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The worst Christmas stocking stuffers ever: 10 ways to ruin someone's holiday

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worst stocking stuffers Gildan 10-Pack Crew Length Active Socks
Say "Merry Christmas" in the worst way possible with a value pack of white socks. Boscovs.com
worst stocking stuffers bag of fake coal
Nothing is quite as bad as receiving a bag of "joke" coal candy in your stocking on Christmas morning. http://factorydirectcraft.com
worst stocking stuffers tree-shaped air freshener for car
Let your loved one know that you think that his car probably smells with a cheap air freshener. KMart.com
worst stocking stuffers snake nut can
Want to scare your friends and become their least favorite gifter? Then be sure to buy them these "joke" cans of mixed nuts. CenturyNovelty.com
worst stocking stuffers Beyonce Heat perfume set
Just because your daughter loves Beyoncé does not mean that she'll love a $15 gift set of her perfume (from the drugstore, no less). DrugStore.com
worst stocking stuffers pencils
Stick a pack of holiday-themed pencils in someone's stocking to give her the most thoughtless gift of the year. TheGrinBin.com
worst stocking stuffers Hello Kitty Crazy 8s cards
You're loved one is over 10 years old? Then please don't give him children's card games, especially not Hello Kitty-themed ones. Giftapolis.com
worst stocking stuffers cherry candy canes
Trick everyone into thinking they've received normal peppermint candy canes when you give them gross cherry-flavored look-alikes instead. HammondsCandies.com
worst stocking stuffers Gildan 10-Pack Crew Length Active Socks
worst stocking stuffers bag of fake coal
worst stocking stuffers tree-shaped air freshener for car
worst stocking stuffers snake nut can
worst stocking stuffers Beyonce Heat perfume set
worst stocking stuffers pencils
worst stocking stuffers Hello Kitty Crazy 8s cards
worst stocking stuffers cherry candy canes

A stocking filled to the brim with gifts is a wonderful sight to behold on Christmas morning. It isn't until the stocking is emptied that you discover exactly how great — or potentially awful — the contents are.

Show your loved ones how much you (don't) care with this list of the worst stocking stuffers:

1. Holiday-Themed Pencils

Nothing says "I put no thought into this gift" quite like a pack of pencils in your stocking. Not only are they completely useless without a sharpener (which no one has), but a pack of holiday-themed pencils really has no purpose after Dec. 25.

2. Non-peppermint candy canes

Everyone knows that although we may not eat them (ever), candy canes are at least a passable stocking stuffer — unless, of course, they don't taste like candy canes. Giving someone a non-peppermint candy cane is a truly horrible gift, since the chances that the recipient will actually consume it go from about 15 percent to zero.

 Nothing destroys the warm feelings conjured by gift-giving like a value pack of white socks. 

Really want to be the worst? Give them a cherry-flavored candy cane that looks like a normal one.

3. Toothbrushes

Oral hygiene products are always a bad stocking-stuffer idea (although many seem to forget). I don't know a single adult that would be happy to receive a toothbrush for Christmas. Perhaps children would be excited by a cool, new Dora the Explorer toothbrush, although I'm pretty sure they are equally unimpressed.

4. Tree-shaped car air freshener

They cost less than a buck each and come in such wonderful scents as "Black Ice" and "Cinna-Berry" — how can you not buy a car air freshener as a stocking stuffer? These tree-shaped fresheners are a truly wonderful way of indicating to any recipient that you know think hope they own a car and that it probably smells bad.

5. Trick can of nuts

This unassuming "can of nuts" is not as harmless as it seems. Give this gift to anyone on your holiday list and be forever shunned (with reason). Okay, so you scared your friend when a spring loaded snake popped out in his or her face.

Congratulations on humiliating your pals in front of their loved ones on Christmas — with a terrible gift that isn't even a gift, no less.

6. Children's card game

Giving someone any kind of children-specific card game (Crazy 8's, Old Maid, Go Fish) in his or her stocking is sure to put you on the recipient's bad list. When a game is listed as "For ages 5+" and is decorated with Hello Kitty, you really need to skip it when gifting to anyone over 10.

7. Anything that doesn't fit in the stocking

The entire notion of the stocking is that presents go inside it, but this somehow proves to be a difficult concept for some. Trying to stuff a football into a stocking is not using it for what it's designed for, so stick to presents that will fit and wrap the larger gifts (like you know you are supposed to!).

8. Any fragrance from the drugstore

This should be an obvious one, but buying any fragrance from your local drugstore as a gift is a huge mistake. You need to accept that you have no idea how your loved ones choose to smell, and you certainly shouldn't assume that just because your daughter loves Beyoncé that she'll love a $15 gift set of her perfume, too.

9. "Value Pack" of white socks

Nothing destroys the warm feelings conjured by gift-giving like a value pack of white socks. Why did you have to give socks as a gift in the first place?

A gift is supposed to be something you want, not something you need. More important, did you really have to go with the value pack? It must be important to let your loved one know that not only did you save two dollars, but you got him or her 10 pairs of socks while doing it.

10). A bag of "coal" candy

If you hadn't already thought of it, the absolute worst stocking stuffer idea is a bag of coal candy with something about how bad you are (i.e., "You've been naughty") written on the bag. For years, parents have been giving this to their children as a "joke" (a la the "can of nuts") and will, for whatever reason, always think it's hilarious.

So I tell you this: do not, under any circumstances, give this to anyone as a stocking stuffer unless you would like them to think you are the worst gifter of all time (you really would be).

So use this list of the worst stocking stuffers however you like. We hope you opt to skip all of these presents entirely, but if you really want to disappoint someone on Christmas morning, then go right ahead and gift them all.

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