Stockings are my favorite part of gift giving during Christmas. I have so much fun filling them up with little things I find here and there! I get more excited than my two-year old when she pulls out each piece. But, some people have a hard time trying to find things to fill stockings up. I’ve never suffered from that malady. I tend to give frugal, purposeful gifts instead of things that need batteries or items that have to be dusted (because frankly, I don’t dust). When you’re an adult, frugal and useful things are fun to get in your stocking – actually, they’re just fun to get, PERIOD. You know you’ve grown up when you get super excited over new underwear. Because, when you’re young, new underwear is like a curse. “Oh man! Underwear again?!” And then you spend the rest of the day in embarrassment because everyone saw your panties. These days, I show everyone my new panties…..because, well – I didn’t have to buy them myself so that’s good enough for me.
If you’re struggling this season with what to put in your child’s or your spouse’s stocking, then here are 10 options for you. Keep in mind, they’re pretty frugal – because breaking the bank is against my religion.
1. Small books – Annie loves having small books. I love them too because it gives her something to do in the car. These little gems are easy to find at Target in the $1 section and perhaps even at your local Dollar Tree. Not only is she occupied, but she’s also learning. Win-win.
2. Stickers – These little boogers can keep your child occupied for a long time. Not only that, but they don’t stay around long so you don’t have to make space for them. If you do buy stickers, it might be a good idea to also invest in a full length mirror – to insure that Mommy doesn’t leave the house with a smiley face sticker on her behind…..not that I’ve done that or anything. *Cough*
3. Crayons – Please, please buy Crayola. Because the cheapo crayons aren’t worth the money. Yes, they might only cost $1, but splurge and spend $2 instead. It will save you a lot of grief when you (I mean, your child) is coloring. Crayons bring hours of pleasure. I still love my crayons and I’m a Mommy.
4. Little boxes of raisins – We don’t eat white sugar around the Myers house, but I still want my baby to get something sweet in her stocking. I feel much better giving her raisins than a Milky Way…although there’s nothing wrong with a Milky Way once in a while. Also, another excellent time to check the full length mirror – those raisins stick to behinds just as easily as stickers.
5. Ornaments – I love that my mother gives Annie an ornament every year. I love looking through the ornaments from when I was little, so I hope to pass this tradition on with Annie. Plus, when she gets married and moves out (when she’s 40) then she can take her ornaments with her and have a fully furnished tree.
6. Utensils – What child doesn’t love having their own utensils? Heck, I’m an adult and I like having my own utensils. Another easy find in the Target $1 section.
7. Toothbrushes – Around here, toothbrushes don’t seem to last long. It’s sad but true. Pick out some cute toothbrushes for your child and maybe they’ll enjoy brushing their teeth – if you can get them to stand still long enough. Bonus points if you get the toothbrushes that stand up because they have suction cups on the “feet.”
8. Mittens – I see these every year in the Target $1 section. There are so many colors to choose from! And since children grow like weeds (children and weeds are the only thing I CAN grow…except mold) you’ll likely need new mittens each year.
9. Socks – Yes, I know children don’t like to get socks in their stockings….but make it fun. Buy some Charlie Brown socks or some knee highs in neon pink. Give them some fun socks and they will likely forget it’s an old fogey present. And besides, doesn’t it make sense to get SOCKS in your STOCKING? Yes, I think so. You can quote me on that.
10. Underwear – Okay, come on….you knew this was coming. If they’re growing enough to need new mittens, then they’re growing enough to need new underwear. Make it fun – avoid white. White seems to bring embarrassment. Hello Kitty or Superman might be a better bet.
1. Tissues – Yes, this is super boring. But what person doesn’t need tissues? I don’t think I’ve ever met someone who didn’t blow their nose. Buy tissues. Tell them to keep them in the car for emergencies.
2. Gum – This might be excluded if your spouse sounds like a cow chewing cud when they chew gum. Otherwise, this is a good pick. Also good to keep in the car for those times when you need to tell the hubby that his breath isn’t stellar.
3. Tweezers – Really, does this need explaining? As we grow older, we have things to pluck. It’s a lot easier to use tweezers than to try to grab those hairs with your bare hands.
4. Socks – Yep, a repeat. My mom has to do this for my dad. For some reason, his socks always have holes in them. They are holy, so he can only wear them to church. Everyone can use new socks once a year.
5. Nuts – We eat a lot of nuts around this house. You are what you eat. Find the little small packs so you can store them in your car…..and by now you probably think we live in our car.
6. Chapstick – My aim is for us to get enough chapstick in our stockings at Christmas so that I don’t have to buy it the rest of the year. It really frees up my budget.
7. Card games – I’m always enamored with the card game selection at Target. They all look so fun! Pick one each year for a stocking….and then spend all year saying “We really should play a game.” Then get too tired and go to bed.
8. Books – Depending on how big your stockings are, you can easily fit a small book in there. Of course, buy used off Amazon. It’s the only way to go.
9. Pens – Have you seen the pen selection recently? There’s like 40 million types. Pick one cool one. Everyone wants to be the cool dude writing his check with the awesome pen. This really helps males out, especially if the checks are the “playful kitten” motif. Gives him back some masculinity.
10. Underwear – You KNEW this was coming. Admit it. All adults should be tickled pink to get underwear for Christmas. It’s the gift that keeps on giving because you wash and reuse. No ironing or dusting required – and that makes a Mama happy.
So, tell me…what do you stuff in your stockings?