Christmas Stockings and the Perfect Stuffers


“And the stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there…” Christmas Stockings and the gathering of little goodies or “stocking stuffers” is one of my favorite parts of planning for the Christmas holiday.

I love seeing the stockings hung on the fireplace all December long. As our family has grown, we’ve added more stockings to the collection. My favorite is personalized stockings with each family member’s name on them. At my parent’s house, they hang 13 stockings on the mantle, one for each of us, seven grandchildren included. The mantle is a tight squeeze, but it’s heart-warming to see them all posted up together.

Stocking stuffers in our family are always opened first! Each family member starts with their stocking and unwraps little surprises that are selected just for them. These gifts are usually inexpensive, sometimes silly, or can even be part of a bigger gift you’ll open later! Some stocking stuffer ideas include:

  • A favorite candy
  • Hair accessories for girls
  • Travel-size beauty items, perfume, or cologne
  • Hand lotion or Chapstick
  • Socks
  • Small toys
  • Bath bombs
  • Treats/toys from the Dollar Store or Five Below
  • Mini liquor bottles (for grownups)
  • Small tool or kitchen gadget
  • Special markers or art supplies
  • Fun jewelry
  • Sunglasses

Part of the fun of collecting stocking stuffers is searching for all the tiny items! To make sure I have enough for everyone (and a balanced amount), I keep a list in my phone so I can take notes on who has what while I’m shopping and collecting through the holidays.


Rachel Harris Ledet
A New Orleans native and entrepreneur, Rachel is a mom of four with an active schedule. Rachel maintains a daily balance of running her own marketing firm, 30|90 Marketing, managing her kids’ schedules, and maintaining extracurriculars including coaching dance, volunteering, and occasionally teaching courses. Rachel lives in Mandeville with her best friend and husband Lenny, daughters Addison and Amelia, stepson Luke, and son Tucker. With a family of six and a million balls in the air, Rachel keeps things light by continuously learning, spending time with amazing friends, blogging, finding any route to a concert or outdoor festival, and planning her next getaway with her husband. A sense of humor can get you through almost anything, so she tends to surround herself with fabulous and very funny people.


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