I love Christmas stockings! Opening my stocking on Christmas morning was one of my favourite parts of the day. There was always a mix of fun and practical things inside and I loved pulling out each item one at a time and taking a minute to enjoy each gift. As a kid, we could always open our stockings before my parents got up which I realize now was there way of not having to get up at 6:00 AM on Christmas morning because at least we were kept busy for a little while! If you find it tough to fill your child's stocking, here are some of my favourite practical items to put in. Might as well put in some essentials that you were going to have to buy anyway…that's just being a smart elf!
1. A Watch
Both my kids are getting a watch in their stocking this year. These are just basic children's watches that I got for about $10. My older child is learning about telling time so this is perfect timing for him. And because my youngest is always trying to keep up with her older brother, might as well get one for her too. Watches are great items to start the dialogue about time and learning how to read a clock so I love this idea for a stocking stuffer.
2. A Wallet or Purse
Kids love to mimic their parents so this is a great gift that helps them feel grown up. Teaching kids about money at a young age is also recommended and this gift can help with that dialogue.
3. An Umbrella
Chances are they are going to need one anyway, right? There are tons of fun colours, patterns and character umbrellas available.
4. Socks & Underwear
Use their stocking to stock their drawer full of fun socks and underwear. Pick their favourite colour or characters. If your child is close to potty training, this is also a good way to get them excited about underwear.
Toothbrushes, toothpaste, bubble bath, soap, lotion, hair elastics, new brush, etc. Lots of possibilities here and just as most of the items mentioned above, chances are you can get your child's favourite character on most toiletries.
6. Craft Supplies
A new pack of markers or crayons, scissors, a sketch book or stickers are all great options. You can also find your local dollar store and stock up on some new supplies like pipe cleaners, feathers, googly eyes, bingo dabbers, etc and then pick a craft to do together with your child.
Stockings can be such a fun thing to fill, so use your creativity and let the shopping begin! What practical items do you like to put in your child's stocking? Leave us a comment with what works for you!