Stocking Stuffers and Personalized Gifts for Budget-Conscious Shoppers

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for many reasons: we have wonderful parties with family and friends, there is bountiful and delicious food, we do a ton of guilt-less shopping, and everyone is usually in an all-around good mood. Why do we do all the shopping and why are we in such great moods? Because of presents! Dear old Santa Claus brings us beautifully-wrapped presents under the tree on Christmas Eve, but sometimes the gifts he puts in the stockings are even more exciting.

Digging into my stocking was my favorite part of Christmas morning as a kid, and it still is now. Great gifts come in small packages and some of my favorite stocking stuffers are jewelry, candy, gift cards, games, and gadgets. If you want to impress your loved ones this year with stellar stocking stuffers, I made a sweet little guide for you with the most popular games and gadgets of the season, along with some fun promotional products to accompany them!

When deciding which gift to get for the loved ones on your list, the best strategy is to tap into their lives and find out what they could use in their everyday routines.

Roadside Auto Set

Roadside Auto Set

For travel-happy friends: If you have a friend who loves taking trips but may not be the best with navigation, their ideal gift may be a Roadside Auto Set set or a GPS unit (if you’re willing to spend a bit more). They will appreciate the thought you put into it and possibly ask you to join them on their next adventure! A great additional gift is the Lens Cleaner Visor Clip to keep the GPS screen easily visible and in tip-top condition.

Traveler Media Sleeve

Traveler Media Sleeve

For the avid readers in your life: A Kindle or e-reader is sure to top the charts, but it could definitely be out of range for a stocking stuffer. However, you could easily include a Soft Sided Electronics Pouch or a personalized media sleeve in their stocking to provide them with easy storage and on-the-go convenience. A flexible waterproof keyboard would be a good choice, too!

The USBs are people!

USB People

For the techies and gamers on your list: Arguably, the hottest gift you could possibly get your tech-savvy relatives or buddies (if they don’t already have one) is the Apple iPad. However, unless you are willing to shell out over $500 for the device, it probably won’t make it into the stocking this year. Don’t feel too bad, because you have alternatives to this choice! For a bit of fun without the hefty price tag, try shopping for handheld gaming devices like the SupaBoy (a throwback SNES controller handheld system) or an On-the-Air Desktop Speaker (it’s a computer speaker and VoIP telephone that looks like an old-fashioned microphone). Also, you could go with awesome promotional items like USB People (people-shaped USB drives) for an unforgettable gift exchange.

Insignia 7-Inch Digital Frame

Insignia 7-Inch Digital Frame

To please the artsy people on your list: A digital camera is sure to brighten the holiday of any creative mind. Be warned, though: there are many different brands and styles to choose from, so it can get a little overwhelming. Two main things to keep in mind when camera-shopping are resolution (the more megapixels the better) and lens size. If you think your artistic friend/family member will use the camera more for social gatherings, then get them a smaller camera that works well in low lighting. If you think they might use it more for scenic photography, then choose a camera with a larger lens and a faster response time (generally these will be larger). Also, another great gift to add with the camera would be a Insignia 7-Inch Digital Frame to show off all of their great pictures!

If you have a lot of people to buy for but have a limited budget to work with, here is a short list featuring cool and fun little promotional products that are sure to please everyone!

——-——–—– —-—–(From left to right): The Puzzle Pen (navigate the metal ball through the maze), Mini Pocket Puzzle (a small brain teaser with two tricks up its sleeve), Ball of Whack (the ultimate puzzle, with 30 magnetic blocks for rearranging), Cool Glow Ice Cubes (color-changing LED ice cubes with liquid activation), and the Santa Claus Stress Ball (your very own squeezable Santa)!

I hope this has given you a few ideas on what to get those super-special people on your Christmas list this year! Remember to put it in a stocking, too, because the best gifts come in small packages!

Do you get a stocking from anyone each year? Do you have any other suggestions for fun gadget stocking stuffers? Let us know in the suggestions below!


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  1. Mandy Kilinskis

    Great collection of items, Jen!

    I had no idea that we sold GPS units! I think it’s awesome that you can get one with a custom logo. If you have the extra cash, it would be a great gift for any traveler or techie!

    But for others looking for smaller items, I think that puzzle pens and the led ice cubes would be exceptionally great!

    • Jen

      Thanks Mandy!

      I love the puzzle pen, but I really couldn’t have it here at work, I would never get anything done!

      And those LED ice cubes are super awesome!

  2. Amanda

    Nice list Jen! Stocking stuffers are so much fun to pick out!! I love those LED ice cubes–they are so cute! I always love it when I got things like: gift cards, candy, or nail polish in my stocking….this year I’m thinking of making a theme of small gifts in the stockings. Did anyone else always get an orange at the bottom of their stocking growing up? LOL

    • Jen

      I never got an orange in my stocking, but I think it’s an old tradition that every boy and girl, rich or poor got an exotic orange in the toe of their stocking. There are many stories about why it’s an orange, and I have no idea which one is true. The story I like is that Old Santy Claus took a train that started in the south, where he got all the oranges, and gave them to the children of the United States. It’s an American tradition in that story, but I’ve heard some others from around the world too. 🙂

  3. amy

    I love the USB people so much!! They’re cute and gender neutral so anyone could find a use for them. Plus, the more you order of them the cheaper they are, win-win!!

  4. Jill Tooley

    That Ball of Whack has been on my wish list forever! I wish someone would just bite the bullet and order it for me already…sheesh. 😉

    Here are a couple of other promo items that would double as cool stocking stuffers:

    Snowman Candy Holder (he’s so cute – there’s a penguin too!)

    Personalized Plush Santa Hats (to wear while you’re opening your presents)

    Plush Wolf Key Chain (he’s soooo cute!)

    and…last but not least…CANDY! Like the chocolate coins — those are always a hit with me. 🙂

    Nice post, Jen!!

  5. Louis Collin

    Great list Jen!

    One of the best stocking fillers i ever got was a theory from – but maybe that’s just because i’m a geek!

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