Apologies to the Scrooges out there, but I am feeling well and truly in the Christmas spirit! We’re a good way through November and so far I’ve published blog posts about decorating the house and gifts for 0-2 year olds. I have a gift guide for mums coming up very soon, but today I want to focus on those smaller gifts that are so much fun to unwrap because you never know quite what they’re going to contain. The stocking fillers! Some families even have a sweet tradition of small gifts on the table alongside the crackers.
Of course, what you’d fill stocking with depends on the age, gender and interests of the person. However, I’ve compiled a few ideas to get you started!
Idea 1 – Alcohol miniatures
They say nice things come in small packages. I’m sure many would be inclined to agree when it comes to these alcohol miniatures. They look really fun and cute. If they’re on the table, they would make a great start or end to a meal, too. I particularly like that some of them can be used as Christmas tree decorations as well!
I have my eye on the Bailey’s miniatures:
There’s a lot of choice and something to suit anyone (who drinks alcohol and is over 18, of course!) If you know their favourite tipple, it’s very likely that it’s there!
Idea 2 – Bath Flamingo
You’ve heard of rubber ducks…but have you heard of having a flamingo in your bath? Autumn and I love ours! You can get yours here.
Idea 3 – Hand Painted Slate Decorations
I saw these gorgeous hand painted slate decorations in a local shop a few days ago which are made by a lady called Alison Sturgess (here’s her Etsy shop).
I had my heart set on this one:
Sadly I couldn’t get it as my bank balance isn’t too happy with me after all the Christmas shopping I’ve been doing. However, I can tell you that the photos really don’t do them justice, they just look so wonderful in real life!
Idea 4 – Keyrings
You could probably quite easily find a keyring to suit anyone, as they cover almost every interest! You can also get beautifully personalised keyrings. Just a quick search of Etsy brought up some beautiful keyrings:
Idea 5 – Traditional toys
For children, there are lots of more traditional toys that would make great stocking fillers. Things such as plastic or wooden animals, small balls and bubbles would all be good choices. I love these woodland finger puppets from JoJo Maman Bebe:
Idea 6 – Completely traditional
If you want to be really traditional with your stocking fillers, then think back to simpler times in the 1940’s and 1950’s. It was common to find a clementine and a handful of nuts when you took your stocking down from the mantelpiece – and in a time of rationing you’d be so pleased to receive them!
What do you like to use as stocking fillers? Do you have a tradition or do you change things up each year? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post with Just Miniatures. As always, all views and opinions are honest and my own.