Stocking stuffers should be considered an art. Or maybe a sport? Either way, the smaller gifts that hang across the mantlepiece are often my favorite things to open on Christmas morning. They usually have an extra personal touch, offer something fun and meaningful, and can be immediately be put to good use. I remember waking up on Christmas Day, charging downstairs, and immediately grabbing all stockings and surrounding myself with their contents.
When I was little, stocking stuffers would include practical gifts like face wash and body lotion, delicious treats like chocolate and turkey jerky (my favorite snack, haha!), and any other little knick knacks that were honestly probably just too small to wrap. Whether it was socks or a hot cocoa mix I’d been craving, I always loved whatever was in the stockings.
Now that I’m a bit older, though, I see stocking stuffers as an opportunity for the most heartfelt of gifts. Maybe a little bit more expensive than a Hershey’s bar, but still reasonable enough to be able to include enough gifts to fill the stocking. I’m thinking something like this gorgeous Nixon watch that Krystal wears here — functional, sensible, but beautiful and unique. I gave my boyfriend a watch for Christmas a few years ago, and it’s still one of his most treasured pieces. Currently, I’m debating gifting myself a Nixon watch (I love this tortoiseshell one), and maybe even one or two for my closest girlfriends.
I love finding little gifts that are both necessary and cute, like this Moscow mule mug (my drink of choice!) or these gorgeous zodiac journals. Check out more of my favorite stocking stuffer picks below.
Photos by Lydia Hudgens