What to put in stocking fillers

What to put in stocking fillers.

What you put in a stocking depends on quite a few factors. Who you are making the stocking for, who the stocking is from (and what if anything else they bring), how much money you have to spend and family traditions will all play a part.

Stocking fillers or stocking stuffers are generally small items as they have to fit in a stocking. That being said you can get some pretty massive stockings these days so in reality anything goes.

Is just the stocking from Santa?

This is potentially quite a contentious subject. For some families Santa just brings a stocking filled with low-value items, for others he might bring just one item from your Christmas list, and for others still, everything under the tree is from Father Christmas.

While its a completely personal decision it might be worth thinking about who gets the credit, especially if your child has friends from different backgrounds. You can explain to kids that money is tight this year and you can’t afford the x,y or z they have asked for. But trying to explain why Santa bought them a new hat and their buddy a quad bike could be tricky.

There are no real rules when it comes to stockings but ask around and there are certain items that seem to be popular choices.

What to put in stocking fillers traditionally

Traditional items include:

  • Oranges of Satsumas
  • Nuts
  • Sweets or ‘chocolates - particularly chocolate coins
  • An actual coin
  • Small toys

     

Other popular items include:

  • Socks and pants
  • A new toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Bubble bath or other bath time essentials
  • A new book
  • Toys, games or activities that will keep little ones entertained on Christmas morning.
  • Stationary, a note book, a diary or thank you notes.

You might decide to choose traditional toys that Santa and his elves could have made in his workshop or just cheap items that don’t add too much to the overall cost of Christmas.

Stocking stuffers for older children and adults

When it comes to making stockings for older children and grownups you don’t have to worry about Santa’s role in the process so much, except if there are younger children involved in which case they may ask why Father Christmas bought mummy the nail polish they helped daddy choose last weekend.

For older recipients it becomes more about family traditions and budget. The first year my mum wasn’t around to make me a stocking was the first time I had ever had to buy myself a diary! And new socks and pants are a must-have for my stocking.

Older children might not appreciate a wooden toy but they’ll still love the chocolate and satsuma they get to eat for breakfast on Christmas morning. Toiletries are great for older kids, especially when they start going through puberty, and a new book is good for any age.

It’s easy to end up spending more on adult and teenage stockings as a pot of slime doesn’t bring the joy it once used to. So set a budget and buy a filler item if you need to pad it out. A decorative pillow might be good for girls and a massive bag of their favourite crisps is a good option for boys.

And try not to get drawn into the trap of buying things for the sake of it. There’s no point wasting money on novelty gifts that are never going to get looked at again after Christmas. Why not choose a couple of eco-friendly stocking fillers instead.

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