How to Stuff a Stocking
The holiday tradition of leaving stockings out to be filled on Christmas Eve may date back as far as the 4th century, and clearly they’ve been very popular ever since. It may be relatively simple to put together a Christmas stocking, but that doesn’t mean everyone is good at it. We’ve got tips on how to stuff a stocking—and ideas for stuffing to get you started. Make sure you check out our Stocking Stuffers page for great ideas for everyone.
Carefully consider the recipient
Like you would when buying full-sized presents, always keep the recipient in mind with stocking stuffers. Is it a child? An adult? Do they have a favourite hobby or colour? Do they play a sport or have an interesting job or participate in an after school program? Keep gifts age appropriate and take the time to think about the recipient before just filling the stocking with cash (although some may appreciate that too!).
Choose lots of small, inexpensive items
There are LOTS of wee gifties you can buy (or make) that cost little or no money and that are perfect to go into a stocking. Our fave ideas are things like lip balm, nail polish, chocolate, hand creme, tea, soap, a mug, cookies (buy or even make your own!), small games (travel sized games are excellent), art supplies, small toys and of course, don’t forget a candy cane and a Clementine orange.
Always add edible items (read: candy and food)
Another thing that is universally enjoyed is food. Just be careful your intended doesn’t have an allergy (or be careful in your choices and choose allergen-free foods). If they’re really into the all-natural foods, go that route, if they’re a chocoholic, add some chocolates. It’s pretty simple, and you know they’ll love it
Fave beauty items are awesome
Great for anyone over the age of 10, really. Littles love nail polish and even flavoured toothpaste (who wouldn’t want cupcake toothpaste, really??). Bigger gift recipients will always appreciate a sample size of an favourite perfume, nail polish, bath soap, face cream or shaving lotion.
We bet your brother never knew he needed an popsocket, but getting one in his stocking this year will be the best gift ever. And what about your dad? He’s probably always wanted a set of outdoor grilling thermometers, right? Put those in his stocking this year and make him smile.
Include 1 or 2 inexpensive items or toys that are totally silly
Everyone loves to have fun, right? There’s no age limit on toys, really. Just remember your intended recipient: baby toys if it’s for a wee one, older kid toys for a kidlet and almost anything can go for an adult, depending on their interests, hobbies and fave things. If you can find a set of cute things, get it and split it up between a few stockings (saving you time and effort!).
If all else fails, add in some money or better yet (!), a gift card
The last of the last-minute gifts. A small card with money or a gift card for their favourite shop (or online shop!) is an excellent stocking stuffer. So simple, so quick and so well-loved.
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