Avoid stocking stuffers stress with these 26 DIY stocking stuffers ideas. With a few dollar store basics, they’re easy to make, even at the last minute!
Last-Minute Stocking Stuffers
Do you fill stockings for your family for Christmas? If so, then you know how challenging it can be to find the right stocking stuffers, especially if you leave it to the last minute. Store shelves are picked over, and what’s left is either too big, too boring, or just plain too weird for a stocking. Trying to work it out is enough to bring on a headache…unless you change your strategy! This year, instead of shopping for stocking stuffers, why not make them yourself? Although Christmas is nearly here, there’s still plenty of time to do it!
DIY Stocking Stuffers from $ Store Basics
With the help of some basic items (most available from the dollar store), stocking stuffers are easy to make. All you need are crafty hands (which I know you’ve got!) and a few good ideas. I’ve got you covered with 27 clever ideas — including links to directions — from around the web. Each of these stocking stuffers is quick and easy to make, and can be customized to suit male or female family members. With a fast dash through your local discount store for supplies, you’ll be all set to go!
1. Mini Origami Notebooks
Mini anything is always a hit, and mini origami notebooks definitely fit the bill. Choose a 6×6 sheet of patterned paper that your recipient will like, and then follow the easy video tutorial offered at Paper Kawaii to make one.
2. Paper-wrapped Pencils
Transform simple pencils or colored pencils into unique stocking stuffers by wrapping them in decorative papers! Simply cut your papers to the right size to fit your pencils, and then apply with Mod Podge. Details about this easy project can be found here at Moonfrye.
3. Origami Business Card Holders
Business cards are important tools, and these origami business card holders by Jessica at How About Orange can help store them in style. These also double as great gift card holders!
4. Reindeer Gum Holders
Gum is always a fun treat, but even more so when dressed as a reindeer! These reindeeer gum holders from Kaysi at Keeping it Simple are so easy to make, and so cute, too!
5. Post-it Pad Holders
Who doesn’t love post-it notes? Dee of Create with Dee can show you how to dress them up to be perfect stocking stuffers!
6. Holiday Lip Balms
Give EOS lip balms some Christmas flair with these cute, printable patterns and directions from Amy at The Idea Room.
If you prefer to use regular Chapstick, you can find great variation with printable cards to use over at Thrifty Jinxy.
7. Corner Bookmarks
Bookmarks are great for readers of all ages, and fit perfectly in stockings. Corner bookmarks like these from Instructables can easily be personalized to suit each of your beloved readers.
8. Altered Chipboard Coasters
Chipboard coasters are cheap and so easy to alter! Melissa at the Happier Homemaker decorated hers with maps, but you can follow her process to decorate yours with whatever paper styles your loved ones prefer.
9. Coupon Book
Coupons that can be redeemed for various things throughout the year are always fun to give and get. Splitcoast Stampers has a great tutorial for how to make a whole book of coupons, including a free printable PDF for the basic coupons to help you out.
10. Hershey’s Kisses Christmas Tree
Christmas chocolate is never so fun as when gifted in the form of a Christmas tree! Watch this video to learn how Brenda of QBee’s Quest makes these.
11. Nail File Holder
Even basic necessities like nail files can be converted into clever stocking stuffers! Learn how from Connie of Simply Simple.
12. Prayer Boxes
These stocking stuffers can really help put your loved ones’ heads ands hearts at ease. Learn how to convert simple candy tins or boxes into useful prayer boxes with this video tutorial by Michelle Newten.
13. Binder Clip Photo Holders
Everyone has photos they want to display, which is why binder clip photo holders make great stocking stuffers! Leanneja at Organize and Decorate Everything has directions for how to make basic ones, and of course, you can decorate yours as elaborately as you want.
14. Matchbook Paperclip Set
Speaking of clips, why not a decorative paper clip set in a cute little matchbook holder? This tutorial is available right here at Paper Craft Romance!
15. Washi Tape Wrapped Votives
Stocking stuffers just don’t get any easier than wrapping votive candle holders in Washi tape! You can get votives in various scents at the dollar store, and get tips for wrapping the holders from Jenni at I Spy DIY.
16. Mini Travel Games
Here’s another great use for leftover candy tins: mini travel games! There’s an easy how-to plus printable game boards available at Instructables. A couple quick notes on this one: 1.) You can use inexpensive magnets instead of fancy ones; 2.) Although they use clay to make their game pieces, you can easily substitute chipboard, buttons, punched shapes, or whatever else you have on hand.
17. Reindeer Poop
OK, this one just makes me laugh! But hey, funny is good, right? Reindeer poop is actually just chocolate covered candies that you put in bag with a cute paper topper. You can get a free printable tag to make your own like this one from Over the Big Moon.
18. Altered Pocket Calendars
New pocket calendars are always helpful this time of year. Find the ones with the plastic covers, and then make your own decorative covers to turn them into awesome stocking stuffers. Visit Kathleen at My All to get the measurements and process she used to make these ones. You can also use the same idea to make altered plastic checkbook covers!
19. Personalized Trinket Dish
All you need to personalize an inexpensive trinket dish like this one from Cristine at the Global Chameleon is some rub-ons and Mod Podge™. Alternately, use doilies, pretty papers, stickers, or whatever other paper elements you have on hand. Just be sure to seal it all with Mod Podge™ when you’re done!
20. Laminated Cards on a Ring
Help students of all ages learn what they need to on the go with laminated cards-on-a-ring. Lindsay at The Cottage Mama used self-sealing pouches to make hers, but you could also use clear contact paper. If there are no students in your family, how about making cards with daily affirmations or poems or Scripture verses on them instead?
Erika of Living Well Mom offers this cute variation that’s specific to Christmas — a printable I Spy game! Pair it with a washable marker or crayon for easy use.
21. Custom Word Puzzles
Use the online tool from Puzzle Maker to make custom, printable crossword and word search stocking stuffers . You can personalize them to each family member, and even make a whole book of them if you’re feeling inspired!
22. Hand Santa-tizer
Transform practical hand sanitizer into hand Santa-tizer! Julie at Paper Jewels has some creative tips to get you started.
23. Personalized Cell Phone Covers
Personalized cell phone covers can be pricey, but not if you decorate them yourself! Start with clear cases, and then create custom inserts following the directions offered by Diane at Momtastic DIY.
24. Candy Coins
This clever idea from Martha Stewart costs a bit more because it’s literally made out of money, but it’s too cute to pass up! Simply wrap rolls of quarters in striped paper followed by cellophane, and then tie the ends to make easy but festive stocking stuffers.
25. Printable Tangram Puzzles and Cards
Print off this fun set of tangram puzzles and cards by Keri at One Mama’s Daily Drama at a reduced size for easy kid-friendly stocking stuffers. You can package them in a cellophane bag, or even make a little paper box that’s the right size to fit into a stocking.
26. Cozy Snowman Candy Bars
Fuzzy socks make cozy hats for these paper-wrapped snowman candy bars by the lovely ladies at Teacher Bits & Bobs. You could even substitute a simple pair of mittens. How fun would these be as double-duty stocking stuffers?
Your family is sure to appreciate your creativity when they discover these DIY stocking stuffers on Christmas morning. All you need are a few dollar or discount store basics to get started. While Christmas is just days away, there’s still time to make stocking stuffers that are the perfect fit for your stockings and budget. By making your own stocking stuffers, you can avoid the shopping headache. Plus you’ll be able to pat yourself on the back for a job well done — even if it is at the last minute!
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Which of these stocking stuffers do you feel inspired to make? What other last-minute DIY stocking stuffer ideas can you think of to make from dollar or discount store finds? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts!
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