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The Best Stocking Stuffers For Men

Last updated on September 21, 2023
Best Stocking Stuffers For Men

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FIZILI Ultra-Thin Stainless Steel Strap Waterproof Unisex Watch

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Ultra-Thin Stainless Steel Strap Waterproof Unisex Watch

Available in 21 color choices, this analog watch keeps things simple with a thin case, uncluttered dial and metal strap. It is waterproof for versatility.

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Interesting DesignIf you prefer something minimalistic, this watch features a simple dial and stands out as both unique and stylish.

 Great for Colder Climates

HANPURE Knitted Black Bluetooth Beanie


Knitted Black Bluetooth Beanie

When picking out stocking stuffers for men, you'll want to take the climate into consideration. This knitted black beanie is an excellent choice for cooler parts of the country. It not only keeps a head nice and warm, but it also pairs with your smartphone to deliver music right to your ears.

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Handy GiftThe headphones in this stocking stuffer for men are able to run for up to 12 hours between charges.

 Best for the Handyman

RAK Magnetic Wristband


Magnetic Wristband

The convenience you get from wearing the RAK Magnetic Wristband while you're working on small projects around the house is a huge benefit of this product. From drill bits to screws and nails, this holds all those little metal pieces right where you need them, while saving you from having to search the floor every time you drop one.

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Magnetic Wristband The RAK Magnetic Wristband is a really handy addition to any tool collection.

 Best for Exercise Enthusiasts

Tough Outdoors Neck Cooler Wrap

Tough Outdoors

Neck Cooler Wrap

Whether your partner loves working out indoors or going for bike rides outdoors, this stocking stuffer for men has him covered. The neck cooler activates in seconds when placed under cold water and can be stored in a palm-sized pouch when not in use. The wrap is even coated in UPF50 sun protection to keep you safe from the sun's harmful rays.

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Effective PickThis stocking stuffer for men is a great way to beat the heat when gardening, running or working out at the gym.

Buying Guide

Have you gotten the guys in your life to tell you what they actually want for the holidays? Congratulations! You’ve won more than half the battle. The expectation of self-sufficiency that society places on guys can make them a little tight-lipped when it comes to filling out the wish list, but don’t worry: If you have to guess, we’ve got some ways you can hedge your bets.

When we’re talking about stocking stuffers, your shopping mission actually gets a little easier. By definition, you’ve got to keep things small, which eliminates a lot of options. With the exception of the dreaded Dad Tie, your usual clothing gifts are going to be too big. That leaves three main categories that should appeal to most gents: Tech, tools and toys.


Don’t be afraid to go for gadgets, even if you’re determined to keep things cheap. Tech gear doesn’t need to mean a new smartphone or fitness watch (though those will certainly be appreciated). There are relatively inexpensive accessories out there like phone chargers and earphones that most guys always need, frequently wear out and rarely buy for themselves. Know a music lover? There are tons of sales on Bluetooth speakers during the holidays. Or, if your man loves his facial hair, a good beard trimmer might be just the thing if he doesn’t already have one.


If the gent you’re buying for has even a trace of handyman ability, your list just got a lot easier to fill. If you know your way around a tool chest as well, maybe you can sneak a peek at his and look for items that might be missing or worn. So many tools fit just right into a stocking that it would be impossible to list them all. Some of the essentials include drills, emergency flashlights or socket sets, but probably the biggest hit over the past few seasons has been the multi-tool, a high-tech update on the Swiss army knife. Some of the best can combine multiple screwdrivers, a flashlight, a wrench and several other tools into a package the size of a small remote control.

Tools don’t necessarily have to be the fix-it type, either. Food-loving fellas will appreciate some grill utensils, a good set of knives, a knife sharpener or one of the high-tech food temperature gauges that have come on the market of late.

There’s also a ton of great items for the car, ranging from the life-saving (jumper cables, tire pressure gauges) to the convenient (smartphone mounts or GPS devices).


When it comes to game time, even the most mature men can revert to boyhood pretty fast (and some spouses might argue they never really revert back). Golf balls or baseball gloves are a no-brainer for fans of either sport, and a good deck of cards will always be appreciated, especially if it’s personalized in some way. If you want to go a little pricier, there’s always video games. Just make sure you’re buying the game for a console that your man already owns. And these days, you can even get recreational drones that are as small as a smartphone.

And while it’s not one of the above categories, there is one fallback gift that works for almost any guy: Vice. Unless they’re a tee-totaller, most any dude will find a use for a good bottle of whiskey, gin or craft beer. And even those who don’t smoke regularly sometimes like a good cigar. As with anyone on your list, a little research will go a long way.

What to Look For

  • Want to add a little pizzazz to an otherwise common gift? Personalize it. Monograms or nameplates work especially well for lighters or keychain items, but they can be put on almost anything. Depending on the item, it might not even cost that much extra, and you can bet it will be their new favorite item. Tools, towels, wallets and pocket flasks are all good candidates. Just make doubly sure that it’s something the man in question can actually use. Otherwise, all you’re doing is making sure he can’t return it.
  • Giving your dad or another significant male a tie is such a TV trope that we shouldn’t have to issue a warning, but just in case you need one: Don’t — especially if the recipient doesn’t have a professional office job to begin with. The less you know someone, the more awkward a tie will be. It’s a pretty big red flag that you had no idea what to get them and should have just gone with a gift card. If guys need ties, they will directly tell a loved one or buy it themselves.
  • Speaking of gift cards: If they’re for a place where your guy shops, they will be appreciated. But they still scream “I ran out of ideas,” unless you take a little extra time with the packaging. Consider hiding a gift card inside an otherwise innocuous gift like a pair of socks, a deck of cards or even (if they have the right sense of humor) a tie.

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So you think stockings are just a receptacle for tiny trinkets and candy canes? Not the one that was made for a charity event in 2011 by the Italian volunteer services group Pubblica Assistenza Carrara e Sezioni. At more than 168 by 70 feet, it measures in as the largest Christmas stocking ever created. Per Guinness World Record rules, it was indeed stuffed with presents — in this case, candy.

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