50 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Men

by Brett & Kate McKay on November 26, 2012 · 145 comments

in Gift Guides, Travel & Leisure

Every year since we started the site back in 2008, we’ve done an annual holiday gift guide, highlighting manly, useful, classic, and unique gifts an Art of Manliness man might want to find under the tree. This year, I wanted to do something a little different: using the same criteria to compile an edition entirely dedicated to stocking stuffers.

Stocking stuffers often get overlooked in the rush to see the bigger gifts Santa’s left. But they’re one of my favorite parts of Christmas. There’s something so fun about little gifts small enough to be stuffed in a giant sock. Yet once a man ages out of the novelty toys of his youth, it can be hard to know how to fill his stocking with things that are both neat and useful. For that reason, we’ve created this massive guide that includes 50 stocking stuffers a father, husband, or brother will find both practical and delightful. While every stocking should have one or two just-for-fun items, too many stocking stuffers are bits of junk that get thrown in a desk drawer, and then, once the feeling of guilt wears off, put in a trash can or tag sale. So the things we’ve chosen are those a man will enjoy using the moment he pulls them from his stocking and for a long time afterwards.

Of course if you’re looking for bigger gift ideas, I highly recommend checking out our past guides, where you’ll find hundreds of great ideas:

Drugstore Cologne

We wrote about six forgotten and manly drugstore colognes and aftershaves earlier this year. It was a big hit. Cheap drugstore cologne was a staple in my dad’s stocking growing up, and I remember getting my first bottle of Brute in my stocking when I was twelve. Any of the old drugstore standbys make a great stocking stuffer gift. You can’t go wrong with Old Spice, but my favorite is definitely English Leather. $3-$10

Pocket Knife

Every man should carry a pocket knife. There’s a nice Benchmade Mini-Griptilian Tanto in the Huckberry General Store that would make a great gift. It’s my everyday carry knife, but it’s kind of pricey for a stocking stuffer. Fortunately, there are plenty of affordable, quality pocket knives on the market to choose from. I like this Handmade German Anchor knife from Garrett Wade ($30). Besides that particular pocket knife, Garret Wade offers several other great options. $10-$80

Pocket Ref Guide

I love a good reference book and my favorite by far is the Pocket Reference Guide, 4th Edition by Thomas J. Glover. This small, black book is crammed with just about every piece of information a man might want to know. Want to know about different lumber types? How about how to tie the fifty most common knots? Need a formula to determine the area of an oblique triangle? It’s all there in the Pocket Ref Guide and much, much more. Sure, you can find this info online these days, but this guide serves as a great book to have by the toilet so you can thumb through it while taking care of business. $8

Zippo Pocket Handwarmer

This handsome handwarmer from Zippo makes the perfect stocking stuffer for the man who spends a lot of time in the freezing cold. My dad would have loved this in his game warden days on those cold mornings checking duck hunters. For a few extra dollars you can get your Zippo handwarmer engraved. $13

Tactical Flashlight

Besides helping you find your car keys in a dark parking lot when you accidentally drop them, a small tactical flashlight can also serve as a useful self-defense tool. Shine the bright light from the tactical flashlight in a would-be attacker’s eyes to temporarily blind him and give yourself enough time to run or counter-attack. High quality tactical flashlights can cost well over $100. For most folks, that’s probably too much for a stocking stuffer. At $40, the Streamlight 88301 Protac Tactical flashlight puts itself on the potential stocking stuffer bubble. While it doesn’t emit 500 lumens like its more expensive cousins, the 88301 does offer enough light output (180 lumens) to blind an attacker momentarily. $40

Old-School Hair Grooms

For the discerning man who appreciates a nice taper and a sharp, crisp part. Old-school pomades and hair grooms can give you that handsome Cary Grant shine. Best of all, they’re cheap which makes them great stocking stuffers. I’m a Brylcreem man. A big tube costs only $7 at the drugstore and lasts for weeks. Groom & Clean is another favorite of mine. It’s not as greasy as Brylcreem and it smells great. $5-$8

Varsity Disposable Fountain Pens

I love writing with a fountain pen. It makes writing even a lowly grocery list feel like a dignified affair. Unfortunately, a decent fountain pen can cost upwards of $50. If you want the fountain pen experience without the cost (and worry of losing an expensive pen) check out Varsity disposable fountain pens from Pilot. A 3-pack costs only $8 and writes almost as smoothly as more expensive fountain pens. These make a great stocking stuffer for a man who’s been curious about fountain pens, but hasn’t had the dough to try out an expensive one. $8

Money Clip

I don’t know what it is about money clips. Even if I’m just paying for a QuikTrip taquito, I feel like Frank Sinatra when I pull it out and start thumbing through my cash. Money clips make the perfect stocking stuffer because 1) they’re small, and 2) they’re cheap. Kill two birds with one stone by getting a money clip/pocket knife combo. $5-$15

Stainless Steel Comb from Chicago Combs

A man doesn’t need much in the hairbrush department to keep his mane in order — just a comb will do. But in a throwaway culture, it’s nice to upgrade that comb from the plastic, disposable variety made overseas. Which is why I am a big fan and owner of the Chicago Comb. Made with timeless style right here in America. Constructed of stainless steel (yet comfortable on the scalp), this baby is dang near indestructible and will last forever. They’re pretty pricey for a comb, so if you’re going to pick one up for yourself or a loved one, make sure to buy it on sale in the AoM x Huckberry Holiday Store. Even then, with the price, the nice packaging it comes in, and the classic nature of the gift, it might find its way out of the stocking and under the tree. $39 (on sale)

Ammo

When I asked people on Google+ for some manly stocking stuffer ideas, several folks suggested gun ammo. As a new gun owner I definitely understood why. Ammo is kind of expensive and you want plenty of it on hand for those impromptu trips to the gun range. Make sure you get the right kind of ammo, though. It’d be a bummer to get boxes of 9mm bullets when your gun is a .38 special. I’m hoping Santa drops a few boxes of shotgun shells in my stocking this year. Varies by ammo type

Shaving Brush

If you want to introduce a man to the lost art of the classic wet shave, give him a shave brush. Once he experiences the joy and pleasure of lathering up with a good old-fashioned shaving brush, he’ll be jonesing to start shaving with other classic shaving implements like a safety razor. Art of Shaving sells a good brush for $40. You can find some handcrafted shaving brushes on Etsy as well. Wherever you get the brush, make sure it’s made of badger hair, not boar hair. It produces the best lather. $30-$40.

Wall Mount Bottle Opener

While most bottles have twist-off caps these days, opening them can still be a pain. A classic wall mount bottle opener placed right next to the fridge eliminates the hassle of twisting off a bottle cap, plus it makes opening a cold one a bit more enjoyable. $7

Survival Kit in a Sardine Can

This air-tight, waterproof, crushproof sardine can is packed with 25 survival items, including a fishhook, signal mirror, fire starter cube, and first aid supplies. Now, because of the variety and quality of the items in the can, this is far more of a novelty item than an actual survival kit. But it’s pretty cheap and a lot of fun; every stocking needs at least one item that’s simply designed to delight and act as a conversation piece. This fits the bill nicely. $12

Mustache Wax

A can of handmade mustache wax is the perfect stocking stuffer for the man who grew a handsome handlebar mustache during Movember. The mustache wax featured above comes from Man’s Face Stuff, a small company started by two friends in Portland, OR. They offer a variety of scents including: All-Nighter (notes of fresh pipe tobacco, sweetened coffee, and just a hint of frankincense), Gin & Tonic (smells like gin and tonic), and Stiff Breeze (spruce, sage, and just a touch of green pepper). A can of Man’s Face Stuff Moustache Wax is just $9.

Another artisan mustache wax that just came on the market is from a company called Can You Handlebar? Their selling point is that their wax is all natural and contains no artificial scents. So if you’re looking for something to hold your ‘stache during the day without having to smell it, this is your wax. A can of Can You Handlebar? is $9.

Cigar

Besides ammo, cigars and mini bottles of booze topped the list of reader suggestions. If you know a guy who enjoys a good stogie every now and then, a few of his favorite cigars placed in his stocking will catapult you to number one friend/son/brother/nephew. You can usually buy cigars individually at your local cigar shop. $3-$10 for one cigar

Mini-Bottle of Booze

You can buy the same mini-bottles of alcohol that airlines and hotels give patrons at most liquor stores. Pair a mini-bottle of whiskey with a favorite cigar to create a memorable manly-vice-themed stocking stuffer.

Savage by R.A. Jones and Ted Slampyak

Ted Slampyak, AoM illustrator extraordinaire, co-authored an awesome graphic novel this year with writer and editor RA Jones (a fellow Tulsa resident) called Savage. It’s a fun read about a Wild West vampire slayer named Christian Savage who battles his own personal demons while fighting off actual demons from the infernal pit. If you like Ted’s illustrations and you enjoy a good vampire slayer tale, you’ll love Savage. You can buy a signed copy from Ted himself at his website for $16 or pick it up on Amazon.com. Check out Ted’s great Jazz Age comics too. $16

Soap-on-a-Rope

Once a staple Christmas gift for men, soap-on-a-rope has become the butt of Christmas gift jokes. For example, Bill Cosby once said, “Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope.” But I think soap-on-a-rope deserves a second chance. It’s just an amazingly convenient gift, especially for the man who showers away from home. Plus, the soaps that are attached to ropes tend to be the manly smelling kind. Like English Leather. Just like Grandpa uses. $6

Tire Pressure Gauge

Maintaining proper tire pressure will keep you safe and even save you a little dough. Improperly inflated tires — and this may mean over-inflated or under-inflated — don’t handle or stop as well as tires with the correct pressure. They also increase your chance of a blow out. Plus, tires with the correct pressure have a longer life and increase your fuel efficiency. A tire pressure gauge is an essential tool in properly maintaining your tire pressure. This tire gauge from Accu-Gage is one of the best in the industry and its $9 price tag puts it in stocking stuffer range. $9

Work Gloves

You never know when you’ll need a good pair of work gloves. For a homeowner, they’re a necessity. There’s always some outside chore that requires hand protection. But even if you live in an apartment, it’s good to have a pair of gloves on hand for those times you need to go help a friend roof his house or clean out the yard of that little old lady in your church congregation. Because a pair of leather work gloves costs only $4 at most hardware stores, they’re a great stocking stuffer. A step up from the generic leather work gloves would be the gloves from Mechanix. Not only are they great for working around your yard and on your car, I can attest to their abilities to protect one’s hands during the GoRuck Challenge. $4-$11

Tins of Shoe Polish

I don’t know about you, but I always seem to be out of shoe polish whenever I actually need it. I’ll make a mental note to pick some up on my next trip the grocery store, and of course, I’ll go to the store and forget to buy some. The occasion will arise again when I need to shine my shoes and the vicious cycle repeats itself. It’d be nice just to have copious amounts of shoe polish tins in my shoe shine box so I’d never have to worry about buying a can ever again. I’m pretty sure if Santa left two or three cans in my stocking each year my wish would be a reality. At $4 a tin, it’s the perfect stocking stuffer. $4

Duncan Yo-Yo

Even as a grown man, I enjoy getting a kid’s toy in my stocking. It’s fun to have something to play with on Christmas morning and it just makes me feel like a boy again. You can’t go wrong with stuffing a stocking with an Imperial yo-yo from Duncan Yo-Yos. Besides giving a dad or uncle a chance to show off some cool tricks to the kiddos on Christmas morning, throwing the yo-yo is a surprisingly great activity for quieting the mind when you’re sorting through a problem. You can find yo-yo’s at most toy stores for about $4.

Handkerchiefs

Every man should carry a handkerchief. They’ve got a bunch of uses — you’ll be surprised how often you’ll be glad you have one on you. And if it’s a handkerchief with a handsome design, you’ll enjoy carrying it all the more. The Beaver Canoe design from Mollyjogger featured above is quite nice, as is their angler design. For a great selection of other manly designs, I recommend checking out the Honey Press Esty shop. $3-$20.

Monkey Socks

Monkey socks have become all the rage in the form of sock-monkey-themed everything. But before they become a delightful stuffed animal for children, they actually start out as darn good socks — made in the USA of moisture-absorbing cotton and acrylic by the Fox River Mill. Available in different colors than monkey brown too. $14 for 2 pairs

Old Fashioned Chewing Gum

Black Jack gum was first made by Thomas Adams all the way back in 1884. Made with aniseed, it was the first flavored gum made in the US and also the first gum to be offered in stick form. Adams’ company, American Chicle Co., then acquired Beeman’s in 1898 from its inventor, Edward E. Beeman. Beeman had incorporated pepsin in his recipe, a digestive enzyme, and Beeman’s became incredibly popular among pilots as an aid in both popping their ears and an antacid to settle their stomach acid during flight. Clove was another zippy flavor added by the company later on. These classic chewing gums were discontinued in the 70s and then brought back by Cadbury Adams and now make a great stocking stuffer for the man who wants to taste what Gramps was chomping on while playing stickball. $6 for a 20-pack box

Burrough’s Beard Oil

Beards can get pretty itchy and unruly when they’re first starting out. Prospector Co.’s Beard Oil not only alleviates the itch of early beard growth, but leaves your face smelling masculine with hints of freshly chopped forest and the leathered richness of a cobbler’s apron. $28

Vintage Plaid Playing Cards by Dan and Dave

Every man needs a pack of playing cards or two for busting out on a rainy day with your gal, playing poker with your friends, or hanging out over rummy with Gramps. There are a lot of stylized playing card designs out these days, but some are a little too much for me. I like something classy and traditional. These cards fit the bill; made in the USA, they come in a leatherette box, have a handsome blue or red plaid design, feature two majestic bucks as the jokers, and include some bonus extras like a crossword puzzle and a recipe for the world’s oldest known cocktail, the Sazerac. $10

Everyday Carry Items

According to the Every-Day Carry website, “Everyday Carry, or EDC, generally refers to small items or gadgets worn, carried, or made available in pockets, holsters, or bags on a daily basis to manage common tasks or for use in unexpected situations or emergencies. In a broader sense, it is a lifestyle, discipline, or philosophy of preparedness.” If you know a guy who ascribes to the EDC philosophy, nothing will delight him more than seeing some cool new pocket-sized things in his stocking. We’ve already covered pocket knives, flashlights, and handkerchiefs, but there are many more handy and neat things available. Creek Stewart, the Senior Instructor at the Willow Haven Outdoor School for Survival, Preparedness & Bushcraft, and pretty much my favorite AoM contributor of all time, carries a lot of great items in his store, like a manual military can opener, an EDC survival saw, and a mini Swedish firesteel. By the way,while it probably won’t fit in a stocking, Creek’s recently released book – Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag: Your 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit – should find a place under every man’s tree this year. I used its detailed, easy-to-follow instructions to finally put together my own BOB this year.

If you can’t decide on what everyday carry items to get, pick up the EDC kit available in the Huckberry General Store. Huckberry assembled an all-star EDC kit and put it on the best keyring money can buy. The kit include a stainless steel freekey with a push-to-open design, a 7 in 1 survival pod that contains paracord strings, fire starter flint and tinder, duct tape, and more, a screw key, and a tiny lighter than can be used as a candle.  A little keyring kit with a lot of useful functions that just might save your life one day. Price varies

Farkas Eye Black

In 1942, Andy Farkas became the first NFL player to don eye black on the way to leading the Washington Redskins to a World Championship. Inspired by his grandfather’s legacy, his grandson has created Farkas Eye Black. Formulated by a Yale ophathamolotgist, Farkas eye black is designed to reduce glare and improve contrast sensitivity, stay on longer, resist heat, and come out of uniforms after the game. It’s also packaged in a handsome silver tin, which can be personally engraved for the athlete in your life. $12.95 ($24.95 for personally engraved tin) Update: If you use discount code artofmanliness” at checkout, you’ll get 20% off.

Field Trip Beef Jerky

It used to be that when it came to buying beef jerky, your only option was the mass-produced , chemical-ridden, barely-edible corporate varieties available at your local gas station or grocer. These days, the beef jerky gods have been smiling upon us and many independent jerky makers have sprouted up. There are lots choices out there, and I always enjoy trying new ones. But thus far in my search for the perfect jerky, I can say with certainty that Field Trip Beef Jerky is the best I’ve ever tasted. All-natural and delicious. Try the Honey Spice! $30 for five bags

K&M Matchcase

Matchcases are designed to keep your matches (or anything else, like pills) bone dry, no matter how inclement the conditions. There’s a matchcase being featured on a lot of sites this year that is a reproduction of an old 1900 design. Problem is, unlike the original, while it looks cool, it’s being reproduced in China, and word is, the quality is terrible. You don’t know want to take chances with an item like this. So get your matchcase from the best source around: K&M Matchcases. A true mom and pop operation based in Elk River, Idaho, their matchcases are made in the US, come with a compass in the top, feature a double o-ring seal, are guaranteed waterproof to 2000 PSI, and are backed with an unlimited lifetime warranty. These are the matchcases issued to US Air Force down-pilot rescue crews, and have been a favorite of soldiers, outdoorsmen, bushcrafters, and Antarctic explorers. They make a standard-size and a long; get the long so you’ll be sure to be able to fit your stormproof matches inside (include some matches if you’re giving as a gift!). $21

Original Arbuckles’ Ariosa Blend Coffee

Getting a coffee-lover a bag of beans is a no-brainer. But which should you choose? Instead of grabbing a bag from Starbucks on Christmas Eve, try the Ariosa blend from the Arbuckles’ coffee company. Touted as the “Original Cowboy Coffee,” and the “Coffee That Won the West,” John and Charles Arbuckle first made their coffee way back in 1864, pioneering the practice of selling pre-roasted beans and putting them in 1lb sacks. Packages come with a peppermint stick, just as they did over a century ago. $16.95 for a pound

Pocket Squares

Whether tucked into a suit jacket or blazer, pocket squares add a nice pop of color — a bit of finished panache to a man’s getup. A breast pocket is naked without one. I like these silk knitted pocket squares from MS and Co. They’re a little pricey, but they’re made in the USA, packaged perfectly for a stocking stuffer, and have a nice texture. What can I say, I’m a big texture guy. If you don’t know what color to get, white is a fail-proof choice. If you’re on a budget, try one like this from the Tie Bar – white, but the blue border gives it a bit of interesting flair. $9-$35

Pocket Notebooks

We’ve extolled the benefits of the pocket notebook numerous times — they’re so handy for writing down ideas, to-do tasks, or just capturing your bored scribbling. There are a variety of great pocket notebooks out there. Field Notes are a classic, Made in America brand that have a nice vintage look to them. Rite in the Rain (available at a discount in the AoM x Huckberry Holiday store) are uber-cool because, well, you can write in them in the rain without losing your world-changing idea. And of course, I humbly suggest our Art of Manliness notebooks for recording your manly thoughts. I had a batch of these made last year and they sold out, so I created another bundle for the holidays. Price varies

Chocolate Bacon Bar

Women seem to go gaga over chocolate more than men. But put chocolate together with bacon, and tiny tots won’t be the only ones with their eyes all aglow come Christmas morning. $12

UCO 9-Hour Candles

Candles are incredibly handy for when the lights go out, and these are some of the longest lasting ever made. They burn cleanly without residue or dripping either. Might want to get a Made in America, windproof UCO lantern too, which are designed to hold the candles, and are handy for camping. $4.50

Moonshine Soap

In addition to writing bestselling cookbooks and food articles for the Art of Manliness, Matt Moore started and runs a successful men’s cologne line with his college buddies called Moonshine. With its manly, woodsy aroma, layered with hints of spice, including notes of black pepper, tobacco, leather, gin, and patchouli, Moonshine has become my go-to cologne. You can now enjoy that Moonshine scent all over yourself with their recently released Moonshine soap. They’re currently sold out, but taking pre-orders, and I was assured by Matt that they’ll be ready in time for Christmas. $11.95

Mustache Tie Clip

Once a staple of the Mad Men era, tie bars have made a comeback in recent years. It’s a simple accessory that not only looks good, but keeps your tie in place when you have to chase an enemy spy through the streets of Morocco.While you can’t go wrong with a straight, silver tie bar, mix it up and have some fun with this mustache tie bar. Made from solid brass and coated in chrome, the mustache tie bar will be bound to get compliments because everyone these days seems to appreciate the ‘stache. $35

Art of Manliness Stationery

Every man needs a set of correspondence cards in his desk for jotting off thank you notes and the like. But most of the stationery available these days is made for women. Enter the AoM line of stationery made by Page Stationery. The cards are made from quality stock and there are 25 manly letterpress motifs to choose from, such as a revolver, compass, deer, pipe, and razor. $18 (The pice is listed at $20, but the discount to $18 will appear when you check out.)

Knife Sharpening Kit

If you’re going to put a pocket knife in a man’s stocking, he’ll also need a good sharpening stone to keep his blade in tiptop shape. You might also include a slip of paper with a link to our guide on how to sharpen a pocket knife. Smith’s Sharpening Kit has everything a man needs to start sharpening his knife – a medium-grained stone, a fine-grained stone, and oil. $13

Balsa Wood Airplanes

Another fun toy to give a man in his stocking stuffer is a balsa wood airplane. They’re easy to put together and you’ll have a blast tossing them around the house. The Duluth Trading Co. is offering a squadron of 12 made by a company that’s been making the planes here in America for decades. $27

Shaving Cream

Most men lather up using some green goop from a can. These mass-produced shaving creams smell like you should be cleaning the floor with them. Share the pleasure of shaving with natural shaving creams and soaps with manly scents like almond or sandalwood. They cost more than the drugstore variety, but last far longer. My personal favorite is the sandalwood-scented shaving cream from Art of Shaving. $25

Have any other manly stocking stuffer ideas? Share them with us in the comments!

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101 Chris H December 4, 2012 at 10:59 pm

If your guy is into reading and fun projects then here is a list of books that I have enjoyed reading and trying out a few of the projects. Keep in mind some of these books were originally written 90-100 years ago so some of the instructions for projects aren’t quite environmentally friendly but many of the projects and wisdom are still just as relevant today.

1.The American Boy’s Handy Book: What to Do and How to Do It, Centennial Edition
2. The Field and Forest Handy Book: New Ideas for Out of Doors
3. Camp-Lore and Woodcraft
4. Wildwood Wisdom
5. The Boy Mechanic
6. Boy Craft
7. Backyard Ballistics: Build Potato Cannons, Paper Match Rockets, Cincinnati Fire Kites, Tennis Ball Mortars, and More Dynamite Devices
8. Craft Wisdom & Know-How: Everything You Need to Stitch, Sculpt, Bead and Build

The really great thing is that most of these books are quite inexpensive.

102 Kevin Reno December 4, 2012 at 11:34 pm

I can’t wait to give my dad his Christmas presents this year. As soon as I saw the english leather soap on a rope I went and bought one for him. He told me that it was the cologne he wore when he was dating my mom and that he could find it anymore (He doesn’t use the internet haha). I also got him flannel shirts, just like the ones he wore when I was a kid. And Casablanca on dvd, nothing says manly like Humphrey Bogart

103 Hanna Ellison December 5, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Where can I find a money clip/pocket knife combo like the one pictured? I love the engraving on it and have not been able to find one like that…

104 Brett McKay December 5, 2012 at 3:40 pm
105 Gary December 7, 2012 at 6:56 am

Just found your site and I’m a fan already. Anyone who can give glowing props to English Leather is alright in my book! I’m such a mark for drugstore cologne. Sure I have the fancy stuff which my wife loves to buy me but there’s nothing like drugstore musk!

As for chocolate bacon, I don’t know if I should celebrate that or be scared. :)

Great list!

106 Lorrie December 9, 2012 at 11:19 am

My dad had the Zippo pocket handwarmer and used them for ice fishing. Just seeing it brought back so many great memories of being out in the shanty with him – freezing of course – and him giving me his warmers to put in my boots to warm my cold toes! I think this is going in my husbands stocking this year.

107 Jamie December 11, 2012 at 5:27 am

Well there are a few really cute ideas, especially the zippo pocket handwarmer, and the moonshine soap sounded kind of cool. However, this list is very specifically focused on a very narrow cliche’ of man, the “guy’s guy”. He’s the huntin’, spittin’, havin’ a cigar with the guys kind of guy, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but my guy isn’t that kind of guy. Most actually probably aren’t.

And for the record, I don’t care what kind of pictures you put on it, stationary is not manly. Possibly if they had naked women on them. Possibly.

108 Ted Slampyak December 11, 2012 at 11:44 am

I can personally attest to the Arbuckle coffee! A few years ago I got really into the Old West — I was involved in SASS Cowboy Action Shooting, and later in a gunfight re-enactment group that performed, among other places, in Tombstone, Arizona. I dressed the part and wanted to live the part. I got Arbuckle’s because it was “the coffee that won the west.” And it’s good coffee! Drink it from an old tin cup if you have one!

109 Tracy December 13, 2012 at 12:05 am

Great website, full of good ideas

110 Ellie December 13, 2012 at 1:17 am

I don’t think women’s stocking stuffers are so obvious. Retailers and sterotypes insist all women want foofy bath things, makeup, panties or indulgence items.

Not so. If your woman is less than conventional she would love things like:

Nighttime reading lamp (MightyBright!)
Pure beeswax candles
mini canvases and paintbrushes/paints
Nice bamboo cooking utensils
pepper spray for her purse?
fun fabric cover for checkbook (etsy)
New Kleen Kanteen or Contigo water bottle
card games
a coupon voucher for knocking a couple items off the Honey Do list (priceless)
books (check her Amazon wish list?)

And while I think most jewelry is overrated and/or hideous… every woman needs a good set of pearls to wear around her neck (matching earrings are nice too) from time to time. So there you have it.

111 Ellie December 13, 2012 at 10:48 am

pretty scarves
gloves
mini-tool for keychain (not just for men!)
nice hair pins
excellent tea cup
excellent tea
a good old fashioned “mixed tape” (on CD of course…) of thoughtful songs
gourmet dark chocolate bar (Divine Brand Mint is THE BEST!!!)
DoTerra essential oils (great for mind, body, and health!)
nice stationary/pen/stamps
mini bottles of flavored olive oils
pickled garlic
Sprigs Banjee wrist wallet (for runners)
Wicked Witch bookmark (etsy)

112 Kristen December 13, 2012 at 10:20 pm

This has got to be the best and most manliest list of stocking stuffers yet. Another great book to add on here is the Beard book by Matthew Rainwater. Thanks for the great ideas, they will definitely make for an awesome stocking for my husband this year.

113 Audrey December 14, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Thanks so much! You have saved a couple of men’s Christmas! Merry Christmas to all!

114 dawn December 18, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Yep… this is about the perfect list for the large assortment of menfolk at my home and in my extended circle of concern. Just perfect… thank you so much! Some of these things I didn’t know still existed…and I’ll be speedily ordering them up.

115 Megan December 19, 2012 at 4:04 am

This was the best site ever for stocking stuffers for my husband!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

116 nicole December 19, 2012 at 2:46 pm

comb, jerky, cigs, air plane; perfect stocking stuffers, What about massage oil? I don’t know if I saw that or not, but what man wouldn’t want a massage after a long day at work. I know my man wouldn’t mind.

117 amanda December 19, 2012 at 3:20 pm

I had no idea what to get for stocking stuffers for my brother-in-law and boy friend this site just ended my search. thank you for the great ideas.

118 Dave December 22, 2012 at 3:59 pm

For Jamie who said “my husband’s not a man’s man…” Maybe you should shop for him at woman’s clothing store :-). Buy him something pretty.

119 Shawn December 23, 2012 at 2:28 am

This website should be as mandatory as draft registration. You guys have put some faith back in this grizzeled old codger. Skinny pants wearers beware !!!!!

120 Jennifer December 24, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Dont forget lottery tickets, 7-11 gift card as gross as it sounds to me he loves chili cheese dogs and slurpees!

121 Judith January 25, 2013 at 3:01 pm

I too found your list a godsend. I will use it for my son in law next year. TY!

122 Erin February 4, 2013 at 12:42 am

I was purusing the web for Valentine’s Day inspiration for my manly gentleman of a husband, and this was exactly the help I needed. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

123 Tonya July 28, 2013 at 12:46 pm

I’m so excited to find this. I have a 15 year old son that would love most of these. And I love doing the kind of gifts that I hear him tell his buddies, “My mom got me the coolest gift”

124 Mandy August 23, 2013 at 9:50 am

Love this list, and love this website! I’m so glad manliness is making a strong comeback; there is nothing sexier than a manly man. Now if we could only get the men in their twenties to burn their skinny jeans, neon tops, and sideways ball caps :)

125 Alyssa Auch September 5, 2013 at 9:08 am

THANK YOU. Finally, a real list of dude stuff my husband would love. You’ve given me enough ideas to last several Christmases!

126 amiejean September 15, 2013 at 8:48 am

Such a great GREAT list! However, I am married to a man who is remodeling our home so I have an addition….

A keychain sized Stanley Brand tape measure….Its always with him. He love it. :)

127 Sarah October 23, 2013 at 10:43 pm

My addition: Cards against humanity!

128 Melody November 1, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Definitely one of the better lists I’ve seen.

129 mindy November 13, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Wow, thank you for this article!! I got my boyfriend the signed copy of “Savage” immediately (and for only 16 bux, what a steel!) and have a whole list of other wonderful ideas!!

130 Ramsey November 15, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Thanks so much for this post….me & my siblings fill my parents stockings each year and this definitely helped a lot after realizing he’s not a huge candy eater.

131 Kristi November 20, 2013 at 10:44 pm

I have looked at several idea lists, and yours is by far the best. I’m on Amazon right now! :)

132 Frank December 2, 2013 at 9:54 am

If your significant other is in to tanning, try a Men’s Tanning Cap. Amazon has them.

133 Anna Edwards December 2, 2013 at 10:07 am

You’ve given me so many ideas. I try to be unique every year. If you need a foodie gift, check out the book 365 Guide New York City. It’s full of restaurant discounts. I got it as a gift and love it. http://www.365guidenyc.com/

134 Brian in CO December 2, 2013 at 10:11 am

Couple of additional suggestions: a tin of pipe tobacco, pipe tamper, or the always needed pipe cleaners are always welcome for a pipe smoker. Ink cartridges or pen refills for a favorite pen (this works for the ladies too). Good boot socks. And a suggestion if your buying a cigar and it will be awhile before you give it to the recipient, please talk to the tobacconist about a humibag to prevent dry out, in some dry climates (like here in CO) a cigar can dry out in less than a day in the winter.

135 Rachel December 5, 2013 at 4:14 pm

Usually im terrible at getting my husband gifts. :) I am so thankful I happend to find this site. You guys have so many great ideas. My husband is a logger and I know he’ll love the hand warmer idea! Thanks again!

136 Shaun December 9, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Check out Dream Beard Oils. Great for the manly beard. Cheaper than Burroghs. Works great. Smells great. I use it all the time. All natural made in USA.

137 Jeff Marsh December 9, 2013 at 3:11 pm

For shaving cream, I would suggest C.O. Bigelow Menthol/Eucaliptus in a tube. For a unique after shave, try some Pinaud Clubman Virgin Island Bay Rum, which comes in either a 6 or 12 ounce plastic bottle, but what I like about it is that it reminds me of an old fashioned barber shop.

138 Brandon R. December 9, 2013 at 8:28 pm

1. Fishing hooks. You can never have too many in the tackle box. Doesn’t matter what size. Fishing is all about experimentation, as my brother pointed out.

2. A paracord bracelet. It’s manly, it actually goes well with many business casual/casual outfits, and it comes in handy if you find yourself in need of paracord. You can get them for $5-$10. Get him one in camo, one in black, and one in brown or olive.

3. Trail tape. If you go hiking and/or hunting, you’ll need to mark your trails, and trail tape is the quickest, easiest, most environmentally safe way. Snap some off, tie it around a tree, and pull it off on your way out of the woods. You can get a roll for about $3-$5.

4. A sampler of some fine coffee or tea wouldn’t be amiss either. I love the cheap bags of Jack Daniels and Jim Beam coffee the stores have this time of year. You get one good pot out of the little bag, and it’s actually decent coffee.

5. A deck of cards and or a set of dice. If your guy plays tabletop RPGs, a shiny new D20 wouldn’t be amiss.

139 Nate Scheidler December 9, 2013 at 9:57 pm

One item that deserves a mention: Quality mechanical pencil. I did not realize until I bought my first Graphgear 1000 that a quality writing instrument will produce quality handwriting. I highly recommend the Pentel Sharp Kerry ($12 on amazon) as it is pocket-safe, durable, and has a wonderful feel in the hand. I keep one of these in my pocket at all times, along with a Papermate Black Pearl eraser.

140 I. J. Womack December 10, 2013 at 12:23 am

What about an inkless pen? These pens use a metal alloy tip that supposedly never runs out. I heard about them a while back and keep thinking one of these days, it’d be a cool addition for my every-day-carry. http://www.vat19.com/dvds/the-inkless-metal-pen.cfm

141 RB December 11, 2013 at 2:11 am

Great list! Well, apart from the ammo – we’re not allowed handguns in the UK!

142 Rachel December 11, 2013 at 6:02 pm

Etsy has some awesome money clips available too: Enter money clips into the search: https://www.etsy.com/search?q=money%20clips&view_type=gallery&ship_to=US

143 Lizzy December 15, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Love this list! Just bought several things off it for my husband.
But honestly I want some of the stuff for myself, like the fountain pens and the survival guide in a tin. I wish someone would make a women’s list that didn’t include anything fragranced or jewelry.

144 Michael December 18, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Love the escape to your site. Keep up the good work.

145 Stevie B December 18, 2013 at 11:23 pm

Shit my Dad Says and I Suck at Girls by Justin Halpern are both amazing books that will remind the men in your family of their own grandpas/dads and growing up. I sent my boyfriend these on deployment and he really loved them.

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