08 Dec 16 Ideas for Clutter-Free Stocking Stuffers
If you’re trying to take a less-is-more approach to the holidays, you might find yourself a bit stymied by one holiday tradition: stocking stuffers. (You know, those trinkets that are still in your junk drawer from last Christmas…)
I firmly believe you can stuff those stockings without adding clutter to your life.
How? Oh, do read on….
It helps to have a theme for stocking stuffers. My theme is Everyday Fancy.
Think of the things you do everyday. Then consider the stocking an opportunity to make those daily to-dos a little more fancy.
For instance, if you brush your teeth everyday (which your dentist and I certainly hope you do… well, maybe me more than her. She gets paid when you don’t.), upgrade your family’s daily paste to something fancy, something that not only whitens and brightens, but also tastes like “fruit blast” (whatever the heck that is) and has cartoon characters on the tube. Wow! Toothbrushing sounds fancier already!
Here’s a pic of some stocking stuffers I bought my kids a few years ago, when they were still into the cartoon-character phase.
All of these items are Everyday Fancy. The light-up toothbrushes certainly make the brushing chore more glamorous and the specialty toothpaste is an upgrade over typical white paste. The cartoon-character clad vitamins are also a fancier version of the store-brand ones.
Here are 16 ideas for Everyday Fancy items you could include in your family’s stockings. Most of these items are consumable, so they won’t add clutter to your home, and you can adjust many of them to suit different ages.
- Fancy soap, shampoo, conditioner, or body wash
- Fancy lotions
- Bubble bath
- Fancy lip balm
- New undies and socks
- Poo-Pourri (if you don’t know what this is, Google it. And you’re welcome.)
- Fancy chocolates
- Gourmet coffee or tea
- Movie theater gift cards
- Gas cards (make it fancy by wrapping it in a pretty bow)
- Car wash gift certificates (My van says, “Yes, please!” to this stuffer!)
- Restaurant gift certificates (I’ve found that most kids–mine definitely included–think gift cards to fast food places are awesome.)
- Lottery tickets
- Gourmet olive oil or spices (for the foodie in your life)
- Straight-up cash – This is always a crowd pleaser. Make it fancy by folding it into cool shapes.
- Booze – Again, crowd pleaser (but not for the underage crowd). Come to think of it, a bottle of wine fits perfectly in a stocking… hmm… I need to make sure I’m on Santa’s nice list.
I hope this gives you a bit less head-scratching when it comes to filling those stockings this year. I’d love to hear any other super stocking stuffer ideas you have!
If you know someone who’d like less stuff overall in their life, consider getting them a gift card for one-on-one minimalism & simplicity coaching with me!
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Cheers to clutter-free stockings and a clutter-free life!
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