Stocking Stuffer Ideas & Christmas Stocking Fillers
The whole idea of stocking stuffers dates back to Saint Nicholas himself and there’s something special about getting an item or two that keeps the traditional ideas going. Anyone who has children knows the excitement of unwrapping a present is often just as enjoyable than the present itself so having some great stocking stuffer ideas for children up your sleeve is always a good thing. If you are short of ideas then read on…
When you think about it one of children’s most popular party games is pass the parcel… so it’s easy to understand why children love unwrapping parcels – often just as much as the parcel itself! The same applies to the Christmas Stocking… it’s the anticipation of what could be inside that excites children, so what you really want are some great Christmas stocking fillers that are either practical, don’t cost more than their main presents and that they’ll love opening. Firstly you don’t have to wrap them in expensive wrapping paper, use colourful tissue paper to save money (it makes just as much noise, is just as bright and still covers the present!) Needless to say, this is also great when you really want to go to town on wrapping a present to put underneath other wrapping paper, or for padding out delicate items inside a parcel.
Now for the stocking fillers themselves – once I’ve got the presents ‘on the list’ I like to get some presents that I know they’ll like but are also useful to have – you could argue that they are therefore partly for me!… yes, but if they love them AND they serve a purpose that’s fine – they are presents at the end of the day. For example last year my toddler needed some new childrens clothes hangers… I know she loves clothes so I bought her some colourful (and very pretty) hangers with a cute motif, each pack of 3 had the logos of when I grow up / I’m only little / Little Treasure. Very beautiful and hard-wearing they served a purpose rather than just extra toys to fill the place up! Other items I bought in this same way were Sandwich Toastie Bags with a stamp of Wallace & Gromit, a solider egg cup and solider toast cutter set and various storage bags and boxes for their rooms.
Now another great tip I was given by my Mum is to shop for your stocking fillers in the sales and buy for multiple children of a similar age and take advantage of multipack offers. By the way I also make a list of children’s birthdays that are coming up and how old they are going to be which I keep in my handbag, so that I always know what presents I’m going to need when I see sales or multipack offers. I remember the old-fashioned Stocking Stuffers I used to get myself as a child, I loved them these traditional stocking stuffers as much as the other presents!
For example, clementines are a popular filler (or any fruits such as oranges, apples or pears). A chocolate orange would always be a crowd pleaser, I remember that much myself too. Add a really traditional element with items such as old-fashioned peppermint sticks or packs of nuts and seeds. Chocolate coins and home-baked biscuits such as gingerbread men are obviously particularly good because you can make these yourself and so don’t cost much at all except your time (which makes them even more special). If you are handy with knitting or sewing you could continue the home-made theme with a scarf, jumper or bag.
More fillers could include one of their favourite comics (team it with a treat such as a bag of sweets/crisps and you have at least an hour of entertainment for your child during the Christmas break too!) Most children love stationery so a pack of small pencils or crayons teamed with a small pad would go down well to fill another hour during the holiday and doesn’t cost the earth as a stocking filler either. I always include a pack of notelets with the intention of them being used as Thank You Notes for all the family presents received. It’s a great way of encouraging them to write Thank You Notes or Letters and when presented with something new to write them on children are often only too willing to write them – and it fills another space of time on quieter days during their Christmas Break!
Stocking Fillers don’t have to expensive, they can serve a purpose, give children something to do on quieter days when all the excitement is over and the expensive toys have been put to one side(!) and they can even encourage good manners such as thanking people for all the presents they will have received! Remember though, look out for sales and multipack offers, you’ll be glad later in the year when you start thinking about how to stuff the stockings!
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