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:
Grocery Stores – candy bars, mints, gum, batteries, nail clippers, magazines, novelty toys, gift cards . . .
Book stores – mini books, high-end candy, bookmarks, pens, novelty writing instruments, small games, reading glasses . . .
Liquor stores – one ounce nips, miniature cocktails, drink recipes, miniature bottles of wine . . .
2. The pen/pencil aisle of office supply or discount stores – pens, pencils, post-its, highlighters
3. Drug store snack aisle – small packages of nuts, cookies, potato chips, popcorn
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
Recipes and recipe cards – Kitchenware stores, grocery store displays, big-box-store food sample tables, internet
Paint sticks/stirrers – hardware store
Knit/crochet patterns – next to yarn at hobby stores, internet
Perfume/cologne/make-up samples – if you purchase products like Avon or Mary Kay, sometimes your distributor has samples to try
Woodwork patterns – internet
WRAPPING STOCKING STUFFERS is always optional. Following are a few tips/ideas for presentation.
Cut down packaging such as the cardboard back around things like lipstick and flashdrives.
Open up packages with multiple items and put them in separately. For instance, a 3-pack of four-ounce coffee beans can turn into 3 packs of coffee – it not only fits better, it’s 3 separate surprises.
Just take a few samples out of boxes of things like teabags and hot chocolate envelopes (it’s cheaper than buying less single servings) and put the remainders away to be shared later.
Slide rolled-up magazines, brochures, or those free patterns you’ve downloaded into an empty paper towel tube and wrap.
T-shirts, tank tops, socks, and undies can also be tucked into paper towel tubes. Even f it sticks out at both ends – just cover the whole thing with wrapping paper and tie each end with a ribbon past the point of where the item extends past the end of the tube.
Toilet paper roll tubes can be used for smaller items like (some) undies and hankies.
Lidded empty Crystal Light type containers can be used to harness things like pens, hair ornaments, and candy, making it easier to wrap.
Gifts can be layered for a ‘twofer’ result. For instance, a bandana can be wrapped around a mini flashlight for a double surprise. Or a gift card can be tucked into a sock.