10 Christmas stocking Tips
Moms everywhere understand the big part Christmas stockings play in celebrating Christmas, including coming up with the perfect stocking for each of their loved ones, choosing the fun toys, trinkets and treats that go in each one, even where to hang them to ensure that Santa doesn’t miss them when he visits Christmas Eve.
Following are 10 Christmas stocking tips for mom that will not only help her prepare the perfect stocking, but create special memories with the entire family.
1. To create some really special moments with the children in your life, why not handcraft the Christmas stockings together? You can either make them from scratch, choosing your own sequence and appliques or purchase kits that come with everything and are easy to make. Your kids will want to keep these keepsakes for years to come in memory of Christmas celebrations in years gone by.
2. Choosing fun candy and other treats for Christmas stockings is one of the most fun parts of filling them from the foil covered Santa’s to the truffles lovingly wrapped by hand in shiny, Christmas paper, tied with a bit of ribbon. Wrapping the treats by hand gives them a special flair, adding to the excitement because it looks like the elves took the time to personalize the treats.
Now it’s time to choose the perfect Christmas stocking stuffers, the very best part of filling the stocking.
3. Pick stocking stuffers that will keep the kids busy all day. Playing cards are always a favorite and will lead to hours of fun for the entire family Christmas day. Another great choice are Mini Christmas themed coloring books and crayons. Don’t forget Play doh which is another fun way for the kids to be creative.
4. Tiny stuffed animals like Beanie babies are another great choice for younger children and teens alike. Everyone loves a cute stuffed animal. Another fun choice are miniature toy cars including tiny RC cars which are a great way to enjoy some family time. They come in a huge selection of styles and models, providing lots of choices for everyone in the family.
5. Bouncy balls are a blast no matter what age a child is. A small bag of marbles is always a fun choice or a good old fashion set of jacks. I remember spending hours with my cousins on Christmas day playing games of jacks or marbles over and over again while Christmas dinner was being prepared and the family needed us out of their hair. It was actually one of the best parts of Christmas day.
6. Finding a compass in the stocking can lead to hours of fun, roaming around the house or backyard, pretending like you were on a tropical island or some other adventurous place, keeping track of where you were going. Every child and even adult will love this unique and even useful stocking stuffer that provides hours of fun and a chance to use your imagination.
7. Play Money is always a great stocking stuffer and you’ll be teaching your kids about the value of a dollar while they have fun doing it! Back to candy, don’t forget the gold foil covered chocolate nickels, dimes, quarters and dollars. No stocking is complete without them.
8. A mini Etch a Sketch is one of the more enjoyable toys because it lets you be creative without making a mess. It is simple and fun for children and adults alike. Also fun are the little, hand held games available at most stores. You know the ones where you try to get the little balls to slip into the holes? Those kinds of mini games are always great stocking stuffers.
9. Even though it may not be the ideal gift in the parent’s eyes, anything that makes noise is always popular with the kids. Do you remember those little boxes that when tipped moo’d like a cow? Of course, who doesn’t. Or a ball that when shaken make a jingling sound. If you have the heart for it, you’ll want to at least add one little gift that makes a bit of noise which is sure to make the day of the child receiving it.
The most important decision of all is where to display the Christmas stockings, which leads to tip #10.
10. Typically Christmas stockings are shown proudly displayed on the fireplace with charming Christmas stocking hangers. Today, there are a lot of families that don’t have fireplaces so you need to be creative. Christmas stocking can be hung just about anywhere, along the back of the couch, from special hangers on the wall, or even prominently displayed on the coffee table in the living room. It doesn’t really matter where, as long as Santa can find them.