Start Stocking Up: A Guide to Stocking Stuffers

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Don't just hang the stockings with care! FILL them with care!
Does anyone else think that stocking stuffers are more fun to buy than big, expensive gifts? Maybe it's because opening the stocking is so fun; pulling out treat after tiny treat, always hoping there's just one more thing buried deep down at the toe. Thinking about the fun and anticipation of opening stockings makes shopping for those gifts that much more enjoyable.

There is another reason to stock up on little stocking-appropriate items at this time of year: The Last Minute Gift. Whether it's for your office Christmas party, a White Elephant party, or an unexpected guest at your own holiday soiree, these little items make throwing together a last-minute gift a breeze.

Gifts for Her

The least expensive item on this list is about two dollars; the most expensive around $35 (or more, if you want to go crazy at Drybar).

• EOS Lip Balm Eggs ($3.50, Target and various drugstores): They really are as amazing as everyone says, and the lemon flavor has SPF 15. P3-Free, and gluten-free, for what it's worth.
• Pixi brand cosmetics are available at Target, and are of shockingly good quality. Grab fistfuls of the Endless Silky Eye Pen ($15 each) and give them away with abandon; the Tinted Brilliance Balm pencils ($16 each) are almost as good as the discontinued Bobbi Brown version (the gold standard). Too pricey? Check out the e.l.f. brand of cosmetics (also at Target), which offers incredible quality considering the prices, which start at around $2.
• Vintage jewelry: Pins, necklaces, bracelets--you name it. You can get some cute, fun, vintage fashion jewelry for practically nothing.

$7.50 at Target
• Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Cuticle Eraser + Balm ($7, drugstores) plus cuticle sticks: The best cuticle remover on the market, and it's only seven bucks. HEB double-ended cuticle sticks are the absolute best, but any will do. Buy a bunch of nail polish--pick an affordable cult favorite like Essie 'Madamoiselle' ($8) or Butter London 'Yummy Mummy' ($14)--to round out a gift bag.
• Drybar Gift Certificates and/or products: A little pricier, but these are nice treats for your office pals, or The Toe Gift--you know, the best present that smart stuffers of stockings put in first so it's found last? The Toe Gift. Anyway, a trip to Drybar certainly feels festive.

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