toilet paper shortage has put the spotlight on the TP-less alternative that Americans have yet to truly embrace: the bidet.

It's not exactly a secret that toilet paper is wasteful—it's estimated to cost 437 billion gallons of water and 15 million trees to produce our yearly supply of the stuff. But while the numbers are plain to see, bidets still aren't common in the United States.

Well, if price was ever the biggest barrier standing in the way of swearing off toilet paper for good, there's now a cost-effective way to make the switch. Right now, you can get the space-saving Tushy bidet for less than $100. And you'll be able to install it yourself in just 10 minutes.

What is a Bidet?

Before we go any further, let’s just go ahead and get the awkward technical details out of the way. Instead of using toilet paper after going to the bathroom, bidets get you clean by using a stream of concentrated water that comes out of a faucet or nozzle. Traditional bidets look like weird toilets without tanks or lids, and while they’re pretty uncommon in the United States, you’ve definitely seen one if you’ve ever been to Europe or Asia.

That said, bidets aren’t just good for your butt. When you reduce toilet paper usage, you also reduce the amount of chemicals and emissions required to produce it, which is good for the environment. At the same time, you’re also saving money. So this is a huge win-win.

Unfortunately, traditional bidets are not an option for most Americans because they take up a lot of bathroom space and require extra plumbing. That’s where Tushy comes in.

The Tushy Classic Bidet Toilet Seat.

Unlike traditional bidets, the Tushy bidet doesn’t take up any extra space in your bathroom. It’s an attachment for your existing toilet that places an adjustable self-cleaning nozzle at the back of the bowl, just underneath the seat. But it doesn’t require any additional plumbing or electricity. All you have to do is remove the seat from your toilet, connect the Tushy to the clean water supply behind the toilet, and replace the seat on top of the Tushy attachment.

The Tushy has a control panel that lets you adjust the angle and pressure of the water stream for a perfect custom clean. The nozzle lowers when the Tushy is activated and retracts into its housing when not in use, keeping it clean and sanitary.

Like all bidets, the Tushy system takes a little getting used to. But once you get the hang of it, you’ll never want to use toilet paper again. In fact, Tushy is so sure you’ll love their product, they offer customers a 60-day risk-free guarantee. If you don’t love your Tushy, you can send it back for a full refund, minus shipping and handling.

Normally, the Tushy Classic retails for $109, but right now you can get the Tushy Classic for just $89. So if you’ve been thinking about going TP-free, now is definitely the time to do it.

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