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32 Strategist-Approved Stocking Stuffers (That Are Under £20)

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No matter who you’re buying for this Christmas, it’s good to remember you don’t need to shell out on something totally lavish. Maybe you’re doing a cost-conscious Christmas this year, or you have an office Secret Santa with a strict limit. Our stocking-stuffers shopping guide is a roundup of our favourite products we’ve been writing about at the Strategist UK, all under 20 quid, so you can gift something special or interesting (or both!) this Christmas.


We love the subtle red-and-green band around the lip of this mug.

A nice stocking stuffer, with a flavour for every day of the week.

“I’ve tried a lot of nail-moisturising products, and this is the one I always come back to,” says writer Natalya Lobanova.

This glass nail file is a little out of the ordinary and would make a great stocking gift.

The best stocking stuffers are everyday essentials that are nice enough to leave lying around. Example: this tortoiseshell comb.

Okay, you might not be able to physically fit this plant in a stocking, but it’s a resilient, interesting-looking present that’s hard to kill.

£10 and under

A great gift for new home owners or people who like it on the rocks.

The greatest gift you can give someone. No reason to use the office cutlery again.

One of our favourite cheap gifts from expensive places was practically made for stockings.

So long, filter coffee! This made our list of the best gifts for boyfriends, but it’s a great option for any coffee enthusiast.

This is useful for getting scuffs out of your suede boots – but it’s also a great tool for tackling stains on leather furniture, too.

Le Creuset Egg Cup

You could use this receptacle to stash hair clips or trinkets (or … an egg).

Writer Hanna Hanra found these toothbrushes in a pharmacy in Florence. ‘The perfect Christmas present for my style-conscious, dentally aware friends’, she says.

Give the gift of prying and jimmying this Christmas.

It’s mac wax, but Swedish.

A clever doodad that waters plants, even when you forget.

This body wash comes recommended by the Strategist’s Rio Viera-Newton — she loves it so much she’s started buying it in bulk.

£15 and under

If you can’t justify buying one of their £200-plus blankets, this key ring is a nice option.

Not only is the length super-helpful, but the cherry-red colour on this charger is highly appealing.

Give ‘jotting down the big food shop’ a bit of flair.

This Finnish furniture company does an aesthetically pleasing tape measure.

Fancy-looking alternates to every day objects make perfect stocking stuffers.

Make every morning feel like you’re in a fancy European hotel.

Illustrator Alex Testere loves this watercolour set which, due to being solid, means he can take it on a flight and draw at 36,000 feet.

You might not be able to do your grocery shopping at F&M like the queen, but you can at least make doing the dishes feel a little fancier.

£20 and under

Two things we like about this; the stretchy wetsuit material and the tiny red accent on the zipper.

Sachajuan Ocean Mist

For low-maintenance men — this salt spray will give hair a bit of texture without feeling gunky.

Great for the book lover who wants to read just one more chapter.

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32 Strategist-Approved Stocking Stuffers