17 Unusual Stocking Stuffers to Make Gift-Giving Extra Fun

All the best stockings have cat ice cubes and succulent tea candles.
All the best stockings have cat ice cubes and succulent tea candles. / (Cat cubes) LYWOO/Amazon; (Succulent candles) WANGMINGTU/Amazon
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This holiday season, surprise your loved ones (or treat yourself) to a series of small, innovative, and eccentric gifts that are sure to surprise and delight without blowing your budget. From a glow-in-the-dark enamel pin to succulent-shaped tea candles, here are the quirkiest stocking stuffers Amazon has to offer.

1. Marie Curie and Radium Enamel Pin Set; $16

marie curie radium enamel pin
Did you know that Marie Curie's notebooks are still radioactive? / Unemployed Philosopher's Guild

Wear your favorite scientist on your sleeve, shirt, jacket, or backpack with this two-piece Marie Curie pin set. The iconic researcher coined the term radioactive and discovered radium, hence the glow-in-the-dark nature of the trinket.

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2. Bob Ross Bobblehead; $32

bob ross bobblehead
Fun fact about Bob Ross: As a kid, he rescued an injured alligator and nursed it back to health in his family's bathtub. / Royal Bobbles/Amazon

Spread some positivity with this smiling Bob Ross bobblehead, which is sure to delight any Joy of Painting enthusiast. Display it on your nightstand, desk, counter, or anywhere you (or your loved one) desire.

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3. Burt's Bees Kissable Color Holiday Gift Set; $23

The founder of Burt's Bees actually kept bees.
The founder of Burt's Bees actually kept bees. / Amazon

Kiss chapped lips goodbye once and for all by giving the gift of beeswax-based skin hydration. Not only do these Burt’s Bees chapsticks provide the perfect punch of color to your pout, but they’re also infused with nourishing ingredients like sunflower oil, Vitamin E, peppermint oil, and antioxidants. Each gift set includes three shades: peony, fig and rhubarb.

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4. Animal Tea Strainers, Pack of 5; $17

animal-shaped tea infuser set
ParTea Pack, indeed. / DecorChiq/Amazon

Tea time has never been more fun. These adorable, animal-shaped tea infusers are the perfect stocking stuffer: They're eco-friendly, ultra-functional, and microwave-safe. Plus, they’re incredibly easy to use: All your loved one has to do is pop off the bottom, fill with loose-leaf tea, and place in hot water.

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5. The Original Tamagotchi; $20

original tamagotchi
Party like it's 1997. / Tamagotchi/Amazon

If your gift recipient is the kind of person who wants a pet without having to pay vet bills or clean up actual poop, get them a Tamagotchi instead. This retro, egg-shaped toy-slash-digital pet is just as fun today as it was in the '90s.

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6. Shakespeare Insult Playing Cards; $14

shakespeare playing cards with insults
To play, or not to play, that is the question... / Amazon

William Shakespeare certainly had a way with words—especially when it came to killer comebacks. This set of playing cards features some of the literary genius’s wittiest jabs combined with colorful illustrations.

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7. Lightsaber Chopsticks; $10

lightsaber chopsticks
May the fork be with you. / Amazon

Dine like a Jedi with these light-up lightsaber chopsticks—the ideal weapon of choice for mealtime. Choose from five bright hues, and may the force be with you at the dinner table.

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8. World’s Smallest View-Master; $9

world's smallest viewmaster
Oh, the thing things you'll see through this itty-bitty View-master. / Amazon

Celebrate all things smol this holiday season by giving the gift of the World’s Smallest Fisher-Price View-Master. This tiny toy measures just 2 by 1.25 by 1.5 inches and comes with a seven-image reel—and it actually works!

Need gifts for more than one stocking? Consider picking up the World's Smallest Etch-A-Sketch and the World's Smallest Lite Brite, too.

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9. Bob Ross By The Numbers; $7

bob ross paint by numbers set
Get to painting those happy little clouds. / Amazon

We can’t all be as gifted as Bob Ross, but this miniature art set makes it incredibly easy to create your own masterpiece. The pre-printed canvases (which feature two landscape scenes and one of Ross’s smiling face) are labeled with numbers to make painting a breeze.

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10. Ramen Notes Sticky Note Pad; $16

ramen post-it notes
Don't try to cook them. / Genuine Fred/Amazon

Help the biggest noodle fan you know take their affinity for instant ramen to the next level with this sticky note pad that looks just like an appetizing block of noodles. The bag is resealable, and there are even some “cooking instructions” on the back.

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11. Cat-Shaped Silicone Ice Cube Molds; $11

cat-shaped ice cube molds
For all cat people. / LYWOO/Amazon

There are people who love cats, and then there are people who love cats so much that they’d be delighted to add cat-shaped ice cubes to their drinks. These two molds are for the latter group (if they don’t already have them). They can also be used to make cat-shaped chocolate, cat-shaped gummies, and more.

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12. Business Walrus: A Party Game by ClickHole; $16

business walrus party game by clickhole
Opportunity's knocking. And he has tusks. / Cards Against Humanity/Amazon

In this card game from ClickHole, players compete to develop product ideas (e.g. “a game-changing toilet invention”) that must include certain features (e.g. “haunted by the ghost of a Victorian child”), which they pitch to a potential investor: the Business Walrus. That task may get even more complicated—in other words, funnier—if someone draws a ‘Walrus Surprise’ card and has to, say, come up with a jingle for their product on the spot. It’s not for kids—or for anyone who thinks sales pitches are a sacred art form that shouldn’t be spoofed. (Though it might be especially entertaining to play with those people.)

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13. True Zoo Bordeaux Collie Corkscrew; $16

true zoo dog-shaped corkscrew
She barks for beer. / True Zoo/Amazon

This dog can’t drink beer any better than its real-life counterparts can, but it can crack open a cold one (or uncork a bottle of wine) for you. While the device itself is stainless steel, the shell is plastic—so it’s both durable and comfortable to handle. This one is perfect for your pooch-obsessed friend who has a habit of removing corks in chunks.

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14. Jelly Belly Bean Boozled Bag; $6

bean boozled jelly bean bag
You'll shout "Yuck!" and "Yum!" in equal measure. / Jelly Belly/Amazon

Each delicious jelly bean variety in this bag essentially has an evil twin: a bean that looks exactly like it but tastes repulsive. Pairs include birthday cake and dirty dishwater; strawberry banana smoothie and dead fish; and toasted marshmallow and stink bug, among others. Intrepid snackers will surely enjoy the drama of popping one in their mouths without knowing whether their taste buds will be delighted or distraught afterward.

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15. ColorCoral Universal Gel Dust Cleaner; $6

yellow colorcoral dusting gel
Get gellin'. / ColorCoral/Amazon

Help your dearest cleaning enthusiast dust various hard-to-get corners and crevices with this inexpensive solid gel. It’s lemon-scented, reusable, and oh-so-satisfying to fill up with all the dust lurking in keyboards, car air vents, and more.

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16. AvoSeedo Avocado Tree–Growing Kit; $10

avoseedo avocado-growing boat
No green thumb needed. / AvoSeedo/Amazon

You can’t fit an avocado tree in a stocking—but you can fit this clever gadget that’ll help facilitate the growth of one. Basically, it’s a little avocado-shaped boat with a hole in the bottom; all the grower has to do is drop an avocado pit in the middle, place the boat in a pot of water, and let nature do the rest. Within six weeks or so, the pit will crack open and begin to sprout roots through the hole.

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17. Succulent Tea Light Candles; $10

succulent tea candles
Almost too cute to light—until you see how cool they look aflame. / WANGMINGTU/Amazon

For the less botanically sure-footed on your gift list, here’s a pack of six charming tea lights shaped like succulents. The handcrafted wax candles can add character to any room even when they’re unlit.

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A version of this story originally ran in 2020; it has been updated for 2022.