WAHM Tips for Stocking Stuffers
If you are a WAHM, or work at home mom, Christmas can either be a challenge as you try and juggle the kids, working from home and preparing for the big day itself. Stocking stuffers are the fun little trinkets and gifts that Santa brings so that the kids have a little extra fun.
The little stocking fillers might even encourage the kids to stay in bed for a few extra minutes as they examine what’s inside their Christmas stocking before coming to wake you up!
Here are a few WAHM stocking stuffer tips that can help save some money as well as keep everyone happy.
Candy is the best way to fill a stocking full. However, Christmas themed candy can be quite expensive depending on what kind you purchase. Look into buying bags of candy such as M&Ms and Peppermint Tootsie Pops and separate them into holiday Ziploc bags for the kids. Or you can even buy holiday or wrapped Hershey’s Kisses as well. This will save money and give you enough to go around.
2. Dollar Store Trinkets
If you have a lot of people on your list to buy stocking stuffers for, look into going to the dollar store. This is also great for small kids that will more than likely break whatever toys they get within a few days. Small holiday themed trinkets can often be purchased in packs such as Santa straws, Christmas pens or pencils and other small treasures. This saves money that you can use for those big ticket items that you wanted to get.
3. Gift Certificates
Being a WAHM, sometimes you don’t have time to do a lot of shopping because of dealing with the kids all day long and working with deadlines. If this sounds like you, then gift certificates or gift cards may be perfect, especially for older children and adults that may be a little more picky about the items that they receive. Giving them a gift certificate to their favorite store saves you from taking items back later on as well as listening to grumbling teenagers that they didn’t receive the CD, book, clothes, etc that they wanted this year.
4. Hand Made Gifts
For the kids you can make cute stuffed sock animals that will delight younger children. Or if they’re slightly older, make a stuffed animal for dad with them. He’ll love having something hand made by the children in his stocking, and the kids will love making something for him.
Collect together any promotional merchandise, corporate give-aways and promotional tee-shirts, beanie hats, baseball caps etc. You can even collect cologne & perfume samples from magazines. Place them all in the stocking for no-cost stuffers for your Christmas stocking.
6. Don’t Overdo It
Stocking stuffers are supposed to be small treats. There is no need to go out and buy hundreds of dollars worth of small things to fill a stocking with. Just pick a few things and then leave the rest to the bigger items that will be under the tree. This makes things easier for you when it comes time to picking out gifts if you don’t have to worry about purchasing large stocking stuffers as well.
Jennifer Kardish writes for Stocking Fillers where you can find great ideas for stocking fillers for the entire family. Whether you are looking for inexpensive fillers, green fillers, or fillers for the kids, StockingFillers.org is the place for you.
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