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
I like this idea. I would also put the "real" stocking somewhere conspicuously placed in the "new stocking." Maybe even put a few small items in it, then place it in the new alternate "stocking".
I have always done a version of this at Easter, especially when my daughters were getting older and the bunny idea was no longer involved. I would come up with a different "basket" every year and stock it with small items I knew each girl would like. Some baskets I remember were large popcorn bowls, laundry baskets, backpacks, make-up caddies. You get it, right?
Good idea for Christmas, Faye. Guess we folks from NY think alike!
I had to give you a thumbs up first! I got a couple of similiar ideas from a book, one year I did a New Years Party in a basket. I purchased party items from Oriental Trading. You could probably do a nice one from the dollar store. And I did a Movie night basket one year, video, popcorn, movie tickets, and a gift certificate at local supermarket for other snacks. You could add a year subscription to an Entertainment magazine a book rating movies.
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 usually buy a few reusable hand warmers from www.HotSnapZ.com for all the children, nieces and nephews in the family.
Practical, low cost and give a great "WOW" effect when kids first see them work. (btw, I found their name is pronounced like 'hotsnaps') Always unique, I've never gone wrong with them as a stocking stuffer idea.
The most exciting stocking stuffer I ever got was tickets to winter jam...a Christan concert 2 hrs away from our house...my mom planned it for me and my best friend (her mom did the same thing) for a night in a hotel and the concert! It was awesome. My mom printed out the flyer for it and put it in my stocking rolled up.
Great ideas! Also, for the younger generation drivers, I was thinking bumper stickers, window stickers, steering wheel covers (in a small box), key chain accessories...or, what I am going to do for my husband is, a new vibrating shaving razor (he just tried one for the first time and fell in love!), batteries of course, lotto tickets, candy, game cards.
My 18 yr. old step son is getting; batteries, calculator (since him and my husband are always using mine), address book, candles (he really likes them), a card with a gift certificate to walmart (the only store we have here), and an Arizona Drivers Manual (he doesn't have his license yet). Also, for both of them, I am going to get them a religious cross (rosary) just to have something sentimental and precious they can keep forever.
I always feel that the perfect item to stuff a stocking with is a fake foot.
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?
Bath and Body Works (hand sanitizer, bath salts, shower gel, soap, candles), warm and cozy socks, jewelry, a movie or fave TV series, a CD or iTunes card
Post your favorite stocking stuffer ideas.
I'm one of THOSE "coupon clippers".... My family and extended family never get tired of shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc. Last year I was able to assemble a basket of gourmet items (valued from $4 - $10 dollars originally) for my future sister-in-law with spices, seasonings and sauces that were being discontinued at my local grocery store. Note: NOT expired, just making rrom on their shelves for new lines of products. The store had them reduced to 4/$1.00. Some of the items were originally over $6.00 each. The basket was 25 cents at a tag sale and I was able to fill it for $3.00, not the nearly $60.00 it would have cost me had I paid full price!
Well these are some ideas I have gathered for men/my husbad:
cd/dvd repair kit
grooming supplies(deodorant, cologne, bodywash)
Ipod, MP3 or MP4
lottery scratch tickets
tylenol or other pain reliever
magazine for men (car, sports, workout)
humorous desktop calendar
massage gift certificate
a little pouch of coins for a car wash
watch or new wedding ring
A small $1 photo album filled with pictures of yourself and kids at your nicest looking, silliest or from a special event or time spent with him.
A book of homemade coupons for a car detail, a night out with the guys, a night at with you, a favorite dish/dessert made for him, catering to his needs for one whole day, doing his chores, "naughty" coupons, massage, car wash anything- be creative!
My children: Ages 10,6,5 (all boys) and 1 (girl)
For the boys anything like:
coloring books (rolled up)
crayons, tape, glue, mini stapler
small building sets- lego, K'Nex
fake bugs and reptiles
hair styling stuff for spikes
not big on candy but they really like gum
flashcards (alphabet, multiplication etc)
card games or electronic handheld
musical instruments (have found a recorder/flute, harmonica, and tamborine at the $1 store)
rubber/plastic dinosaurs or army men playsets
hot cocoa and other treats we don't get often
game console accesories: paddles, games, batteries
flashlights(definitely shake up)
create an e-mail address for them to have and write their friends with- thats great spelling and punctuation practice.
Cookbooks for kids
craft supplies and ideas
for babies or girls:
board or cloth books
hair things: bows, headbands
gas drops, infant tylenol or motrin
jewelry box (can be homemade)
jewelry (can also be homemade with beads)
The stockings are our favorite because those are specially ours and ours alone. We get a couple gifts each after that, but because we always use evryones stuff and share it all anyway we normally have family gifts: a box of books, movies, playdoh or craft supplies ETC..
My grandsons LOVE to receive a gold dollar coin in their stockings.
During this time of year i will go to the mall and ask for samples of perfume/cologne. They will give you the little sample bottles that are perfect to stuff stockings with.
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 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, a bath sponge, a bag of rose petals, candy canes, Christmas card, little wrapped boxes, and a ring.
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.
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.