With lots of my friends asking about stocking stuffer ideas and family traditions making their way into my heart, I wanted to share how I grew up and what stocking stuffers are to the Worth (and now Martinka) Family!
I decided that I would budget $50 for stuffers, which would be for myself, Dave, Addie and my Mom (we travel home for Christmas and my step dad never caught on to our stuffer tradition). Each year my Mom would pack our stockings full of individually wrapped “necessities”. These were things like gum, body spray, toothpaste, tooth brushes, deodorant, tape, lotion, razors, vitamins… I think you get it. Also wrapped was our holiday ornaments from Hallmark.
Many people buy small gifts as stuffers, but as we get older the smaller gifts become more expensive (iPods, jewelry…). I never expect something AWESOME in my stocking, but sometimes my Mom slips a much needed gift card in, and we all steal packs of gum off the coffee table as fast as they are opened. Besides keeping our stockings less expensive than buying “wants” (for needs), they are also kept useful because they aren’t filled with small toys or tschotskes that won’t be used or cared for. We always get the items we use, whether it is a specific makeup or the scent of Axe that the guys use.
Not only are our stockings personalized to us, our ornaments are as well. Each year we get a new one, my Dad always got the Frosty Friends, my sister always gets Barbie, my brothers got Star Wars and me Puppy Love (I have the entire collection to date and that’s a fact I’m proud of). When Dave and I began dating, I started the same traditions, filling his stocking with little gifts and an ornament… his happens to be the guitar that is released each year. For Addie, I get her an empowering bauble for our tree. Last year I got her a Baby’s First, but also Merida (Brave).
The ornaments are always Hallmark- because I have an obsession with the store- and they are always chosen with so much care and concern that I have spent a whole afternoon comparing them all and then still being undecided. I also spent the days following Christmas last year tracking down the one Star Wars ornament my mom couldn’t get for my brother in the store.
So… did I make my goal of less than $50 for stocking stuffers? I did, indeed! With one trip to Walmart, I perused the aisles until I found all the goodies I would need to stuff some joy into a sock! Check it out:
For Dave I got:
All of these awesome treats came in at $18.06 and is sure to fill his stocking to the brim!
For my Mom I went with what my Dad used to do when we were kids: lipstick and matching nail polish. I added in some eye make up and didn’t buy a powder… because I’m flirting with new traditions. HA! When we were kids we also got her a canvas calendar every year, but they are insanely hard to find nowadays!
This loot came in at $11.16… still plenty to spoil sweet Addie with!
So what did I find for my Elmo-obsessed lady?
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And if you’re looking for a special ornament… check these out from Hallmark:
So… while you’re wondering what will go in your family’s stocking this year, think of this new tradition instead of the same old tschotskes that break before the new year, or something that will be broken in record time- think necessities, memories and lots of silly fights over gum (notice I didn’t buy it because I know I’ll leave with half my brothers’ stash!).
…and while you’re shopping, don’t forget to bring a helper:
Happy holiday planning!!!
This is not a sponsored post… just my personal holiday experience I want to share with you! Happy Holidays!