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Each year at Christmas, I really look forward to my stocking. It’s always been a favorite part of the day for me when we look in and see what Santa left us. For a few years my parents Santa decided to stop doing stockings at my house and I had to stage my own protest to get the stockings reinstated as an official part of our holiday tradition. I even do them at my house for my family. The funny thing is, each year I get nearly the same things and when I find myself filling stockings, I gravitate towards filling them with those same items. After asking around, I realized there is standard list of stocking stuffers that everyone seems to get.

So this year, I’m going to improve the list with a few suggested replacements. Here are the top items I’ve found nearly everyone gets in their stocking and a way to creatively replace each item. Some are chocolate related and some are Vermont related.

An Orange in the toe
Replace with
Darn Tough Ski Socks – made in Vermont and perfect for keeping your tootsies warm on the mountain. They have a bunch of other socks too. Just role a pair up and stuff in the toe to fill it out like the orange would. (Besides, I like the idea of using socks to fill a stocking. Ha!)

Replace with
For boys - Axe Body Wash “Dark Temptation”. I got some of this as a sample from the folks at Axe and I had one of my co-workers test drive it. Apparently, he’s now a fan and since this guy is known to be pretty hip, I trust his word on it. It’s designed with subtle hints of chocolate aroma intended to impress the ladies. (While I think it smells pretty good, I love the ad even more. Search for it on YouTube. Very funny!)

For girls – Dolce Divina line of chocolate toiletries from La Dolce Diva. With a full line of delicious smelling creams, soaps, lotions and more, this is the perfect way to replace boring old deodorant with a decadent, chocolatey toiletry she’ll love.

Life Savers
Replace with
Chocolate Stocking Stuffer Squares. Sure, we all love Life Savers. We grew up eating them, didn’t we? But how about a sweet little treat they can keep to themselves or share? In assorted milk and dark chocolate, the squares are decorated with holiday images and packed in a slim, vertical pack making them ideal for sticking in a stocking. And since the holiday chocolate squares are individually wrapped, it’s easier to pace yourself. But why would you want to?

Lip Balm
Replace with
Homemade Chocolate Lip Balm. This recipe, from RecipeZaar, looks as easy as can be. And you can make it with your favorite chocolate chips, even white chocolate! Everyone loves getting a homemade gift and since it’s so simple, you can make a bunch at once and give them to everyone. I’d recommend using the Dark Sao Thome Chocolate Chips. At 70% cocoa content, they’ll make your lip balm really chocolatey.

Tooth Brush
Replace with
Nothing! You can always use a new toothbrush. I did see, however, some company in Japan selling chocolate flavored toothpaste. (I’ve never had it so I can’t give it a recommendation but it sounds kind of funky, no?) I would like to try Tom’s of Maine Orange Mango though.

Playing Cards
Replace with
Winter Hot Chocolate Tin. Decorated with cute winter scenes and filled with delicious Traditional Hot Chocolate, they can have a cup while they play with the cards you gave them last year. They’re probably in that junk drawer in the desk with the pens that don’t write and the broken watches they never had fixed.

These are just some idea starters. This year, let's try to be creative and do something a little different with our stocking stuffers. With the economy in question, it's important to make everything count. Pick your gifts wisely and maybe buy less but make it up in quality. A couple really enjoyable, quality items can really make up for a bunch of stuff. Happy Shopping!

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November 29. 2008 12:27

This blog ROCKS. I found you via a blog of my good friend, Denise Ryan.
I really love these stocking stuffer tips and will use them this year ... in fact I plan on printing this out and then following it as my "stocking shopping list." What wonderful suggestions.
The rest of your blog is so attractive and well-written. I will come back to visit!
Best wishes,
Heidi Rafferty
Harrodsburg, Kentucky

Heidi Rafferty United States

December 1. 2008 05:43

A great list of ideas for stuffing.

Thanks for posting

Cooking Shows United States

December 1. 2008 11:21

Thanks, Patricia and Heidi, for the nice comments! Glad you like the blog. It's fun to do and with such a fun topic to write about, who wouldn't have a ball doing it. I appreciate the feedback because it's always great to hear what people think about your work. Have a great December!!!!

Leann United States

December 2. 2008 11:19

These are great ideas! When we were kids, my older sisters and I used to tell our youngest sister that in Hershey, Pennsylvania, when you turned on the water faucet, chocolate syrup came out. She was so disappointed to find it wasn't true.  Some of these ideas--the chocolate scrub, the lip balm, etc.-- sound just as fantastical! I'll have to send my sister's way!


leslie kimmelman United States

December 2. 2008 11:38

OK Leslie, now that's funny! Sounds just like the kind of thing my sister would do to me. Did you know chocolate milk comes from brown cows? Imagine the disappointment to find out it wasn't true. I felt so good seeing all the brown cows in the field and knowing the worlds supply of chocolate milk was in good shape. Ha!!! Thanks for the positive feedback. Happy Holidays!

Leann United States

December 3. 2008 09:54

This is fun! I have a food radio show & it inspires me to think creatively & report unique ideas - thanks

lisa Rubin United States

December 9. 2008 10:48

stockings are definitely my favorite part of christmas morning too...thanks for the suggestions!

Emma United States

December 12. 2008 21:44

Hey guys,
Another cool idea for stocking stuffer could be  personalized chocolate bars. Check it out


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