My mother took stocking stuffers to entirely new heights. She frequently reminded me when she was young, her Depression-era parents gave her two pieces of fruit in an old sock. So I reaped the benefits of her Spartan Christmas memories with a gargantuan, embroidered stocking stuffed to the gills every 25th of December.
Maybe that was somewhat indulgent, not that I minded as a giddy 8-year-old. But don't ditch the tradition as a whole for some lame excuse of cheapness--opening a stocking of personalized goodies makes beautiful, sepia-colored memories and expresses your thoughtfulness.
Warm fuzzies aside, you still need to save money on the holiday budget, so your creativity needs to come from your brain rather than toy store marketers. Put the following items on the naughty list for stocking stuffers. They either have a huge markup or just add meaningless fluff to occupy space.
Instead of these last-minute gift busters, start collecting goodies now for a memorable, personal stocking. If you can camouflage much-needed household items -- toiletries, tools, cooking supplies -- by all means, go for it. The key is to make it seem like a present.
Cheap Stocking Stuffers for Kids:
Cheap Stocking Stuffers for Teens: