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Stocking Stuffers for Adult Children

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These stocking stuffer ideas will definitely help you out this Christmas.

These stocking stuffer ideas will definitely help you out this Christmas.

Stocking Stuffers for Older Kids

We always splurge at Christmas, and I'm always coming up with holiday ideas. I have a husband, three grown daughters, three sons-in-law, and seven awesome grandchildren—all under the age of seven. On Christmas Eve, my home is the scene of a virtual unwrapping frenzy. A “gift orgy,” if you will. My husband and I spend a modest amount on the kids’ and grands’ birthdays. Between the two of us, we usually get each other only a card for Valentine’s Day, our anniversary, and for each other’s birthday. As I said, however, we go “all out” for Christmas!

When the girls were little, they had stockings that were “hung by the chimney with care,” of course. Somehow, I was never able to end the tradition. When the grandchildren began arriving, I tried to discontinue the stockings for the grown kids, but after much pouting and lip poking, I changed my mind. Now my living room fireplace is crowded with seven stockings for the grands, six stockings for the adult kids, three stockings for the grandpups, and two stockings for my own dogs… and a partridge in a pear tree.

The funny thing is, I’m always amazed by how excited the grownups get about the contents of their stockings. The items are small and relatively inexpensive, especially when compared to the much more expensive gifts under the tree. I think they like the stocking stuffers so much because they know how much thought I put into selecting the items. At least, that’s the only explanation I can come up with!

Let me add that all my children struggle financially. One just started a new business, one is still attending college, and one just had a new (surprise) baby. This will help explain some of the choices I make in regard to their stocking stuffers.

Ideas for Ladies

  • Trouser socks
  • Funky toe socks
  • Toe rings
  • Slipper socks
  • Mittens/gloves
  • Scarves
  • Panties
  • Pantyhose
  • Cool sunglasses
  • Small bottles of cologne
  • Nail files/emery boards
  • Breath mints
  • Bubble bath
  • Shower gel
  • Facial masks
  • Fancy soaps
  • Lip Smackers flavored lip balm (they love these!)
  • Lotions
  • Nail polish
  • Mascara
  • Eye shadows
  • Eyeliner
  • powder
  • Gift certificate for a pedicure
  • Gift certificate for a manicure
  • Gift certificate for a haircut/style
  • Costume jewelry
  • Small picture frames
  • Scented votive candles
  • Scented candle tarts
  • Disposable ladies’ razors
  • Bleach pen
  • Safety pins
  • Personalized jewelry
  • Mugs, notepads, ornaments, totes, etc. that are personalized with their initials, names, or their careers
What to put in stockings

What to put in stockings

For Men

  • Warm work gloves
  • Stocking caps
  • Thick work socks
  • Dress socks
  • Thermos
  • Inexpensive work watches
  • Thermal undershirts/underwear
  • Hand cleaner
  • Nail clippers
  • Baseball cap
  • Sunscreen (to use while fishing)
  • Flashlight
  • Fishing sunglasses
  • Deck of cards
  • Poker chips
  • Golf balls
  • Golf tees
  • Guitar picks
  • Guitar strings
  • Guitar tuner
  • Small tools
  • Aftershave
  • Cups, coffee mugs, key chains, etc. with their favorite sports team logo
  • Razors/razor blades
  • Fishing license
  • Fishing lures
  • Fishing line
  • Shotgun shells
  • Pocket knives
  • Whetstone
  • Lighters (they all smoke and never seem to have a lighter)

Stocking Stuffers for Both Men and Women

  • Restaurant gift certificates
  • Coupons for babysitting
  • Cinema gift certificates
  • Certificates for movie rentals
  • Grocery store gift certificates
  • Walmart gift certificates
  • Cold, hard cash
  • Handi-wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Travel size toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, mouthwash, and conditioner (I see these in their travel stuff whenever we go on vacation together!)
Christmas Eve at my house!

Christmas Eve at my house!


Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on December 29, 2009:

Thanks for paying me a visit!

Mrs. Moneypants from Canada and other places on December 29, 2009:

Great ideas. Stockings are my favorite part of Christmas gift giving. I love to make stockings for others and I love to open my own.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on November 18, 2009:

Hi, Nemi. Glad you stopped by to read!

Nemingha on November 18, 2009:

A thoroughly comprehensive list! Thanks.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on November 17, 2009:

Thanks, Judydiane! We're in South GA, so they do need the winter stuff for a few days. lol

judydianne from Palm Harbor, FL on November 17, 2009:

These are great ideas, habee! Living in Florida, my adult kids can't use the winter stuff, but there are so many other options, I can now shop with new ideas! Thanks for a great hub!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on November 17, 2009:

Thank you, HH. I do have wonderful family - I am truly blessed.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on November 17, 2009:

I envy you to have such a lovely family and by the sound of it a great Christmas. Thank you for sharing those great tips.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on November 16, 2009:

I think they never outgrow it. Thanks for reading!

Dao Hoa on November 16, 2009:

My kids like to check the stockings even they are older now. So we still hang the stockings up every year.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on November 16, 2009:

Hi, Dolores! Don't expect it to change too much after the babies arrive! Thanks for visiting.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on November 16, 2009:

Thanks, Vanne. I agree with the teacher gifts. Good of you to stop by!

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on November 16, 2009:

Great tips for the grown children. We still treat them like babies and will until grandchildren arrive.

Vanne Way on November 16, 2009:

As usual you have written a brilliant and useful article! This is very appropriate for teacher gifts. Some of the best gifts I have received were gift cards or certificates that I could use at my own disgression. I appreciate the thought that goes into the gift cards, as many of my students and parents know that there are many places I like to visit such as Starbucks, bath and Body works, and various other restaurants. Good info Habee!!!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on November 16, 2009:

Tammy - so nice of you to visit and comment!

Tammy Lochmann on November 16, 2009:

bookmarking this...Thanks