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Everyone knows that the best part of Christmas is the stockings.

Age 5 or 95, there's something about a collection of little, unexpected treats that makes your insides all cozy-like.

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Maybe you celebrate something else, or stockings aren't part of your tradition—but these 'lil gifts are perfect for any time you want to surprise someone with an, "I'm thinking about you." So here are 49 of our tiny, charming, magical, soft, sweet, make-you-giggle, thoughtful ideas. Let's fill 'er up, shall we?

Photo by Mark Weinberg

Tiny Things

1. A bitty baby succulent
2. Magic pearls that keep your crisp white wines chilly!
3. A micro building block set to build a mini giraffe
4. A baby Staub cocotte to use as a salt cellar or bake full of eggs

Wine Pearls (Set of 4)

Wine Pearls (Set of 4)

$25
Food52 x Staub Mini Round Cocotte, 0.25QT

Food52 x Staub Mini Round Cocotte, 0.25QT

$74

5. A food punny enamel pin
6. Palo Santo incense sticks
7. A wee whisk necklace
8. The tiniest, sweetest book collection: The Nutshell Library by Maurice Sendak

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Baller Enamel Pin

Baller Enamel Pin

Whisk Necklace

Whisk Necklace

From $72

Crafty Things

9. Delft temporary tattoos
10. A sweet downloadable embroidery pattern, along with a skein of embroidery thread, hoop, needle, and embroidery cloth...
11. Or a kit that has it all

Cactus Bird Embroidery Kit

Cactus Bird Embroidery Kit

Garden Jar Herb Kit

Garden Jar Herb Kit

From $20

12. A kit for growing your own herbs in the windowsill in a glass jar
13. A pocket-sized adult coloring book with mini colored pencils
14. Or a kid-friendly stained glass coloring book
15. For the snail-mailers, a wax seal stamp with their initial on it

Holiday in the Sun Cookie Cutter Set

Holiday in the Sun Cookie Cutter Set

From $14
Alphabet Wax Seal Stamp

Alphabet Wax Seal Stamp

Actually Useful Things

16. Our best didn’t-know-I-needed-it-but-now-I-can’t-live-without-it kitchen item: the egg coddler!

Waxed Canvas Toiletries Pouch

Waxed Canvas Toiletries Pouch

From $54
Egg Coddler

Egg Coddler

From $20

17. A tassel keychain that has a hidden phone charger
18. A selfie stick (don’t hate me)
19. A dopp kit (bonus points for filling it with travel sized toiletries)
20. Ice trays that actually work (and keep freezer smell out!

Ice Cube Tray Variety Pack (Pack of 2)

Ice Cube Tray Variety Pack (Pack of 2)

$24
Things Will Work Out Print

Things Will Work Out Print

21. A microplane
22. A good reminder
23. Really happy socks... Really, any kind of socks
24. Reusable silicone baggies—for lunch boxes, marinating, soud vide-ing, and more

Reusable Storage Bags (Set of 2)

Reusable Storage Bags (Set of 2)

$29
Balloon Socks

Balloon Socks

Edible (or Drinkable) Things

25. Edible sugar doilies that float on top of tea or hot chocolate and amaze guests
26. Bourbon maple syrup, because pancakes
27. A U-pick retro candy bag
28. Mini finishing salt tins, to keep in purses and pockets

Jacobsen Salt Co. Slide Tin (4 pack)

Jacobsen Salt Co. Slide Tin (4 pack)

$14
Edible Lace Rosette Sugar Doilies

Edible Lace Rosette Sugar Doilies

29. Airplane bottles of Baileys (21 and over, only!)
30. A Carry-On Cocktail Kit, so you're not stuck with the airline's sorry excuse for a gin and tonic
31. Wee bottles of Tabasco

Mini Tabasco Bottles

Mini Tabasco Bottles

Carry-On Cocktail Kit

Carry-On Cocktail Kit

$24

Magical Things

32. A unicorn purse
33. Glow in the dark stars
34. A mushroom night light

Unicorn Purse

Unicorn Purse

Magic Grow Capsules

Magic Grow Capsules

35. Shiny pony drink stirrers
36. Astronaut ice cream
37. Magic grow capsules for bath time
38. Color changing balloons or...
39. Balloons that spell out their name

Pony Drink Stirrers (Set of 10)

Pony Drink Stirrers (Set of 10)

$22
Gold Mylar Letter Balloons

Gold Mylar Letter Balloons

The Classics

40. Clementines
41. Lottery scratchers
42. Gold coins
43. Twinkly lights

Dew Drop Wired LED Lights (Set of 2)

Dew Drop Wired LED Lights (Set of 2)

From $22
The House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton

The House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton

44. Used paperbacks of your favorite classics. (Mine is Edith Wharton’s House of Mirth.)
45. A sparky nail polish
46. Super-luxe, great smelling spa toiletries
47. Mad Libs! (Printables!)
48. Smith’s Minted Rose Lip Balm
49. A handmade ornament they'll keep forever

Essie Rock at the Top Nail Polish

Essie Rock at the Top Nail Polish

Hand-Stitched Wool Dove Ornament

Hand-Stitched Wool Dove Ornament

$30

OK, I'm off to find a bigger stocking.

What are you favorite things to stuff in your loved ones' stockings? Got any stocking "donts"? Tell us in the comments below!


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