The holiday season can be quite expensive but doesn’t have to be. Here are 20+ kids’ Christmas stocking stuffer ideas for under 10 dollars.
Let’s take a look and get inspired!
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The Legend of the Christmas Stockings:
Were you aware that this beloved Christmas tradition goes as far back as 1823 when Clement Clarke Moor wrote “A Visit from Saint Nicolas“?
Yes, this Christmas tradition is originated from the life of Saint Nicholas!
Here a short version of the most popular legend about why stockings are hung at Christmas:
A recently widowed man had three beautiful girls. He did the best he could but had a tough time making ends meet.
Therefore he was worried that through their impoverished status they weren’t able to marry.
St. Nicholas was in town and heard about the family. He knew the man wouldn’t take his charity directly.
So he decided to slide down the chimney and filled the girls recently laundered stockings and hang them on the fireplace to dry.
Quite interesting isn’t it?
Do you like to read more about how this essential part of the Christmas tradition came to be?
Then take a look here for those and more fascinating information.
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What gifts are from the parents and what is Santa Claus bringing?
So big shock Christmas socks are from St. Nicholas!
But what gifts are from Santa now?
What gifts from the parents?
Or does St. Nicholas has to bring the stuffing fillers now?
Good questions and I m sure there is no perfect answer to it.
As many of you know by now, I m German, married American.
In my culture, there is not such a thing as Santa Claus.
St. Nicholas fills our shoes on Dec. 6th St. Nicholas Day.
We celebrate Christmas on Dec. 24th Christmas eve. The “Christkindle” brings the toys in honor of Jesus’s birth.
Now to integrate both cultures into our children’s lives we created our own.
We celebrate Christmas eve alone as a family, the “Christkindl” comes and brings the kids presents.
On Christmas day, Dec 25th, Santa Claus is coming in the mornings and we spend the day with my husband’s family when possible.
That doesn’t mean my kids are getting the double amount of gifts, we just split them.
The holiday season is just such a precious time especially with young children in the house, I didn’t want them to miss out on either of our family traditions.
Therefore we have elfes on the shelves in the house, Christmas stuffings, watch movies like the Grinch, and make gingerbread houses. You won’t believe it but those things are really not uncommon in Germany and probably most of Europe as well.
On the other side, we have an advent calendar, advent wreath, St. Nicholas, and our St. Martins lantern walk. The kids really enjoy every single activity it doesn’t matter where it comes from!
So really the only advice I can give you regarding Christmas gifts and traditions is, think it through thoroughly and stick to it even when you regret it afterward.
There is no right or wrong it needs to fit for you like family, your belief, and your upbringing!
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How to fill Christmas Stocking Stuffers
No need to get overbored!
But as you also can tell, by now the holiday season can be very expensive if you get overbored.
The good news is, it doesn’t have to be.
There are still so many nice things out they don’t have to be expensive and bring a great deal of joy. Especially as I always try to remember my children that Christmas isn’t about getting toys, it’s about the celebration of Jesus’s birth!
Therefore I m always looking for inexpensive things to fill my advents calendar and Christmas stockings. Here my tip on what I m trying to include in our stocking stuffers:
- something fun
- something useful
- something educational
- something to read
- something for the family
- something to play with
Christmas stocking stuffer tips:
Here are some of my top picks for this years Christmas:
Let’s be creative and build some paper airplanes. It is the perfect steam activity to keep the children busy for a whole afternoon. Tip: Make an airplane race competition afterward.
Need some quiet time in the house. Try this scratch art set to keep your kids entertained during stressful times to calm them down.
Try this fun but educational math game!
Dinosaur cars are brilliant and perfect for dino and car lovers.
Try this educational game. Be aware it can be quite difficult.
Invisible Ink markers are perfect for secret messages and little adventures.
Try this classic game Simon says, it is the perfect size for your purse or a long car ride.
Something funny. We all need to laugh some more!
Does your kid like music? Then try this harmonica.
Need some calming activity? Try this super Z outlet.
Something useful for cold times!
Something for the family. Perfect for another game night.
Let’s be creative and get some coloring on.
Time for a shadow animal show.
Something for wild boys and girls! It reminds me of Max and Moritz a German classic.
Build your own wooden car and race afterward.
Let’s paint dinosaurs.
Time to play jokes on each other!
Riddles are so much fun!
Girls it is time to look pretty.
No tangle hairbrush.
Scissor skills for the little once.
My girl is obsessed with unicorns, what shall I say.
For joke lovers.
Something educational. Let’s practice handwriting.
Fine motor skill activity for toddlers.
Palm grip crayolas.
Something to read!
I hope my kids Christmas stocking stuffer ideas were useful to you. Don't forget to leave a comment below and let me know what you like to buy as stocking stuffer materials. I love to hear from you!
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