The Manolo’s Super Fantastic Last Minute Stuffers of the Stockings

By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, Christmas is about to crash upon the shore of your life like the giant rogue wave, and you have not yet completed your list. Happily, the humble shoeblogger is here to help with the few last minute stuffers for the stockings.

Timex Core Easy Reader Watch

Young Man, Aged 17 to 30: “What is this?”

You: “A Timex Core Easy Reader Wrist Watch

Young Man: “A wrist what?”

You: “A wrist watch. It’s like a man bracelet that tells you what time it is. It’s very retro.”

Young Man: “Cool. Like something one of those old time dudes, like Brando, or Sinatra, or George Clooney would wear.”

You: “Exactly, more or less.”

Young Man: “Cool, very cool.”

3rd Generation UltraHD Flip Video Camera

Teenaged Girl Fashion Blogger: “This is like the most perfect gift ever.”

You: “So it hooks right up to your laptop.”

Teenaged Girl Fashion Blogger: “Thank you so much. Now, I can do my haul videos.”

Lobster Clambake Supreme from Legal Seafood

You (via phone): “Did you guys get the gift certificate.”

Family Member Living in Omaha: “Did we ever!”

You: “So, so, you liked it?”

Family Member Living in Omaha: “Marcy said it was just like you to come up with such an unusual gift. For me, just the picture reminded me of that weekend the three of us drove from Boston to Maine to visit L.L.Bean. ”

You: “That was fun.”

Family Member Living in Omaha: “We’re really looking forward to the meal. Why don’t you fly out here and eat it with us? Don’t you have some time off in January?”

Fisher Space PenMoleskine Pocket Sketchbook

You: “Carrying a notebook is a good habit to get into.

Young Person: “You mean like a laptop?”

You: “No, I mean like a blank notebook and a good pen, you know, so you can record your observations. You said you maybe wanted to be a writer. Look, here’s mine…see, I wrote down these notes about the waiter at lunch.”

Young Person: “Oh, wow, that’s funny.”

You: “Try it for a couple of weeks.”

Young Person: “Okay, I will.”

3 Row Diamond Tennis Bracelet

Him: “Do you like it?”

Her: “OMG!!!! OMG!!!! OMG!!!! OMG!!!!” *copious ecstatic weeping*

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4 Responses to “The Manolo’s Super Fantastic Last Minute Stuffers of the Stockings”




  1. class factotum Says:

    What about an ashtray? It’s fun to watch the Young People look at an ashtray, which used to be the kindergarten art project of choice – who among us has not made a clay ashtray for our parents, whether they smoked or not? – and ask, puzzled, “Is that for cigarettes?”




  2. Manolo the Shoeblogger Says:

    You have made the Manolo laugh! It is funny because it is true!




  3. Emily Says:

    As a Token Young Person, I wholeheartedly endorse the notebook-and-pen gift, especially the Moleskin with its ingenious little pocket and elastic strap. For a person with a terrible short term memory, it’s a lot more respectable than running around scribbling on post-its, backs of receipts, and old envelopes.




  4. Nancy Says:

    After several decades of marriage, my husband and I agree that surprising each other with extravagant gifts would be silly b/c the money all belongs to both of us jointly.

    That said, now that I’m looking at that tennis bracelet …













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