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How much goes in the stockings?

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FreakoidOrganisoid Sun 27-Oct-13 16:05:01

I always go way overboard blush Buying all the little bits is my favourite part though.

Mine always get:
Choc coins
Festive friends
Bubble bath
Tree decoration
A Christmassy chocolate figure

Then a few bits of tat- bouncy ball, polystyrene glider, grow your own dinosaur, fortune telling fish, disco duck, racing snails etc. (dd told me a few weeks ago these bits were her favourite part of xmas)

A small present (this year slushy cups and syrup)
A main present that's not THE main present dd- password journal, ds- Lewis Hamilton car.

They don't get books from Father Christmas as books are the one thing I will agree to buying them through the year- FC is all about giving them the stuff I say no to! Apart from toothbrushes and satsumas obviously.

Oh and this year they also have santa egg cups as dd saw them and begged me for one but I said no I'm not bloody buying an egg cup you'll use on one day of the year.

So come on, tell me it's hardly anything and my children are not spoilt brats grin

FreakoidOrganisoid Sun 27-Oct-13 16:05:45

Oh shit they also have some primarni headphones each to go in there

notanyanymore Sun 27-Oct-13 16:14:03

i like their stockings to be full, with some bigger presents on the floor around it. They get new pyjama's/dressing gowns/slippers on christmas eve and a big present from us after coffee on chrsitmas day grin i love it!!!

armani Sun 27-Oct-13 16:17:47

I think your list seems very reasonable! smile
I also love buying all the stocking fillers! my dcs have a lego minifigure, small lego bag (freebie from the sun), stacking cups for the bath (they will love these even though my eldest is 7 blush ), a barbie doll and some worry dolls from ebay. Ive yet to buy the chocolate bits as I cant be trusted not to eat it blush ! but they will have a small selection box, choco santa and some choco coins aswell! plus any other small bits that I cant resist! I love christmas and spoiling the dcs is lovely. they dont have alot throughout the year and I set aside a budget and look for bargains smile

StarvingBookworm Sun 27-Oct-13 16:22:05

My two (age 2 and 4) each have a small stocking, containing four small gifts (this year a torch, toothbrush, flannel, roll on soap), plus a satsuma and a bag of choc coins. Gifts are around the tree downstairs. Last year I also attached a Christmas helium balloon to the stockings which the eldest loved!!

lucysmam Sun 27-Oct-13 16:37:22

What are worry dolls and racing snails?

I love stocking filler shopping too....have collected up loads to go in for my two grin

lypsyl (so they don't pinch mine)
pocket pack tissues
little perfume (disney princess from quid shop)
choc coins
clip in coloured hair extension things

Sure there are others but not sure what without looking smile

FreakoidOrganisoid Sun 27-Oct-13 16:45:19

Racing snails are just little wind up snails that they can race against each other. They had those last year and spent over an hour racing them! Worry dolls are tiny little wooden dolls in a little pouch that they tell their worries to and put under their pillow at night.

Mine do only get one present from me as well and the total budget normally comes in at around £100 each so it's not vastly extravagant, it just seems like an awful lot of stuff as I cram it into the stockings. Every year I vow to buy less but never do blush

I have a Christmas savings account that I save into every month, plus I save my nectar and boots point for Xmas each year.

FreakoidOrganisoid Sun 27-Oct-13 16:46:07

Starvingbookworm I wish I had a little of your restraint!

fuzzpig Sun 27-Oct-13 16:51:18

I've gone overboard in the past too but I think we've got our 'forever' stockings now and they aren't massive so it's easier to force myself to limit it.

Definitely will have:
Character undies/socks
Magic flannel
Some chocolate/sweets
One set of character figures. Just ONE - this is the bit I've gone overboard in the past.

Not much room after that so maybe one tiny toy or some hair clips for DD or little diecast planes or something.

lucysmam Sun 27-Oct-13 17:03:17

Did you get the worry dolls and racing snails from anywhere in particular?

Think both my girls would like the snails, the dolls sound good for the oldest smile

FreakoidOrganisoid Sun 27-Oct-13 17:04:09

fuzzpig so are ours, I get around this by sticking half a pair of tights inside each so the presents overspill the actual stocking but are still contained within the tights. And the big present will be wrapped next to the stocking as there's no way they'll fit!

olibeansmummy Sun 27-Oct-13 17:49:39

Ds' (4) stocking will contain:

Aldi chocolate Santa
Chocolate coins
Tube of fruit pastilles
Small Lego set ( moon buggy this year)
Playmobil blind bag
Character socks
Lego brick rubbers
Bath crayons
TMNT magazine rolled up
Glow sticks
Bubble bath

And that's probably it.

olibeansmummy Sun 27-Oct-13 17:50:49

Ooh and a Lego Santa torch, I forgot I had that!

princesscupcakemummyb Sun 27-Oct-13 18:30:12

this is my first year at stockings but ive decided to put in things like

magic flannel
hair accessories
hair brushes
and chochs

Iwaswatchingthat Sun 27-Oct-13 18:44:08

I love the stockings!! Best bit of Christmas for me. Brings back lovely memories of blearily opening mine with my brother in the early hours, then going back to sleep with chocolate on my face!!! My parents always let us open our stockings if we woke up as long as we then went back to sleep and opened them again with them. Big pressies were downstairs!

Anyway I also LOVE it now I have my own little ones. I love them running in with them all excited!

I tend to get far too much and am ashamed to say I have often found on Christmas Eve that I have to put stuff back for next year!!!

I start buying bits as soon sometimes as Boxing Day and shove in my stocking box in the airing cupboard.

This year there are clips, grow your own snowman (50p in the accessorise sale!!!!), hairband, bubbles, coins, magic worm, fake rainbow hair, fluffy pen etc. etc. I have forgotten most of it, but that is part of the fun on Christmas Eve!!! Also none of it costs a fortune - it is mainly in the sale stuff.

shoppingbagsundereyes Sun 27-Oct-13 19:03:00

We do stockings how my family did them when I was little. So the dcs have a pillowcase each. All toys go into the pillowcase except one present from dh and I which is wrapped up and goes under the tree. Presents from family go under the tree too.
We used to keep a big present to be the one from us then realised the kids weren't bothered so last year we gave them a board game each and Santa delivered about £80 worth of toys and stuff to each of them.

TheOnlyPink Sun 27-Oct-13 19:14:52

I love doing the stockings! Ds1 stocking is nearly done, he has

beast quest encyclopedia of beasts
Spiderman electric toothbrush
2 bakugan
travel battleships
deadly 60 animals
Mario pez despenser
and some sweets.

ds2 is much harder as he will be only just 2 but so far

peppa colouring pencils
peppa expanding flannel
matey bubble bath
colouring book
a small toy car
peppa sticker book
some sweets

it looks like I've spent loads, but everything was a bargain, think the electric toothbrush was the most expensive at €3.

NeeNaaw Sun 27-Oct-13 19:21:58

My teens get:
Few chocolates
Gloves (£1)
Hat to match (£1)
Novelty socks
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Funny joke gift
Hairbrush OR razor
Glow sticks

My 4yp gets:
Funny character toothbrush
Sylvanian family creatures x2
Bath crayons
Glow in the dark stars for her room

hallowisitmeyourelookingfor Sun 27-Oct-13 22:29:31

Oh god, stocking shopping is my absolute favourite kind of shopping, and my DC have pillowcases which can fit loads of stuff in. That said, last year we still had to leave some stuff loose on their beds. The DDs are 8 and 9, and imo are a fabulous age to buy for.
I went to Urban Outfitters in the week and picked up some nail art sets, hair chalks, jewellery, hair bobbles, ice cream shaped rubbers, photo frames, Mario and Luigi mugs, a nutella recipe book, can't remember what else.
Then went and did a sweep of Paperchase for writing sets, nice pencil cases, notepads, magnets, fairy lights, patterned selotape and other forgotten things.
These will maybe fill a third of the pillowcases, but will all be used, and is mostly things that would be bought anyway during the course of the year. I also put in a nice pair of pjs for them, sometimes slippers if they can be squished in at the end, some Lush stuff, body spray, a Moshi or similar membership card, shakeaway voucher, and then the orange, a chocolate orange, then chocolate coins and some of their favourite Hotel Chocolat buttons.
Also in there will be a few of the smaller bits that they asked FC for.
Everything else we buy will be from us and go under the tree.
I find DS (2) much harder to buy for though!

Nerfmother Sun 27-Oct-13 22:35:29

But what do you do about their letters to Santa? Mine always write so he buys them/ makes then a cple things off their list and then has fun with some small items. Otherwise, why do a letter to him?

marriedinwhiteisback Sun 27-Oct-13 22:42:23

Do you know I can't remember now but at 15 dd gets:

pretty notebook
Cath Kidston manicure set
pretty pencils
little wooden puzzle
All the above heavily reduced after last xmas

pretty socks from Accessorize
lip balm

I'll also pick up some other bits between now and then which will include some sweets, some bits of make-up, etc.

hallowisitmeyourelookingfor Sun 27-Oct-13 22:46:00

Nerf, FC brings some of the smaller presents they have asked him for, then we buy some of the other bigger things from us to go under the tree. They have a huge family on both sides who all buy for them, mainly surprises, but my parents usually buy something off the FC list too.

MmmmWhiteWine Sun 27-Oct-13 22:56:07

I love bit of Christmas if you ask me. Although our DDs don't get any 'big' presents in their stockings- just small me that's the point of stockings. So far this year I have -

Lip balm
Choc coins
Note book
Moshi figure blind bag
Glitter tattoos
Hair clasps/bobbles
Bertie Botts every flavour beans
Harry potter golden snitch necklace
Finger lights

There will also be a satsuma & £1 coin.

Chottie Mon 28-Oct-13 02:16:11

My DC are in their 30s and I still do Christmas stockings smile but I love doing as much as when they were toddlers smile

Tinkerisdead Mon 28-Oct-13 06:45:35

I love stockings! I didn't have any as a child and I used to wonder why Santa didn't bring me one. Now with my own family it's my favourite bit. Dd1 gets so excited, more than that she gets more excited to see what everyone else has which gives me a real glow. Dh does me a stocking too and it's always brilliant, far more thought than the actual gifts he buys me.

My dd1 (nearly 5)
Number writing/wipeable cards
Led hair extensions
Choc coins
A windup torch
Fairy tattoos

Dd2 (nearly 2)
Ballet shoe style socks
Windup torch
Choc coins
Magic flannel
Phonics flash cards(more for the pictures!)
The bargain amazon finger puppets

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