How to find the perfect Christmas stocking (and things to stuff in it)
The simplest and most fun of the holiday traditions for many families is really as easy as this:
Step one: Find the perfect stocking. You can have one hand-embroidered with a child’s name—or your sweetheart’s. Nobody says stockings are just for children.
Step two: Fill with treasures. It could be a lovely necklace for your wife, a bag of pistachios for your husband or any number of inexpensive treasures—from whoopee cushions to paddle balls—for the kids.
Chrissy Madison, spokeswoman for Pier 1 Imports, agrees that stocking stuffers inspire many to get creative, and they’re among the least expensive gifts to buy.
“Look for something that is truly reflective of the recipient,” she says. “Capitalize on a hobby, for instance.”
A foodie would love a cheese spreader, for instance, or an animal lover would adore the store’s Li Bien Christmas Dog Ornaments.
You also can’t go wrong with accessories for the home, or the fashionista. Finally, she reminds us all that there’s a bit of a child in all of us at Christmas, so think about puzzles and games for adults, too. Here are a few ideas for both stockings and stuffers.
We love the bold colors of these classic stockings, which can be personalized. Christmas needlepoint stocking, $29.95, llbean.com
Cozy up to this sweater-style knit stocking that looks homemade. Sweaterknit stocking, $38, anthropologie.com
Blue jean baby
We love the simplicity of this made-in-the-U.S.A. hickory stripe and denim stocking. CB2 stocking, $39.95, cb2.com
Who says toys are just for kids? Gather the family and have a blast Christmas morning with this classic game. Pickup Sticks game, $7, pier1.com
When in doubt, you can’t go wrong with chocolate, especially a mix of milk and dark chocolate. We also like the festive Jcoco On Dasher on Ginger Chocolate, $6.95, crateandbarrel.com, chocolate bars for the true connoisseur.