Christmas Stocking Stuffers – Where to Find Them, How to Wrap Them; the Stocking Stuffer Extravaganza Finale!
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 . . .
- Electronic stores – earbuds, electronic hand-held games, car gadgetry, novelty toys, flashdrives, theater-size candy . . .
- Office supply stores – mini calendars, highlighters, pens, candy, stressballs . . .
- Craft/hobby stores – glue, batteries, glitter, novelty toys, candy, small crafting supplies . . .
- Bed/bath stores – hand cream, novelty kitchen items like vegetable scrubbers, other stuff you didn’t know existed . . .
- Fabric stores – closures, thread, fasteners, buttons, needles, pins, stain removal, tape measure . . .
- Drug stores – cookie packages, candy, gum, mints, key covers, chapstick, novelty items . . .
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
- 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.
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.