25 stocking stuffers the kid in him will love
Whimsy. It doesn't get much air time but it's a great little word. Routinely dusted off this time of year, it conjures up near -Dickensian Christmas morning flashbacks. Case and point: a few years ago, I left a gift for my eldest niece, then 10 years old. When she unwrapped it, her first question to her mother was "How did uncle Marc know I wanted a snow globe!? It wasn't even on my list!?". She loves that thing. It plays music. It slowly spins as its snow falls. It's pretty. It's... whimsical.
Christmas stockings, which date back to the origins old Saint Nick himself, traditionally get stuffed with tiny trinkets that range from intensely personal to frivolous and fun.
To my mind, these little gifts represent the true spirit of giving because you're unfettered by the cost and practicality of big ticket items. You're simply going for whimsy. Yes, even if you're shopping for a grown @ss man.
Here are 25 failsafe, budget approved stocking stuffers that'll elicit a boyish smile from your favorite guy:
Red Hella Slingshot
Cater to his inner brat with this fun retro toy. It's also great for getting beer bottle caps into the trash. Extreme Elf Effort: Get him some fun ammo too.
Drink Drank Drunk Flask
Whether he's shoveling snow or in the stands cheering for his team, every man wants a flask so he can steal a nip of his favorite spirit on the sly. Extreme Elf Effort: fill it with his fave hooch first.
Balsa Wood Dare Devil Glider
Fun to build. Fun to throw. This glider will be doing loop-the-loops right along with his inner kid. Extreme Elf Effort: get yourself one too and challenge him to a race Christmas morning.
A Deck of Beautiful Camp Cards
Whether Poker is his game or he just needs a reliable Go Fish deck for his next camping trip, he'll love these handsome cards. And you can light matches on them! Extreme Elf Effort: get him a little box of matches too.
Old Familiar Stainless Beard Comb Bottle Opener
If your man is bearded and loves beer, you pretty much have to put this in his stocking. Extreme Elf Effort: get him a bottle of his fave brew and some beard balm too.
Nike Mojo Golf Balls
Your resident golf lover will love these fun colored golf balls. Plus, he'll never lose one in the rough again. Extreme Elf Effort: buy him some golf tees to match.
Star Trek Garden Gnomes
Look, there's no reason for him to have these unless he loves fun, awesome stuff. But if he's a Trekkie with a green thumb these should already be wrapped. Extreme Elf Effort: get him the Enterprise while you're at it.
Save some trees and get him this lifetime supply of bro dental care. Extreme Elf Effort: get him some boozy lip balm to round out his oral care.
Sriracha 2 Go Pack
If he likes it spicy all the time, make sure he can give his tastebuds what they need no matter where he eats. Extreme Elf Effort: get him a Sriracha Cookbook and make him cook you stuff.
Embroidered iPhone Charging Cord
He may not get giddy over this one but he'll be delighted to never have to crouch while tethered 2 feet from the nearest available outlet. Extreme Elf Effort: get him some identifying stickers too.
Steer Horn Drinking Cups
A special occasion toasted with these will make him feel primal and potentially like a Norse God. Extreme Elf Effort: get him a Caveman Mug for the morning after.
Star Wars Geeki Tikis
Unless he lost his fun in a horrible accident, he will love these. At the very least, he'll be ready for a space luau. Extreme Elf Effort: get him something to cut lime wedges on.
Field Notes Original
Everyman needs a place to jot down his ideas. From fantasy football league picks to building dimensions to favorite recipes to next year's Christmas list, these classics are ideal. Extreme Elf Effort: get him some rustic writing implements too.
Man Can Scented Candles
He, like everything else with a nose, likes soothing smells. Grab him some manly ones for his favorite nook of the house. Extreme Elf Effort: get him a relaxing coloring book and pencils to get the job done.
Buffalo Bob's Assorted Meats Jerky Sampler Pack
Jerky is considered man candy by some. If he's a meat eater, he wants this so he can put it in him. Extreme Elf Effort: get him a bottle of his favorite beer to enjoy as well.
Game of Thrones Ceramic Steins
This is the stuffer for the man who never misses an episode, always pays his debts and lives by the credo "no GOT spoilers". Extreme Elf Effort: get him the right brew to quaff his thirst.
Workman's Pocket Knife
Whether he's opening boxes, mail, or a bottle of wine, he'll love this handy little knife. It'll likely become a mainstay of his glove box or pants pocket. Extreme Elf Effort: get him something to pass the time when he's not, you know, opening stuff.
MeUndies Fun Underwear
These are made with microfibers and/or sorcery resulting in eyes-rolling-to-the-back-of his-head comfort. He will love them. Extreme Elf Effort: get yourself some too and cocoon together until new years.
Sock it to Me Fun Pizza Socks
The broadly acceptable code of men's fashion is far too often moderate and restrained. But even the most conservative of work environments will tolerate a fun sock lurking beneath the pant leg of a suit. Extreme Elf Effort: buy him a few pairs.
He has planned a bank heist or covert rescue mission in his mind. Give him the tools he needs for the job. It's also going to come in handy for the stuff he actually does in real life. Extreme Elf Effort: get him some hero accessories to match.
He doesn't like rain and he loves samurai. But practically speaking this is likely as close as he's going to get to the later. Extreme Elf Effort: get him something for more covert missions.
Yoyo King Classic Old Timer Yoyo
An irresistible plaything, there's a reason they keep making and selling yoyos. He'll be addicted in no time, especially when he realizes what a perfect thinking tool this "toy" is. Extreme Elf Effort: get his engraved with something fun or flirty.
Walking Dead Zombie String Lights
Spoiler alert: if he's still in broken-hearted disbelief that Glenn's dead but refuses to stop watching, he's a true fan. Lift his spirits with these festive walker lights. Extreme Elf Effort: get him the quintessential mug expressing what all Walking Dead fans feel deeply.
BOOM Swimmer Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
Give him something that'll let him start his day right by taking his favorite podcast or music into the shower with him. Extreme Elf Effort: get him some novelty shower gel to scrub up with.
Vosges Chocolate Bacon Bar
If he doesn't want to try this sweet and salty perfection immediately then he's either vegan or his joie de vivre needs a defibrillator zap stat. Extreme Elf Effort: double down and get him even more seasonal bacon goodies.