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What is your one UNUSUAL stocking filler that others maybe haven't thought of?

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NorbertDentressangle Sat 04-Oct-08 09:58:14

Inspired by the stocking filler thread I noticed that we all tend to put the same old crap gifts in but occasionally you come across something that no-one else seems to have thought of.

My tip is (and this is very popular with my DD and some friends DC): pieces of rough cut gems/crystals/quartz or polished gemstones.

A lot of places sell them from about £1 each upwards, you can also fill a little gift bag for a set price. It appeals to the sciencey types and the magpie-types that just like sparkly things

Whats your tip?

cupsoftea Sat 04-Oct-08 09:59:58

thanks an interesting idea nd

yomellamoHelly Sat 04-Oct-08 10:18:32

Dh has had a variety pack of cereal (£1.39 I think) since he was small (his parents were broke and needed something big to fill it up for not a lot of cash). He's had one ever since, and now ds1 is getting them too. (Ds2 needs to do a bit of growing.) Is great because usally we stick to healthy cereals for breakfast so there are some real treats in there - coco pops, frosties, ice krispies.

jollyoldstnickschick Sat 04-Oct-08 10:21:54

thats fab idea yomellamohelly

StewieGriffinsMom Sat 04-Oct-08 10:36:53

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Buckets Sat 04-Oct-08 14:52:57

Great idea Norbert, I carried about a pillbox full of tumbled semi-precious stones for a whole summer once (aged about 10!) They all had personalities of their ownblush.

This is all gold dust guys cheers, keep em coming (goes off to find a pen).

anorak Sat 04-Oct-08 14:55:21

A packet of cookie mix so your child can make some cookies.

bran Sat 04-Oct-08 15:27:30

What a good idea for a thread. We didn't do a stocking last year because we were at MIL's in Malaysia for Christmas and they don't do the whole Santa Claus thing. But the year before (when ds was only 2) we were at my parents' in Dublin and my Mum was horrified when I said we weren't going to do a stocking, so she got all the bits for it. We're in Dublin again this year so I suppose I should assemble at least a few bits to go into the stocking.

The gemstones suggestion has given me an idea for part of DS's proper present, I might buy him some fossils as he is quite fascinated by that sort of thing.

expatinscotland Sat 04-Oct-08 15:29:26

hey, anorak's back

how about essential oils?

i'm putting some pretty bits of sea glass or pottery in ours this year.

wonderstuff Sat 04-Oct-08 15:36:21

Does everyone else get an apple, satsuma and 20p??

cheesesarnie Sat 04-Oct-08 15:38:34

yes satsuma is a must!

i love this thread!

bran Sat 04-Oct-08 15:57:40

Cutesy stationery is always good too, pencils with feathery tops or googly eyes, erasers that smell and textured/patterned notebooks. Even boys like them, at least my DS does.

TheProvincialLady Sat 04-Oct-08 16:01:39

A gigantic bar of chocolate covered marzipan - and if the child didn't like marzipan that would only be a bonus!

Mercy Sat 04-Oct-08 16:09:46

Mine get a magazine or comic. Not cheap but it does keep them quiet!

StewieGriffinsMom Sat 04-Oct-08 17:46:54

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ChippyMinton Sat 04-Oct-08 17:51:43

head torches were a hit last year, for reading in bed.

love the cereal variety pack idea

hana Sat 04-Oct-08 17:55:28

we do mini cereals here too
toothbrush/toothpaste
novelty plasters
container of sprinkles from the cake aisle

love the gems idea, my 7 year old would love that!

twoboots Sat 04-Oct-08 18:14:36

i was doing a school project on germany in 1989, i got a piece of the berlin wall. Mum told me recently it was fake!

FabioAsGoodAsItGets Sat 04-Oct-08 18:16:08

a kitten

roquefortlover Sat 04-Oct-08 18:18:45

small pack of novelty tissues always v popular here!

also tacky Christmas socks

small joke book/notebook

I also second the gemstones and fancy stationery.

UnfortunatelyMe Sat 04-Oct-08 18:18:55

these dont need batterys and are really nice quality

Pig torch!

Buckets Sat 04-Oct-08 21:05:40

Ooh yes Hana, posh chocolate flakes to have in bread and butter sandwiches, Holland-style. Wow little childhood comfort food memoriy coming back now...

girlandboy Sat 04-Oct-08 21:10:59

I did the gemstone last Christmas - one of those that looks like a slice of pretty coloured stone. Ds collects them.

I like the head torch idea, though dh has one for work!hmm

Yurtgirl Sat 04-Oct-08 21:13:28

shock at a kitten Fabio!

I love the gemstones idea

morningpaper Sat 04-Oct-08 21:13:28

a new toothbrush!

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