Skip the holiday blues with these practical stocking stuffers


Finding the right stocking stuffer present can be a chore. We’ve all experienced and seen the disappointment that comes with a poorly chosen gift. No one wants that back scratcher or ugly tie that inevitably finds its way into your hands each year. Below you’ll find a handful of practical gifts that are going to get the job done and not end up in the junk drawer.

Gifts for the Home

Buying a present for someone’s home or kitchen is often a hit or miss proposition that should always be accompanied by a gift receipt. People have deeply personal preferences when it comes to their living space. Instead of guessing on the color, shape or brand preference of your family member or friend, opt for these practical gifts that everyone can use.

For the cook in your life, pick up a recipe rock or tablet stand for easy viewing of recipe cards or articles. It can be frustrating trying to hold up a paper or device while trying to cook. Both of these options ease that struggle with a third helping-hand. It also keeps your gear clean and out of the way while a meal is being prepared. Other logical kitchen gifts include small pyrex dishes for condiments or tiny leftovers, simple wine stoppers and funny tea infusers.

Practical Fashion

What’s harder than buying for your secret santa’s house? Buying something for them to wear. Personally, I tend to steer clear of this category all together. But if I had to choose, I’d hook my christmas list up with a pair touchscreen-compatible gloves. You can find them for under $10 on Amazon or you can go up to a more well-known brand like The North Face for a more stylish option. These type of gloves are a great companion for this time of year and provide access to all touchscreen functionality without getting your hands cold.


Multi-function tools aren’t a new phenomenon by any means. But there are some pretty sweet options that have been scaled down to fit on a keychain. Some people prefer to carry standalone tools like this Leatherman, but a lot of guys only have the need for an occasional low-key job. One of our favorites is this Swiss+Tech 6-in-1 Key Ring Multi-Function Tool that has three different screwdrivers, a bottle opener and two knives all wrapped into one little package. It will look right at home next to your other keys and doesn’t have a bulky design that is uncomfortable in your pocket. Chances are, he’ll use it to unwrap presents that morning then throw it right on his keychain. Amazon users love it, giving this multi-function tool a 4.3/5 star rating.

For those in need of organization

Cord management can be a tricky proposition for anyone. With all the devices that we’re carrying around these days, it’s no surprise that our bags have been littered with cables. There are a few traditional and not-so-typical means for keeping those crazy cords corralled. One of our top-picks is the Quirky Mini Powercurl, which provides a neat home for your iPhone wall charger and Lightning cable. The power block snaps into the middle while the Lightning cable can be coiled around the outside. We’re also big fans of This is Ground’s Cord Tacos and Nite Ize Gear Ties as a solid means for keeping things in place.

Another good idea is Command Hooks. It is an inexpensive gift in a variety of styles that everyone from college age to the elderly certainly has a use for. Most people aren’t keen on putting a whole in the wall, either because of skill or potential damage, so these hooks make for a great alternative. Grab it in classic white or a more stylish finish.

ICYMI, be sure to swing by Justin’s holiday gift guide for all the music lovers in your life. Keep an eye on 9to5Toys as the holiday season comes to a close over the next two weeks. We cover a wide range of product categories and price points, so you’re bound to find something for that picky-person on your list. We’ll be tracking deals all the way up to the big day.

One more thing, don’t forget the wrapping paper.

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