Hands down one of my favorite holiday traditions when I was younger was getting a look at what was inside my stocking. Whether it was the Pogs I hoped for in grade school or Bonnie Bell Lip Smackers of my teenage years (P.S. I love that both of these are still a thing), discovering what Santa left behind was always a thrill. Now that I have a daughter, I am passing along the festive fun that my parents did to me and, also in the truest fashion of my deals-scoring mama, I'm on the lookout for stocking stuffers under $5.
What you'll find below is everything from candy to beauty products to a shark hand puppet that will help round out your stocking stuffing stash. Bonus? All of the tiny gifts clock in under or exactly at $5. You'll find candy at Target, beauty products galore at Ulta, and even fun ideas from The Land of Nod. (And who the heck ever thought you would find something under $5 there, am I right?)
Of course, while I know you will be shopping for the little ones in your life, I also included some ideas for the big kids, like cozy socks and a manicure set. Because, hey, if they're anything like me, then they're probably still hoping for a stocking, too.
I feel like this Shark Hand Puppet ($5, The Land Of Nod) is a gift for the little and big kids in your life. I mean, I could just as easily see my dad delighting in this stocking stuffer as my 2-year-old.
What stocking would be complete without a bit of something sweet? These assorted Theatre Box Candies ($1, Target) are a thrifty (and yummy) necessity in every stocking.
6. Stanley Pocket Screwdriver
My mom stuck this Stanley Pocket Screwdriver ($5, Amazon) into my husband's stocking one year and it is one of my favorite items in our kitchen junk drawer. (We all have those, right?) It fits in the palm of your hand and is especially perfect for swapping out toy batteries.
If I would have pulled a Barbie out of my stocking when I was a kid, I would have been hella surprised. (Because what Barbie is under $5?) Make a kid in your life smile and sneak this budget-friendly Barbie Princess Nikki Doll ($5, Walmart) into their stocking.
I mean, you know how the song goes, right? If everyone loves a Slinky ($3, Amazon) then you really can't go wrong with popping this classic favorite into a stocking.
15. 2017 Vintage Bell Ornament
My mom always throws a pretty ornament into our stockings — yes, I am 33 and still get a stocking — so I had to be sure to include an option in the mix. This 2017 Vintage Bell Ornament ($5, Target) makes for a lovely addition to any stocking.
16. Flying Gliders
OMG, I had these Flying Gliders ($4, Amazon) when I was a kid, so you can imagine my excitement when I saw this pack of six for under $5. I'm buying them — you totally should, too.