$5 to $10 Stocking Stuffers Guide
My earliest memories of Christmas, like most people’s, are exceedingly happy. Scents of cinnamon, orange, clove, and pumpkin all mix together with wood smoke and a hint of wine. Crisp air, glowing lights, comforting traditions truly do make December the most wonderful time of the year.
My very favorite Christmas tradition, apart from visiting so many family members, cold weather, sparkling lights, and pumpkin pie, is the tradition of St. Nicholas’s stockings. I’ve always had an obsession with tiny things. Trinkets, small dolls, seed packets, candies, tiny flashlights, key-chains, coin purses, lip gloss—so many lovely things fit in a stocking!
Unlike most children, who wondered what Santa would hang on the tree, or hide under it, I dreamt of the small fancies that would appear in my stocking. Even when my parents were painfully poor, the stockings were always filled.
Now that I’m an adult, with children of my own, who love tiny things (well one who loves to eat tiny things, but still), planning their stockings is just so much fun! In Victorian tradition, stocking gifts come from St. Nicholas, and any larger gifts are known to come from us, their parents. The benevolence of Santa Claus makes much more sense when children see a finite space filled with treats for everyone, rather than some children receiving a dump truck’s-worth of toys, and others receive one (or none). For families with a stricter budget *raises hand* this helps alleviate some of the pressure we parents feel in wanting to give our children the world, but being bound by budgets.
This is a tradition I read about when poring over Samantha Parkington’s Victorian Christmas story as a young girl. Countless hours were spent huddled between library aisles, learning about customs and traditions long since past (I had read all of the American Girl books by the time I was nine). As someone who “figured out Santa” at about 6 years old, this is a tradition I’ve always loved and had planned to do with my kids.
My ever-rounding point is, stockings have been, and remain, a favorite tradition to me. That being said, here is my list of stocking stuffer ideas for the loved ones in your life. At the time of this posting, most of these are between $5-$10, but some are more, simply for shipping reasons, or they were too close, and too good to leave off. I hope you find something for your special peoples!
***This post contains affiliate links. Any purchases made from clicking on these links will help support this blog by providing a tiny commission for every purchase (at no extra cost to you). I always recommend products that I have personally tried or plan to try. All opinions remain my own. Thank you!
For the Fashionista (or Teenage Girl)
For The Youngster (Toddler-Preschool)
For the Hunter/Huntress:
For the Seamstress
For the Crafter
For the Planner Addict
For the Gardener
I hope these give you some ideas for small gifts and stocking stuffers! Little candies, baked goods, and snacking mixes are always fun to add to stockings as well, and of course there’s the traditional bag of coins, walnuts, oranges, and “coal” (for warmth, not poor behavior, which can be replaced with mittens or hand warmers).
I suggest sharing some of the real St. Nicholas‘s story and Victorian Christmas traditions with your children and family. They’re interesting and add to the wonderful festivities of the season. I hope to have more DIY tutorials for small gifts up soon, so feel free to subscribe for a notification. Don’t for get to pin this post to look at later 😉