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Stocking Stuffers for Guys

Happy St. Nick’s Day!

What is St. Nick’s Day, you ask? There is definitely a religious aspect to today’s holiday, but I am going to touch on the cultural elements of it that make today one of my favorite holiday traditions. Growing up in southeastern Wisconsin, it was like Christmas part one. St. Nick comes on the night of December 5th, filling shoes or stockings with small goodies – traditionally oranges, pomegranates, cookies, candy, or fruits. I remember going to bed really early in hopes of waking up really early to dig into my stocking. In my family, St. Nick always brought special Christmas morning pajamas (that I had to save for Christmas Eve) and other small items: chocolates, pens, journals, movies, snacks, CDs (back in the day!), hair ties, makeup, etc. All three of us had to open our stockings at the same time – I would pull out one item, then my mom, then my dad, and so on in a rotation. I think this was my mom’s way of making the magical morning last just a little bit longer. It was always a very special morning in our house – we focused on the joy of the season while enjoying a yummy breakfast before heading to school.

In honor of this wonderful “stocking stuffer” holiday, I thought it would be fun to share a few ideas for the guy in your life. To be honest, Grant is the hardest person to shop for in my life. He is an ultra minimalist who never “needs” or “wants” anything. And, when he does want something, he just goes and gets it – leaving me no list or any ideas!

For this year’s St. Nick’s Day, I decided to stuff his stocking with all consumable items – aka FOOD. I went to Whole Foods and picked up some fun new products that he’s never had before (and a few favorites, too). To make things a little more festive, I put anything I bought in bulk into clear cello bags with a cute ribbon.

Here’s exactly what I included this year:

  • Justin’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups
  • Almond & sea salt dark chocolate bar
  • Salted almond butter dark chocolate bar
  • Larabar double chocolate brownie bites
  • MaraNatha almond butter
  • Dark chocolate peppermint sandwich cremes
  • Blueberry flaxseed granola
  • Acai blueberry tea infused energy bites
  • Chocolate peanut butter trail mix
  • Peanut butter chocolate protein cookie
  • Homemade spritz cookies (I used the recipe from Sally’s Cookie Addiction)

*Think he likes chocolate and peanut butter and blueberries?? 🙂

A few other ideas:

Do you celebrate St. Nick’s Day? What are some of your favorite stocking stuffers?


PS: I wrote about our holiday home decorations here!

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