Thursday, November 20, 2014

17 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Adults



I had to play around with that title for awhile.  17 Adult Stocking Stuffers.  Stocking stuffers for adults.  I kept worrying that the word adult would bring up the wrong connotation.  Not to worry, everything's G rated here.

Although my son is an adult now, I still love to fill our Christmas stockings with goodies and treats.  I do still put the occasional toy or silly item in but I really was tired of giving things that would just sit out unused and cluttering up the rooms. We've all heard of the socks, candles, bath wash, and candy that is traditional so I tried to really think of unique things my family would actually use and really like.

Here are some ideas that I have come up with -

The first idea is a no brainer for me, my family loves music and movies so I try to find a new favorite.


For those of us of a certain age, we are starting to carry cheaters every where we go.  I need a pair in every room because I'm always losing them.  A cute hard case is great for taking them in your purse.





The next one, I may have mentioned before.  It's the invisibelt.  It's a tad more expensive but I just love it.  It lays flat and doesn't poke holes in my t-shirts.



For the man of the house or anyone over 21, I like to purchase those little travel bottles of alcohol.  We don't buy full bottles of bailey's so having a little one gives you the option of trying something new.  I'll make a confession - the other one I bought just for the skull bottle.




This one you have to think about ahead of time.  A vintage hand mirror.  They are really popular among those of us who like to reuse, recycle, repurpose.  You can use it as it was intended or hang it on your gallery wall for a unique look.




Another idea for the men is a good moisturizer.  In my world, men don't spend a lot on themselves but when I buy it for them they appreciate the way their skin feels when they use it.  As we get older we really learn that it's important to your skin health whether you are a man or a woman to wear SPF lotion daily.  It's a little luxury for our guys.




For you guys looking to put a little romance in her stocking how about a necklace inscribed with your names or those of your children.  It's more than an average stocking stuffer but think of how touched she would be.



There are a lot of craft boutiques and shops set up this time of year and you can get wonderful hand made gifts or find a local art store.  Local art is a wonderful, often one of a kind gift.  




One of my go to items is flashlights.  I love them in every form and it seems like you can never have too many.  They have tripods, wrap around, magnetic, tiny, one for any need.




Or how about a vintage pin for her wool coat?




Then, you could always go with an organizing item.  How about this large clip?  I use them to roll the cords on my iron, hair dryer, drill, laptop, and sewing machine, just to name a few.




Consumables are another great gift.  This delicious honey butter can be paired with a box of pretzels and a cute spreader/dish for an addictive gift.  You may think it's funny, but I've given this gift several times and after it was eaten was called with very appreciative thank yous.




Another consumable would be loose leaf tea with a holder that is also a stirring utensil.   If she likes vintage you could go to an antique store and choose a delicate cup.




I don't know what attracts me to Christmas books but every year I buy one or two.  I love the small size and usually the stories are uplifting and filled with beautiful thoughts.





Think of someone's favorite hobby and buy a calendar for the next year with that theme.  My husband loved this vintage comics one.





The gift of time is always a great idea.  For all you game lovers out there I would suggest two.  One is the multi player Marrying Mr Darcy and the other is the two person game Rivals of Catan.  If you play Settlers of Catan this is the two person version.  My husband gave it to me for my birthday and we are really enjoying it -- although I rarely seem to win.




The best gift is a gift of the heart.  I would love to get a gift card to a restaurant (it doesn't have to be expensive) and a hand written note about a trip we're going to take to see a historic house, museum or concert.  Just think of your significant other and what they enjoy, collect, spend time doing and then make a special effort to find something in that genre.  Even if you get it wrong...you get it right.


I know some of these items are a little larger than a stocking but I usually wrap them and set it next to it.  So dear people, I hope that I've given you a few ideas or at least helped you think of gifts.  Happy searching and enjoy the season!!








Sunday, November 16, 2014

Grateful for my Readers

We see articles everywhere during November to remind us to be grateful.  I try to do so all year  but with the hustle and bustle, disappointments and irritations it's good to sit down and really count your blessings. I have so much to be grateful for -- my loving family, my comfortable home, friends who are supportive, the internet that answers all my questions, the summer warmth which I can look forward to all winter, and all the new readers of my stories!  I really could go on and on but you don't all want to be here forever.

This year I have something new to be grateful for -- it has been an unusual one for me.  I had my first short story and novel published and with that have come opportunities that I didn't know I'd ever have the good fortune to participate in.  I went to a signing at a neighborhood bookstore, I had my book on the shelf in Barnes and Noble and most recently I have been invited to several Book Clubs in the area.




Each of these events have made me push myself out of my comfort zone.  I am not by nature an extrovert but I love getting out and talking with people about my stories.  I appreciate everyone who has given this first time author a chance.  So many of you have been encouraging and kind and it has been a wonderful experience to meet you all.

When we've gotten together and you ask questions of my process, the story or the characters, it helps me to plan my next story.  Whether you like what a character does or not you give me inspiration.  You want to see more of one or more ideas.  I find it helpful to discuss story ideas with other people just to see what they think and where I am going right or wrong in the process.

So if you live in the Twin cities area and belong to a Book Club and you would like me to come and visit please contact me at jkbisker@comcast.net.  I would love to meet you.