15 weird but useful items that make for perfect last minute stocking stuffers — starting at just $5

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These weird yet useful items make for perfect stocking stuffers this Christmas.
These weird yet useful items make for perfect stocking stuffers this Christmas.

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The holidays are a time for gathering with friends and family, and they often involve sharing thoughtful gifts with loved ones. Gift giving is a definite art, and if you're unsure of what to shop for, sometimes opting for a surprising and useful item is the way to go over a sentimental or trendy choice.

Stocking stuffers are an easy way to share these weird and sometimes wacky items, since they tend to be pretty affordable and are just the right size to slip into a stocking. You can go the practical route, with hand or foot warmers for the winter, or think of something sillier like a bathroom-freshening spray.

However you choose to stuff your stocking this year, you're sure to find a winning item or two ahead. Scroll through for some of the best weird yet useful items that make for a great last minute Christmas gift idea — starting at just $5.

HotHands Adhesive Toe Warmer 6-Pair

HotHands Adhesive Toe Warmer 6-Pair. Image via Amazon.
HotHands Adhesive Toe Warmer 6-Pair. Image via Amazon.

These winter essentials are a perfect stocking stuffer that can be used by just about everyone on your list. These adhesive toe warmers provide up to eight hours of heat to enjoy the outdoors this winter.

$15 $18 at Amazon

ColorCoral Universal Cleaning Gel

ColorCoral Universal Cleaning Gel. Image via Amazon.
ColorCoral Universal Cleaning Gel. Image via Amazon.

This top-rated cleaning gel has been called a "must have product" for getting into hard to clean areas, like in-between keys on a keyboard, into car vents and more.

$10 at Amazon

Elago Charging Hub

Elago Charging Hub. Image via Urban Outfitters.
Elago Charging Hub. Image via Urban Outfitters.

This charging hub cuts down on cords and cables, and provides a single convenient spot to charge an iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods all at once.

$34 at Urban Outfitters

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter. Image via Amazon.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter. Image via Amazon.

Avid hikers, campers and outdoor enthusiasts will be sure to enjoy this fun and practical gift. The LifeStraw removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria and 99.9% of harmful waterborne parasites without the use of iodine, or chemicals.

$15 $25 at Amazon

6-Pack Wool Dryer Balls

Wool Dryer Balls. Image via Amazon.
Wool Dryer Balls. Image via Amazon.

In addition to being an eco-friendly way to dry clothes faster, these wool dryer balls also save money since you'll never have to buy fabric softener or dryer sheets again.

$15 at Amazon

PooPourri Original Citrus

PooPourri Original Citrus. Image via Indigo.
PooPourri Original Citrus. Image via Indigo.

Keep your bathroom smelling fresh at home or on the go. This spray uses a blend of lemon, bergamot and lemongrass essential oils to eliminate odours and leave the toilet smelling better than you found it.

$19 at Indigo

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TubShroom

TubShroom. Image via Amazon,
TubShroom. Image via Amazon.

Clogged drains don't stand a chance against the TubShroom, which uses an innovative mushroom-shaped design to catch hair as it falls down your tub or shower drain.

$14 at Amazon

Soil Water Monitor

Soil Water Monitor. Image via Amazon.
Soil Water Monitor. Image via Amazon.

Quickly gauge whether your houseplants need water with this soil monitor that lets you know how much moisture is available.

$20 at Amazon

Peace Out Salicylic Acid Acne Healing Dots

Peace Out Salicylic Acid Acne Healing Dots. Image via Amazon.
Peace Out Salicylic Acid Acne Healing Dots. Image via Amazon.

These original acne treatment dots combine healing hydrocolloid polymer technology with salicylic acid to minimize breakouts overnight.

$25 at Sephora

ThermoPro Digital Instant Read Meat Thermometer

ThermoPro TP03B Digital Instant Read Meat Thermometer. Image via Amazon.
ThermoPro TP03B Digital Instant Read Meat Thermometer. Image via Amazon.

For a perfectly-cooked meal every time, a meat thermometer takes the guesswork out of cooking. This handy version has a foldable probe that tucks away when not in use, as well as a digital read screen.

$20 at Amazon

Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer

Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer. Image via Amazon.
Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer. Image via Amazon.

Love avocado but hate dealing with the finicky pit? This all-in-one tool quickly and safely removes pits with a simple twist, and also slices and splits the beloved fruit.

$10 at Amazon

Apple AirTag

Apple AirTag. Image via Apple.
Apple AirTag. Image via Apple.

For anyone with a penchant for misplacing their belongings, the Apple AirTag is the quick solution to quickly track them down. It connects directly to your iPhone or iPad and shows you your item's location using the Find My app.

$39 at Apple

Milk Frother

Milk Frother. Image via Canadian Tire.
Milk Frother. Image via Canadian Tire.

For a quick and easy way to make cafe-style drinks at home, a handheld milk frother is the way to go. Simply warm up your desired milk of choice and blend to perfection.

$5 $10 at Canadin Tire

FM Transmitter for Car

FM Transmitter for Car. Image via Amazon.
FM Transmitter for Car. Image via Amazon.

If you're looking for a way to connect your phone to an older car, look no further than this FM transmitter. It supports Bluetooth through empty radio waves, letting you talk hands-free or listen to music.

$23 at Amazon

Tongue Scraper with Travel Case - 2 Pack

Tongue Scraper with Travel Case - 2 Pack. Image via Amazon.
Tongue Scraper with Travel Case - 2 Pack. Image via Amazon.

Guarantee fresh breath wherever you go with this set of two travel-friendly tongue scrapers. Made from 100% stainless steel, they effectively work to help keep your entire mouth clean.

$15 at Amazon

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