I am not sure if you have ever thought about this, but stocking fillers give me conflicting emotions. On one hand, I think it is kind of fun for the kids to open lots of little gifts, but on the other hand, I get tired of the little useless toys that the kids play for a whole 5 minutes and then discard forever!! Think about it, you could spend around $15 in useless stocking fillers that the kids will get bored of in less than 10 minutes.
So this year I made a resolution of making sure that we only buy useful stocking fillers. It all came to me when we started bringing out the decorations from the basement. I noticed that the whole lot of fillers from last year was there in one of the boxes... unused... so that was it! no more, we will get useful stuff this year.
Today after work I headed to my local walmart to get my mum and my auntie some stockings as they are coming to spend Christmas with us (I can't wait) I have not had Christmas with them in about 5 years. Also, this is the first time we are having Christmas in my house so I thought it would be nice for them to have their own stockings. I found 2 nice ones for them.
I also looked for some fillers for their stockings - I found some nice candles that I know they will love.
While there I had my eyes opened for ideas for the kids too. I was on the toothpaste isle when I noticed these cute Colgate Holiday packages for only $6. They have a toothpaste and a toothbrush and they come with Dora, Sponge Bob and other characters. I know my kids will love these as they are so into Sponge Bob right now - they literally watch it everyday. This is the perfect gift for their stockings. It is useful, good for them and fun too. I bought one package for each kid.
I am also going to add a little hourglass counter so they know to brush their teeth for 2 minutes at a time. I wish the pack had some dental floss so they could get the whole routine in one go. I will get that one too. I was going to but I had to run out of the shop to make my gymnastic class!!! I will let you know later which other fillers I end up getting!!
On the stockings they go!