“Stocking Stuffer ” often means “Drawer Stuffer,” since people get them, are disappointed or can’t figure out what to do with then, and stuff them in a drawer or throw them out, or worse, hold them for re-gifting to the next unhappy recipient.But The Advice Sisters think that budget minded stocking stuffers can be delightful and even if you have less than $10 to spend, a gift that will bring a smile, because it is still useful and fun. The gift ideas below are perfect stocking stuffers, Secret Santa Gifts, or package a bunch of them together and you have a more impressive display of holiday cheer, and you still will make someone happy! *Most of these are even available “last minute” at your local drug, supermarket and mass market retailers, as long as supplies last.
BUY A BUNCH OF ADORABLE BREATH SPRAYS: When you’re strapped for cash, you have to be innovative. But a cute product, nicely packaged and in bright colors that actually does something even though it looks like it could be a toy, and that costs under $4.00, is one of the Advice Sisters top picks for a stocking stuffer everyone will like. Say “HELLO” to Hello Breath Sprays ($3.79/each) and say “GOODBYE” to your gifting on a budget, woes. These innovative breath sprays look adorable, but they are part of a line of vegan and cruelty-free products that are also free of alcohol, propellant , dyes, colorants, and artificial sweeteners. these sprays get the job done with just the right amount of “ahh.” The design is really innovative, just twist to open and close, and the colors allow you to actually locate these at the bottom of your purse or tote. The tastes are pleasant, not chemical. Try: Mojito Mint, Supermint, or the one I liked the best, Pink Grapefruit Mist which was a blend of grapefruit and a light, refreshing mint. These are made in the USA. For all these reasons, you really want to gift these, and get a bunch for yourself. Honestly, they’re an impressive little gift that will have everyone from that hard to please teen, to grandma, wondering how you ever got so clever. Get them at Walgreens, Duane Reade, select Targets and Amazon.com or visit the Hello Products Web site
SAVE YOUR BUDGET BY GIVING SCENTED SOAPS: Scented soaps are nice stocking stuffers when you aren’t sure what to give and you don’t have a lot of money. If you’re just looking to bring a little gift and you have less than $10, bring a beautifully scented soap packed with a body scrubber, a travel case (for a road warrior who hates those tiny slivers of soaps they supply in most hotels), or a package of pretty wash clothes. One I really like that is truly affordable and eco/vegan friendly is this beautifully wrapped, 5 0z. Lavender Soap Boar from Desert Essence ($4.99). It smells authentic, very much like the ones I purchased in Provence , and the GMO-free soap bar will gently cleanse skin. It’s infused with Australian Eco-Harvest Tea Tree Oil and unique Bulgarian Lavender Oil, also made with 100% sustainably harvested palm oil in compliance with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) standards. Not only that it is vegan and gluten-free soap and even the wrapper is eco-friendly, made from 100% recycled material. That will appeal to all your hipster friends. For more information visit the Desert Essence Web Site
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BIG BEAUTY BARGAIN! BUDGET MINDED BEAUTY THAT IS DROOL-WORTHY No cash at all? if you act quickly enough you can buy a bunch of these adorable Hard Candy Ornaments for just $1.00 each, bundle them, and make a fabulous gift for a beauty loving friend for literally, a couple of dollars. These ready-to-hang (on a tree, on a package as a gift tag, or wherever you want to enchant someone) little beauty goodies are festively packaged in silver , and contain mini sized lip glosses or nail polishes (there are also eye shadow and lip balm ornaments, too). The nail polish ornaments have glittery tops, and just look so cute that every girl from tiny to grandma will squeal with delight…I like them as gift tags (the cutest you can get –just write on them with a deep, permanent marker), but a half dozen tied with a bow is just $6.00 and of course, you can mix and match – think of the possibilties! The Hard Candy collection is available exclusively at and for more information check out all the goodies on the Hard Candy Web Site
SPA STYLE BATH AND BEAUTY FOR BEER AND PEANUTS BUDGETS: Being able to relax, is priceless, but the Aqua Spa “Relax” collection is just $9.99 per item. Each of these affordable, spa-style items has a blend of lavender and chamomile for a calming, aromatherapy benefit, while a Marine Youth Complex helps protect stressed skin from premature aging. Benefit-rich minerals stimulate cell renewal and boost collagen, and the products are made in the USA, without any testing on animals, and without parabens or formaldehyde. The scent is not completely lavender-centric, there’s a bit of an herbal and fresh component to the scent, but it’s lovely, and yes, realxing. The tub of bath crystals is a particularly nice gift for those who like to “soak” their troubles and stress away. Add a bath mitt and perhaps, the Body Creme, and you’re still under $20.00. *The same products are available in a Soothe collection (eucalyptus and mint ) and an Energize collection (citrus and ginger). Aqua Spa is available Walmart stores nationwide and amazon. For more information visit the Aqua Spa Bath web site.
BALMS THAT EVERYONE KNOWS AND LOVES: Although The Advice Sisters include plenty of lip products in our gift guides, lip balms always top the list, because everyone needs them, and everyone wants them, especially in Winter when lips really get chapped. One brand that we recommend time and again is Carmex. This brand has been saving lips from cracking, chapping and pain for many decades, and there are so many different types of lip balms that they offer, there’s something for everyone. There’s the iconic little jar of Original Healing lip balm (avg. under $1.50) that has camphor and menthol and petrolatum and that soothes lips with a tingle (note: you can also get the original formula SPF 15 in a stick ). Men seem to love this one because it is not shiny or tinted and it provides literally instant relief from dry, chapped lips, and protects them from the elements, But there are also “fun” balms like the trio of Carmex Ultra Smooth Lip Balms ($1.49) in yummy flavors like Pomegranate, vanilla and Lime twist with SPF 15 and 9 moisturizers plus a very smooth and silky formula, and some Everyday Protecting Lip balms SPF 15 (cherry, strawberry and original, avg. $1.50). There are lip balms with flavor that are hydrating and non waxy, in tube forms, too. Carmex is available at drug, and mass market retailers and for more information visit the Carmex Web Site.
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