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Friday, October 28, 2011

Stocking Filler Ideas

Knick Knacks, Lollies or Chocolate, Useful stuff or Junk?  

I hate to waste money, the frugal in me is always tsk tsking me come time for Christmas shopping.  Stocking Fillers is one of those things that i put a lot of thought into.  I like to buy lots of small things but don't want crap and of course the loot has to be even between the kids.

Here's some ideas i have or things I have used in the past :

  • Pens, textas, crayons, chalk. They're all good and the little packs of "special ones" fit in perfect
  • Rulers, erasers, pencil cases. Most school kids need new ones for the following year so stock them up! Smiggle has been huge in our house for a while now.
  • Little Lego packs.  You know the little cars or boats.
  • PJ's.  
  • Kids Magazine.  My eldest loves the KidZone Mag so he usually gets one of these.
  • Goggles and Sunglasses.  We seem to need these every year.
  • Key-rings and Bag tags. This was cool for my sons school last year everyone has the same bag so keyrings was the thing to collect.
  • Cookie Cutters. I can (ahem)  The kids can never have enough.
  • Yo-yo or Bouncy ball. Pending on the age
  • Bubbles.  Can never go wrong with bubbles.  For older kids National Geo. Has "Magic Balloons".
  • Toy Cars. Hotwheels, matchbox etc.
  • Girls stuff.  Clips, bands, nail polish, lip gloss.
  • Bath Crayons or Roll on Soap. The roll on soap comes like a roll on deodorant. I get this from AVON.
  • Jewellery or for boys those rubber band bracelet thingies.
  • Stickers or even better glow in the dark stickers.
  • Balls - bouncy, handballs, baseball, cricket - whatever they are into 
  • Ribbon wands. 
  • Watch.
  • Cards.  Master 3 is loving the memory game but we will need new cards by Christmas :)
  • Travel games.  So handy to take to Nannas. Kmart has little connect four and chess and things.
  • Book or Music on CD.  My kids love listening to books on CD. I get these from Book Depository.
  • A big lolly pop. You know those big ones from actual lolly shops. I'd never let my kids have these so Santa gets them.
  • Wind up toys. They rarely live past Christmas day but they do provide entertainment for a while.
  • Crafty Stuff. Some googly eyes, pipe cleaners, glitter and sparkle thingies, foam bits.
  • Books.  Bookshops have those little books or even Woolies has those small kids books.

What does your Santa Fill with ??


  1. a great list! Santa has left most of that stuff in our stockings too. The kids all get new undies in their stocking allocation in this house - nice ones, of course. Santa doesn't do Nanna undies :)

  2. Lots of great ideas there! Last year our girls got lots of craft stuff, but also alphabet and number magnets, as they'd received a magnetic chalk board from the grandparents.
    This year Miss 5 is getting a knitting nancy in hers as she is fascinated watching me learn to knit!

  3. Yes Tiff socks and undies are usually there at our place too.

    Skylee - i had no idea you could get a knitting nancy! maybe i should put one on my list, i could use the help.

  4. Don't mind you linking to me at all :) Great list btw - some nice ideas!!

  5. Pretty much what you said, lollies, books, cars, balls.

  6. I love these ideas! Thanks so much for sharing them. I'm going to bookmark this post and use your list when I go Christmas shopping!

    Best wishes and happy weekend,

  7. That is a really great list! I completely agree about not filling stockings with cheap rubbish. I have a couple of rules about what not to get - brittle plastic is out, also those lolly packs designed for stockings, yuck! We usually only put in two or three small gifts like beyblades, textas, bakugan, hexbugs, that sort of thing (all boys here, of course).

    This is also because, being scandinavian, we have Christmas on Christmas eve with the big presents opened then and so Santa stockings are opened on Christmas morning (as per dh's custom) with minor presents 'from Santa'...


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