The Traditional Christmas Stocking
Stocking fillers aren’t what they used to be. Nowadays they don’t even need to be in a stocking. They are just the little bits and pieces that bulk-up your children’s Christmas present haul. The common strategy is to put a lot of thought into a child’s big present and to just get a bunch of silly little things as ‘stocking fillers’. However, the cost of all of these fillers really adds up, and with those purse strings pulled tight enough this time of year, it’s a shame to waste money. This Christmas, to give your child the traditional Christmas experience you had, let’s bring back The Christmas Stocking. Why don’t you knit or make your own so that you can fit all of their little filler presents in it? You can get a good knitting pattern here, at Knitting Pattern Central, and there are countless YouTube tutorials to choose from.
If time is of the essence, then you should get a pre-made, pre-packed Christmas stocking, like these from Hawkin’s Bazaar. The stockings are red and white, and would double up as a Christmas decoration on the run-up to Christmas. Hawkin’s Bazaar stuff the stockings full of the light-hearted, traditional fillers we expect at Christmas, such as craft kits, spinning tops, gadgets, etc. You can select a stocking for either a boy or girl, and in different age groups: 8+, 14+ and adult. It’s a great way to skip hours of shopping and still provide your little bundles of fun with lots of great bits and bobs to play with on Christmas Day.
If you’d like to take the traditional stocking filler idea even further, and you have young children, then some bright and colourful wooden toys are definitely the way to go. John Lewis has some beautiful, old-fashioned playthings here. It might be a little too quaint and charming for older children, but the young ones will love it.
We thought it would be useful to have a list of traditional small toys that you could pack into the stocking. Perhaps this list will be helpful to anyone running out of ideas.
Traditional Christmas Stocking Fillers
- Candy canes or sweets
- Toy Car/Train
- Orange (very traditional)
- Tennis ball or bouncy ball
- Chocolate Money!
- Pack of cards
Traditional Christmas stockings might be on their way out, so it’s up to us to keep them in our family’s festive celebrations. Whatever you end up getting your little ones this holiday period, we wish you the best of luck – and a Merry Christmas.