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Clutter-Free Stocking Stuffers

Clutter-Free Stocking Stuffers

If you celebrate the holidays with gifts in the stocking, you know that many of the “stocking stuffers” toted in the stores are trinkets. It’s easy to fill a stocking with cheap gadgets and do-dads… and then wonder in the days that follow where on earth you should put these “handy” items.

I enjoy the stocking tradition, but in order to avoid bringing clutter into the home, I opt for only consumable and/or useful items. I also limit what I put in the stocking, most of the time it is 5 items or less. I get away with this, because one year I sewed matching stockings for our whole family, and I made them 1/2 the size of the average stocking.

For Teens/Adults:

  1. Love Note
  2. Fruit
  3. Candy
  4. Gum
  5. Jerky
  6. Chocolate
  7. Quality Pens/Pencils
  8. Seed packages
  9. Spices (for the chef)
  10. Batteries
  11. Earbuds
  12. USB Drive
  13. Chapstick
  14. Essential Oils (If you do essential oils- please get high-quality ones)
  15. Socks
  16. Coupons (Massage, movie night, etc.)
  17. Gift cards. Coffee shop, ice cream, gas cards or iTunes are always a hit.
  18. Movie Ticket
  19. Lottery Ticket


For Kids:

  1. Love Note
  2. Coupons (Stay up late, movie night, game together, coffee date, etc.)
  3. Flashlights
  4. Play-doh
  5. Toothbrushes
  6. Band-aids
  7. Glow Sticks
  8. Gift cards. Coffee shop, ice cream, etc.

Clutter-free gift ideas:



About the author, Rachel

Hi there! I’m Rachel Jones, and I founded Nourishing Minimalism in 2012 at the beginning of my minimalist journey. If you're looking for encouragement in your journey, I go live in my FREE Facebook Groups every weekday- feel free to join me there: Nourishing Minimalism Facebook Group


  1. Carol on 12/05/2015 at 1:09 PM

    Thanks for some great idea Rachel. We also add toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, body wash, and shampoo. Now that our teen are becoming adults and leaving home they love these practical gifts. When they were little they love bubble bath, and numerous other bath related items. A few of these items help fill a larger stocking.
    Have a blessed Christmas, Carol.

  2. michelle on 12/06/2015 at 10:47 PM

    yes, agree! post christmas knick knacks are problematic. i like the idea of gift cards (amazon gift cards are a bit hit with millenials who buy almost everything online now). Moso bags are also a great idea.. eco friendly and useful. thanks for sharing!

    • Rachel on 12/07/2015 at 7:24 PM

      Oh those are great ideas Michelle!

  3. LA on 12/07/2015 at 4:23 PM

    Agreed! When I had my own family I found I resented buying things because they were inexpensive and small just to fill up stockings. I am a book lover, so when I realized my little one was a great age to create a tradition, our stockings became books only. Throughout the year I build up a list of great books I am pining for for her and myself and select a few for the stocking. I am hoping as she gets older she will have her own book list for Santa!

    • Rachel on 12/07/2015 at 7:23 PM

      Oh that’s a great idea!

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