+ Gift Guide

12 Days of Christmas Stocking Stuffers: A Lump of Coal

Screen Shot 2013-12-21 at 12.56.09 PM

Lump of Coal ($4.50)

Several years ago, my Brother gave me a lump of coal for Christmas.  It was shellacked and had an image of Santa painted on it.  We all had a good laugh when I opened it, and it’s still sitting on the bedside table in my room.

Coal is an amusing gift for anyone who didn’t quite make the Nice List this year.  If you don’t have time to order this faux-coal, you can always wrap a charcoal briquet in ribbon and call it a day.



  1. Cait says:

    Another fun way to give coal is to get chocolate chunks wrapped to look like coal. It gets the naughty message across, but is a bit sweeter than the real thing (if you’ll pardon the pun). They’re available on Amazon, but I’ve also seen them at Target and other stores. https://www.amazon.com/Candy-Crate-Santas-Chocolate-Coal/dp/B000ZH8Y6U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1387658156&sr=8-1&keywords=chocolate+lump+of+coal

    December 21, 2013/Reply
  2. NB says:

    Ha! I remember when I was a kid, one of my cousins had been really bad and all he got for Christmas was coal. Actual coal. Nothing else. Let me tell you that we were all super nice the following year.

    December 23, 2013/Reply
  3. raq says:

    My mom used to always put a tiny piece of charcoal briquet in the toe of my filled-to-the-brim christmas stocking to remind me that we can all be a litttttle nicer throughout the year

    December 23, 2013/Reply