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24 December 2012 No Comment

Giving gifts can always be a challenge, especially for people who seem to have everything. Putting gifts in stockings can be even more difficult, but it’s also a place to have some fun. While you can always stick with candy canes in the stocking, you can also feel free to get a bit more creative and give some gifts that will have big impact on that person. Since stockings are usually checked after all the other gifts are open, you can even surprise someone with a bigger gift that would normally go under the tree.

Phone Cases and Protectors – Smartphones are very useful, but they are also fragile beyond belief. Screen protectors can be found at any electronics store to keep the glass from picking up scratches from every day use, but you can help add some style to a phone with a fun phone cover. Check sites like Etsy to find a custom phone cover that matches your loved one’s style.

Gift Cards – Gift cards are some of the most universally panned gifts to give, but they can also provide the most value for the gift recipient. While gift cards may not be a suitable gift under the tree, they are perfect for stocking stuffers. Got a poor college student home for the holidays? Try a gift card to the local grocery store or to Amazon to help buy textbooks online.

Medical Alert Jewelry – These little stocking stuffers are small, but they can have a big impact. While it can sometimes be tough to get loved ones to wear these, companies like Hope Paige offer stylish medical ID bracelets and pendants. These can easily be added to with fun charms to make sure your loved ones with allergies or chronic illnesses can be cared for in an emergency.

Personal Hygiene – It can be easy to forget little hygiene tools like a new toothbrush, razors or nail care kits. Give the gift of hygiene with some small tools that are easy to fit in a stocking.

Watches – Watches can be a difficult gift, since everyone has their own style, so you should look for a watch that can be changed if needed. The Timex Weekender can be found online for as low as $30, and retailers offer a full line of replacement bands in all sorts of colors and styles, so it’s sure to be a hit.

Clothing Accessories – Scarves or ties make a great stocking gift for men or women. It’s a bit of a pain to wrap up a single tie or scarf, but adding it to a stocking is a breeze. Stockings are often reserved for small, silly gifts, but there’s no reason you can’t offer a practical gift alongside some fun stocking stuffers.

Portable Speakers – There are plenty of stand-alone, on-to-go speakers, but many can cost as much as $300. The Supertooth Disco 2 is available in a range of colors, can fit in your pocket with room-filling sound, and it’s only $99.

Fancy Dog Treats – You can’t afford to overlook man’s best friend this holiday season, but most dogs aren’t the gift-unwrapping type. Since it’s the holidays, filling a stocking with fancy natural dog treats can make your dog one festive pup.

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