The 10 best stocking holders to complete your Christmas display (mantle or not)

From purely functional to over-the-top, the following hooks and holders will keep those precious stockings secure on your mantle.

Wondershop Faceted Mirror Stocking Holder
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Christmas is coming, and if you haven't strung up your Christmas stockings, we're going to assume it's because you've yet to find the perfect stocking holder to complete your holiday mantle decor. While stockings hold a sentimental value that you reach for year after year, stocking holders are an easy and small way to renew your mantle display each year. 

Even though nails "get the job done," they surely can damage your mantle, and are far from festive.   Rather, we found some gorgeous and functional stocking holder designs to elevate your mantle display to next level, and most importantly, keep all the treasures hidden inside each family member's stocking safe and secure. However,  we can't guarantee those hooks will stop prying eyes from taking a peek at what's inside.

And if you don't have an actual mantle to hang stockings on, we've found some alternative ideas for you to try too. 

Discover our favorite stocking holders that will suit a range of decor vibes from a minimalist Scandi-inspired moment to a cozy and rustic display, and of course every design style in between.

In need of more holiday ideas, be sure to check out our Holiday Hub for the latest in holiday decor, gifts and recipes.  

A classic and unassuming option

Haute Decor The Original MantleClip Stocking Holder

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Haute Decor The Original MantleClip Stocking Holder | Currently $12.50 at Amazon

The Original MantleClip offers a classic, streamlined look that doesn't distract from your mantle decor or stockings. The versatile clips, sold in a pack of 4, expand to fit a variety of mantle finishes and they're super sturdy as each hook can hold up to 10 pounds! So, stuff those stockings as full as your heart desires! 

Starry-eyed for this gorgeous design

Wondershop Faceted Mirror Stocking Holder

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Wondershop Faceted Mirror Stocking Holder, 2-pack | $20 at Target 

Elevate your mantlepiece with this 2-pack of mirrored stars for a magical touch.  Each holder can hold up to three pounds. 

Personalize your mantle with photos of the fam

Hagen Picture Frame Stocking Holder - Set of 2

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Hagen Picture Frame Stocking Holder, Set of 2 | Was $79, now $55 at Pottery Barn

Spotlight each family member's stocking with a photo accompanying their stocking for a personal touch to your mantle.  Outfitting each frame with a black and white headshot looks especially chic, or you could totally spotlight your favorite solo shots from your family's annual Christmas card photo session. Each holder holds up to five pounds. 

The cutest dear family adorning your mantle

Wondershop Silver Deer Family Christmas Stocking Holder Set

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Wondershop Silver Deer Family Christmas Stocking Holder Set  | $25 at Target

The whole family can feel represented with this charming deer family set with a stag, a doe, and two fawns for a classic Christmas motif. Each holder supports up to three pounds. 

A minimalist, modern pick 

metal stocking holder

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Stocking Holders in Silver, set of 2 | $7.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond

For those who prefer a minimalist and uncluttered mantle, you'll want to choose these elegant metal stocking holders. Their low profile makes them especially useful for those who have a TV they don't want to be obstructed by the mantel decor.  

A sweet touch that looks good enough to eat

Candy Cane Classic Rope Stocking Holder

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The Holiday Aisle Candy Cane Classic Rope Stocking Holders |  $21.99 at Wayfair

Kids will love these colorful candy-cane shaped stocking stuffers, which are made with a solid steel core and grippy rubber ends.  Just make sure they can expect some candy in those stockings they've been so eager to look through. The candy canes can hold up to 10 pounds and require that a stocking be hung to stay upright.  

Go for something that sparkles

Frontgate snowflake stocking holder

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Snowflake Stocking Holder | $49 at Frontgate

Gilded in gold, this ornate handpainted stocking holder takes on the look of a very special piece that has been part of your family for generations. It's simply striking on top of your mantle-piece for those who love to go all out for Christmas.


A little whimsy for your mantle (or a shelf or tabletop)

Sleigh Stocking Holder

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Sleigh Stocking Holder | Currently $158 at Anthropologie

Wish for a white Christmas with this stunning sleigh holder topping your mantle, set atop a console, or on a window ledge.  Top with extra presents or add additional holiday decor like your favorite candle or greenery. 

Merry and Bright even with no mantle in sight

White Merry and Bright Christmas Stocking Holder

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White Merry and Bright Christmas Stocking Holder | $34.99 (plus an extra 30 percent off one item with code DECEMBER30) at Kirkland's

No mantle? No problem! Makeshift your own stocking stuffer stand with a rack and some hooks or find a free-standing stocking holder like this farmhouse-inspired design complete with rustic, shiplap detail for a festive piece to anchor stockings.

Decorative adhesive hooks to save the day

Command 17034MB-2ES Medium Matte Black Decorative, 2 Hooks

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Command Medium Matte Black Decorative, 2 Hooks | Currently $11.28 at Amazon

Another option in case you don't have a fireplace to hang stockings above: adhesive hooks. Line them up on a spare wall or along your stairs, but the best part is, damage-free removal whether you plan to keep the hooks up all year long or just for the holiday season. 

Jaclyn Turner
Jaclyn Turner

Jaclyn is an eCommerce editor at Future Home Interest, and scouts out the best of the best for buying guides to help you fill your home with housewares you will love. She joined the team in January 2021. She has previously worked with sites like Apartment Therapy, The Kitchn, The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, and MyDomaine, but got her start at the trade mag Home Furnishings News, which fueled her excitement for innovation in the home category and seeing the newest launches.  When Jaclyn's not working, she loves long strolls through HomeGoods, unwinding with a chilled glass of Rosé, and entertaining her Cavapoo puppy, Reese. 

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