21 Fun (And Planet-Friendly!) Stocking Stuffers For Under $10

These good-for-the-earth finds won't wind up in a landfill.

December 11, 2017
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stocking stuffers

Stocking stuffers are the trickiest gifts to buy. You don’t want to spend a lot of money, but you don’t want to fill stockings with dollar-store crap that will end up in a landfill either. So here’s the ultimate compromise—genuinely good stuff for your whole brood that will cost you less than a Hamilton.

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Great Things Notepad

We’re not sure what we like more about this floral notepad—the inspiring quote, “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together” or the fact that it’s made with Forest Stewardship Council-certified paper.

Buy it: $8, Rifle Paper Co.

bird rattle
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Plan Toys Bird Rattle

For your little chickadee: Plan Toys makes this rattle with sustainable rubber wood and uses vegetable dyes to create the vibrant colors.

Buy it: $9, Amazon

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organic seeds
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Botanical Interests Organic Seeds

These illustrated packets are so pretty that the gardener in your life may save them for long after the seeds are in the ground. The organic sweet Thai basil one is our fave. Just sayin’.

Buy it: $2, Amazon

(Brag your love of gardening with the Organic Life 2018 Wall Calendar, featuring gorgeous photographs, cooking tips and recipes, plus how to eat more—and waste less—of what's in season.)

fair trade chocolate
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Equal Exchange Organic Fair Traded Dark Chocolate Mint Crunch Bar

Guys, the ladies in your life may not have hinted that they’d love some chocolate in their stocking. But, take our word for it, they do. And you’ll appear even more thoughtful if you tell them you choose this brand because it’s one of the largest worker-owned cooperatives in the country.

Buy it: $3, Target

newspaper pencil
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Recycled Newspaper Pencils

Did you know that more than 80,000 trees are cut down every year to make pencils? Get your fave student this pack of wood-free number 2 pencils made from discarded newspapers.

Buy it: $8, Amazon

bamboo toothbrush
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Bamboo Toothbrush

For the person who likes practical stocking stuffers, may we recommend this toothbrush with a biodegradable handle? So when he swaps out his brush every four months (like dentists recommend) it won’t forever sit in a landfill. Another thing to make you smile: The packaging is compostable too.

Buy it: $7, Amazon

Related: I Brushed My Teeth With Dirt For A Week—Here's What Happened

homemade coupon
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Homemade Coupon

Give the gift of time rather than more stuff. Use supplies you already have to create a coupon that your significant other can redeem for a treat from you—whether it’s a massage or an offer to clean up after dinner. Put coupons to the kids’ stockings too—for a game-night of their choice, an extra bedtime story, or even getting to stay up 15 minutes later than usual.

Buy it: Free!

lip gloss
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Burt’s Bees Natural Moisturizing Lip Gloss

The makeup obsessed teen in your life will think you’re pretty cool for getting her such a pretty product that’s free of parabens, phthalates, and petrolatum.

Buy it: $4, Amazon

Related: 6 Most Important Beauty Products To Buy Organic

lush bath bomb
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Lush Bath Bombs

And speaking of tweens and teens, the bath bombs from this company—which creates its handmade products with organic fruits and vegetables with little packaging—is all the rage in middle schools. Get one that encourages her to “shoot for the stars.”

Buy it: $8, Lush

Make this super moisturizing body butter to gift alongside the bath bombs:

grocery bag
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Earthwise Organic Reusable Grocery Bags

Ideal for the farmers’ market, each of set of three machine-washable, organic cotton bags has a different clever saying. Our favorite: “If life throws you lemons, throw them back!” Indeed!

Buy it: $9.99, Amazon

Related: 18 Funny Gifts For The Pun-Lover In Your Life

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Minor-League Baseball Ticket

For any sports fan, it’s a winning alternative to more stuff that’ll probably end up in a landfill by next Christmas. Research your closest stadium—there are 200 minor-league parks across the country, and you can get a pretty good seat at most of them for under 10 bucks.

Buy it: price varies

crew socks
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TeeHee Winter Fun Crew Socks

Made in part from recycled cotton, this pack of three wacky socks (think ugly sweaters, but for the feet) will keep tootsies warm and prevent the temptation of turning up the heat.

Buy it: $9, Amazon

Related: 12 Best Pairs Of Wool Socks To Keep Your Feet Warm And Cozy All Winter Long

silicone baking mat
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AmazonBasics Silicone Baking Mat

Roll up a set of these mats in the stocking—and the baker in your life can kiss parchment paper goodbye.

Buy it: $9, Amazon

Related: 16 Cozy, Hygge-Inspired Gifts For The Home Cook (That Aren't Cookware!)

octopus book
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Octopus Opposites

Barefoot Books uses vegetable-based inks, sustainably sources its paper, and plants trees across the world to create some of the cutest globally-minded kids’ books around. A small board book for ages 1 to 4, Octopus Opposites features animals from different parts of the world.

Buy it: $8, Amazon

recycled headband
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Skulls Yoga Recycled Headband

Can you believe this used to be two water bottles? Get it for the fitness fan in your family whose always rockin’ a ponytail.

Buy it: $2, Funky Yoga

Related: 12 Simple Yoga Poses To Cure Every Ailment

Cara Cara Oranges

Put a few of these pink beauties at the base of the stocking. That’s actually a sweet tradition for some families, who passed it down the generations since the Great Depression. The idea will be zero waste if you zest the skin.

Buy it: prices vary

hot sauce
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Homesweet Homegrown Orange Crush

Spice up the stocking with a hot sauce that’s vegan, non-GMO, and made from organically grown heirloom habaneros.

Buy it: $9.99, Amazon

insulated lunch bag
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Woosal Fold-Over Insulated Lunch Bag

The recipient of this stocking stuffer will have the most stylish sack lunch ever.

Buy it: $8, Amazon

travel candle
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Aroma Naturals Travel Candle

For the family member who racks up frequent flyer miles: This travel-size candle, made entirely from soy, has a lavender scent to instill calmness.

Buy it: $9.94, Amazon

Related: 13 Best Natural Candles You'll Actually Be Proud To Gift This Year

spice jars
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Green Recycled Glass Spice Jars

Santa’s going to have to be extra careful with this set of four small jars crafted from crushed recycled glass by Spanish artisans. Bonus idea: include organic spices too.

Buy it: $8, World Market

photo book
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A Picture Or 10

Rewind a decade and develop some of the snapshots on your phone through Lifephoto’s eco-friendly photo printer. (Find 10 unique photo-based gifts—with absolutely no mugs or calendars on the list.)

Buy it: Starts at 10 cents per 4x6 print, Lifephoto