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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 important to remember you don’t need to shell out on something totally lavish (something that’s never been truer in 2020). 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.

£5 and under

Carmex Classic Lip Balm

The best stocking stuffer is something they’ll actually use. Clara Amfo told us she swears by this lip balm.

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This pair of fuzzy socks (recommended by model Charli Howard) would be perfect for lounging around the house over Christmas.


A slightly silly stocking filler from one of our favourite Black-owned businesses.

This (inexpensive) smoky-scented candle from Muji is the favourite of Strategist UK staff writer Chris Mandle.

£10 and under

Delightfully illustrated matches: highly giftable for anyone with a penchant for nice candles.

These mystery minifigures are perfect for when a scratchcard isn’t quite age-appropriate.

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This soap, with notes of pepper and amber, would take pride of place in any bathroom.

“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.

Bar owner Felix Cohen told us to “think of bitters as salt for cocktails … useful for making just about any drink a bit more delicious.” These ones are made from West Indian oranges.

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.

Mother-in-Law’s 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.

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.

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.

Dobble Card Game

An addictive, pattern-spotting game for kids and adults alike.

A gift that says “sorry you’re still working from the sofa.”

It’s mac wax, but Swedish.

£15 and under

Chef Jackson Boxer told us about this inexpensive caviar. “This isn’t Beluga Grand Imperial, but it is incredibly delicious, and in caviar terms, it’s a pretty low price.”


This brooch from Chalk — a jewelry brand founded by architect and designer Malaika Carr — proves gifting jewellery can be inexpensive.

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


This elaborate candle would be great for the tarot reader in your life.

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.

£20 and under

When we asked cool people to recommend red lipstick, author Shon Faye chose this M.A.C option.

Contributor Grace Banks told us about these 19th-century bath salts, which she found while living in Berlin. This is her favourite, “a tough mineral scent that completely overpowers the vaguely fruity notes.”

CAVN Milk Frother

Perfect for making a cappuccino extra foamy.

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

Sachajuan Ocean Mist

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

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

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32 Strategist-Approved Stocking Stuffers