68 Ways to Stuff a Man’s Christmas Stocking

by Jenn @ Frugal Upstate on December 17, 2010

Stocking stuffers are a funny thing.  As far as I’m concerned the younger the person, the easier it is to fill their stocking-both in ideas and in cost.  Young kids are thrilled with pencils, crayons, stickers-all manner of very inexpensive but fun stuff.  When you turn your attention to adult men, it gets truly difficult~and expensive!

My husband, Yankee Bill is always the worst for me.

First of all he has a lovely knit stocking that his grandmother knit for him.  It’s a great family heirloom type piece, and we love it.

Isn't this so cute?

When I joined the family his mom knit me my own stocking.  When she gave it to me she had one comment for my husband “Have fun filling it!”.  You see knitting has a tendancy to stretch when you put things inside it, so those stockings actually hold almost twice as much as they look like they should.  ACK!  So it takes quite a bit to fill his stocking.

Now we all have hand knit stockings courtesy of my wonderful Mother in Law

Add to that he’s a bit, well, picky isn’t quite the right word.  It’s just that he doesn’t *want* much when it comes to small stuff.  There is still a bag up next to our bed filled with most of the stocking stuffers from last year-completely untouched.  He just doesn’t use a lot of the stuff~and I hate spending money and then seeing the stuff just sit there.  I guess I could be really frugal and just put the same stuff back in his stocking. . .but after a year or two he’s probably notice that.

So when Walmart asked me to write about filling the perfect stocking for $25 I decided to REALLY challenge myself and fill Yankee Bill’s stocking.

I wanted to get some fresh ideas-so I called on my online friends* to help out.  Here is the list we’ve compiled of 68 ideas for a man’s Christmas stocking:

  1. Cologne
  2. Magazines
  3. Hand warmers
  4. iTunes giftcards
  5. Toothbrush
  6. Toothpaste
  7. Floss
  8. Travel size toiletries
  9. Fishing lures
  10. Chocolate
  11. Shaving cream
  12. Hand lotion
  13. Jerky
  14. Beer (a guy submitted that one)
  15. Razors
  16. Socks
  17. Underwear
  18. Pool cue chalk
  19. Nail clippers
  20. Sunflower seeds
  21. Guitar picks
  22. Giftcards to Starbucks/Dunkin Donuts etc
  23. Giftcard to Lids (the hat store)
  24. Mini alcohol bottles
  25. Lip balm (blistex)
  26. Candy bars
  27. McDonalds or other fast food gift certificates
  28. Videos
  29. Books
  30. Camera memory card
  31. Memory stick/USB Flash Drive
  32. Sharpies
  33. Pens
  34. Eyeglass repair kit
  35. Eyeglass cleaning wipes
  36. Travel tissues
  37. Mini flashlight
  38. Gum/mints
  39. Sticky Notes
  40. Bungee Cords
  41. Pocket Knife
  42. Batteries
  43. Lint brush
  44. Duct tape
  45. Travel Tylenol/Asprin/Motrin
  46. Cough Drops
  47. Wallet Photos
  48. Keyring
  49. Cell Phone/MP3 Accessories
  50. Bumper sticker
  51. Armor All Wipes
  52. Small electronic game (suduko, solatiare etc)
  53. Deck of Cards
  54. Poker chips
  55. Gun cleaning kit/wipes
  56. Car
  57. Golf Tees/balls/gloves
  58. Motorcycle kickstand plate
  59. Bicycle wheel patch kit
  60. Refillable Water Bottle
  61. Snack size chips or cookies
  62. Drill bits
  63. Earplugs
  64. Gloves
  65. Hat
  66. Ear warmers
  67. Ice scraper
  68. Crossword/Suduko/Wordsearch book

That’s a lot of ideas!  Now to head off to Walmart and see what I could actually accomplish with my $25 budget.

The first two items I picked up were classics-cologne and razors.  My husband is a “Preferred Stock” man, which is fairly inexpensive for cologne but still fantastic smelling (at least to me), and he uses a Gillette refillable razor. The cologne, in the small bottle, was $17 and a 10 pk of the razors was $13.  That would have blown my whole budget right there!  Woops! They went right back on the shelf and I headed off to look for more cost effective ways to fill up the perfect Christmas stocking.

Here is the final list of my purchases:

Here it all is!

Blistex $.84
Sharpie 2pk, black $1.50
Toothbrush $1.50
Travel Qtips $.97
Nail clippers $.88
4 pc Bungee Cords $3.88
Earplugs $.1.97
Crest Whitening $3.23
Halls Honey Cough Drops $1.18
Papermate Profile Pens $1.44
Refresh Car Airfreshener $2.78
Peachy O’s Candy $2.50
M&M Candycane $1
Hot Tamale Candy Cane $1
Total: $24.67

But the big question is-did that stuff really fill the stocking?

That looks pretty full to me!

Yup!

So what are your favorite stocking stuffer ideas?

Note: Thanks to @apichea, @thehunterswife, @ComplicatedMama, @mcqueenie23, @nonpareilscake, @bucksome, @fcn, @sticky_mommy, @livepath, @psmom, @andyknola, @RobynsWorld, @heatherrast, @military_mom, @danamaccord, @feelslikehome, @debng, @notdiyheather plus many facebook friends for their ideas & help!

Disclosure: This post is part of a campaign I am participating in with the Walmart Moms. Walmart has provided me with  compensation and product for this post. My participation is voluntary and opinions, as always are my own. See what my fellow Walmart Moms brought home: Renee from Cutie Booty CakesJennae from Green and GorgeousErika from Chic Shopper Chick

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