Christmas comes with so much stuff. I like to keep our presents meaningful. But what about the the stocking stuffers. How do you keep it from being so much cheap plastic crap? I will tell you how, ready? Don’t buy it! But wait what about all those aisles of stuff just clamoring Christmas Stocking Stuffers? Sometimes the aisles in big stores are even labeled that.
I don’t know when I started this family tradition but it seems like it has been going on forever. For us stocking stuffers are limited. It does not matter how large the stockings are. We do the 5 Senses for our stockings.
The Five Senses Stockings
This is an easy way to do your stockings and you can set any budget you want. (The glory of this system). You simply get one gift for each of the 5 senses and put them in the stocking. Still not sure? Here are some examples of how to adapt this method for you.
- books – appropriate for all ages
- a camera whether disposable for a young kid or a digital for an older recipient
- video camera
- eye makeup for an older girl
- soft socks
- a pretty scarf
- a kooky hat
- a t-shirt
- a small stuffed animal – while most parents think their kids have enough, most kids want to add to their family
- the recipient’s favorite candy
- coffee or tea for an older person (non kid)
- hot cocoa mix
- a favorite food item
- gift card to a favorite restaurant
- a gift card to a coffee shop
- a mug to drink tea/coffee with
- travel mugs for all ages
- new water bottle – my kids seem to loose their lids – or is it the lab who eats them?
- musical instrument – small
- I-Tunes gift card
- CD of music
- A movie
- ear buds
While some of these stocking stuffers may seem more expensive than what you may normally find in a stocking remember Santa only brings three gifts and adults in a household only buy three gifts each. There is no BIG gift for kiddos each year or a blizzard of gifts under the tree. Each and every present whether it costs just $2 or $200 has meaning.
What are some of your favorite thoughtful stocking stuffers to give?