Researching and buying stocking stuffers can be very time consuming, so for this week’s blog post I thought I’d share my list of top stocking filler ideas!
I’ve chosen items that are either fun, useful or both, and many are successful gifts that I’ve given in the past and the recipient was delighted.
Lots of you have told me that you buy stocking fillers for various family and friends, so I hope they provide you with some festive inspo
Reusable straws and/or coffee cup
Like many people, I’m trying to be mindful of the effect I’m having on the environment, and a gift of a reusable coffee cup and/or straws definitely ticks this box, especially if you have an eco-minded coffee lover amongst your family and friends.
Both useful and thoughtful, this is more than a stocking filler present – it’ll help save the planet and remind the recipient of you every time they use it.
Christmas bath bombs
A simple bath bomb can transform bathtime into a luxurious gorgeous-smelling treat – and there are lots of cute Christmas-themed ones available to choose from.
You can also look out for ethically produced, animal-friendly varieties and help make the world a better place.
Great for adults and teenagers!
Mini bluetooth speaker
I’m not massively into gadgets, but I think these are brilliant.
I have one that I always take on holiday with me – I connect it to my phone and listen to music and podcasts; the sound quality is better and volume louder than through the speaker on my phone.
Adults and teens alike will love this fun and useful stocking filler gift!
M&S triple chocolate panettone
Panettone can be disappointing if it’s dry and not very flavoursome – but, take it from me, this one from M&S is delicious and well-worth the calories.
I bought it as a gift for my significant other last year and was so pleased it stayed in the house so I could ‘help’ him eat it!
I recommend you do the same (or just buy one for yourself!)!
Rubik’s orbit puzzle ball
This reinvention of the traditional Rubik’s cube will keep puzzle-loving adults and children from seven years and up entertained for hours.
The challenge is to twist and turn the six sides of the orbit puzzle ball rings so there’s a matching colour all the way around.
Have a go and see how quickly you can solve it!
Escape room game
Another one for puzzle-lovers, I discovered these brilliant escape room games during lockdown last year.
Admittedly I’m hopeless at them, but I’ve enjoyed various in-person escape room challenges in recent years…and now you can have a similar experience at home with a ‘board game’ style version!
Kids of around 12 years and over and adults will love the excitement and team spirit of solving the various riddles and hopefully solving the mystery!
Felt Christmas decorations
Everyone has space on their Christmas tree for another beautiful decoration and I have a real soft spot for the felted animal variety!
I spotted the Amica stall at a Christmas fair recently and not only did they have some gorgeous decorations, they’re also handmade by a team of Fairtrade craftspeople in Nepal, so they’re ethical too.
Have a look at their website and see what takes your fancy…I may invest in one or two more little gifts from them myself!
Hotel Chocolat portly penguins
If you haven’t seen these chocolate penguin treats before, you should take a look!
They are seriously cute and delicious – and they’re made from good quality chocolate, too.
Perfect for chocolate (or penguin!) lovers of any age, these are a fabulous stocking filler present.
Air dry clay sets
These colourful clay sets are aimed at children, but I think lots of adults would love to have a go at this too!
Some sets come with an instruction book with suggestions of what you can make, so even if you’re not particularly creative you can still have a go.
You could even hold a competition where everyone votes for their favourite model and the creator of the most popular one wins a prize – hours of fun and entertainment for everyone!
Christmas rolling pin
If you’re looking for a present for a keen cook – or for someone who loves Christmas as much as you do – then look no further!
These rolling pins from Pastry Made are beautiful and unique and will help make your giftee’s Christmas biscuits look super special.
I have to confess, I bought one of these for myself and I can’t wait to use it!
Invisible ink ‘spy’ pens
My eight-year-old niece loves playing with these invisible ink pens with her friends.
The ink is invisible until you use the UV light on the end of the pen to reveal your secret messages!
These are great fun and a bit of a ‘different’ idea for a child’s stocking filler.
Mouse In A Little House toy
I’ve seen these little cuties at several Christmas Fairs and pop-up shops recently and I can never resist having a little look!
The soft toy mouse comes in a beautifully illustrated gift box – a bit like a large matchbox – all snuggled up in its own polka dot sleeping bag.
I remember receiving an harmonica in my Christmas stocking when I was young and loving it – and what better inspiration than memories of gifts that have stayed with you since childhood?
This harmonica includes easy-to-follow instructions, so is perfect for beginners.
Hatch your own dinosaur egg
Most children seem to go through a ‘dinosaur phase’ – and now they can hatch their own toy dinosaur by leaving an ‘egg’ in water for 72 hours. Magic!
This little kit is suitable for children over three years old.
Lego Duplo number train
This is a brilliant gift for toddlers – it’s both fun and educational!
Kids can develop their fine motor skills while they push the Duplo train around.
The set comes with some cute little figures for children to take on imaginary rides on the train.
Children can also add and remove the number bricks – so it’s also a great way for them to start learning about numbers and counting!