Christmas Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Christmas stockings should be filled with things that make the recipient squeal with delight on Christmas morning. I appreciate "tradition" but I like creating my own traditions as well.

Bright red stockings with white faux fur trip were always hung from my grandmother's quilt frame that was mounted to her living room ceiling. The frame was lowered and the stockings were hung and filled, then the frame would be raised back up so that everyone could walk into their house on Christmas Eve. As all the cousins grew taller they had to continue to raise the frame. Otherwise someone was going to get some apples and oranges "up-side" their head.

My grandparents, aunts and uncles all filled our stockings with fruit, nuts, candy canes and any small toys they might find to throw in.

However, once I had kids of my own and began my own traditions, I rarely put fruit or nuts in the candy canes. I wanted to fill them with other goodies.

For some wacky stocking stuffer ideas, see another article of mine found here.

Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Men

Some great stocking stuffer ideas for men are:

  • Gift certificates
  • Gift cards
  • Speciality coffee samples
  • Body spray
  • Cologne and aftershave
  • Soaps
  • Massage oils
  • Key rings
  • Money clip
  • Commemorative silver dollar
  • Tie
  • Jerky sticks
  • Bags of nuts
  • Novelty socks
  • Novelty boxers
  • Belt
  • Playing cards and poker chips
  • Favorite candy bar
  • Tickets to a sporting event
  • Sports, hunting, or car magazine

Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Women

Some great stocking stuffer ideas for women are:

  • Gift certificates to someplace they have wanted to try
  • Gift cards to their favorite "treat" places
  • Jewelry (earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings)-be sure to make it unusual
  • Speciality teas or coffees-stores often have sample sizes around Christmastime
  • Samples of hair products
  • Hair accessories
  • Key chain
  • A copy of her favorite magazine-these roll up nicely for stockings
  • Puzzle books like Sudoku or Word Finds
  • Nail polish in cool colors
  • Lipsticks and lip liners
  • Eyeliners and mascara in cool colors she might not ordinarily try
  • Perfume or cologne in sample sizes or purse-sized
  • Coin purse
  • Sunglasses
  • Gloves
  • Movie tickets
  • Tickets to an upcoming event
  • Scarves
  • Scented Candles
  • Soaps and bath oils
  • Massage oils

Stocking Stuffers for Teenage Girls

Some great stocking stuffer ideas for teenage girls are:

  • Gift cards
  • Gift certificates
  • Lip gloss
  • Teen or glamour magazines
  • Movie tickets
  • Sunglasses
  • Concert tickets
  • Jewelry (earrings, necklaces, bracelets)
  • Novelty socks
  • Scarves
  • Makeup
  • Commemorative silver dollar
  • Cute little shaped neon Post-It pads
  • Body sprays
  • Hair accessories (brushes, mirrors, barrettes)
  • Nail polish
  • Novelty emery boards
  • Small Picture frames
  • Musical toothbrush
  • Anything personalized-girls love to see their name on something

Stocking Stuffers for Teenage Boys

Some great stocking stuffer ideas for teenage boys are:

  • Gift cards
  • Gift certificates
  • Sunglasses
  • Novelty socks
  • Toboggan (if you don't understand this one, read this hub)
  • Novelty boxers
  • Jerky sticks
  • Commemorative silver dollar
  • Concert tickets
  • Movie tickets
  • Cologne and aftershave
  • Musical Toothbrush
  • Sports, car, motorcycle magazine

Stocking Stuffers for School-age Kids

Always consider a child's age and maturity level. Some great stocking stuffer ideas for kids are:

  • Crayons
  • Colorful markers
  • Special markers with glitter
  • Hair accessories
  • Novelty socks
  • Toy cars and trucks
  • Bags of farm animals, toy soldiers, etc.
  • Small hand-held games
  • Small puzzles
  • Whistle
  • Harmonica
  • Personalized pens or pencils
  • Hairbrush
  • Musical toothbrush
  • Bubble bath
  • Candy (try Pop Rocks for some retro fun)
  • Fruit roll-ups
  • 100-calorie packs of cookies or crackers
  • Gum
  • Novelty watches
  • Sunglasses


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Comments 15 comments

Robert Ballard 7 years ago

Thanks for the tips! We have stuffed those stockings for years for our boys. Now that they are men, 35,33,29, they still are delighted when thy pull those stockings off the stairwell. Great hub and I'm sure a help to many who might not have thought of this.

Robert Ballard

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

You're welcome, Robert. I think stocking stuffer buying is my favorite part of Christmas shopping. Your kids never get too old for that kind of fun!

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sukhera143 7 years ago from Home

Nice tips.

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

I had to read that twice...I thought you said I had nice lips....:) Thanks Sukhera!

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Tesa Adams 7 years ago from Austin, Texas

I love christmas stockings. Great ideas. You always write such great hubs, you are an inspiration!

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Awww...thank you so much Tesa!

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Newsclipper 7 years ago from Michigan

Great hub. My favorite part of Christmas is filling my son's stocking. I'm always looking for new ideas. He's a grown man now, but I still fill a stocking for him every year. I can't stop! :)

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

No need to stop, Newsclipper! It's fun for any age! Thanks for stopping by!

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elisabethkcmo 7 years ago from Just East of Oz

We love stockings, it's fun for me, buying little surprises and stuffing each person's stocking. My daughter enjoys her stocking more than anything else on Christmas morning. Thanks for more ideas!

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

You're weclome, Elisabethkcmo!

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Tom.Gilbert 7 years ago from The North Pole

What's up Big Country? I really like your ideas, so I decided to feature this piece on my big list of Christmas gift ideas blogs on my website. Awesome stocking stuffers!

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Hey Tom! Most call me KCC for short. Glad to meet you! I'm flattered to be included in your gift idea blog! Thank you!

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CarolineChicago 6 years ago from Chicago, IL

Wow! I just ran across your hub from another hub on stocking stuffers. Amazingly useful hub! Bookmarking & voted up!

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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thank you, CarolineChicago!

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