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post #41 of 81

lets see if i can remember. the great christmas season adventure is, first, finding places to hide all the presents, and the next is remembering all those hiding places come christmas eve and not leaving something out! Fortunately at our new house the master bedroom has a really impressive closet with lots of built in shelves, and the basement has some unfinished sections for storage that are inherently creepy so the kids don't ever go down there. And if they do, the presents are hidden in plain sight, disguised as unpacked moving boxes.

 

dh:

difficult! I haven't bought any stuff for his stocking yet but the obvious/easy stuff is his favorite snack foods

pistachios/other nuts

wint o green mints

gummy cola bottles

beef jerky

bottle caps

we also saw some fun magnets at a local toy store that we were laughing over, so I'll probably pick one of those out for him too

 

dd:

hello kitty gel pens from target dollar spot

hello kitty little pack with activity book/pen/stickers too i think? also target $ spot

yo yo (haven't gotten it yet, but know she wants onne)

something chocolate

mini lego set, one of those tiny ones that comes in a plastic bag  instead of a box at the lego store

stuffed TY poodle with kind of a creepy looking face/eyes.. but whatever she likes it?

 

ds1:

mini lego set

dollar spot foam cross bow thingie. allegedly shoots 30 feet, but we shall see...

some kind of chocolate/candy

umm... i might have bought other stuff and completely forgot what they are, will have to check my hiding places! clearly i have some more creative brainstorming to do.

 

ds2:

stacking cups from target dollar spot

bath paint set from target dollar spot

rubber duck..target dollar spot

plan on getting a water bottle, maybe a kids' size contigo

there might have been another dollar spot item.. but all that stuff is bulky enough it should be sufficiently filled anyway!

post #42 of 81
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Originally Posted by LaughingHyena View Post

 

An idea I liked on here last year was including a mini box of cereal and/or a juice box for Christmas day breakfast.

 

I like that idea too, but can you still buy the mini cereals individually? Or do you have to buy a package of them?

post #43 of 81

I've not seen the single serving packs individually. Kelloggs have bags which are 3 servings, which I was thinking of. I saw loads in the summer and wondered about them for camping, now I can't find them!.

 

All that being said I'm in the UK, things may be different where you are.

post #44 of 81
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Originally Posted by kitchensqueen View Post
 

 

I like that idea too, but can you still buy the mini cereals individually? Or do you have to buy a package of them?

In the U.S. I've been seeing individual cereal servings in plastic cups for $1 each. Or you can buy a 6 or 8 variety pack of individual boxes.

post #45 of 81
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Originally Posted by LaughingHyena View Post
 

I've not seen the single serving packs individually. Kelloggs have bags which are 3 servings, which I was thinking of. I saw loads in the summer and wondered about them for camping, now I can't find them!.

 

All that being said I'm in the UK, things may be different where you are.

 

 

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Originally Posted by 4evermom View Post
 

In the U.S. I've been seeing individual cereal servings in plastic cups for $1 each. Or you can buy a 6 or 8 variety pack of individual boxes.

 

 

Coincidentally, I came across some at Dollar Tree this evening - 3 packs in the mini bowls. I might pick up one of those, and dole out one in each special occasion gift - stocking, Easter basket, etc. But I wish I could find the mini cereal boxes - I always thought those were so neat when I was a kid. 

post #46 of 81

Whew, finally made it to world market and bought some stuffers! Also got a few off of Etsy, and some from the grocery store.

I can't post everything because DH is sitting next to me, but I have a lot of great stuff for other people:

Rubber duck

Water ring game (tiny pocket sized one)

Mini snow globe

Mini Zen garden

Pretty scarf

Small Asian bowls (I think they're for sauces, but my family uses them for rings and such in the bathroom)

Small tube of hand lotion

Natural soap

toothbrushes

Contact storage case

Hair bows and head bands

Wooden teether

Crinkle teether

+ lots of interesting flavors of chocolate

+ lots of yummy mini foods (world market)

 

I like doing stockings for my parents in addition to my family. I think they're a little weirded out by it, but I'd rather do stockings than big gifts! I'm also big on wrapping all the tiny little stuffers.

post #47 of 81

Things that haven't been mentioned: geodes, animal shaped flossers for kids, and little puzzles.

 

You guys have such creative ideas! I'm definitely doing those little cereal boxes and juice boxes, hadn't thought to put those in the stockings, but my DD will love them!

post #48 of 81
I think I might be done with the kids' stockings! I've been picking things up here and there, and this morning I put it all out together and it looks like enough (except for chocolate, which I still need to buy). Here's what I have:

DD5:
--A learn-to-draw pets book
--The next book in the series she's reading (Ivy & Bean)
--An 8-pack of crayons in pastel metallic shades
--Flarp noise putty (lol!)
--A pack of glow bracelets
--Rubber bands for her loom bracelet kit (pink and metallic)
--Hello Kitty charms for her loom bracelet kit
--A balance bird novelty toy
--A $10 iTunes gift card so she can choose some songs and games for me to download
--I'll add a few chocolate treats and a toothbrush

DS9:
--A learn-to-draw rainforest animals book
--The next book in the series he's reading (Percy Jackson)
--An 8-pack of crayons in bright metallic shades
--Flarp noise putty
--A pack of glow bracelets
--Rubber bands for his loom kit (blue and glow-in-the-dark)
--"Planes" charms for his loom kit
--A potato gun novelty toy
--A $10 iTunes gift card
--I'll add a few chocolate treats and a toothbrush
post #49 of 81

Picked up a few things for husband - a mini bag of Haribo gummy bears (he loves them) and two minis of Johnnie Walker Black Label. I also picked up a Lego Christmas train builder set for Little Man, but husband thinks it's probably too advanced for him - it is aimed at 6+ and he's only two... so I'll put that in my stash for future Christmases. But since they have different ones each year, I couldn't pass it up! So I think I'm done.. no wait, I still need to pick up a new toothbrush for Little Man, I think...

post #50 of 81

If you have a pianist in your life:

 

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post #51 of 81

We do stockings for St Nicholas's Feast Day which was yesterday... Now I'm out of stocking stuffers. I did pick up a mini calendar (ds likes cute animal ones) from Michael's, today. And I forgot to put the fingerless gloves I had picked up in his stocking yesterday.

post #52 of 81
Thread Starter 

Mostly done now.

 

All four kids are getting:

  • Tube of glow stick bracelets
  • Bic 4-color pen
  • Handwarmers (dd2 isn't getting those)
  • Pen and notepad (dd1's have a piano keyboard, ds1's is Spider-Man, ds2's is Avengers and dd2's is Hello Kitty)
  • Assorted candies, including Ferrerro Rocher and a small Toblerone bar
  • Pack of gum
  • Orange
  • Pomegranate
  • Electrical tape (black, red, blue, green, yellow & white)
  • Temporary tattoo (ds1: guitar, dd1: piano, ds2: drums, dd2: music notes)
  • Magazine/colouring book (ds1: Archie comics, dd1: crosswords, ds2: hidden pictures, dd2: colouring book)
  • Hot rods

 

The three youngest are also getting:

  • Pack of stick-on gems
  • Pencil (with Christmas design)
  • Battery operated toothbrushes (I've held out a long time on these, but I caved)
  • Socks (and tights for dd1)
  • Multi-coloured pencil

 

Plus, extras for each kid

 

DS1:

  • Guitar strings
  • Iron Maiden guitar picks
  • Deodorant
  • Razor blades
  • Wicks and flints for his Zippo

 

DD1:

  • Various hair accessores (ponytail elastics, clips, headbands and barrettes)

 

DS2:

  • One of those toys that sticks to the wall and "climbs" down if you throw it (can't remember the name)
  • Refill darts for his Nerf gun

 

DD2:

  • Hello Kitty pencil case
  • 4-pack of Hello Kitty mechanical pencils (this kid loves Hello Kitty)
  • Ponytail elastics and barrettes

 

 

I know there are a few things I'm forgetting, but that's most of it. DH is also getting a stocking from me. His contains:

  • Assorted candies
  • Hot sauce (three bottles - two varieties of Tabasco sauce, and Blair's Mega Death)
  • Twine/string (2-3 different kinds)
  • Tape - duct, masking, electrical and boxing
  • Handwarmers
  • Deodorant
  • Razor blades
  • Hot rods

 

This hasn't been one of my most inspired years, but they've turned out okay.

post #53 of 81

I think I'm almost done with stockings for the kids. Still need to do some for DH, but I can do some of that with the kids around probably, or sneak out. 

 

Here's what I have for the girls. I haven't quite decided what Santa is bringing (he usually brings a big gift or two in addition to stockings) and what Mom and Dad are giving, but here goes:

 

Girls:

- 2 rolls each of fancy duct tape. I can't remember quite what the patterns were now, but I think one had British flags and maybe one had owls and the two others were rainbows or tie dye or something

- a plastic "candy cane" filled with Skittles

- a small box of Jelly Bellies

- new toothbrushes

- lip balm

- new hairbrushes (we're down to only one and it's often misplaced)

- assorted hair ties and clips

- socks (it's traditional in our family to put socks in the stocking — I got three pairs, each, I think at Target, snowflakes, penguin or owl — some cute animal I can't remember, and I think some stripes that came as a set of two with the snowflakes)

- mechanical pencils

- booklight

- a book (Artemis Fowl graphic novel for dd1, and the first in a series "The Book of Elsewhere" for dd2, both paperbacks. I also have the Harry Potter Hogwarts textbook set that I think Santa will give both of them, but won't actually go in the stockings, "Quidditch Through the Ages" and "Magical Beasts and Where to Find Them" since JK Rowling announced that there was going to be a movie of "Magical Beasts".)

- earrings (little studs, I completely can't remember what they looked like right now, but they were small and cute. I also beaded them some earrings, but that will be a gift from me, not Santa.)

- very nice Moleskine notebooks, a sketchbook for dd1 and a notebook for dd2

- some fruit, probably a pomegranate, maybe an orange/clementine or something more unusual

- Maybe some nuts in the shell. I want to get those this year. DD1 has fun cracking them, but our co-op doesn't carry them so I'll probably go to the regular grocery store for them. My mom used to always fill up a bowl as part of our Christmas tradition growing up.

- I need to get a My Little Pony comic book for each of them

- Pokemon cards for dd1 (it's made a resurgence amongst the middle schoolers at her school?!)

- a "what to do if you're bored" quiz book for dd2

 

I also have a My Little Pony set I think I will give to both of them although dd1 is the one who really wanted it. Dd2 likes MLP too and she didn't have anything big on her list this year, so I think they can share. They'll play together with it anyway. I also have two MLP "pop" big-headed vinyl collectibles (Dr Hooves and Derpy for anyone who knows MLP). I think Santa is going to give them those, too. DH is not into the whole more plastic toys thing, but I know they will love them, so Santa can give them and DH doesn't have to.

 

From us I have some more books (the final Hunger Games for dd1, the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid for dd2). I also have some new clothes that I think Santa will bring part of (some workout stuff from Target), but I might give them the MLP t-shirts I got. Not sure. And I have the earrings I made. I might make them some stuffies, too. I have the fabric to make some of the marshmallow creatures from "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2". Not too complicated. That would be from me. 

I also have stuff to make some "soot sprites" which are basically black pom-poms with eyeballs. Not sure if I'll get either of those projects completed, but perhaps...

 

DH is so hard!!

- I think I will get him a big beer (takes up a lot of room!)

- running socks

- maybe a running magazine

- and I'm running out of ideas...

- maybe I'll steal the hot sauce idea


Edited by beanma - 12/18/13 at 9:09pm
post #54 of 81

i got a few more things for each kid. i'll never remember them without going to the basement and digging them out, lol. One thing was each kid got a tube of that fake "snow" stuff that you add water to and its like playing with room temp snow :)

 

So, here's a ?... (4yo sprayed down the lap top with water and the first letter in ? and the one key no longer work...grrr...) I made our family's stockings and just winged the pattern myself. they turned out a little narrower on the inside (i'm sure the lining fabric contributes to that) so i tend to have trouble fitting things in. so annoying. So, for the stuff that doesn't fit, do you prefer to set it next to/on top of the stockings or do you wrap them and add them to the under the tree presents? I can't decide. My first trick will be taking stuff out of bulky packaging, but i got enough that i just know that isn't going to cut it. I figure i'll buy some more holiday fabric after christmas when its all clearanced out and make new stockings that are bigger for next year

post #55 of 81
I sometimes put a magazine or comic book at the top so more stuff will fit. When even that doesn't work I either scatter stuff underneath or save the overflow for Easter baskets. Our stockings are pretty small too but my Mom bought them beautiful ones embroidered with their names when they were born to kinda match the one my Grandma made for me...so I wouldn't change it. Maybe when you make new ones use streachy fabric?
post #56 of 81
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Originally Posted by LiLStar View Post
 

i got a few more things for each kid. i'll never remember them without going to the basement and digging them out, lol. One thing was each kid got a tube of that fake "snow" stuff that you add water to and its like playing with room temp snow :)

 

So, here's a ?... (4yo sprayed down the lap top with water and the first letter in ? and the one key no longer work...grrr...) I made our family's stockings and just winged the pattern myself. they turned out a little narrower on the inside (i'm sure the lining fabric contributes to that) so i tend to have trouble fitting things in. so annoying. So, for the stuff that doesn't fit, do you prefer to set it next to/on top of the stockings or do you wrap them and add them to the under the tree presents? I can't decide. My first trick will be taking stuff out of bulky packaging, but i got enough that i just know that isn't going to cut it. I figure i'll buy some more holiday fabric after christmas when its all clearanced out and make new stockings that are bigger for next year

 

I've used a magazine or colouring book propped in the top to open it up wider. Sometimes, I also balance things on the top. Otherwise, I put them underneath the stocking, sometimes wrapped.

post #57 of 81

I do it like my parents did. Santa always brought more presents than just the stockings. The bigger things were just laid out near the stockings. One year Santa brought me a new ten-speed bike. No way that was fitting in the stocking. Santa did NOT wrap our presents. Wrapped presents were from Mom & Dad and other friends and family. 

 

At my house now, Santa usually brings the plasticky stuff (like the My Little Ponies) that Mom & Dad wouldn't usually get. Mom and Dad get things that the kids will enjoy like books, maybe art supplies, something handmade (Santa does not get credit for handmade). 

post #58 of 81

Often our stuffed stockings were laying on the hearth instead of hanging up. Any stocking stuffers that didn't fit would be underneath or next to the stockings. We usually hung the stockings on the fireplace screen which didn't really support the weight of stuffed stockings.

post #59 of 81
Thread Starter 

Santa also brings one large present (nothing as big as a bike, though). The Santa gifts are all wrapped in the same paper, which we use only for those gifts. If I have to wrap any "extra" stocking stuffers (ie. ones that won't fit), I use that same paper.

 

That said, I've repacked stockings up to 3 or 4 times to make everything fit. I'm kind of a fanatic about it. :o

post #60 of 81
Interesting to read how everyone does their Santa gifts. In our house, Santa wraps everything, even stocking stuffers, but with different paper than DH and I use. I like that wrapped stocking stuffers take longer to go through.

The tip about putting a rolled coloring book in the top of a stocking to extend it is genius -- I'm totally using that!!

We hang our stockings from those decorative metal hangers that sit on the mantle, which are nowhere near heavy enough to support the weight if stuffed stockings. So on Christmas morning our stockings are always on the hearth, with items that wouldn't fit stacked next to each stocking.
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