Family stocking fillers under £10: Ideas for men, women and children

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Discovering a stocking brimming with little gifts on Christmas morning is a childhood delight that only gets more exciting with age. (Stock, Getty Images)
Discovering a stocking brimming with little gifts on Christmas morning is a childhood delight that only gets more exciting with age. (Getty Images)

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There is an art to shopping for great stocking fillers. They should be fun frivolities, little luxuries or thoughtful tidbits that you wouldn't buy for yourself. Most importantly, they shouldn't break the bank.

Finding quality gifts on a budget can be challenging, so we've searched the shops for the best gifts under £10. These bargain presents also make good options for Secret Santa.

We've divided them into sections for men, women and children, but of course there is a lot of crossover, so do shop from all sections to find something perfect for whoever you have in mind.

Best stocking fillers for men

Grow Your Own Micropub Seed Kit In A Matchbox, by Marvling Bros Ltd | £6 at Not On The High Street

Grow Your Own Micropub Seed Kit In A Matchbox (Marvling Bros Ltd/ Not On The High Street)
Grow Your Own Micropub Seed Kit In A Matchbox (Marvling Bros Ltd/ Not On The High Street)

Grow the ingredients to make craft beer, artisan gin and homemade tomato juice with this miniature matchbox micro pub, which contains hop seeds, juniper seeds and tomato seeds in glass bottles. No gardening know-how required as the kit includes full growing instructions.

Chocolate Sprouts, by Choc On Choc | £9.99 at Etsy

Chocolate Sprouts (Choc On Choc/ Etsy)
Chocolate Sprouts (Choc On Choc/ Etsy)

Whether you love or hate them, sprouts are an integral part of Christmas dinner. But if your loved one just can't stomach the green veg alongside their turkey, these Belgian white chocolate versions may be more to their taste.

Personalised Takeaway Dice, by Novelty 3D Gifts | £3.50 at Etsy

Personalised Takeaway Dice (Novelty 3D Gifts/ Etsy)
Personalised Takeaway Dice (Novelty 3D Gifts/ Etsy)

Looking for a gift for someone who can never make up their mind? A takeaway dice will help them reach a decision about their dinner at least. The colourful dice can be personalised to include the names of six of their favourite takeaway cuisines. 

Wallet Ninja 18 in 1 pocket multi tool | £4.29 at Amazon

18 in 1 pocket multi tool (Wallet Ninja/ Amazon)
18 in 1 pocket multi tool (Wallet Ninja/ Amazon)

Never be defeated by a loose screw or tricky to open bottle again. This nifty steel tool contains screwdrivers; hex head nuts and bolts; bottle, can and letter openers; a phone stand; box cutter; ruler; and a fruit and veg peeler. All this and it's the size of a credit card, so can be slotted into a wallet and carried with you at all times.

Alphabet Mug | £5 at Marks and Spencer

Alphabet Mugs (Marks and Spencer)
Alphabet Mugs (Marks and Spencer)

For the man who can never remember which cuppa is his, these initialled dishwasher safe china mugs are made using M&S' StayNew technology, which has removed almost all the pores from the ceramic body, making them more resistant to chipping.

Best stocking fillers for women

Small Round Velvet Bee Jewellery Box | £7.50 at Marks and Spencer

Small Round Velvet Bee Jewellery Box (Marks and Spencer)
Small Round Velvet Bee Jewellery Box (Marks and Spencer)

This travel jewellery case looks far more luxurious than its budget price tag would lead you to believe. The rich blue velvet case is decorated with a gold-tone bee on the top. Inside are areas to keep your bracelets or necklaces and rings or earrings organised. Happy shoppers have commented in reviews about how expensive and well-made this gift looks.

Alcoholic Raspberry Gin Edible Drink Stirrers, by Holly's Lollies | £6.50 at Not On The High Street

Alcoholic Raspberry Gin Edible Drink Stirrers (Holly's Lollies/Not On The High Street)
Alcoholic Raspberry Gin Edible Drink Stirrers (Holly's Lollies/Not On The High Street)

These completely edible cocktail stirrers are made with real alcohol to give your gin and tonic or Prosecco a little extra kick and added sweetness from the sugary raspberry flavour. Stir them into your drink and watch the colour change. The six sticks stay solid, so can be used for a few drinks or eaten after stirring.

Susanne Kaufmann Mallow Blossom Bubble Bath Deluxe Edition 30ml | £9 at Liberty

Mallow Blossom Bubble Bath Deluxe Edition (Susanne Kaufmann/Liberty)
Mallow Blossom Bubble Bath Deluxe Edition (Susanne Kaufmann/Liberty)

Gift a little luxury with this travel-sized bottle of a beauty editors' favourite, which regularly features in best bubble bath round-ups. A full-sized bottle of this moisturising blend would set you back just under £50.

Hangover Rescue Tea, by Apply Me | £4.95 at Not On The High Street

Hangover Rescue Tea (Apply Me/ Not On The High Street)
Hangover Rescue Tea (Apply Me/ Not On The High Street)

For those who like to (over-)indulge on Christmas Eve, this blend of white pear, ginger, and silver needle tea will be greatly appreciated, (although a hangover is not compulsory to enjoy this refreshing tea).

Reusable cotton pads, by The Zero Wastemaker | From £6.50 at Etsy

Reusable cotton pads (The Zero Wastemaker/Etsy)
Reusable cotton pads (The Zero Wastemaker/Etsy)

These reusable make-up pads are a great sustainable replacement for disposable cotton pads or face wipes. Rated an average five out of five stars by more than a thousand shoppers, one happy customer has commented: "Absolutely love these reusable makeup pads. I actually ordered another 10 after this purchase (I wear make-up often) as they are so good. They soak up product, are soft on the face and wash really well."

Best stocking fillers for children

Christmas Crayon Shapes, by Mabie Makes | £6 at Not On The High Street

Christmas Crayon Shapes (Mabie Makes/Not On The High Street)
Christmas Crayon Shapes (Mabie Makes/Not On The High Street)

Get a double win with these stocking fillers that will not only delight children when they discover them in their stocking, but which will also keep them happy to sit at the table whilst you get the dinner ready. Handmade and packaged in Harrogate, each pack is unique, with six colourful crayons in a mix festive shapes.

Grow Your Own Baked Beans Seed Kit In A Matchbox by Marvling Bros Ltd | £5 at Not On The High Street

Grow Your Own Baked Beans Seed Kit In A Matchbox (Marvling Bros Ltd/Not On The High Street)
Grow Your Own Baked Beans Seed Kit In A Matchbox (Marvling Bros Ltd/Not On The High Street)

Children who would eat baked beans with every meal if they were allowed, will enjoy growing and cooking their own with this fun seed kit. The pop art style matchbox contains a packet of haricot bean seeds and a packet of tomato seeds, as well as easy growing instructions and a homemade baked bean recipe.

Battersea Dog Dominoes Game | £6 at Marks and Spencer

Battersea Dog Dominoes Game (Marks and Spencer)
Battersea Dog Dominoes Game (Marks and Spencer)

Delight dog-lovers with this canine-themed edition of the classic dominoes game, while feline fans will enjoy the cat version. Match the playful puppies into pairs to win. A portion of the proceeds from each sale will go to support the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

Waboba Moon Ball | £6 at John Lewis and Partners

Moon Ball (Waboba/ John Lewis and Partners)
Moon Ball (Waboba/ John Lewis and Partners)

This isn't just any bouncy ball. This flat edged design will surprise children with its gravity defying bounce and spin. One shopper who bought these balls for their grandchildren wrote in a review: "Amazing! They thought they were just ordinary balls. Don't hesitate, these are well worth the cost. A super stocking filler, which will be enjoyed until they lose them."

Orchard Toys Shopping List Game | £8 at Amazon

Shopping List Game (Orchard Toys / Amazon)
Shopping List Game (Orchard Toys / Amazon)

This game for two to four players is Orchard Toys' number one bestseller. Suitable for children aged three to seven, in this fun memory game, players must race to be the first to fill their trolley or basket by matching all the items on their shopping list. 

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