Fool-proof tips to pick out the best stocking stuffers for men, stocking stuffers for women, and stocking stuffers for adults in general. A five-step process and a list of fantastic stocking stuffer ideas that will have you filling stockings to the brim this year in no time!
Looking back now, I have no idea how my mom did it. Somehow she always filled our stockings with things that we didn’t know we wanted. Christmas morning was one of the most exciting days of the year not because of the presents (we normally already knew what we were getting) but because of the surprises that always filled our stockings.
I loved not looking into my stocking but rather just sticking my hand in the stocking and pulling out the things inside one at a time. My mom no longer fills our stockings, instead I’m the one trying to figure out what in the world to put in my husband’s stocking each year and he in mine. It’s tougher than I ever gave my mom credit for.
Since most often stocking stuffers are just little surprises and extra Christmas gifts that people weren’t expecting, there’s a lot less pressure to make sure they’re great. That doesn’t mean they should be any less amazing, however, and over the past few years I’ve put together a pretty fool-proof way to fill a stocking with amazing stocking stuffers for men or for women, whoever you’re shopping for.
Tips for Picking Great Stocking Stuffers
1 – Make the stocking stuffers all about them
One fool-proof way to make sure the recipient loves their stocking is to make sure that all of the stocking stuffers inside are specifically made to pamper them, or things that they will love but may not have bought themselves. Whether it’s fuzzy socks they can put on to feel cozy or a gift card to their favorite store, give them something they will love but wouldn’t have wanted to spend their own money on.
2 – Pick one star item for the stocking
When it comes to stocking stuffers for men (or for women), I like to pick one star item I know my husband will love and then build off of that item. This year I picked up a Braun Multi Grooming Kit MKG3020.
He’s been wanting a new beard trimmer but didn’t want to buy a new one because his old one still technically works, so again – something he really wants but wouldn’t spend money on!
If you’re looking for stocking stuffers for her, a pamper item of some sort is another one of those items that most women likely wouldn’t have considered buying themselves but will really appreciate getting!
3 – Buy other items that match the star item
There are about a million stocking stuffer ideas you could find just walking around Walmart. Instead of just roaming the aisles aimlessly, come up with a theme for the stocking based on the star item you chose.
This year I went with color schemes and picked out a bunch of stocking stuffers that would coordinate with the blue and black colors of the Braun Multi Grooming Kit MKG3020 and stocking stuffers for her that coordinated with the red and black colors of The Olay Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System.
With so many options at Walmart, giving yourself a theme to start with makes it so much easier to fill that stocking to the brim. You can still wander the aisles at Walmart like I did, just with a bit of a vision in mind instead of just grabbing anything off the shelves.
These are just a handful of ideas you could use as you’re filling your stockings for men or for women.
Stocking Stuffers for Men
- Braun Multi Grooming Kit MKG3020
- Disposable cups (no dishes!)
- Patterned socks
- Gift card (Walmart has great gift card boxes)
- Candy or other treats
- Easy cooking/kitchen items
- Watches, wallets, gloves, or other accessories
Stocking Stuffers for Women
- The Olay Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System
- Olay Face Cleansing Wipes
- A chick lit or other beach read
- Gift card (Walmart has great gift card boxes)
- Fuzzy socks or slippers
- Warm gloves, scarves, or hats
- Hot cocoa with marshmallows
- Treats, snacks, or anything else indulgent
4 – Don’t worry about picking things that fit in the stocking
I think sometimes people think that stocking stuffers have to fit in the stocking. That’s just not true. You want to fit as much as possible in the stocking but don’t let the size of the stocking hold you back if you see the perfect item.
Like for instance, the Olay Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System doesn’t actually fit in my stocking, but I bought it anyway. Just make sure when you’re setting out stockings on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning that it’s obvious what items go with which stocking.
If you go with the color theme idea I mentioned above, it’ll be easy to distinguish any stocking stuffers from her from the stocking stuffers for men, even if they both have gift cards! Our stockings are almost always overflowing above and all around.
5 – Stick with traditions
Stockings are honestly more about tradition than anything for our family. If you’re the same, make sure to keep those traditions in mind as you’re picking out your gifts. For instance, my mom for the past 10 years has always given us a chocolate orange in the toe of our stocking, and we’ve used the exact same stockings. Then last year she forgot the oranges and the magic of pulling the chocolate oranges out of the toe of the stocking was lost.
If you have traditions in your family, make sure to keep those in mind when you’re picking out gifts for the stockings. If you do oranges or chocolate orange, pick those up first so you don’t forget them. The other things you put in the stocking don’t matter that much if you forget years of traditions. They’ll remember the missing chocolate orange, I promise.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay and Braun at Walmart. The opinions and text are all mine.