As a kid, I always wanted my stocking more than the neatly wrapped gifts under the tree. The over sized plush red sock with my name in glitter glue was my favorite part about Christmas. As an adult, my goal is for others to have the same sense of wonderment I had watching that waterfall of treats and knick knacks cascade onto the couch. As much temporary joy as everyone got from the kitschy trinkets & sugary snacks, once the day was over, so was the fun of them.
This year, my goal is to have that fun extend far past the holiday season — To give stocking stuffers that are thoughtful & useful, inexpensive, but quality.
Candy – Gum, Breath Mints, Throat Lozenges, dried fruit, trail mix (Include one King Size of everyone’s favorite candy & leave it at that. You’ll have a treat for the holiday without a Halloween stash extension)
Christmas Pencils / Pens – Colored Pencils, Gel / Glitter Pens, Highlighters (Rather than gifting a writing utensil someone will only use once a year, buy generic versions instead. This is an especially good idea for students returning to school.)
Christmas Socks – Wool Socks, Boot Socks, Knee High / Over the Knee Socks, Socks with Graphics, KB Ankle Socks, Hand & Foot Warmers, Collapsible Flats, Dr. Scholl’s Shoe Insoles, UGG Insole Replacements, Foot Cream, Exfoliating Socks, Foot Soak / Epsom Salt
Tchotchkes – Hand Sanitizer, Compact Mirror, Sample Size Toiletries / Cleaning Products, Tide To Go Stick, Pepper Spray (if legal where you live), Air Freshener, Multi-function Tool (Key Chain), Make Up / Beauty Tools, Emergency Sewing Kit, Mini Tool Kit, Eyeglass Repair Kit, Comb, Toothbrush, Screen / Lens Wipes, Travel Tissue Packs, Phone Charger & Wall / Car Adapter, Bookmarks, Hair Ties / Clips & Headbands, Reusable Metal / Glass Straw, Themed Playing Cards, Cellphone Clip-on Selfie Light, Earbud Headphones, Kitchen Gadgets, Wallet Multi Tool, Command Strips, Lip Balm, Paracord Bracelet, Fidget Spinner / Cube, Power Bank, Mini Bluetooth Speaker
Lumps of Coal – Antibacterial Charcoal Infused Make Up Brushes, Charcoal Pumice Stone, Faux Coal Stress Ball, Charcoal Infused Face Masks, Hand-cut Charcoal Soap, Charcoal Pore Strips, Activated Charcoal Powder, Chocolate Covered Oreos, Charcoal Toothpaste, Multicolored Charcoal Crayons, Charcoal Infused Body Pouf (Take the traditional idea & modernize it with these quirky plays on an old classic.)
Gift Cards – This is where I put them, even if they specifically accompany another gift.
If you really think about it, stocking should be full of all the tiny little things we love to have, use all the time, and need to replace like now. Stocking stuffers should be an absolute reflection of that person’s likes & needs. Consider the other larger gifts their getting this year: Does anything need batteries? Or cases? Or other accessories? Throw them in the stocking too! The most important thing to remember is you should spend a fortune (on everything) for stockings. Stores like Dollar Tree, E.L.F. Cosmetics, Dollar General, Brandless (everything is 3$!), Family Dollar, Walmart, Target, NYX Professional Make Up, Harbor Freight are stuffed with little things begging to be in the bottom of your stockings without breaking the bank.
+ I, personally, like the wrap stocking stuffers, even if only with a ribbon. I feel like it just makes it more fun.
NOTE: This is just how I’m doing it this year. There’s no right or wrong way to Christmas, as long as you enjoy it.
I hope this has inspired you to stuff those stockings! Merry Christmas ya’ll!
For even more ideas wonderful & affordable holiday gift ideas check out Katherine, from Do It On A Dime, in Dollar Tree Christmas Ideas