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The 22 Best Christmas Stocking Holders for Decking Out Your Mantel This Holiday

Just because you have a Christmas to-do list as long as your arm doesn’t mean there aren’t small jobs that will get forgotten during the run-up to the big holiday. Whether it’s defrosting the ham, baking cookies for your Christmas Eve visitors or hanging Christmas lights from the gutter, the holidays are full of instances where things don’t get done. Another simple job that can often end up more complicated than you want is hanging your Christmas stockings. This is where the best Christmas stocking holders come in handy.

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Just imagine it: It’s Christmas Eve. You’ve purchased all of your stocking stuffers and scored the best Christmas gifts only to find that your mantel doesn’t have built-in hooks. Now you’re in a bit of a pickle because you forgot to buy the best Christmas stocking holders. Stores are closed and it’s too late to order them online so you’re left with a DIY project you didn’t expect.

Save yourself from banging nails into your mantelpiece or attempting to precariously anchor your stockings in a potentially dangerous manner by being prepared for the job with a purpose-made Christmas stocking holder.

As functional decor pieces, Christmas stocking holders are a simple yet effective way to hang your stockings. They come in a range of styles and even include options for households that don’t have fireplaces and mantels. Many even sport a festive look to blend in with your Christmas decorations while featuring protective covers and fabrics to prevent any damage from occurring to your mantel.

We’ve put together a list of the best Christmas stockings for the 2022 holiday season. There are choices for hanging your stockings from the mantelpiece and free-standing options for anyone who prefers hanging their stockings elsewhere.

best overall

They may be intended for hanging your stockings off the mantel, but somehow these Haute Decor Candy Cane Stocking Holders manage to add an extra spark of Christmas while accomplishing their task. The steel canes are decorated in polyester to give your holder a candy cane-like appearance that kids (and adults) are sure to love. Each holder is lightweight and can manage up to 10 pounds of stuffed stockings. The universal design also fits almost every mantel’s shape and size.

most stylish

This beautifully designed stocking holder is what grown-up Christmas wishes are made of. It’s sleek, stylish, and so appropriate for the holiday season. This style will look great on any mantle or shelf and feautres a sturdy, weighted base to prevent tipping.

Best MINIMALIST

This simple stocking holder features a hook and weighted base that’ll perfectly display your sticking on your mantle or shelf. The star design is great for the season without being overtly Christmasy or clashing with other decor and its compact size means it won’t take up too much space.

FOR LARGE FAMILIES

We love these festive stocking holders, which come in the shape of Santa’s sleigh and reindeer. Buy as many reindeer as you need for the entire family and instantly bring some holiday cheer to your mantel.

best design

Set the tone for a joyous holiday season with this simple and elegant “PEACE” stocking holder set. It comes with five holders that are weighted to hold up to two pounds of stuffed stocking and features tapered hooks so that you can loop them on easily.

MERRY AND BRIGHT

Make a huge statement using these marquee Christmas stocking holders. This set of three holders comes together to spell the word “joy” as they hang your stocking on the mantle while adding beautiful lighting to your living space. (You can also buy the same stocking holders in the shape of Christmas presents, stars, trees and the word “Noel” if you need additional options.) Made of durable metal, they operate with two AA batteries, and each comes with an easy-to-use hook for fuss-free decorating.

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Frontgate has a number of decorative stocking holders, but we actually prefer these more straightforward mantle ornaments, which let your stockings take center stage. These popular stocking holders come in a set of four.

best decorative

This year, we think that West Elm has the season’s best stocking holders, like these festive snowflake Christmas stocking holders. In addition to this snowflake design, West Elm makes matching stocking holders in the shape of Christmas trees, snowmen, reindeer, nutcrackers and more. Check out the whole collection at West Elm.

for pet lovers

Perfect for dog lovers, this set of stocking holders come in the fashion of a bone and dog paw crafted of silver metal with red and black buffalo plaid. Designed with frame fronts, you can display photos of your family or favorite pets as they sit on top of your mantle. These durable holders are made of zinc alloy and come with a flannel-like bottom that protects your mantle’s surface while preventing slippage.

Best adjustable

These fireplace mantle Christmas stocking hangers can fit mantles up to 8 inches thick and come with two hooks on each, so you can hang your stocking and hang garland, lights or something else across your fireplace easily. They’ve got a cantilever design that makes them sturdy even with heavy stockings attached; each has an 11-pound capacity. They’ve made of durable, heavy iron with a brown protective coating on the outside, and they come with rubber pads underneath to protect the surface of your mantle.

best design

These snowflake Christmas stocking holders are simple, sophisticated, and will offer a special twinkle to your mantlepiece during the holiday season. They come in a four-pack and are made of chrome with a sparkly finish. Each has a maximum two-pound capacity, so you can’t load up your stockings and then hang them back up, but they’ll look nice above the fireplace regardless. The silver is also neutral enough to match a variety of decor.

best neutral

If you’ve got extra special stockings and don’t want your stocking holders to overshadow the design of your stockings, this set of four is perfect. They have a simple curved design and are made of thicker metal built to last. They’re a unique and sophisticated way to display stockings without distracting from the rest of the decor. They easily clip on and can be adjusted to fit most fireplaces. They also require no tools to install and are designed to be damage-free.

best for couples

This adorable Christmas stocking holder duo is perfect for two-person households who want some holiday cheer on their mantle. Santa Claus and Snowman team up and each measures 6.25 inches high by 4.5 inches wide to keep your stockings in place for when the big night comes, each in their Christmas-y outfits.

BEST PERSONALIZED

This personalized stocking tree is perfect for households with no chimney or mantle but still want something special to display their stockings on Christmas Eve. It can hold up to six stockings and is made of heavy-duty metal durable enough to last for years. It comes in two styles: a green stand with a yellow star or a brushed silver stand with a green tree on top, and both are easy to assemble and disassemble for storage. The stand measures 5 feet tall and weighs about 5 pounds.

best wall mounted

The Cypress Home Christmas Mantel Sign is a stocking holder option made from painted wood, providing space for up to six different stockings. The sign’s design features one of the most famous lines from everyone’s favorite Christmas poem The Night Before Christmas. You’ll also find that the Cypress Home used bright red paint to give the sign an eye-catching appearance. In addition, there are two hangers on the back for easy mounting. Alternatively, this piece can be propped up without a problem.

best budget

The Holiday Joy Christmas Safety Grip Stocking Holders are a cheap and cheerful answer to hanging your stockings without causing any damage to your mantle. Unlike many competing metal options, these holders feature a soft grip at the end to prevent the potentially damaging metal from contact with the mantel’s surface. Each pack includes four individual holders, designed to increase their grip when weight is added.

best reindeer

Sporting a beautiful silhouette-style design, these Reindeer Team Cut-Out Poses Stocking Holders are undoubtedly the most stylish offering we have on our list. The set includes four different holders featuring reindeer in different poses. Each one is made from tough, black metal. The pedestal bases are weighted, so it’s easy to hang your stockings without worrying that the weight will tip them over. The versatile design also means you can use holders on items other than the mantelpiece, like bookshelves, table tops and shelves.

BEST MINIMALIST

Once again, West Elm comes through with one of the season’s best Christmas stocking holders. These low-profile stocking holders come in a few different metallic finishes, and you can buy one for everyone in your family without distracting from your Christmas decor.

best freestandinG

At just under three and a half feet high, the DermaPAD Believe Christmas Stocking Holder Stand is a fun addition to any home at Christmas, whether you have a mantel or not. Sitting closer to the ground, this stand is ideal for letting kids hang and discover their own stockings on Christmas morning. In addition, the stand has five hangers and a built-in banner that reads: “Believe.”

MOST ELEGANT

If you prefer festive stocking holders, then these elegant metal stocking holders from CB2 may not scratch that Christmas itch, but they’re a tasteful (and affordable) addition to any mantelpiece. CB2 does have some more decorative options featuring marble and travertine, but we prefer this gold-plated design.

ALSO CONSIDER

These metal stocking holders come in a set of four and include one Santa’s sleigh and three shiny silver reindeer. The stocking holders can hold up to three pounds of goodies and stocking stuffers. Relatively affordable for ornate decorative stocking holders, they’ll become a festive and chic part of your holiday decor.

BEST LIGHT-UP OPTION

Finally, we have one more pair of festive stocking holders to consider: these unique light-up holders, available via Wayfair. These Christmas stocking holders come with built-in lights to set the perfect mood on Christmas Eve, although only two come in a set. The distressed iron finish provides an overall rustic look and it might be just the decorative touch your mantel needs.