I LOVE Stocking Stuffers!
The smell of balsam pine in the air, warm lights and bright colors around the house, and hung carefully on my coat rack are three stockings: for Carlos, Connie, and Nutmeg.
My dad always did MASSIVE stockings. Filled to the brim, overflowing to the floor, and each item individually wrapped. It was always one of my favorite traditions. I was a bit shocked when I learned that Carlos’s family didn’t do it the same way- but I’ve continued my dad’s tradition with the exception of not always wrapping each item- who has the time?!
My family always has a toothbrush, an orange or tangerine, and chocolate in the stocking. I choose stocking stuffers I think will be useful, funny, or spark joy. I first think of who I am getting the gift for, what they like, what they need, and what they might have mentioned to me before. I start with a list!
Here’s some things I believe are great stocking stuffers, and hope this helps with your own list this year!
-Orange, mandarin, or tangerine
-Tea / coffee / hot cocoa
-mints / gum
House or Office
-Batteries (AA or AAA)
-Flashlight (always need them just in case!)
-Pens or pencils
-Post-its (bright colors make any office day better!)
-portable phone charger
-charger cables (I have a few- keep one in my car and the office!)
-stain pen or stain wipes
-air plant (quirky- but how cute would that be?!)
-hex key set
-eye glass repair kit
-microfiber towel (this may seem lame but honesty SO USEFUL)
Self-Care & Toiletries
-Toothbrush (bamboo the better! Use less plastic!)
-Lip balm (my favorite is from The Herbal Horse) https://www.theherbalhorse.us/collections/skincare-beauty/products/organic-lip-balm
-Hand lotion (unscented is better)
-Makeup-remover towels or wipes (I am now obsessed with Erase Your Face- only water needed and reuseable)
-bath sponge or loofa
-Lens wipes (cloth or individually wrapped)
-Beard oil (my FAV is from The Herbal Horse- https://www.theherbalhorse.us/collections/skincare-beauty/products/organic-beard-oil-for-men)
-Coconut, olive, or almond oil
Mix together in a jar and turn into a gift! Play around with the consistency you like.
Accessories & Apparel
-Socks (I love fluffy socks or good wool ones for winter)
-Gloves (warm or work- check out hardware stores for decent prices)
-Money fold or clip
Equestrian Stocking stuffers
For the Rider
-mini tack cleaner
-hand warmers (DIY with rice pouches!)
-ear warmer headband
-double-ended snaps (you can never have too many!)
-duct tape (colorful!)
For the Horse
-portable tack hook
Wishing you all a cup of cheer! -Connie