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. Auntiepatch says:


  2. 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?

  3. 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!

  4. 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’.

  5. Nancy Blue Moon says:

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

  6. 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.”

  7. 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)

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Paula says:

    Okay I have to ask…what are Shittens?

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. Faye says:

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.)

  16. Alexandra says:

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

  17. 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!

  18. 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!

  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. Kathryn says:

    I’ve had one for the past couple of years and it is really effective.

  21. 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 😀

  22. billy sharpstick says:

    Yo must be thinking of the “Slightest Touch”. I don’t think Karen has reviewed that yet.

  23. erin says:

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

  24. Su says:

    Nice ideas!

  25. 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.

  26. MaryJo says:


  27. 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.

  28. 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!

  29. Karen says:

    Well then that worked out well didn’t it? ~ karen!

  30. Karen says:

    Hi Kim! It’s definitely not a placebo. It’s very much embedded in scientific proof. ~ karen!

  31. Karen says:

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

  32. 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!

  33. Karen says:

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

  34. Karen says:

    Oh! Those were from my local grocery store from a few years ago. ~ karen!

  35. Karen says:

    Home Depot has them in stock now. They’re out of stock at Home Hardware. ~ karen!

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. Maria says:

    ROTFLMBO! I snorted water through my nose Pam’A!

  39. 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.

  40. 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 🙁

  41. 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.

  42. Karin says:

    well then Karen better get on reviewing THAT ONE


  43. 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.

  44. 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

  45. 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.

  46. Elen G says:

    I’m hoping Lee Valley still has that knife sharpener. 😉

  47. 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.

  48. SusanR says:

    You’re right, it’s a great list of things, most of which are now on the shopping list for my grand-niece!

  49. SusanR says:

    I bought a set of 3 outlets with 2 remotes for my husband from Costco last year, and they had something similar recently. He LOVES them.

  50. 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!!?

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