How to Pick the Perfect Stocking Stuffer

With these helpful tips, you'll put Santa to shame.


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You Will Need

  • Motivation
  • Creativity


  1. Step 1


    Take note of the recipient's interests and preferences, which will go a long way in making this stocking stuffer one they'll remember.

  2. Based on what they like, pick a theme for an entire set of goodies.

  3. Step 2

    Lifestyle stuff

    Get small but necessary items for the recipient's lifestyle. Kitchen accessories, office gadgets or school supplies, music, and sports gear are all good choices.

  4. Step 3

    A real gift

    Include a "real" gift; stockings aren't just for odds and ends. They're a great place to give jewelry, personal electronics, tickets for concerts and sporting events, lingerie, and more.

  5. Put the more expensive presents in the toe of the stocking so they're revealed last.

  6. Step 4

    Gift cards

    Give gift cards, and remember, they're not just for restaurants and clothing stores.

  7. For adventurous types, give gift cards for new experiences.

  8. Step 5

    Complement another gift

    Include an accessory that complements another gift. Above all, have fun and enjoy the time-honored tradition of hanging holiday stockings.

  9. One study found that parents are more excited to wait in line and see Santa Claus than their children.