Christmas Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Kids

So, you’ve purchased all the large gifts that you’ll be giving your kids. There’s no time to rest yet, though – you still need to figure out what you’re going to put in their stockings! Sure, these stocking stuffers aren’t coveted like the latest toy trends would be. But they’re still quite a lot of fun!

There are a few approaches that you can take when selecting stocking stuffers. Here are some of my favorites:

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3 DIY Christmas Gift Ideas

Are you looking for some options for Christmas gifts that you can make yourself? When you take the time to create your own gifts, it can really show someone how much you care about them! The good news is that these gifts don’t need to take a long time to make, either. Here’s a look at some of my favorite DIY gift ideas for Christmas:

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Best Elf on the Shelf Ideas

The Elf on the Shelf became a beloved Christmas tradition starting in 2004 when the book was first published. It tells the story of how elves hide in people’s homes so that they can watch what’s going on. In other words, these are Santa’s helpers. They determine whether the people in the home are naughty or nice, and then they report to Santa.

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5 Easy Christmas Appetizer Ideas for your Party

5-easy-christmas-appetizer-ideas-for-your-partyWhen it comes to entertaining for Christmas, it’s important not to overdo it. The good news is, it’s possible to serve up a delicious and classy meal without spending hours in the kitchen! It all starts with these incredibly simple ideas for appetizers that you can serve on Christmas Day or any other gathering you may be having during the holidays.

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Sending Out a Newsletter With Your Christmas Cards

merry-christmasEach year, you send out Christmas cards hoping that the people you don’t have a chance to talk too often appreciate the gesture. For the most part, they do seem to appreciate it, but sometimes just scribbling, “Merry Christmas” and signing your name doesn’t feel like enough. That’s why I also like to send a newsletter.

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What’s On My Christmas Playlist?

christmas-ornamentsToday I heard my first Christmas ensemble of the year – a bell choir organized by a local church. The music was beautiful and the ladies work REALLY hard. It made me realize that it is time to think about my Ultimate Christmas Playlist. After spending some time looking around for the right one, I decided to go ahead and make my own!

Rather than describe which songs I put on my playlist, I thought I’d share it with you! I’m a huge fan of jazz and swing so of course there’s Glenn Miller, Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack, and an assortment of other Christmas classics. As the Christmas season progresses, I am sure that I will add even more songs. We’re just getting started this year!

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Snowman Decorated Christmas Tree

snowman-decorated-christmas-treesSnowman decorated Christmas trees make for great decorations. Whether you buy a tabletop display complete with Christmas trees and snow men or you buy a large snowman decoration for your Christmas tree, snowmen are a clear favorite when it comes to holiday decorating! There are even Frosty the Snowman tree toppers that can turn your regular Christmas tree into something even more unique and memorable.

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You Must Try These Easy Holiday Cocktails

hot-holiday-sangriaWhether you’re hosing a Christmas party or are attending a holiday gathering, it helps to know how to make a few really great cocktails. When having guests over, you’ll want to have at least one signature Christmas cocktail.

While at a party, your bartending skills may come in handy, especially if people find out you know how to make some really great drinks. Here are some simple cocktail recipes that will be a hit at any party:

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How to Hide Your Christmas Gifts (So People Won’t Find Them)

christmas-giftYou work hard shopping for all those Christmas presents – but what happens if the gift recipients live in the same home as you? It’s discouraging to think that they could find the gifts at any moment because that would completely spoil the surprise. Sure, you could always wrap the gift before you put it away. However, that isn’t a guarantee that the secret is safe! Your best bet is to hide it so that no one can find it. Here are some great places to hide them:

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Top 10 Hot Toy Gift Trends for Christmas

chrismtas-toy-giftAre you looking for insight into the latest Christmas toy gift trends for this year? It’s no secret that kids seem to wait the same types of gifts from year after year. There are several things that could motivate them to want a particular gift. These include:

  • Whether or not a friend has the same toy, and they want it, as well.
  • If they saw a commercial or other advertisements.
  • They simply know that the toy they want is something they’ll really enjoy.

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Have an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

Merry ChristmasDo you have a fantastically cheesy, or “ugly” Christmas sweater in your closet? If so, then you’re probably looking for something to do with them. After all, it isn’t practical to wear it on a regular basis, especially if you work in an office with a strict dress code. Instead, it’s fun to have an ugly Christmas sweater party! Here are some tips:

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Don’t Forget to Set a Budget for Christmas

Set a Budget for ChristmasHow much money do you spend each Christmas? If you’re like most people, your goal is to be as generous as possible towards the ones you care about most. However, it can be all too easy to overdo it.

Even with the best of intentions, it can be hard to find that happy medium – buying gifts for the people you care about while not spending more money than you have. The key is to set a budget and stick with it. Here are some tips on how to do just that:

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Miniature Christmas Pickle Ornaments

pickle ornamentHave you heard of pickle ornaments? I think they’re fantastic, especially because they’re offbeat and unique. I was browsing through Amazon looking for any last minute Christmas gifts, and I came across these bright green pickle ornaments. At first, I thought it was just a one-off. But, when I searched for more pickle ornaments, I found a TON. It’s apparently a “thing”.

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Top Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

homemade christmas giftSometimes, I just don’t have the money to buy elaborate Christmas gifts. Or, I want something unique and homemade to give as part of a gift.

I especially like doing this if I am giving a gift card or something else that’s impersonal. Homemade gifts are also good choices for teachers gifts.

These top homemade gift ideas always serve me well.

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Alternatives to Sending Christmas Cards

christmas cardsEven though this is a happy time of year, the weeks leading up to Christmas can be incredibly stressful. The weeks after Thanksgiving fly by and then we realize that oops, we didn’t get everything done. For me, that often means that I didn’t send Christmas cards either by choice or because I ran out of time.

People love getting Christmas cards because they love being remembered by their friends and family members. People use the cards to decorate their homes. They even buy things like these Christmas card wreaths to store them. Yet, not all of us have time to send them. Now what?

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Outdoor Christmas Decorations – Reindeer

outdoor christmas decorations reindeerAre you looking for outdoor Christmas decorations such as reindeer? When I was a child, I used to love it when people would decorate the outside of their homes for Christmas.

As an adult, I noticed that more and more people used these lawn decorations. If they were around when I was a child, I bet I would have loved the decorations even more. I sure love them now.

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How to Make Chocolate Christmas Cookies

Sugar cookies are an essential Christmas staple. For me, that usually means that I buy sugar cookie dough, roll it out, and use Christmas cookie cutters to make the right shapes. Sometimes, I’ll ice the cookies in Christmas colors.

Well, this year, I think I may find time to make my own cookie batter. However, this year, I decided to make them chocolate! I found a great video on youtube. This is the Chocolate cookie recipe I am going to use.

Hallmark Christmas Ornaments

Olaf Hallmark Keepsake OrnamentWhen I was a kid, I would make my mother take me to the Hallmark store so I could look at the giant display of keepsake ornaments. Each ornament told a story and when I gazed at them, my imagination would run wild.

There were the little houses, the ornaments celebrating popular films, and some that feature classic Christmas images, like Santa Clause.

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Christmas Tree Skirts

Christmas treeFor the first few years of my life as an adult and having a Christmas tree, I would continually forget to put down a tree skirt. I moved around so many times in my twenties, I would often forget where my tree skirt really was. I didn’t always unpack all my boxes because sometimes I wouldn’t be in the same place for long enough. It was easier to only unpack the things that I needed.

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Decorative Christmas Boxes with Lids

decorative christmas boxesWe have such busy lives it can be difficult to find time to wrap a gift properly. That’s why I think that decorative Christmas boxes with lids are pure genius. I can make a gift look beautiful without putting forth the effort to wrap it. Brilliant.

So, each year, I review my stock of decorative boxes. I try to have some on hand in an assortment of sizes just in case I need to wrap something at the last minute. Otherwise, I just buy them as I need them.

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Large Knitted Christmas Stockings

large knit Christmas stockingNothing says, “I’m ready for Christmas” than knitted Christmas stockings. When I was a child, I loved it when it was time to hang the Christmas stockings. Because we didn’t have a mantel (we had a wood stove) I knew that it was Christmas time when my mother would hook the stockings over the nobs of the hutch in the dining room.

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Elegant Christmas Tree Ornaments

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When it comes time to set up the Christmas tree, my favorite is to incorporate elegant Christmas tree ornaments with other ornaments I may have collected over the years. My ornament collection is fairly eclectic, but the elegant ones are those that seem to tie the whole look together. It doesn’t matter if I held on to an ornament I made in kindergarten, or one someone gave me that is falling apart. As long as I have some elegant choices, my tree looks gorgeous.

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Cupcakes for Christmas Gifts – Simple Cupcake Recipe Video

cupcake-christmas-giftsI think cupcakes make a great addition to any holiday spread. My favorite varieties include butterscotch cupcakes, chocolate cupcakes, vanilla cupcakes, and even mint chocolate chip cupcakes. Basically, I think cupcakes are the perfect food. They not only make a great homemade gift by themselves, but they are also a great thing to bring to a Christmas party.

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Twinings Christmas Tea Under $5

twinings-christmas-teasI am a sucker for a delicious cup of tea. In fact, I seem to drink tea all year long, nearly every day. It’s not only good for you, but it tastes great too! Christmas is a special time of year, though, because many tea companies, such as Twining, release their special edition teas. I usually stock up when I find them so I can enjoy them all year!

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What is the True Meaning of Christmas?

meaning-of-christmasChristmas exists not because of Santa, giving each other gifts, decorating our homes, or the Rudolph Christmas special that airs every year. We celebrate Christmas because that is the day we, as Christians, have chosen to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. It is an important religious holiday that has skewed into a materialistic one.

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Christmas Stickers Under $5

 

christmas-stickers-under-5Stickers are an easy and inexpensive way to spread some holiday cheer!When I was a child, I had a sticker collection. As an adult, I love stickers almost as much, especially at Christmas. In fact, I am addicted to them. I put them on everything – wrapped gifts, Christmas cards, my forehead,  … Okay, I only did that once. Each year, I need to stock up because I use them up rather quickly.

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Huge Christmas Bags

huge-christmas-gift-bagsI don’t know about you, but I find wrapping gifts to be frustrating, especially when wrapping large boxes or those gifts that have an odd shape. It’s also a lot more convenient to fold a sweater, wrap it in tissue paper, and place it in the bag than it is to find a box and then wrap it. No, huge Christmas bags is definitely the easiest way to make a gift look gorgeous.

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Christmas Marshmallow Peeps

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So, the Christmas shopping is done, or nearly done. The gifts are wrapped, or almost wrapped. Now what? It’s time to consider buying those special little extras to give as a stocking stuffers or to top one of your presents. I find that Christmas Marshmallow Peeps are a definite favorite amongst those on my list. Maybe because I personally love them so much?

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How to Enjoy Germany’s Christmas Markets

germany-christmas-marketFor five years, I was presented with an opportunity that enabled me to live in Germany. That means I spent five Christmas’s or so getting to know the German Christmas traditions. One of my favorites is the German Christmas markets, or Kristkindlemaerkte. I particularly enjoy the one in Munich because that’s my favorite city.

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Christmas Cupcake Boxes

christmas-cupcake-boxesCupcakes are a  popular trend right now and when Christmas comes around, they’ll be even more popular than. Modern cupcakes are large and filled with a variety of flavors.They are also very creative and artistic. Do you have a cupcake lover in your life? Then baking up a batch of cupcakes or buying cupcakes from a  shop are both excellent choices for Christmas gifts.

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