How much do you spend on stocking stuffers??

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Posted: 12/2/2008 3:35:27 PM
Growing up, I never had anything in my stocking... well I didn't have a stocking!! So when it comes to stocking stuffing, I have no clue.

So far my kids and dh got Starwars weapon thing. (I don't know what they are called but they all love Starwars) What else do I get them? How much do you all spend on stocking stuffers?? My kids are 4 and 3 almost.

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Posted: 12/2/2008 3:57:49 PM
Not a lot. But I pick up stuff throughout the year when it's on sale.

When I was a little, we always got the following in our stockings:

Some coins
A big orange (fills out the toe nicely) - then we'd hear the story of Christmas at my grandmother's house during the great depression when the kids only got an orange and a piece of candy for christmas - extravagances at that time.

a couple of small toys
a toothbrush and toothpaste
a piece of candy or candy cane
a small book.

Pretty much anything that would fit in the stocking was fair game. Mom liked to make them have interesting bumps and bulges and would stuff them with anything. The year everyone got underwear in their stockings no one was amused.


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Posted: 12/2/2008 4:02:05 PM
I am or like to think I am the stocking queen. They are my favorite part of Christmas.

That being said. I spend to much but, buy lots of little things for a dollar or so. I guess some call it junk but, many times those are the things they are still playing with in July. I put some up for plane and car trips. I always include tooth brushes, candy, books, crayons, pencils. Fun office supplies,

this year I'm doing a cool Hannah Montana one for a angel child It's been way to much fun!


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Posted: 12/2/2008 6:35:33 PM
I never thought of Tooth brushes!! what a great idea! All the candies they get, they sure need one.

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Posted: 12/2/2008 6:43:29 PM
This year's stocking stuffers for my kids are:

CD (from grandma)
a toy
jelly beans
a new ornament for the tree

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Posted: 12/2/2008 7:03:45 PM
We always get socks and underwear in ours. We stock up at Christmas for the year, lol.

Other things:

extra large red delicious apples (they always come available here at Christmas time)

Stockings are mainly for things that we 'need' and that I would usually purchase anyways, but it seems more festive to give them at Christmas.

Depending on finances for the year I might add some 'fun' things like a pair of earrings for dd, or some Pokemon cards for ds or some lottery scratch tickets for dh.

Growing up, in our stockings we would receive an orange, a large red delicious apple, and some candies. I remember that the candies were just loose and unwrapped, a handful of those squarish, striped Christmas candies.

And our stockings were felt, and the candies would always have little fluffs all over them, lol. But we'd just rinse them and eat them anyways and they were such a treat. We rarely got candy except for holidays.

I think that what people put in stockings varies greatly. Some put small things and don't spend much, others fill them with real 'gifts' and can spend quite a bit of money. It's just a matter of personal preference.

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Posted: 12/2/2008 7:36:20 PM
My boys (ages 23, 22, 17) will usually get:

An itunes gc
Starbucks gc
grocery gc (the older 2 who live on their own)
movie gc
socks (for skiing)
nail kit

I spend more on them since they're older and need more stuff!


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Posted: 12/2/2008 7:50:29 PM
I never really put a price on it... I usually filled his with good candy & neat things.
When he was little I'd go to Target & find little things like crayons, markers, matchbox cars, color books, flash cards, marbles. Just things that were always age appropriate. As he got older I'd do cologne, movie tickets, football cards, cd's...again things that are age appropriate....I love doing his stocking...

Life Saver Story Book
Chocolate Santa
Gold Coins
Bag of coal (Gum) for fun
Christmas Pez Dispenser
Chocolate Foil Cars
Christmas Jelly Beans
Nerds Rope
Christmas Miniatures Candy Bars
Rock Candy Sticks
Gift Cards for:
-Gas Station

We have a lot of really neat boutique shops by us... I need to start with his stocking now for this year... He's 19....bigger challenges now!!!


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Posted: 12/2/2008 7:53:53 PM
My kids aren't big into candy, so I only get them their specific 'loved' type. There's always an orange & grapefruit or apple, and lots of other junk. Sometimes their main gift is in there, such as a ski pass or gc's or jewelry. I put things in there they really like, and it differs from year to year.


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Posted: 12/2/2008 8:08:49 PM
At work, we fill stockings for the Salvation Army and we try to shoot for a goal of $10/stocking . . . and we usually go over. It's more like $12. We collected $$ and two of us split up, and we each ended up with $150 to shop with. I had to hit two different dollar stores because it was too hard to keep track of more than 4 or 5 stockings (X2, girls and boys).

At home, I would hate to think what I spend on stockings for my almost 5yo DD. I am going to stick to more practical things than I usually do.

The stockings that we stuff for the SA are for the older kids, so most of those ideas wouldn't work for your little ones.

some ideas from the dollar store:
cute mittens and hats and scarves
magic washcloths
bandaids (what kid doesn't love a printed bandaid?!)
pens, pencils, crayons, chalk
notepads, coloring books, stickers
small changepurses (with a coin or two of course)
small toys

What was really hard was NOT being able to put candy in them. But I understand the different reasons for that. Another cruddy thing was that they use those red, plastic mesh stockings, and they are a PIA to fill.

But I have SOOOOO much fun doing them, and doing DD's!

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Posted: 12/2/2008 8:20:45 PM
My son is 7 and he has fallen in love with office supplies...LOL...

So this year his stocking has the following:

Post it notes
White reinforcement circles for paper
A huge pencil and a sharpener
A homemade candy cane from a gourmet candy shop here. (I got him cherry)
A Wii remote Pez
Chocolate Santa
Small cars (Hot wheels and some monster trucks)
Gloves and a great wool hat I found at a craft show
Balloons to make balloon animals and a book to go with it (HE LOVES to do this!)
Bubble bath (Cars and Spiderman)
Listerine Agent Blue rinse
Some CDs
Christmas socks

I will not have a ton of room for all of that though. I picked up stuff in the summer and forgot about it until I found it in my closet this morning! he's going to have a TON of stocking stuff!

For DH I got:

Ice chipper for the windshield
A new watch
Chocolate poker chips
Dark Chocolate bar from the gourmet shop
Oriental cracker mix with wasabi peas (his fave!)
A new touque
Shaving Cream
A couple Cds


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Posted: 12/2/2008 11:31:05 PM
I go a little overboard but stockings are my favourite part of Xmas
For my DD's in their 30's:
Mascara, eyeshadows in their fave colours, Starbucks gift card, OP! nail polish, 6 Mario Badesco samples (freebies), couple of dollar store acrylic stamps, hand made string from 10,000 villages, free trade coffee, antique damask napkins (from garage sales), tealights and matching votives, little book of cleaning secrets (thrift shop find for youngest...the Martha of the family,pretty piece of costume jewelry.

Used to always have a japanese orange and chocolates shaped like gold coins (but they are currently recalled)


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Posted: 12/2/2008 11:36:28 PM
For my little grandson 6 mo
2 costco sleepers, fly fishing accessories for his room decor, burts bees gift pack, Gymbo socks, robees.
grandaughter 2 yrs
Dora nite light, dora kleenex, costco sleeper, Thomas the train stickers, Dora stickers, Thomas track splitters, Gymbo socks and hair accessories.

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Posted: 12/2/2008 11:56:21 PM

A big orange (fills out the toe nicely) - then we'd hear the story of Christmas at my grandmother's house during the great depression when the kids only got an orange and a piece of candy for christmas - extravagances at that time.

This has been a family tradition of ours also for the exact same reason but it was my grandpa that grew up getting an orange and a pack of dominos in his stocking during the depression. We've never done the dominos but always the orange.

Some things in my dd's stockings will be:

new skins for their ipods and ds's
nail polish
fun card games
nintendo ds games
a dvd
lip gloss
lottery scratch off tickets



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Posted: 12/3/2008 12:07:30 AM
I don't really keep track of what I spend, but it tends to be small stuff that I pick up throughout the year - mini lotions/bubblebaths/hand sanitizers, snacks/candies/chocolates, fun notepads, nailpolishes/emory boards, restaurant/Starbucks gc's, or anything else fun I find. I love shopping for stockings!

We don't have kids yet, so this is for DH, mom, dad and grandma (our typical Christmas crew!).


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Posted: 12/3/2008 2:02:30 AM
Urgh way too much, for some reason I am finding this year, for some reason the spending is out of control. DS stocking is what he gets from santa, it is costing me hundreds and i still feel like there is not enough, I don't know why, everything is small in size, and high in price. I need to find cheaper things to bulk it out, I am getting a little jaded, I feel like I am shopping and shopping for everyone in my family and not making a dent...oh gosh that was a rant lol

In answer to your question this year hundreds, I have to get a handle on this.

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Posted: 12/3/2008 2:24:14 AM
I pick up little fun things all year on clearance. I spend MAYBE $15 to fill a stocking.

Since I have three kids all very close in age, I can usually pick up 3 and 4 packs of several different things and split them amongst all of the stockings. I put in things like candy, coins, little toys, puzzles, brain twister games, key chains, hair stuff(girls), cars(Brendan), etc. Then I fill in with a few things specific to each kiddos interests.

someone pass the crayons!

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Posted: 12/3/2008 5:10:10 AM
let's see.

usually there is one movie or video game in each one - 15.00-25.00

toothbrushes - something silly or fun - last years lit up! - 2.00-8.00

something small toywise -matchbox cars, starwars men, etc. 1.00-4.00

glow sticks from lowes- you know, those emergency ones you snap and shake and the light up bright green? HUGE favorite here on a long days night - they can run around in the dark for HOURS with those things - 1.00 each and must have extras stashed somewhere

5-6 hershey kisses - 1 bag total

i think that's about it.

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