22 Genius Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Design Enthusiasts

Check out the full Hunker Holiday Gift Guide for more ideas and inspo. Whether you're shopping for midcentury modern lovers, ceramic fiends, self-proclaimed foodies, or budding astrologers, we can help.

While opening presents on Christmas morning is a treat, holiday stockings are possibly the most underrated elements of the season. Not only do they look so cute and cozy hung from the mantle, but they are truly an opportunity to get creative with your gifts for your friends and family, since items need to be small enough to fit inside the oversized sock.

And if you're shopping for someone more particular, like a design enthusiast, selecting stocking stuffers that he or she will love and appreciate — whether you go the useful route with a HAY toothbrush, choose a miniature midcentury chair for all the LOLs, or hide a brand new design-friendly Apple Watch in the stocking toe — can be a feat.

Luckily, we've done the homework for you and have found the best stocking stuffers, from your usual suspects like candles and notebooks to unusual treats like stainless steel straws, CBD soap, and lollipops that will also help you plant an herb garden. Here, thoughtful picks for the designer on your list.

This vibrant, monochrome made-in-Norway toothbrush by design group HAY is a brilliant stocking stuffer since it adds a pop of color to any recipient's bathroom. Even if your friend is an electric toothbrush user, this is a great option for tossing in a toiletries case for traveling.

Yield Design candles boast sweet scents (this one has notes of coriander and amber) that won't overpower any space. Bonus: The glass vessel is meant to be used as a glass or catchall after the candle is gone, making it a sustainable choice for your eco-friendly bestie.

Karl Zahn Contour Key Ring
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Made of a single piece of brass wire, this chic keyring has a secure screw clasp that allows it to attach to any bag or backpack or be worn around the wrist, which is great for runners and bikers.

Field Notes Set of Three Ruled Paper
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This lightweight notebook is the perfect companion for brainstorming ideas for work, bringing on the trail to take nature notes, or drawing, since it comes with lined and unlined paper.

Anthropologie Reusable Travel Flatware
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Another stocking stuffer for your green BFF, these reusable flatware pairings — which include a fork, spoon, and knife — are super useful for lunch at the office. Plus, they're made from recyclable thermoplastic, with one set replacing 250 disposable cutlery sets per year.

The Citizenry Azad leather Coaster Set
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Handcrafted by artists in India, this leather coaster set (containing eight total) features an artistic stamped design and makes a one-of-a-kind gift for your favorite host(ess) or mixologist.

Viski Gold Stainless Steel Straws
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2019 has been the year of plastic straw alternatives, and this durable yet chic stainless steel set of four adds a festive touch to holiday cocktail-sipping and New Year's Eve parties while looking glamorous stored on a bar cart.

Gray Green Goods Canvas Planter
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For your favorite plant lady or gentleman, this basket has a bold pattern that looks amazing in any space — whether it's being used as a home for a cactus or succulent or to hold keys or jewelry. The good news is that it's made of canvas, so it can be easily folded and stuffed into a stocking.

Palmpress Collapsible Coffee Press
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Coffee lovers will appreciate this portable press, which means you can enjoy your cup of Jo basically anywhere. Scoop your grinds into the reusable filter, add hot water, wait three minutes, flip it over your mug, and press — and voilà, you get your caffeine fix and hardly any cleanup.

Apple Watch Series 5
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It might be a splurge, but Apple's latest watch not only features a clean, minimal aesthetic designers will love but also boasts an always-on display that makes it more of a modern timepiece. It can receive texts, calls, and notifications, store and listen to music, and track users' heart rates, menstrual cycles, and workouts right from their wrists.

Kinto Day Off Tumbler
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This stainless steel and vacuum-insulated monochrome bottle keeps drinks hot or cold for up to six hours, and looks as great on your desk as it does in the yoga studio.

Elephant Bottle Opener by Jørgen Møller for Georg Jensen
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Designed by architect and industrial designer Jørgen Møller in 1987, this whimsical bottle opener is functional and beautiful and will be the star of the stocking.

Handmade in Brooklyn, this tubular candlestick holder has a matte finish and a design that appears to float, making it a dreamy hostess gift and addition to any tablescape.

What's a stocking without a sweet treat? Enjoy eight creative flavors (like strawberry-basil, lavender-lemongrass, and sage-marshmallow), and once you're done, just plant the stick to grow an ingredient in the lollipop.

Jutaku: Japanese Houses by Naomi Pollock
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Whether they are an architecture fan or just have a trip to Japan on the docket, this compact book showcases 400 mind-blowing homes (one house per page, one image per house) by famous and up and coming architects. Plus, it looks great on a coffee table.

Google Home Mini
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Your tech-obsessed pal will love this compact, modern smart speaker, which blends seamlessly into any space. Use voice commands to ask for weather, traffic, and sports updates, set reminders, make calls, play music, control your smart home gadgets, and more.

Designed by Giulio Iacchetti Alessi, this sleek stainless steel stopper is meant for both wine and champagne bottles. It makes an elegant stocking stuffer for the sommelier (or wine enthusiast) in your life, and won't break the bank.

Stow Compass Leather Accessories Case
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This stunning, two toned leather case keeps your jewelry, cufflinks, and travel essentials — like earbuds, charging cables, and USB sticks — all in one place, whether you're at home or on the go. And it's pretty enough to leave out on your vanity, doubling as home decor.

Fans of midcentury furniture will LOL at this circa-1958 Arne Jacobsen mini Egg chair replica. It's tiny and adorable and looks so cute displayed on a shelf or your desk.

Leef Organics Nooks + Crannies CBD Soap
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Packed with good-for-your-skin antioxidants, botanicals, and CBD, this is not your average bar of soap. It's gentle enough for sensitive skin types and yet is effective enough to wash away dirt and grime for a squeaky clean finish.

Snow Peak Titanium Curved Flask
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Perfect for hikers and campers, this elegant flask is made from durable, lightweight titanium — one of the strongest metals in the world — and preserves the taste of your favorite alcohol without leaving you with a metal aftertaste.

Parker Clay Mesa Cord Tacos
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Help your besties keep their earbuds and USB cords organized on the go with this set of three cases, which are crafted from luxurious Ethiopian leather.


Susan Brickell

Susan Brickell

Susan Brickell is a New York-based writer and editor obsessed with cozy jungalow spaces, chic athleisure, and the newest skincare trends.