If all of us had been given stocks for holiday gifts as opposed to whatever the fad toy was at the time -- think Monster Wheels, old-school GameBoy, Ghostbusters proton pack, and the like -- then most of us would be rich by now.

For this holiday season, in turn, I've decided to do just that. And I urge you to consider doing the same. While you may be castigated around the Christmas tree in the short term, your prescience and generosity will be heralded in years to come.

With this in mind, I've compiled a list of 10 rock-solid dividend stocks that both you and any potential gift recipients can both appreciate and enjoy.

Stocks even Scrooge could love
I took three factors into consideration when compiling my list of dividend stocks to give as gifts.

First, I wanted to feel comfortable that the stocks will continue to pay dividends in years to come. Because we can't predict the future, however, the best predictor of continued payouts is a company's historical commitment to doing so. As a result, I limited my search to members of the S&P 500's Dividend Aristocrats -- an assortment of large-cap blue-chip companies within the S&P 500 that have increased their dividend payments every year for at least 25 consecutive years.

Second, given the recent financial trouble, I wanted companies that are strong enough to survive future shocks of similar magnitude. But again, because we can't predict the future, I settled on using market capitalization as a proxy for strength. I consequently limited the list to companies with a market capitalization above $10 billion.

Finally, once I felt comfortable that the stocks selected were likely to both continue paying dividends and survive future financial shocks, I then simply selected the highest-yielding remainders. And as you'll see, even the lowest-yielding dividend stock is still more than 50% larger than the yield on the 10-year Treasury bond, which is currently at 1.84% -- a commonly used benchmark against which dividend stocks are compared.

Company Name

Market Capitalization

Streak of Consecutive Dividend Payments

Dividend Yield

Consolidated Edison (NYSE: ED) $17.4 billion 37 Years 4.1%
Kimberly Clark $28 billion 39 Years 4%
Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) $174 billion 49 Years 3.6%
Abbott Laboratories (NYSE: ABT) $85.4 billion 39 Years 3.5%
Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) $179 billion 55 Years 3.3%
PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP) $101 billion 39 Years 3.2%
Emerson Electric $36.4 billion 55 Years 3.3%
AFLAC (NYSE: AFL) $19.3 billion 29 Years 3.2%
Automatic Data Processing $25.2 billion 37 Years 3.1%
McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) $99.8 billion 35 Years 2.9%

Sources: Yahoo! Finance, S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats, dripinvesting.org.

Holiday wrapping not included
Although none of these is a formal recommendation, giving any one of them as a gift is sure to pay both literal and figurative dividends in the future. And if you'd like more ideas about great dividend stocks to buy for yourself and/or give as gifts, check out our recently released free report revealing even more dividend stocks that our analysts have chosen specifically for investors looking to maximize yield while minimizing risk. Get access to this limited time report while it's still available -- it's free.

This article represents the opinion of the writer, who may disagree with the “official” recommendation position of a Motley Fool premium advisory service. We’re motley! Questioning an investing thesis -- even one of our own -- helps us all think critically about investing and make decisions that help us become smarter, happier, and richer.