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9 Stocking-Stuffer Gift Ideas Under $20

Great things come in little packages — and are a good way to show you care

By Suzanne Martine | December 17, 2012

When it comes to gift-giving, I’ve always been a big fan of little presents. I’m not talking about fancy jewelry — just inexpensive, thoughtful gifts that really show someone you know and care about them. At their best, these little gifts weave their way into the recipient’s everyday life and become an indispensable source of comfort and fun and a constant reminder of you.
Sweet little stocking stuffers are an easy way to give; there’s none of the pressure of “big ticket” gifting. You can dismiss them with a casual “It’s nothing, really” then bask in the smile you see when they’re opened.
They can be practical or playful or stylish or all of the above, and the best part of all is that they’re always budget-friendly. Their modest price makes the shopping as much fun as the giving and receiving. You don’t need to overthink — just follow your intuition and let your imagination roam free. Setting a price limit of, say, $20 (like all 9 of these gifts) can help narrow the overwhelming possibilities. Once you get into it, you’ll be amazed at all the great things you discover.

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Fashion writer and editor Suzanne Martine has worked for a number of major publications (Elle, More, L'Officiel) in New York and Paris over the past three decades.