The tradition of hanging a stocking on a shelf or near a fireplace on Christmas Eve continues to thrive through many homes. Children get so excited the night before Christmas as they patiently await the arrival of dear Santa Claus.
If you know your child has asked Santa Claus for something specific, and you have bought it, that is what you should put in or near the hanging stocking. If your child was open to whatever Santa felt like leaving and wanted to be surprised, you can have the freedom in creating your own stocking stuffers.
For Little Girls
Little girls who love playing dress up or adore watching mommy get ready in the morning, would love their own make up kit. No, not the entire foundation, eye shadow, and blush kit, but a simple one that you can make yourself.
Many stores sell non-toxic lip glosses for little ones in different flavors. You can purchase a few flavors, wrap them individually, and then tie together with a big bow. (Make sure you NEVER use the same wrapping paper as the gifts under the tree.)
In addition, there are quick dry nail polish brands that are great for little ones. Pick out some of your daughter’s favorite colors and get her a decorative emery board. Individually wrap the nail polish bottles and tie together with a bow. Between the bottles insert the emery board.
You can place a note from Santa in the stocking that says “this is for girl time with mommy”. Also include a little purse or tiny cosmetic case that your little one can enjoy placing all her items in.
For Little Boys
Boys want toys. The more toys the better, so whatever you do, do not fill your child’s stocking with socks or a t-shirt. That’s not the usual exciting item that your child would expect from Santa. Depending on what your little boy is into, will determine what you purchase, but it would be nice if it can fit in the stocking.
Many little boys love toy cars or the latest super heroes. By the miniature versions and wrap individually and tie with a nice bow. If your child loves to build things, another option is mini Lego sets. You can purchase a few that relate to each other, and wrap each one individually. The more children have to open the happier they are!
For both boys and girls, some homemade gingerbread people or another of their favorite cookies, can be placed in a decorative Christmas bag with a special note that says, “To …. From Santa”. Children know how much Santa loves cookies, so with Santa sharing some with them, it also gives them a nice treat on Christmas morning.
Crafts also make great stocking stuffers for both girls and boys. For girls, there are many dolls that you can decorate and design on your own, or even design clothing for dolls to entice their creative, fashion side. Boys may love something more direct to create, like a door hanger that says something like “John’s Room”.
You know your child best, so these are just a few ideas to make Christmas an exciting time for your child. Think about your child’s interests and likes, and create your stocking stuffers with that in mind – you can’t go wrong with that.