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If you're like me, stocking stuff-ers are the best part of Christmas — I like to hunt for fun, yet practical items that my family and friends can actually use. It's always a challenge to see what I can come up with year after year to surprise 'em with and I think I've found some items that will definitely be a hit, and I'm going to share them with you.




Buddy Bottle Opener


This shiny, happy tool sits well in the hand, looks smart on a bar cart (or a kitchen counter), and pairs perfectly with a fancy six-pack. Pick it for $8 at Umbra.com




Bicycle Clips


Use these around the office, at school or work. These wire-sculpture fasteners give a stack of receipts a more carefree spin. Four clips for $6 at Spoon Sisters.com




Key-Shaped Silicone Key Chains


Buy one for the husband who’s always losing his keys — or the teen that is thrilled to be getting their first set of keys. $19 each at Areaware.com




Bobbi Brown Classic to Go Palette


This is sure to please any woman. The ultimate after-work kit: three perfect lip colors and a trio of eye shadows in a pack-of-gum-size case. $25 at Bobbi Brown.com




Pocket Day Pack


This works for practically everyone on your list — A featherweight zip-shut knapsack that tucks into a tiny pouch. Perfect for sweaty post-workout wear. Available in five colors and only $20 from LL Bean.com




Simson Flat Tire Repair Kit


Another flat tire on your bike? A pocket-sized kit (complete with tire levers, patches, and glue) will have you ready to provide your own roadside assistance, because you never know — $7.50 at Rolling Orange Bikes.com




Animal Crayons


What child wouldn't love a set of these neat crayons? There’s a lion, a bear, and even a bunny in this crew of multicolored scribbling tools. Order from Spoon Sisters.com for only $7.50 for the set.




Emergency Cuff Links


Even the most pulled-together dude occasionally encounters a fashion 9-1-1. He can tuck this slim stainless-steel card into his wallet, then pop off a pair of cuff links when needed. $13 at uncommon goods.com




Monkey Tea Infuser


This cheeky monkey infuser will take that cup of chamomile to whimsical heights, I ordered three. They're different and fun — Get yours at Kikkerland.com for only $12.




Slim Sonic


For those who can’t bear to be separated from that machine — clean feeling, a lightweight, packable option. I'm one of those people, I have to brush my teeth after I drink coffee and after work. Get it for $15 at violight.com