Christmas is nearing, and some of us have already begun (or even have finished) Christmas shopping. In today’s times and financial crisis, that means breaking the bank, in most cases, on Christmas gifts under the tree. You still have to stuff the stockings all hung in a row! Which items are budget-friendly, but will still bring a smile to the face of their recipients? Here are a few good ideas.
1. Lottery tickets. There are a lot of lottery scratchers that come in $1, $2, and $5 increments. I usually spring for the $1 or $2 ones. I never thought of these as good stocking stuffers, but they have been advertised more and more every year, as Christmas nears. Who knows? If one of your recipients happened to win big time on a scratcher, he or she may be generous enough to share with you!
2. Airplane liquors: If you’re stuffing the stocking of an adult (21 or older,) you may want to consider little airplane bottles of liquor. You can find these at liquor stores everywhere, and usually come between $1 and $5. If your recipient prefers wine, you can purchase 4-packs of miniature bottles of wine at places like Wal-Mart.
3. Candy: This is the most obvious choice when it comes to stuffing stockings. From candy canes to chocolate Santas, you can purchase bags and packages of these items and more, and split them equally amongst each stocking. You may want to include a toothbrush, toothpaste, and some floss along with it, to ensure no cavities arise!
4. Gift cards: These don’t go over practically in wrapping paper or gift bags anyway, so they make perfect stocking stuffers. You can usually purchase gift cards in any amount, so it’s not like you have to spend oodles of money on them. $5 or $10 to a restaurant can buy a meal or two! If you don’t like the new school style of gift cards, cold, hard cash works, too!
5. Small toys: Not every gift has to be grand and large, especially for young children. Ideal toys to put into a stocking would be like toy cars, yo-yos, Silly Putty, toy animals, and small dolls.
6. Makeup: Girls love makeup, and unless you wrap it up, secured in a box, you can’t really easily wrap it. Most make up packaging is small, unless it comes in those pesky carboard holders. Nail polishes, eye shadows, and lip sticks, glosses, and tints all fit very well into stockings. A lot of makeup these days is expensive, but to stuff inexpensive makeup into stockings, try Bon Bons or Love My Nails polishes, and CQ or Rimmel London makeup items.
7. Perfumes and colognes: Some recipients pride themselves on always smelling good. You don’t have to stuff designer fragrances into stockings. For girls, travel sizes of body sprays will do, with matching lotion scents. For men, spritzers like Bod Man.
8. Fruit and nuts: These were the traditional stocking stuffers years ago, because people didn’t spend oodles of money on gifts. This is still a nice sentiment if you’re trying to save money, and keep your family and friends healthy. Just make sure you have a nutcracker on hand for the nuts!
I hope these eight ideas gave you some insight on some thoughtful, yet inexpensive items to stuff your family’s stockings this Christmas. Come up with your own to add to it, and be creative! Merry Christmas!