16 Clutter-Free Stocking Stuffers

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If you’re trying to take a less-is-more approach to the holidays, you might find yourself a bit stymied by one holiday tradition: stocking stuffers. (You know, those trinkets that are still in your junk drawer from last Christmas…)

I firmly believe you can stuff those stockings without adding clutter to your life.

How? Oh, do read on….

It helps to have a theme for stocking stuffers. My theme is Everyday Fancy.

Think of the things you do everyday. Then consider the stocking an opportunity to make those daily to-dos a little more fancy.

For instance, if you brush your teeth everyday (which your dentist and I certainly hope you do… well, maybe me more than her. She gets paid when you don’t.), upgrade your family’s daily paste to something fancy, something that not only whitens and brightens, but also tastes like “fruit blast” (whatever the heck that is) and has cartoon characters on the tube. Wow! Toothbrushing sounds fancier already!

Here’s a pic of some stocking stuffers I bought my kids several years ago, when they were younger and loved anything with cartoon characters on it. 😉 


All of these items are Everyday Fancy. The light-up toothbrushes certainly make the brushing chore more glamorous and the specialty toothpaste is an upgrade over typical white paste. The cartoon-character clad vitamins are also a fancier version of the store-brand ones.

Here are 16 ideas for Everyday Fancy items you could include in your family’s stockings. Most of these items are consumable, so they won’t add clutter to your home, and you can adjust many of them to suit different ages.

  • Fancy soap, shampoo, conditioner, or body wash
  • Fancy lotions
  • Bubble bath
  • Fancy lip balm
  • New undies and socks
  • Poo-Pourri (if you don’t know what this is, Google it. And you’re welcome.)
  • Fancy chocolates
  • Gourmet coffee or tea
  • Movie theater gift cards
  • Gas cards (make it fancy by wrapping it in a pretty bow)
  • Car wash gift certificates (My van says, “Yes, please!” to this stuffer!)
  • Restaurant gift certificates (I’ve found that most kids–mine definitely included–think gift cards to fast food places are awesome.)
  • Lottery tickets
  • Gourmet olive oil or spices (for the foodie in your life)
  • Straight-up cash – This is always a crowd pleaser. Make it fancy by folding it into cool shapes.
  • Adult beverages – Another crowd pleaser (just make sure your recipient is a drinker!)  

I hope this gives you a bit less head-scratching when it comes to filling those stockings this year. I’d love to hear any other super stocking stuffer ideas you have!


If you know someone (maybe you?) who’d like less stuff overall in their life, consider getting them a gift certificate for one-on-one coaching with me! You can email me at [email protected] with questions about how it all works. 2020 could be the year they finally get that clutter under control, once and for all. 🙂 

Cheers to clutter-free stockings and a clutter-free life!

PS Ready to simplify your stuff but not sure how to get started? Grab my FREE minimalism starter guide and let’s get going!

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