What is a Stocking Present

(36 Posts)
NachoAddict Sun 01-Dec-13 22:29:00

What kind of things do you call a stocking present, is it literally a small present that goes in the stocking or is it just a present that's not the main present?

If it is the present that goes in the stocking, what kind of things do you buy?

Parietal Sun 01-Dec-13 22:31:04

depends who for / what your family tradition is. we've had different arrangements for different ages / recipients. e.g. - under 10s get stocking full of presents from Father Christmas. Over 10s all give each other stocking presents. but other families will differ

ElfontheShelfIsWATCHINGYOUTOO Sun 01-Dec-13 22:39:16

This year couple of hexbugs, satsuma, tangle brush, some stickers, brain teaser game, gold coins, tube of smarties.

Flisspaps Sun 01-Dec-13 22:49:25

Santa will put socks, crayons, chocolate coins, that sort of thing in the stocking. If it's small enough, it goes in.

DisneyAddict88 Sun 01-Dec-13 23:08:52

stocking fillers are just bits and pieces which santa brings all pretty cheap this year dd1 (5) will have moshi monsters blind bags, moshi toothbrush, random little toys, small card game, satsuma, chocolate and a moshi monsters toothbrush dd2 (18 months) couple of animal figures, random little toys, satsuma chocolate and toothbrush. and of course finger lights (bargain thread must have grin )

DaftMaul Sun 01-Dec-13 23:12:44

Small (relatively) inexpensive items. Some may be useful - toiletries, underwear and some may be 'occupiers' - DVD, puzzle book, lego figures, and some will be fun - joke books, fake poo, finger lights and some traditional - satsuma, one quality street and choc coins.

If your dcs are young, think party bag fillers.

We have to entertain our dcs for a few hours after they wake up before everyone else gets up and dressed and they can open their main presents, hence DVD/ds game.

LucyBabs Sun 01-Dec-13 23:13:17

Satsuma? Why a satsuma? confused

My dd is 5 in her stocking I have chocolate coins, Lego city ninja turtles, small remote control dragon.

Ds is 2 he's getting pretend money,play dough kit and small toy cars

UniS Sun 01-Dec-13 23:13:48

something small enough t go in a stocking. My DS has quite a small stocking ( one of my ski socks) so his stocking presents are all quite small, except an annual, which has to be left with as it won't fit in.

This year he will wake up to (approximately) , some nuts, choc coins, a few fancy marbles, novelty soap, finger skateboard, character toothbrush, an eye spy book, some felt tip pens, a harmonica , a pair of angry birds gloves and the beano annual.

DaftMaul Sun 01-Dec-13 23:21:55

We have always had satsumas in our stockings. Think the tradition dates back to the war, when they were a luxury so only given at Christmas. They are always at the end of the stocking so when they get to it they know there is no more!

Yy to annuals too!

Last year Father Christmas gave ds some posh chocolate with nut traces that caused a severe allergic reaction - naughty FC. Ds now gets only bog standard chocs!

steppemum Sun 01-Dec-13 23:25:44

Our stockings always had a walnut in its shell, and satsuma and a 50 p coin in the toe. Also compulsory were a bag of chocolate coins and one of those big tubes of smarties/buttons.
Then small toys, fun toothbrushes/flannels, maybe a little torch, that sort of thing. dh and I have continued the tradition, minus the walnut.

In our house the stockings are always inexpensive things, rather than just small things. hex bugs for example wouldn't go in them in our house as they are too pricey. They would go under the tree, with other presents plus main present.

dh and I do each other stockings, same principle - few choccies, a chocolate santa, pair of earrings, socks etc. Dh and I will sometimes impose price limit - no item allowed to cost more than £2 for example.

We do stockings when they wake up and then tree presents after breakfast and dinner in the oven. (just to build the agonising tension, and to prevent the whole deal being over by 7:30 am)

LucyBabs Sun 01-Dec-13 23:31:53

Never heard the satsuma thing.
I'm in ROI, at Halloween our neighbours would give us apples and carrots instead of sweets grin

CointreauVersial Sun 01-Dec-13 23:32:47

Always a satsuma in the stocking.

Tis the law.

And chocolate coins.

eddiemairswife Sun 01-Dec-13 23:37:15

My adult children still have small inexpensive presents from Father Christmas under the tree. We started this when I realised how ridiculous it was to wait until 18 and 19 year olds were asleep before taking up their stockings.

DaftMaul Sun 01-Dec-13 23:42:15

Steppemum, we always had a walnut too but stopped that for ds with ha nut allergy!

I don't remember any of us actually eating our nuts or oranges when younger, although my dcs have been known to munch on their satsumas before breakfast.

steppemum Sun 01-Dec-13 23:47:23

I actually hate walnuts and didn't eat any nuts at all as a child. My dad hates nuts as well. So one year I did query a little bit puzzled as to why I got a walnut when I hate them and my dad looked shocked and said ''but it is tradition!!''

If I forget to round them up, I find mouldy satsumas in the dcs bedrooms a week after christmas.

the chocolate coins always get eaten though

steppemum Sun 01-Dec-13 23:49:25

eddiemair - last year ds aged 10 was still awake when I took his stocking in, although he pretended to be alseep.

I am considering doing stockings on the mantle piece for anyone aged 10 and over (he was keeping himself awake to prove that it was me who did the stocking, so we had over tired ds as our Christmas present.)

Allalonenow Sun 01-Dec-13 23:49:59

Yes, it is the law that every Christmas Stocking must contain a satsuma and some chocolate coins.

This is the type of question that should be asked on citizenship questionaires.

I used to like to put a chocolate Santa and a cracker pokeing out of the top, and if I got carried away, balloons and tinsel featured too.

callmekitten Mon 02-Dec-13 00:38:54

Here they are small items, usually inexpensive but sometimes not. And yes, chocolate coins are a must. Here's a list of things that DD has gotten over the years:
Flavored lip balm
Hair ties
card games
Pokemon cards
Small Lego sets
Littlest Pet Shop Pets
Slide whistle
small puzzles
Card games
Plastic jewelry
Hand lotion
Hair glitter
Pens and notebooks
Diary
socks
Small action figures
Random sweets
That's all I can think of right now.

Doitnicelyplease Mon 02-Dec-13 04:00:14

Growing up we had pillowcases not stocking so not all the presents were small most were silly or useful along with chocolates and a satsuma.

I have carried this on for my DDs they have a sack not a stocking. They get some good presents in there eg Small Lego set but also silly, useful and some sweets/satsuma. I do less main presents than some just 2 or 3 medium sized gifts so justify spending more on their sacks so not just tat.

Snog Mon 02-Dec-13 06:28:30

adults have stockings too in my family. We use one leg of a srtetchy pair of tights so anything that fits can go in. gifts up to around £40 per item could potentially be included along with the fingerlights etc so the stockings are a big event.

BobCrotchstitch Mon 02-Dec-13 06:47:14

This year we are all having stockings <excited> in order to fill the day up a bit. I loathe plastic tat and DS has an uncanny knack of accumulating it from other people anyway throughout the year. Our stockings therefore contain, satsuma, chocolate coins (DS also has chocolate sprouts this year!) candy canes. DS's this year also contains, Yu Gi Oh cards, posh hot chocolate, marshmallow fluff, Wackysox, a pocket wire saw thing, pad of paper and pencils, posh pen (that I won't buy normally as he will lose it fhmm) a penny whistle, guitar plectrums and a little thing to keep them in. I still need to add a DS game or Lego that will keep him occupied before church.
I love stockings, though my love of them has turned out to be an expensive hobby fgrin

Small inexpensive gifts as listed above. No satsumas or nuts, never seen the point. Adults don't get stockings either.

NachoAddict Mon 02-Dec-13 19:44:59

Ah we have been doing it right then. I saw on another thread some people were buying tons of stocking fillers and I wondered what they meant.

We have the obligatory satsuma and small toys, hair bobbles, etc.

Lucylouby Mon 02-Dec-13 22:26:39

My dc get satsumas, although none of them like them, so I only put them in out of tradition and I don't know why I continue. Although they do all comment that they should write and tell FC to leave a different kind of fruit this year. FC hasn't decided if this is a good idea or not, but will check on the quality of the fruit available on the night to see what to do. Maybe they will get an apple instead.

To be honest, I always thought that oranges in stockings were just something people did in years gone by, had no idea people still did them. Anyway, not going to start now.

notso Mon 02-Dec-13 22:52:50

What I don't get is when people are looking for stocking fillers for their Mum, Nephew, Aunt etc. do some people get stockings for everyone in the family?
I only started stockings for DC last year. Before then everything went in the sacks downstairs. I just put in small presents, pens, Hexbugs, cars, socks, chocolate, earrings, fake moustaches, bubbles, gift voucher, bubble gum etc.

zipzap Mon 02-Dec-13 22:57:22

Along with the usual chocolate coins, satsuma and small bits and bobs, I often include a brand new pair of pants, socks and a vest, conveniently the ones to be worn that day, so they are to hand and keen to wear their new stuff. (rest of the packet is just wrapped as a present - they haven't yet spotted that there is one missing from each packet!). There's also a toothbrush (maybe with a favourite cartoon character on), a new comb if needed, a lip salve, etc - basically the sort of thing they would be getting anyway when theirs run out but much nicer to get from Santa grin

I also include a comic - preferably one with a toy on the front (loads around at christmas!) and make sure there is a pencil and/or a small cheap pack of colouring pencils so that the dc can read it, do the activities and play with the toy whilst dh and I doze off and have a longer lie in. This year there are playmobil comics, I have one from last month with a knight on and hopefully I'll get one for next month too, should come out in the next day or two, no idea what is on it (fingers crossed it isn't a princess!) then both ds will have a figure to play with... It also (when rolled up!) fits into a stocking very nicely and although it is usually £2-4 it fills up the space relatively cheaply.

Somebody on here said they included a small box of favourite 'treat' cereal ready for breakfast - mine would love that although it probably wouldn't make it downstairs for breakfast, but be eaten upstairs out of the box, which I guess is half the fun of christmas! and would again allow for a longer lie in without the need to go downstairs for me or dhblushgrin

callmekitten Tue 03-Dec-13 00:31:42

For those of you who's DCs don't .like oranges, we do a chocolate orange instead-enough like the traditional to satisfy me and won't get wasted.

ICameOnTheJitney Tue 03-Dec-13 00:56:17

I don't do the oranges thing...I can't see the point as I never have so the DC would just think it odd! I do a couple of tubes of sweets, a chocolate santa, there are some troll dolls and a mouse in a box each. I will probably get them some little bits of jewellry too...cheap things though!

DS aged 3
Socks (he loves socks)
Satsuma
Choc coins
Small pack mini Oreos/similar
Peppa Pig mag
Wooden Thomas and Friends train
Bubble mix
Book

DH
Choc coins
Satsuma
Nuts
Socks
Shower gel
Miniature of scotch or brandy
Fancy snack
Posh chilli sauce

Me: similar plus body lotion.

Only "the children" get a stocking (although DSis qualified as a child in my parents house until she was 30).

Always:
1 satsuma (stuffed in the toe of the sock)
1 toothbrush
£1 coin
a pair of pants

Optional:
a tube of wine gums
a packet of gold Haribo
a bath bomb
a puzzle
a tiny toy or five.

My mum always used to do Chocolate oranges for us, I never did like them, but it took me years to pluck up the courage to tell her, I didn't really twig that it was a sop to tradition, just thought it was one of her things. One of my DCs likes satsumas, the other isn't all that bothered with them, but really don't think I'm going to start now, they would just think that a bit odd as they don't know about the tradition. Don't think they would like chocolate oranges either, but might try one and see.

I'm not sure how old we were when we stopped having stockings, probably when we stopped believing in Santa by about 9 or 10. My DCs are nearly 8 and 10 so we will see how it goes over the next few years, if they want to carry on we will, but certainly not into adulthood.

fuzzpig Tue 03-Dec-13 10:39:04

My DCs eat satsumas several times a week but they are still excited by the one in their stocking grin

DH got them some chocolate coins in Boots the other week hmm so instead of getting the same again for the stocking, I'm going to get the huge individual ones and they can have one each!

notso Tue 03-Dec-13 10:47:44

DS2 and 3 would get excited about a satsuma, they each had one from DH's nan on Halloween and discarded sweets in favour of it!
DD and DS1 not so much, DD loves chocolate oranges though.

apocketfulofposy Tue 03-Dec-13 11:03:35

here the stockings go on the end of the bed and santa fills them up when they are asleep.

satsumas and chocolate coins are a must.

mine have small books,dvds,pens,joke toys,tattoos etc in theirs.

apocketfulofposy Tue 03-Dec-13 11:05:47

we do stockings for each other too,we dont buy each other big presents so the idea is we buy each other things that will fit in a stocking,that eems to make it easier choosing things,so again books,dvds,toiletries,socks etc.Its nice to have something to open.

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