Hard to believe how insanely quick the holidays are upon us. The stores are swamped, the shelves are slowly becoming empty and exhaustion is setting in. As preparations for the holidays are in full swing there is one thing I have left to do, the stockings. Growing up, the stocking was one of the favourite parts of Christmas morning. We loved them, even if they had an orange and apple in them every year.
This year I’ve been doing a little added research behind the trends of stocking stuffers and to my amazement some things are still traditional, while others are just down right cool.
What’s In Our Stockings?
To get things started, we have to start with a classic. It is one we’ve had under the tree our whole lives and is something my children now get under the tree for them; Wrigley’s Holiday Fun Books! They were one of those items you loved getting as a kid, and even as an adult now I look forward to their release every year. Of course now they have even cooler options for these holiday fun books beyond just Life Savers which definitely makes things even better.
The Fun Book collection has expanded over the years to also include Skittles and Hubba Bubba. The best-selling candy books are now back in stock, retailing for $2.99 and are available in grocery and drugstores nationwide.
Can you believe stockings now seem to include such things as video games and movies? It was hard for me to believe and this is not something I am getting in on. I was contemplating DSi games for gifts this year, but lets face it finances say no and definitely not as a stocking stuffer.
In most cases our stocking stuffers are those weird random gifts that get picked up along the way. Candies, dollar toys, hot wheels, lip balms, etc. Nothing of much amazement but a little something to tie the kids over until the big shabang of gift opening.
Here is what you’ll commonly find in our stockings:
- Wrigley’s Holiday Funbooks (obviously)
- Apple & Orange (never actually ate)
- Toothbrush & Toothpaste
- Nail polish (for girls)
- Hot Wheels
- Other random candy favourites
Nothing too major and definitely not over $15 each stocking. This is supposed to be a little something extra that Santa leaves behind for kids in the morning while Mom & Dad make breakfast. Without it, the pestering to open presents begins instantly!
So, what do you put in your stockings? Do you even have one? Share with us!