December 19, 2012
Over the years the elves in our family have taken different approaches to stuffing those stockings. As a young adult celebrating Christmas with my parents and sisters, we mixed things up a bit and took some of the burden away from my mom with a secret santa approach where we each picked a family member whose sock we would fill. Another year we decided to each get three surprises for everyone’s stockings. We found it was much easier to come up with a couple of fun ideas for everyone versus a stocking full for one person. Now, with a family of my own and young children, I am always looking for creative ways to stuff those stockings. Here are a few of my favorite things:
- Cards: Pokemon, Baseball, games like SLAM, Uno, gift cards for iTunes, Coffee shop or the movies
- Crafts: Crayons, Colored Pencils, Markers, Tattoos, Stickers, Glitter Glue, Stampers, and Duct Tape crafts are a huge hit right now
- Bath: Shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, expandable wash clothes (often the Disney store has these), kids fun flosser picks or lotions
- Small toys: Story Cubes, Math dice, Spot it, Apples toApples in a can, Lego figure suprise pack, or Barbie clothes
- Winter Accessories: hats, mittens, slippers, scarves, chap sticks, snow markers, hot chocolate, and marshmallows
- Additional adult ideas: scratch tickets, golf balls, nail polish, shaving gel, memory card, usb drive, fishing lures, belt, socks, nail clippers, travel size items for the gym, and mobile accessories
My favorite family tradition is the coupon book which is priceless. My children look forward to finding these in their stocking each year and love strategizing over when and how to redeem them. You can find a template online or create your own coupon book and fill with coupons to use throughout the year. These can be for anything from a family movie night, indoor picnic for dinner, camp out in the basement, breakfast out with Dad, Kid Chef for Dinner, breakfast in bed, Saturday sleep in, 2 hours of geocaching, Museum pass or Family Game Night.
I hope these ideas have given you some inspiration for your own elf duties this Christmas.
Happy Holidays Kona Community!