While most of us hang our stockings by the fire with care, it's just as important to choose the gifts we'll place inside them for others with love and attentiveness. Though we've got some time yet before the holidays arrive, it's never too early to start brainstorming. From quirky little gifts that will put a smile on your loved ones' faces to big-ticket items that come in small packages, we've rounded up the best stocking stuffer ideas for men, women, kids, and more.
Why do we hang stockings at Christmas?
The tale of the Christmas stocking, which dates back nearly 200 years, can be traced back to a pretty heart-warming myth that goes a little something like this: There once was a poor widower with three daughters. The widower was worried that due to his family's poverty, his beautiful daughters would never be able to marry, leaving them penniless. St Nicholas, a former monk who was wandering their village, heard of the family's plight and decided to help.
Knowing the widower was prideful and would refuse any form of charity, St. Nicholas began to drop gold coins down the family's chimney shoot. The girls' stockings had been hanging by the fireplace to dry, so when he dropped the coins, they landed inside. With their newfound bounty, the man's daughters were no longer poor, living happily ever after.
While the validity of the story is hotly debated, its giving sentiment has endured.
Best Stocking Stuffer Ideas of 2019
For many, stocking stuffers conjure up quick-hitting ideas such as lotto tickets and candy. But just because a gift is small doesn't mean it can't be great! For mom, that might mean a gorgeous scarf she'll wear all season long or a relaxing mask she can indulge in when life gets crazed. For dad, it might be a new wallet that will keep him safe from identity theft or a new shaving kit.
Shopping for a teen? Try a fun instant camera, like the Fujifilm's Instax Mini 9 ($52, Amazon), which will introduce your teen to the fun of photography. Looking for something for the tiny tot in your life? Why not pick up some natural modeling clay from Eco-Dough ($16, Uncommon Goods), which has all the fun of sculpting without any of the questionable ingredients? Gone are the days when stocking stuffers were boring. Today, the possibilities are endless, so feel free to get a little creative!
We searched high and low to find the best stocking stuffers of 2019, and we're confident they're bound to be hits with every member of your family. Keep scrolling for FIRST's picks for the best stocking stuffers the whole family will love!
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