Archive for July, 2009

Christmas Stocking Stuffers

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

We get a lot of requests to help our customers with ideas for Christmas Stocking stuffers.  We scout the internet year round for helpful ideas so here is a short list to help you.  Let’s start with some Christmas stocking stuffers on a budget:

  • Build up a small gift stash discovering nice items on sale year round.  If you have some room in a cabinet or extra closet space, it can become a gift stash where you accumulate small gifts bought on sale during the year.
  • Stick with generic gifts, those can come in handy when your child brings a birthday party invitation last minute and you do not have the time to go hunting for a gift.
  • Some generic gift ideas for kids may include board games, picture books, art supplies, puzzles, science kits.
  • Family members will appreciate a photo frame with their picture or a picture of your family, especially if the picture is current.  A picture frame for $3.50 on sale with a photo is one of those gifts that very goes a long way on very small cost.
  • The key is to plan ahead.
  • Don’t buy clearance items just because they are on sale.  Give it some thought.  Allocate the item to a specific person or occasion, if possible: Father’s Day, Stocking Stuffer for a Child, birthday gift for a child, office Christmas party gift exchange,… you can keep track of your categories with an inventory sheet so you do not overbuy for one area while having the other empty.  It is a good idea to keep the inventory sheet with the gifts, just tack it on the wall in the same area where you keep the gift stash.
  • How often do your kids ask you to buy them this and that which they see advertised on TV or on various websites?  If you have it in the budget, you can buy the gift now but hide it with your stash and gift it to them for an occasion such as Birthday or Christmas.
  • Add some often used items to your Christmas Stocking stuffer stash: rechargeable batteries, blank cds, memory cards,  accesory or expansion module for their favorite game or gadget.
  • If there is still space in the Christmas stocking, some candies or a favorite food that won’t spoil may fill the rest of the space.
  • Don’t forget to have the Christmas stocking personalized.  We have a nice guide how to personalize  a Christimas stocking , if you are the crafty type.  Or you can order personalized Christmas stockings from our online store.  Our stockings are personalized in beatifull embroidery.