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Friday, December 2, 2011

Stocking Stuffers For Kids

If you're like me, stocking stuffers are usually purchased last minute and the temptation to simply buy a bunch of candy to throw in there is great.  This year, however; I have decided to commit myself to putting some more interesting things in the kids' stockings.

I look for ideas wherever I go and buy them a little bit at a time.  There are also some traditional items my family always has:

  • Toothbrushes
  • Pez
  • Mini cereals
  • Juice or chocolate milk boxes

This year I thought it would be fun to make some personalized bookmarks for my kids.  I used some scrapbook paper, a friend's laminator, letter stickers for their names, and a couple of other tools for rounding the corners and putting in a little metal ring where I attached some pretty ribbon.  My kids are really into reading and I thought that might be special to them.

Here are some other ideas.  I try to stick with things that are inexpensive, useful, and specifically not candy.

  • Festive pencils (I found some candy cane ones at my local craft shop)
  • Hair clips for girls
  • Tie tacks (Christmas will be on a Sunday this year, so this might get the kids more excited to go to church)
  • Packets of hot chocolate
  • Beef jerky sticks
  • Hotwheels
  • Chapstick
  • Glow sticks
  • Silly straws
  • Bubbles

Get creative and have fun!  I hope you have a very Merry Christmas.

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