Stocking Stuffers Under $25

Small things with purpose.

Affordable and responsible. Choose both.

Sometimes the small gifts are the hardest to buy: the stocking stuffers, office gifts, and casual gifts between friends that make the season more special. When you're trying to give a smaller gift, it's easy to end up buying something the recipient will never use, or something that will break before the end of January.

These little gifts are one of our specialties, because we are passionate about good design and responsible sourcing even for our smallest products. We work with Italian paper mills, German paintmakers, Japanese stationery companies, and other outstanding manufacturers around the world, and we emphasize affordable items that are made the right way.

Have a look at our favorite stocking stuffers for 2021, all priced between $1 and $25 and engineered to exceed expectations.

Office upgrades

Handy mint green dispenser for washi tape or regular Scotch tape. Sold empty; pair with a cute roll of washi tape for best results.

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This clever pen case from Lihit Lab holds a surprisingly large amount of stuff in a compact zippered pouch with lots of pockets.

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Use these adorable Mt. Fuji-shaped sticky flags to mark your place and color-code long documents. Matte, writable paper surface.

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Color

All three colors are black, but every artist knows that each black is a different color. One cool, one warm, and one neutral tone in 5 mL tubes. Made in Germany.

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A full mixing set of matte gouache colors. Perfect for learning color theory and making quick, direct sketches on paper.

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Six bright pearlescent colors in extra-large pans. Unlike many watercolor paints, Gansai Tambi colors are 100% vegan.

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Stationery

These adorable washi paper cards look like jars of blueberry jam. Lined inside, but keep in mind these open left to right, like Japanese books.

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This clever pen pouch opens diagonally to make it easy to see what's inside. Made from high-quality Japanese canvas.

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We like to use these elegant paper notes as gift tags and brief messages to loved ones.

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Studio essentials

A sophisticated, traditional brush with a fine tip and wide belly for extra absorbency. Capable of long, expressive strokes with lots of variation.

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Lots of mixing space in a compact stack. We like the ability to choose how many you need for a particular project.

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Nichiban artist tape is one of our all-time most popular products because it works. Won't damage paper or give out under watercolor.

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Sketching tools

These pencils from Mitsubishi Pencil Co. are technically meant for writing, but we really like the soft B grade core for drawing, and the eraser on the back is also excellent.

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This extra-thick (250 pages!) drawing pad has been made in France, virtually unchanged, since the sixties.

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This soft white kneaded eraser, from Japanese eraser specialists SEED, is great for creating gradients and removing stray marks.

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Gift Guide 2021

Looking for more gifts to inspire your creative friends? Check out our full Gift Guide, with selections for everyone on your list.

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