So, I have this issue about the “stocking fillers” category on shopping sites, and I get irrationally angry about it.
I happily browse the internet for ideas of what to buy in the lead up to Christmas, and click on the stocking fillers link, only to find a bunch of stuff that is WAY TOO BIG to actually fit into your average size stocking.
In our house, Santa brings the presents in the stockings, and while the girls do have a ‘Santa Sack’ each that we have been sent by Smiggle over the years, they still don’t really get anything physically massive – most of the contents are overflow from their little stockings rather than being big presents.
So, here are some of my favourite ideas for stocking fillers that actually fit into stockings!
- Blind bags – the girls love these! This year they’ll be unwrapping and then opening up L.O.L. Surprise dolls, Lego minifigures, Playmobil figures, Zomlings, Squish-Dee-Lish toys, and Shopkins. I’ve been collecting these from goody bags and a few were kindly given to me by brands too, which explains why they have so many.
- Small packets of sweets – we have superhero Jelly Belly’s and candy sticks this year.
- Chocolate coins – these are simply a necessity.
- Candy cane – despite the stickiness these are so beloved I pop one in!
- Hair accessories – both girls are going to be unwrapping hair clips and their first JoJo bows.
- Small soft toys – Lydia is getting an adorable Supergirl itty bitty and a ty reindeer, while Georgie will be unwrapping a Santa itty bitty and a ty penguin keyring
- Small games – I picked up a set of Disney Princess snap cards for Lydia this year. Little games like dobble, story cubes, and card games such as UNO are perfect for stockings.
- Other small toys – I found some little My Little Pony keyrings in B&M and Lydia will be getting a festive tsum tsum set. Georgie collects snow globes so I picked up a small penguin one from Flying Tiger.
- Surprise eggs – I always try to find at least one type of surprise egg as they find these SO exciting. This year I picked some Frozen ones up at the Hatton sweet shop.
- Stationery – both girls are getting various fun pencils, erasers and pens this year.
Santa will also be bringing a few things that break the stocking size rule – every rule has to have exceptions, even when I get annoyed every year by what shops deem stocking stuffers!
This year each of our girls is going to get a small Lego set, a small chocolate selection box (necessary!), and a little colouring/sticker/activity set I found in Card Factory – we want them to have enough to keep them fairly quiet and entertained while I cook Christmas Dinner.