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Never Too Old For Christmas Stockings!
Ideas For Stocking Fillers
Member Name: kirstieksf
Ideas For Stocking Fillers
Date: 12/11/00, updated on 29/06/13 (1119 review reads)
Advantages: Everybody loves a Christmas stocking!
When I wrote this review, I was approaching 25, and loved a Christmas stocking. It's now almost thirteen years later, and nothing's changed - delving into the depths of my giant 3ft (yes, really!) stocking when I wake up on Christmas morning is still the best thing about Christmas for me!
I make up a stocking for my mum as well, and at 59 she still loves the tradition just as much as me. We've both got creative hobbies, and like to include such things as arts and crafts paper, pens, etc, which can be found in discount stores such as Poundland - it doesn't have to be the good quality stuff in a stocking. I'm now diabetic so chocolate is out for mine, but Mum finds sugar free sweets or chocolate in stores like Holland & Barrett, which are always a much appreciated treat.
As it's now halfway through the year, I daresay the hunt for suitable items for Mum's stocking will start very soon ... I can't wait. I love gathering the things together, and squeezing everything in, but the best part is watching her open it on Christmas morning - especially as I'm mean, and wrap every single tiny gift individually!
Many people are surprised when they hear that I still have a Christmas stocking at almost 25, but they would be even more surprised if they discovered that my mum and grandmother still have them too! At 24, 46 and 81, waking up on Christmas morning and watching each other open our stockings is one of my favourite parts of the day, and I can't imagine not having one to look forward to.
OK, so the question is, what do you put in a stocking. I'm going to assume you're filling a stocking for a grown up here, although if you saw our stockings, you'd be surprised at how silly some of the items in them are! A good place to start is you local discount shop, such as Poundland, or one of the other shops that sells every item for a pound. Also, if you live in, or near a large town, (in my case, Brighton) there are often a multitude of Christmas themed shops open temporarily in otherwise vacant shops. These often sell novelty items, and silly Christmas themes items like hats, etc.
If you have any gadget type shops near you, you might be surprised at the products they sell - they aren't always expensive, and often there are lots of novelty keyrings and pens, or similar items.
Stores like Woolworths, and Superdrug can be useful for toiletry items, and small trial sizes of things like bath pearls, or novelty sponges.
Your local stationers will probably have a selection of novelty pens, or small notepads, and the inevitable pocket diary, which is always useful if you're as disorganized as me!
Don't think you have to put 'really nice' or 'grownup' things in, use your imagination - a silly sense of humour seems to run in our family, so we often put a bottle of childrens bubble mixture in our stockings, and things like this can really make it fun.
Of course, sweets and chocolate are usually popular, and something like a Terry's chocolate orange may be well received. I also like to receive things like hair accessories, or earrings, so if you're buying for a woman, you might find it worthwhile to take a look in Claire's Accessories or a similar shop if there's one near you.
Basically, don't be afraid to buy silly or novelty items, and use your imagination!
Summary: Why everybody deserves a Christmas stocking, no matter what their age!