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 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!!


Anonymous said...

What a great post and some wonderful ideas. I love the cheaters. The first time my husband had to use them was priceless. The look on his face as he put them on his nose ... Hilarious. Happy Thanksgiving, Jill.

Jill Bisker said...

Thanks for being such a dedicated reader Aubrey! I hate that I can't read anymore but they do have such cute styles out there.

Caroline said...

You've got some great suggestions here!

I can't stand the little pieces of junk that can often times be shoved in the stocking for filler.

Some ideas for the younger kids: Fun bandaids, toothbrush (I got my daughter a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toothbrush "gift set" that includes a mask like the turles wear!) and my favorite item, the little plastic candy cane full of goodies (I like to buy my kids the Reese's one because that's what I like to eat!)

Jill Bisker said...

Thanks Caro! I agree, I really try not to put things in stockings that are going to clutter up anyone's life. ;) I love your ideas! I also added a little nail kit in this years stockings - one with the large and small clippers etc.