LAWTON, Okla. – You know, as a man, the holidays are still fun. Making and giving presents is way more fun that receiving them, because that few moments of surprise aren’t what the gift is all about. It’s the hours and weeks of crafting, tasks to keep time flowing in the months leading up to the big holiday at the end of the year. All the same, we all often forget about the stockings.
My parents made it a holiday tradition to gift their kids these little Lifesavers christmas books every year. It looks like a book, but has like eight rolls of Lifesavers on the inside… you know what I’m talking about? I’m fairly confident that the first time we got them, we were at our grandparents house for the holiday and those are what they were able to score at the Love’s gas station on christmas eve. A Kelso family tradition was born.
While I love that little tradition, I know in my heart, I cannot give that kind of a stocking stuffer to my sisters husbands. Men don’t give men candy, and niether should you. If you want to really gift a cheap-but-awesome stocking item this year, here are a few ideas.
I know it’s too late to order online in time for christmas, but I’m putting this link here as an example of what you’re looking for. Locally in Lawton, stop over to Red Wing Shoes. Their socks are legit amazing, affordable, and have a lifetime warranty.
While I don’t buy the ultra-cheap shades, because ultra-cheap means crap, I buy right in that sweet spot of good-enough. UVA and UVB blockage, polarized for seeing fish, and I prefer a brown lens compared to smoke lenses. The brown just brightens everything up where as the smoke just makes everything dark. While they only last me about a year, Fisherman Eyewear Hazards are my go-to.
Here is the sharpener I keep around. There’s one in the end table next to my recliner, one in the tool box, one in the tackle box, one in my car… You can’t underestimate how a sharp blade is far more important than a name brand blade.