Here we go, Christmas is around the corner again and its time to start thinking about Christmas stocking fillers for kids!
I’m not sure about you, but I just love Christmas. There was a time in between being a kid myself and having my own kids that Christmas kinda lost its glow.
Maybe it is because when you are an adult there are no piles of presents anymore and nobody fills your Christmas stocking?
Chances are you don’t even have a Christmas stocking anymore!
My husband now looks at me like a loony at Christmas, I get so excited for my kids and I love giving them some of the Christmas magic that I remember as a kid.
Setting up and decorating the Christmas tree is a big event for us and part of that little tradition is hanging up our Christmas stockings.
Now that the tree is up and the stockings have been hung up it is time to start thinking about filling those Christmas stockings. I have done a little bit of shopping already so I have most of the things I need already.
I make it quite nice and easy by having a basic list of stocking fillers that I stick to and I thought perhaps it would be fun to share with all the mommies what I usually buy to fill my kids stockings each year.
There is nothing better than buying gifts for a baby or child!
Now remember that I have a pigeon pair so I have added in alternatives for girls and boys in my list.
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Christmas Stocking Fillers for Kids
1 Chocolate money
To me these are an essential Christmas stocking filler. The only explanation I can give for this is that it brings back so many memories of my granny that passed away when I was 21. She would spoil us so much and every time I think of chocolate money I think of her.
Christmas and special traditions were really big for her and she always made Christmas magical. So in my granny’s memory I always put chocolate money into my kids Christmas stockings.
If you are in South Africa you can easily get chocolate money from a number of stores. I just bought mine from the Crazy Store, but I know Clicks usually stocks them and of course Woolworths does too if you want to spend that extra bit for better quality.
2 A Roll or Packet of Sweeties
Sweeties are important for kids, they tell me so every day. Adding in another sweet treat will be a winner, always.
Although my kids love sweets and chocolates I like to limit it to the chocolate money and one more sweet thing.
3 Kids Sunglasses
These are always a huge hit in Christmas stockings. My kids love getting sunglasses in their stockings. I have found that Ackermans is usually the best place to find them. They are well priced and they have the funkiest styles.
4 Bath Crayons or Bubble Bath
Bath crayons are awesome! I wrote a post last week about Delight Bath Essentials in Langebaan that stock really nice big bath crayons for just R25 each. You can also buy bath crayons online from Acornkids at R85 for a pack of 6 small bath crayons.
Alternatively you can just grab some fun and funky bubble bath when you next go out shopping.
5 Fun Facecloths
Facecloths need to be replaced regularly, plus I find my kids wash their faces with less fuss when my daughter has a Barbie facecloth and my son has a car on his!
To make it more fun get those Facecloths that come squashed into a square. It also makes fitting everything into the stocking easier when it compacted into the square.
I usually get these from Ackermans, I am sure they have been at the counter previously and I can confirm this soon when I go and get for this years Christmas stockings.
Do I need to say more? Bubbles are… well bubbles! Every kid needs bubbles and it is as simple as that.
7 Wax Crayons/ Pencil Crayons
My kids are budding little artists. They love drawing and colouring in at every opportunity. Popping in some pencil crayons for older kids and wax crayons for the younger ones is a great addition to a Christmas stocking.
Once again stickers are another essential that gets added to the Christmas stockings. I am not sure what is so special about stickers but my kids go crazy for them… and they drive me crazy. They get stuck everywhere… but no worries mommies, read this post about the many uses of vinegar when this happens.
9 Hair Goodies for Girls/ Little Car for Boys
I always add in some hair bands and/ or clips for my daughter. She loves anything to do with doing her hair up so she lights up when she finds some hair accessories.
And just like my daughter loves her hair accessories my son’s Christmas stocking would not be complete without a little car!
10 Jewellery for Girls/ Rubber snake for Boys
I like to grab a little necklace and bracelet for my daughter, they have some really cute sets at the Crazy Store which won’t set you back too much.
Then for my son I add in a rubber snake, or a spider… or some sort of creepy crawly that will keep him entertained.
So mommies, that is my list for Christmas stocking fillers for kids. I hope this makes your life a little easier to get your shopping done this Christmas!
What do you buy for Christmas Stocking Fillers for kids?