Stocking stuffers can sneak up on you if you aren’t careful – trust me, I know. This happens to me more than I would like to admit. I think it runs in my family, actually. I remember one year when mine and my sisters stocking was full of fruit and a walnut. Seriously? MY Santa would have never done that on purpose.
The next year, my sister and I happened to notice that a few days before Christmas, our stockings were looking a little full, upon further inspection we noticed that Santa had stuffed our stockings early in an attempt to not forget on Christmas Morning. True Story.
We’ve teamed up with our friends over at Stanley Steemer to come up with a list of ideas for stocking stuffer ideas for this year. So, save yourself… Ahem, Santa a bit of scrambling around on Christmas Eve and consider this your official reminder to get that “to-do” off your list, like now.
I usually have luck getting ideas at the check out counter. You can find candy necklaces, small princess figurines, fun chapsticks. We always get one “big” item in our stocking each year, it ranges from DVD’s to new Mittens and hats.
- My kids, like most, are addicted to bandaids. This does not seem to go away with age. Why not give them a few packs decorated with their favorite character. Fun and something you will undoubtedly be able to use if they’re getting a new bike or skates for Christmas. Mom tip: check the dollar spot at Target.
- Silly Putty.. Who doesn’t love that?
- Hair Bows
- Bath Crayons
- Sidewalk Chalk
- Stickers and Tattoos are inexpensive and easy.
- Matchbox Cars
- Small/Board Books
- Trading Cards
- Theme it out! If you have a kid super into LEGOS or a specific Disney Princess, fill their stocking with mini toys, candy, books, stickers, utensils or anything you can find to match their current obsession. Theme a stocking around a family movie night including a new movie they’ve been wanting, add some popcorn and candy. Done.
- While it may not be glamorous, use your stocking as a chance to replace a toothbrush or maybe some fun new undies. Practical. (and still better than fruit and a walnut)
- Silly Straws
- Gift cards are always a good option. If you have older kids, Amazon, movie tickets, Starbucks.. All great choices. The new Dave and Busters always has a deal on game play cards, check their site to see what bonus options are available.
- Also for older kids, maybe some new headphones or a phone case.
- Monster Jam or Marvel Tickets. If you want to treat your stocking stuffer like another gift-gift, give them an experience. Monster Jam will be in Birmingham in January and the new Marvel show will be here in February.. Tickets are on sale now and not only would my kids love this, if Santa wants me to see the Marvel show, I wouldn’t hate those tickets in my stocking either!
What are your ideas for stocking stuffers, do you have any no fail go-to’s?
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