stocking stuffer

noun

Definition of stocking stuffer

US
: a small gift suitable for placing in a Christmas stocking Another nice stocking stuffer: an uncirculated silver Eagle dollar. You have to buy these from coin dealers.— Sandra Block

Examples of stocking stuffer in a Sentence

Small toys make great stocking stuffers.

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During the gift-giving season, all attention can turn to finding that one perfect present—relegating stocking stuffers to the realm of mere afterthought. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "16 Small But Mighty Stocking Stuffers for the Beauty Fanatic," 12 Dec. 2018 With Christmas once again a year away, stocking stuffers look suspiciously like trash; for just one day, on December 26, Winter Candy Apple and Gingerbread Swirl eclipse the noxious smell of garbage. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "The bleak hope of the day-after-Christmas sale," 27 Dec. 2018 Most pharmacies and convenience stores can usually help you out with the basics — or even last-minute gifts, like mugs from Starbucks or stocking stuffers from CVS. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "These Stores Will Be Open on Christmas Day This Year," 18 Dec. 2018 Below, a look at the 16 best stocking stuffers to snag now. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "16 Small But Mighty Stocking Stuffers for the Beauty Fanatic," 12 Dec. 2018 Big presents are great, but stocking stuffers always seem to be the most fun part of gift giving. Woman's Day, "Simple Stocking Stuffers For Anyone On Your List Video," 5 Dec. 2013 On November 30, select stocking stuffers will retail for $10 and finally, on December 1, the Naked Smoky Palette will be 50 percent off. Zoe Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Urban Decay’s Naked Palettes Will Be Half Off for Black Friday and Cyber Monday," 15 Nov. 2018 While there, younger visitors can meet with Santa and his elves and toast marshmallows, while adults enjoy mulled wine and shop for stocking stuffers. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Things to Do in London At Christmas Time," 22 Nov. 2017 With a few days left until Christmas, the start of Kwanzaa and a new year around the corner, one of the best places to look for last minute stocking stuffers and goodies is the bookstore. NBC News, "Holiday book list for young readers to keep their spirits bright," 23 Dec. 2017

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stocking stuffer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stocking stuffer

US : a small gift that is usually placed in a Christmas stocking

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