2011 Stocking Stuffer Guide
Growing up, we always opened our stockings Christmas morning and could count on finding a juicy clementine somewhere inside. Yours might be filled with chocolate coins, lots of little wrapped gifts, or even a toothbrush - hung from a fireplace mantle or a staircase. Whatever your stocking traditions may be, one thing is certain. Kids love them almost as much as the presents under the tree. And, a cleverly filled stocking might just buy you enough time to at least get the coffee started.
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Your young Jedi can wake up to the power of the force with this Darth Vader alarm clock. Makes a perfect stocking stuffer for fans of Lego and Star Wars. He can even use his light saber to hit the snooze button.
Nordstrom | Buy
Give those ordinary pigtails a little something extra with these stylish hair ties by Emi-Jay. These stretchy ties are designed by two teens who also give a little something extra by supporting a number of charitable organizations. Now that’s the kind of stocking stuffer we like.
Emi-Jay | Buy
She loves manis and pedis, you don’t love harsh, smelly chemicals. This gift set of Piggy Paint comes with a festive trio of “natural as mud” nail polish she’ll be thrilled to find in her stocking.
Piggy Paint | Buy
Easily tucked into a stocking, your aspiring doctor will be seeing patients in no time. Lab coat and tuition for medical school not included.
Hearth Song | Buy
In lieu of a bag of chocolate coins, wow them with one big lucky penny. Made of Belgian milk chocolate and part of the Jme collection from chef Jamie Oliver, it’s sure to bring oodles of luck.
Williams-Sonoma | Buy
Bring back family game night. Spot the matching symbol between any 2 cards in this fast and fun game. Sound easy? You’ll need your A game to win. Spot It! contains 55 cards and 4 mini-games in a travel-sized tin, perfect for stockings.
YoYo.com | Buy
Let it snow! Kids who live in a warm climate might find this faux snowball especially captivating. It crunches in your hands like the real thing, but it won’t melt in your pocket. Made of rubber and seeds by Everyday Design in Finland, where they are quite familiar with actual snow.
Madewell | Buy
(Diameter: 2 1/2")
Great for sleepovers, nighttime adventures, or just reading under the covers. This headlamp is sure to entertain the kids and spark imagination. And, if your kids are up as early as ours are on Christmas morning, it might be helpful when you’re opening presents before the sun rises.
Land of Nod | Buy
(Available in red or green.)
A magic wand is essential for wizards and magicians in training. Tips for 15 magic tricks are included. With an abracadabra and a wave of the wand, rooms will be clean and beds will be made. Ahem.
Restoration Hardware | Buy
Maurice Sendak in miniature. This tiny boxed set contains an alphabet book, a book of rhymes about each month, a counting book, and a cautionary tale. Sized just right for small hands, your little wild thing will love this.
Barnes and Noble | Buy