are you meant to wrap stocking fillers?

(64 Posts)
T100 Sat 30-Nov-13 19:18:31

We never did stocking fillers growing up but now I have 2 small dc and dc1 is aware of xmas, I'd like to do everything. Are you meant to wrap stocking filler presents inside the stocking or just put them all in?

Also, when do you open stockings?

We wrap them in christmassy tissue paper coordinating with their wrapping paper of course we get up at normal time, have chrostmas breakfast (pancakes/bacon rolls etc) then do presents. DDs usually go for their stockings first.

trikken Sat 30-Nov-13 19:22:53

Silver foil is the tradition for stocking filler wrapping in our family. Plus its easy.

trikken Sat 30-Nov-13 19:24:06

Oh open them as soon as everyone is awake, sat on our big bed.

sunbathe Sat 30-Nov-13 19:25:09

I don't. I tried it one year, but found it too much after wrapping presents for 5 people.

If something's a bit fragile, though, I do wrap it in bubblewrap with tissue paper over it.

Mrsfluff Sat 30-Nov-13 19:26:35

Stocking pressies always wrapped here, in different paper to the rest of the gifts. It's hung on the bedroom door at bedtime and filled during the night. It's then opened in bed with us in the morning, which is a nice delay and build up to the rest of the pressies.

Doshusallie Sat 30-Nov-13 19:27:52

I wrap them but don't put labels or ribbons on them.

Boys open them when we all get downstairs (very early), all other presents are under the tree which we open later after breakfast when guests have arrived.

Clandy Sat 30-Nov-13 19:28:31

Stockings opened after breakfast once dressed stupid dh and his traditions unsure whether to wrapi haven't so far but dd is very aware this year and I'd like it to be special! Yes I think I will wrap. I flipping hate wrapping grin

ravenAK Sat 30-Nov-13 19:30:28

Nope, our stockings are usually clementine, chocolate coins, puzzle book, small lego to build type things - the idea is just to keep 'em quiet until after breakfast, so I don't bother to wrap them - they're in the stocking, that's wrapping enough!

CloserLook Sat 30-Nov-13 19:32:06

We wrap them but no labels. I'm not too fussy with the wrapping for the stocking though! Different paper as FC brings the stocking but not the under the tree presents in our house.

CloserLook Sat 30-Nov-13 19:32:52

We open them upstairs before breakfast.

Fairy1303 Sat 30-Nov-13 19:33:44

Always wrapped, usually in random odds of old paper!
Found at the end of the bed, used to keep them occupied until it is a reasonable time to wake up!!!! They might bring them in to us whilst we drink our coffee etc but it is a 5am thing!

Yes, wrapped here, everything, makes the opening last a bit longer.

MirandaWest Sat 30-Nov-13 19:37:02

They have to be wrapped grin
Wouldn't be right if they weren't - wouldn't take long to get them all out. Unwrapping is part of the fun (wrapping not so much tbh but I couldn't not do it)

BeaWheesht Sat 30-Nov-13 19:37:25

I wrap them but a lot of people don't. Stocking fillers are wrapped in paper with Santa's on. I don't wrap things like sweets etc.

Nope, I don't wrap here, it's bad enough having to wrap actual Christmas presents! grin

hugoagogo Sat 30-Nov-13 19:38:29

No, stocking presents are all about instant gratification and should not be wrapped.

someone i know doesn't even wrap her dds presents hmm

MegBusset Sat 30-Nov-13 19:40:19

We wrap them. They're opened first thing in the morning, on our bed.

armani Sat 30-Nov-13 19:42:56

I always wrap stocking fillers apart from bits that are in blind bags - lego mini figures, hotwheels cars, lucky bags etc.
We open them in our bed as soon as the dcs wake! They love all the tat that they get in the stockings! smile

SummerRain Sat 30-Nov-13 19:45:35

Nope, no wrapping on stocking fillers here either. The stockings are the first thing they get on xmas morning and they just dive in.

I put in chocolate santas, small toys like little Lego sets or character figures, moshis, art stuff, fun bits and bobs like torches and yo yos, etc.

Our stockings are downstairs and on xmas morning dp goes down and turns on the fairy lights before the kids come down. While they're tackling the stockings we light the fire and then they open their Santa presents. Presents from us are opened later in the day.

HoneyDragon Sat 30-Nov-13 19:46:35

Stockins are from Santa so are in special santa paper

BertieBowtiesAreCool Sat 30-Nov-13 19:47:50

I do - I used to love poking my feet out to the end of the bed to see if the stocking was there and feeling it all heavy and hearing the paper rustle! I did put a comic in DS' last year though and just sort of curled it around the top, unwrapped.

Me and DSis used to open them together in our bedroom and then run through to our mum to show her what we'd got. DS is an only child so last year I went into his bedroom with him to open it but I expect he'll run in to us this year - or stay with his cousin whose room he'll be sharing!

fuzzpig Sat 30-Nov-13 19:48:44

I wrap them because it makes it take longer grin I like wrapping though so it's no hardship. I'm thinking of using tissue paper (one colour for each person) this year instead of wrapping paper.

ravenAK Sat 30-Nov-13 19:48:57

Actually, I've just remembered why we don't wrap. It's because we did once & the bed was full of scratty little bits of paper for days.

Lucylouby Sat 30-Nov-13 19:49:55

They get wrapped here, part of the excitement of presents is the unwrapping. Takes the dc longer to open them too and as they unwrap stockings with each other not us, I appreciate the extra time it's takes. An extra 10 mins in peace is worth a lot in this house! I always wonder if I should put more tape on to make it take longer....

BornToFolk Sat 30-Nov-13 19:56:37

I wrap most things, but usually don't bother with the sweeties, or really small things like expandable flannels. I keep a different roll of paper, specifically for the stocking so that DS doesn't wonder why Father Christmas uses the same paper as me.
DS brings his stocking into my bed first thing and opens it there. We don't do the rest of the presents until late morning so that keeps him going a bit.

3bunnies Sat 30-Nov-13 20:04:15

Wrap most things except choc coins, satsumas etc. Use different paper to other presents and I use 3 different paper types, one for each child after the year when dh emptied the contents of the named plastic bags and mixed them up and it took me ages to work out which present belonged in which stocking. No labels because FC always puts things in the right stocking and they would recognise my handwriting

Marne Sat 30-Nov-13 20:06:04

I don't wrap them (spend enough time wrapping the presents that go under the tree), most the bits in their stockings are tiny or odd shapes so easier to not wrap, they just tip the contents out on their beds and sort through it smile, keeps them busy whilst dh and I wake up.

We don't wrap then as I kind of see the stocking as the wrapping, but plenty of people do. I'd just go with what's best for you.

Ds has his stocking downstairs with the rest if his presents first thing, but has his stocking first.

T100 Sat 30-Nov-13 22:28:15

Looks like I better get started buying wrapping paper then!

T100 Sat 30-Nov-13 22:33:56

Oooh is the stocking from santa? I never knew that!

Do you do stocking fillers for adults as well - dp etc?

HoneyDragon Sat 30-Nov-13 22:38:33

T100 it's not compulsory grin, I do stockings from Santa so the dcs can say thank you for their gifts from others, and so they know that to an extent Xmas is funded by the bank of mum and sad.

You can't fit a unicorn and an actual airforce with chinooks in a stocking, you see.

SummerRain Sat 30-Nov-13 22:41:43

Stocking and a couple of big presents from Santa here, the rest from us.

Lots of people do it differently (all the presents from Santa, just the stockings, etc) but the stocking is always Santa.

Grown ups don't have stockings in our house.

Allalonenow Sat 30-Nov-13 22:46:51

Yes, wrap stocking presents up, use all those bits of wrapping paper you have carefully saved from other gifts but which really are not good enough to wrap any presents in!
Selotape up very well so they are difficult for little fingers to open. This will earn you an extra half hour in bed asleep on Christmas morning before you are woken up and have to play with the yoyo, jumping beans, or mouth organ Santa brought your DC.

callmekitten Sat 30-Nov-13 23:46:53

I don't wrap stocking gifts. DD's stocking is in her room but she always bring it into our room and opens it on our bed while we pry our eyelids open wake up.

hallowisitmeyourelookingfor Sat 30-Nov-13 23:56:31

Always wrap their stocking bits, had never realised people didn't until MN!
Each dc has their own paper that's only used for them, mainly so stuff doesn't get jumbled up in the lead up to Christmas.
They wake up and dp hauls them into our room and they get opened on our bed. Dc have never been early risers and we always have time to go down first and light the fire, switch the tree lights on and make a cup of tea for dp before I start making noise on the landing to wake them. I'm more excited than them!

snuffykins Sat 30-Nov-13 23:59:56

No, no presents from Santa are wrapped. That's just strange. Santa and the elves don't have time to wrap presents as well as make and deliver them!

notso Sun 01-Dec-13 00:15:24

Yes I wrap them up, buys more waking up time. Everything we buy comes from FC.
DH and I don't get stockings but I usually put DH's presents in a sack for him. He puts mine in a carrier bag hmm

Maryz Sun 01-Dec-13 00:31:02

God know.

The mess and the expense, why would you?

Any most stocking presents are unwrappable - coins/orange/toothbrush/toiletries whatever.

Ever tried to wrap an orange?

Would you?

There's your answer......

Maryz Sun 01-Dec-13 00:34:45


NO of course hmm

Yes, I wrap them. Mainly to give DH and I a few more well deserved sleep minutes.
We make DS sleep in DD room (he protests, but it's only one night) on Christmas Eve.
I put their Stocking Gifts in a bag and slip it into the room before I go to sleep.
Then we hear them about 6.30 in the morning thinking they are being really stealthy and quiet grin but they're not.

Lots of sticky tape too.

CointreauVersial Sun 01-Dec-13 00:46:40

I always wrap them, and it takes ages because I have three.

But last year, I was given the best tip ever - use tissue paper, and you can just rip off a piece, bundle the present up messily, and secure with a quick piece of sellotape. DH and I burned through the stocking wrapping (about 50 presents) in minutes; it was brilliant.

Oddly, the person who gave me a tip was a young guy in the office who doesn't have kids and doesn't do a stocking for anyone!

HawtChocolate Sun 01-Dec-13 10:44:23

Yes. The fun is in the opening!

But roughly wrapped in coloured tissue paper and/or cheapo wrapping paper. Nothing fancy.

I wrap ours (fc is using shiny metallic paper this year). They are opened first thing on our bed. 'Tis magic.

homeaway Sun 01-Dec-13 16:15:28

Yes they all get wrapped up , each dc has their own paper ... They are all young adults now, but come home for christmas and I would not miss it for the world . I nearly caused a riot last year when I asked them if they still wanted stockings smile. This year might be the last year that they are all here and I will enjoy it for as long as it lasts smile

SpookedMackerel Sun 01-Dec-13 17:35:43

I wrap everything, even the satsuma and candy cane. I also take everything out it's box or packaging, and cut off any tags, to make the parcels more knobbly and harder to identify - and also because the elves made them, so no packaging seems more authentic grin

I use different paper that I have to keep extra well hidden so dd doesn't see it and smell a rat.

DC are allowed to open stockings as soon as they wake up, but in the past they have come into our bed to do it with us.

MomentForLife Sun 01-Dec-13 17:52:51

Yes I wrap. Another stocking from Santa, tree presents from relatives here. I buy the really cheap sheets of wrapping paper so they're all different.

MummyPig24 Sun 01-Dec-13 18:00:03

We wrap them. But I don't use that paper for anything else as Santa only brings the sack presents, his paper wild be different to ours!

We open them as soon as we get up!

ILoveRacnoss Sun 01-Dec-13 18:02:03

I wrap everything. It keeps the DCs in their rooms for longer!

They open in their rooms and try to resist waking us for as long as poss. I love eavesdropping on the exclamations and them dashing between rooms to show each other what they got.

Family presents are downstairs, once we've had some breakfast.

Then off to grandparents for their presents.

LeBearPolar Sun 01-Dec-13 18:02:20

I wrap too. Really enjoy watching DS unwrap the little bits and pieces rather than just yanking everything out. Prolongs the magic a bit while he tries to guess what each thing might be first. And we don't open pressies until after lunch, so the stocking needs to provide that excitement and give him plenty to do until then.

Stockings from FC, tree presents from family here.

ajandjjmum Sun 01-Dec-13 18:12:56

They're wrapped in Santa's special paper (as are the big pressies from Santa). They have a label on written by Santa (or at least someone whose writing the DC don't recognise) They might get a present for being good at the dentist when their brace was fitted, or for trying hard in Maths etc.

We also had a tradition (DC now 20 and 21 so doesn't quite wash!) where they would have a couple of potatoes each wrapped in foil, with a Santa label on saying 'I had to take this present away because you were unkind to your sister' etc! Brought them down to earth a little.

I love stockings - but goodness, don't they get expensive as the DC get older.

Wrap in foil - easy for little fingers to unwrap and keeps them busy for longer!

Breezy1985 Sun 01-Dec-13 18:20:43

Everythings wrapped here to and they both have different paper.. Stockings are downstairs but Santa brings everything in our ours. Open families presents after lunch.

RussTDaviesBear Sun 01-Dec-13 18:22:19

Doesn't the word 'wrap' start to look odd when you read it so many times....

I always wrapped stocking fillers in tissue paper - blue for DS and yellow for DD.

jaykay987 Sun 01-Dec-13 18:25:10

Once we 'knew' about Santa, my mum got me to wrap my sisters stocking and vice versa. Saved her loads of time, and we felt involved in Christmas. I used to love spending an hour alone with my mum in the run up to Christmas.

ChippingInLovesChristmasLights Sun 01-Dec-13 18:36:25

We've always wrapped the 'presents' in the stocking but not the nuts, satsumas, gold (chocolate) coins etc and they and one medium sized present get left on the end of your bed by Santa smile

hallowisitmeyourelookingfor Sun 01-Dec-13 20:48:35

I think tissue paper is more expensive than wrapping paper, surely! Last time I bought tissue paper it was £2 for about 5 sheets. Would hate to think how much I'd get through with 3 dc!!
The foil wrapped potatoes made me laugh!

ladypete Sun 01-Dec-13 22:30:50

Yep! We wrap them in tacky christmassy paper (different paper to main presents) and open them first thing after hauling them to the main bedroom grin

ben5 Sun 01-Dec-13 22:41:58

Yes I wrap them. The boys bring them into our bedroom and we open them in bed. Then get up and go to back room were Santa normally leaves the presents. Open them and Skype parents at same time. Off to the beach for BBQ breakfast then home to veg.

FixItUpChappie Mon 02-Dec-13 04:16:28

It do....I always loved it when my mum wrapped everything and was always slightly disappointed when she didn't bother. I found the act of unwrapping half the fun as a child. A simple pleasure smile

BobCrotchstitch Mon 02-Dec-13 06:31:09

We didn't used to as DS took so long minutely examining each present. This year though he is 9 and we have my DP's staying so......
Stockings for everyone (including DCat and DDogs [tchgrin]) Gifts will be wrapped this year because we have church at 11am, then pop to the pub for a pint and back home for main presents while dinner is cooking. This is a new tradition, I don't think DS would have been able to hold out that long previously!

Doitnicelyplease Mon 02-Dec-13 19:28:00

We don't do stockings but (slightly bigger) sacks (pillowcase size), I always wrap them because I remember being a child and tipping out my bulging pillowcase full of pressies on my bed and wondering which one to open first.

I like the anticipation, rather than everything just being on display immediately. My dds are quite young and they open their stockings/sacks in front of us still, so it takes longer and we can see their enjoyment/surprise.

I don't wrap sweets or choc treats though. I use christmas pound shop paper for the stocking gifts (just like my Mum used to for us!).

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