How to Perfect the Stocking Stuffer
Mini Cocktail Kits by W&P ($24 each)
Stockings are a classic part of the holidays for many families. They’re often filled with delicious candy and chocolate, and may even have a few trinkets hidden inside. Sure, the stocking is fun to open, but if you have presents in your stocking and under the tree, the former is never as exciting. The sweets are a delicious treat to enjoy throughout the day. The knickknacks, though, are often quickly forgotten, left to clutter up the space. However, that doesn’t have to be the case.
Stocking stuffers can be just as exciting as the presents wrapped under the tree. Instead of being quickly discarded, these gifts can be something the person keeps for a long time. There are three tricks to choosing a quality present that’s perfect for stockings: It needs to be well made, it needs to be an item that people actually want, and it needs to be small enough to fit in the stocking. It might seem a bit limiting at first, especially the part where it has to be small enough for a stocking, but there are actually a lot of options once you start brainstorming ideas.
If you’re looking for a stocking stuffer for someone who loves games, Misc. Goods Co. has a great set of classic playing cards. They’ve even redone the artwork for an updated look, and each deck is a different color so they won’t get mixed up. Start up a game of poker or euchre after dinner, and everyone at the get-together can enjoy playing a round.
Playing Cards by Misc. Goods Co ($12)
Stockings are also a great opportunity to give a gift that’s fun and functional. A bottle opener will easily fit, will leave room for other gifts, and is something that everyone needs. Our new Stainless-Steel Bottle Opener by Belle-V is an option that they'll keep for years to come. Finished and polished by hand, its thick-walled, double construction from investment-cast stainless steel makes it corrosion-resistant and heirloom-quality.
Limited Edition Stainless-Steel Bottle Opener by Belle-V ($34)
A multifunctional piece for his everyday carry collection is also a great go-to. The Multi Tool Keychain by Izola includes a ruler (cm and mm), keyring, sprocket, butterfly wrench, hex wrench, carabiner, and bottle opener.
Multi Tool Keychain by Izola ($12)
Another dependable stocking stuffer go-to: a trusted flask. With all the options that exist, you can choose one that goes with the person’s style and personality. There are options that are custom-engraved, copper, or handmade from glass. Or, if you want to give something that’s really going to draw attention, a pewter-and-brass, cartridge-shaped flask. Pair it up with a handmade copper funnel for easy filling.
Pewter Pocket Flask and Leather Pouch by Wentworth Pewter ($69)
Pewter & Brass Cartridge Flask by Wentworth Pewter ($77)
You may have to get a little creative when choosing the perfect heirloom-quality stocking stuffer, but think of how excited the person will be when they expect to find cheap lotion and mints and, instead, they discover a present they actually want.
Consider some more of our top stocking stuffers here to really nail it.
Tea Tree Charcoal Soap by Hardworking Gentlemen ($10)
The Old Fashioned Cocktail Kit by W&P ($24)
Seamless Leather AirPod Case by Lo Esencial ($29)
Camp Supplies Mini by VSSL ($99)
Australian Leather and Brass Key Case by IEFrancis Minimalist Goods ($45)
Wrenchit Full-Set Multi-tool by Mininch ($55)
Still need some more stocking inspiration? Check out our Stocking Fillers Gift Guide here.
Written by Dani Howell
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