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Stocking Stuffer Christmas Gift Ideas
Stuffing stockings at Christmas is one of my most favorite things to do. I challenge myself every year to find each member of my family (husband & 3 sons) gifts for their stockings that they will enjoy.
Wrapping Stocking Stuffers
I used to wrap each individual item in festive Christmas paper. After about fifteen years of doing this it became a bit tiring to sit and wrap, and wrap, and wrap, all the stocking stuffers for 4 guys. Now rather than doing this, I simply wrap each item in green, red or white tissue paper. I find that this saves so much time and tape.
Individual Stocking Fillers
Those of you that follow me know that I have twins. This in itself can be a challenge when it comes to gift giving. At one time I would buy two of everything for the twins. When they were about eight years old I watched them one morning opening their stockings. One was unwrapping the contents and the other was watching. I questioned this by saying, “Why are you not opening up your stocking?”
The answer I got made total sense and opened up my eyes. “I don’t need to unwrap my stocking, I always get the same stuff that he does.” After that I made sure that most of their stocking stuffers were different. Live and Learn.
If You Are Looking For Stocking Ideas - Here Are A Few Suggestions
One year I did a tool theme. Most of these I was able to find at the dollar store and local hardware store. Under the tree they each had a toolbox. Not the same toolboxes, different ones.In their stockings were: Hammer,Screwdriver,Wrench,Measuring Tape,Bits,Flashlight, Needle Nose pliers,Pliers, and Snips.
All three of my boys like to fish. Lures, bobbles, floats, fishing twine and other fishing paraphernalia are always welcomed stocking stuffers.
Where To Shop For Stocking Stuffers
Throughout the year if I happen to see something on sale that I think one of my guys would like I buy it, and hide it away somewhere that snoopers cannot find it. One year I had hidden gifts so well that I myself forgot where I'd hidden them. Two days after Christmas I found them. The boys were sure happy.
- Dollar Stores
- Bulk Food Stores for candy
- Craft Shows
Do You Fill Stockings?
Whether they are living at home or away from home I find that they always appreciate the following: New toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, body wash,shaving cream, new razor or blades for the razor you purchased for them last year. Nail clippers, tweezers, hair brush and or comb.
For The Artists
Two of my sons have always enjoyed drawing. This makes stocking ideas easy. Suggestions: Sketch pads, pastels, paints, brushes, pencils, erasers, colored pencils, crayons, coloring books, art books, how to draw books.
For The Musicians
Many of us have guitar or base players in our families. A set of new guitar or base strings are useful stocking stuffers, or perhaps one of the following: Guitar straps, tuner, picks, capo, guitar books.
Other Stocking Stuffers
Puzzle games, Paperbacks, Music CD's,Candies, Chocolates, Clementine,Tangerine, Barrel of Monkeys, Pic Up Sticks, Gift Cards, Movie Passes, Socks, hats, mitts.
Frugal Christmas - Exchange Stockings
For many people Christmas can be extremely hard on the pocket book. Some families are choosing to pick names and buy one gift for one family member rather than buying for everyone. You can also do this with stockings. Set a limit that is affordable for everyone involved, pick names out of a hat and fill a stocking for the person who you pick.
I hope that you found my hub useful and helpful. Merry Christmas to one and all!
© 2011 Susan Zutautas