Santa's list: great stocking stuffers for Dad

Santa should give his hard-working elves a break and just go to Staples – there’s something there for everyone. Here are several stocking stuffer ideas perfect for dads (or any man for that matter) – all of which are under $20, and most are under $10.

Staples carries a large variety of snacks and treats that are perfect for Dad’s stocking. For the chocolate-loving man, consider buying a Cadbury Milk Tray (540g, $9.99) – it comes with 11 different types of chocolate-covered biscuits. Or, if Dad prefers salty snacks, pick him up a jar of Planters Dry Roasted Peanuts (600g, $4.91). Yum! ‘Tis the season for sore throats, painful coughs, and stuffy noses, so another great stocking stuffer idea is cherry-flavoured Halls Mentho-Lyptus Cough Tablets (4 x 9 lozenges per pack, $4.96).

If Dad loves cars and needs a new flash drive, check out the Autodrive Flash Drives ($12.98). These 4GB USB 2.0 flash drives are available in an assortment of colours and makes of vehicle:

  • Aston Martin V12 Vantage

  • Audi TT

  • Lamborghini Murcielago

  • Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

  • Mini Cooper S

  • Porsche 911 (977) Carrera S

  • Volkswagen Beetle

  • Volkswagen Bus

Last month, I wrote about tablets for business and one of the accessories I recommended was the award-winning Adonit Jot Stylus ($19.05). Compatible with all capacitive touch screens, the Jot features a precision disc and, just like a real pen or pencil, a ballpoint tip. Wouldn’t a stylus fit very nicely in Dad’s stocking? Actually, the Jot would also make a great gift on its own too.

If the man you’re shopping for happens to be a road warrior, he’s sure to appreciate the Staples Car and Wall Combo Charger ($19.82) – it will enable him to charge his mobile device from his home, car, hotel room, or office. The plug also folds up, making the combo charger conveniently portable.

As seen on TV, the Cyber Clean Cleaning compound for electronics ($6.98) is a reusable cleaning compound that safely removes dirt and dust from electronic devices and can reach places other cleaners cannot. It’s non-toxic, biodegradable, doesn’t leave any signs of residue, and comes in a lemon-fresh scent.

The Omega Universal Large-Sized PDA Case ($7.47) is a great budget-friendly case that will help protect Dad’s precious smartphone. The universal case is compatible with most longer-sized smartphones and features a ratcheting belt clip, magnetic closure, elasticized sides, soft interior lining, and a durable outer shell.

Another great stocking stuffer idea for Dad is the Xcel Universal Portable Device Mount ($12.96). It’s compatible with smartphones, GPS devices, and MP3 players. It’s extremely quick and easy to install (or remove) the mount, and it can be attached to a vehicle’s windshield, dashboard, or air vent.

If Dad has slippery fingers or is just plain unlucky, he’s likely to appreciate getting Tide To Go Instant Stain Remover Pens (3/pack, $9.91) in his stocking. The Tide pens can remove fresh food and drink stains and, thanks to its small size, can be carried in his briefcase, car, or pocket – perfect for in the boardroom or at the ball game.

easyBlog readers, what treasures and treats do you hope Santa puts in your stocking this Christmas? Leave a comment to let us know and happy holidays!

Rhonda Callow is an award-winning freelance blogger and editor who has worked with numerous leading high-tech companies. She also helps companies with their public relations and social media management. Rhonda is a photography enthusiast and enjoys camping and hiking with her family during her free time. You can follow Rhonda on Twitter (@rhondacallow) or contact her at [email protected]

By Rhonda

November 21, 2012