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Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Men

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Christmas has been in full swing at my house for several weeks. I’m one of those “obsessed” people they warn you about. November 1, the tree goes up and the music starts. Next up is all.the.baking and plenty of cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies. It’s my favorite time of year and it never feels like it lasts long enough.  So my extremely reasonable solution is get the celebrating started as soon as possible. Enjoy every second.

Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Men

We’re proud to partner with Old Spice and Gillette at Walmart. The opinions and text are all mine.

While I’m all about many parts of Christmas, I am not good at shopping early. (We also won’t discuss my truly terrifying wrapping style. It looks like a inebriated t-rex was involved. But I digress.) Maybe it’s because I’m so busy doing all the baking and all the decorating and all the Christmas caroling. Whatever the reason, each year, I am in a last minute rush for gifts. I usually come up with something truly stellar and creative for one or two people. But that’s where the inspiration stops. I wrack my brain to come up with gift ideas for the others on my list. This usually results in some intense last minute shopping where the mail system working is my only chance at Christmas success.

What to Buy Teen Boys for Christmas

When he was younger, my oldest son Jorryn was the easiest person on my list to shop for. He had lots of interests and the toy options are plentiful for a kid that loves Star Wars. Now that he’s 13, it’s a little lot more challenging.

Gone are the days of toys. We’re now in the land of trying to be cool. He’s too old for the gifts of his childhood but not old enough for the gifts of his future.

Ideas for Men for Stocking Stuffers

Instead of stressing about what to get, I’m heading to Walmart and stocking up on some great personal care items. Because, hello. Have you smelled a 13 year old boy lately? Lemme tell you: he needs all.the.Old Spice.

Walmart has the Gillette Justice League Gift Pack featuring Batman for $14.88 — because heroes always smell good. You can’t go wrong with the classic Old Spice Swagger Gift of Confidence Gift Pack for $9.88. Both sets include body wash, deodorant and other personal care items.

How to Make Peanut Brittle

Another idea I know he’ll love? Peanut brittle. Old fashioned. Homemade. It screams Christmas to me. It’s one of those treats that we only seem to make at Christmas time in my family. And it’s devoured oh-so-fast.

Homemade Stocking Stuffer

Since I normally say, “share, share, share” … an entire box to himself is a gift I know Jorryn will appreciate. 🙂

Gillette Stocking Stuffer

Head to Walmart and then your kitchen to tackle those hard to shop for men in your life with these sure to please ideas!

Old Fashioned Peanut Brittle

 

Old Fashioned Peanut Brittle Recipe
5 from 2 votes
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CLASSIC OLD FASHIONED PEANUT BRITTLE

I love this classic recipe from my grandma!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 1000 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • ½ cup water
  • 4 cups peanuts I used 2 cups salted Spanish and 2 cups salted regular peanuts
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • coarse sea salt

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, bring sugar, corn syrup and water to a boil.
  2. Add peanuts and stir. Continue to boil until temperature reaches hard crack, about 300 degrees. Once it comes close to temperature, it’ll start to brown so stir occasionally to keep it from burning. As soon as it reaches temperature, remove from the heat.
  3. Stir in butter, vanilla and baking soda.
  4. Pour onto a large buttered baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Let cool. To remove from the pan and break up the brittle, I twisted the pan slightly to get it to break.
  6. Break it up into pieces and serve.

Recipe Notes

The key is to cook this thing over a medium low heat, especially if you’re using a double burner. Those tend to get hot fast, so you have to stay in control. I definitely used a thermometer. When you’re dealing with candy making and boiling sugar, it’s kind of necessary. Once the mixture got close to being done, it started getting a little darker so I needed to stir it to keep it from burning. I should have stirred it a little more occasionally throughout. I did add coarse sea salt to the top after I poured it onto the pan. I’d highly recommend buttering the pan or cover the whole pan with parchment paper. I did NOT butter my pan and it was definitely harder to get out. I’m glad I used parchment paper!

Nutrition Facts
CLASSIC OLD FASHIONED PEANUT BRITTLE
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1000
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Layne Henderson

Layne is a boy mom in love. Surrounded by three adventurous little men, she's in pursuit of an empty laundry basket, the perfect cup of coffee, and sleep. She blogs, parents, and manages social media while wearing her tiara.

    2 Comments

    1. Cassidy Jackson

      August 21, 2018 at 4:53 pm

      I know it’s super early to start looking for Christmas ideas but this is such a great list! I always struggle finding actual Christmas gifts for my husband, so stocking stuffers are a whole second beast to tackle! I feel like I won’t be so lost this year hahaha.

    2. Tin

      August 22, 2018 at 10:19 am

      Thanks for the christmas ideas for men

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