I am running behind this year. Okay, that is putting it mildly, I am so far behind in my shopping that it isn’t even funny. Not only am I behind, but I have no idea what to give for gifts this year. I have ideas, kind of, but nothing is carved in stone. Nothing is calling out “Buy me for …!”
One of the greatest challenges, and yet the most fun as well, is finding the little things to make a fun stocking. You know the little something’s that fit into that piece of cloth that hangs before the fire? That hallmark of American consumerism at its finest? The gifts from… Santa!
My daughter is fortunate in that she has two stockings. Santa appears at her house in Virginia and at my grandparent’s house where we spend Christmas. While her Virginia Santa brings fun little chocolates, her Arizona Santa brings surprises. She is never quite sure which house will provide the one item she requests each year – and yes, unlike her mother who had a huge Santa list; my Diva picks one item to request from Santa. One item for Christmas and her birthday. I am not sure if it is because she wants for very little or because she wants to ensure that she receives that item… whatever the case, it makes shopping for her both challenging and fun.
This year she has a big gift, a few home made gifts, and then her requested gift. She may get a foreign gift and, of course, her footed pajamas. What is Christmas without a new set of pajamas!! Not to mention, my kid loves to come home and slip into some footed pajamas and snuggle in for the night.
And in the stocking… what can we do for that stocking??
Books are always a must over the holidays. She saw the Harry Potter 20 questions game – so that might be fitting. Pencils are always great for the stocking as Santa knows that she loses her pencils constantly. A few dance related tiny items… and perhaps some fun soaps or bath salts? My kid loves her bath! (We are both real lushes!) We expect her to start pointe in the spring as well, which will mean tired feet in need of relaxation.
So here are the questions -
What are some fun, small gifts? The kind given for Chanukah or as stocking stuffers?
What were your favorite tiny gifts as a child or what did you always find in your stocking?