WELCOME TO DAY 5 OF THE STOCKING STUFFER EXTRAVAGANZA!
We’re wrapping up (pun not originally intended – but it works) the stocking stuffer extravaganza with great tips on where to buy stocking stuffers and ideas on how to wrap them. You already know you can go on-line and find almost anything you want – and that may be a good choice for those hard-to-find specialty items. But for most of our stocking stuffers we don’t want to pay more for postage and so-called ‘handling’ than the price of the gift. We need to search locally s for our stocking-stuffer treasures.
PLACES TO SHOP FOR STOCKING STUFFERS
1. Savvy store-owners cluster great options for stocking stuffers around the place customers have to wait to pay. Peruse the check-out lanes at the following:
2. The pen/pencil aisle of office supply or discount stores – pens, pencils, post-its, highlighters
4. Bed and Bath type stores usually have a wall where small personal items can be found. It’s a great place to look for things like sleep masks, hand-held massagers, hand treatment gloves, foot treatment socks, bath brushes, novelty lights, and other things you didn’t know you needed until you see them there.
5. At bed/bath stores,’superstores’ like Target and Walmart, as well as gourmet food/pantry type stores, there is a wall or aisle with all sort of small kitchen gadgets and utensils perfect for stocking stuffing. Check out the baking aisle, too.
6. FREE. Yes, that’s always a nice option. Here are some places to get supplemental stuffers at no cost
WRAPPING STOCKING STUFFERS is always optional. Following are a few tips/ideas for presentation.
If you missed any of the EXTRAVAGANZA, catch up with the following posts: Stocking Stuffers $5 or Less; 75 One-Size-Fits-All Stocking Stuffers; Stocking Stuffers for HIM or Her, Themed Stocking Stuffers; and (the post that started it all) 7 Ways to Get Back the Childhood Magic of the Holidays.
One of the ways to put the THANKS back into Thanksgiving mentioned in an earlier article is having paper and pencil at each dinner place so that those gathered could share what they were thankful for during the meal. A fun alternative to that exercise is the use of Thanksgiving conversation cards. Get some thought-provoking and potentially hilarious conversations going at the dinner table by reading questions out for the gobblers to answer while they’re eating. Here are some links to printable conversation cards or topic lists to get you started.
For a list of questions that will have the different generations interacting in a new way, click here to get AARP’s printout.
If you’re looking for some cards that are already made up with fun topics and ready to print out, click here to visit skiptomylou.com
You can find an interesting list of questions that incorporate the original Thanksgiving ready to be printed out by clicking here to visit www.bnute.com.
Whether you print off the conversation starters above or just use them as inspiration for your own conversation cards, Thanksgiving dinner chat is bound to be more interesting than ever! The upside to using conversation cards is the interesting things you learn about family and friends. The downside to using them is you might find out you’re more like that crazy cousin than you would have liked to know!