Christmas stockings are so much fun because they are like the bonus gifts that add that little something extra to the excitement of Christmas morning. It can be easy to get stumped when it comes to little treats to put in stocking, especially when you have already maxed out your gift budget. That’s what happened to us this year — our whole budget went to buying the “big” gifts for our kids, leaving nothing left for stockings. I thought about just leaving them hung over the fireplace as just decoration, but I put out the call on Facebook to see what creative ideas my friends might have tucked up their sleeves.
Would love some help coming up with stocking stuffer ideas.
I spent our whole gift budget (which was very low to begin with) on gifts for the boys on Amazon yesterday, but that left nothing for stocking stuffers. What can I get them for CHEAP that’s not super-lame like an orange?
Boy, did they come through.
The comments came in fast and furious as a blizzard and before I knew it, I had a whole list of cheap, creative ideas for stocking stuffers that I am so excited to share with you!
- Pretty much anything from the Dollar Spot at Target
- Goofy Christmas mug with a packet of hot cocoa mix and a few marshmallows in a baggie
- Scoopie ice cream tokens from Culvers
- Individual Lego building kits (the little ones in the bags)
- Fun socks or gloves
- Leftover Halloween candy (love this one!)
- Individual sizes of snacks you don’t usually buy. Examples: Teddy Grahams, Fruit Snacks, Mini Oreos, etc.
- Homemade treat wrapped in plastic wrap. Examples: Rice Krispie treat, cookie, brownie, etc.
- Markers or crayons with coloring books
- Matchbox cars or other small toy
- Fun toothbrushes
- Coupons for experiences like “dinner date with Mom” or “sleepover with Auntie”
- School supplies that need replenishing
- Water bottles
- Lego minifigures
- Glow sticks
- Sticker books
- Temporary tattoos
- Bubble bath and shaving cream (to play with in the bathtub)
- A mini can of Pringles
- Ornament for the tree
- Clip-on book light for reading
- Colorful Flashlight
- $1 bill to spend at the Dollar Store or wherever!
- BOOKS (always my favorite suggestion)
- A hand-written, personalized letter written to make them feel loved
- A whoopee cushion (Boy moms, they love that stinking thing.)
- Bouncy balls
All these ideas were generated from Facebook friends in about 15 minutes. Can you believe it?
We would love to continue to add to this list, so please share your brilliant ideas for cheap stocking stuffer gifts in the comments.
For an incredible resource of ideas for a variety of ages and budgets, check out this amazing post of 150 Stocking Stuffer Ideas from The Mom Creative. She is always my go-to for gift ideas and her list is sure to have something special for every stocking.
If you’re a Milwaukee local, then you’re likely familiar with the tradition of St. Nick’s Day on December 5th. And, if you’re anything like me, you probably end up having to do shopping for St. Nick’s Day late and in a hurry! You’ve only got a few days left to shop. We’ve come up with a great list of ideas for your last minute shopping! Everything from treats & tickets to jammies & decorations.
Local Experiences & Treats
We are so lucky to have so many amazing local businesses in our area and what’s better than shopping small during the holidays? While you’re out running errands stop in and grab a gift certificate to take the kids out for a local experience or just a treat! You don’t have to spend a lot to make it a special gift.
Shopping for St. Nick’s Day in Milwaukee
Movie tickets to Rosebud
A gift card to Cranky Al’s
Gift cards for frozen yogurt at Yo Mama!
A gift certificate for a special day out at Elm Grove Art
Ski lift tickets
Passes to the water park at Country Springs
Mini Christmas Tree-
While talking with a friend this week she mentioned that one year she bought her kids each a mini Christmas tree for their room and a couple of small ornaments for it. We’re talking, very small! In the following years, she’d buy a small box of ornaments, mini LED lights or a tree topper for their trees. I love this idea! My kids are 12 and 7 and both begged to have small trees in their room this year. From here on out, each kid will get some sort of “mini” item for their mini tree on St. Nick’s Day. Again, this is a gift that easy to pick up while you’re out shopping already!
Kids love doing little crafts, especially around Christmas time. You can easily find small craft kits in the dollar section at your local store. Or, grab a few fun things that you know your kids will like and package them together. My kids like to paint the wooden ornaments from the craft store, so those are always a great option. If your kids could use new crayons, scissors, maybe some construction paper this is a great little gift (and inexpensive) to put together. And, it’s useful! Craft supplies to make a simple ornament like the one pictured are a great idea too!
Christmas Movies & Jammies-
Another fun experience gift that you can enjoy with your kids is to purchase a new Christmas movie each year. After 12 years of parenting we’ve got quite the collection of holiday flicks. The kids love to watch a Christmas movie on Saturday mornings in December while we’re getting ready for our day. And Christmas jammies are always so much fun! If you give them for St. Nick’s Day, then the kids will get more use out of them. There is definitely not a shortage in the stores either!
Hopefully these ideas will help you out in your last minute shopping! St. Nick’s Day gifts don’t have to be pricey or expensive. Fun, little gifts, treats and experiences (even better!) are just right.
Have you done your shopping yet?