Gift Week, Day Two – Stockings and Stocking Stuffers


No matter what kind of Christmas stocking you have (I made the two in the photo, above), there are lots of small treats that you can put in them. In our house, we open our stockings first on Christmas morning. The gifts usually aren’t expensive, but welcome and fun. Popular ideas at our house:

  • Lottery scratch-off tickets.
  • Individually wrapped candies.
  • Socks.
  • Lip Balm
  • Barrettes or hair ribbons for girls.
  • Ear buds.
  • Small toys, like matchbox cars.
  • Pens/pencils.
  • Removable tattoos.
  • Stickers.
  • Lipstick and nail polish (for big girls).
  • An orange or apple.
  • Nuts in the shell.
  • Small bottles of booze (for the big kids).

We also always have stocking for our pets, with small toys and treats just for them.

I made one for my cat that is green felt, shaped like a fish, with “yellow diamond” eye, and her name on a band in the middle. For my old dog, the stocking was shaped like a bone. Of course, the pets don’t care, so anything will do.

Stockings like the ones I made (shown in the picture, above) take hours and good eyesight, as they are embellished with decorative beads, seed beads and sequins, each sewn on individually. The patterns are both from the stocking I had as a baby, and from my imagination.

I also made one stocking from velvet, lined with silk, the cuff made from tie silk (tie obtained from the second hand shop). That was very attractive, but much easier and faster to make.

Your imagination, ability, and time are your only limitations. Ideas:

I like the cowboy boot!

cowboy-boot-personalized-stockingsCute ideas here, too, with patterns:


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6 Responses to Gift Week, Day Two – Stockings and Stocking Stuffers

  1. Menagerie says:

    I buy gift cards for Christmas. They are great stocking stuffers. Costco has a large selection with most being $80 for $100 worth of gift cards. You can also buy movie passes there.

    Perhaps a small card or note with a special message to your loved one? That would be my favorite gift to get.

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    • stella says:

      I put an Amazon gift card in each person’s stocking. That’s a good tip about Costco, as their gift cards are a real bargain.

      Notes from loved ones are the best!

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      • Menagerie says:

        Yes they are, and being surrounded by guys, I rarely ever get one, so they are all the more treasured when I do get them.

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      • Menagerie says:

        I like to give gift cards because I really want my money to be spent on something the person wants. That means that I spend quite a bit (at least by the Menagerie budget) on gift cards. Buying the ones I can at Costco has made it much easier.

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  2. JTR says:

    I remember my favorite Christmas was in 1989. It was my 2nd trip to the UK to visit DH. He proposed at 1:00a.m. on Christmas morning after a night out with his best friends and family. I woke up the next morning to a big stocking full of lovely things that had a big stuffed puppy-dog head wearing a Santa hat and his wee paws hanging over the edge. I still use it every year!

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