A Little Something: Stocking Stuffers for Men
Unfortunately, stocking stuffers tend to get a bad rap.
From chintzy childhood toys to adult socks and underwear to cheap chocolates, there are a lot of reasons (in the form of terrible gifts) to hate stockings. But that’s not how the world has to be. Optimism, my friends, optimism.
To help you with a brighter outlook on small-gift giving this holiday season, we came up with our top stocking stuffers for men. Wanting to be well-rounded, we included grooming products, drinking accessories, snacks, clothes, and more. Check out our guide below for great ideas and inspiration for the nice guy in your life. If you’re buying for someone a little more naughty, just give them a lump of coal instead. He’ll learn his lesson.
Do you have a guy in your life who is decidedly not a morning person? You know the type–he takes 15 minutes to get out of bed, 20 minutes in the bathroom, and 15 more spent dawdling for no apparent reason? If so, give him a kick in shower with Ursa Major’s Morning Mojo Bar Soap. With an invigorating scent derived from peppermint, eucalyptus, and grapefruit, any guy who showers with this will feel revitalized and raring to go. Volcanic rock, coconut, and shea round out the product for a one-two punch of exfoliation and hydration.
Chances are, anyone who loves camping also loves drinking. These two ounce Stanley shotglasses are made from stainless steel and are dishwasher safe, heat safe, and stackable (meaning they take up less room in your weekend pack). These work at the campsite or in your home and clean up is a breathe in either location. More importantly, they’re unbreakable–a feature not found in your standard shotglass.
Dude Wipes $5
Sometimes a man needs a little more intensive cleaning than what toilet paper can provide. But, it’s probably a little weird and insulting to gift a guy some baby wipes for the holidays. Instead, hand over a pack of Dude Wipes. With masculine packaging, a fun name, and real (100% biodegradable) usefulness, these wipes might just be the most beloved, but least talked about gift you’ll give all season. Don’t believe us? Just watch this video.
The New Primal Beef or Turkey Jerky (4-pack) $29+
This is for the man who is always hungry. The New Primal jerky, while being an excellent source of protein and ‘hanger’-reduction, also offers the lowest sugar and sodium per ounce as compared with other brands. Their beef is from 100% grass fed, free range, hormone- and antibiotic-free beef. And beyond all of that, the jerky is infused with onion, ginger, pepper, and a touch of sweetness that makes it pretty damned delicious and a great snack for any time. The New Primal isn’t sold individually, so buy a 4-pack–that way you’ll have some to give and some to eat.
Inexpensive and fun, this mini-drone by Cheerson is small enough to zip around your apartment or house, but bright enough to be seen if you choose to take it to the park. With about 5-7 minutes of flying time, the ability to flip in the air, and a fairly short recharge time, this little guy is a supremely amusing and supremely easy to fly toy. Throw in a pack of extra blades and blade guards, and the giftee might have just found himself a new hobby.
Why water down a perfectly good glass of whiskey when you can cool it without dilution instead? Enter Teroforma’s whiskey stones. Made from soapstone milled in Vermont, simply chill these stones for a few hours in your freezer, add to your spirit of choice (real talk: it should be whiskey), let stand for five minutes to chill, and enjoy! Just don’t bite into them afterwards.
Know a guy whose beard is out of control and could use a little oiling? Proraso’s beard oil has been on our list of the best beard oils since its inception. So, if you’re going to trust a brand to keep your beard in check, you could do worse than a century-old Italian barbershop. With that much experience, you can trust that this citrus-scented oil will tame even the most untamable of facial hair.
Carhartt Beanie $10
Carhartt is an American classic. And this beanie is no exception. Warm, stylish, and practical, this winter hat is a great gift for any guy. And, it’s 100 percent Made in the USA.
While no one will admit they enjoy receiving deodorant for the holidays, they are secretly pleased that they don’t have to go out and buy it for themselves. So, get the guy in your life this two-pack of antiperspirant deodorant from Dove Men+Care. It moisturizes, has a fresh scent that doesn’t overpower, and will keep you dry and stink-free for up to 48 hours. What more could you want in a deodorant?
While a hardcore outdoorsman (a man who thinks of his body and brain is the only survival kit he needs) will scoff at this tin-can survival kit, most other men will 1) laugh and 2) love it. Compact enough to keep one in your car, boat, backpack, or briefcase, any guy will be grateful for this little lifesaver when disaster strikes. Containing a compass, whistle, matches, first aid instructions, razor blade, pencil, non-aspirin pain reliever, fire starter cube, adhesive bandage, energy nugget, reflective signal surface, fish hook & line, duct tape, wire clip, note paper, tea, sugar, salt, gum, watertight bag, safety pin, antibiotic ointment and alcohol prep pad, this kit has almost everything you need to survive a day lost in the wild without worry. And, to top it all off, it floats.