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by Lori Herren November 20, 2020 4 min read

Holiday stress is a real thing, It just is. No matter how much we love the holidays, a LOT goes into making them special for you and the ones you love. There are countless gifts to wrap, but another gift avenue you can’t forget is the STOCKING!! A collective shriek goes out, because we focus so much on the gifts that go under the tree, we often forget the stockings hung on the mantel by the fireside (or stairs, or wall, or wherever your stockings are mounted). Stockings are obviously a big part of Christmas tradition, but how did that start? It seems to point back to the age old story of St. Nicholas. The story goes that St.Nicholas dropped some gold coins down the chimney of a widower because he had no money to use as dowry for his daughters. One of the coins landed in a sock that was hung on the mantel to dry by the fire and the next morning, the widower and his daughters were excited and joyful to find the coins, solving their financial dilemma. That’s where our tradition of stockings on the mantel bearing gifts came from!

There seems to be a classic debate on stockings: do you put gifts in stockings, just candy, practical items, fruit, or all the above? Answer: YES! There really is no written law about the contents of stockings so make it fun and make it tailored just for your family by thinking about what everyone likes best. I’ve always taken a practical approach to stockings by putting gifts in them, gifts that are useful and meaningful to each person. Gifts that aren’t “junk” to be thrown away in six months time because they are useless. Want to make your stocking stuffers useful and “healthy” for your family but don’t have a clue where to start? Let’s explore some great, useful stocking stuffers!

Health And Wellness

You want your stocking stuffers to be helpful, everyday needed gifts. What better idea than gifts that help maintain and improve health and wellness.

 

Personal Care

We have a need for personal care items every single day. Why not make the needed and normal a practical useful gift, ready to fit perfectly in any size stocking.

  • Shaving cream for men, lotion for women
  • Socks
  • Hair brush/Hair accessories 
  • Nail clippers/nail files
  • Gloves
  • Nail polish
  • Makeup/beauty products
  • Chapstick/lip balm
  • Face masks
  • Pocket knife
  • Flashlight 
  • Bandaids
  • Scarf

 

Gifts And Fun

You can’t have a well stuffed stocking without some fun things and gifts that will make them grin from ear to ear.

  • Wireless headphones/ear buds
  • Insulated water bottle or coffee mug
  • Golf balls
  • Gift cards
  • Cash 
  • Family photo book/keepsake
  • Candy/gum
  • Fruit/nuts
  • Colored pens, pencils, markers
  • Candle
  • Journal/sketch pad 
  • Puzzles or puzzle books, activity books
  • Deck of playing cards
  • Chess set, checkers game
  • Tea bags, hot chocolate mix, coffee 
  • Jewelry
  • Key chain
  • Watch
  • Books
  • Bookmark
  • Wallet
Time To Start Shopping!

These are just a FEW of THOUSANDS of ideas to use as good, practical, healthy and useful stocking stuffers. Whether your family are fans of dark chocolate and trail mix, gummy bears and peanut butter pretzels to organic honey, herbal tea and all natural lip balm, there is an endless array of great things out there just waiting to surprise and delight your family on Christmas morning. And to the naysayers who might complain about getting a toothbrush and toothpaste in their stocking: they’ll be thanking you when those toothbrushes save them from cavities months later. You have your ideas, you know your loved ones best, now hit your favorite stores and online shopping sites, we all have stocking to fill!

 

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Sources:

https://wellnessmama.com/130114/stocking-stuffers/

https://www.health.com/style/last-minute-stocking-stuffers-amazon-prime

https://modernmrsdarcy.com/stocking-stuffers/

https://www.countryliving.com/shopping/gifts/g2190/stocking-stuffers/

 

 

 

Lori Herren
Lori Herren

Lori D. Herren is a graduate of the University of West Georgia where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications for Broadcast Journalism and Public Relations, with minors in Marketing and Music. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and pursuing her love of music.


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