One of our family’s fondest holiday traditions is opening our stockings on Christmas Eve. We originally started this years ago to help placate the overexcited kiddies, to help tide them over until the Big Event of Christmas morning. Even now that the younger generation is older, we still enjoy the annual Unveiling of the Stockings. I always get a kick out of figuring out what kind of goodies to put in each stocking. Usually a mix of the practical (socks, cute accessories, lip balms, etc.) and the fun (candy, cookies and novelty items, etc.). At our house, nothing too expensive gets tucked in there because we usually save the big-ticket items for under the tree.
Although no one else in my family is a fragrance fiend, I do enjoy browsing those kinds of items throughout the year and eyeing what might be good stocking stuffer material for all you perfume lovers. Some that have caught my attention this year include: Ciate London tree trinket nail duo ornaments, at Sephora; MAC Sized to Go Tinted Lipglass (at Nordstrom, but probably other retailers, too); Annick Goutal Noel votives; L’Occitane mini hand cream tubes; the Thymes sachets and votive candles; rollerballs and solid perfumes from a variety of brands and perfumers; mini diffusers from Antica Farmacista and Agraria; and Molton Brown’s shower gel baubles/ornaments (these debuted last year but are just as adorable now).
Leaving the fragrance and beauty page for a bit: a mini tin/pack of a favorite coffee or tea; cute tea balls or paper filters for the tea lover (most tea retailers like Teavana, Georgia Tea Company, Kusmi, etc., have them); individually wrapped Scotchmallow and chocolate-covered marshmallow trees from See’s Candy; white chocolate-covered snowflake pretzels from Neiman Marcus (these come in a big tin so you could easily divvy them up into festive little goodie bags); and snowflake-shaped marshmallows for floating atop cups of hot chocolate (also heart ones for now and Valentine’s Day) from Neiman Marcus, or you could even make your own.
I know there are a ton more treasures out there for filling a stocking, but I can’t think of any more right this sec. What about you? What are you planning for your loved ones’ stockings? Or what are you hoping will pop out of your stocking on Christmas?
Also, keep in mind that some of these (and other) affordable little treats make great emergency gifts to keep under the tree. Just in case a neighbor or an unexpected guest drops by with a little something for you, it’s nice to be able to pull a box or bag from under the tree to give them. I try to keep a few boxes of See’s or Godiva candy handy for just such a circumstance.