The Christmas season is here! Are you ready to spread joy with family and friends? The holidays can be tough financially, mentally, and spiritually. If you feel a sense of gratitude for everything in your life, consider sharing with others.
Christmas is a great time to give. As you attend Christmas church services, participate in social gatherings with your family, and other community events, think about all the people around you. Do they need extra kindness this Christmas?
For many, filling Christmas stockings with goodies is a major part of the holiday celebrations. As you begin to play the honorary role of Santa Claus, consider making an extra Christmas stocking to share with others. One simple act of kindness at Christmas can create a positive impact on someone’s whole holiday season.
Are you wondering who may need a filled Christmas stocking? Consider all the people; you encounter daily. If you still wondering who to put on your list, consider the following people for an extra Christmas stocking.
Friends: Yes, you can make adult-themed Christmas stockings with a nice bottle of wine or lots of high-quality chocolate.
Extended Family Members: Do you know an older relative who is living alone? Or perhaps, do you have elderly neighbors who always greet you with a smile? Surprise them with a Christmas stocking filled with goodies.
Children: Do you know a family who is struggling? Are they able to give Christmas stockings? Giving a child a Christmas stocking creates a lasting memory. (Remember you may need to ask permission to give a child a Christmas stocking. Some foods and toys may not be allowed.) Leave the Christmas stocking somewhere special with a note from Santa Claus.
Teacher: The pandemic, health guidelines, switching between online and in-person learning, teachers are remarkable and deserving of an extra Christmas stocking
Bus Driver: Every day, you trust the bus driver to get your child safely to school. The person deserves a special Christmas treat.
Childcare Provider: High-quality childcare providers are in demand. If you are lucky enough to find a great person to care for your child, brighten the provider’s day with an extra Christmas stocking.
Dog Walker: Rain or shine your dog walker is always on time to take your precious four-legged friend for a walk. For added fun, make the extra Christmas stocking a gift from your dog.
Your Dog’s Pal: When you go to the dog park, does your dog always find the same pal? Give your dog’s pal an extra Christmas stocking filled with doggie treats and toys (and you can give one to the owner).
Customer Service Representative: An extra Christmas stocking for the bagger at the grocery store, the waitress at the local cafe, or the barista who always gets your morning order correct. Or the friendly cashier who always seems to be happy.
The Christmas season is a great time for giving gifts. A Christmas stocking filled with holiday-themed goodies is an easy way to spread joy. Merry Christmas!
Are you getting ready to do some last-minute shopping? When finding the perfect stocking stuffers, do not forget your dog. Your faithful companion will love the extra attention on Christmas morning.
Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Your Dog
Ball: A new ball to chase around the yard or at the dog park.
Squeaky Toy: Okay, a new squeaky may be annoying for you, but your dog loves the noisy toy.
Collar: A new collar to match your dog’s personality. Get a matching leash.
Bandana: This inexpensive item comes in numerous colors and designs. You could get your dog one for each day of the week.
Treats: Your dog loves treats. Place your four-legged friend’s favorite treats in the stocking or make a batch of homemade ones. Your dog will thank you with lots of kisses.
Winter Coat: Are you in a colder climate? Dogs love to be pampered. Buying your dog a winter coat will make outdoor time more fun.
Personalized Dog Tag: Get your dog a customized dog tag to ensure a safe return home if lost.
Make Christmas time promises to your dog. For example, to spend extra quality time together through the holiday season. A longer walk or extra cuddle time while binge-watching your favorite show, your dog will enjoy your time together.
Dogs are an essential part of any home. Millions of pet owners treat their four-legged companions as part of the family. Including all of your pets in various activities is a normal part of celebrating. The Christmas season is no exception to the rule. Dogs and other pets get holiday gifts, Christmas attire, and much more.
When we begin decorating, Christmas stockings are part of the holiday decor. Including your dogs in every aspect of the Christmas season is fun. Placing Christmas stockings for your dogs does not need to be a costly addition to your decorating budget.
Decorating Christmas Stockings for Your Dogs
Start by gathering the necessary materials. Remember, these stockings are for your dogs. You know the best stocking to fit their personalities.
The stockings do not require a lot of items to make.
Christmas Stocking of your choice. (Note: I found mine at the Dollar Tree. The price was great. The dog on the front was perfect for this simple craft. They also carry cat ones if anyone wants to make a Christmas stocking for their beloved cats.)
Glitter Glue or Fabric Paint
Next, simply start outlining the stocking’s features with the glitter glue. Use the glue to write your dogs’ names on each of the stockings.
Let dry overnight. Then, hang the stockings as part of your Christmas decor.
The week before Christmas is generally the busiest. Are you ready? Are the gifts wrapped? Do you have all your stocking stuffers? Check out these 100 stocking stuffer ideas to help find the perfect items for everyone on your list.
100 Stocking Stuffer Ideas
Gift cards or phone cards
Rolled quarters decorated with holiday paper and ribbon. (This is great for college kids who do their own laundry).
Mini sketch pads
Gel or glitter pens
Post it notes
Mini coloring books or activity pads
Do-it-yourself craft kits
Mini Lego sets
Travel sized hair products
Hair ties and accessories
Mittens or gloves
Earmuffs or headband
Small photo frames with or without a picture
Mini photo books
Car air fresheners
Concert or community event tickets
Lottery scratch off
Theme park tickets
Monthly subscription to Netflix or Hulu
Favorite magazine or note of a new subscription to the magazine
Small figurines or action figures
USB Flash drives
Wallet or money clip
Desk supplies including colorful paperclips, stapler, and staples
Bath time toys
Eyeglass cleaning kit
Christmas ornament (Make this a yearly tradition)
Trail mix packs
Microwave popcorn packs
Hot cocoa packets
Variety packs of crackers
Snack-sized packages of chips
Christmas themed candy, Candy Canes, and Harry Potter Chocolate Frogs