Stocking fillers. I don't understand!

(35 Posts)
Verycold Tue 24-Dec-13 23:36:13

Can somebody explain. People call things like DVDs and books stocking fillers. But how do you fit those things into a standard size stocking? Or do you have big stockings? For the size of my children's stockings it has to be things like Lego mini figure packet, hair stuff, that sort of thing. DVDs and books are amongst the main presents?!

Same here. Stocking fillers in my house are wee bits and pieces to buy me time to wake up. DVDs and books are in the main presents.
Stockings are chocolate Santa, bobbles, character socks that kind of thing.

kaumana Tue 24-Dec-13 23:44:10

DS has a fairly wide stocking but I would still put DVDs / Books under the tree. I stuff it with mostly sweets, hairproducts, cheap smellies + the obligatory satsuma and pound coin.

lucysmam Tue 24-Dec-13 23:44:25

Same here, just bitty bits and undies to buy waking up time. Anything else goes on their piles downstairs to make them go further fsmile

Nishky Tue 24-Dec-13 23:44:59

Pillow case

ravenAK Tue 24-Dec-13 23:46:20

Stockings = pound shop tat/chocolate + satsuma.

Geckos48 Tue 24-Dec-13 23:48:11

Here it is an orange and a drink, toy cars, bubble bath, bubbles, little silly toys and a little silly book

Just something to keep them occupied until we have woken up a bit and can head downstairs

bananastar Tue 24-Dec-13 23:50:25

I always had a pillowcase when I was growing up nishky

2468Motorway Wed 25-Dec-13 00:02:45

Absolutely

Stockings: mini fig, satsuma, choc orange, hair clips, choc coins, pez dispenser, rubbers, pencil/pen, pair of pants or socks and a very small toy (lego kit, hex bug type).

Books, CDs, DVDs, these are part of any main presents. My kids have 10 ish main presents but these include books, a DVD, stationary, slippers etc.
I guess others have bigger stockings/structure it all a bit differently.

SwedishEdith Wed 25-Dec-13 00:10:02

Pillowcase here as well

MrsVaughnRice Wed 25-Dec-13 00:13:34

Large-ish homemade felt stockings that we use will just about fit a trade paperback book or a (cheap) DVD. If I want to put a hardback book in then it will spill out of the top.

melrose Wed 25-Dec-13 00:16:46

Big stockings from santa - 8-10 pressies each, inc book, game, docks, pjs, small toys, new lunchbox

1 or 2 big pressies under the tree from us

howcomes Wed 25-Dec-13 00:17:14

Ds has a knitted stocking, old fashioned stocking look a like, and it's got a lot of stretch to it.

DramaAlpaca Wed 25-Dec-13 00:24:18

Everything goes in a pillowcase here, same as when I was growing up. They are older teens now and Santa is long gone, but they still hang their pillowcases over the fireguard in the sitting room before they go to bed.

Worriedthistimearound Wed 25-Dec-13 00:26:17

We have enormous felt stockings about the size an elephant would wear.
We do stockings from Father Christmas and under tree pressies from us and others. So in stocking is book, DVD, camera for ds1, nintendo DS for ds2, socks, chocolate coins, satsuma. There is usually one thing in there from their letter to FC which is why the camera and DS is in the stocking.
I think all families do it their own way which is great. I love Christmas tradition!

hallowisitmeyourelookingfor Wed 25-Dec-13 00:44:02

Our DDs have pillowcases which are incredibly roomy and take a lot of filling! DVDs, CDs etc go in their stockings, along with the rest of their stocking fillers.
Then main presents under the tree.
FC only brings stockings, nothing else. But similar to Worried, they contain a mixture of surprises and things they have asked for.

TwoTurkeysMarinatingInABucket Wed 25-Dec-13 00:47:58

Never used to have stockings but we have stretchy largish ones with a cheap DVD, socks, face cloth, choc, teeny toys, rubber duck, pens. And 3 big presents under the tree.

YoureBeingASillyBilly Wed 25-Dec-13 00:52:30

Stocking fillers here were pants/tights, a bag of chocolate coins, a watch (cheap kids ones)and a tamagotchi (cheap ones)

Books and dvds are definitely main presents here.

agnesf Wed 25-Dec-13 00:55:29

DCs have sack things but DP & I have knitted stockings which are v difficult to fill as have lots of loopy wool on inside so everything gets tangled up in it.

Am still looking for a chocolate smoking set to put in DHs along with some coconut sweet tobacco as in days of yore.

chanie44 Wed 25-Dec-13 10:20:03

My children have big stockings. I like them to be full,for the visual effect, but I do bulk them out with chocolate Santas and big books.

In terms of DVDs, it would depend on the cost as to whether it goes in the stocking or not. If it was a cheap £3 DVD, then yes, but a new release £10 DVD probably wouldn't.

lljkk Wed 25-Dec-13 11:03:48

We have Smallish stockings, cheaper to fill up!

LayMizzRarb Wed 25-Dec-13 11:41:24

It is used by marketing executives to try and get us into a mindset that an item costing £10-20 is really unsubstantial and not really a proper gift, so people feel the need to spend more and more. All the shops who proclaim 'we wish you a merry Christmas' they should just change it to the truth 'we wish we could think of more ways of getting you to spend more money'.
It's why I don't celebrate Christmas. I hate the commercial greed. People spending money in the name of someone they don't think about the 364 days of the year. I treat my family and friends throughout the year instead.

Coconutty Wed 25-Dec-13 11:43:12

Stockings here are shaped like bin liners so we fit DVDs, Xbox games etc in them easily.

Rufustherednosedreindeer Wed 25-Dec-13 17:47:56

Stockings here are just stuffed with sweets

HicDraconis Wed 25-Dec-13 19:17:53

Small stockings here, with chocolates, a book, small Lego kit, card game, pencils/pencil case - little things. Which still don't really fit in so always one or two Santa gifts sitting on the chest by the bed.

One larger gift under the tree from us, something from each grandparent and something from my siblings & their children. We've probably had the smallest Christmas this year in terms of quantity of gifts - quality (I think) was much higher and the family time playing all the games was some of the best it's been.

AmberLeaf Wed 25-Dec-13 19:30:04

All stocking fillers come from poundland here.

no commercial greed.

Snog Sat 28-Dec-13 09:01:34

We use nylon tights which fit quite big presents and dvds and books easily go in. stockings are a main event for us and adults get them too. Any smallish prezzies up to about £30 can go in ours so the stockings are quite ££ and we love them!

everydayaschoolday Sat 28-Dec-13 10:27:18

agnesf chocolate cigarettes sticks available here, and they have the sweet 'tobacco' too.

http://www.aquarterof.co.uk/choco-sticks-p-151629.html

everydayaschoolday Sat 28-Dec-13 10:27:29
lottieandmia Sat 28-Dec-13 10:30:43

I put small things that fit into a stocking - socks, hair slides, necklace, bracelet, make up, sweets, chocolate coins and a Lego friends watch for the 4 year old.

wonderingsoul Sat 28-Dec-13 11:07:37

i dont like buy tat that wont be used or will be broken in an hour just to put in a stocking. id rarther spend a bit more knowing thell be used.

i also dont like putting in socks opants.. as to me there not presents..i buy them through out the year when they ar eneeded. which make it quite hard.

this year they had ds1
a book like to attach to his books when he reads in bed. (£1)
bath crayons. (£1)
chocolate stars (£1)
jelly bean candy cane.(£1)
fart keyring (£2) graqnted this was quite tatty)
a mine craft plush creeper (£8)

ds2
(rubber duck and ruber duck babies (£3)
abc bath letter in tub (£2)
chocolate stars (£1)
giant candy cane (£1)
burb keyring (£2)
minecraft plush enderman (£8)

so there not expensive..bar the plush but they have all been used and will last, though i find boys alot harder, girls i could quite easly find non tat things.

last year santa just put present under thier tree.. which included dvds, chacter umbrella. games.

makes more sense to me to spend a bit extra for better qualty stuff then tat that will be forgotton about or broken really easly.

Snog Sat 28-Dec-13 13:06:16

socks and pants on the other hand are essential in a stocking in our house!

mumeeee Sat 28-Dec-13 14:00:25

We had pillow cases when I was a child our DDs had these to start with and now have a Christmas bag about the size of a pillow case. They are not full to the top though but all the DDs are in their 20's now and me and DH have a pillow case each. When they were children they always had a blown up balloon or big ball in the top so it looked full. FC only bought the stocking presents and no single item was over £5

HappyMummyOfOne Sat 28-Dec-13 15:02:38

We dont do stockings, tried one year but wasnt keen so didnt bother again. We do smaller presents of books, dvds, chocolate that i would class as stocking fillers but steer clear of clothes as they are an essential item that i just buy as and when needed rather than buy to wrap up.

mumeeee Sat 28-Dec-13 16:05:46

Our girls used to love getting clothes in their stockings.

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