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Unique Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Men and Women
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.
Beautiful Velvet Christmas Stocking - Free Personalization!
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)
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
Pocket knife or swiss army knife
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
Wallet or money clip
Lounge pants or pajamas
Jersey from his favorite team
Blue Jean Christmas Stocking - Loved by Guys!
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)
Seeds to grow a plant
Frames for small pictures
Book of love poems
Trashy romance novels
French fashion magazines
Sewing Kit for her purse
Jewelry cleaning cloths
Elegant pill case for her purse
Book of Jokes
Hair items (such as ornamental clips, pony tail holders, barretts, combs etc.)
Sampler of different kinds of teas or coffees
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!
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 !
Desk or wall calendar
Sewing Kit for their desk
Frames for pictures
Funny mouse pad
Glasses Case or Holder
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
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
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
Pooper scoop bags
Small framed picture of the pet
Christmas Ornament of their pet breed
Adorable Paw Stocking
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.