Stocking Stuffers

 A Brief History:

The legends of St. Nicholas are varied but one tells us how the Christmas stocking came to be.  The story tells that there was a poor man with three daughters with no dowry which meant they were not likely to marry. 

One night after the three daughters had washed out their clothing, they hung their stockings over the fireplace to dry.  St. Nicholas knew the despair of the father and stopped by the man’s house after the family had gone to bed.  He saw the daughter’s stockings hanging by the fireplace and was inspired to place three small bags of gold in each one.  When the daughters awoke, they found enough gold in their stockings for them to get married.   

This began the tradition of the Christmas stocking which started in Europe with children using everyday socks.  Eventually, stockings were made just for this purpose.  Today Christmas stockings can be found in many different styles and colors and are made from a variety of fabrics.  Designs range from plain to opulent with prices varying from one to hundreds of dollars.  They are stuffed with small treats and gifts of all kinds and have brought pure delight to generations of children all over the world. 

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Where to find stocking stuffers 

Local retailers: flower shops, boutiques, specialty stores, grocery stores, jewelry stores, bakeries and hardware stores

Natural Product Retailers: Whole Foods, Wild Oats, Trader Joe’s

Drug Stores: CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid

Warehouse Clubs: Costco, Sam’s, BJ’s

Super Stores: Target, Walmart, Meijer, Sears

Electronics Stores:  Best Buy, Fry’s

Other Great Sources:  Museum gift shops, hospital gift shops, outlet stores, bath and body shops, craft and art fairs, holiday bazaars and online specialty retailers. 

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Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Female

Organic treats

Nail Polish

Lotion

Natural cleaners

Mini picture frame

Personalized ornament

Nail file

Face wash

Fashionable readers

Household tools

barrette/hair pins/ponytail holder

Shower/night cap

Designer product samples

Natural/organic household products

Bath products

Scented candle

Paper soap/leaves

Hand cream

Chap stick

Natural toothpaste

Cool note pad and pen

Annual ornament

Movie pass

$5-$10 gift certificate

Hat/Scarf

Socks

Good chocolate

Spices

Calendar

1 year magazine subscription

CDs

DVDs

Cooking tools

Shampoo/conditioner

Favorite candies

Mini book

Book marker

A heartfelt note

Wine opener/bottle stopper

Family/friend/pet framed photo

A memory book or CD

Jewelry

Fruit/nuts

Change purse/key chain/wristlet

Coffee/tea

On the go mug

Smartphone accessories

Fancy tissue

Cosmetic mirror

Umbrella

Small collectibles

Sunglasses

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 Male

Organic treats

Shaving products

Face cleanser/balm

Chap stick

Fashionable readers

Sunglasses/repair kit

Brush

Comb

Nail clipper/file

Socks

CDs

DVDs

Books

Men’s magazine subscription

Personalized ornament

$5-$10 gift certificate

Small tools

A memory book or CD

Jewelry

Cap/scarf/gloves

Spices

Wine opener/bottle stopper

Cookbook

Umbrella

Grilling tools

Framed photo of family,pet, friends

Designer soap

Fruit/nuts

Coffee/tea

On the go mug

Designer briefs

Smartphone accessories

Money clip

A heartfelt note

A good ink pen

Key chain

Sport Watch

Tees

Nail clippers/file

 

Reference:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_stocking

 

 

 

 

 

 

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