I think opening stockings has to be one of my favorite parts of Christmas morning. In our house, we open stockings first, have breakfast, and then open presents. The girls are at such fun ages for gifts that they get so excited about the little surprises. The year before last, when Pumpkin was four and a half, she lost her mind over a box of Bandaids in her stockings and proclaimed them the best present ever.
But why am I writing about this now, in July? Well, now is the perfect time to start collecting stocking stuffers, if you haven’t already. Individually, stocking stuffers don’t (typically) cost much – but the costs can add up! And during Christmas, when you have so many other expenses, it hits that much harder. I keep a bag hidden in my closet where I slip small gifts for the girls throughout the year and save them for birthdays or holidays.
I like to give the girls a mix of fun and practical items. Pictured are their stocking goods from last year. I started collecting items in June when I picked up the kaleidoscopes in Jerome during a weekend trip with my girlfriends. Soon after, I picked up the Nemo socks at a hospital gift shop. (I work for a health care company, so I’m in hospitals frequently for work. I’ve found the hospital gift shops have great items for stockings as well as travel games, plus they’re usually volunteer-run, with proceeds supporting other hospital programs.)
I used Bumkins snack bags to wrap the socks and character Bandaids, which double as a gift in and of themselves.
Closer to the holidays, I picked up hair towels from Verano Bathery. The card games and card holders were a last-minute add and I’m glad I grabbed them – Pumpkin brought her Uno game on our trip to California immediately after Christmas and played with various family members the whole time. (Sometimes, at home, she sets up a game between her and her stuffed animals. And she is ruthless.)
Every year the girls get books, but this year’s books were too big for the stockings so they were wrapped separately. I also get everyone a new ornament every year that I hang with the stockings. And, obviously, I try to keep everything equal so there’s no squabbling on Christmas morning 🙂
Are stockings a big deal in your house? When do you start shopping for Christmas?
Disclosure: Bumkins product was provided for a post I wrote for their site.