My mom (like her mom before her) is the queen of stocking stuffers. She always knows the perfect little items to compliment the rest of the gifts she’s picked out. Sure, there’s always candy and maybe a few pairs of socks, but she’s also careful to include the things that make the rest of our gifts perfect. I’ve spent many years trying to learn from the master, and I’ve picked up a few tips.
Is there a bigger Christmas-morning bummer than receiving a toy that needs batteries but not having any? Last year I decided I wasn’t going to let this happen, and I stocked up. I even took the time to open the toys and pre-load the batteries. I won’t have the energy for that this year, but I will definitely make sure we have all the batteries we need. Annie is actually going to get some rechargable batteries, because her LeapPad 2 drains batteries like nothing else.
I know, pajamas don’t exactly scream FUN AUNT, but I am getting them for my nephews’ stockings. These aren’t boring pajamas, though, they’re superhero pajamas! Spencer will get Batman pjs to match the Batman legos I picked out, and Danny will get Spiderman jammies to go with the Spiderman web shooter we got him. When they realize they can wear their logo pajamas while they’re playing with their toys, I suddenly will be the fun aunt.
My daughter and niece are DOLL CRAZY. My daughter and niece also lose everything, so whenever they are playing with their dolls at my house I see them using my hairbrush to detangle their dolls’ hair, or using one of my nice spoons to pretend to feed their babies. And that’s adorable and all, but remember when I said they lose everything? So Annie and Michaela will both be getting some doll hairbrushes and utensils in their stockings to go along with their new Barbies.
I only recently realized this, but almost every single girls’ doll has a straight-to-video movie tie-in. Annie will flip out when she pulls a Lalaloopsy DVD out of her stocking. Sure, she’ll make me crazy watching it over and over, but it will be worth it to see the new directions her imagination goes in when she’s playing with her dolls.