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Looking For Non-Toy Stocking Ideas

Running errands and catching up on some stuff around here today and thinking about stocking stuffers. I would love to hear if you have any traditions/favorites that are not toys to go in a child's or an adult's stocking. Anything beyond books, movies, candy, oranges, etc?

Hope to have Days 7 & 8 of my December Daily up tomorrow.

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  1. Tiffany says…
    12/08/2009

    We do homemade coupon books: chore free day, stay up 1/2hr later, restaurant meal, etc. They are a hit with my 8 and 10 year old.

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  2. Elisabeth Costa says…
    12/08/2009

    Just picked up in the dollar aisle at Target today a mini tree kit in a pot. Also have socks, lip balm, magazine, memo book for lists, floating flashlights, book store gift cards...always an adventure to find "different" things:)

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  3. Kerry Walsh says…
    12/08/2009

    Growing up we got thank you notes in our stockings..the best were personalized with a pen. Also a penny from the year (2009). I now stuff these in the stockings with the typical orange, candy, dollar store toys.

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  4. melanie says…
    12/08/2009

    lottery tickets! those are always fun...
    playing cards, fun toothbrushes, cool pencils/markers/pens, and lip gloss all come to mind

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  5. Leanne says…
    12/08/2009

    I always put a special tree ornament in our stockings. I try to remember to write on them (discretely) who they are to and the year and it is fun to reminisce as we hang them every year afterward.

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  6. Linda Mc says…
    12/08/2009

    Just for fun I put in toothpaste and a toothbrush. Socks are fun too!

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  7. Cynthia H says…
    12/08/2009

    Recently heard about making a puzzle out of a photograph on mpix.com. Don't know if that counts as a toy or not...

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  8. Susan says…
    12/08/2009

    i love to tuck in a new box of crayons for the kids, gum, cd's, small travel size games are fun. for hubby, i almost always do car washes, his favorite chocolate and little things like new shavers. have fun!

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  9. paula says…
    12/08/2009

    lotto cards, gift certificates, chapstick, calendars, handkerchiefs, recipe cards, small frames, CDs, socks, travel supplies, dish towels, dish rags, crocheted scrubbies, seasonal hand towels, pens, markers, crayons, color books, ornaments, coffee cups, nail polish, sticky notes, golf tees, balls and markers, fishing flies/lures, scarves, gloves, mittens - I could go on, but these are the things off the top of my head that we've used.

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  10. Dawn Morgan says…
    12/08/2009

    I do stockings for my kids, husband and parents. For the kids, my two favorite things are a new ornament and fun socks. For my husband, I get him travel size toiletries since he is gone a lot and for my Mom and Mother in law, they usually get a pocket calendar, mini soaps and lotions and the dollar gloves from target.

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  11. Heather G says…
    12/08/2009

    chapstick, small notepad/book, new pencils/pens, lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste, ornament

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  12. Kristin H. says…
    12/08/2009

    What about a disposable camera?

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  13. susanne says…
    12/08/2009

    i always do fun toothbrushes, bubble bath, but this year i am excited to have found KOOKY KLICKERS- which are cool pens that my kids love. My 4 year old is so into star wars, much like your simon & i found a set of these on ebay that were star wars themed, darth, luke, bobba fett & c3PO- (he will be going to kindergarten next year & i am hoping to get him to have some intrest in writing his name, because it is still a big headache to try to get him to put some effort into this...)For my other son i found a sponge Bob themed set

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  14. Kris Cline says…
    12/08/2009

    Nailpolish, items for the persons hobby(caribiners, adhesive, knitting needles, ribbon,,,), desk supplies...

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  15. Lisa says…
    12/08/2009

    We always get new pyjamas. Each year I give my daughters a charm for a bracelet - the charm reflects something significant from that year eg shoes when they walked, favourite toy etc. I have a page in their scrapbook where I add the charm and special memory. Hubby always gets a new cap.

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  16. Lou Stiner says…
    12/08/2009

    Fun socks, electric toothbrushes, chapstick, flashlight....

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  17. Melissa Gruber says…
    12/08/2009

    the girls will be getting this year...cute socks,big girl underwear, chap stick, stickers, sun glasses and i am not sure what else, maybe an ornament.
    they already have one of my crayon roll(easter basket)last year, but that is a great stocking stuffer as well.
    for my husband...socks, gift cards for lunch places, chap stick too, and a hat.
    hope that helps!

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  18. Teri Lynn says…
    12/08/2009

    For kids: glow sticks (lately have been in the $1.00 section of Target & Michael's); playing cards that are personalized with your own photo; fun school supplies for the new year (funny shaped calculator, erasers that are shapes, colorful paper clips or jump rings); journal; socks of course; soft hats are usually easy to fold up in a stocking; magazine subscription; cards to write to others; in Barnes & Noble they always have those rounders with little kits on them... like a mini zen garden or a planting thing, those are good if you find one that fits the person; tea bags; mini frame, key chains; coasters . . . good luck shopping! :)

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  19. sansku :) says…
    12/08/2009

    art supplies, notepads, cool pens, flashlight, tools (never too early to start their collection), cd's...

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  20. Amy Beam says…
    12/08/2009

    - hair ties
    - lotion
    - baseball cards
    - playing cards
    - small things of tea/coffee
    - christmas ornaments
    - reusable shopping bag
    - jewlery
    - soaps
    - fun pens/pensils
    - candles
    - seed packets or bulbs
    - stamps
    - lip balm
    - gift cards
    I find that World Market in particular has some cool stuff for stocking stuffers that are not very expensive.

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  21. Carolyn E says…
    12/08/2009

    My mother-in-law still fills stockings for her three grown children plus spouses...she fills it with travel sized items, plus things like chapstick, small tissues, etc... my DH uses them when he travels and I use them for when we have guests.
    I love to add pencils, erasers, bookmarks, fun socks, small puzzles or travel sized games for my son. As for my DH, I add small things like sockets, or drill bits, (he is always in need of those) as well as pens and markers for his office.

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  22. Annette says…
    12/08/2009

    socks and underware are always expected by my family...
    gift cards for McDonalds....gloves and caps for the cold weather.
    Annette

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  23. Jewelle says…
    12/08/2009

    My husband started us on this tradition. Each year everyone gets new toothbrushes. I try and find fun ones for the kids. Maybe a character on them. Just something they WOULDN"T get from the dentist. Unless of course you have an extra cool dentist who gives out those kind of brushes ;)

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  24. sue Treiber says…
    12/08/2009

    my kids love to get the individual packets of different flavored cocoas/ ciders in their stockings. They are also really into mechanical pencils!

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  25. Ashley Harris says…
    12/08/2009

    We sometimes put in a handheld game like Yahtzee. There is always nail polish, chap stick, a small Swiss army knife. Those always come in handy when opening kids toys.

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