Monday, December 3, 2012

Adult Christmas Stockings

How many of you fill Christmas stockings for your kids? Or get them from your parents? I thought so! Getting or giving a Christmas stocking filled with small gifts is a grand tradition, but it can get as expensive as larger gifts if we're not careful.

Keeping an eye open year 'round for inexpensive stocking stuffers is a good way to cut costs, but if you haven't done that? The next best things to do:

  • Handmade bookmarks (crocheted, needlepoint, rubber stamped, cut from tissue boxes!)
  • A small, hand made notepad. Cut blank pages and "stitch" with an old, empty needle on your sewing machine a half inch from the top to make perforated lines. Staple the pages together above the perforation.
  • Small containers of home made bath salts
  • Knitted or crocheted cotton wash cloth
  • Handwritten poem or note
  • Personal "Gift Certificate" good for whatever you can do - shovel snow, bake bread, watch the kids...
  • Food! Home made is best, but packaged soup mixes or specialty pasta is good, too.
  • One special cookie, wrapped and tied with a bow
  • Print out stationary, recipe cards or grocery lists from the internet or your own design
  • Samples of fragrances, soaps, lotions, etc.
  • Special family recipe, hand written or typed.