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29 Stocking Stuffers Under $10 That Are Actually Useful

Or as I like to call it... gifts they won't re-gift.

What a year! The holidays are finally here! And while we’re doing our best to make sure the products we feature will arrive in time, shipping times are especially tricky this year, so we suggest shopping as early as you can.

Stock and shipping times can vary depending on where you live, which product you purchase, and more. So order earlier than you think you need to and be sure to double-check the retailers’ websites for shipping information to ensure that your gift will arrive in time for when you need it.

1. Handmade Heroes 100% Natural Vegan Sleeping Lip Mask repairs their pout whilst they snooze, cc: a mango butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, and jojoba oil blend that'll have them humming "Miracles Happen" from that iconic princess movie.

the lip balms

2. A Bestool detangler brush that's especially fantastic for 3a to 4c hair: it's designed with eight flexible combs that turns detangling wet *or* dry hair into a pain-free process. So long, tearing out strands in the name of more defined curls! You've just streamlined their process forever.

Reviewer's picture with frizzy curls and then defined curls

3. Cotton socks currently running a special promotion! All proceeds will be donated to S.P.E.W. (Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare).

A reviewer's pair of socks; one says "Master has given Dobby a sock" and the other "Dobby is FREE", both in the Harry Potter font

4. Wet N' Wild Mega Last Breakup-Proof Liquid Eyeliner is destined to become the holy grail of their eye makeup arsenal, thanks to a) impressive staying power of up to16 (!) hours and b) and ultra-fine brush tip that makes it about 1000x easier to master a straight line.

A reviewer photo of a winged black liquid eyeliner

5. Reusable silicone straws so they can guzzle down their iced coffee with gusto. The secret perk of this particular set? Cleanliness! Snap closures mean they can open the straws in half to ensure they're dry and gunk-free! They'll just have to give 'em a good wipe down. No more "cleaning" brushes required.

6. Essence Lash Princess Mascara guarantees the most coveted compliment of all time: "Are those your real lashes?" This jet black lengthening formula won't smudge by lunchtime, plus costs less than $5 which... I'll be gifting about eight tubes.

7. A bow-topped hair tie because they want to be the kind of person who has mastered the fishtail, but they're currently struggling with just a regular braid. This bow is good at distracting from the flyaways and random pieces of hair they forgot to tie up *plus* makes for the perfect stocking stuffer.

model wearing the pink bow

8. An essential-oils blend packed with soothing chamomile, sage, and lavender. All they'll have to do is add a few drops to a diffuser (or dab it on their wrists and pillow) to help them quickly drift off to la-la land.

Reviewer holding a bottle of "Dream" essential oil blend

9. Cake Beauty The Curl Friend Defining Cream – it delivers glossy, frizz-free curls on second (or third or fourth or tenth) day hair. A blend of shea butter and lightweight natural oils provide a ton of moisture but thankfully none of the weigh-down, which means their tresses will look salon-quality even though it's been...several days since they last washed it.

10. A scratch-free, odor-resistant Scrub Daddy sponge that adapts depending on water temp: they can run it under cold water for cleaning crud-ridden pans that once housed last weeks lasagna, *or* under warmer water so it can soften for lighter cleaning tasks.

Reviewer photo of Scrub Daddy placed near sink

11. Silicone-free L’Oreal Paris Elvive 8 Second Wonder Water Lamellar that makes good on its promise of shine, shine, shine. This banishes dullness in eight seconds flat, giving their mane all that lustrous hydration and bounce but thankfully *none* of the weigh-down.

12. Stainless-steel cuff links personalized with their initial which means *wipes away eyebrow sweat* they won't even suspect that you waited until last minute to purchase their gift.

A reviewer's pair of the silver tone cufflinks in the letter A, with a rounded shape, outside lip around the engraving

13. A 3-in-1 OXO avocado slicer that can pit, split, and slice avocados like there's no tomorrow. I guess you can say that this time-saving tool truly ~guacs~ at turning their avocado toast breakfast dreams into a reality.

14. Maybelline lip gloss that lets them bid so long and farewell to the sticky formulas they had in the past. This BB enlists the help of hyaluronic acid for a nourished, hydrated pout — not to mention they get a *ton* of product and the pigment is nothing short of perfection. 

reviewer wearing the lip gloss
reviewer holding lip gloss tube

Promising review: "I keep going back to buy more colors. This is THEE gloss. You can throw it on alone and it has enough pigment to look great even without lipliner. I’ve never had a gloss wear this well without being sticky. I have some fine lip lines and it doesn’t bleed. Bonus that as it wears off, it leaves a nice bit of color without any weirdness and my lips just feel moisturized. Excellent price point that makes it fun to keep trying more colors. I just ordered my fourth and love them all. I can’t remember the last time I was this excited about a beauty product." —Natalia

Get it from Amazon for $6.98 (available in 15 shades).

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate.

15. Biodegradable bamboo toothbrushes for an eco-friendly approach to dental care. As someone who uses their toothbrush until the bristles are frayed to the point of embarrassment, read my lips: toothbrushes are the ultimate stocking stuffer.

16. A Vanicream clinical strength anti-perspirant free of dyes, parabens, and formaldehyde. For anyone with sweaty pits *and* sensitive skin, this stuff is proof that magic exists.

hand holding Vanicream anti-perspirant deodorant

17. A jar of TICARVE Dust Cleaning Gel here to — and I cannot believe I'm about to say this — make them feel as if cleaning is fun. This goo hunk traps dust mites and dirt with relish. And in moments. I don't know who needs to hear this but...your car vents? They need this.

18. A copy of Wreck This Journal, an easy way to bring themselves back to high school weekends spent cutting up magazine photos and collaging. This book includes several daily activities including, get this, a stain log — ones they'll want to celebrate instead of dousing in white vinegar or club soda.

19. Goody hair pins to give them that perfect ballerina bun in under 30 seconds — because just one pin can do the work of up to *20* hair pins. How does it work, you ask? They'll just have to secure their hair into a ponytail, pull it into a super tight bun, spin the pins into place, and that's it! That up-do is done.

20. An over-the-drain protector for anyone with long hair and a pop-up drain that is a: the bane of their existence and b: constantly getting clogged. They can place this on top of their drain to trap gunk *before* it becomes a built-up abyss of gross scum that will take ages of time (and a professional plumber) to clear out.

reviewer photo of the gray pop-up drain protector

21. A Trader Joe's sea salt, garlic, and onion seasoning here to turn every meal into a gourmet affair with basically no effort. This mixture is perfect for any at-home brunch food one can think of, including their beloved avocado toast.

reviewer hand holding clear bottle labeled "Trader Joe's everything but the bagel"

22. A set of NK Hydrating lip gels that are worthy of a massive round of applause. Delicious scents and tints aside, they'll be able to confidently step out into wind knowing their hair won't get stuck to their mouth. That's right. This vitamin E formula is not even a tad sticky.

hand holding the six glosses

23. A pack of laundry soap sheets for their next trip because have they packed 13 maxi dresses? Yes. But have they packed an ample amount of basics (white tees, underwear, etcetera)? Absolutely not. They can simply grab a sheet, turn on the faucet, and hand-wash away.

the sheets

24. Bottle Bright cleaning tablets that quickly remove all that funky, gross, probably-starting-to-smell build-up in their favorite water bottle. These are biodegradable, chlorine-free, and require absolutely no effort or scrubbing. The results are so. damn. satisfying. to look at.

before picture of dirty bottle; a during photo of bottle with bubbles inside; and after photo of clean bottle

25. Nyx Color-Correcting Concealer Palette contains six color correcting hues: green to combat redness, peach to cover up dark circles, light and medium to make blemishes go poof, and purple and pink to brighten your overall complexion. They can quickly layer this under foundation to tackle their skin concerns in one quick swoop, resulting in a professional finish.

before model applied tone corrector to under eyes and after model applied tone corrector to under eyes

26. A "Did you feed the dog?" sign for anyone who lives with a partner or roommate who shares canine duties. If there have been multiple days in which their pupper has scarfed down two breakfast due to human error...get this ASAP.

device with sliders for two meals each day of the week

27. Stasher reusable silicone bags that are leakproof, dishwasher-safe, and an eco-friendly alternative to their usual food storage solutions. That's right! No more unnecessary plastic being flung into the trash after exactly one sandwich contact.

the green bags

28. Eau Thermale Avene Thermal Spring Water requires just a spritz to soothe eczema, calm sunburn, reduce rosacea flare-ups, set your makeup, and refresh dull and tired skin. This is absolutely *muah* if they live in colder areas and provides a luxurious afternoon pick-me-up.

the spray

29. Hard as Hoof Nail Strengthening Cream uses calcium, vitamins, and hydrogenated jojoba oil to revive weakened nails — and not only does this promote quicker nail growth, but it also prevent chipping and hangnails. Their messy at-home manicure just got *so* much better.

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