2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers that Are Fun, Festive, and Functional

2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Fill Your Stockings at London Drugs

Christmas isn’t just about what’s under the tree. One of the most fun parts of Christmas is digging into your stocking on Christmas morning before anybody else gets up. Stockings are perfect for small gifts that are fun, festive, and functional. They’re opportunities to get your friends and family things that are totally silly but cute, or super practical small items that everyone appreciates. Here are a few of our favourite stocking stuffers this holiday season.

Fun and Functional Gadgets

2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Furo Neon USB Light Cactus 2018 Holiday Gift Guide: ReTrak Portable PowerPack

This Furo Neon USB Cactus Light is fully on the “fun” end of the stocking stuffer spectrum. Powered either by USB or wirelessly by batteries, it brings a bit of sunshine and vacation spirit to any desk. If the cactus isn’t their style, we’ve also got a palm tree, pineapple, or unicorn.

Everyone with a cell phone can benefit from a portable battery, like this one from ReTrak. It can charge a phone, tablet, or any other portable device. It can provide two full charges to most smartphones and can easily fit into a purse or a pocket.

Skincare Essentials

2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Burt's Bees Hand Salve2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Weleda Skin Food

Cold winters mean there’s more need for moisture, and Burt’s Bee Hand Salve or Weleda’s Skin Food Original Ultra Rich Cream will keep those hands from cracking.

A Timely Green Gift

2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Joie Stainless Steal Straws

Stainless steel straws are all the rage, and make for great stocking stuffers that allow everyone on your list to sip their smoothie or soda with a clear conscience.

Lovely Lip Embellishers

Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Shiseido ModernMatte Powder Lipstick2018 Holiday Gift Guide: NYX Whipped Wonderland Powder Puff Lippie2018 Holiday Gift Guide: NYX Lip Oil

An ultra-glam stocking option is the Shiseido ModernMatte Powder Lipstick Expressive Deluxe Mini Set, featuring five shades in a beautiful keepsake box. The lipstick features 8 hours of wear in a lightweight powder matte finish.

A more affordable option, still with a powdery-soft finish, is the limited-edition Whipped Wonderland Powder Puff Lippie from NYX. Got a gloss lover on your list? Give them the NYX Paradise Fluff Lip Oil. It’s got a soft, silky texture due to a blend of several beneficial oils and provides just a hint of colour.

Bling and Bobbles

2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Eliot Danori Legacy Pave Necklace2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Charisma Stainless Steel Fan Earrings

Jewellery is small enough to fit in a stocking — you could even put several matching pieces in there! There are tons of great options for earrings, necklaces, and bracelets from Eliot Danori and Charisma.

2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Invisibobble

Anyone with long hair will be interested in the Invisibobble. Its unique spiral shape is gentle on hair and won’t leave a kink. We’ve got a variety of colours to choose from!

Socks for Every Stocking

2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Secret Crew Socks2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Florsheim Men's Crew Socks

Socks are secretly what everyone wants to receive at Christmas. Secret makes beautiful textured crew socks for women. Florsheim has men’s crew socks in several different colours and patterns. You can never go wrong with socks!

We’ve got all kinds of gifts for all kinds of gifters. Need more holiday gift help? Check out londondrugs.com for more great gift ideas.

How to Next Level Your Christmas Stockings

Are you stockings starting to look a little shabby? No, we’re not talking about the ones on your feet – we’re talking about your family’s Christmas stockings! For lots of families, hanging stockings over the fireplace is a long-standing holiday tradition. But sometimes those traditions need a little sprucing up. If your stockings are looking a little worse for wear after years of use, we can help you upgrade to some truly next level stockings…completely personalized for every member of your family!

Customized Stockings

Our Photolab offers customizable Christmas stockings in a variety of styles. If each member of your family gets a stocking, give them the opportunity to make it their own. Let them choose a photo for their stocking, and they can even add their name or nickname to it. Don’t leave out the family pet either – we can help you make one for them too! You also have the option to have the photo featured on just one side, or on both sides of the stocking. Of course, all of our stockings will come with a small loop so they’re ready to hang!

Customized Stocking Stuffers

While you’re at it, you can take your stocking stuffers to the next level too! It’s always great to have some stocking stuffer fillers in there like candy canes and chocolates, but stockings are also a great place to include some more thoughtful, small gifts as well. We have lots of items you can customize, that will fit perfectly into your family’s Christmas stockings.

Two of our LDExperts’ top picks for personalized stockings stuffers are photo keychains and ornaments. Both are small enough to fit perfectly in your stockings, and are a nice, thoughtful gift they can cherish beyond this holiday season.

Keychains can be customized with your choice of photo, and come in a variety of styles, from a metal heart to a metal square with leatherette backing. We can also include a name or personal message on the photo for added customization. The same can be done with our ornaments.

The ornaments are available in 20 different styles: on metal, pewter, crystal or ceramic. Our metal ornaments can be printed on the font and back, and all of our ornaments come with a pre-drilled hole so you can easily hang from your tree with a small ribbon. We think the personalized ornaments are a great gift to make a yearly tradition! Each Christmas, simply pick a photo that best represents that person’s year – and add the year in text to the ornament so they’ll always remember when that memory was from. It’s a sweet custom that will be so special to look back on, as you collect new ornaments over the years.


Ready to take your Christmas stockings to the next level? Visit our London Drugs Photolab online, in-store or simply download our London Drugs Photolab App for iOS and Android to get started!

Stocking Stuffer Gift Ideas from Blogger Melissa Cartier: Express Books & Book-It Mini Books

Hi everyone, Melissa from Melissa Cartier here again.

My husband and I have a little tradition where our only gifts for each other are meaningful, within a budget we set and must fit in our stockings. I love opening my stocking each year, and some of my favourite memories as a kid was Santa placing my stocking at the foot of my bed for me to find when I woke up. As for buying stocking sized gifts for my husband… it’s a challenge. He’s very practical and doesn’t really like chocolate (we are very different haha).

While looking at the different creative projects on the London Drugs Photolab App (iOS version only), I noticed the Book-It Mini Books. The price easily fit within our set budget and they are small enough to fit in a stocking. Kevin and I have created so many memories with our son this past year that it was so easy to put together a little book of some of our favourites. While I didn’t need the quick timeline, I was really impressed these Book-It Mini Books can be made in 24 hours!

The Book-It Mini Book I made is adorable. I chose the black hard cover, pearl finish paper and a single image on each page. I also chose the centered square image option which I love because it reminds me of a little book of Instagram photos.  It’s going to make a great stocking stuffer but if you’re looking for smaller gifts that are still meaningful the Express Books and Book-It Mini Books are a great option. They are quick, easy to make and budget friendly, so they are perfect for co-workers, your child’s teachers or anyone you’ve travelled with.

I love getting photos developed and putting them into photo albums (with each photo dated, of course) but I could see myself using the Book-It Mini Books as little keep sakes after notable events where we take quite a few photos. Family trips, birthdays or even holidays. I have so many photos from Thomas’ first Christmas that would be so sweet to compile in a Book-It. I know Kevin is going to love finding this little book of memories in his stocking this year!