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50+ Cheap Stocking Stuffer Ideas Under $15

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Christmas is coming, and that means it’s time to start thinking about stocking stuffers! If you’re looking for cheap stocking stuffer ideas, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together a list of 40 inexpensive stocking stuffers that are all priced under $15. Whether you’re shopping for your spouse, parents, friends, or kids, we’ve got something for everyone on your list!

When planning Christmas, you may be thinking OMG… how on earth am I going to get organised in time.

Or worse, how can I afford Christmas this year!! That’s where these cheap stocking stuffer ideas are perfect! Each of these awesome gifts is under $15!

These stocking stuffer ideas are so affordable, yet completely awesome, making them perfect for small budgets or for Secret Santa gifts.

There is something for everyone on your list – stocking ideas for kids, adults, men, and women… so without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the best cheap stocking stuffer ideas out there!

Cheap stocking stuffer ideas under $15

Inexpensive Christmas Gift Ideas

Christmas looks very different in each of our homes. It can look different from year to year too, depending on what has been going on in your life recently.

But that’s no reason not to make Christmas morning a special occasion all round.

Normally I get organised early and spend the last few weeks getting one or two extra tricky gifts sorted, otherwise focusing on all the Christmas prep and events instead. But sometimes life gets in the way and you wake up and realise it’s 1 week away.

Here comes the panic! Especially if funds are not as high as you’d like them!

I have a large family and these days we do Secret Santa for the adults. This has been a game-changer. In the past, we would all scramble to find budget gift ideas for everyone. As such, I got pretty good at keeping Christmas spending down.

The other way to lower your spend when shopping for a whole family is to get a family gift for them to enjoy together. One gift instead of many.

Finding cheap stocking stuffer gifts under $15 can be really awesome these days too!

So while sitting here thinking of some creative ideas for some budget stocking stuffers, it only seemed natural that I should share these ideas with you all!

40 Unique Stocking Stuffers Under $15

Whether you are looking for budget stock stuffer ideas under $15 or a unique Secret Santa gift for co-workers, there is something in this list for all ages and stages. Best of all, they are all under $15!

Last-Minute Cheap Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Still haven’t found something you love for that really hard to buy for person on your list? Or maybe you’ve left it to the last minute for Christmas shopping.

Here are even more cheap stocking stuffer ideas that your friends and family will love!

1 – Gardening & Green Thumb Gifts

If you need a stocking stuffer for someone who loves to spend time in the garden, you can get plenty of cheap gifts from your local gardening and hardware store.

  • Succulents
  • Small pots
  • Garden tools
  • Seed packets

2 – Movie Fanatic Gift Ideas

One of my go-to gifts for my nephews in the past was a movie voucher to the local cinemas. Many cinemas offer books of 5 or 10 movie vouchers at a discount price. You can split these between several people for affordable gifts.

Another fun idea is putting together a box of movie snacks such as popcorn, chips and lollies for their next movie night.

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3 – Fun Foodie Gifts

A gourmet feast may not be a cheap stocking stuffer gift idea, but there are plenty of inexpensive gifts your foodie friend will love! Consider getting some unique ingredients to go with a recipe you know they will love. Even better if you give it with the recipe card.

Here are some other options for inexpensive kitchen tools and ideas they will absolutely love:

  • Wooden spoons and cooking utensils
  • Spice mixes
  • Baking trays
  • A homemade treat made by you or someone else

4 – Music Lover Gifts

If you know someone who always has music on, no matter where they are or what they are doing, a Spotify gift card is PERFECT! Even if they already have Spotify Premium, they can use the credit to get a free month or 3 on you.

A similar service like Apple Music or Prime Music would be a great option too. Music streaming services are definitely taking over traditional ways of listening to music for many and it’s a gift that keeps on giving.

7 – Wine Enthusiast Gift Ideas

Wine tastings are available at many wineries along with multi winery tours. While the tour may be out of your budget, you could offer to be the designated driver and take them to a few local free tastings.

Another way to keep everything budget-friendly is to check out the bottles in the discount tubs at your local bottle shop. Often you can get great wine for a fraction of the usual price from these tubs.

Or get some accessories instead, such as a bottle opener or novelty wine glass.

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8 – Planner Addict Gifts

If you know someone who won’t leave home without their planner or who loves to get a little creative with different colours and stickers, then the way to their heart is clearly through stationary!

Washi tape, stickers, coloured pens, highlighters and sticky notes. Head to your local office supply store or Kmart and go crazy with inexpensive planner goodies!

Or get some items from the beautiful Erin Condren online planner store.

Not sure where to start? Check out my getting started with planning post for some ideas.

Etsy is a perfect place to find cute planner stickers and accessories too if you are looking for something unique. Some of these stickers you can print at home yourself if you have left it too late for shipping.

9 – Craft Beer Fans

If you have someone on your gift list who is anything like my husband, craft beer is more than a beverage these days… it’s a hobby! *Yawn* But it does make for an easy gift idea!

There are craft microbreweries popping up all over the place and most of them offer retail sales of their main brews. Alternatively, you can get mixed single cans from your local bottle shop too.

10 – Gifts For Travel Lovers

Your wanderlust traveller friends would love functional items for their next trip. Compact travel accessories are great unique stocking stuffer ideas or something to help them remember their trips by, like a travel journal.

For a fun way to track their travels around the world, your global friend will love a scratch map to scratch off their destinations! I got one of these for my hubby for Father’s Day this year. So cool! Check out scratch maps here.

11 – Book Worm Gifts

If you have a friend who loves reading, make sure you know their reading preference, whether it be the feel of a real book or if they like listening or reading on their device.

Then you can get them your favourite book in their preferred format as a thoughtful gift idea. Or another you think they would love.

Picture and storybooks make great stocking stuffer ideas for kids. This is a wonderful way to support young readers with new stories to enjoy.

12 – Fashion Gift Ideas

Do you have a friend who loves to rock their own unique fashion style? While you may not be able to afford their designer tastes, you can pick up a one-off item to complete their next look.

Local craft markets often have handmade jewellery or hand-painted scarves or a number of other fabulous pieces that suit any budget. Your friend will love the thought that goes into picking something just for them too.

If they love make up and skincare, there are always make up brushes, a nice hand cream, lip product or lip balm or a make-up item that you know they will love. These small gifts are often the perfect stocking stuffer for teen girls and young adult women.

13 – Fitness Gift Ideas

Some people love to be outdoors and active! Getting fit is their biggest passion and they get a huge thrill out of all things exercise. Get them something functional like a sports water bottle or towel, or maybe a novelty workout shirt with a fun slogan.

Depending on their sport of choice, there’s always something in the budget-friendly range that they will adore.

14 – Gifts For Entrepreneurs

Got a friend or family member with big dreams? Get them something to give them an extra boost of inspiration, like a book from a business guru or some useful organisational items for their office. Or if you know their style, some smart-looking accessories so they can look the part of the boss they are!

Budget stocking stuffer ideas under $15

15 – Gifts For Nerds

As a self-confessed nerd, I use this term with affection! If you know someone who is into all things geeky, why not get them a stocking stuffer that celebrates their interests?

There are so many unique stocking stuffers for nerds these days. You can get everything from t-shirts and mugs to phone cases and notebooks with nerdy sayings or pop culture references.

Or get a classic card game to add to their collection if you know they love to play games. You can often get a card game for cheap and they are perfect small gifts for all ages.

If you’re a fan of DIY gifting, use a vinyl cutter to make them a fun slogan T-shirt related to their favourite movie or book franchise or a digital print you designed in a frame for their wall.

These make for cheap stocking stuffers but also a great conversation starter for your gift recipient!

Got a small budget? Why not create handmade gifts instead, such as these handmade gifts kids can make?

Cheap Stocking Stuffers For Kids

If you are looking specifically for cheap stocking stuffers for kids, here are a few great ideas that won’t break the bank:

  • Bubbles
  • Stickers and sticker books
  • Colouring books
  • Coloured pencils
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Hair accessories
  • Lip balm
  • Small toys from the dollar store
  • Crayons or markers
  • Playdough
  • Washi tape
  • Scrapbooking and cardmaking supplies
  • Temporary tattoos

Find more ideas in my advent calendar fillers that are the perfect size for stocker fillers if you want more.


Christmas doesn’t need to cost a fortune! After all, it’s the thought that counts! But hopefully, these cheap stocking stuffer ideas will help you plan your Christmas gift shopping list this year! Inexpensive stocking stuffers can sometimes be the favourite gift of the year!

How many people do you usually give presents to at Christmas?

Renee Wilson (Mummy, Wife, Me)

Tuesday 28th of November 2017

Great list, Holly. I love sourcing Christmas gifts from markets. They're a great place to find unusual and funky accessories and clothes. It's nice to spoil your loved one with something they wouldn't ordinarily buy themselves. #teamIBOT

Holly

Wednesday 29th of November 2017

Markets are definitely the best place to find unique gifts. And there's so many around!