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It's the most wonderful time of the yeaaaaaar! Is it just me or are the number of pre-Christmas special shopping days increasing every year? Did you participate in any pre-Black Friday week sales? Or perhaps Green Monday? (What the heck is Green Monday?) Happy Shopping Year! Argh. I find the present number of "shopping holidays" a bit overwhelming at times, but I can't deny that they're really good for picking up gifts on the cheap, which means that most of my holiday shopping is DONE.
I did crappy little post last year called "How I'll Be Stuffing My Boyfriend's Stocking This Christmas"
and it ended up being one of my most-viewed posts of all time, so I
guess men's gift ideas are a subject of interest, huh? Today I thought
I'd share how I'll be stuffing my boyfriend Stan's stocking this
Christmas, since I've already made my list and checked it twice (and had
the contents of it shipped to my house while I hid indoors from the Black Friday
Note: All images featured below are stock images from their respective merchants. My nifty gifties are still bundled up in their packaging for safety.
1. Forever 21 Men's Pizza Party Socks ($2.80)
Funny socks are pretty much a must-have item in Christmas stockings. I don't go all out and buy tons of pairs because my boyfriend has an office job and ends up wearing boring (but office-appropriate) black socks most of the time, but we all need something fun to kick back in on the weekends, right? His favorite food is pizza, so I thought he would appreciate this style. This set seems to be sold out on the Forever 21 website now, but they do have a variety of other amusing socks at affordable prices, including a pair of handsome hamburger print socks.
2. Samsung 16GB Micro SD Memory Card ($10.99 on Amazon)
This ended up in my cart because I'm giving my boyfriend a tablet as a gift this year (shh don't tell), but in this day and age, it never hurts to have spare memory cards on hand. Most tablets and smartphones are expandable with this kind of card—I think some (or maybe all?) Kindle Fire models are an exception, but yeah, Micro SD cards go in pretty much everything. Another idea following a similar theme is USB drives—I gave my boyfriend one shaped like a watermelon wedge (similar here) a few years ago, and it makes transferring files a highly amusing experience.
3. Custom Photo Mug (Prices vary, mug pictured is from VistaPrint)
This is the only thing from my list that I haven't picked up, which is why you get a stock image of someone's dog instead of a nice picture of Stan making a weird face. I'm a big fan of custom photo gifts—I'll admit that I usually augment reality a bit and Photoshop silly stuff into the picture to make it extra-special. If you've never bought custom photo gifts before it's worth shopping around at different companies a bit, since some will offer new customer discounts or free/just pay shipping offers! In the past I've used VistaPrint, Shutterfly and InkGarden for photo gifts.
4. Lee Magic Pens Invisible Ink Books (Prices vary)
Who else was obsessed with these as a kid?! If you've never seen them before, they're basically game books that come with a special "invisible ink" pen that you use to reveal your move in the game. Kind of retro considering that you can probably play a more advanced version of all of these games on your phone now, but I was so excited when I found out that they're still being made that I picked up a whole bunch for nostalgic stocking stuffer fun!
5. Dang Toasted Coconut Chips Dark Chocolate Coated ($3.29 at LuckyVitamin)
Snacks or sweets are another stocking stuffer must. I got a bag of these chocolate-coated Dang Coconut Chips as part of a Klout freebie a while back, and Stan INHALED them so I think it's safe to say that he'd enjoy finding another bag in his stocking. Only problem is that these seem to be a bit hard to find because they're new. Worst case scenario if you can't find them? Get a bag of the plain Dang Toasted Coconut Chips and some chocolates. Problem solved!
6. Field Notes Mixed 3-Pack Notebooks ($9.95 from Birchbox)
Doesn't matter if you're a dude or a lady, little notebooks are a very handy thing to have around to jot down lists, ideas, etc. I'm actually not sure if Stan prefers blank, ruled or graph paper in his memo books, but since this pack comes with one of each I think he'll find one he likes in there!
7. Kikkerland Mustache Magnets ($8 from Birchbox)
We hang a lot of recipes and random crap on our fridge, so magnets are always a handy thing to have. And if you're going to be hanging tons of crap, why not do it with something incredibly silly? If you're not into the whole moustache theme, a quick search for "Novelty Magnet" on Amazon yields an unbelievable number of ridiculous results.
8. Kikkerland Mustache Bag Clips ($4 from Birchbox)
We like snacks. Bag clips help keep snacks fresh. Funny bag clips are funnier than non-funny ones. Need I say more? These seem to be out of stock on the Birchbox website at the moment, but you can still get them on Amazon with Prime shipping.
That's it for Stan's stocking this year—I may toss a couple more snacks in there for good measure, but otherwise I think I've got a good balance of fun/practical/silly stuff going on here. So here's my question—how will YOU be stuffing the stockings of men in your life this year? Feel free to share links to relevant posts or hilarious stocking stuffer-friendly products in the comments!
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