Ultimate Stocking Blueprint
Stockings are like rapid-fire gift giving—tiny bursts of excitement with each little trinket, toy or tasty piece of candy. A childhood tradition that is seriously underrated, a good stocking is thoughtful, personal and surprising. It shows someone (your significant other, for example) that you've been paying attention and took some time to assemble a package of presents tailored to their tastes. Of course, not all the pieces have to be extravagant. Some are funny. Some are practical. That's the whole point. Here's how to assemble the ultimate stocking, with a few crowd-pleasing suggestions.
The wonderful filling to any good stocking. Candy canes and Pez dispensers were childhood traditions, but you could always trade up: quality chocolate, sea salt caramels ($18) and some old school peppermint sticks ($4). Feel free to customize to their tastes.
Because the stocking's always the first to be opened (right?), you can give clues to the big ticket gift coming up. A camera strap ($119) for the camera they asked for or maybe the remote to the flat screen TV hidden in the closet.
Maybe it's ear plugs because she says you snore. Or perhaps she gets you that girly face cream she knows you'll steal from her. All's fair in love and gift-giving.
Small scale with a big impact. It could be as personal as a handwritten IOU for dinner, as thoughtful as tickets to an upcoming show or movie, or as grand as plane tickets.
An orange in the toe of a stocking is an old tradition that goes back to the real St. Nicholas. It adds an old-timey charm, holds the stocking's shape and makes it easier to fill.