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!


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!

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Robyn Wright of Robyn's Online World December 17, 2010 at 11:19 am

Great list! I found a couple of new things I will try for Hubby this year!


Corine Complicated Mama December 17, 2010 at 11:28 am

Great post! I will definitely be using some of these ideas. Stuffing the hubz stocking is always a tough one!



Deb Ng December 17, 2010 at 11:42 am

You’re welcome! Mr. Ngs stocking has wine stoppers, cocktail mixers, a cocktail recipe book, chamois cloth, rib rub, wood chips


Leigh December 17, 2010 at 11:43 am

I still like bacon gifts from Think Geek!


Andy K December 17, 2010 at 11:43 am

Happy to help and GREAT post! Lots of good ideas in there. And, your stockings are too cute!


Heather @ Not a DIY Life December 17, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Glad to be able to help! Looks like you made out pretty good with the $25 limit.


MaryBeth Smith December 17, 2010 at 6:07 pm

Great ideas! I just had to let you know that me and my siblings have the same stocking, my grandmother knit ours too, name and all. One of these days i need to find the pattern and do it for my children. It is very special.


Jenn @ Frugal Upstate December 20, 2010 at 11:49 am

Wow MaryBeth, that’s cool! If Yankee Bill’s grandmother was still around I’d ask if she had the pattern, but sadly that is not an option.


Jaime December 17, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Does his mother have the pattern for the reindeer and Mrs. Claus stockings. My mom had the Mrs. Claus one when I was growing up. I still have my Santa one, but I would love to make the reindeer one for my daughter.


Jenn @ Frugal Upstate December 19, 2011 at 8:16 am

Jaime~I’ll ask my MIL if she has the pattern or remembers who she got it through!


Amyrlin December 17, 2010 at 11:50 pm

Some great ideas, I do the usual candy junk thing, my hubby loves gummy candy since he is diabetic I can only find one kind (unless I ordered online) CVS pharmacy sales sugar free gummies in their store brands, FYI to any others who have a hard time finding a sugar free gummy. I usually throw in a toothbrush, tickets to a movie, a paperback, a mini nerf gun, and gaming dice, never can have enough! Good Post!


Pat in Kitchener December 18, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Oh, I didn’t write in for a stocking stuffer, for us it is never a stocking if there isn’t an orange in the toe! That comes from my Mother they would only get an orange at Christmas, so no matter who’s stocking it is that I fill there is now a mandarin orange in there toe! My girls have carried this forward and told their children the story and it is our family tradition. Also I always put a piece of hard ribbon candy in the stocking, but haven’t found any anywhere this year.
Love reading you posts, and am glad you are up front in using WalMart, and I enjoy that they are willing to let you sing their praises or not.
Hope you and yours have the best Christmas yet and a very Happy New year. How lucky you are to have a MIL that can knit and do such beautiful work. I love the Stockings and they are a family heirloom.


Amrylin December 18, 2010 at 5:34 pm

Hi Pat,
I would check Walgreen’s or CVS for ribbon candy, I have seen some in mine, it reminds me of childhood and is a favorite during the holidays here in my family too!


Terre Neesham December 19, 2010 at 12:24 am

My man is getting in his stocking this year: Beef Jerky, ear plugs, gun cleaning oil, deodorant, tiny bottle of Pancake syrup, little bottle of Jack Daniels, some summer sausage, remote batteries, and flavored coffee and some home made biscotti.

Guys are always harder to shop for


Terre Neesham December 19, 2010 at 10:31 am

Oh I forgot superglue and ear buds I am putting that in his stocking too.


Cindy Brick December 21, 2010 at 1:13 am

Husband HATES little ‘junky’ stuff, and I have the same situation every year that you do — trying to fill a stocking for a man who really would rather have a new laptop and/or an ATV stuffed in his sock. Fat chance.
However, he has previously enjoyed bars of dark chocolate (the darker, the better), bottles of hot salsa and sauce, specialty jams, coffee (neither of us is big on the flavored kind, though–we like it straight and strong), fishing lures, camping goodies, etc. He LOVES the maglites Wal-Mart has, and is fond of maps, atlases, etc. too.
Don’t knock beer — one bottle of a specialty brew goes a long way in filling up a stocking! I’ll often get a six-pack for a present for him, especially the holiday-themed brews that only show up this time of year. Like Noche Buena, a very good Mexican beer…you know about this time in the Northwest, don’t you? (We live in Colorado.)


Kelly N. December 14, 2011 at 9:12 am

Great Topic! I tend to fill my hubby’s with mini toiletries, his favorite candy, inexpensive dvd’s he may have hinted about, and small sports items from his favorite teams (for ex. I got him a NY Giants vinyl car window sticker for a few bucks on Amazon).

By the way, I love those stockings. Their adorable!


Chelle December 20, 2011 at 5:48 am

#56 Car??? WOW I want THAT stocking LOL!


Jenn @ Frugal Upstate December 20, 2011 at 8:16 am

Hee Hee! I probably should have been a bit more specific. How about a matchbox or model car ;)


Kelli December 22, 2011 at 4:24 pm

This is a great help, love the pictures to personalize it! Thanks :)


pre stuffed stockings April 29, 2012 at 3:17 am

Nailclippers lol, quit giving my wife ideas. She will totally agree with this stocking stuffer list. Thanks!


Hillary December 5, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Thank you so much for posting this list. I just got engaged to my fiance this year, and this will be our first Christmas together, and I was clueless what to get for him to put in his stocking! Thanks for the great ideas!


Anna Edwards December 2, 2013 at 11:36 am

Awesome. My husband also love anything from North Face….beanie hat and gloves are great. If you have a guy who like deals, check out the book 365 Guide. Nothing but restaurant deals. We use it on date night! http://www.365guidenyc.com/


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