Andy Williams hit it right on the mark when he famously sang that Christmas is the most wonderful time of year. With Christmas lights strung across the rooftop, a beautiful noble fir decorated to a T and carefully wrapped gifts under the tree, it's easy to get caught up in the magic of the holidays. As a kid, I have plenty of these unforgettable memories. However, Christmas mornings were always the most fun. Before any wrapping paper suffered the wrath of a few overly excited kids ripping their way to its contents, the first thing to look forward to was digging through the stockings. The fluffy red and white oversize socks with our names scrawled across them in glittery glue were always full of the best candy, games and toys we could have ever wished for.
But what happened when my siblings and I "grew up"? Well, lucky for me, my parents still kept the tradition alive with awesome little surprises to find in our stockings every Christmas. Therefore, I'm happy to report that just because you may be an adult doesn't mean you have to give up the fun of the Christmas stocking. So go ahead and let out your inner child!
Now, without further ado, I would like to share a few stocking stuffer ideas you can gift to some of your loved ones this year:
*For the Techies
--Flash drive. Storage, storage, storage! Techies are always out and about, and this is the perfect bite-size gadget for them to back up any important data they may need. Find a super-cool flash drive that matches your loved one's personality on the website Mimoco.
--Phone case. Techies are always rockin' the latest and greatest -- so a new case to show off their new Android, iPhone 6, etc., is always a great choice. If you're looking for long-lasting durability, OtterBox and Speck Products are some personal favorites. They have a variety of colors and patterns to choose from.
--Portable charger. These work wonders for the techies who are ALWAYS on their phones, with a battery life slowly dwindling throughout the day. You can find some fashionable portable chargers at Urban Outfitters.
Those are just a few of my favorites, but in a world where technology is everywhere, the choices are endless!
*For the Wine Connoisseur
--Wine glass charms. A glass of wine by itself is delicious, but a glass of wine with lovely dangling charms is the cherry on top. Wine glass charms can be found in many stores, but I absolutely love the assortment that Pier 1 Imports has to offer. So take your pick and give the wine connoisseur in your life a little flair.
--Wine to wear. This is a great gift for anyone you know who isn't afraid to flaunt his or her love of wine. Nylon's "Less Whine More Wine" T-shirt is a definite must-have.
--Wine-to-go tumblers. These tumblers are just what the wine connoisseur needs for the beach, the park or even a tailgate party. Order the affordable and adorable pair of Vino2Go insulated tumblers from Amazon.com and you won't be sorry.
*For the Running Junkie
--Over-the-ear headphones. Running with regular headphones is always frustrating because of the constant cord twisting and tangling. Therefore, over-the-ear headphones solve the problem and allow the runner in your life to blaze his or her trails cord-free. So head to your local Sports Authority or Sports Chalet to choose from a wide range of headphones.
--Armband. If you would like to complement the over-the-ear headphones, add an athletic armband to the mix. This will also help the running junkie to focus completely on the path ahead, with his or her cellphone and keys tucked safely around his or her arm. These can be found just about anywhere, such as the athletic stores mentioned above or even your local Target.
--Comfy sole inserts. Sure, there are a ton of lightweight shoes advertised to make you faster, but comfort is always the most important. The runner in your life (and the runner's feet) will thank you for these after those tough 10-mile runs. You can purchase the perfect sole inserts on Runner's World's website.
And as an extra treat, toss in a few GU energy packs to jump-start the running junkie for those long distances!
*For the Spa Lover
--Candles. What's better than one, two or three candles illuminating the corners of the bathtub with a sweet vanilla aroma filling the room? This is a must-have for spa lovers, and it also flawlessly sets up the relaxed ambiance they know and love. Candles are available anywhere and everywhere, but you can't go wrong with Yankee Candle or Bath & Body Works.
--Soothing face mask. Get the full spa effect with a soothing face mask. It not only is great for the complexion but also will leave the spa lover feeling refreshed and wonderful. You can find some great face masks at Ulta or Sephora. My favorite is The Body Shop's tea tree face mask.
--Tweezers and manicure set. A great pair of tweezers and a manicure set are extremely valuable for anyone's beauty routine. The best tweezers you can buy are the ones by Tweezerman, which can be found at any beauty store. Plus, when the steel gets dull, you can send it back to be sharpened by the company itself. Moreover, Ulta sells a great travel-size manicure set to keep those fingers and toes looking lovely.
Those are just a few great items you can compile into your stocking. However, if you would like to do a little extra for the spa lover, add an Essie nail polish in her favorite color or some flavorful tea to top it off.
Now, all of those suggestions are just some items that I know my family and friends wouldn't mind receiving. However, you definitely know your loved ones best, so use your better judgment when personalizing their stocking stuffers.
Just because we're getting older doesn't mean we have to lose some of our favorite childhood pastimes. Now get to stuffing!