A few years ago, I totally changed my approach to stocking stuffers. I love it. And so do my kids.
So now I stay away from the “traditional” stocking stuffers–the cutesy little trinkets and toys and games. Those little trinkets are just stuff, and we don’t need any more stuff around here.
these aren’t groceries; these are stocking stuffers: trail mix, dried blueberries, dried cherries, dried apple rings.
So I fill their stockings with things they want and need. The kids have loved their stocking contents since I made the switch, and I’ve loved not tripping over the miniature markers and spinny tops I used to fill the stockings with!
Here are my favorite stocking stuffers:
sweet stuff: chocolate coins, chocolate-covered espresso beans, Nutella, sprinkle chocolates. Don’t worry–the espresso beans aren’t for the kids
1. Groceries. I buy full-size packages of my kids’ favorite things –especially items we don’t buy very often like dried fruit. Later, I’ll label each child’s item with their name and stick it in the pantry. (In years past, everyone has shared their goodies with each other, but it’s definitely not a requirement.)
2. Sweet stuff. We don’t do a lot of sweets, so this is a big thing at my house. I do full-sized packages. And then they go, labeled, into the pantry.
3. Mints and gum. My kids love Altoids, but I don’t keep them around. Everyone gets a tin in their stocking, and everyone gets the same flavor. (I learned that one the hard way.)
cute necessities: little girl underthings with daisies and poodles and owls, and new tights
4. Underthings I’ve made a habit of stocking up on adorable clearanced tights, panties, and boxers Black Friday weekend. (Personally, I love Gymboree for this sort of thing.) And then I save them until Christmas Eve.
5. Headbands and hair bows. Also easy to pick up on clearance well in advance. I keep thinking I’ll make some…but that hasn’t happened yet!
a family tradition: Altoids for everyone
6. Fun necessities. Character band-aids, scented chapstick, art supplies, bubble bath, sippy cups—things they need, but still love to get. I’ll pick these up on the cheap whenever I can, and stow them away until Christmas Eve.
What are your favorite stocking stuffers?