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Stocking Stuffer Christmas Gift Ideas

Stuffing stockings at Christmas is one of my most favorite things to do. I challenge myself every year to find each member of my family (husband & 3 sons) gifts for their stockings that they will enjoy.

Wrapping Stocking Stuffers

I used to wrap each individual item in festive Christmas paper. After about fifteen years of doing this it became a bit tiring to sit and wrap, and wrap, and wrap, all the stocking stuffers for 4 guys. Now rather than doing this, I simply wrap each item in green, red or white tissue paper. I find that this saves so much time and tape.

Individual Stocking Fillers

Those of you that follow me know that I have twins. This in itself can be a challenge when it comes to gift giving. At one time I would buy two of everything for the twins. When they were about eight years old I watched them one morning opening their stockings. One was unwrapping the contents and the other was watching. I questioned this by saying, “Why are you not opening up your stocking?”

The answer I got made total sense and opened up my eyes. “I don’t need to unwrap my stocking, I always get the same stuff that he does.” After that I made sure that most of their stocking stuffers were different. Live and Learn.


If You Are Looking For Stocking Ideas - Here Are A Few Suggestions


One year I did a tool theme. Most of these I was able to find at the dollar store and local hardware store. Under the tree they each had a toolbox. Not the same toolboxes, different ones.In their stockings were: Hammer,Screwdriver,Wrench,Measuring Tape,Bits,Flashlight, Needle Nose pliers,Pliers, and Snips.


All three of my boys like to fish. Lures, bobbles, floats, fishing twine and other fishing paraphernalia are always welcomed stocking stuffers.

Where To Shop For Stocking Stuffers

Throughout the year if I happen to see something on sale that I think one of my guys would like I buy it, and hide it away somewhere that snoopers cannot find it. One year I had hidden gifts so well that I myself forgot where I'd hidden them. Two days after Christmas I found them. The boys were sure happy.

  • Dollar Stores
  • Liquidators
  • Bulk Food Stores for candy
  • Walmart
  • Amazon
  • Craft Shows

Christmas Stockings



Whether they are living at home or away from home I find that they always appreciate the following: New toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, body wash,shaving cream, new razor or blades for the razor you purchased for them last year. Nail clippers, tweezers, hair brush and or comb.

For The Artists

Two of my sons have always enjoyed drawing. This makes stocking ideas easy. Suggestions: Sketch pads, pastels, paints, brushes, pencils, erasers, colored pencils, crayons, coloring books, art books, how to draw books.

For The Musicians

Many of us have guitar or base players in our families. A set of new guitar or base strings are useful stocking stuffers, or perhaps one of the following: Guitar straps, tuner, picks, capo, guitar books.

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Other Stocking Stuffers

Puzzle games, Paperbacks, Music CD's,Candies, Chocolates, Clementine,Tangerine, Barrel of Monkeys, Pic Up Sticks, Gift Cards, Movie Passes, Socks, hats, mitts.

Frugal Christmas - Exchange Stockings

For many people Christmas can be extremely hard on the pocket book. Some families are choosing to pick names and buy one gift for one family member rather than buying for everyone. You can also do this with stockings. Set a limit that is affordable for everyone involved, pick names out of a hat and fill a stocking for the person who you pick.

I hope that you found my hub useful and helpful. Merry Christmas to one and all!


© 2011 Susan Zutautas


Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 29, 2017:

It's fun doing this for adults too. You should try it this year. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on November 28, 2017:

I miss doing this as we often are away. I enjoyed doing this when the grand kids were much younger.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 21, 2014:

pstraubie, I remember my barrel of monkeys from when I was a child and I bought them for all 3 of my sons one year. They are so much fun! Merry Christmas to you and your family. All the best to you in 2015.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on December 21, 2014:

I am always looking for new novel and not expensive stocking stuffers.

One I found yesterday was a tiny flask that said "probably not water"....i thought that was pretty clever.

Thanks for the ideas...I have to have the barrel of monkeys...i have a few..a few, really , like 3 but know little man would like a barrel of these...he is four so big enough for them.

Merry Christmas. Angels are on the way ps Pinned

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 23, 2013:

Careemommy, Thanks so much! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 23, 2013:

Rebecca, Thanks so much and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 23, 2013:

Thanks R Talloni, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 23, 2013:

Kathryn, Thanks for stopping by and Merry Christmas and Wishing you a Very Happy New Year.

I'm always behind these days too, and only wish there were more hours in the day to read.

Suzie from Carson City on December 20, 2013:

Susan......As kids, our stockings were hung on the mantle, and our mother would put a "Christmas Club envelope" in them.....(I don't even know if there is such a thing anymore)......It was a certificate from the bank for $52, accrued from saving one $ a week for the year. Then it was deposited the same place where every penny we ever earned or received in our lives....."College Fund." Fun? Wow.....Holly Jolly Xmas?