I’m not sure why, but I have always loved buying stocking stuffers. Maybe it’s because of their potential to be completely adorable, or maybe because they are an easy way to still provide something that your loved one actually needs while still qualifying as a gift? Either way, I love filling those stocking to the brim with cute, and sometimes delicious things.
When it comes to stocking stuffers, I have always followed one rule: each costs $20 or less. I have seen some stocking stuffer guides lately and people are including $200 watches, or $100 wireless headphones. To me, if it costs more than $20, that sucker is a gift. So go on a wrap it up with a pretty bow and stick it under the tree!
So, I’m not sure if you have noticed, but Christmas is only 3 days away!!! AHH!! Now hold on, don’t panic, because I have created a list of quick and last minute items that will fit perfectly in your little explorers stocking. These can be found at most chain stores like Walmart or Target. Some of these items can even be found at 5 below, if you have one close to you! (If you don’t, I am very sorry, because I love me some 5 below).
So grab a pen, grab your wallet, and grab yourself some soothing chamomile tea before you head out on this Christmas weekend for your last minute stocking stuffers! (and please be careful out there, because I am not really sure what it is, but it seems like holidays make people forget how to drive, or act decently in public, so just watch yourself!)
I briefly mentioned this in my Holiday Gift Guide for Adventure Seekers, but I really think this is a fabulous gift! Not only is it a cute way to keep your passport, bank cards, money and boarding passes together, but with most of these things RFID blocking capabilities, it becomes a necessity!
The one mentioned in the guide above was an entire gift set including the cover, keychain, and matching luggage tag. That however, will not fit in to your stocking, unless you have one of these ridiculous 3 foot long stockings. For this quick guides purposes, a simple passport cover will do. You can pick one up at your local walmart, or even a department store like Macy’s. I personally would head to Target and pick up one of thses adorable ones:
Now, I realize that some people are just not game people, so if that is your person, then go on ahead and skip to the next item. I however am a HUGE game lover! I used to be known for carrying a deck of cards in my purse (although now, I don’t really carry a purse much anymore lol). If your person is like me, then you can’t go wrong with card games.
You could go with a traditional deck of cards, as there are a plethora of games that you can play with just a simple deck of cards. If your loved one is a water adventurer, then maybe consider this deck of waterproof cards from Walmart. These are basically little plastic playing cards that won’t ruin if something is spilled on them (or if they are dropped in a creek, which I would NEVER do to a deck of cards lol).
You could also get a specific card game for them! Whenever my husband and I go backpacking, we ALWAYS have a card game with us, as it is my favorite way to pass the time! Plus it fits anywhere in my pack, and takes virtually no space as all! We usually always pack Phase 10! This is a game that I used to play with my family all the time growing up! The best part, you can find this game at any local Walmart! I’ve even seen it at Walgreens before!
Recently though, we stumbled upon this gem at 5 Below! It is the UNO Wilderness edition! Now it is no different than regular UNO, it just has all these cool outdoorsy prints on the cards! So if your adventure lover is a nature freak, consider picking up this for their stocking for only $5!
Cool Pair of Socks
Didn’t I tell you that I love stocking stuffers because it is an excuse to buy the little things that are practical, and often forgotten? Socks are the perfect example of this (and underwear too actually).
Last year, Tuan Anh went through this phase where he really wanted printed socks! This has still gone on this year, as he can wear them to work, and also out and about! He likes the longer socks, especially for walking, hiking, or even wearing to work (so his work shoes don’t rub his ankle!).
I always buy him these socks for the brand Pair of Theives at Target! They always have the coolest printed socks! They have cool prints in long socks, but also the short socks if your loved one prefers those! They have women’s socks and kids socks as well. And if your adventurer has a little one of their own, consider the “parent and kid” options that Pair of Theives sells so they can match (because how adorbs would that be!?)
Trust me when I say that I understand how difficult it can be to lug around a huge DSLR camera! On our most recent backpacking trip I took it along because I have finally learned how to use it! But I have to be honest, it is so SO much easier to just use a cellphone!
While our phones do take pretty good pictures (especially Tuan Anh’s Android), I know the phone photography would be that much better with these lenses! Especially when taking landscapes where a wide angle lens would just make it that much better of a shot!
Portable Coffee Mug
This is what Target calls them, I however refer to these babies as “To-go coffee cups”. Whatever you call them, these are fabulous! I am ALWAYS on the go, whether its to school, teaching, dog park, shopping, training classes, ect. I am also obsessed with coffee, and like to have a cup when I go out and about!
These are also great for Tea or Hot Chocolate drinkers, pretty much anything that needs to stay warm and not spill in the car. If you want the real deal, go with a vacuum sealed one, because this just enhances the cups ability to keep air out and the liquid hot!
Need one quick to throw in your loved one’s stocking? Look no further than Target my friend. I am telling you, this place never ceases to amaze me. You can find some really REALLY cute ones in their mug section, like the one below, however this one ALMOST goes over stocking stuffer budget at $17.99.
What you could do instead is check out the Target Dollar spot! They have some very cute options of to-go mugs for under $10! You can’t beat that! They have ceramic ones for $3 or recently I noticed they are starting to sell stainless steel ones for $5. Both are super affordable, and would be the perfect addition to your adventurers stocking!
This is one of those items that anyone can use, and you really can’t go wrong with! My husband always has a knife on him! If you ask him if he has his knife he’ll say “I’ve got my pants on don’t I?” lol (I never realized how Southern that sounds until I just read it out loud haha, but we are from Georgia afterall).
You could go with juts a simple knife, or your could go the extra route with functionality and get a fancy multi-tool pocket knife (basically a Swiss army knife). These come in a range of prices, depending on how many things your tool can do.
I like multi-tools because of the tiny scissors that come with it, as if I try to cut that dangly string off my shirt with the knife, I will likely cut myself in half. So the scissors are perfect for me. Other items included on a multi tool include tweezers and even a little screwdriver.
If you are just really in a bind, have no time to run out and look for these individual items, then you can’t go wrong with a gift card. My grandmother hates gift cards because she feels like they are impersonal. I might buy in to that as a gift (although really, I love gift cards), but a stocking is the perfect place to give giftcards!
If they are an outdoor enthusiast, consider an REI giftcard. Do they love coffee?? Throw in a $5 giftcard to their favorite coffee shop so their next drink is on you! You could also include giftcards to their favorite restaurants or other shopping stores (clearly a Target giftcard would be perfect for me, as half the items on this list come from there)
If you want to be a little more personal, then you could consider purchasing your loved one an experience. Check out Groupon and see what things you could buy that fit in the stocking stuffer budget! Some great ones local to me include a $10 escape room experience, or even $6 movie tickets! Purchase it as a gift, print it off and stick it in that stocking!
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