One Dozen DIY Stocking Stuffers
One for Every Man, Woman, and Child (and More?)
In the living room of our farmhouse is a large fireplace. Nothing else can provide such warmth and comfort on a chilly morning or a cold winter's evening. And the best afternoon (in my opinion, at least) is sitting next to the fireplace with a good book and a warm kitty on one's lap.
At Christmastime, we hang our "beautifully decorated" (of course) stockings on the mantle, one for each person in the household (including said kitty). It's tradition, but why? But when and where did the act of hanging those stockings "on the chimney with care" originate?
Maybe It Was Good Saint Nicolas
According to the legend of Saint Nicolas a poor man had three daughters whom he loved very dearly but was concerned that he could never afford to pay a dowry for them. Saint Nicolas learned of the man's plight and used the chimney to deliver three bags of gold to the home. Once inside the house he found the girls' stocking hanging on the mantle, drying with the heat of the fireplace. As the story spread, children began hanging their own stockings or putting out shoes, waiting for their own gifts. Usually, they used their own socks, but later, specially decorated stockings were created for the holiday.
I happen to love that story, and so I'm sticking to it. Now that we acknowledge that we'll continue the legend today, what are we to put in those socks? Of course, you can purchase little trinkets and treasures, spending as much or as little as you wish. But have you ever thought of leaving hand-made gifts in those Christmas socks?
There's something here for the skill level of every giver, and for the enjoyment of every happy recipient.
DIY Stocking Stuffers
- Sharpie-Decorated Coffee Mug
- Microwaveable Heating Pad
- Take-Out Coffee Cup Cozy
- Fabric-Covered Bracelet
- Flavored Salts
- Bird Seed Ornaments
- Potted Winter Blooms
- Ribbon Key Chain
- Coconut Oil Bath Melts
- Marbled Paperweight
- Hot Cocoa Mix Kits
1. Sharpie-Decorated Coffee Mug
I think even the most artistically-challenged of us (that includes me) could pull off this one from ABubblyLife. White mugs, Sharpie pens in the color of your choice (pay attention to what kind the artist is using, however), and create a one-of-a-kind coffee (or tea) mug for that special someone in your life.
Do you know anyone who DOESN'T have a computer? I can't think of a soul. Even my 90-year old brother is connected. And if you have a computer you need a mousepad. This one from HomeTalk is so easy even I could do it.
3. Microwaveable Heating Pad (or Ice Pack)
With some rice, 100 percent cotton fabric, thread, and beginner skills in sewing you can create these heating pads (which can also be popped into the freezer). Check out the website Instructables for even more craftsy ideas.
4. Take-Out Coffee Cup Cozy
Rescued Paw Designs has some cute gift ideas. This one requires a wee bit of skill; if you can manage a chain stitch and half-double crochet, you can make these take-out coffee cup cozies in whatever color(s) you choose; perhaps the team or school colors.
5. Fabric-Covered Bracelet
SaraHearts has so many great recipes, videos and crafts projects. That's where I found this idea for fabric-covered bracelets. What a great way to use up your scraps.
6. Flavored Salts
Flavored salts—they're in the gourmet food shops and boutiques, and they cost a small fortune. You can make your own for just pennies. Don't you know someone who loves to cook? They want these, trust me. The blog PopSugar will show you how to make them.
7. Bird Seed Ornaments
Debbie creates OneLittleProject at a time and makes cute ornaments that can be hung outside to decorate your living trees and feed the wild birds too.
8. Potted Winter Blooms
TGG (The Garden Glove) is a wonderful website for gardening ideas, and they remind us that in the winter we can bring our garden indoors. These paperwhite bulbs in Mason jars would make a great gift for the garden-lover on your Christmas list.
9. Ribbon Key Chain
The 3LittleGreenwoods is my go-to blog for DIY projects. They made this Disney-themed keychain with ribbons and wooden beads. But, you're not limited to Disney. Use your imagination and you can make a keychain in the colors of your favorite team, to match your car, match your house, or in school colors.
10. Coconut Oil Bath Melts
These coconut oil bath melts are easy to make with products you can easily obtain at the grocery store.
Smooth rocks from your garden, fabric scraps and a dab of glue are all your little ones need to make a special gift for a parent, grandparent, or other special people in their lives.
12. Hot Cocoa Mix Kits
Crafts, recipes, and life hacks are what you'll find at ALittleCraftInYourDay, and that's where I found this idea for assembling hot cocoa kits.
© 2017 Linda Lum