We’ve all been on the receiving end of a stocking stuffer that’s ended up stashed away and unused (anyone know of a recipe that calls for Hawaiian black lava salt?). Unless it’s a new set of car keys weighing down that oversized plush sock, stocking stuffers kind of have a rep for being an afterthought. That ends this year!
We can all step up our game to fill those stockings with as much care as we hung them,
with thoughtful gifts loved ones will actually want to use—like, right away. From Scratch-off Kentucky Lottery tickets with the chance to win up to $50,000 in cash to a pair of stylish blue light-blocking specs for $9, these brilliant little ideas won’t set you back more than a single Hamilton (that’s ten bucks or less). But the real value is that each is a gift that’s enjoyed quicker than you can say Christmasukah!
Velvet Hair Scrunchies
The ’80s trend is back and better than ever! For the tween—and, yep, the millennial—in your life, this 12-pack of extra-soft velvet scrunchies in a variety of chic, pretty colors will turn any basic ponytail or bun into an effortless masterpiece.
Holiday Lights Scratch-off Lottery Tickets
With just a $5 Scratch-off ticket that you can purchase at your local gas station or bodega, your lucky loved one has a chance at winning some extra cash on the spot—and who knows—maybe even $50,000 in Kentucky Lottery’s instant Holiday Lights Scratch-off games! See if the Scratch-off ornaments reveal a gift (win double the prize shown), a snowflake (win $50 automatically), or a money bag (win all 15 prizes!). Will you grab the lucky tickets? There are hundreds of thousands of cash prizes up for grabs!
Natural Skincare Must-Haves
This winter-ready kit combines five Burt’s Bees favorites in travel-sized minis: Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream, Hand Salve, Milk & Honey Body Lotion, Coconut Foot Cream, and essential Beeswax Lip Balm. It’s basically a complete spa treatment in a single stocking stuffer.
Blue Light-Blocking Specs
Chances are your friends and fam are staring at their computer screen or phone for hours at a time on the regular. No judgment here—it’s practically unavoidable these days! Help protect their peepers—and their precious Zzz’s—with a pair of stylish glasses that block out melatonin-suppressing blue light whenever they’re late-night scrolling or binge-watching TV.
Fancy Hand Sanitizer
Real talk: They’ll never not need hand sanitizer, so go ahead and give them a covetable bottle of Aesop’s Rinse-Free Hand Wash in a size that’s practically made for holiday stockings (and fits perfectly in their pocket later). With notes of mandarin, rosemary, and cedar, this alcohol-based cleanser refreshes and moisturizes hands, killing bacteria without any water needed.
Time to upgrade the flashlight that always seems to be missing for something that’s fun and easy to use. Great for kids and adults alike, this inexpensive but reliable headlamp is perfect for reading in the dark, finding the bathroom at night, and for camping trips. Toss in the batteries, and young kids will love putting it together—and putting it on—right out of the stocking.
K-Beauty Sheet Masks
This is the year that ‘self-care Sunday’ became a daily thing. With this 16-pack of sheet masks from Korean skincare brand DERMAL—each containing vitamin E and collagen to help rejuvenate tired skin—they can keep up the relaxing daily ritual well into the new year.
The best way to avoid the family’s clashing political ‘discussions’ or probing questions about your parenting choices? Throw in some new q’s entirely! This easy game will have everyone putting down their phones and LOL’ing together all in good fun.
Minimalist Photo Display
Whether they’ve got a new work-from-home desk that needs some decorating, a fireplace mantle, kitchen counter, or nightstand, they’ve definitely got space for this teeny tiny hand-painted wooden print and photo stand. It’s perfect for displaying a favorite holiday card or photos of the fam.
For the coffee lover in your life—or the one who’s working from home indefinitely—you can’t go wrong by fueling their early mornings with a bag of Coltrane, a Colombia single origin medium roast by Red Bay Coffee that tastes like milk chocolate and hazelnuts. The beans are already ground, because now’s the time to take it easy.
It happens to the best of us: A browned avocado half that should have ended up on toast winds up in the compost instead. These food-safe silicone avo huggers help preserve their freshness and will no doubt earn their spot as one of the most-used kitchen MVPs—watch!
This article was created by SheKnows for Kentucky Lottery.