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!