By PK Greenfield
Some legends have it that the tradition of hanging stockings on the fireplace mantle began with the Dutch in the 16th century. On Christmas eve children were told to put their stockings near the fireplace or hearth to dry them. On that particular night, Saint Nicholas would come down the chimney and leave gifts – fruit, toys and coins – inside them.
While American guys might be more inclined to prefer the word Sox (Red, White, et. al), the following list includes several creative ideas for creative stocking stuffers full of more twists than a candy cane.
Sports Adventure with Fandeavor.com
Sports Fan: For the guy who screams at the TV during Monday Night Football and only drops the remote when ESPN goes to a commercial, I discovered something that will absolutely score major points this holiday.
Go and purchase something that represents his favorite team (professional or college): a jersey, cap, ball, or any type sports memorabilia. Put that in his holiday stocking but pin a note or customize it with a link to Fandeavor.com. This website provides package deals that include major games, VIP parties, sideline/courtside access and the opportunity of meeting some of the players.
Imagine his expression when he thinks he got sports swag but actually received tickets and accommodations to see the Dallas Cowboys take on the Pittsburgh Steelers, or his Alma Mater and their rival.
Visit: http://www.Fandeavor.com for more information.
A Sea of Dreams with PADI
Thrill Seeker: If you know a guy who likes to jump out of airplanes, surf on a ski slope, calls his BMX bike ‘my car,’ (and tries to do all three over one weekend), here is a stocking stuffer idea that will get him, ahem… motivated.
Put a bag of sand in his holiday sock and attach a gift tag for PADI. This company offers online courses in scuba diving for Open Water Certification.
Classes are not just for the novice. The website also provides instruction and information for those who are already certified and want to learn something new, like underwater digital photography. The PADI Gift Pass recipient studies at their own pace and can advance to Rescue Diving and Master Scuba Diver courses.
You both could be exploring the seven seas by New Years Eve!
Click here for more information: PADI.
“Central to The Park” Bracelet & Central Park NYC
Philanthropist: If the man in your life has it all, perhaps now is the time to give back and help save a park in the metropolis.
The Central Park Conservancy offers an array of holiday gifts that you can put in his stocking: ties, ornaments, jewelry, etc. This small gesture will reflect the larger gift — adopt a park bench, sponsor a playground or even donate flowers for the landscaping. Established in 1980, this non-profit agency provides 85% of the budget to preserve and maintain NYC’s Central Park.
Now, I know this do-gooder stuff may pale in comparison from a pleasant day of shopping at Bergdorf Goodman, Tiffany, and Van Cleef & Arpels, but imagine the ride home, ‘through The Park’ when you pass the tree that you sponsored in his name.
Check out the site for city-centric, altruistic gift giving: Central Park Conservancy.
We really owe on to the Dutch for starting stocking stuffer tradition. All this time you thought they simply offered wooden shoes.
Photos: Fandeavor, PADI, Central Park Conservancy.