The holiday tradition of hanging stockings and receiving presents in them is said to have originated in Europe in the early 1800s with Saint Nicholas, the gift-giver. Since then, many variations of the story have arisen, and the tradition of stockings has evolved into what we think of now when it comes to Christmas stockings. Now the tradition is loved by kids and adults alike who delight in opening trinkets, candies and other goodies.
So once your “stockings are hung by the chimney with care,” fill them with these great stocking stuffers that will delight the whole family!
For the Kids:
It’s a compass, magnifier, mini binoculars, and a mirror—it’s an Optic Wonder! Perfect for any kid who loves to explore (and carry things in their pockets!)
Color in Some Fun
The stocking is the perfect size to fit packages of pens, pencils, and fun markers. You can stuff that stocking with Neon Gel Crayons, 12-packs of washable markers and metallic colored pencils, even bathtub crayons to make bath time colorful and creative. Check out these great ideas from Franklin’s Toys!
It’s 100% guaranteed that Santa will have LEGO sets for my family under our tree (we love LEGOs). LEGO sets are usually a bit big for a stocking, but a Harry Potter minifigure collection will fit quite nicely!
You’ve probably heard of buying holiday gifts with this adage in mind: “Something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read.” Barnes & Noble have books galore, are a great stuffer and an easy thing to check off in that something to read category!
For the Grown Ups:
Socks with your pet’s face on it? Yes please! Etsy easily has over a hundred options of small creative businesses that can put your furry footed friend on a pair of socks for your two (hopefully not as furry) feet! (picture from BeastAppeal)
I bought this for myself last year from Shutterfly and love it…it’s a picture of me on a stainless steel travel wine mug! What’s not to like?
A Little Self Care
Have you ever watched Supermarket Sweep? I wish they would create a CVS Sweep, because I would sign up for that in a heartbeat! Pharmacies like CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, etc. are a mecca of useful (and sometimes yummy) stocking stuffers. Chapstick, Burt’s Bees, and Aquafor are all highly recommended lip treatments, plus the assortment of candy, gum, and mints can’t be beat.
Have a beauty queen (or princess) in your house? Ulta Beauty has the latest beauty trends as well as tried and true favorites. Find face wash, body lotion, bath accessories, and a plethora of makeup options, supplies, and tools.
You know what your morning coffee mug needs? A gingerbread spiced cookie man mug hanger from Trader Joe’s is not only super cute to look at, but it’s also super yummy to eat!