I’m pretty sure I started picking up stocking-friendly stuff as far back as early October and, as is the case every year, I probably have enough foam stickers, pipe cleaners, glitter pens and other art supplies to give Mary Fitzgerald a run for her money.
This year, we received some gorgeous Nordic-inspired stockings for the three from The Christmas Cart, a UK company that sells beautiful personalised funky stockings, Santa sacks, tree decorations and gifts. Their arrival was timely. I think we may have used an actual sock for the third child last year! Our new ones have pride of place over the fire and I’m looking forward to filling them with thoughtful (inexpensive) treats on Christmas Eve.
WHAT’S IN THEIR STOCKINGS?
If you’d like some last minute inspiration for your kids’ stockings, I’ve enlisted the help of some of your favourite Irish parenting bloggers who’ve shared the contents of their kids’ stockings.
Mum of three, Ellen Brophy likes to keep it simple, practical and fun. ‘I do cute underwear and socks with their favourite characters and a small toy. This year it’s a wooden yo yo. I’m a single mother so sometimes I have to bring a small bit of practicality into the presents because the budget is tight with three.’ Ellen blogs at Blush, Belly & Babies.
Karen Mulreid blogs at Beating Myself into a Dress and her little man is four. ‘I’m including stickers, colouring pencils and blind bags of Lego figures, along with a wooden train for his train track, some jumbo outdoor chalk and a big tubes of Smarties.’
Sharon from Our Wheely Big Journey is a rock of sense and fan of practical items. ‘I include a toothbrush and toothpaste every single year, along with all the chocolate!’ Small Lego figures, puzzle cubes and stationery items like rubbers and pencils also make it into the stockings of teenager, Sophie and little Noah.
Laura Meade from Mind, Madness, Miles and Mum Me Time thinks that stockings are the best part of Christmas morning. ‘Our stockings are filled with cheap bits and bobs and sweet treats that kids love but we don’t buy much of . We include practical items like socks, adorned in pictures of their favourite characters so that they’re seen as treats more so than necessities! We also include Ladybird books and first readers, chocolate coins, hair clips and bobbles, Lego, Puppy in my Pocket minis, drinks bottles and DVDs, to name a few!’
Cork-based Louise Murphy blogs at Tattooed Lady with a Baby and is filling her little boy’s stocking with art supplies, books and character figures. ‘I’ll include mini figurines, colouring pencils, crayons and a box of books – one of the little sets of four or five. We got a cute set of the Hungry Caterpillar books one year. There’ll be some kind of Kinder chocolate too and fluffy socks are always in the stocking!’
Everyone’s favourite Scientist, Naomi’ from Dr How’s Science Wows is including energy sticks this year. They turn your body into a human conductor of electricity and allow kids to explore the science of electricity and circuits safely. ‘I recently used them in a kids’ science workshop and EVERY child has loved them. I think they’d make a fab stocking filler for sciencey or non-sciencey alike’.
With four stockings to fill, Kellie from My Little Babóg is busier than most. ‘We’ve fluffy socks for all, Kinder surprises, Lego blind bags, figures I got for free from Power Rangers, animals from Appytoy (a free Irish toy exchange app), small books, bubbles (LOTS of them for one kid in particular), jumbo chalk and tickets to the Dinosaur show in Ambassador as well. The big kid has some LOLs , Num Nums and Shopkins in there too.’
Tracey Smith from Mum’s Make-up Bag has a teenager as well as smaller ones. ‘Chloe will get sweets, a small make-up palette and some earrings. The others get sweets and chocolate, colouring supplies and little soft toys’.
You can get quite the insight into life as a mum of lads from the contents of the stockings hanging on Sandra Power’s fireplace. The Waterford-based mum blogs at Prosecco Powdered Mum and hers include whoopie cushions, farting slime and slinkies (you know the things that go down the stairs) ‘I know my boys will enjoy them.. because, boys!’
Also a fan of slinkies, Sinéad Fox from Bumbles of Rice is popping one in each stocking this year, along with some little bouncy balls, anything she can get her hands on that lights up and some hot chocolate sticks.
Grá from Fred, Ted & Company blogs about Montessori in early childhood. She’s including a story-telling torch in her toddler Alfie’s stocking. The torch projects images onto the wall or ceiling which tell a colorful story. ‘It’s a nice way to wind down before bed and now that he’s started to talk hes getting really involved in the story telling’.
Mum of two lively boys, Sarah Convey from Mummy’s Whine Club, keeps it traditional. ‘Chocolate gold coins are always a must and a little Clementine orange. One kid is Telletubby mad so there’s a little Lala teddy going in his and the other is a Paw Patrol fan so there’s a Chase figure going in his. I’ll also include some colouring pencils and little bouncy balls.’
Liberty from Liberty on the Lighter Side is operating on a nostalgic level. ‘I always buy them an annual because it was one of my favourite Santa gifts as a child. I also include fun stationery items from discount stores, face masks and lippy for the teen, chocolate oranges and coins, candy canes and bath bombs. A huge bottle of bubble bath each makes for a great for a space filler too!’
At ours, we’re stuffing the brood’s stockings with the obvious stationery items like colouring pencils, sketch pads and notebooks. I’ll include practical things like tooth brushes, socks and character facecloths and then a little box of Lego and a book each. The boy will get some Match Attax and a deck of playing cards. I’ve hair clips, and nail polish for the middle lady (gender stereotyping, anyone?) and a cuddly toy and a small puzzle for the littlest. I’ll also throw in some cheap chocolate Santas, which they’ll probably be more excited about than anything else!
If you’re on the market for some new personalised stockings, check out The Christmas Cart UK – they’ve lots of types and patterns for £17.95 each plus p & p.
What do you include in your stockings? Have you got it covered or will you be digging around in the discount shops for some last minute items this week? Do you have any more ideas to add? I love to hear your suggestions in the comments below!