This should probably wait until the last day of the gift guide because stocking stuffers are really an after thought, but I couldn’t wait. I love small gifts that I know the recipient will enjoy.
Chocolate bars from Trader Joe’s are quite tasty and start at just $1.79 for a sizeable portion. TJ’s sells different strengths of dark chocolate if you go for that sort of thing. Ikea has chocolate bars for just $.99 in the post-checkout food section, though I’ve not tasted them.
Who doesn’t love Suduko? Only people who haven’t tried the wordless crossword puzzles. A book of 100 Suduko puzzles from easy to difficult is just $2.30 (orig. $8) on Amazon. Written by New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz.
Ikea has bargain prices on small stuffed animals. A long-limbed teddy bear is $1.99 and a girly mouse in a red and white dress is $2.99. There are plenty of other choices for less than $8. Perfect for filling a stocking on a budget.
A gift card to the local grocery store or a gas station is always welcome in my family. Thoughtful because it is so practical!
Encourage a crafty friend to knit with a kit to knit a pair of socks or a scarf. Each kit includes two balls of yarn and a pattern. $18 at up. You will still need to buy needles.
Discounted movie tickets through Costco (where they are $7.50-$8), your employer, or a local theater club make a great gift.
If you want to go lower: A box of tangerines is about $5 and will fill many stockings.