Stocking stuffers are small gifts stuffed into a stocking and given at Christmas time. Any other time of the year, they’re called “Just Because Gifts”. There are few things lovelier than giving (or being gifted) a present ‘just because’. But finding creative ideas that check all the boxes — thoughtful, useful, budget-friendly – is no easy feat!
We’ve come up with a list of small gifts that are suitable for everyone. After all, it’s not always about the size of the gift, but the thought and effort are what counts.
Small gifts for a ‘Self Care Day’
1. Bath bombs
Did you know bath bombs were an original Lush invention? Bath bombs are exploding balls of joy packed with essential oils and are tons of fizzy fun. There’s a bath bomb perfect for every bathing experience. They smell amazing and they’re created to look beautiful.
Lush believes in creating a cosmetics revolution to save the planet. They have 50 new local composting partners for their shops, helping divert almost 2,700 lbs of organics from the landfill annually, which is the weight of six female polar bears.
If you want to shop sustainable beauty, we recommend you head over to Lush for all your small gifts for self care.
The Scandinavian tradition of “Hygge” revolves around the use of candles to spark joy and warmth, especially during the winter. Pronounced “hoo-guh”, hygge is “a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.” Hygge has no direct translation in English, but is loosely thought of as the feeling you get when you hug someone you love.
Hygge is the reason we love candles here at Moola. But their ubiquitous availability makes it hard to find candles that are good quality.
We think it’s important to consider the environment & local economy. So, we preference buying from a local Canadian online shop, Mala The Brand. They create hand-poured soy candles that are crafted from the simplest of ingredients: natural soy wax, wood wicks, lead-free cotton wicks, and the highest quality blend of phthalate-free fragrance and essential oils.
They’ve partnered with Trees for the Future so that with every purchase you make, a tree will be planted across the globe. Tree planting is a great way not only to reduce the effects of greenhouse gases and improve the environment but also to neutralize the impact of our own emissions.
We know the issue of climate change is borderless, which is why Mala The Brand strives to think globally. This approach allows them to plant various species at varied times throughout the year while also being cost-effective.
3. An egift card or voucher for a spa day
If you know someone who’s been working non-stop and seriously deserves a spa day, why not gift them with a full day of relaxation? After all, a spa day is one of the ultimate Just Because Gifts!
Sometimes it’s hard to find quiet time at home, especially for stay at home or homeschooling parents. A day at the spa is the perfect little gift for moms to have some quality ‘me time’.
“Just Because Gifts” for people who love electronics
1. Mini massage gun
If someone you know suffers from serious muscle pains or loves to loosen up their muscles after a hard workout, the Theragun Mini is one of the best gifts for gym junkies.
The Mini is a pocket-sized version of the larger product offering quality muscle treatment with unparalleled portability. It’s compact enough to easily fit in a gym bag but powerful enough to do the job right. This makes it the most agile massage device that goes wherever you do.
Theragun has combined education, innovation, and over a decade of pioneering within the tech wellness space to make wellness more accessible for everybody.
2. Struggling with masks – New Wireless Headphones
Wearing a mask can make it tricky to wear wired headphones. So, if you know that your giftee needs a new pair of headphones, we highly suggest you find them a pair that’s long-lasting, versatile, durable, and easy to keep track of.
Apple Airpods or Beats by Dre headphones are our top two recommendations. They’re both reputable brands that deliver excellent sound and they’re compact and easy to carry wherever you go. We know these will last for years to come, and you could even personalize your gift by getting them engraved.
Save more through Moola by purchasing these headphones through SportChek.
3. Losing things – Tile Mate or the Apple Air Tag
There are officially no excuses for lost keys or wallets, especially now that 2022 is here. This small, Just Because Gift, helps that forgetful person in your life to keep track of their easy-to-lose accessories with these slim, Bluetooth-enabled trackers (and accompanying app).
Both are easy to use, and this gift will be greatly appreciated if they ever lose their wallet, keys, or their handbag. This can even be attached to a pet’s collar!
Fair word of warning: how these kinds of gifts are accepted depends on how their gifted. Be gentle with the forgetful person in your life. They might be a little sensitive about it.
Choosing between a Tile Mate or Apple Air Tag is easy. If your recipient has an Android phone, they will benefit from a Tile Mate. If they have an Apple device, then an Apple Air Tag is best for them.
“Just Because Gifts” for someone always on the move
1. Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Do you know someone who absolutely loves music and plays it at every moment of the day? Well, you can turn their morning shower into a concert with this waterproof speaker that’s small enough to fit on a shower shelf or bathtub ledge.
Because it’s Bluetooth-enabled, they can seamlessly stream their favourite music, podcasts or audiobooks wherever they are which makes it a really thoughtful Just Because Gift. JBL is a high-quality portable speaker brand and the Flip 5 Eco is the perfect choice for another all-around great portable speaker.
While it’s a Limited Edition, it’s great if you’re thinking about how to limit your carbon footprint when you purchase electronics. It is made from 90% recycled plastic and even the portable speaker’s packaging is biodegradable.
Save more through Moola by purchasing a JBL portable speaker through Walmart.
2. Insulated Travel Mug
Did you know that Canadians use over 1.5B of disposable coffee cups each year? Despite the deceiving ‘paper’ in the name, these coffee cups can’t usually be recycled because of their plastic linings and they take decades to decompose in landfills.
Now that disposable cups are now subject to additional taxes in some parts of Canada, now is the time to get a useful “Just Because Gift” for your loved one to take to work that will save them money over the long term. These portable superheroes can save the day in many scenarios.
We recommend Yeti mugs. These aren’t your run-of-the-mill mugs. They’re shatterproof, supremely insulated, and meant for more than just a classic cup of joe.
Save more through Moola by purchasing a Yeti travel mug through SportChek.
Small gifts for someone who likes spending time outdoors
1. Personal Water Filter
If you’re looking for a small gift for people who love the outdoors, give them this compact water filter to ensure that they stay hydrated without ingesting contaminants. Let’s face it, a personal water filter is a very practical gift but that’s why it’s going to be well received. They can drink straight from rivers and streams since it removes 99.9% of bacteria and parasites.
LifeStraw was one of the first to create a personal water filter. They’ve created a product that’s helpful to many people around the world who need clean water.
Through their global Give Back Program, over 4 million children have received a year of safe water. It’s really nice to buy gifts knowing that your purchase is making an impact on the broader community too.
2. Ultimate Compact Survival Multitool
Do you know someone who’s extremely handy?! Well, we found the perfect gift for you to give them! This is a multitool that slides perfectly into a pocket for survival on the go. It has different tools in one, ranging from a bottle opener to a screwdriver to a ruler.
The Leatherman carries excellent high-quality multi-tool products, they have so many it’s really just a matter of choosing which one fits best. It’s perfectly compact and ready for your giftee to bring on any adventure making it a great contender for a Just Because Gift.
3. Outdoor Windproof Waterproof Lighter
This lighter is waterproof and windproof, so they’ll never struggle lighting anything while camping again. Unlike most lighters that require gas or butane for use, it features a built-in rechargeable lithium battery and stays charged for up to 2 hours of use.
You can re-charge this lighter time and time again without worrying about going back to the store to get a brand new gas-ignited lighter.
Little gifts for Kids
1. Their favourite sweet treats
What kid doesn’t want their favourite candy or chocolate as a stocking stuffer? We can’t think of any. This may seem like a simple idea, but kids love “Just Because Gifts”, especially if they have treats mainly during special occasions!
2. A new book
A book is a great gift to give if you know the child personally, or not. For the most part, kids love to read, or just look at the pictures. You can opt for a novel, a comic book, or even a colouring book. The choices are literally endless when it comes to gifting great books for children, and you can always get a gift receipt if you’re really unsure.
Save more through Moola by purchasing a book through Indigo.
3. A LEGO™ set
LEGO™ is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of play materials. Kids (and adults alike) all over the world love LEGO™.
You won’t feel guilty about purchasing these toys either because LEGO™ creates everything they sell with sustainable materials, sustainable packaging, and they’ve partnered with Save the Children in China. This new partnership aims to improve access to quality “Learning through Play” for 50,000 children aged 3-6 in the predominantly rural and underprivileged Yunnan Province.
We seriously believe the child you’ll be gifting will love anything from the LEGO™ store and it’s the perfect Just Because Gift for children and kids at heart!
Life costs less with Moola
Whoever you’re buying gifts for and what your reason for gifting, it’s always the thought that counts, not the amount that you spend (or whether you save a little more to buy the gift!). Just Because Gifts are generally the best received – because they’re thoughtful gifts that are unexpected.
If you can pay less and afford the gift you think will be much-loved, why wouldn’t you? WIth Moola, you can save at over 200 of Canada’s much loved shops, services, and restaurants.