As the holiday season approaches, we are reminded of everything this special time of year brings. The smell of cinnamon and other warm spices wafting in the air. Lights are strung up on houses, and festive decorations pop up at every retail and grocery store in town. People busily shop for Christmas gifts, make eggnog and fruitcake, and pencil in the many holiday parties they plan to attend.
One of the hardest parts of attending a holiday party is coming up with a killer gift. If you are stumped on gift ideas this year and find yourself participating in a Secret Santa gift exchange, let us put your worries at ease. We are here to introduce you to the many reasons why a needlepoint stocking is the perfect Secret Santa gift.
Needlepoint Christmas stockings are unique because they are a gift on their own and at the same time are designed to hold many other gifts. You could gift someone solely with a needlepoint stocking, but it’s always more fun to fill it with trinkets. The stocking stuffer possibilities are endless, and there are plenty of things you can add to the stocking that your recipient will really appreciate and actually use. Outside of practical gift items, you could fill it with loads of snacks like dried fruits, nuts, and delicious chocolate treats. A needlepoint stocking can be a gift for virtually anyone regardless of age or gender; you simply stuff the stocking with everything you know they would like.
Needlepoint stockings are like gift baskets, but better. Another noteworthy benefit of gifting with a needlepoint stocking is that you can theme the gifts you put in it, much like the way you would with a gift basket. And the better you know the person to whom you are giving the gift, the more fun it will be putting it together. If you are shopping for a woman who is a friend, mother, or sister, stuff the stocking with items she can use to pamper herself. You can create an entire mini spa in one stocking. Fill it with a sheet mask, handmade soaps, bath balms, lip balm, nail polish, hand lotions, and other luxurious beauty items. And to finish it off, add a couple packets of tea or gourmet chocolates.
If the needlepoint stocking is for a man, whether he’s a family, a significant other, or anyone else, fill it with products to make a mini grill set. Add rubs, spices, sauces, and smaller cookware. Remember, these are just examples. The best way to create a themed needlepoint stocking gift is to think about the things the person you are buying the gift for loves and buy items accordingly.
A needlepoint stocking is an inexpensive but meaningful gift. You can set a budget for yourself and fill the stockings with items that stay within your price range. At the same time, if you stick to useful items like batteries, or timeless wins like flannel pajamas and chocolates, the person who is getting your gift will actually be able to use your gifts in meaningful ways every day. A few more examples of items people will always appreciate include candles, spices, bath products, coffee, tea, mini liquor or wine bottles, and essential oils.
Why wrap a gift in a generic box with wrapping paper when you can put gifts in a needlepoint stocking? It’s far more decorative and, unlike wrapping paper, is not wasteful. In fact, it’s actually practical and meaningful, therefore it’s not going to get thrown away carelessly. People will enjoy using their stocking during every holiday season to come, too. Needlepoint stockings come in all different colors and designs, styles and sizes. Because there are so many variations, you can buy one that fits the style preferences of the person you are buying for.
A needlepoint stocking stuffer is such a meaningful gift to begin with because it is something the recipient can use for years — maybe even decades. It will be hanging there on the fireplace mantle by the tree for many Christmases. You can take it a step further by personalizing the stocking and having their name or initials monogrammed. It’s a thoughtful gift that will become a part of that person’s family, and it is something they will always remember you by. If you want to create a gift that is completely tailored for them, you can also throw in a couple personalized Christmas ornaments for some extra-special cheer.