Holiday Stockings

What's in your stocking?

Christmas morning wouldn't be the same without that most classic of images: a line of stockings hung by the chimney (with care). Throw in a live Christmas tree, a mug of eggnog and some cheery family members in their Christmas matching pajamas, and you've got yourself a Christmas morning for the ages, by golly. What could possibly be better? Moreover, how do you know what to include in your loved ones' stockings to make their day the absolute best it can be?

Before you even consider what to put in a stocking, you need to make sure you have just the right stocking for each person. Lands' End personalized needlepoint Christmas stockings are a great way to add an individual touch to the mantel. Get one for every member of the family – yourself included – and you can even get your loved ones' names embroidered on their stockings for a personalized touch. While you're at it, make sure you get a stocking for the family dog. We have stockings that are perfectly dog-sized, to make sure Buddy has a great Christmas, too.

Let's also consider what goes around the stockings. Decorating your holiday mantel is a great way to get yourself in the holiday spirit, as well as framing all those lovely stockings. Throw on some classic holiday decorations, and maybe string up some garland while you're at it. A touch of greenery can be really refreshing in the winter, and your mantel will feel full of life with the addition of some fresh evergreen garland.

Now, what to include in your loved ones' stockings? Favorite candies and small toys for children are always a big hit, but why not include some surprises? We think a great addition would be a cozy winter scarf, which just about any member of the family would love.

We love the idea of a stocking stuffer that leads to a bigger gift. While your high schooler might prefer to find the keys to their new tricked-out ride in their stocking, why not wrap up a washcloth that leads them to their new set of monogrammed bath towels? Towels may not be as immediately exciting as a car, but we think your son or daughter will really come around when they feel the true quality of our soft and absorbent all-cotton towels. We also have plenty of kids towels for the younger members of your family, so no one's left out.

If there's one thing we love about Christmas, it's family togetherness. But if there's one additional thing we love about Christmas, it's stockings. Take a little time this holiday season to pick out the right stocking for every member of your family, and once you've done that, the possibilities for you to fill those stockings are limited only to your imagination – and the size of the stocking, of course. That too.

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