75+ Best Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Adults - Christmas 2021

Stocking stuffer 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 2021 Stocking Stuffers for Adults
great stocking stuffer ideas for your adult children, husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend and other grown ups!

Manly stocking stuffer ideas for men

Interested in a "one and done" shopping trip for both a stocking and stocking stuffers for the man in your life? 

This tactical stocking is personalized with your man's name (or nickname - "Dad", "Grandpa", etc) and filled with seven kinds of beef jerky, a coaster and a bottle opener.

Brought to you by Manly Man Co, a veteran owned company based in sunny southern California.

Charlie Curls heatless curling hair styler can be used during exercise for pretty, curly hair
I first got a CharlieCurls hair styler a few months ago and it is no exaggeration to say I now use it every day. 

The thing that makes this such a great tool for anyone with medium length hair or longer, is that putting your hair in a bun with CharlieCurls is a legit hairstyle all by itself. 

But then when you take your hair out of the CharlieCurls styler, your hair is wavy or curly with waves or curls that last all day.

I often wear mine as a hairstyle by itself during the day but I also wear my hair up in it every night - it keeps my hair tangle free and makes doing my hair in the morning take less than 60 seconds!

Where to buy it: While Amazon junkies can get the CharlieCurls Hair Styler on Amazon, I recommend supporting this small, woman-owned business by buying it directly on the CharlieCurls website (if you are buying these for more than one person, be sure to grab them from CharlieCurls' website directly because you get a discount for buying more than one!). 

For best results, buy a mister and wooden comb from CharlieCurls as well - they even have it conveniently packaged in a pretty gift set.

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!

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.

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!

cold brew cocktails mason jar and book set
This mason jar and mini cocktail cookbook set are perfect for someone who loves both coffee and cocktails. Learn how to make cold brew coffee in the jar and then transform your coffee into a delicious alcoholic cocktail creation. 

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 multi-function contactless key lets you open doors, punch keypads, operate touch screens and more without having to come in contact with highly contagious germs. 

It also comes with a retractable belt clip so it is always on your belt and ready to go when you need it!

Poo-Pourri toilet spray two pack
Poo-Pourri Toilet Spray
Spray a little Poo-Pourri in the toilet water before you go and it helps trap the smell to avoid stinking up the bathroom. 

Is this gift funny? Yes! Is it useful? Also yes! We love that Poo-pourri is made with natural ingredients and free of sketchy endocrine disrupters like parabens and phthalates. Shop small and order from small, veteran-owned Manly Man Co instead of Amazon or a big box store.

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.

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

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.

Overnight oats jar with spoon holder
This perfect jar for creating overnight oats has a convenient measuring lid to make whipping up a wholesome breakfast a breeze. The spoon grip makes it easy to keep everything you need in one place (no more random spoons rolling around on the floor of your car, ahem).

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).

Personalized laser printed beef jerky
Personalized Beef Jerky Card
This greeting card sized sheet of beef jerky is laser printed with your own personal message. A perfect way to share a sentimental message but fill their tummy with a tasty snack at the same time! 

Each beef jerky card is laser printed and shipped from Manly Man Co's California headquarters.
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.

Adult stocking stuffer idea - motivational drink more water glass water bottle
Does someone on your gift list want to work on drinking more water? This motivational bottle has measuring marks to help make sure they drink four additional cups of water a day outside of meal times and coffee breaks.

It's made from durable glass and stainless steel so plastic doesn't need to touch your beverage.

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.

Sophi nail polish - the best truly nontoxic nail polish for adults and teens
Sophi makes my favorite non-toxic nail polish. I find it lasts even longer than traditional nail polish plus it doesn't smell bad!

Because Sophi has a different chemical composition than regular nail polish, you really do need to pick up the Prime + Shine + Seal system (included with two colors in this kit) to use with it.

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.

stocking stuffer ideas for guys
Help keep track of keys and keep headphones from becoming a hot mess at the same time. This is a great gift for anyone who prefers a more rugged, masculine feel to their personal items.

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.

EO organic hand sanitizer spray - an alcohol and essential oils based hand sanitizer that is free of triclosan

These tiny, pocket-sized hand sanitizer sprays are perfect to keep in your pocket, purse or car. 

They sanitize hands with the power of essential oils and organic ethanol - no triclosan or sketchy ingredients allowed!

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.

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.

Tohi Night's rest lotion to help you sleep
This soothing hand and body cream uses the power of lavender, patchouli, ylang ylang and sandalwood essential oils to help you relax and get ready for a great night of sleep.

While it contains lavender, the ylang ylang, patchouli and sandalwood essential oils keep it from smelling too feminine - it's really a great co-ed scent.

When I first tried it, I massaged it onto my hands, neck and chest and I fell asleep faster than I have in weeks! It's safe to use on kids as well.

Toeless grip socks for pilates, yoga or pedicures

These are my favorite pilates socks. They are equal parts cute and grippy to keep you from sliding around while working out, while doing yoga or to just keep you from falling off your exercise ball at home.

These toeless socks are also perfect for the year-round flip flop enthusiast or for post-pedicure when you need to wear sandals but don't want to freeze! 

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! 

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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

  4. Very interesting, good job, and thanks for sharing such a good blog.


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