The holidays are rapidly approaching and ladies, let’s face it, stocking stuffers for your husband can be challenging. You want it to be unique and practical, but don’t want to break the bank or get that dreaded blank stare followed by the Academy Award winning “It’s great, really, I like it” routine.
Here are a few suggestions to help you in your quest to fulfill the husband’s stocking.
Guys like gadgets to play with. It is what we do, we are creatures of habit. One particular cool gadget is a laser pointer. We can use it indoors or out for just about any application at home or in the office. Of course you should be prepared for some annoyance from it because as a man, we are obliged to use it against our wives to drive them a little batty, but in the end, it will be greatly appreciated. With a friendly price of only $12.99, it is very affordable. Office Depot has a nice unit that is found here: http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/513525/Office-Depot-Keychain-Laser-Pointer-1/
Movies are always a tough subject to handle in the battle of the sexes, but here is an opportunity for wives to score serious appreciation points. Sure you drug your husband to an endless array of chick flicks or watching episode after episode of Sex in the City. Get a certificate for a free rental at your local Video Store and place a note with it stating “Good for any movie of your choice with me”. Be prepared for car chases, explosions and science fiction but the thought will go a long way.
Computer files are a big part of your husband’s life. The Fantasy Football draft sheet, schedules of our favorite teams, pictures of the family, music, etc. Help him get organized by giving a 2G Flash Drive. It is practical and I always seem to need to transfer files from one computer to another. A Flash Drive is something that can be used year round and is a perfect stocking stuffer. Amazon has a particular unit on sales for $8.99 with free shipping. What a deal! http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FVGM38/
I know that your husband has a “man crush” on that certain pro athlete on his favorite team. Jerseys and shirts are expensive so a great alternative is an autograph and/or jersey is a sports card of his favorite player. Depending on the player, the values can flux quite a bit, but in most cases, you can find a real nice card of a player in the $5-$10 range on Ebay. http://www.ebay.com Watch your husband jump in glee like a 10 year old from the card.
Speaking of sports cards, even a few packs of unopened cards make great stocking stuffers. All sports are available, including NASCAR and can be found at most mass market retailers. Packs generally cost between $.99 and $4.
Bumper stickers are a great way to express yourself through your automobile, but face it they are a pain to remove and could potentially damage the exterior of the car. A new way to display on your auto is with magnets. You know his favorite team so get him a car magnet to show team spirit. I am a huge Wisconsin Badgers fan and Amazon offers a fine example for only $11.95. http://www.amazon.com/Football-Fanatics-Wisconsin-Badgers-Magnet/dp/B000VQ7IY4
Even though gift cards are a bit taboo and almost frowned upon as an easy way out for a gift, they are good for husbands, especially fast food. There are times that we simply are on go at work and need a quick lunch, or are coming home after something and want a quick bite to eat. A $5 or $10 gift card to McDonalds, Taco Bell, Wendy’s or Burger King really come in handy on the go.
You’ve heard the stories of the all the miraculous shots on the golf course, but know the truth. Most men are hackers at heart, so a couple of sleeves of golf balls make a great stocking stuffer. My wife is fantastic every year at replenishing my stock each year as I always seem to donate many golf balls to various courses throughout the summer. Most mass retailers and major sporting goods stores have a great assortment of golf balls to choose from. Best yet, most three or six pack sleeves are under $15. Trust me, he’ll appreciate it.
There you are ladies, good luck in your stocking stuffing adventures and here’s to another great Holiday season with your husband!