December 17, 2012

The Holiday Rush & Stocking Stuffers

I realize it's been a few days since my last post - well, over a week. I'm a bad, bad blogger. But it's the holiday rush and it's inevitable. On top of that, LO is teething and last week I got a wicked cold. Not that I'm making excuses, but it always happens when you're most busy.

Christmas is less than 10 days away and I'm 98% done all my shopping! Thank heavens! But the malls and stores are PACKED with people doing their holiday purchases.

I've decided to devote this post to Stocking Stuffers. This concept is still quite new and foreign to me, 'cause when I was a kid, we never had stocking stuffers. That is, that our stockings didn't get stuffed by Santa or anyone in our family, and it didn't happen on Christmas morning.

We did have stockings, though, and we believed in the Italian folkloric character, La Befana. La Befana is an old woman who delivers gifts and trinkets to kids on the Epiphany, the night of January 5. The gifts were really just tokens and tiny thoughts, not large gifts. La Befana was also known to leave coal in your stocking, if you weren't so deserving. (I never actually ever got any coal, but that's the story!)

This year's my daughter's first Christmas, and I do like the idea of Stocking Stuffers, but also think they should be small tokens and not a huge expense. Here are some ideas if you're stuffing someone's stocking next week:

For the Babies:





I love Fisher Price toys. I think they're well made, make lots of noises and beeps and lights and babies, at least mine, loves them. Another thing my babe loves is my cell phone or the remote control to the TV. Ta Da! The Laght & Learn Smilin Smart Phone.



For the Kids:






When I was a kid, we always collected Disney movies. We will be doing the same for our LO. Every so often, Disney re-releases one of their older films, or opens the "vault"for a limited time. Take this opportunity to start or add to a collection. It's something he or she will treasure and get lots of use of!

For the Beauty Enthusiast:

My name is Julia and I'm addicted to nail polish. It's true. I'm a junkie. It doesn't matter the brand, although I'm partial to OPI and essie (I haven't tried Butter London but I'm so tempted!). I would squeal with glee if I found nail polish in my stocking. My husband usually rolls his eyes when I buy another bottle, "How many nail polishes do you NEED?" The same goes for lip glosses. Can never have too many.

For the Practical Beauty Enthusiast:


Shampoo. Conditioner. Bath Wash. This is the time to skip the 2-in-1s and get some hair care that you wouldn't normally buy for yourself.
Take a trip to your local salon or beauty supply store and get a nice serum or something that will leave hair silky and smooth in our approaching colder weather. I like Moroccanoil, and use a little bit after my shower.

For the Bookworm:

A book! Duh. Again, maybe start a collection for someone, or get a great biography or even some cool magazines. I really value books - real books, not digital ones. We have two bookcases filled with books we've read and in no time, my daughter will be catching up. This is a great stocking stuffer for everyone on your list regardless of age. They never go out of style and can be used again and again.

And there you go - stocking stuffers (in my limited experience) should be fun and simple, cost-effective and something the gifted would like immediately. After all, it's just the thought that counts.

Oh, and if these ideas don't work, you can always leave a lump of coal!

Happy Holidays!


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