Wondering what to put in Christmas stockings? We’ve got tons of Christmas stocking stuffer ideas for everyone on your list, right here! Enjoy!
Christmas is a wonderful time of year, but can also be expensive. One way we enjoy giving gifts is in the Christmas stockings. Digging in the stocking is usually about as much fun as opening gifts. Many families make this the bulk of their gift giving, with only one or two other gifts. The little items are fun to buy during the year, and you can buy things your family will need anyway. It somehow seems more special coming out of a stocking on Christmas morning.
Look at places like the Dollar Stores, travel sections, or dollar sections of big stores to find items that are inexpensive. Look for sales during the year for things you know you are going to buy anyway. Many of these items you can get very cheap or free if you watch sales and use coupons during the year. Keep a container to store things you find and keep a list handy.
If you need stocking stuffer ideas, you’re at the right place! Let’s get started.
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Christmas Stocking Stuffer Ideas
Here’s a big list of stocking stuffer ideas that may help you find a few things to fill the stockings the frugal way:
General Stocking Stuffer Ideas:
- Small children’s notebook and pen/pencils–Kids love to draw and write. My son has started carrying a notebook and pen in his pocket, like his dad. He is always prepared and helps make list in the car. Adults always need new pens. My husband does, because I have a habit of putting pens in my pocket or hair and then in my pocketbook. It must come from my teaching days. A strange habit to have.
- Coloring book and crayons-Who doesn’t love to color? A great activity for quiet time or to share with your child. Just DO NOT leave the crayons out of the box in a car on a hot day. The results will not be good.
- Small books– I LOVE books, so my kids always get new books.
- Toothbrush – My kids always get a new, battery powered toothbrush in their stocking. They get regular ones during the year, but the Christmas toothbrushes are special.
- Mittens and toboggan/cap-Depending where you are from determines what you call the snuggly thing that keeps your head warm. In the south, it is a toboggan and we slide on the snow on a sled. No matter what you call it, things to keep you warm in the winter is always great to find in the stocking and very appreciated on cold days. There are usually big sales for these at the end of the season and you can usually get them very cheap to put back for next year.
- Toiletries– My boys love getting combs, body wash, shampoo, deodorant, or cologne. We normally use as many natural products as we can, but not always. Look in the travel section. This size is perfect for kid or your husband if he travels often. If you make your own soaps and products, this would be even more special.
- Food– This can be fruit, nuts, individual snacks, candy, or gum that you normally do not allow during the year. My boys like it when I find things in collectible tins. They get to enjoy the treat and have a container for other things during the year.
- Ornaments– Our boys get a new ornament each year. When they leave home, they will have a great collection. I give this on December 1, but it could be nice in the stocking as well. I usually try to get an ornament that describes them that year…what they were interested in or a vacation we took. One way I save money is to look at the sales after Christmas.
- Socks and Underwear– Yes, they get these in their stocking and they anticipate it every year. In fact, our oldest was with Daddy shopping this month, and they were going to buy some underwear. Our son said they shouldn’t buy it because Mommy would have it in the stocking. Everyday things are more enjoyable out of the stocking.
- Chapstick or lip balm– They love getting chapstick. It is nice to have that in the winter to protect your lips. Just check the pockets before you wash their clothes. It is a mess if it goes through the wash and then the dryer.
- Flashlight – It is a good idea to keep a small flashlight by your bed and have some spread through the house. Headlights are a neat idea for a flashlight and also work as a book light.
- Small Stuffed Animals– Kids love sleeping with stuffed animals or taking them in the car.
- Travel Games– Neat to play in the car or at home.
What to put in Christmas stockings for boys:
- Tools– My sons love any type of tool they can add to their tool box so they can fix things around the house or help Daddy when needed.
- Key chains– We are farmers and they like to do everything Daddy does, including having a key chain hanging on their pants with a small flashlight. Most of the keys they have are old ones that nobody knows what door they fit. But it makes them feel like men.
- Hobby items or wooden craft projects – My sons loves rocks. Anything that has to do with rocks. We need a room to house their collection. Small books, tools, or unique gems are special to them. They also love to build things. Lowes and Home Improvement have craft kits for kids on Saturdays. They are free and you can usually go by and get the kit, even if you do not take your child to the workshop. Is your child interested in any special hobby?
- Bouncy balls or small cars– Two of my boys’ favorite things.
What to put in Christmas stockings for girls:
- Mani/Pedi Kit – With things to do your nails on a special night with Mommy.
- Diary or journal – Girls love to record their thoughts and daydreams.
- Hair Bows /Hairbrush – We like to be pretty starting at a young age, don’t we?
- Mini sewing kit, cross stitch kit, knitting, or crocheting items – Bring back some of the lost arts with your little girls.
What to put in Christmas stockings for men:
- CDs or audio books- Is there certain music or artist your husband enjoys? Are there any books that he would enjoy but cannot find the time to read?
- Movies or Red Box Codes- Think special movies for a date night or a good western that he enjoys.
- Manicure Set – Do they call it that for men? Tweezers and nail clippers are always needed and always seem to be misplaced.
- Homemade Coupon Book– Include coupons for helping him do task around the house, date nights, back rubs. There are lots of possibilities!
I hope this list has helped you think of a few things that could fill the stockings at your house. If you are curious about how the Christmas stocking tradition came about, you might enjoy reading the book The Legend of the Christmas Stocking with your children.
What do you put in your Christmas stockings? Do you have any stocking stuffer ideas to share?
Guest Post by Mary of the Encouraging Home
Mary is a farm girl, wife, and homeschooling mom to two sons. She is passionate about her faith, family, homeschooling, healthy living and tries to find balance in it all, as well as farm life. She blogs at The Encouraging Home where she tries to encourage others in life and to stay focused on the Lord and the things that truly matter, even through stress, chaos, and trials.
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