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Stockings are one of my favorite parts of Christmas morning! I don’t know if it’s the challenge of finding items that will fit into a giant sock, or the excuse to splurge on the little impulse-purchase type things we resist throughout the rest of the year (those EOS lip balms in the check out line, am I right???), but both stuffing and opening stockings is something I always look forward to. Now that I have two little ones it’s twice the fun!
As much as I would love to go hog-wild on little treasures for my girls, we are on a tight Christmas budget this year (haha, I say that every year….I don’t see it changing in the near future ;)) and stocking stuffers can add up really fast. However, I also hate clutter and don’t want to just buy junk. Even if it was cheap to begin with, who wants to spend any money at all on things that will just be broken or forgotten in 20 minutes? My strategy is to set a budget for each stocking, fill it with a lot of snacks (little bags of crackers and cookies, juice boxes, fruit snacks, applesauce pouches, basically the prepackaged foods that kid dreams are made of), a few useful things that are fun but will get used up and we’d end up buying eventually anyway — play dough, bubble bath, character band-aids that Ella will quickly plaster all over her limbs, cute socks (the Target Dollar Spot is the best for stuff like this!)– and get a one or two nicer toys or games that will hold their appeal past 10 a.m. on Christmas morning!