Posted on Thursday, December 11th, 2014 at 7:00 am
The presents are wrapped and sitting underneath the tree. Now, what are you going to fill the Christmas stockings with? Purchase too much, and you could wind up going over your budget. Here are some ideas for frugal stocking stuffers that are appropriate for children.
The orange is a traditional stocking stuffer. Oranges were rare in early America. The orange was a treat and also a sign of prosperity. Put one or two into your children’s Christmas stockings. You might already have some in your refrigerator.
The candy cane, with its red and white stripes, is another traditional stocking stuffer. Buy one box of candy canes and put some into each of your children’s Christmas stockings.
Foil wrapped chocolate Santas and snowmen make excellent stocking stuffers. There is something special about holiday candies that are eaten on or around the holiday they were made for. Again, you can buy one package and have enough Christmas candy to split between everyone’s Christmas stockings.
This one is a super easy (and frugal) idea for families that love to bake batches of Christmas cookies. Collect up a variety of the different types of cookies you made. Put the selection into a resealable plastic bag. Gently place it into the Christmas stockings near the top so the cookies won’t get broken or smashed. What if you aren’t a baker? You can split up a package of gingerbread men cookies the same way.
Toddlers will love to find a small, Christmas related, board book in their Christmas stockings. These durable little books are built to withstand the wear and tear that toddlers give their belongings. Older kids might prefer a paperback book that includes their favorite character. You can curve the book a little bit in order to make it fit in the Christmas stocking.
This stocking stuffer will give the kids something to do after the excitement of opening presents is over. Buy one package of play-dough. Put one plastic container of one color into each child’s stocking. For best results, try and give each child their favorite color (if possible). Later on, if you happen to come across play-dough that has been mashed into the carpet – you will have a clue about which child did it!
New Winter Wear
Keep everyone warm on Christmas, and the days following it, with new hats and gloves. They can be folded up to fit inside a Christmas stocking. The new winter wear can replace the gloves that got lost in the snow and the hat that doesn’t seem to fit well anymore. You were probably going to have to buy replacement hats and gloves anyway. Why not add them to your children’s Christmas stockings?