I…don’t want to brag here but…I’m kinda known for being an awesome Santa and stuffing pretty great stockings, on a reasonable budget.
It may not be the most useful skill in the world, sure, but it’s one I’ve honed over the years and one I like to think gives me a little street cred when it comes to Christmas time.
So I’m sharing my secrets with you all today. Or one might say, spreading Christmas cheer. Adding some jolly to your holly-day. Bringing joy to your world. Wishing you peace on earth and good will among men.
Let’s get to it, shall we?
Non-descript but effective lip balm. My personal fave (that everyone seems to steal) is Burt’s Bees Original.
Gourmet or cool food stuffs. These can be a splurge, hard to find, or just a nice treat. I recommend powdered peanut butter (amazing for smoothies), everything but the bagel sesame seasoning, some super fancy and healthy hot chocolate, or a bag of delicious coffee beans.
Fitbit Charger 2 Bands. There’s a million choices for all preferences, male and female and unisex. I like the simplicity of these ones in the simple metallics (and also the pink).
A sleek business card holder. Most of us adults can use one, and every time I pull mine out (a memento from South Korea), peopole ooohh and aaahhh. These ones are sleek, unisex, and nerdy fun.
Scratch lotto tickets. Because they’re always fun and it’s exciting to think how many times the gift could multiply in the event that they win!
Travel versions of their fave toiletries. Or just awesome toiletries. Lush shampoo bars are wicked for those of us who try to avoid checking luggage. But mini perfumes (or perfume diffusers), mini after shave, mini bars of soap, and nice mini makeup are all majorly useful.
A super cool, collapsible travel mug. Comes in your regular sizes, but folds down when you’re not using it, making it much easier to pack around than the travel mugs of the past.
Underwear. Because it really feels like they struggle to understand that holes are not a good look. You know?
“Manly” bar soap. Maybe this is silly, but I’ve never met a man who didn’t use bar soap. So I say, go ahead and get them something ridiculously “manly” because it’s funny and also, they WILL smell nice. Bonus points for this one that’s a musky all-in-one soap.
Mascara. But not just any mascara, because we often have a preference, so try to figure out which one she uses. My favourite, and the only one I’ve used consistently since I was 16, is this one from Clinique (they’re currently having their semi-yearly giving event where you can get loads of free minis with purchase so you could load up on awesome stocking loot – or split them out between a few women in your life!).
Nice hand cream never goes awry, especially in the dead of winter. Soft cocoa or shea, vanilla or even rose smells suit most. Forget the melon or berry smells, they’re way more specific to certain preferences.
Essential oils. Get just one or consider a whole set, but there’s so many uses for these guys that they’re a guaranteed hit. My fave thing (gleaned from a friend) is to add a drop into a humidifier!
With adults, I always suggest fewer, nicer items. But kids love quantity! So go for more smaller items and watch the joy of pulling more and more things out of their sock.
Anything scienc-y but fun. Think Glow in the Dark Slime or a Volcano Science Kit! If the box is too big, just remove everything (keep the box in case of returns) and put into a soft sock or bag inside the stocking.
A new chew toy. My Daisy pug always loves a new skinny, squeaky toy!
A bone or fancy treat or just anything they can chew.
Doggy body spray. A delight for you and for them.
New bowls that keep the area around the dishes clean. Especially useful if your dog is a pug… 😉
P.S. Here’s an incredibly large list of gift ideas for all the women in your life!
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