Christmas in July: 75+ Best Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Adults - Christmas 2023

Stocking stuffers for grown ups
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In many families, long past the time they give Christmas gifts from Santa, adults still get stuffed stockings on Christmas morning. 

Of course, filling Christmas stockings for adults can be a little trickier than filling stockings for kids. 

Anyone can buy cheap toys or plastic doo-dads at the Dollar Store but what kinds of things will they actually use?

If you are looking to find great stocking stuffer ideas for your adult children or stocking stuffers for your wife or husband, I've got lots of ideas for you!

This list is full of great stocking stuffers for men, stocking stuffers for her, stocking stuffers under $5, consumable stocking stuffers and extra special stocking stuffers that are a little more.

Of course, because we're Creative Green Living, our primary focus isn't going to be on plastic toys or cheap trinkets that will break quickly or things that will wind up in the landfill in a week.

Stocking Stuffers for grown ups - more than 75 ideas for men, women and adult children

What are the best stocking stuffer ideas?

The best stocking stuffer ideas are things that:
  • Aren't junk
  • The recipient will actually like
  • They can really use
  • Won't break in less than a week
  • Aren't candy (by all means give candy - but you want more than that!)
These are my best stocking stuffer ideas to help you fill their Christmas stockings with great gifts that meet those criteria! 

The last thing most of us need is "stuff." I love things that I can really use (and even better, use UP).

Just say no to cheap junk and give gifts they will love and really can use.

How much do you spend on stocking stuffers?

Good stocking stuffers usually cost $5-$15. To help balance everything out, they might get one $25-$35 gift that takes up a lot of space and then a few smaller things like crystals or bottles of essential oils.

In my house, the adults usually get one nice present each plus a stocking with awesome, useful stuff worth $50-$75. I don't mind spending more on stocking stuffers that are really useful and I know the person will like!

Ready to get all my best stocking stuffer ideas for adults? Let's go!
Best stocking stuffer ideas you can buy on Amazon

Best 2023 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Adults
great stocking stuffer ideas for your adult children, husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend and other grown-ups!

Stocking stuffer ideas for moms - Little Green Book of Mother's Wisdom Gift book by Carissa Bonham
Little Green Book of Mothers' Wisdom - signed by the author!
This small gift-size book is a tiny hardcover book with a cloth spine - definitely nice enough for giving any mother in your life - even if she isn't *your* mother

I just happen to be the editor of this lovely collection of inspirational quotes by and about mothers. I've put it together with some of my favorite art that encompasses all the different feelings that motherhood stirs in us.

No need to give Amazon any of your money - shop small and buy it directly from the author - I'll even sign it for you (no charge) and ship it to you for free! Buy it from me in my Etsy shop here! (want to see the insides? I have a video of my flipping through it on the Etsy listing as well)

Stocking stuffer idea for grown ups - one last fuck to give in a tiny jar
Now, this gift may not be for everybody, but this is a stocking stuffer guide for adults. And if this isn't the right fit for you, it's ok to just keep scrolling.

But it has been a year - and if you know people who are just out of f**ks to give, they could probably use an emergency stash in their stocking! 

These tiny little f**ks come in miniature glass bottles and cost less per-f**k, the more you buy. So buy a set of 10 or 15 so you can share with your friend and make sure everyone you love always has one last f**k to give on hand in case of emergencies. Buy a stash of spare back-up f*cks on Etsy here.

Personalize engraved wood keychain size pocket knives from C&A Creations
Personalized Engraved Rosewood Keychain Pocketknife
This small pocketknife attaches to your keys and includes scissors, a nail file, and a small blade. It's perfect for both men and women to keep handy for opening packages, mail, trimming loose threads and more. 

C&A Creations let you pick a font and engrave and name or short saying on the front or back of the knife (or both!). These knives look so much better in real life than in these photos!

Not sure who you want to give this to? You can even order plain, unengraved knives for a lower cost. Order a personalized pocketknife from C&A Creations on Etsy here.

Laundry Detergent Refills from Truly Free
If you are shopping for stocking stuffers for a college student, a young adult, someone getting ready to travel overseas or a divorced dad, this is the super pragmatic gift that they will absolutely appreciate. (don't get me wrong, moms love laundry detergent - but maybe get mom something more personal? Give this to Dad or even your muddy dog instead.)

Truly Free is the same laundry detergent I have been using in my home for years. It's free of phthalates and other sketchy junk, really works and refills come in these small envelopes - which are perfect for both reducing waste and letting you cram a whole year's worth of laundry detergent into a stocking! 

You definitely can't do that with one of those Costco-size plastic jugs that are mostly water and not even recyclable. Stock up on laundry detergent and get 300 loads for free on the Truly Free website!

Flaviar Whiskey subscription - perfect stocking stuffer idea for grown ups
Whiskey Subscription from Flaviar
If you are shopping for stocking stuffers for someone over 21, who loves all things whiskey, you have to check out the Flaviar subscription. You can order a sample flight (shown) or a full bottle each month. 

If you live with the recipient (so same shipping address), you might do the three-month subscription so you can have the first month ready to go at home to put in their stocking - and then let them choose their own adventure for the next two months! Check out what Flaviar has to offer here!

Stocking stuffer ideas - personalized colored pencils in a wood slide top box case
In the Creative Green Living Etsy shop I have something perfect for the people in your life who like to color or do art to destress - customized colored pencils packed in a durable wood case with their name engraved on it! Buy it in my Etsy shop here.

These would pair great with a coloring book for adults like Color Your Own Happy from my friend, Jen Goode or the 2023 Weekly Coloring Planner from Johanna Basford.

Hypoallergenic Huggie Hoops from PAOVI
Huggie hoops are definitely a casual jewelry trend right now. These hypoallergenic earrings come in your choice white gold or yellow gold and are non-irritating even for those with sensitive ears. PAVOI jewelry is crafted with 100% recycled materials and are package in 99% recycled and compostable materials. To offset the plastic their company does use, they remove 275,000 plastic bottles from our ocean annually - so it's a company you can feel good about!

Handmade Trinket and Ring Dishes from Plot Twist Pottery
I have multiple trinket dishes from Plot Twist Pottery and I love them all. She has lots of shapes and colors to choose from and is currently running a buy two get one free special. So it's the perfect time to get one for all the women on your gift list or even multiples for the same woman (I have one by the kitchen sink, one in the bathroom and one on my desk!). Buy a handcrafted trinket or ring dish from Plot Twist Pottery Here.

I use one of these and love it. My hair is long so in the shower it can be hard to get my shampoo or conditioner worked all the way through my hair. It also helps increase circulation to your scalp and helps with dry or flaky scalp issues - no matter how short or long your hair is.

Owl webcam cover stocking stuffer idea from Uncommon Goods
If you've ever joined a video meeting and realized too late that you're—EEEEK!—not camera-ready, you need this bird to watch out for you. This adorable Canadian-made silicone apple is universally compatible with Chromebooks, PCs and Apple products.

Hot chocolate bombs are all the rage this year. These can cost $5-$13 each in stores or on Etsy but they aren't hard to make yourself at home! Whip up a batch for your adult kids and customize them with their favorite flavors by adding things like candy canes, caramel and Andes mints to the fillings inside!

Stocking Stuffers for Men - microsuede touchscreen compatible gloves
These isotoner microsuede gloves feature contrasting Berber cuffs, and are made with recycled microsuede, making them both good for the planet and water-repellent. The non-slip palm helps you keep a secure grip on your devices while the Sherpasoft lining keeps you cozy during chilly winter days. They are BPA and phthalate free (a Creative Green Living must!) and touchscreen compatible with smarTouch technology. Buy them online at Kohls.

Spoon holder pot clip -  great stocking stuffer for people who like to cook
This nifty little doo-dad lets you rest your spoon on the edge of the pot without getting your counter or stove messy.

The flexible claw means that it can accommodate many spoon sizes and even the handle of a full-size whisk!

This tabletop jewelry organizer slides together in two separate pieces that ship flat and make it easy to slide into her stocking on Christmas morning. 

Choose from maple or ebony wood veneer to be the finish on this jewelry organizer that can hold rings on the fingers but it can also stack watches, bracelets and scrunchies around the tall arm base. For a small additional fee, the Etsy seller will also engrave a name on the base or the palm.

With a little advance notice, you can also order this item in order wood finishes or even colors of acrylic. Buy it in the C&A Creations Etsy Store here.

Night lights made from crystals like Amethyst, rose quartz and quartz
Bring the beauty and power of your favorite crystals into your home with these light sensor nightlights. These are so much prettier than their plan plastic cousins! Choose from amethyst, rose quartz and quartz.

Pop Sockets - cell phone holder and stands. A great stocking stuffer idea for adult men and women
Available in all kinds of designs from plain to fancy, Pop Sockets make great stocking stuffers for both men and women. 

If you don't already have one, these little poppers stick on the back of your cell phone case and pop out to make it easier to hold. They can also prop your phone up when turned on its side.

Mine may or may not double as a fidget. #ADHD

Pink pearl Earrings from Brilliant Earth
Get her something she may not already have in her jewelry box. This beautifully matched pair of rose colored, freshwater cultured pearls are mounted on silver posts. These elegant, organic pearls feature brilliant luster and shine with traditional grace and beauty.

Have your favorite photo printed onto the stainless steel insert and have the leather engraved with their name or nickname. It's a sweet, classy way to keep favorite memories close at hand and help you not lose your keys at the same time.

Stocking Stuffer ideas for adults - small personalized wooden coffee or tea spoons with word like hey sugar, coffee, honey, good morning, tea time
These tiny wooden spoons come in a variety of sweet sayings so you can pick the perfect one. They are handmade in Texas by Etsy artisan Emily Latham.

These coal inspired bath bombs are made with real activated charcoal and make a fun stocking gift. 

Pro tip: If you have recently had a fight with your partner or you've been mad at each other recently, skip this gift.

Anyone whose feelings are already kind of hurt or raw will not like getting coal. Even if it's"coal". Trust me. It will not end well. 

If it's your sister on the other hand, maybe she deserves it?

(not crafty? Don't want to make your own bath bombs? Pick up similar pre-made bath bombs on Etsy!)

essential oil stocking stuffer ideas
Whether it's for the essential oil diffuser, wool dryer balls or to add to lotions or hand soap, a great essential oil blend is a wonderful gift. 

Two of my favorites are Love (a citrus/floral blend) and Sweet Oasis (a soothing blend perfect for winding down at the end of the day). If you love pumpkin spice, they even have a Pumpkin Spice Blend that will bring that essence into your home all year.

Stocking stuffer idea for her - a cute custom ring or thumb ring
I ordered a ring for myself from this Etsy shop last year and I was so impressed by the quality of what I got for the price I paid! 

I had both of my kids and my husband write their first initial on a white piece of paper and draw a heart around it.

I snapped picture with my cell phone, lined them up in a line and sent the image to Caitlyn and her team and I ended up with a beautiful custom sterling silver ring that I wear on my right hand as my family ring with the initials of the three people I love the most.

long arm cocktail whisk - stocking stuffers for people who like to cook
Use this long arm mixer it to mix iced tea, chocolate milk, protein shakes and more! They'll use it so much you may want to pick up a couple so they can always have a clean one on hand.

Bourbon infused coffee from Uncommon Goods
Bourbon Infused Coffee
This bourbon-infused coffee is made in the USA and is infused with the flavors of Kentucky's signature spirit. Free of all known allergens and alcohol free, it's a tasty way for any bourbon lover to start their day.

Ideas for adult stocking stuffers - foaming hand soap and hand soap refills
Nontoxic Foaming Aloe Hand Soap
Getting stocking stuffers you can really use is always welcome - and SOAP is a hot item - especially this year! This is the same nontoxic, moisturizing hand soap I use in my home. 

It's great as-is (it's unscented) or add a few drops of your favorite essential oil (I'm currently using the RMO Warm and Cozy blend) to mix things up.

There is a limited-time promotion for "buy one get three free" - so be sure to grab soap and refills for stockings as well as staying quarantine prepared at home.

mimosa and champagne cocktail mixer cubes for stocking stuffers
Drop these flavor-packed sugar cubes into a glass of champagne for an instant cocktail. Teetotalling? These would also be delightful in sparkling water. Flavor options include peach, raspberry, strawberry, arcadia orange, grapefruit or lemon.

Sambucol elderberry gummies support your immune system
The tastiest way to keep your immune system supported all winter long!

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans alike. The Sambucol Gummies are pectin based, (no gelatin!) which means they won't stick to your teeth, and won't melt. Each gummy has only 1 gram of sugar.

bike repair kit - best stocking stuffer gift ideas for men and women
This handy pocket sized bike repair kit fits common bike first aid must haves in a convenient tin that's easy to throw in your pocket or day bag so you are prepared for any emergencies your bike throws your way. 

Stocking stuffer idea for adults - personal essential oil diffuser from rocky mountain oils
This pocket-sized essential oil diffuser is great for carrying on the go or keeping handy on your desk or nightstand. I keep mine at my computer with water and a couple drops of Peppermint Mocha essential oil blend for a mid-day work pick-me-up!

muscle soothing bath bombs with essential oils are perfect stocking stuffers for him and her
This DIY bath bomb recipe is easy to make. The green tea and essential oils make it great for both men and women to relax and unwind muscle tension after a hard day of gardening or doing manual labor. 

This is the best bath bomb recipe because it doubles as a bath fizzy and and a soothing tea bath.

Not feeling up for making DIY bath bombs? That's ok! Support small businesses and pick up from bath bombs on Etsy.
colorful pens with motivational messages like be kind, be brave, believe you can
Who doesn't need a little encouragement every now and then? Remind your people how awesome they really are with these motivational pens available from Taylor Elliot Designs.

Teal make up eraser soap free make up remover wash cloth
The Make Up Eraser is a great way to remove make up and exfoliate your skin with just water. It works for years without needing to be replaced and can be cleaned by washing in your washing machine at home.

money maze puzzle box for money
This puzzle box could be filled with cash, a gift card, candy or maybe even a sexy note from your spouse. It's a dual present because it's both a fun puzzle and whatever the prize is inside.

I gave one of these to both my oldest son and his dad a couple years ago and we've continued to fill it with money or treats for subsequent holidays. It's gotten a ton of use!

Stainless steel drinking straws with silicone colored tips and silencers and cleaning brushes

Reusable straws are a great way to avoid unnecessary waste and help protect animals. In the last couple years, awareness of single-use straws went mainstream so you don't have to be a crunchy hippie to enjoy this present.

This particular set comes with eight straws, two cleaning brushes AND colored silicone tips for a great price! (The silicone tips really soften the feel of the straw in your mouth and I prefer them to a "naked" steel straw).

flower flavored elixirs for tea or champagne
These flower flavored elixirs with flavors like rose, jasmine, orange blossom and more enhance either tea (hot or cold!) or champagne. Or be creative! The set comes with five different flavors to help you load up one stocking or to split up and share.

Information about alcohol free hand sanitizer
Alcohol Free Hand Sanitizer (and refills!)
Are alcohol-based hand sanitizers hurting your hands and drying out your skin? This light, foaming sanitizer is alcohol-free, free of weird chemicals, unscented and leaves your hands softer than before you sanitized them.

Order an infinitely refillable bottle and refill envelopes - both are easy to slide into a stocking!

MyGreenFills is having a limited time "buy 1, get 3 refills free" sale! So grab some for stockings but stock up for your home at the same time!

Arnica pain relief support from Boiron - stocking stuffers for adults that they will actually use
Arnica is one of my favorite homeopathic remedies to keep on hand. We use arnica for aches and pains and whenever we get injured enough to suspect a bruise is coming on. 

This box of Arnica comes with three tubes that are individually packaged - so give one tube each to three people or give the whole box to one person!

Upcycled hand warmers - best stocking stuffer gift ideas
If you live in a cold climate, you will especially appreciate these hand warmers /pocket warmers. Made from an upcycled sweater, these are a great DIY stocking stuffer idea for both men and women. Get the DIY tutorial for how to make hand warmers from S Woodson Says.

Not in a DIY mood? Buy hand warmers from a small artisan on Etsy to support the little guy without having the break out your sewing machine.

remote controlled paper airplane
They've never seen anything like this! Build a paper airplane using the provided pattern and carbon fiber paper. Then connect it to th small remote-controlled motor to control it with your phone or ipad! This kit will blow them away!

Bananagrams or speed scrabble game - perfect stocking stuffer ideas for adults
This is the commercialized version of a game my extended family has played for a long time (we call it "speed scrabble"). 

Players take turns grabbing tiles, which they then have to create an intersecting crossword-style puzzle with. The first person to use all their tiles wins! 

Plus the fact that the tiles all come packaged in a giant banana is just straight up fun. Buy it on Amazon or at Kohls.

Gabriel cosmetics lip gloss - best stocking stuffers for her
Gabriel makes some of my favorite lead-free lip glosses. They are also phthalate and paraben-free, making them a Creative Green Living favorite. This soft, shimmery pink color is universally flattering on all skin tones.

Mongo Kiss lip balm - toiletry and personal care products for stockings
Organic and Non-GMO verified lip balm in yummy flavors. 

The tubes are large (they're a larger diameter than standard lip balm tubes) and will last all year.

stocking stuffer ideas for athletes and trainers
This muscle rub is a soothing way to help muscles after a workout or working hard in the yard. 

It works just as well (maybe even better!) that Young Living or DoTerra's Deep Relief or Deep Blue rubs - but for a fraction of the price. When I used it on my sore back, I slept great and could still feel it working the next morning, even after showering. 

stocking stuffer ideas for beer lovers and husbands
These are great for people who aren't always able to finish their beer or soda. They are also great for homebrewers to keep their empty bottles clean and sanitary between batches.

stocking stuffer ideas for men
A good multi-tool is indispensable and will help anyone feel prepared for any situation. This one is especially great for outdoor enthusiasts.

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Carissa Bonham, author, owner and lead writer at Creative Green Living

About the Author:

Carissa is an award-winning green lifestyle writer and mom of two active boys. The owner and lead writer for Creative Green Living, she most recently won the "Best Green Lifestyle Blogger" award at ShiftCon 2019 in Atlanta.

Her goal is to empower families to make healthier, more sustainable choices that are beautiful and delicious! 

She is also the author of Beautiful Smoothie Bowls (Skyhorse, 2017), Proven Techniques for Keeping Healthy Chickens (Skyhorse, 2018) and The Little Green Book of Mothers' Wisdom (Skyhorse, 2020). 

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  1. LOVE this list!! I have 4 adult children and am buying several of these ideas! Thank you so much! Very creative!

    1. I'm glad this list was helpful for you! I hope your kids love their presents.

    2. Checked out the Schmidt's deodorant on Amazon and saw this: Isabella
      1.0 out of 5 starsThis product causes painful cyst-like bumps
      December 15, 2017
      Scent Name: Bergamot + LimeSize: 2 OZVerified Purchase
      I’ll start with an upside: out of all of the natural deodorants I’ve tried, this stuff does the best job of preventing sweating (which is never an issue for me when I use this product, I never feel moist). It also has a nice true-to-description smell (though I might choose a different scent after experiencing it, because it’s a strange choice for the armpit area). But, there is a MAJOR downside: every time I start trying to use this product again, within a couple days I develop painful, large, cyst-like bumps in my armpits. They’re not ingrown hairs, they’re not acne. But they are deep under the skin, and I always get multiple in each armpit (I can feel them even when I’m not touching them). I don’t know WHY this product does this or WHAT is wrong with it, but there is DEFINITELY something wrong with it. Too bad. For a point of reference, I do not have sensitive skin nor have I ever suffered from this happening with any other product I’ve used in my life, it is completely exclusive to this, and I have experienced it without fail every time I’ve tried to use it.
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    3. That sounds like a terrible experience!

      The specific Schmidt's deodorant I recommended above is the same one I have been using for five years now with no issues. I have sensitive skin and have issues with some products containing essential oils and haven't had issues with this particular product (or I wouldn't have recommended it!).

      I wonder if the user who wrote this review is allergic to one of the ingredients.

  2. This was incredibly helpful! Two of my adult children live green, and this list helped me find presents! Thanks for sharing.

  3. thank you for this list - i was all out of ideas

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