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Easy Christmas Stocking Ideas

Updated on February 3, 2016

Fill Your Christmas Stocking With These Ideas

"The stockings were hung by the chimney with care in hopes that Saint Nick would soon be there".....but wait, what's this? The stockings are EMPTY. How can you fill those Christmas stockings at the last minute, when you've spent all your Christmas cash, probably for the next two years? You want quick and easy ideas to fill those stockings to the brim. You don't want to stand in line for hours at some big department store or even go anywhere near where the Christmas crowds are.

You've already spent enough time wracking your brain trying to find that perfect gift, and let's face it, you just plum forgot about the stockings. Now you spring into action.... Most of the items on this list you can buy at the corner drugstore, convenience store or grocery store thus eliminating the need to enter into those stores that attract shoppers in droves. This list is all about AVOIDING THE MALL! The advantage is that these types of stores are usually not as busy and you won't have to stand in line as long. What could be easier than combining your grocery shopping trip with picking up some last minute stocking stuffers? Oh ya, and it has to be small in size, because trying to fit a boom box in a Christmas stocking doesn't work.

Encourage family members to have a fixed-size Christmas stocking. My spouse has a stocking which is NOT fixed-size. His stocking is knitted and it stretches each time you drop something in it. My spouse's stocking is one of those dreaded Shape Changer Stockings. If you have a family member with one of these kinds of stockings you will find filling it very challenging. Encourage fixed-sized stockings whenever possible to eliminate potential frustration.

Merry Christmas!!

Unique Stocking Stuffers - What to Put in a Christmas Stocking

Quick, inexpensive gifts to fill Christmas stockings that you can buy for anyone in your life. Most of these items are suitable for both the man or woman in your life, and most items are also suitable for boys and girls. It's all about filling that empty space in those stockings with stuff. Stuff that you don't have to hunt for, stuff that's cheap, and stuff you don't have to spend hours trying to find in a store. Stocking fillers also need to be cheap because it can cost a lot to fill up a Christmas stocking.

  1. Chocolate bars. They're cheap. You can buy them in all different sizes. You can pick them up when you are doing your groceries.
  2. Gum. Ditto on the above. Cheap, and easy to buy.
  3. Combs and hairbrushes. Everyone can use an extra set of these. You can even find some cool folding combs for those teenagers in your life.
  4. Toothbrush. My family all get a toothbrush in their stocking. My kids like it so much that they now ask for a specific color. Again get them while you are grocery shopping, you had to make a trip there to buy the turkey anyway.
  5. Ear buds. Who couldn't use another pair? Sure they can be expensive, but your neighborhood Dollar Store usually sells them for less than $10.
  6. Lottery tickets. Put them in a small box or roll them to take up more space. No, you're not supposed to give them to kids, but they are so much fun to scratch, even the kids have fun doing it. They can scratch them, and you can cash them and give them the winnings or invest it in their education.
  7. Christmas ornaments. Even my kids love getting an ornament that belongs to them. I'm amazed that they can even remember which ones are theirs year after year.
  8. Small pocket calendars. If you keep your eyes open, sometimes you can find these for free at some stores.
  9. Pens, gel pens, colored pencils, crayons. Pens for the adults, crayons for the kids. It's easy.
  10. Sticky notes. The adults use them, the kids decorate the house with them.
  11. Toe nail clippers. Yup, we all use them.
  12. Small travel sizes of shampoo, hand lotion, moisturizers. You can even find a small tube of toothpaste to go along with the toothbrush you bought.
  13. Food.The choices are endless. Crackers, cookies, jams, fruit, teas, and coffees many of these come in small packages. When you're looking for bulk ways to fill a stocking, food is a great choice.
  14. Mitts or gloves. They come in all price ranges, but a nice, inexpensive pair makes a great stocking stuffer. No need to go to the mall they usually sell a few of these in the grocery store.
  15. Mouse pad. Mine's all sticky and gooey, would like to see a new one in my Christmas stocking.
  16. Socks. We all wear them. Couldn't you use a new pair? Your local grocery store, or pharmacy usually sells them.
  17. Measuring spoons. For the cooks in the family.
  18. Deck of cards. Great for all ages, and they usually sell them in grocery stores.
  19. Journals, writing paper, scratch pads. For the writer in the family. Even kids like funky themed note pads.
  20. Paperback books. There's usually a discount bin in pharmacies or food stores that sells books for kids and adults.
  21. You could bake something like cookies, or not.... This is list all about being easy and baking cookies, well, I just find that's too much work, but if it's something you like to do, then fill those stockings up with home-baked goodies.
  22. Print out some coloring pages off the internet. Even adults like to color. Combine it with some nice gel pens and you'll have given someone hours of enjoyment.
  23. Magazine or comic books. There a magazine out there on just about every topic. Roll it and it will fit nicely into the stocking.
  24. Gift cards. Yes, you can spend a lot of money for a gift card, but these are stocking stuffers so pick up a Startbucks coffee card or a itunes card for $5 or $10, and you'll give someone a great treat.
  25. Make a CD of their favorite music. Country music for Dad, sing-a-longs songs for the young kids, there are no limits to what you can come up with.

The Most Important Thing to Remember is.....

You want to avoid the mall and it must be inexpensive!

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      5 years ago

      Good ideas of Christmas stocking stuffers. Candy is a great stocking stuffer.

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      Cecil Kenmill 

      6 years ago from Osaka, Japan

      I'm lazy so I just go with cash. I know it's not personal but nobody give it back or re-gifts it.

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      6 years ago

      Exotic sodas and coffee drinks that come in bottles or cans are fun, and they take up lots of room!

    • Craftymarie profile image


      6 years ago

      Great ideas - I start my Christmas shopping right after Christmas and take a year to do it as I put a lot of thought in to all gifts. Great job.

    • rainydaz profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @anonymous: I agree!!

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      6 years ago

      best stocking stuffer would be candy of any sort.

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      6 years ago

      enjoyed your list tonight, thank you!

    • rainydaz profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @anonymous: My husband's xmas stocking will always provide us with great fun and many memories. We are always laughing and joking about it because it's just so stretchy. The kids will talk about it for years to come. I'm betting when they become Dads they will go out and buy a similar xmas

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      6 years ago

      I wonder if there is some kind of form you could use to reduce the challenge of your husband's stocking...I guess it just adds to the fun memories. I like little things like lotions, postage stamps, and then our family would pass around a can of frog legs every year...that was the best to one ever ate them.

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      fugeecat lm 

      6 years ago

      These are all great and gift cards are definitely my favorite.

    • JoleneBelmain profile image


      6 years ago

      Those are great stocking stuffers, we use some of them every year as well. We also find that bubble bath is great too, they take up a lot of space, and usually one that mostly everyone will enjoy. :)


    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Terrific list of quick-to-grab gifts to fill the stockings. I remember as a kid, we loved the Old Maid, Authors and other card games that showed up in our stockings.


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