In addition to serving as a refreshing departure from tried and true stocking stuffer standards — double AA batteries, toothbrushes, chocolate oranges, Purell, Bayer, golf balls, two dollar bills, nips, free travel samples you picked up at the cosmetic counter — the below gift-able goodies all make for excellent $25-and-under offerings for any upcoming Yankee gift swaps or Secret Santa parties that you may be attending over the coming weeks. That is, if you think you have it in you to not be that friend/neighbor/co-worker who picks up a ridiculous something last minute in the Seen on TV aisle of Walgreens or goes the easy, non-creative route with a bottle of bourbon (you know who you are).

Like my main holiday gift guide which focuses mostly on big-ticket items that don't lend themselves to placement in a piece of ornamental hosiery, these home-centric ideas are mostly eco-friendly, handmade, and/or the work of small, independent designers and artisans.

Pommes Frites Soy Wax Candles @ Reform School ($16)

Sweater Mug @ Mollaspace ($12)

Wood Fish Trivet/Tray @ Twine ($14)

Cabina Peg Holder by Avichai Tadmor @ Designboom Shop ($19)

Reclaimed Telephone Keys Frame @ Dry Goods ($20)

House Pot Holder @ Branch ($18)

Horseshoe Magnet by Jonas Damon @ Areaware ($14)

BNTO Canning Jar Lunch Box Adapter @ Cuppow! ($7.99)

Heirloom Vegetable Seed Packet Note Cards @ Beekman 1802 ($22)

Row Boat Salt Cellar @ UncommonGoods ($22)

Orla Kiely Handwash - Hollyberry @ Method ($4.49)

Kishu Binchotan Water Purifying Charcoals @ Dry Goods ($15)

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Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

12 must-have home goods for the well-stuffed stocking
Have a stocking to stuff before December 25? Consider these useful and beautiful gifts — most eco-friendly and/or from small designers — for $25 and under.