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Unique Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Men and Women

Updated on April 3, 2018
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Tracey has been writing online for over 10 years. She also is a graphical artist for social media sites. She loves writing about home life!

Stockings Are Not Just for Kids !

For many generations, people have had the tradition of hanging Christmas Stockings. Many people say that the story behind this tradition centers around the story of a poor man with three daughters. In those days a young woman's father had to offer prospective husbands something of value-a dowry. Without a dowry, this poor man's daughters were unlikely to marry.

One night after the daughters had washed out their clothing, they hung their stockings over the fireplace to dry. That night Saint Nicholas, knowing the despair of the father, stopped by the man's house after the family had gone to bed. He peeked in the window and saw the daughters' stockings hanging by the fire.

Inspiration struck Saint Nicholas, and he took three small bags of gold from his pouch and threw them carefully down the chimney and into the stockings of the three daughters. The next morning when the daughters awoke, they found their stockings contained enough gold for them to get married.

Whether this story is true or not, is anyone's guess; however, it does show us that children are not the only ones that should have stockings hung by the fire, on Christmas Eve. Husbands, wives, co-workers, girlfriends, boyfriends, or simply good friends....everyone should have a stocking stuffed with gifts from someone that cares about them, on Christmas.

If you have someone to buy for and you simply have no idea of what to get.....perhaps a Christmas Stocking full of small, but thoughtful, gifts and treats would be the perfect solution. I have put together some ideas for very nice, inexpensive stocking stuffers that adults absolutely love.

Enjoy !

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Beautiful Velvet Christmas Stocking - Free Personalization!

GiftsForYouNow Christmas Tree Personalized Stocking, 18.5", Embroidered
GiftsForYouNow Christmas Tree Personalized Stocking, 18.5", Embroidered

I ordered two of these last year for my husband and I. They are really beautiful and very well made. They put our names on them for no additional charge and the embroidery was really lovely. They are also quite large, measuring over 18 inches from the heel to the top. For the low cost they are priced at, these stockings are truly an exceptional value.


What Shall I Buy ? How Much to Spend ?

A Few Good General Ideas

Holiday budgets often overlook the expense of buying Stocking Stuffers. That doesn't mean that you have to give stocking stuffers that are cheap and are merely purchased to fill the stocking. There are many great gifts you can buy to fill that empty stocking that will bring a smile to the face of the recipient, without bringing your budget to it's knees.

First of all, decide what you want to spend. Take that amount and divide it by 4 and that will be the budget for each gift. You may also want to budget in a few extra dollars for candy. What is a Christmas Stocking without candy ??? If your recipient is watching their weight, you may want to go with 100 calorie packs of cookies or the like. If the recipient is a physical fitness buff, you can go with trail mix, bags of nuts or dried fruit.

Trying to decide which gifts to buy is a lot tougher. Probably the best stocking stuffers you can purchase are those that are small additions to a hobby that the person already enjoys. Such a golf balls and tees to a golfer, or gloves and a warm hat for an avid jogger. These will always be appreciated and you know they will be used since they are directed toward something the person already enjoys doing.

You can also direct your gifts towards a person's work. A new funny coffee mug for someone that works in an office. Thermal socks for someone that works outside in the cold. People always appreciate gifts they can use, so don't be afraid to get them these things.....they may not be as glamourous as a subscription "Food and Wine," but they will be appreciated (and used) a lot more.

~clip art courtesy of Christmas Graphics Plus

Stocking Stuffers for Men

Great Ideas for Guys !

Calendars - wall, or desk


Audio books - nice if he has a long drive to work

Gift cards for their favorite online game

Gift cards for Steam or iTunes

Clocks - wall or desk

Datebook - for those that are not electronic oriented

Puzzles - jigsaw, crossword, electronic, etc.

Gift cards for his favorite restaurant

Sporting event or concert tickets

Computer or video games

Small tools (small tools like screwdrivers are always getting lost)

Small flashlight

Cloth utility gloves

New shop rags (for those mechanically inclined)

Funny coffee mug and a warmer for his desk

Movies or TV Series on DVD

Hard Candy or Chocolates

Portable charger for phones and tablets

Leatherman tool

Pocket knife or swiss army knife

Foldable Slippers

Funny Christmas ornament

Small framed picture of his pet

Ice scraper for their car

Battery operated hand warmer

Gift Certificates for their favorite coffee shop

Keurig K-cups in his favorite flavor

New Stylus

Wallet or money clip

Lounge pants or pajamas

Jersey from his favorite team

Blue Jean Christmas Stocking - Loved by Guys!

Wrangler Apparel Denim Christmas Stocking
Wrangler Apparel Denim Christmas Stocking

I bought one of these for an old friend of mine that never wears anything but jeans. Made by Wranger, it is heavy duty as you would expect and very high quality. I noticed there are several places where it could have been personalized, though I did not, it would have been cute. The stocking is not overly large, about 16 inches tall, but I was able to fit a few small gifts and some candy in it. I even put a can of Skoal in the pocket as a joke! He absolutely loved it! A perfect stocking for the guys in your life!


Stocking Stuffers for Women

Get Them Stuff They Will LOVE !!

Chocolates (the fancier the better)



Music box

Seeds to grow a plant

Gift card

Frames for small pictures

Book of love poems

Trashy romance novels

French fashion magazines

Sewing Kit for her purse

Jewelry cleaning cloths

Love gel

Sexy lingerie

Elegant pill case for her purse

Note pads

Book of Jokes

Hair items (such as ornamental clips, pony tail holders, barretts, combs etc.)

Sampler of different kinds of teas or coffees

Scented candles

Small stuffed animals (the fuzzier the better)

CD's of romantic music or her favorite band

Portable charger for phones and tablets

Keurig K-cups in their favorite flavor

Romantic Christmas Ornament

Small framed picture of you and her together

Sexy and wild cellphone case like leopard or zebra

Case for her earbuds

Case for her Bluetooth headset

Pandora charm or bracelet

Sexy or funny keychain

Cute High Heel Stocking - Perfect for the Ladies!

Ho Ho Ho's High Heel Shoe Christmas Stocking Holiday Decoration in Red and Black
Ho Ho Ho's High Heel Shoe Christmas Stocking Holiday Decoration in Red and Black

I bought one of these last year for my niece, who was 12. It was so cute, I would not have minded having one myself! They come in three styles, I got the pink one with the black top. The material is soft, but it is rather small across as stockings go, (about 6 inches) but it is so unusual and fun that I am planning on buying another this fall. This time for me!


Stocking Stuffers for Friends or Co-workers

Awesome Ideas for Everyone !

Coffee mug

Desk or wall calendar

Flower vase

Desk clock

Desk radio

Sewing Kit for their desk

Frames for pictures

Funny mouse pad

Humorous magnet

Glasses Case or Holder

Address Book

Collection of flavored coffees or teas

Nice dish for candy (don't forget the candy to fill it)

Plant (real or fake)

Funky Pencil Holder

Manicure Kit

Earbud case

Funny Christmas ornament

Frame to put a picture in for their desk

Spot remover stick

Funny Christmas tie or scarf

Book of office jokes

Subscription to a Hobby Magazine

Stocking Stuffers for Pets

Yours or Theirs !

Personalized pet stocking

Collection of recipes to make homemade treats

Collection of recipes to make homemade pet food


Collar tag

Clothing - sweater, t shirt, etc

Teeth cleaning bone/treats

Basket for keeping toys

Food dish - funny or serious

Dish Mat for under the food dish

Water dish

Pooper scoop bags

Rawhide bones

Catnip toys

Cat treats

Small framed picture of the pet

Christmas Ornament of their pet breed

Adorable Paw Stocking

Outward Hound Kyjen  PP01767  Christmas Paw Stocking Dog Stocking Holiday Pet Accessory, Small, Red
Outward Hound Kyjen PP01767 Christmas Paw Stocking Dog Stocking Holiday Pet Accessory, Small, Red

This stocking is really cute. I purchased it for a friend that has a lovely Labrador. The sock is 3.5 x 1.5 x 7.8 inches. The top is white fur and the body of the stocking is red fur. The green paw is stitched in. I filled the sock with dog treats and a fuzzy ball. It was enthusiastically received! If you have a dog or cat lover in your life, this would make a thoughtful and fun gift for Christmas.


Stockings Are Fun gifts for all Ages

Christmas stockings are a great gift for anyone in your life. Everyone is a sucker for a stuffed stocking. It gives you so many opportunities to buy all kinds of different gifts. It is almost as fun giving them as receiving them. Give it a try and find out for yourself.

A Stocking Poll

Have you ever given a Christmas Stocking as a Christmas gift?

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Tell Us What You Like in Your Stocking ! - Or Any Gift Ideas You Have

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  • ismeedee profile image


    5 years ago

    What a great idea, I think this year instead of wrapping my best friend's present, I'll put all the little surprises in a stocking!!

  • RuthieDenise profile image


    5 years ago

    I like chocolate. Lot's of chocolate.

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    6 years ago

    Anything from my grandson! Nothing else needed.

  • whiteskyline lm profile image

    whiteskyline lm 

    6 years ago

    I would like the title to an R35 GTR, boxers, coffee, tools and caramel will suffice as well.

    Can't believe how fast Christmas is coming

  • Joan Haines profile image

    Joan Haines 

    6 years ago

    It's nice to give lots of little presents like these. I go for the practical ones.

  • KandH profile image


    6 years ago

    Thanks, I got some great ideas for my kids but will definitely also be considering stuffing stockings for other members of the family now as well.

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    7 years ago

    an interesting lens on this subject - and a "Thumbs Up" to your for the work on this lens!

    - Helene Malmsio

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    7 years ago

    You have some great stocking stuffer ideas. At my house, the entire family gets a kick out of what they find in their stockings. Each person buys something small to put in everyone else's stocking, and this helps with the cost of filling them.

  • sheilamarie78 profile image


    7 years ago from British Columbia

    I really love your introduction to this lens! You have some great gift selections, too. I have added you to my unique-stocking-stuffers lens.


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