Stocking Stuffers: Holiday Gift Guide 2013

For the third and final installment of my 2013 Holiday Gift Guide, I am sharing some of my favorite Stocking Stuffers available this year.  This includes presents in the $20 or less price range that are small enough to fit into most Christmas stockings.  One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is stuffing stockings with little gifts for my family.  There are a few places I return to each year for these types of gifts, such as Target and The Container Store, but then there are also great picks I find over the course of the year at other shops as well.  I thought I would share some of my 2013 finds with you in the hopes that it might give you some ideas for your own friends and family.


1. Fortune Cookie Soap Whipped Cream & Sugar Scrub Set – $20 –  My favorite bath & body duo available together at a discounted price for the holidays that you can order in any available scent.
2. Hugo Naturals Holiday Edition Cupcake Bath Bombs – $9.99 for set of three or $3.99 individually – A festive bath bomb that fits perfectly in the foot of the stocking.
3. Whole Foods 85% Organic Triple French Milled Soap – $5.99 at Whole Foods (in store only) – Available in a variety of scents, this luxurious soap pleases ladies and gents alike!
4. Julep Little Lights Nail Polish Set$36 $20 (on sale!) – A festive and fun assortment of mini polishes perfect for the polish lover.
5. Erin Condren Scented Candle in Island Fleur – $22 – With a lovely scent, this candle doubles as a beautiful drinking glass once the max has all melted.
Save 15% on this candle with free shipping until midnight PST tonight only (12/15) with code FREESHIPCANDLE *
Click here to join the Erin Condren website and receive $10 towards your first purchase! *
6. Travalo Easy-Fill Perfume Atomizer – $12.99 $9.74 (on sale!) – This atomizer is super easy to fill and is a great way to tote around your favorite scent.
7. Bobino Key Clip$3.99 $2.99 (on sale!) – A clever little invention to keep your keys neatly clipped to your bag.  No more rummaging around for them!
8. Mane Message Hair Ties in the Ampersand Package and the Snowflake Package ($12.50 and $11) – Great hair ties suitable for all hair types in soft elastic with festive patterns.
Save 15% off your entire order with code JEN15 good through December 19, 2013 *
9. Sigma F84 Angled Kabuki Brush & F86 Tapered Kabuki Brush – $21 – High quality face brushes that make foundation application and blending a breeze.
Save 10% off your entire purchase with code DEC2013 good through December 31, 2013 *
10. Green Inspired 3-Count Notebooks – $3.99 at Target (in store only) – A sweet set of notebooks at a bargain price.
11. Pier1 Glitter Frame Ornament – $4.95 – Pop a photo in this holiday frame for a sentimental gift that doubles as an ornament.
12. Envelopener – $4.99 – Extremely useful, safe, and easy to use envelope slicer.
13. Nosy Glasses Holder$4.99 $3.74 (on sale!) – Perfect for the glass wearer who always seems to lose sight of their specks!
14. Lighted Pocket Screwdriver – $9.99 $7.49 (on sale!) – A handy tool to have on hand in the kitchen or office.
15. Skullcandy Jib Headphones – $9.99 – It’s always nice to have an extra pair of earbuds on hand for on the go.
16. iHome Rechargeable Portable Mini Speaker – $15.99 – A small, portable speaker that packs a lot of punch!
17. Toddy Gear Pocket Toddy – $9.99 – The best screen and glasses cleaning cloth out there (in my opinion) in a foldable, compact size.
18. Madécasse Winter Spice & Peppermint Holiday Edition Chocolate Bars – $5.99 online or $3.99 at Whole Foods (in store only) – A stocking isn’t complete without something sweet!  Decadent fair trade chocolate in festive flavors is the perfect holiday treat.

Photo sources for the images can be found with the provided links.

Check out the video below if you’re interested in a closer look at these products as well as my thoughts on each one:

I hope you enjoyed my 2013 Holiday Gift Guides.  If you’d like to check out the other two gift guides I recently posted, you can find Little Luxuries (gifts $20-$40) here and Extravagant Splurges (gifts $50-$250) here.  I am also hosting a giveaway with all of the products shared in this Stocking Stuffers post and video.  TWO of you will win a stocking filled with all of the items shown in the coordinating video!  The 2013 Stocking Stuffers Giveaway will run until Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 6 PM CST.  The giveaway is open internationally.  All entrants under the age of 18 must have parental permission to enter.  You can enter by following the directions in the Rafflecopter widget posted below.   I’ll announce the two winners on THIS blog post and contact them directly, as always.  Good luck!


Congrats to Cielo & Jacqueline on being selected as the winners of my Stocking Stuffers Giveaway!

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All content – 21%
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Happy holidays!


* Fortune Cookie Soap graciously provided the two whipped cream & sugar scrub sets for the giveaway.  All other prizes were purchased by me.  This post contains affiliate links.  All opinions are my own. *


85 thoughts on “Stocking Stuffers: Holiday Gift Guide 2013”

  1. Jen,
    I bought the Hugo Natural bath bombs directly from the company because I live in the middle of Love them!! They also sent a piece of their soap along with the bath bombs. I really enjoyed the soap too. Thanks for recommending them.

    1. I actually did just find them on the website & updated the link on the post – love how they sell the set of all three for a discounted price!

  2. I just have to let you know that I think you are an amazing and generous person. I have watched your channels for almost two years now, I dont comment much but find the content fantastic. You have grown into an amazing host and I love to see you have a new video in my feed! Have a wonderful Christmas. Mine is going to be a bit sparse this year as I lost my job in 2011 and have not succeeded in finding a new one, but your holiday videos have added that seasonal spark to my holidays!

  3. Wow, these are almost all income-generators for you either through affiliate links or coupon codes or referral links. It’s getting harder and harder to take your recommendations seriously, Jen. 🙁 You used to be one of the best people for genuine recommendations, but it’s proven fact that when you are paid for something or stand to make a kick-back or commission, you cannot be objective about the recommendation so please don’t tell us you’d have the same list if you were not getting paid if we go buy this stuff. This list is heavily influenced by your desire to make money.

    And you get paid for your views from YouTube, why do you need to do this??? Way to water down your brand, which used to actually be an oasis in the money-hungry wasteland that is the TY beauty community. No more.

    There is a reason the FTC has rules about disclosure, and it is because consumers should know when a “recommendation” is really just a ploy to get a commission. I guess you rode that Sigma affiliation all the way down the slippery slope and here you are, picking pennies from links and pushing over-priced planners onto people who once trusted you and your recommendations.

    1. I want to assure you that I always pick the products I want to share before adding or even checking for affiliate links. I only share products I truly love and use. That doesn’t change whether there is an affiliate link or not. That being said, I do not think it is such a crime to try to generate an income from my time and effort. I suggest reading this blog post about my thoughts on affiliate links and monetization.

      1. The fact that you make a dime off anything and someone actually has a problem with that is absurd!! The endless time, effort, money and genuine love you put into every single video is proof you deserve whatever someone chooses to give you. Those that truly watch for reasons other than to spread negativity, being rude or pointing out things that absolutly do not effect their lives in the least, know you are honest and stay true to yourself. Not to mention, many of the companies also offer discounts to your watchers. Even the ridiculous watchers!!! Its a win win. Now, go have some tea and spend time with your hubby and pooch and stop thinking you have to comment to the “ridiculous”. Its just not necessary. Merry Christmas Jen!

      2. Well said Jen!! I totally agree with you. If you put in the time and effort to do something, why not reap a reward?? And if it is making people happy, then that’s double the reward for you 😀 I have got some seriously good ideas for gifts for my family and friends. So thank you 🙂 I’ve entered the giveaway too 🙂 Merry christmas to you, Don and Winnie. Keep up the excellent work 🙂 much love xoxo

    2. Wow,you really went in on her.I have to admit after watching this video I feel the same way.I don’t have a problem with Jen making money.I just wish she would be honest about it.But to be honest I’m not so happy about these items.They’re nowhere like the items she had in her pass videos on stocking stuffers,they look like over price junk.Sorry to say.

      1. I believe I have been very honest and up front about monetization. Like I said before, I picked out all of my gift ideas for the series well before looking to see if they were available as affiliate links for me. If you have been watching my videos for awhile, you will know that I shop at these places all of the time for personal items and gifts. Just because they happen to qualify for affiliate links does not by any means change how I pick items to share in my videos and blog posts.

        1. Jen ,if you read my comment you’ll have notice I said I have no problem with you making any money.Its just lately you’ve been sounding like a use car salesman.”Buy this,its great,you’ll love it”In your ‘Holiday Backing” video you talked more about the “Eagle Creek” bag than what you were packing.After awhile one have to think are you really recommending these item or is it a sales pitch.But WHATEVER.

  4. Oh my I do not own nor have I ever received a Christmas stocking before. I have already purchased gifts for all my friends and family ,, I think next year I will purchase pretty stockings and fill them with amazing ideas you have chosen to put inside! Thanks a bunch, Jen <3 Happy Holidays!

  5. Thank you Jen for another wonderful year of videos and to top it off, this wonderful giveaway. Wishing you, Don and Winnie a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

  6. Merry Christmas to you and your family…I love watching the stocking stuffer video.I doing stocking stuffers for all my family member, 20 in all.

  7. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway. I entered the stocking giveaway that was some great girts. thank you so much. I love all your videos and your blog. Hope you have a wonderful christmas. You ROCK Jen Ross.

  8. Jen you are to kind. But Christmas is about giving. And you do that well. I’m a lot like you. I love to give . Because it makes me feel good. And you are that way to. I want to say merry Christmas to you and your family. And a very happy new year.. Thanks for all what you do.;-)

  9. Jen,

    I watch your vlogs and read your blog all the time. Lately its been daily. You have inspired me as a woman, wife, and mother. I have applied many of your tips and have been blessed beyond measure. This past Thanksgiving was one of the best as I was well prepared for my guests using your videos as my guide. I’m learning to take time out to plan, prepare, and organize my home, career, and life. Thank you for your generosity! Merry Christmas to you, Don, and Princess Winnie!

  10. I think you’re awesome Jen, such a generous person to be giving such gifts away. I just want to say thanks for taking the time out of your day to share your life with us.

  11. Jen,
    I enjoy watching your videos (on all of your YouTube channels) and recently bought my first EVER Bath and Body Works candles ($9.00 each on Cyber Monday). I like how you will often have a triple-wick candle lit in the background of your videos and it inspired me to buy some. I usually use Yankee Candles, but the Bath and Body Works candles seem to burn more evenly and cleaner.

    I would also like to mention that I like how you handle yourself with grace when faced with comments by viewers that are not very nice or who make accusatory statements. The majority of viewers enjoy your posts, so I hope you will always feel encouraged to make more videos. They are informative and useful. I have also enjoyed watching Don’s videos, especially the ones in which he talks about finances and economic topics. He has a clear and concise way of making a difficult and complex topic easier to understand.

    Have a joyous Christmas!

  12. I have followed you for three years now you always make me smile. Thank you for sharing your life ! I hope you & your family have a very Merry Christmas!!!!

  13. I’ve watched your videos for about a year now. You are absolutely genuine and generous! It’s so sweet of you to bless so many others. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family.

  14. Jen, I do not post comments very often, but I must say you are extremely generous and such a creative fun loving person!! I enjoy all of your media outlets and most of all I enjoy your content. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to both you and Don…and Winnie too : ) Continue doing what you do as it gets better year after year!!! You honestly display the true meaning of Christmas.

  15. Oh my goodness ! What a lot of great information on great stocking stuffers ! Thank you Jen for all you do to get your video’s out each day. You are so sweet to all of us. I enjoy watching you everyday.

  16. Jen thank you for the generous giveaway. You have such a big heart. Thanks for always sharing so much of yourself with us! Merry Christmas to you, Don, and Winnie 🙂

  17. This is a super awesome giveaway. You are so sweet to give such nice things away! I wish you and Don a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year and of course little Winnie too.

  18. Jen, you look beautiful in this video! Makeup, Hair, your skin is glowing with Holiday Spirit! Thank you for all the stocking ideas. Merry Christmas!

  19. Hi, Jen! Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and many, many thanks for all you do! Please say Hi to Winnie. My 6-year old daughter loves her.

  20. Jen, you are such a kind and generous person! I can’t believe you are giving away not one, but TWO stockings with all of those wonderful goodies! 🙂 I love all of your videos. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you, Don, and Winnie!!

  21. Jen,
    What a kind and thoughtful gesture. You have such a beautiful heart and spirit, and I hope you never let anyone or anything change that.

    Thank you for another wonderful year of vlogmas, they were short, but oh so sweet, and all the time and effort was very much appreciated. I was only able to check one of the boxes when asked which of your formats do I like the best. But, I would just like to add, that I love your blog. It’s one of the most beautiful and well-written blogs on the Internet, and I love the beautiful photographs and how you always have a post here as a follow-up to your videos. Thank you again, for your time and dedication.

    Many blessings to you, Don and Winnie this holiday season,


  22. Hi Jen,

    The very first video I watched of yours was the kitchen pick up video! From that moment, I became an instant fan! I have been so inspired by your ideas and enjoy your content. I wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and awesome New Year!

  23. Perfect! And just in time too! Thanks for the video and the blog post, I am just going to make a list and go out and start scooping up these great ideas!!!
    As always, appreciate the work you put into this, and the burden it took off me to go looking for great ideas, you always have such good taste and the gifts are smart ones to give!

  24. I have been watching your videos for about a year now and never miss a new one! They always bring a little sparkle to my day and you have inspired me to become more organized and I have even recently joined tone it up after watching your journey! Thank you for your thoughtfulness and wonderful content that you bring to us each day. Happy holidays to you and your family! 🙂

  25. Hi Jen, as always you have wonderful ideas.. Thanks for sharing.. I love watching ALL your videos.. be it your Organization projects, Daily vlogs, Hauls or cook nooks.. Like them very very much.. You have inspired me in many ways.. Thanks a bunch!! Wish you and your lovely family a Merry Christmas and a Very Happy new Year..

  26. Merry Christmas, I have to say you put the ‘Jen’ in generous.. Your giveaways are wonderful and thoughtful.
    Thank you for spreading good cheer…it is contagious!!!

  27. Thank you for all your wonderful videos. I have watched for over a year and I don’t comment very often, but wanted to take the time to say thank you for All you wonderful ideas. You are one classy lady & very generous with a huge heart. Thanks for your time. Keep up the great work. Merry Christmas

  28. Of course you should make money for your efforts!! I can clearly see you are a genuine person! (Jen-uine) <—- 😉 I do not need an explanation, neither should anyone else. If they don't like that you make money for hard work that is for them to get over, not for you to change Jen. 😉 I am a huge fan of your blog and I applaud all of the effort you put forth. Take care Girrrrrl!!! =)

  29. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win this beautiful stocking filled with goodies. I always admire your organizational skills and true warmth in all your videos. I only wish I had those skills, talent and energy. Merry Christmas to you and your family! I know you will make it special.

  30. You have helped me so much.. I love your ideas and how creative you are…. Don is great too….Winnie is adorable
    Thank you for everything you do…hugs.

  31. i really enjoy your videos even though I am a retired senior. Love the things and ideas you share and the way in which you share information. Keep up the good work.

  32. yet another awesome video, I’m actually giving all my friends a stocking filled with goodies this year inspired by your last years stocking stuffer guide!!! love this can’t imagine anything more fun to receive than one of your stockings!
    wishing you a merry christmas and a happy,healthy new year.

  33. Hi, I subscribe not long ago to your channels and I have to say that each and everyone of them is great. You always seem so happy and your smile and energy is contagious ! Keep up the good work and thanks for your generosity !

  34. Hello I just want to wish you and your families a very Happy Holiday Season filled with lots of Love, Joy, Health, Laughter and Prosperity. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your giveaway.Good Luck to everyone!!!
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all. and to all a good night…lol

  35. HO HO HO,
    MERRY CHRISTMAS and A GREAT 2014. Hi Jen hope you and your family have lots of LOVE, HAPPINESS,JOY and PEACE this
    NEW YEAR..

  36. Everyone of these are great ideas! I am a horrible stocking stuffer and don’t know why that is such a difficult things for me to figure out.

  37. I love how organized your blog is. Everything is labeled and linked. Your writing technique is very east to read! Thank you for the wonderful stocking stuffer guide. Excellent help, as always!!!!

  38. Some fab ideas here…will have to bookmark some of these ideas for next year! Inspired by ure video last year, I made all of my family a little ‘stocking’ up this year to go with their gifts…they were in fabric bags rather than stockings but think they wilk enjoy them. I loved doing them all and thinking of their gifts! Thanks for sharing and another fab giveaway xxxx

  39. OMG I WON!!!!!!!! im the happiest person!!!!! Jeeeeeen thnk u sooo much!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Omg i cant believe it!! thank u thank u soo muchhh !

    u have no idea of what your blogs do for meeee! Im literally crying of happiness I really appreciatte everything u do and to think I won this it is just amazing! u are a role model for mee and watching ur videos just make me feel good and motivate me to doo things! really thank u! this is really my christmas present and the best one ever!!

    From all my heart thank u very very much!!!

  40. I decided to try doing stockings this year for extended family and they loved them! Thanks for all the great ideas. Any chance you could do a Valentines idea for nieces and nephews?

    1. Target usually has some nice small gifts by the holiday candy aisle around Valentine’s Day. I have given stickers and small toys to my nieces in the past.

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