December 18, 2011 by staff
Stocking Stuffers, Stockings are an important part of our family’s holiday traditions, but filling four of them can be an expensive prospect for Santa. It can be tricky to find stocking stuffers that are inexpensive, and that are more than cheap trinkets or silly gadgets that quickly get lost or broken.
So to ensure that we stay comfortably within our budget-and that we make wise spending decisions-we look for stocking stuffers that reflect our family culture. This means we focus on buying items that are both practical and affordable, but that still have the power to delight our children.
Gifts that are practical, affordable, delightful-and small enough to fit in a sock with a 3-inch opening-can be a tall order to fill. If I waited until I found myself in a crowded store to decide what to buy, I know I’d feel overwhelmed and very likely bust my budget (which is $10 per kid).
That’s why I’ve made a list of “stocking stuffer possibilities.” It doesn’t serve as a hard and fast list, largely because I’m not certain how much each item will cost and because I may not be able to find exactly what I’m looking for. My list will be a guideline to help me narrow down my options-and to keep me sane.
Among the most-used and requested items in our home are art and office supplies. Envelopes, pocket notebooks, tape, erasers and cotton twine are always in high demand because my children love craft projects. Out of necessity, I generally keep a pretty tight rein on these supplies. As unusual as it might sound, I know that all of our kids would be thrilled to get their own ball of twine, so that they could string up their artwork, walk their stuffed animals or “play horse” with wild abandon. The same would be true for a roll of Scotch tape to use as they please.
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