Finding the perfect yet inexpensive stocking stuffers can take some thought. Look here for great ideas for thrifty stocking stuffers. This guide contains stocking stuffer ideas.
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Tired of the same old stocking stuffers? Here's a horse of a different color idea. Instead of using a traditional stocking why not use something entirely different.
All of these items can be purchased at anytime during the year, especially when they are on sale, to be saved until the appropriate holiday. These are the kinds of gifts that make people feel loved, one's that are really thought out.
Source: I like to give unusual gifts. And these are all ideas that I have used in the past!
By Faye from Weedsport, NY
In the excitement of keeping up with early risers on Christmas morning, and getting ready for other company, breakfast might be neglected or delayed. How about stuffing some quick breakfast items in the stockings just before you go to bed Christmas Eve night?
I found these suggestions in a woman's magazine several years ago. The following breakfast stuffers are mainly for children's stockings:
By Vivian P. from Red Lion, PA
Some stocking stuffers for teens+adults would be:
Teen Girl: Bath and Body Works (hand sanitizer, bath salts, shower gel, soap, candles), warm and cozy socks (like from roots), jewelry (earring, charm bracelet, nose rings), a movie or fave TV series, a CD or iTunes card, clothes or a certificate for clothes, books, makeup, magazines, fake nails or nail polish, hair bows, candy (I prefer life savers), chocolate, candy canes, hot chocolate mix or tea, Starbucks card, posters, a wallet
Teen Boy: video game, iTunes card, Starbucks card, guitar pick or drum sticks (if he plays), books or a gift card, candy, chocolate, pop, movie or CD, posters, cash, Swiss army knife, a wallet
Adult Female: something from Bath and Body Works or the Body Shop, Christmas ornament, chocolate, a purse, jewelry, slippers, a coffee mug (with a coffee card in it), sleep mask, spa card, a movie, a tea set
Adult Male: Christmas ornament, candy cane, coffee mug (maybe with fave book title on it) with coffee card in it, gift card, a wallet, a watch, a Swiss army knife, a movie
I do one of two things each year for my family for Christmas (especially my grandchildren). I make a homemade ornament of some sort and send them early so they can enjoy them on their tree during the holiday season. The other thing I do is make the grandchildren (8) a Christmas "stocking" and fill it with things such as lip gloss, shampoo, hand cream, candy, etc.
The reason I have Christmas Stocking in parenthesis is because I am an unconventional Grandma! One year the "Stockings" were large pockets that were Snowman faces made of felt, the eyes and mouth were black snaps (1/2), and the nose was a bright orange polar fleece carrot sewn on with a blanket stitch. The handle was a waist band cut off an old pair of jeans. Last year I did felt bags with fancy tops and Christmas buttons.
Merry Christmas and God bless.
By Judy Harris from Birmingham Al.
It's fun to buy stocking stuffers for teen girls. I always use this time of year as an opportunity to give them the little treats they want and/or need throughout the year but that I don't want to spend the extra money for. Here are some items our teenage daughters will find in their Christmas stockings this year:
I try to find them things that they can use but will also not necessarily expect in their stockings. Listen for clues for what to get when you're out shopping with them. They really make it quite easy! Here are some other ideas:
By Rachel Paxton
I stuffed my wife's stocking with a lot of cool things like: a wallet, her favorite type of candy, body wash, hand made romantic certificates (body rub, sexy things, etc), a bath sponge, a bag of rose petals, candy canes, Christmas card, little wrapped boxes, and A RING :) That's just what I put. Be creative and put what you think and not others!
Lynn - West of Eugene, OR
Gloves, Ice Scrape, De-Icer, Hot Oil Treatment packet, Barrettes and hair ties, Pens, Pencils and Erasers, Scissors, Pencil Sharpener
Another few stocking stuffer ideas would be life savers, nail files, small pack of tissues.
Ideas for men: chapstick, shaving cream, favorite snack, gum/mints, boxers/jogging pants, personal grooming kit (Wal-Mart had some with razors, tweezers, shoe horn, comb, finger and toe nail clippers), lottery tickets, desktop calendar. My husband needed a cell phone charger for his truck. - By Brooke
Trivia Card Games, Popcorn & popcorn seasonings, Work gloves (for men), Garden gloves (for women), Eye makeup remover & cotton remover pads, Their favorite styling products, face and/or body cream, antibacterial hand soap for kitchen, small frames with special picture in it, a scarf you knit yourself.
Harlean from Arkansas
I used to feel a real anti-climax when at the end of Christmas my children would be gloating over their presents and little treats in their stockings and I end up feeling feeling left out, even though I had presents from my hubby or children.
It just didn't feel like the Christmas of old when I would get up as a child and find my stocking stuffed with exciting presents and treats. I used to oooh and aaahhh over them and it was the highlight of Christmas for me.
This is what can brighten up the day of all the grownups who have the responsibility of buying presents for their children or who possibly live on their own and don't receive presents from anyone.
During the year, while out and about, buy little things that catch your attention. Put them in some Christmas stockings (purchased in the January half price sales or even cheaper). Put the stockings in an out of the way place that no-one (including yourself would think to look). Of course you have to know where they are, but make sure that they aren't so visible that you would be tempted to look.
It's amazing how much you forget during the year, and if you get something small once every couple of months or even once a month you will soon have a stocking full of treats that will surprise you when Christmas comes around.
I am talking about things that are 50 cents to $2 per item. Not only are you going to be surprised with your stocking, you are able to fill stockings throughout the year, freeing up some of your time at Christmas time which can be really frantic looking for the bigger presents. It will be one less cost at the time of year which our budgets can be truly stretched to breaking point.
Hope you all have a Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year
Bev in Australia
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By tracey (Guest Post)12/14/2008
I always got a tree ornament with the year on it. And when we were younger it was an engravable one with year and our name as there was three of us girls. I still love the idea to this day, and when I moved out on my own, I had a little collection for my own tree, with the memories behind them.