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As legend has it, the tradition of hanging stockings on the mantel began when a widowed father's three daughters were gifted gold coins in their stockings that were drying by the fire. The story reveals that a kind townsperson slid down the chimney and filled them during the night as a surprise. The ritual of hanging and stuffing stockings continues strong today, allowing yet another opportunity to surprise loved ones with thoughtful, personalized gifts. And while gold coins are certainly nice, we've rounded up the most lovely little gifts to charm family and friends on Christmas morning this year. After all, the best things come in small (or at least stocking-size) packages. Here, our best stocking stuffer ideas for 2023.
Help them charge all their devices in one place with this chic and stylish leather charging stand. The MagSafe-compatible device will help wrangle unsightly bedside cords—and look stylish on any nightstand.
The Plush Lounge Sock
Socks in your stocking may not have been your favorite find as a child, but any adult would be delighted to receive these ultra-soft, luxe socks. The material somehow manages to feel cooling and lightweight while keeping tootsies warm and cozy—your giftee will never want to take them off!
Vintage 18k Gold Citrine Ring
Who wouldn't want a sparkly surprise at the bottom of their stocking? This vintage citrine and 18-karat gold ring from the 1950s is such a special gift and would bring a smile to any jewelry enthusiast's face.
Puzzle Edge Leather Card Holder
This card holder is both classic and cool. Made from stitched leather, it features exterior and fixed card slots with a "Loewe" anagram in the corner.
Olivewood and White Bone Salad Servers
These Fair Trade-certified olivewood and bone salad servers were sourced in Uganda and will add instant global flair to your recipient's table. The bone inlay is dyed with organic plant extracts, and the wood tone of the servers will patina beautifully and deepen with age.
This beautiful dove ornament is hand-painted and sculpted by Louisiana artist Brad Bourgoyne. We love that it's lightweight, sculptural and versatile—since the dove is considered a symbol of peace, you can leave it up all year long! Use the attached hook to hang your dove on a wreath, or gift it alongside a decorative acrylic ornament stand.
Beaded Coasters, Set of 5
We think these beaded flower coasters would make the happiest little stocking stuffer. Use them on your dining table or stack them on your bar cart for a pop of color all year long.
The Alaya Discovery Box
This discovery box is perfect for stuffing in your favorite tea drinker's stocking. It comes with three organic and biodynamic loose-leaf teas: green, black, and chamomile.
Addis Gray Striped Hand Towel
This set of two ultra-soft, natural cotton hand towels is made in Ethiopia. When you gift these World Fair Trade Organization-certified towels, you can feel good that the people who made them received a sustainable income.
Monogrammed notecards printed on heavyweight paper with rounded corners and gold engraving are a chic way to handle correspondence. So much more refined than an email or text message, no?
Therabody Smartgoggles Eye Mask Massager
Therabody, the makers of the buzzy Theragun, released smart goggles that use vibration, massage and heat to help reduce stress, anxiety, headaches and eye strain. You can also pair the goggles with the Therabody app for a multi-sensory experience that helps support sleep, focus and relaxation.
Vagus Nerve Pillow Mist
This pillow mist activates the body's relaxation response through a blend of essential oils that help mellow out the vagus nerve, or the longest cranial nerve in the body. Gift this to someone who could benefit from a more calming atmosphere, better sleep, and less stress (AKA everyone on your "nice" list).
Chili Crunch Hot Honey
A little sweet and a little spicy, this hot honey-flavored chili crunch is the perfect stocking stuffer for the home cook in your life. It would be delicious spooned over pizza, mixed into butter for cornbread, or drizzled over roasted veggies.
The Côte d’Azur Twilly
Screened by hand in Italy with artwork by Jérôme Faillant-Dumas, this silk twilly would look stunning tied in your favorite traveler's hair or hanging around their purse handle. The pattern was inspired by the pressed flower artwork of Princess Grace; its regal design and vibrant colors will instantly transport your gift recipient to the beaches of Monaco.
Barbour Burnished Leather Gloves in Dark Brown
These ultra-soft gloves are a must-have for chilly weather and can be easily stashed into a stocking. The classic leather and cozy fleece lining add distinction to instantly upgrade their cold-weather accessories.
Custom Linen Embroidered Cocktail Napkins
We love these cheeky handmade cocktail napkins because you can borrow one of their 48 fun phrases (like, "Why yes, I will have another" or "Please leave by 9") or customize a set with your own inside jokes.
3-Piece Wyatt Bar Tool Set
This elegantly cool bar tool set from Ralph Lauren is perfect for the budding mixologist in your life who appreciates the finer things. We especially love the unexpected leather detailing.
AERIN Piero Lacquer Card Set
This stylish set of playing cards comes in a sleek lacquered case with an ultra-soft suede lining. The minimalist cards feature brass detailing for an elevated look (read: these are so pretty, you can keep them displayed on your coffee table).
Magnolia Body Butter
Everyone's skin needs a little extra TLC during the dry winter months, and this nourishing body butter—made with shea butter, sunflower oil, and aloe—is just the ticket. It's available in several different fragrances, but this magnolia scent is absolutely divine. Top notes of magnolia blossoms, sweet peonies, and green leaves along with base notes of balsam, rosewood, and water lily will transport you to warmer spring days ahead.
Hibiscus Glass Clear Bud Vase
This precious bud vase is the perfect accent for your loved one's desk, side table, or kitchen counter—and makes a lovely display for her freshly cut blooms. Made in Tuscany, the handblown vase offers a hint of luxury wherever it lands.
Trio of Raoul Lavender Sachets
Invited your loved one to relax and enjoy the calming aromas of lavender wherever she is, thanks to this beautiful set by Raoul. The lavender is grown in the Santa Ynez Valley just north of Santa Barbara and is sure to whisk anyone away to greener pastures, if only for a moment.
Baccarat Rouge 540 Eau de Parfum
Notes of jasmine, saffron, cedarwood, and ambergris make this perfume perfectly balanced and utterly sophisticated. This luminous perfume is sure to become an instant favorite.
Chloé 60mm Aviator Sunglasses in Gold at Nordstrom
These sunglasses are unique while still remaining classic enough to go with any outfit—especially a favorite caftan. These shades are perfect for your favorite beach bum who spends as many days by the ocean or lake as possible.
Threads White Diamond Earrings
From Graff—a house known for exceptional stones—comes these delicate, yet striking, drop earrings from the Threads collection. Inspired by the pace of modern life, they are perfect for adding an extra hint of sparkle to everyday life.
Alexis Double Old-Fashioned
This stunning Old-Fashioned glass by William Yeoward is sure to become the first in his rotation with its beautiful, transportive etchings. This English-made crystal glass is fit for top-shelf indulgences—and maybe a tropical cocktail or two.
Perlée watch, 23 mm
We don't know anyone who wouldn't be delighted to find this classic and beautiful wristwatch at the bottom of their stocking! Made with 18-karat yellow gold and mother-of-pearl, this watch from Van Cleef & Arpels makes a chic gift for the woman on the go.
Colonia Eau de Cologne Natural Spray
This citrusy fragrance is perfect for the traditionalist to wear night or day. A burst of lemon, sweet orange, and Calabrian bergamot make this cologne wearable year-round, while a base of sandalwood and patchouli offer a masculine balance of fragrance.
VERANDA Magazine Subscription
A year-long subscription to VERANDA provides six issues of interior, lifestyle, and jewelry content to its readers—and the design-lover in your life will thank you.
Sugarfina Peach Bellini Candy Cube
Candy is a classic holiday gift, and these peach bellini-flavored gummies would make a refined-but-fun addition to your loved one's stocking. Their juicy peach center and dusting of tart sugar crystals help dial the flavor up a notch.
Ettinger Capra Double Watch Roll Tan
This gorgeous leather watch roll will give your loved one peace of mind that his watches are safely stowed, whether traveling or at home. The roll fits two watches and has a monogrammed popper closure that offers two heights for closing, allowing for different watch sizes to fit snugly.
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