If you have a really good person stuffing your Christmas stocking for you, you’re halfway there in terms of experiencing a great Christmas.  Add in enough food to make you sick to your pants and a drunken carolling session and YOU have what holiday memories are made of.

Do you remember that Christmas where everyone got along and nothing eventful happened?  No, because it was boring.  You remember the Christmas your sister’s fingernails caught on fire and your nephew threw up between the main meal and dessert from overeating.

Ah, Christmas.  The joyous occasion that never goes smoothly, thank God.  And it all starts with the stocking.  Sadly, not everyone is a stocking stuffer expert.  There’s a fine line between getting the right amount of kitschy, fun presents in your stocking and getting the wrong amount.  The wrong amount means you laugh your head off while opening the stocking but never use a single thing in it. And in fact can’t remember a single thing that was in your stocking an hour after opening it.

A properly stuffed stocking is filled with some funny, kitschy things and some useful things.  Sometimes the two collide like this Maybe You Touched Your Genitals hand sanitizer that’s currently in my purse.




I’ve had some GREAT stocking stuffers that I’ve featured over the years but this year I wanted to show you some of the things I own that I didn’t necessarily get in a stocking but think would be great in one.


Betty picked  me up this Jar Popper a few years ago and it’s GREAT.  I mostly use it for cracking the seals on my canned tomato sauce, peaches, and other stuff.  No more prying a knife or spoon under the rim, spilling juice everywhere and swearing.  O.K., well there’s swearing but for totally unrelated reasons.



I bought this knife sharpener for myself.  It’s around $20 from Lee Valley and it’s the best knife sharpener I’ve ever owned.  There’s no trick to using it, it never seems to dull and even if it does you can rotate the blade to a new sharper edge.  It’s the King of knife sharpeners.

I got these Toast Coasters last year from my sister Pink Tool Belt.  Everyone who sees them loves them and they’re only $12 for a set of 8.  They DON’T come with the silver toast holder.  I picked that up at a flea market this summer.


O.K., at $129 this is a bit of a high end stocking stuffer.  O.K., it’s really a present but I wanted to include it on my list because it’s something I use and love every day. It’s on my desk as I type this right now as a matter of fact.  I’m the kind of person who LOVES being outside. I need sunshine and fresh air to feel my best. So when winter hits and the days are not only shorter they’re almost sunless I need something to fake daylight.  Enter this thing.  This daylight simulator gives me my daylight fix even during the stormiest days of winter.


I have one of these remotes hooked up to the electric fireplace in my bedroom.  It’s hard to get to the switch of it and by using the remote I can turn it on and off right from bed.  I would love a bunch more of these for reasons I can’t even think of right now other than I think they’re cool.

Now it’s your turn.  Feel free to let everyone know about a great stocking stuffer you’ve got or given in the past or things you own and LOVE that would make great stocking stuffers for other people.

Because nobody should get a substandard stocking.

Have a good weekend!


  1. holly says:

    Fantastic ideas! The jar opener is certainly something so many people, including me, would appreciate. Arthritis just kicked in this year, and is so exasperating!

    I have the remote control outlet accessories and they are so wonderful for Christmas. Everything in my living room is on-off, 1, 2, 3, 4. No more crawling behind the tree to plug and unplug.

    My huge indulgence this year (I never buy anything) are the Luminaria real flame effect candles that look like the real deal. The flicker of the candle looks real. These are the same technology used in the Disney Haunted Mansion. I can’t recall anything I have bought, except presents for others, that I have enjoyed more. I have had them for 2 months now, bought on sale at QVC, and love, love, love them. They add so much ambiance to the decorations, and will year-round. I still am tempted to go blow them out sometimes. On timers – set and forget. Daytime, don’t look too close as you can tell they are fake, but I just walk right by, not noticing, night-time – magical!!! A perfect stocking stuffer.

    Merry Christmas, everyone!

  2. Arlene Stopps says:

    Hi! Just thought I would say, I love your blog!
    Not only do you have some great ideas…but, your funny!
    And some of the people who make comments are funny too!
    So…I end up giggling like a silly person all by myself in the living Room!
    Thank you so much!

  3. Sonja says:

    My stocking is hung (at least it will be by the time your ‘stuffers’ arrive) patiently waiting for you to fill !

  4. Dale says:

    Karen, how do you find the time in your day to do all the fun stuff you do AND have the time to write about it in these blogs. As you send out these articles/your children, you have to be a proud author/parent seeing how well received they are into the world. Your articles/children go off onto a life of their own as they are read/revisited by us your constant readers. Do you have a reunion of your articles/children as you scan through our replies to your archives?
    Keep up this good work. You make our day with a smile.
    Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, to all and to all a good night!

  5. Jennie Lee says:

    If you know anyone with arthritis in their hands, or a weak grip, buy them a strap wrench, and they will be thankful forever. They are made of plastic and a strip of rubber. You can get them at Walmart for about $3-$4. They enable you to turn just about anything; jar lids, caps on pop bottles, etc. . I used mine to straighten the crooked square wooden knobs on a dresser that had been crooked since the 1950s! No one could turn them, but they immediately broke loose, and now they’re straight (been driving me crazy my entire life!), and without any damage to the wood! I also use it to tighten the keyless chuck on my drill, when I can’t get it tight enough, due to my weak grip.

  6. Martina says:

    Okay, so I googled Shittens and went to Amazon to have a look and frequently bought with Shittens is the…wait for it…Weener Kleener Soap…I just about died laughing!!?

  7. Linda in Illinois says:

    I have to say Karen, your stocking stuffers are much better than mine. When I was a little girl, we got oranges and nuts (no joke) in our stockings. Our tree was the silver aluminum one and my mother had the three color – color wheel that she would turn on Christmas Eve after we walked home from Midnight Mass. I love and miss those simple days of my childhood. I linked to the Shittens and just couldn’t stop laughing, it is hilarious. Thank you for the inspiration you always bring me.

    • SusanR says:

      Oh, I’d completely forgotten about the nuts and oranges we got in our stockings when we were little! There was also a little bit of Christmas ribbon candy in there, and maybe something like a new set of jacks!

      • Debbie says:

        I used to get an apple, an orange, nuts and some candy. No little trinkets or toys. The funny thing is I really looked forward to it and loved it!

  8. Elen G says:

    I’m hoping Lee Valley still has that knife sharpener. ;-)

  9. Karin says:

    in the old home country we used to practice Nikolaus day, which is on 6th December. as kids we made sure our boots were clean and put outside the door, Santi Nikolaus would come by and fill it with nuts, oranges and chocolate Santa’s if you’ve been a good girl or boy. i fondly remember that… however whenever i try to push this heathen practice to my American fellers, i only get wrinkled noses and disgusted waving off gestures. fools…..

    we don’t really do stocking stuffers at our house, mainly because kitten and puppy socks are so awfully small and nothing fits in em. we did get the toaster coasters as a house warming gift and i would love the daylight delight, I’d strap that thing to my face from daylight saving time start to end.

    Have a great weekend.

    • Renee says:

      I’ve done St. Nicholaus Day each year with my kids too! They would put their snow boots out so they could get more! I always put candies or some new mittens in there. My daughter is 31, and was still excited to get her little bag o candy for it this year. I think it is a special thing to do. So smack their wrinkled noses!

      • karin says:

        you diiiidd? nice *highfive* i shall commence smacking every wrinkled nose i see from now on

        snowboots? why on earth didn’t i think of that??? oh right, barely any snow hehe


        have a great weekend.

  10. Tigersmom says:

    Haha! My husband I a total germophobe! I just ordered him the sanitizer and they also have a hand soap so, I got him that, too. Thanks for the idea. I had no idea such a thing existed.

  11. Carol Hogan says:

    This year I also got them all Banana Bunkers but I’m not going to tell them what they are. I’ll just see if they can figure it out. The shape is very interesting.

  12. Carol Hogan says:

    My kids (4 grown, 4 still at home) like their stocking better than anything and count on me to make it fabulous. One of their all time favorites, which I originally learned about from Karen, was Poo-Pourri available on Amazon. I’m not smart enough to include the link :(

  13. Laura Bee says:

    My ‘Santa’ had been getting better at stockings over the 17 or so Christmases we have been together. He’s come a long way from scratch tickets and sex toys.

  14. Safetydog says:

    I always need stocking stuffer ideas – these are great. My mom always ensured that our stockings were filled with some practical and some silly things. My stocking is very important to me. On our first Christmas together, my then-fiance’s stocking was stuffed to the brim, while mine hung slack and empty. I cried. After much explanation on my part (whining, crying, berating, moaning, etc.), the man conceded that if it’s important to me, it becomes important to him. Yes, I married him, and receive a full stocking each year.

    • Ally says:

      You did better than I. My hubby doesn’t get it, and so I fill my own each year. At least this way I get what I want (except I cheap out usually and get far too practical). However, the oger is getting underwear in his stocking this year, so two can play that game.

  15. Danni says:

    Daylight IS my delight! the weather is still holding so I’m inventing things to do outside on the weekend so I can soak it up. I need that light!!
    Best stocking stuffer story I have…. as a pre-teen I was “difficult”… one year I got coal. It was a bag of coal. Licorice flavored rock hard coal. I was supposed to be shamed I guess, chastised, put in my place… I sat there and ate the whole bag of coal as gifts were being opened and enjoyed every last bite. Licorice is still a favorite thing.

  16. Su says:

    Nice ideas!

  17. erin says:

    I also need to know where the remote outlets come from. I have been looking for some for years.

  18. Thera says:

    One of our American friends on here needs to start a mail order/contest entry hone based business, they could buy stuff for us and mail it to us for a reasonable fee and have an address we could use for contests and get like 5% of the value of the prize :D

    • Mary says:

      I am lucky enough to have claim to both countries. No such thing as cheap shipping between these fine countries. Yesterday sent a Christmas parcel weighing 1.2 lbs (sorry you will have to translate to KGs) and USPS charged $20. Now that is about $24 Canadian. No matter which side of the border you are on they really charge huge amounts.

  19. Karen Too says:

    Love all of your ideas! I have a light simulator and it DOES work! Where did you get the cable knit coffee mug?

  20. whitequeen96 says:

    I have 4 Remote Outlets with 1 Remote Control and I love them! I velcroed the control to the edge of my headboard and now I can turn on 3 different lights in my bedroom without having to get out of bed. (Much better than the old clap-on, clap-off thing!) The 4th outlet allows me to turn on/off the lamp in my TV room from my bed so that I don’t have to walk into a dark room. Also, if I get into bed and realize I forgot to turn off that lamp, I can do it from my room.

    Yes, I’m REALLY lazy!

  21. Sherry in Alaska says:

    Well, yeah, thanks for stuffing my stocking with the Phillips Daylight Simulator. Been thinking about something like this for a long while and your recommendation put it over the top. Plus there was a coupon for an extra $10.00 off. A deal too good to ignore. (I jumped from your site so you have a tiny credit coming..) Thanks for the hint! Merry Christmas!

    • Karen says:

      Excellent, thanks Sherry! You’ll like it. Those of us far from the equator need a little light in our lives! ~ karen

  22. Alexandra says:

    I misread Daylight Simulator as Delight Simulator, and … THAT might be handy for christmas, too!

  23. Pam'a says:

    I’ve accidentally come up with some pretty awesome stocking stuffers for kids over the years.
    1. A flashlight. Now that they have LEDs, there are tons of cheap ones. What little kid doesn’t need this night-taming weapon at their disposal?
    2. A plastic tackle box. Great for treasures of all sorts, including all of those evil little Lego pieces that hurt like hell when you step on them.
    3. Cheap binoculars. So grown up! And the only place they work well is outside, so get out there and give me a moment’s peace.
    4. A big carabiner to hook on a belt loop and carry stuff. (Extra credit if you include a few stuffs.)
    5. A cheapo wrist watch when the concept of time starts becoming interesting. Go analog for extra credit.
    6. A bag of glow-in-the-dark stars and some poster putty to put them… everywhere. (Really, anything that glows in the dark is awesome.)

  24. Faye says:

    Look at the difference for the toast coasters! $12 on and over $60 on That is just wrong!

  25. Jan in Waterdown says:

    Love the toast coasters but @ $60.98, I don’t even like myself that much! I can vouch for the LVT knife sharpener. My resident woodworker owns every sharpening stone known to man or woman and he’s amazed by how good it is. I would add Lee Valley’s Peasant Chef’s knife to the list but maybe putting a knife in someone’s stocking might be a tad creepy.

    • Karen says:

      LOL. They’re $12 on the American site! Sometimes I link to things and by the time it gets up on my site the prices have changed dramatically. Either up or down. :( ~ karen!

    • Laura Bee says:

      That knife is fantastic. We have had one for years, I used it to cut my daughter’s apple when packing her lunch today.
      Put it under the tree.

  26. Tiffany says:

    My kids got me “Shittens” last year. They also got me a pillow case with Nicholas Cage on it that says “In spite of my rage I am still just Nicholas Cage”. Great stocking stuffers for someone with a quirky sense of humor.

    • Paula says:

      Okay I have to ask…what are Shittens?

      • Paula says:

        I found them, we can’t get them in Canada :( On, it says they are unavailable and if I were to order them from the States, they would be a hefty $43 with shipping!

        • Karen says:

          Just try Canadian Tire or Home Depot or Home Hardware Paula. ~ karen!

        • Jan in Waterdown says:

          LOL . . . Canadian Tire? Seriously??? I just checked their website and it said “do you mean fittings?” then showed a whole bunch of plumbing parts! Wellll, roughly the same category I guess . . .
          I can just see going into Weeks of Waterdown and asking for them at Customer Service!!! hahahahahaha

      • Pam'a says:

        I had to look it up. From their website: “Shittens are disposable, mitten-shaped moist wipes. While old fashioned, square wet wipes put your hands at risk for all kinds of accidental fecal contamination, the genius mitten shape of a Shitten provides not only safety from poop, but on a larger scale, emotional peace of mind.”

        I’m kind of sorry I went looking.

  27. Kim says:

    Can you tell me more about the daylight simulator. Does it make you feel immediately happier? Mostly I want to know whether it is a placebo or not! Because I want it if it works.

  28. Bill says:

    Thanks Karen. You now have added $127 bucks to my Christmas spending. Well, at least it is going to a needy person (that would be me)

  29. Ann Smith says:

    I’m stuffing stockings with bottles of liquid hand soap, I think it’s made by the same people that make your hand sanitizer. There’s a picture of a cute little girl on the front, and the labels says “Wash your hands you filthy little animal.”

  30. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    OK..I want the Jar Popper and the Knife Sharpener..I would take the other stuff too…

  31. Paula says:

    Where did the remote outlet come from? I love the toast coasters, too but they are a bit pricey. I have the Lee Valley sharpener – it is the best! The jar opener looks perfect for me, as I struggle to pop the seal on my jars. I found one for $13.99 on Amazon and the shipping is free.
    I have had a daylight thingamajig for about 5 years and I love it, so does my brain (vitamin D helps, too).
    Great ideas – do you have anymore because I love the stuff that you pick. You are my new ‘Oprah’s favourite things’.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Paula. Does the link not work again? It should. You can get them for relatively cheap on or any home improvement store. ~ karen!

      • Paula says:

        I don’t see a link for the remote thingy?
        I bought the toast coasters via the U.S. site and even with exchange and shipping they are $30.45 for 8 which is a lot less than $60 on!

  32. Kat says:

    Love the new snowflakes! Pinned the knife sharpener. Puzzled about the sunshine light thing. Does it light up the whole room or just daylight glaring at you while at your desk?

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Kat! The daylight simulator just glares daylight into your face. It’s on an automatic timer and shines what your brain thinks is daylight into your eyes. You literally point it at your face and your brain soaks it up. It’s used for Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.). I put it on as soon as I sit at my desk in the morning and then once again in the afternoon. ~ karen!

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