So, you want to know what a minimalist puts in a stocking?
Well, first off, some minimalists don’t have stockings. Which is perfectly acceptable. And if I didn’t have kids, I know I wouldn’t either. But:
As a child, one of my favorite memories is getting my stocking on Christmas Eve.
My mom didn’t do stockings for us, which I’m thankful for because my Grandmother did and it made them special. I would visit my Grandparents regularly, as they lived across a field from us. From when I was young, I remember walking down to my Grandparent’s house, just to see what Grandma was doing. She was a very industrious woman: when the weather was good she was outside, working in the yard, the garden or her greenhouse. During the winter months, she would be in the house baking, sewing or crocheting. She was always great about giving me projects to work on, so we would work side by side. Of course, that made me feel important!
During the month of December, each day that I visited Grandma, I would peek into the living room and see the stockings filling up on the fireplace mantle. Each time, there was a little bit more in them. She had stockings for all 10 of us grandkids.
There was always an orange and a silver dollar in the toe of the stocking. The orange always reminded me of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books and how oranges were so special back then. My Grandma was born in 1907, so I think oranges meant something special to her too.
My children don’t have stockings hanging on their grandparent’s mantle, so I have them hanging in our home. I made the stockings myself, and I made them a bit smaller than typical stockings, so it doesn’t take much to make them look full.
I typically limit it to 3 or 4 items in each stocking, and my rule is: they need to be consumable or useful. No little trinkets to clutter the home!
Clutter-Free Stocking Stuffers:
- Oranges (Tradition, tradition!)
- Lip Balm Here is my DIY recipe- love this!
- Breath Mints (for the older boys)
- Honey Sticks
- Amber Necklaces
- Gift Cards (for the older boys): Amazon, Movie Theatre, Starbucks, or iTunes.
- Money and Coins (for the younger kids)
- Character Band-aids (like Angry Birds)
- Fair Trade Organic Chocolate (with almonds or espresso beans- YUM)
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