Stocking Stuffer Secrets

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.

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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?

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Stocking Stuffer Secrets

  1. Rebecca L Knox

    Great post, Jean! Reminded me that I’ve got all those stockings in there that I still need to figure out what to do with. Am thinking I might just fill them and give them to the grandlittles with just duded up tags with their names on them. Found this link for teen guy stocking stuffers. Maybe it will give you some ideas. Have a great rest of the week!

    http://writtenreality.com/65-stocking-stuffers-teen-guy/
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  2. Beverly Meyers

    George is hard to buy for too except for expensive games. However I look out for Mario items throughout the year. Bowser is even better. Lately I bought a lanyard, stocking cap, and insulated glass with straw. Sometimes I buy a Christmas ornament that is either something he is interested in or his name or initial.

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    1. Jean Post author

      Those are good ideas, thanks! I usually get the boys each a personalized ornament each year although I usually hang it on the tree or just give it to them.

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