Monday, November 24, 2014

25 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Guys

My husband is notoriously difficult to shop for, and filling a stocking for him was the bane of my Christmas existence for the first several years we were married. If it wasn't practical, it got thrown in the junk drawer, and all the clutter added up and it hurt my OCD heart. (See my Post on "Non-Clutter Stocking Stuffer Ideas") Now, I think I have the husband stocking thing down to a science. Who knew fun and practical could play so well together!?

  • Small bottles of hot sauce
  •  T-shirt (I have found t-shirts on clearance for $3-$4 at Target or Kohl's, and they're perfect for working out or relaxing)
  • Screwdriver Set (Such as this $6 Stanley 60-081 8 Piece Standard Fluted Screwdriver Set)
  • a couple $5 Gift Cards to his favorite drive thru(s) (perfect for a quick snack or lunch on the run)
  • Beef Jerky (I don't know what it is with men and beef jerky, but they sure seem to go together!)
  • A Favorite Candy Bar
  • Pocketknife (such as the classic Victorinox Swiss Army Rally Pocket Knife)
  • a Hammer (they always come in handy, and this one is only about $5! TEKTON 3016 8-oz. Tubular Steel Claw Hammer)
  • Tape Measure (I know I'm suggesting a lot of tools, but these are really good things to have around the house!)
  • Flashlight (We keep a flashlight in every room in case of power outages...the Dorcy 41-2510 Floating Waterproof LED Flashlight with Carabineer Clip, 55-Lumens, Yellow Finish has very good reviews!)
  • the current issue of a magazine (such as Sports Illustrated or Car and Driver)
  • a keychain with a family photo (I make them one for my husband every year on Shutterfly, and he loves them)
  • Cell phone car charger
  • Extra cell phone charger cable
  • a jar of gourmet salsa (My husband could eat chips and salsa for every meal)
  • a book of word puzzles, crosswords, or Sudoku 
  • Sharpie Markers (Sharpie Permanent Marker, Fine Point, Black, Pack of 5...we're misplacing these all the we always have a bunch on hand.)
  • If your husband travels a lot, make a homemade "Travel Pack" with disposable razor, travel shaving cream, dental floss, travel toothpaste, and toothbrush. 
  • Gloves, Mittens, or Beanie Caps (pick these up cheap at after Christmas clearance for next year's stocking!)
  • Does your guy have a long commute? Add a stress ball for when he's stuck in rush hour traffic.
  • Bungee Cords
  • a laminated family photo for his wallet
  • a travel coffee mug (many coffee shops will give discounted "refills" if you bring in your own cup)
  • Flip-flops (These go on clearance after summer for $3-4 per pair...not to rub it in that San Diegans can wear them all year long, but, ya know...)
  • A small jar of popcorn kernels and an At-Home-Movie-Date-Night Coupon (your time is more valuable than stuff anyway!)
What do you add to stockings for the men in your life? Share in the comments or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter!

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  1. Love these ideas. Men are always so hard to shop for. Thanks for making it a little easier.

  2. Thank you for these ideas! My Hubby is super hard to buy for, I got a little chuckle out of your post because I can sooo Identify! I'll be featuring your post on the next Masterpiece Monday


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