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5 Stocking Stuffers That People Will Like More Than Their Gifts

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Christmas is right around the corner, and while you probably have most of the big gifts out of the way, sometimes it's nice to do a little something extra.

Stockings are absolutely the best part about Christmas. You can go all out with huge and expensive gifts, but often it's the small things that are the most fun.

If you haven't been able to find something that's the perfect gift for your loved ones, consider making them a stocking instead. But if you need some tips on what to include, here are some of the definitive must-haves that make stockings so perfect.

1. Fun Socks

Christmas themed works great, or even just with some kind of pattern based on something they like is absolutely guaranteed to be a stocking stuffer.

I know what you're thinking, "Socks? As a gift?" And my answer to you is, yes of course.

Just because we need socks doesn't mean we don't also enjoy getting them. I feel like most people love receiving socks as gifts.

I'm not saying go out and buy a pack of basic white crew socks, but go find a cute pair with a silly pattern and throw it in there. I guarantee they will love them.

2. Scratch Cards

Even if the person doesn't gamble often, sticking a few lottery scratch tickets is always a safe bet.

The quick little activity gives them something to do and even if they don't buy them for themselves, it'll still be a fun little thrill.

As a bonus, if they win they are legally obligated to buy you presents.... Probably. I don't know for sure but if you say it to them with enough confidence they may believe you.

3. Chocolate

It's not hard to figure out their favorite chocolate. Some people like Turtles, others like Lindor, and some people want a good ol' fashoined Kit Kat.

Even if you can't figure out their absolute favorite, there's always some kind of yummy chocolate gift set that you can tuck in there that's guaranteed to bring a smile to their face.

4. Lip Balm

It's a simple thing we all need but hate buying. There are countless flavors and brands, and it's just one of those things that you can never have enough of.

You need one for the car, one for work, and it's probably best to have one in every room of the house because you know you're going to end up loosing them all anyways.

Save your loved ones the hassle and get them a bunch for their stocking. Trust me, they'll thank you for it.

5. Toothbrush

I know it seems weird, but none of us replace our toothbrushes as often as the dentist says. It's again, a simple thing, but it's so often forgotten that you may as well help out.

Besides, once they eat all that chocolate you get them, they are going to need it unless they want to get a whole bunch of cavities!

Stockings are always one of the best parts of Christmas, and even though it's such a simple formula, it's the perfect gift every time.

What's your favorite thing to find in your stocking?

Tanya has been writing for Shared for two years. She spends too much time thinking about dogs, Marvel movies, and ice cream. You can reach me at tanya@shared.com