75 Green Stocking Stuffers for Adults

by - Sunday, December 03, 2017

homemade stockings and lamp with santa hat

Stockings are treated like a footnote for Christmas, but an awesome stocking can be a highlight of the holiday! Especially if we are cutting down on our gifting, stockings will actually make up a good chunk of our shopping. In our house, everyone gets three gifts and a stocking, including the adults.

Kids gifts can be so fun to shop for, and you can find their stocking stuffer list here.  Often, we adults get the bum end of the deal, because Santa is on to our misbehavior or something, but I think we can turn up the fun (and usefulness!) of the stockings. I mean, we already have all the downsides of adulthood- why can't our stockings be awesome! Even better, we can do this by making gifts or buying Eco-Friendly Used, Recycled, or Made in America gifts!

We know we have too much stuff, so I try to prioritize things that will be meaningful or useful. It is time to END our addiction to useless filler. Our lives have enough of it already. Even worse, every little piece of Made in Elsewhere JUNK you buy for your loved ones comes at a high environmental cost- wrapped in plastic, wasting fossil fuels, and likely made by someone mistreated. How do these things possibly add up to an "I love you?" Let's all just stop already!

Change your shopping and change the world. I do it three ways-

1. Buy Less- Our family gives so few gifts that the stocking gets more budget than maybe it would in other households. That said, We also use smaller stockings than the average. Just having a smaller space will make things feel full without actually buying so much.

2. Buy Used-
I love secondhand shops for stocking stuffers. You can find kitchen gadgets, little toys, and so much more there. Thinking about secondhand can SAVE you major money. It also keeps waste out of landfills.

Also great, check with your local freecycle and Buy Nothing groups! Our group even has special gifting this time of year so we can share potential stocking stuffers with each other.

3. Buy Local- Stop sending your money far away where your community will never see it again. I came from a town with a couple thousand people, we still have local stores to shop at. Shopping local and locally-made (American-made if you are in America) takes care of your neighbors, supports more ethical making, AND wastes way fewer fossil fuels getting it to you.

4. Buy Useful- Don't buy something that you know is junk just because it takes up room. If you don't think the person you are shopping for will love it or use it, don't buy it. The average American has 300,000 objects in their home. No one needs more stuff for stuff's sake.


I listed 70 here, so you can pick a handful you like to replace something else you would have put in a stocking. Also, these are up early, because Etsy doesn't come with prime shipping, so things move slowly. You want to order some of this fun stuff soon! Make a real person dance and invest in their business!

Practical Everyday Awesomeness


from Liberty Bottleworks

1. Reusable Water Bottle-
If your loved one doesn't have a water bottle yet, this could be a perfect big item for the stocking! My favorites are Lifefactory Bottles (Made of glass and pretty curvy) and Liberty Bottleworks (metal and a bit thinner). There are plenty out there, just pick one that is made near you. 

2. Unsponges (EF)- This is an absolute staple in our stockings. These simple sponges (my favorite are from Marley's Monsters) are made of fabric instead of plastic. You can just keep washing them in the washing machine and reusing. About half of ours from last year are still going strong. Perfect sneaky zero-waste gift. 

3. Scrub Brushes (EF)- Another great way to cut down on cleaning waste! These Redecker pot brushes are well-loved, and would fit perfectly in a stocking. 

4. Toothbrushes (USA, R, EF)- Christmas might work as a perfect transition from those sad fresh plastic toothbrushes that your loved ones may still use! Boo hiss! Instead, you could get biodegradable bamboo toothbrushes (lots of choices!) or Preserve recycled toothbrushes (we use these and they work exactly the same- no teeth have fallen out). So again, probably don't do an all-toothbrush stocking, but one never hurt anyone! 

from WAAMIndustries

5. Lunch Sack- Roll it up and stuff it in the stocking, and your loved one can bring their lunch along with them everyday. My favorites are from WAAM Industries- they are simple and made of waxed canvas so they should last them a good long time. 

6. Lighters (USA)- Smokers always seem to be looking for their lighters. Zippo's are made in the US!

7. Reusable Coffee Cup (EF)- Perfect for the coffee-lover you love. I love this glass one from Joco which is a really pretty keep cup. I am not an expert at this, but here are a few Etsy cups I thought seemed really special. I also think these mason jar lids could make life simpler (great for kids too!). You can find things more or less ethically-made, but simply cutting out all those disposable cups is a pretty great step. 

8. Takeout Silverware (EF, R)- The RepEat bamboo takeout set is pretty genius. Especially if they eat a lot of takeout, they can just pop it in their bag or briefcase and turn down LOTS of plastic silverware. To-Go Ware makes a similar set too!

planetwise reusable sandwich bags
from amazon

9. Sandwich Bags (USA, EF)- Planetwise sells reusable sandwich bags that could be used as a pouch, or they can perfectly set someone up for bringing their lunch to work! Etsy also has tons of genius snack bags; check Bagitconcious, SimplyWrappedCo, Zookaboo, and marleysmonsters

10. Nail Clippers (USA)- My mother-in-law puts nail clippers in everyone's stockings every year. Genius. Because nail clippers go missing all the time. I don't know where her son takes them. But they disappear. So replenishing the supply helps and these ones are made in America.



The Inner Child

crotchet cactus
from Bean Works Crochet
11. Cacti (USA)- Because if you haven't got one of Akron's famous crocheted cacti, you are missing out. Seriously though, these are so cute! Who doesn't want a Christmas cactus?

12. Cards (USA)- These playing cards are made in America, and nothing says holiday cheer like a good game of rummy or solitaire. I love these "Little Feminist" cards even more.

13. Puzzles (GU, USA)- You could get puzzles at basically any level and then put them in the stocking broken up (maybe not great for those 1000 piece puzzles).This is one you can definitely find in consignment stores Springbok Puzzles is one of the oldest puzzle companies in the US! Tavern Puzzles makes the cool metal puzzles you have to jimmy with to get things apart.

stuffed cactus with christmas lights from wild rabbits burrow etsy
from Wild Rabbits Burrow

14. Stuffed Toy (USA)- Oh, you are too mature to want stuffed animals? It must really suck to be you! Maturity be damned, you can buy all sorts of cute little someones to stuff into a stocking. What adult doesn't need this Christmas cactus from Wild Rabbits Burrow in their life? Oh, most of us? Well, you might still find a perfect and adorable gift in  another Etsy store like my new favorite warmpersonality.

temporary tattoos from etsy
from Oanabefort
15. Temporary Tattoos (USA)- This must be on trend, because you can find any style of temporary tattoo. Is it mature to wear these? Absolutely not, so it makes for a fun Christmas day! Who doesn't want a Christmas face tattoo?  One year, I got a henna set for Christmas, and it was super fun until it exploded on my poor cousin Paige's hand. You can do it better than I did. Tattly Temporary Tattoos make some of my favorites like these nautical ones and the vegetables (finally fulfilling my eggplant tattoo dreams). I also love this anemone tattoo from Oanabefort.

16. Peg Dolls (EF, USA)- You can buy (or even better, make) peg dolls of any character in the world. It might seem like a strange toy for an adult, but I also love that you could get personalized peg dolls (like these from Sudie's Corner Shop). Get a parent peg dolls of their kiddos, or you could gift a peg doll of someone's favorite person as an encouragment (or joke). There are definite possibilities here!

Treat Yo Loved Ones


off chutes colorful luggage tags recycled parachutes
from Off Chutes
17.  Luggage Tags (R, USA)-  Luggage tags are simple, fun, and actually useful! My favorites are these recycled parachute tags from Off Chutes- I like when they are bright and eye catching, because it helps when you are at Baggage Claim. A good luggage tag can be a lifesaver, and it is just the sort of small detail that can freshen up an older piece of luggage.

18. Backscratcher (USA)- You know you're a grown-up when your back hurts. A back scratcher can stick right in a stocking, and you can even get one shaped like a moose! Merry Christmas indeed!

wall bottle opener
from Juxtapositions SC
19. Bottle Opener (USA)- Simple addition that people sometimes need? I like the wall mounted ones best (because who doesn't want a little cast iron on Christmas?).

For the record, there are always five + bottle openers at our Goodwill when we go browse. Go get one for a dollar.

restrung jewelry bracelets on wrist recycled guitar strings
from Restrung Jewelry
20. Bracelets (R, FT)- My dad usually gives a piece or two of really fun jewelry in my stocking, and I think that is a fun addition. You don't have to spend tons of money to get ethical jewelry. I love these bright and colorful bracelets made from recycled flip flops. You could split the group between stockings too. I got a set of these, and they are actually prettier in person. Super cute and great for the environment!

I am currently obsessed with recycled guitar string bracelets, especially these beauties from Restrung Jewelry (you can try Fox Designs Jewelry or Robin and Leigh as well). Want more recycled options? Try R3SK8 Products, that makes mod jewelry out of old skateboards. You can find so many recycled bracelets- recycled bike chains, paper, clarinet keys, marine rope, forks, and fly fishing line!

steve buscemi earrings from sleepy mountain etsy
from sleepy mountain
21. Fun Jewelry (USA)- It's very important to understand that no stocking jewelry should be fancy or expensive. Fun. Playful.  Lucky for all of us, Etsy sellers are the geniuses of fun jewelry, so you are bound to find something perfectly awesome for your loved ones. Sleepy Mountain sells the best studs I have ever seen, from Obama to Leslie Knope. If Santa is reading this, I would basically love anything from this store (someone loves Parks and Rec as much as I do). Obsessories also sells hilarious stud earrings (you can even get custom ones of your dog) . Do you see there is an endless supply of options here? You can find the perfect piece of kooky jewelry this year.

If you want to be classy (booo), you could also get a bracelet with an initial on it or the amazing minimalist earrings from Sarah Zentz. You can also buy minimalist jewelry like these earrings from Madera Lane. .

22. Hair Ties (USA)- Pumpkin Bowtique has lots of choices of hair ties, in any color you can think of. Check these stores- Azurea Studio, LoveMiaCo, SockBunStudios, and KenzLaurenz.

23, Nail Polish (USA)- There are lots of great beauty articles out there about eco-friendly and vegan nail polishes. I love Essie polish (in most drug stores and Target), which doesn't have the nasty chemicals and is made in the US, but as far as I know isn't vegan. Ginger and Liz is vegan, and their polish is 12 dollars a pop. Butter and Priti NYC are made in the US 5-free, and they go for 15 dollars a bottle (these aren't cheap, but isn't it better to have 1 healthy nail polish you use all the time than 3 much less responsible ones you use once in a blue moon?). Suncoat and Earthly Delights are both non-toxic/ vegan as well, and they are more at the Essie price.

24. Pocket Mirrors (USA)-  I think these pocket mirrors from Boy Girl Party would make a great stocking stuffer, because it could easily stay in a purse for emergency moments. The Boy got me the dinosaur one last year, and it totally reflects things. And they are only 6 bucks and made in the US! Win! Glorious Weirdo makes all sorts of mirrors, but my favorite might be these Ghostbuster ones. Modern Girl Blitz makes a badass feminist mirror.

doughnut soap
from The Little Soap Store
25. Soap (EF, USA)- I am now fully convinced that everyone should buy their soaps locally. You can find MULTIPLE options to buy soap from in your area, not to mention your country! So why do we keep buying soap wrapped in tons of packaging that has traveled such a long way? You can also find about a million hilarious and fun soap options to put in a stocking.

I love these doughnut soaps from The Little Soap Store. How cute is that! Also awesome, this trout on a rope soap from Dope on a Rope Soap (less keen on the marajuana soap, because pot smells awful, but embrace the stinkiness if that's you). These lump of coal soaps are cheeky and fun too. Or, if you are nervous about buying something you like, I would recommend a small set of leftovers/ samples, like Lippincott Soap Co sells. What a good idea, and your loved one could test soaps and find the ones they like best.  Everyone, buy some fun soap for stocking stuffers this year- another EASY and fun switch!

Check your local goods stores! You are going to be amazed what bar soap is available near you!

pact socks stocking stuffer
from Pact
26. Socks (USA, R)- Only fun socks, because just regular socks is just not a treat at all. Our favorites, Darn Tough makes their socks in Vermont and they have a lifetime warrantee. These are the socks to get.

Solmate Socks makes adorable mismatched socks in bright, fun colors. We bought them for the Bub, and they have stood up to lots of wear. We also love Pact socks, which are fair trade and currently on sale.

27. Underwear (FT or USA)- You stop believing in Santa, you get underwear for Christmas. This is adulthood, and it is kind of the worst. On the other hand, you can get super cute and soft underwear from Pact in both men's and women's! Blue Canoe makes some of my favorites too. Commando sells underwear and pasties, so if you are the first person to put pasties in a stocking, I salute you.

28. Make Up Pads (USA, EF)- These reusable make up pads will help cut down the big pile of garbage made by make up usually. Plus, they look like little crocheted frisbees to throw around. Marleysmonsters is an Etsy treasure, and they sell these too. Really, Etsy has like millions of reusable make up pads.

from HawkAndSquirrel
29. Coasters (R)- There are just so many recycled coasters on Etsy, and it could be a really useful addition to your giftee's home. Just make sure you pick something that works with their aesthetic. I like these recycled magazine ones from Hawk and Squirrel the most, but you have so many options.

30. Hats and Scarves (USA, R)-  First, if you can knit, this would be a really special addition to your stocking gifts. If not, I have pointed you to a bunch of Etsy gems for hats and scarves on this post. If you want something a little more charitable, check out Love Your Melon or Krotchet Kids.

Electronics


31. iPad Case (USA)- Maybe a little big for a stocking, but you could potentially roll it around the top to pile things higher, like my dad does with magazines (seems a little symbolic, right? Replacing magazines with an iPad cover?) 8th Day Encore has lots of pretty combinations of fabric, and I would probably pick them for that. Wooden 45 sells covers and pouches out of Michigan.

from Pela

32. Phone Covers (EF, C)- It may be mighty challenging to buy a cell phone made in America, but finding a case made in the US is easy as pie (and it can make that phone last so much longer).

 Pela makes phone covers out of  compostable bioplastic (mostly for iphones), which is hard and durable, but also biodegradable. They are a genuinely awesome company, so check them out.

I have done some research on the phone cover as well. You can check my favorite stores here.

33. Headphones (EF)- Start by asking your neighbors on Buy Nothing! This seems to be the sort of thing where you either have none or way too many. If not, House of Marley makes headphones with less plastic and more materials like wood and cloth 

Kitchen Stuff

34. BBQ Rubs or Spices (USA)- Giving new spice rubs to experiment with might be the perfect gift for a foodie or barbeque lover. Gusto sells cute little 4 packs of hot wing rubs for 9 bucks, among their pretty wide variety of barbeque spice rubs.

little jars of honey
from Kline Honey Bee Farm
35. Honeys and Jams (USA, EF)- My mom brings us jam from her garden sometimes when she visits, and other than one jar, we  have eaten through them all. I feel like this could be the perfect Christmas treat! And you could introduce someone to a new favorite! I love these Kline Honey Bee Farm packs, which has 6 different tasters, so people can find their favorites. Boondock Enterprises sells small jars of a wide variety of jam so they will fit in a stocking.

36. Salt and Pepper (USA)- Ok, we all wish I meant the kind that came with Spinderella, but this is pretty great too. Get some kind of cool salt (we have pink finishing salt) or peppercorns to put in the shakers all year long. Lots of use and fun idea. If you live by a spices store, some cool spices would make a great gift too.

pantone magnets etsy
from Comfortably Lovely
37. Fridge Magnets (USA)- You can find TONS of magnets on Etsy, and they make for a fun addition to any stocking. In fact, you can find amazing recycled ones, like these recycled circuit boards from ReComputing or minimalist blocks of wood from geekgroupart.

38. Measuring Cups and Spoons (R, USA)- They don't all fit under the 15 dollar cutoff, but these cups from Preserve and spoons from Architec do. They might come in handy if the ones in your kitchen are worn down past usefulness.

Again, Goodwill friends. Super easy and cheap to get measuring implements at Goodwill. Find something metal that will last and never think about it again.

39. Popcorn (USA)- If you don't go the route of the giant popcorn tins, you could get gourmet (??) popcorn kernels and fun original popcorn toppings from Dell Cove Spices. In general, I think I would be incredulous about something like this, but they have great reviews and it sounds pretty delicious. It would also be a fun bottom level for a stocking if you love someone with no sweet tooth.

40. Sink Brush (USA)- Nothing says a good time like a sink brush. Still, you need them, and this one looks great. You can also get plastic-free ones on The Refill Revolution.

fletcher's mill spatula
from amazon

41. Spatulas (USA)- These Fletcher's Mill Spatulas come in pretty colors. I like having a few in different sizes, so I can scrape out different vessels and so forth. Because no one should make the tragic mistake of wasting cookie batter.

42. Spoons and Turners (EF)- Stuff one of those into a stocking instead of one of those Hershey Kiss tubes? I know ours look a little rough, and you can't cook with those candy tubes.My beloved Epicurean makes awesome spoons and turners- we love them in this house.  Have you checked out Epicurean yet? They are so cool.

These ones, from Architec, are made of bamboo, and they come in pretty colors.   Lipper International sells bamboo sets as well.

amitea oganics tea
from Amitea Organics
43. Teas and Coffees- Ok, I don't drink hot liquids (why do they all taste like dirty water?), so I am not an expert on these, but you can find all kinds of cool tea and coffee sets. They might make a really great treat for Christmas. Amitea Organics sells sets of multiple teas that looks pretty and festive. Apropos Roasters sells similar packs of coffee, and they seem to be pretty beloved. Why? I don't know. People are crazy and love hot water dirt.

44. Whisk (USA)- Last year, Santa brought both the Boy and I whisks in our stockings, because our whisk (a hand me down from my mom) fell apart. Both of those whisks, one from Target's basic line and one by Giada have both fallen apart already. It's not like we cook that much. We just bought junk. Even a stocking can be an opportunity to gift things that are needed with all of the fun stuff. If you also want to throw in a whisk, you have some great options that are made in the US by Best Manufacturers. We have a Best Manufacturers one now, and you can tell it is well made to last (even against our toddler's mixa mixa mixa). Never going back to Giada's crap.

glass reusable straws from hummingbird glass
from Amazon
45. Reusable Straws (EF, USA)- Simple straws like these Hummingbird glass ones can keep so many plastic straws out of landfills. Maybe not for everyone, but if you have a straw-lover in your life, these would be perfect in a bag or office. They have metal ones too if the glass makes you nervous. Super simple, and a genius way to eliminate so much wastefulness!

46. Cloth Napkins (EF, R, USA)- I love cloth napkins. They are so easy to throw in with the laundry and make your table look cool and casual all the time. You can find great cloth napkins for everyday use (no need to get fancy) from Little Blue NestClear Sky HomeDot and ArmyJAQS Studio, or Oh Little Rabbit would look adorable on a table and in a stocking.

47. Lemon Covers (USA)- Who knew a lemon cover was even a thing? Not sure everyone can use it, but it's worth a try if you (or the chef you are shopping for) are up for a citrus-related adventure.

Let's Get Creative


48. Colored Pencils (R)- Coloring for adults is all the rage, for good reason- it's fun! If you want to color, you can use these recycled colored pencils, which are so cool. They are made of recycled newspaper instead of bringing down more trees.

49. Markers (US, R)- Crayola makes markers here in the US, and you can even send them back to be recycled once they dry out.  Sharpies are still made in the US too!

obvious state little notebook sherlock holmes and coffee
from Obvious State
50. Little Notebooks (USA, R)- Is there anything with more possibility than a fresh new notebook? My beloved Decomposition Books are go to's all year long, made from recycled paper and soy ink in the US. I love them, and they fit perfectly in my bag. If you need something with almost excessive cool, Field Notes has notebook sets as well. Field Notes are so trendy at this point they may be heading to uncool? But they are way better than Moleskine, and they will bend just enough to fit in a stocking.

My new special occasion favorites are from Obvious State, who make modernist notebooks and posters with literary figures and quotes on them. Awesome.

pretty washi tape
from My Posh Desiigns
51. Washi Tape (USA)- This is a gift you could use to spruce up anything! All the sets at Pretty Tape are adorable. My Posh Designs also does a wide variety of adorable washi tape.  These are fun and different, and open up lots of avenues for creative play that you can still pick up. These pineapplesplanets, and pastels are all adorable.

52. Pencils (R, EF, USA)- Did you know about Sprout Pencils? I didn't! They are pencils you can plant in the ground to grow herbs after you are finished with them! How freaking cool is that!?!? Totally biodegradable and genuinely doing good. I just love this. I love that someone thought of this. What a wonderful world. If you get these, tell me how you like them!

You can also get regular pencils out of recycled newspaper, so absolutely no trees came down for these pencils. I hate pencils, but if someone in your life doesn't, these are an awesome option.

bottle to plastic recycled pens
from amazon
53. Pens (USA, R)- Pens work perfectly, and these pens (made from recycled plastic bottles) are the bomb. I have some, and they really write well (I am super picky about this). A dozen cost 11 dollars. Never buy fresh plastic pens again! That's nonsense!

More for Home

from MidnightOwlCandleCompany

54. Candles (EF, USA)- We used to impulse buy candles at Target, but they are filled with nasty chemicals, and they are meant to fill your house with them! Blech. Now, I can see a ton of other options as long as I am willing to poke around. You can make small ones yourself for an awesome gift, or you can buy all kinds of American- made and environmentally-responsible ones! Right now, we are burning a Our Own Candle Company candle (maybe too big for a stocking?) and an Eco candle, and they both smell amazing.

This is a perfect place to support a small business and check out some Etsy (or local) makers as well. Our Etsy favorites are MidnightOwlCandleCompany, NapaUncorked, and WinterBeeShop.

55. Tweezers (USA)- The same basic principle as nail clippers- they disappear, and Christmas stockings can help replenish your tweezer supply. Plus, you can find them made in the US!

56. Reusable Keurig Cups (EF)- Have someone in your life who is still using a keurig? That business is terrible for the environment, but less so with reusable k-cups. Perfect stocking stuffer, and you will save them money in the end.

57. Photo Prints (USA, R)- Artifact Uprising has some sweet, small prints (on recycled paper!) that would fit right into a stocking. You could make it into a tradition and put 10 or your favorite memories from the year into your loved one's stocking.

For Out and About


58. Car Escape Tool (USA)- If you are trapped in a car, this keychain sure would be useful. If Leeza Gibbons was Santa Clause, this would be in everyone's stocking. Because holiday cheer means kidnapping preparedness.
tassle key chain
from Crave by CRV
59. Key Chain (USA)- Not the most original idea, but you can find some gorgeous and fun options. I love these tassel charms, which are very on trend this year. Perfect if you want to be Hip Santa.

60. Pocket Monkey (USA)- It works as a multitool and as a cute little monkey! Ok, I may not totally understand why someone would want this, but the tool fits in a wallet, so it would fit in a stocking!

61. Produce Bags (USA, EF)- Plastic produce bags are infuriatingly hard to open AND they are terrible for the environment. Not to mention, most of our produce can just roam free in a grocery bag- what's the worst that can happen? That said, a few produce bags for brussel sprouts or jalapeno peppers might be perfect. If you can't just make it yourself (old t-shirts work perfectly), I recommend looking for things that are recycled or made with all natural fibers (no plastic). I like these 100% cotton bags from Tiny Yellow Bungalow. I love these bento bags from Marley's Monsters as well.

You can also find nice sets on Etsy, including from one of my favorite stores Oh Little Rabbit.


Odds and Ends

62. Snow Scraper (EF, Plastic Free)- I LOVE that this exists. This wood snow scraper could be perfect for someone you love AND it is one less piece of plastic in the world.

caramels for karson etsy little boy and sunflowers
from Caramels for Karson
63. Caramels (USA, EF)- These caramels are made by a grandma to raise money for her grandsons with heart defects, so this is candy you can feel good about buying. They also have 849 5 star reviews, so if you don't have a huge soft spot for kids with heart issues, you may just like the caramels. I love this one. What a beautiful world we live in that she does this for them.

64. Hot Sauce or other Sauces (USA)- The Boy got a spice blend set one year which really led to lots of fun experiments. You could get something as simple as hot sauce or look around and find something from nearby. There are some neat American brands online- Stonewall sauces (like this garlic rosemary citrus sauce) or Tom Douglas sauces, but you can always find something near you too.

65. Christmas Ornaments (USA)- It would be kind of a cool tradition to put an ornament in their stocking each year that has to do with their year, then they can hang it on the tree. If you are looking to gift for a lot of people, I like this snowflake set from Nestled Pine Works. More cute options? Check urbanfarmcollective, FromMemereWithLove, resplendid, and BlueDragonCraft.

flytrap date ideas deck of cards
from Flytrap
66. Date Ideas (USA)- FlytraponE sells fun date ideas and other card sets to put in a significant other's stockings. My favorite are the "Bad Parking Notes" which you can leave on bad parkers' cars. Perfect for the Curmudgeon behind the wheel in your life.

67. Golf Balls (R)- Did you know you can buy recycled golf balls? I didn't! It makes perfect sense though. This makes for the perfect stocking stuffer for somebody!

68. Guitar Strap (R, USA)- These guitar straps are made out of recycled seatbelts. Until this moment, I never thought about how many seatbelts never get a second life as a musical accessory. Truly tragic. Perfect for your favorite musician.

69. Seeds (EF)- It may not be time to plant now, but that day is just around the corner. Plants and trees provide individuals shade, food, and (for some people) peace and simplicity. Those packets are the perfect size to stuff in a stocking, and they have the potential to do something really positive for everyone. You could also gift wildflower seed bombs and have adventures spreading wildflowers.

70. Succulents (EF, USA)- These sweet, small plants can add green to your loved one's space (or office) and even help keep their air clean. We want a world with less stuff and more plants, so why not start here?

71. A Small Donation (EF)- The Boy and I were talking last night about what we wanted for Christmas, and mostly he feels like he has everything he needs. If you are shopping for someone tough like that too, why not put in double the candy and put that gift money toward a donation? Think about donating to something that helps the environment, because it needs every bit of help it can get! You can read my recomendations for donation gifts here.

Gift Cards


None of this sounds right to you? How about filling the majority of the stocking with edible treats (oranges, apples, and LOCAL candy) and throwing in a few small gift cards!? You get bonus points if you get these on

72. Uber Gift Cards- Know someone who likes to go out? Or who lives in the city? An uber gift card could be a fun simple gift that helps keep them safe.

73. Grocery Gift Cards- Shopping for someone who you know is just getting by? Don't give them a bunch of cutesy junk they don't need. Help them get back on top of things. I love the idea of getting grocery gift cards instead of cutesy doodads.

Even better? An Instacart gift card. This could be great for new parents, anyone with mobility issues, or just someone who likes being lazy and not going to the store (so everyone). We order from instacart when we are flying home from a long trip, and then groceries make it to the house when we do.

74. Restaurant Gift Card- Most of us like to eat out more than we like those little tubes of Hershey Kisses. Skip a few of the treats and just treat your loved one to their favorite local treat.

75. Movie Tickets- Simple, easy, and it can be a big hit. Look at which of your local movie theaters has a gift card.

Alright, did you make it? I hope you found an idea in all of this you can put to use (I think I am buying 4 or 5 for The Boy's stocking, and a bunch of Seattle Chocolates and calling it a day). If you want to look at the list for kids again, check here.

75 Green Stocking Stuffers for Adults


75 Green Stocking Stuffers for Adults


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8 comments

  1. This year I decided to make christmas ornaments and get the kids involved in it as well. cut down on waste and using recycled products from around the house. Great post!

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  2. Wow, so many great ideas! I loved the luggage tags one, we always have hard-time recognizing our luggage :D

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  3. Totally pinning this! I can never figure out what to put in my husbands. Thank you!

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  4. Oh wow, so much tonchocie. Definitely saving this one. I always have a hard time picking stuff for stockings.

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  5. Lots of great ideas here! I was desperately looking for ideas for my husband's stocking.

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  6. I love this list! With us toning down the holidays this year we had decided JUST stockings. There were some really great ideas thanks.

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  7. Such a clever, original, and expansive listing! Thanks for this great list. I love so many of your ideas, and - I just gotta say - RECYCLED FLIP FLOP BRACELETS??? How cool is that!

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  8. These are some fabulous ideas. I’ve really been struggling on the stocking front this year.

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