Christmas stocking stuffers can get out of budget control in a hurry when trying to fill multiple stockings. The best way I have found to stay on budget is to shop year-round for mark-down and clearance items. However, it’s December so what’s a mom to do?
Set a budget. I allow $5 to $10 on one toy per stocking for each child. I proceed to fill in the stockings with toiletry items such as new toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, a favorite body wash. I also include new underclothes and batteries for toys. This year I have found Ear Fun Clips online at The Container Store that will be a big hit. These are decorative clips much like Jibitz but you clip these to your ear phones.
Christmas stockings for adults can be another matter altogether, so keep your budget clearly in mind. One thing my family likes to do is make our own coupons. If your spouse loves a certain dessert, make a coupon for that dessert. Or, maybe a coupon for an afternoon with no kids. Coupons or gift cards to their favorite restaurant is nice. A luxury item like a Starbucks gift card is always a big hit. Be playful and creative!