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Stuff Your Significant Other's Christmas Stocking with Help from Your Hardware Store

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If you are one of those individuals that tend to wait until the last minute to get your Christmas shopping done, you may find yourself baffled as to where to find affordable, useful stocking stuffers. When you don't want to battle the crowds at the mall, you may find everything that you need conveniently at your favorite hardware store. This venue is a one-stop-shop for clever and practical stocking treats that any adult will appreciate.

Some excellent stocking stuff found at your neighborhood hardware store include:

Tape-measure key chain

Everyone uses a tape-measure from time to time, whether it be for home construction or sewing projects. These miniature tape-measures are often found in durable, water-resilient styles with metal casings. The kind with the attached carabiner make the best key chains.

Different kinds of duct tape

Duct tape is useful for so many things, and many people use it to craft bags, jewelry, and even clothing! Pick up various sizes, colors, and patterns of this versatile tape to add to your Christmas stocking. There are many clever tutorials available online for those recipients that are looking for a unique duct tape project.

Seed packets

Give a packet of seeds in a holiday stocking to provide a little optimism and excitement for the coming gardening season. Even novice gardeners will enjoy the anticipation of waiting for spring to plant their flowers or veggies. Throw in a couple little peat-pots for an easy way to germinate the seeds.


Hardware stores are a great place to find gloves of all kinds, from cotton gardening gloves to heavy-duty work gloves. Toss a pair of gloves in to a holiday stocking to help fill it up, and to keep hands protected during chores and tasks. Choose something fun and patterned, if possible, or something durable and strong, like silicone.

Cool flashlights

A flashlight is a practical gift, and a wonderful stocking stuffer. A person simply can't have too many flashlights and they are great to keep in the car, boat, and even the office. Be sure to include batteries for the flashlight, too.

Don't waste time trying to comb the aisles of a big-box retail venue for stocking stuffers. Pay a leisurely visit to your favorite hardware store, such as A & B Malibu Plumbing, and snag some stuff that is both useful and fun. This will ensure plenty of treats for your partner on Christmas morning, as well as more time to enjoy the family during the holiday season.


30 June 2015