Guys… Christmas is right around the corner. After spending way too much on new Christmas décor for the house and on Chappy’s actual Christmas gifts I realized I had slightly neglected his stocking. Let’s be real, most of our gifts to each other these days (and from basically anyone else too) are baby related so I wanted to make sure he still received some gifts that he could actually get some use out of himself. Here are a few of my favorite things to stock your man’s stocking with:
Funky Tie Set
Self-Stirring Coffee Mug
Now this is kind of an inside joke between Chappy and I so I totally understand if you don’t want to buy this for the special man in your life ha. He seriously just WIPS his coffee in the morning and it sounds crazy so I always joke I’m going to get him one of these.
Mike’s Hot Honey
Chappy is all about his cocktails and recently has been experimenting with different honeys so this seemed like the perfect gift! If your guy is into craft cocktails there are really so many options for stocking stuffers. Different honeys, bitters, syrups, and even tools!
Hornets Knit Hat
Or basically any of his favorite team’s winter sportswear though I must say the best teams are pretty much the Hornets, Panthers, and Chargers… Just saying.
Traditionally giving socks, undies, and ties, for Christmas was a big no-no but times are changing! Now I wouldn’t go about getting boring socks for your man but getting them something to spice up their everyday outfit is great. Men hate buying stuff like this but love having it go ahead and break the rules!
Now of course there are a bunch more smaller items that you could stuff in their stocking as well if you still need a little filler. A few examples would be gift cards to their favorite fast food places, mini liquor bottles, specialty craft beer bottle, candy, hair product, razor refills, cologne… and seriously the list goes on and on! But hopefully this list just gets your imagination stirring and assists you as Santa’s helper this year!!
The main issue I have with our new house is something that really only comes up around Christmas time. We have no mantel! When building our house we had the option to add a fireplace but since we have a townhome the placement was not ideal and it also took out one of our downstairs windows so in the end we decided against it. Now 11 months later I am struggling with where I’m going to hang our Christmas stockings come December.
I’ve gone back and forth between adding a temporary vintage fireplace mantel just for the holidays, floating shelves, vintage crates with added hooks, etc. etc. Finally I decided on a stained wood coat rack with a shelf. It seemed the most practical for year round purposes but then would still get the job done come December. We decided to build our own since I really needed to do some more projects with this baby on the way. Ha… kidding. We decided to build because 1) it’s cheaper and 2) we could make it the exact size we needed.
Here a list of all the supplies you’ll need:
- 10” x 1” x 6’ Wood plank (cut to size for the backing)
- 4” x 2” x 6’ Wood plank (cut to size for the shelf)
- Wood Glue
- Wood Stain
- 120 Grain Sand Paper
- Wood Screws
- French Cleat
- 6 hooks
First we cut our boards down to size (which for us was 42” long,) sanded and then stained them.
Second we used wood glue to attached the shelf piece to the backing and then used 6 screws to secure it through the back
Next we attached the 6 hooks using wood screws
And finally we added the French cleat to the back. Of course you could easily use another method to attach the rack to the wall. Since our piece was extra-long and I wanted to make sure it could hold a good amount of weight, we decided the French cleat would be easiest. In the end the project turned out exactly how I hoped! Now I just need to find some new stockings!
With not having my own place to decorate this year, getting in the Christmas Spirit has been a little harder than usual. Since the Christmas countdown is officially on I thought it would be a great idea to put together a list of my favorite stocking stuffers to help boost my Holiday Cheer. Now my list is mostly geared towards men because besides my husband’s the only other stocking I stuff is for my Chihuahua babies. Correct me if I’m wrong but I figured you guys probably don’t want Christmas list filled with rawhide bones and dental chews. To see the inspiration behind my list you’ll have to get to know my husband just a bit. He’s basically a mountain biking, cocktail enthusiast, who was raised a Panther fan, dresses more like he’s from California than the South, and loves anything spicy. Now that you get the gist here is my Christmas Stocking Stuffers List. Oh and don’t worry my husband never goes on social media so I’m not ruining any surprises.
- Floral Tie from Target
- Maple Bitters from Mouth
- Guitar Strings from Guitar Center
- Funky Socks from Urban Outfitters
- Mini Liquor Bottles
- Pineapple Habanero Hot Sauce from Mouth
- Mountain Biking Gloves from REI
- Desktop Coffee Warmer from Amazon
Hopefully this list inspires everyone to go out and get all your shopping done before the big rush! I have to admit I am one of those crazies who buys gifts throughout the year and saves them for later holidays. I literally had my sister’s Christmas gifts purchased before I had even given her a Birthday gift in October. AHH don’t judge me! Anyways, hope everyone is having a fun Thursday and isn’t too sick of Christmas Music yet! Only 22 more days to go!
Halloween is over which basically means it’s Christmas right??! I have to admit I was a little excited/shocked when I went to Costco last week and saw all the Christmas Decorations already for sale. My thought process went something along the lines of, “OMG Yay Christmas trees! …Wait. What, it’s not even Halloween yet.”
Christmas is one of those holidays that I just LOVE. Growing up my dad and I would always go ALL OUT with our outdoor décor and my mom would always convert our house into a Christmas wonderland. So this year with us being homeless for the first few weeks in December and then moving into a new home I doubt things are going to get very festive. Especially since we don’t even know if we’ll be in our new home by Christmas! For me this is pretty unfortunate. All I want to do is wear my favorite Holiday sweater (and socks!) and sip on some hot cocoa as I hang tree lights while wrapped up in my softest fleece blanket as the Hanson’s Christmas CD plays in the background. Is that too much to ask??
So since that probably isn’t going to happen I’ve put together a Christmas Bucket List of all the things I would like to do in December to help maintain my Holiday Cheer!
1. Uptown Charlotte Tree Lighting
- Coming together with all my friends and neighbors for the Uptown Tree Lighting is the perfect way to jump start the holiday season.
2. Christmas in Davidson
- My husband is originally from Davidson so he grew up going to this festival every year. It’s a great way to experience that “small town” vibe. They close off Main Street and have fun activities set up like roasting marsh mellows, carriage rides, and Christmas tree decorating contests. I love to walk around at night while sipping something sweet from Summit Coffee and browse all the local vendors that are set up.
3. The Nutcracker
- I have been begging Chappy to take me to this for a few years now. Since we’re not getting a tree and probably not going to have any time to unpack our decorations I think I can get him to finally fold!
4. Holiday on Ice
- This is another thing Chappy and I have had on the agenda for a few years now. This is a great outdoor rink that goes up in Uptown Charlotte every year right at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. It is so conveniently located but somehow we always miss it! This year we are making it a top priority.
5. McAdenville Christmas Light
- Since we won’t be putting up our own Christmas lights, driving through McAdenville will be a fantastic substitute. All the pretty, festive lights without any of the hard work!
Now let’s just hope for a Christmas miracle so that we can actually be moved into our new place before Christmas. Preferably unpacked if that’s not too much to ask!