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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.

Canteen Stripe Mug Green & Red

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

Marvis Travel Toothpaste Collection

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

Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail and Cuticle Oil

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

Professional Glass Nail File With Case Set

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

Kent Handmade Fine Toothed Moustache and Beard Comb

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

Mother-in-Laws Tongue

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

Large Ice Cube Moulds Trays by Twist & Tumbler (2 Trays)

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

Bamboo Cutlery Set

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

Rosehip Seed Lip Cream

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

Magicafé Pour Over Coffee Dripper

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

Jacobsen Salt Co. Infused Black Garlic Salt

Queer Eye’s Antoni puts this umami-packed salt on everything.

Colourblock Suede & Nubuck Eraser

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).

Acca Kappa Medium Pure Bristle Black Toothbrush

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

Whitby Pruning Pocket Knife

Give the gift of prying and jimmying this Christmas.

Greenland Wax

It’s mac wax, but Swedish.

Scheurich Bordy Watering System

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

Weleda Wild Rose Creamy Body Wash

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

Pendleton Key Chain

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

Anker PowerLine+ Lightning Cable (10ft) Charging Cable

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

Donna Leigh Pocket Notebook

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

Artek Tape Measure

This Finnish furniture company does an aesthetically pleasing tape measure.

David Shrigley Deck of Cards

Great as an apartment accent, bad for your poker face.

Lunar Oceans Marble and Gold Bottle Opener

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

Lionet Paws Cotton Dog Collar with Bowtie

An essential purchase for your favourite pooch.

Acqua di Parma Colonia Soap Bar

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

Winsor & Newton Cotman Sketchers Pocket Box

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.

Pentel Water-bearing Brush Pen

Pair them with these water-bearing brushes and you can do some illustrating practically anywhere.

Lobster Cotton Tea Towel

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

Tooletries Koby Bag

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.

Moleskine Booklight Hay Yellow

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

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32 Strategist-Approved Stocking Stuffers