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(Mostly) Homemade and Thrifty Stocking Stuffers

post #1 of 6
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A search in the larger Arts and Crafts forum yields some threads started on this topic within individual crafting areas, but I thought it might be fun to have one larger "homemade stuffers" thread to see what folks are doing to stuff stockings in creative, homemade ways.

 

Here's what I've got:

 

 

Our boys are 5 and 3.  I try to use stockings as a way to buy tiny toys and activities that they will play with Christmas morning, and won't notice them go missing after the bigger presents are unwrapped.  Then I sweep them up into their travel fun bags that go with us to LLL meetings, church, and the doctor's office.  Then it's like opening a stocking multiple times a year.  Well, not really.  But you get the idea.  I haven't gotten any of these sorts of things yet this year!!!  But I will.  Here's what's on the list so far:

 

Each boy is getting:

  • a blank board book from Barefoot Books into which I am pasting baby pictures of them (we are expecting a third in April- I think it will be fun for them to remember they were babes too!)
  • a stash of bottle caps I've been saving for them (they both collect)
  • kid flossers 
  • tiny carabiners (something about hooking them together and to other things they just love)
  • seeds for their garden plots for the spring
  • small wrapped coins (they both love money, and unwrapping these will take some time.)

 

That's all I've got so far!  

 

What items are you putting in the stocking that either 

a) didn't come directly from the store or

b) came directly for the store but don't look like a traditional stocking stuffer?  :)

 

 

post #2 of 6

Not from the store:

a knitted cat for my oldest

a sewn monkey for my middle

a monster and dragon for the baby

2 beanies and 2 scarfs for my older two (we are moving shortly after Christmas from a warm environment to a cold one and have no cold weather clothes)

2 beanies and 2 booties for the baby

magnetic doll sets for my older two (girl for one, horse for the other)

crayon wallets for the older two

homemade coloring books (totally cheaper to buy coloring books but the girls love it when I take the time out to make them) for the older 2

photo albums for all 3

knitted washclothes (giraffe for the baby, cat for the oldest, monkey for my middle)

finger puppets

mug cozys and mugs they can decorate themselves

necklace/bracelet sets for the older two

homemade crayons (made from old crayons.. not doing anything fun this year, just circle ones.. last year I made snowmen ones)

 

Gotten but not really traditional stuff:

bubble bath

tooth paste

tooth brush (getting ones that come with stickers so the older two can personalize theirs)

 

post #3 of 6

crayons, heart shaped.

jewelry

friendship bracelets

books.  I start them with pictures, they have space to write the ending.

post #4 of 6
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books.  I start them with pictures, they have space to write the ending.


This sounds like fun.  At what ages did you start doing this?

 

 

post #5 of 6

I've kind of always done it.  The stories are about them.  So they like it.  And I either draw the pictures or leave space for them to draw the pictures.  It's really fun and we keep them.

post #6 of 6

My son is almost three months, so he's getting just a few things in his stocking - three miniature Sesame Street board books, plus I'm sewing him some keepsake baby booties. If I have time, I might try to sew him a matching hat too. 

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