For today’s Tiny Tip on A Thursday, I’m going to share my stocking stuffer secrets with you.
And yes, I’m talking about Christmas prior to Thanksgiving. I don’t know if it was the whole embracing fall for 31 days thing but I’m thinking about Christmas already.
Here are my stocking stuffer secrets:
- Start early! Usually in October but sometimes sooner, I start looking for small items for stockings whenever I’m out at a store. It helps to ask to have whatever you pick out put in a separate bag.
- Have a designated spot for storing them. One of my dresser drawers serves this function. It’s in the same row as my underwear drawer so I don’t really worry about any boys snooping in there.
- In addition to searching out fun things, stick to a few standard items each year to cut down on some of the stress of filling the stockings. Some of our Santa standard items: Chap-stick, gum, spin toothbrushes, bubble bath/cologne now that the boys are older (My mom used to fill my stocking with perfume samples and I always loved it. It’s a bit harder to find men’s cologne samples but I did find a couple for the upcoming year), and of course, bags of favorite candy (Bags take up more space than those cute holiday suckers.).
- Every year I have this plan where I stash the fun items in the drawer and then, I go out usually on Christmas Eve and panic that I don’t have enough to fill those stockings! Guess what? Usually I end up with too much. So, other than candy and gum, I put some items back in the drawer and save for upcoming holidays and birthdays. Sometimes items last all the way to the next Christmas.
Right now, I’m a bit behind on the stocking stuffer drawer although I do have the Chap-stick (peppermint!) and cologne samples in there. I’m finding it a bit harder to come up with fun ideas as the boys get older.
And I refuse to go with my husband’s “just give them underwear and candy!” suggestion. So, I’m open to any stocking stuffer ideas for two teenage boys?