Playing Santa can be tough. Yep, even if you don’t have to fill millions of kids’ stockings all over the world, just getting a handful of kids’ stockings right can be tricky. And how about acing that stocking for your hard-to-shop-for partner, spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend? Even more difficult! What’s more, to make things worse, all those little presents have to be small enough to fit into one stocking. Perplexed? This holiday, if you’re stuck in a stocking rut, are in desperate need of some real present inspiration or are quite simply stumped for Santa-worthy gift ideas, look no further! Just in time for the holidays, we’ve lined up the latest and greatest hints for creating the ultimate in happy holiday stockings. Just follow our key tips for creating the perfectly stuffed stocking and you’ll be rivaling Santa’s skills in no time.
Got a dapper Dad? How about a too-cool brother or a style-setting sister? From warm and cozy socks, to luxurious cashmere scarves, leather gloves and even fun pajamas that are perfect for relaxing at home, be sure to remember a few in-season treats when stuffing your family’s stockings. Sure, go for fab and fashionable, but the key is to keep the spirit of the season alive with cheerful picks. For kids, shop fun and whimsical cold-weather hats, for teens opt for fashionable scarves, and, for adults think humorous with bold and brightly colored fluffy earmuffs! Whatever your loved one’s age, a toasty, hard-to-resist hat makes for a stunning addition to any holiday wardrobe. Bonus: This winter, your family will be bundled beautifully!
As any seasoned gift giver knows, any great stocking must feature a few wonderful sweet treats. The secret? Go for total indulgence! Opt for premium quality truffles, hard-to-find retro candy, traditional caramel popcorn or a few handmade treats like peanut brittle or chocolate-covered marshmallow pops. Sure there’s plenty of other cookies and candy going around during the holiday season, but who doesn’t love a little gift wrapped indulgence of their very own?
Cheat a little!
When in doubt, opt for a gift card. A gift certificate to a favorite dessert place, a certificate for a movie theater, a gift card to a nail spa can make for a wonderful no-fuss addition to any stocking. Not to mention a wonderful treat that can be enjoyed once the holiday festivities have passed.
Go for Gadgets
Gone are the days when Santa crafted all his toys from wood. Guys and gals alike love a fun new toy. And, depending on your stocking budget, there are plenty of ways to inject a little 21st technology into any family member’s stocking. On the higher end of the spectrum, think GPS navigation systems or running watches for outdoor adventures. Or, otherwise, think slick noise reducing headphones for hipster music lovers and modern charging valets for any gadget lover who’s always misplacing their cell phone, MP3 player or tablet computer.
Wrap up Some Me-Time Must-Haves
Sure it’s the most wonderful time of the year, but you have to admit it, in between all the holiday shopping, holiday baking, holiday parties and family get-togethers, nerves can get jangled and bodies tired and stressed. So what better time to banish the winter blues with a few pampering presents? Whether you go for a few literal pampering picks like luxe body lotions, bath oils and super-pampering shave kits, or, opt for a few more creative and charming choices like a set of scented candles, a hot new New York Times bestseller or a copy of their favorite classic movie on DVD, the choice is yours.
Spread Some Toy Joy
There’s no doubting it, every holiday season has its hottest kid’s toy. But let’s face it, Christmas stockings are all about childhood fun and youthful pleasure, so doesn’t everybody deserve a little fun toy – young or old? Desk accessories and desk toys are sure to brighten any workaholic’s stocking. Seasoned dinner party hosts or cocktail party planners will love a fun game with a sophisticated, adult spin. And, for happy hour lovers, pub quiz sets, dinner party conversations starters and even drinking games are all sure to spice up the festivities in the months to come. Shopping for the younger set? Teens and tweens will adore an ingenious accessory for their cell phone or even a cool new cell phone case.
Personalization equals perfection and the smallest of stocking stuffer gifts can still be filled with the greatest of sentimental value. All it takes is a fun little customization. The sleek new keychain for that guy or girl who’s always searching for the car key? It becomes a wonderful little keepsake with the help of a monogram. A wonderful canvas shopping tote for the shopaholic in your life? A style essential thanks to the addition of a cool embroidered name. A plush pillow to cozy up a kid’s bedroom? A desirable decorative accent that’s sure to become a favorite thanks to a humorous personalized design.
Transport them to Hobby Heaven
That’s right, now’s the perfect time to take their favorite pastime to new heights with a must-have for their beloved hobby, weekend activity or latest obsession. Green thumbs will enjoy some lush hand moisturizer, a grow-your-own herb garden set or even a selection of heirloom seeds. For chefs, nothing can beat a quality kitchen tool. Just consider pint-sized picks like sturdy and solid garlic presses, premium salt or pepper mills, high-tech egg timers, or festive measuring cup sets. Shopping for a party lover? Wine snobs will love a hot new wine gadget or wine aerator and cocktail drinkers won’t be able to resist a hip new cocktail recipe book. Cheers!
Surprise with Shimmer
Silver bells… Why should the holiday lights be the only thing to sparkle this season? Chances are your style-setting wife or girlfriend might already have all the fashion accessories she needs, but a shimmering piece of costume jewelry is guaranteed to delight. For the most party-ready pick, simply tuck a twinkling little necklace or pair of earrings into her stocking. As for the guys? If you’re on the hunt for a little something fashion-forward for the trendsetting man in your life, try a set of cool cufflinks or a simply rugged ID bracelet.