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Perfecting the Stocking Stuffer

by Dani Howell December 07, 2018
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Stockings are a classic holiday tradition for many families. They’re often filled with delicious candy and chocolate and may even have a few trinkets hidden inside. Sure, the stocking is fun to open, but if you have presents in your stocking and under the tree, the former is never as exciting. The sweets are a delicious treat to enjoy throughout the day. The knickknacks, though, are often quickly forgotten, left to clutter up space.

However, that doesn’t have to be the case.

Stocking stuffers can be just as exciting as the presents wrapped under the tree. Instead of being quickly discarded, these gifts can be something a person keeps for a long time. There are three tricks to choosing a quality present that’s perfect for stockings: It needs to be well made, it needs to be an item people want, and it needs to be small enough to fit in a stocking.

It might seem a bit limiting at first—especially the part where it has to be small enough for a stocking—but there are actually a lot of options once you start brainstorming ideas.

If you’re looking for a stocking stuffer for someone who loves games, consider playing cards and card cases. They’re easy to wrap and will fit seamlessly into a stocking. It’s also a gift you can use when you get together with friends and family to celebrate the holiday. Start up a game of poker or euchre after dinner, and everyone at the gathering can enjoy playing a round.

Stockings are also a great opportunity to give a gift that’s fun and functional. A bottle opener will easily fit—and leave room for other gifts, too. You may want to pick out a multifunctional piece, like the EDC Keychain Kit, which has a heat-treated carbon-steel bottle opener and a utility tool inspired by a traditional Japanese kiridashi.

Another dependable stocking-stuffer go-to: a trusted flask. With all the options that exist, you can choose one that goes with the person’s style and personality. There are ones that are custom engraved, copper, or round. Or, if you want to give something that’s really going to draw attention, a pewter-and-brass, cartridge-shaped flask.

You may have to get a little creative when choosing the perfect heirloom-quality stocking stuffer, but think of how excited the person will be when they expect to find cheap lotion and mints and, instead, they discover a present they actually want.

Still need more stocking inspiration? We have a guide dedicated to innovative suggestions.

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