I know it's resolved, but when we were little, my grandmother had stockings knitted for each of us. They're HUGE (I don't use mine anymore), and they meant a lot to us.
A few Christmases ago, she commissioned them for my mom's husband, my brother's wife, and my husband. It meant the world to both my husband and Mom's (SIL is a completely different and unrelated story), but hubby was almost overwhelmed by her gesture. (I think my stepfather was too, but that was more because this grandmother was my dad's mother, so her having this stocking made was a HUGE compliment.) The only thing that made my husband not freak out was the fact that, instead of "Howard", for some reason his stocking said "Howl."
(Mom got her hearing aids checked shortly thereafter
However, I think he have been just as comfortable (if not moreso) with a bought stocking as a made one.