Christmas, although magical, can be incredibly stressful to prepare for. Trying to plan the perfect gift for each one of your loved ones can be mind-boggling at best. Then there’s not only the main presents to handle but the added complication of filling a Christmas stocking. You may wonder why we even give stockings in the first place. There is actually an interesting origin to this tradition. Opening the Christmas stocking has always been one of my favorite parts of Christmas morning. It’s always packed with trinkets and surprises that can be more fun to discover than the main gift. But what can you fill your family’s Christmas stockings with that they’ll actually need and use? In hopes of making your holiday season a little less stressful, I’ve put together a list of useful and unique stocking stuffers for every age and interest, all of which are readily available on Amazon or in locally owned and operated stores right here in St. Augustine.
Handy Gifts and Gadgets for your Significant Other or Other Adults on Your List
- Tile Pro (2020) For the loved one who’s always misplacing things, this is essential. This little gadget will work with your smartphone or Alexa to ring your things that are lost (or moved by your curious toddler), within 400 feet.
- These ThinOptics Reading Glasses with iPhone Case are so convenient for anyone on your list who needs readers. They fit right on the back of your iPhone and are lightweight and as thin as two credit cards. Definitely, a cool and innovative gift that will get a lot of use.
- Teeny Turner: This handy little screwdriver that stores 7 easy interchangeable bits is honestly one of the best stocking stuffers I’ve ever received. I keep mine stowed in my kitchen drawer. It’s come in handy for small repairs and opening almost everything around the house with a battery compartment, including all those battery eating kids toys!
- Spice up your Christmas stocking with some locally made A-Frame Sauces. This company was started when a local decided to grow two Datil Pepper plants in his back yard. There’s a variety of Datil Pepper sauces to choose from. See their website for all locations where A-Frame is sold, including Ace Hardware on the Island, Cone Heads, and Publix on 312.
- This Stylish Teether Necklace for Mom is as gorgeous as it is useful for any new mom on your list. This one is handmade and pediatrician approved.
- Have a craft beer connoisseur in the family? An Old Coast Ales 32 ounce crowler would be a perfect surprise. Stop by their brewery at from Old Coast Ales, at 300 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, FL 32080 to get one.
Older Kids and Teens
- Your older kid or teen is probably an avid Instagrammer, so taking the perfect selfie is a serious business. I personally own this Selfie Tripod with Bluetooth Remote and the quality is excellent. It works with your phone or camera, folds easily, is bendable, and it’s the perfect size for use and portability.
- If you have a daughter who is preteen chances are she’s a VSCO girl. Make dreams come true with this 50 piece Sticker Pack, perfect for decorating her HydroFlask!
- Eco-conscious or not, having a reusable straw is becoming more and more useful now that some major retailers are switching to paper straws (which turn very soggy very quickly). Ridley Straws is a local company based in Palm Coast Florida. I recently received one of their original glass straws and I’ve been obsessed ever since. Check their website to purchase online or find one of many local suppliers.
- Let your teen channel the 90’s with this Mega Pack of Scrunchies, yes they are cool again!
- These Makeup Erasing Cloths work like magic to remove even eye makeup with just water. Definitely a handy gift for the teen who loves makeup.
- Have a gamer in the family? This Headphone Stand with USB Charger would make the perfect stocking stuffer.
- Another gift sure to delight any gamer is this LED Gaming Mousepad which plugs in with USB, is optimized for gaming and has 10 light modes
- Just about any teen with a cell phone will appreciate the Anker PowerCore 100, its an ultra-compact charger with high speed charging capability. Depending on the phone type it can provide up to three and a half re-charges.
Toddlers and Young Children
- My daughter has received many of these Water Wow Pads as gifts over the years and they are perfect for travel, or anytime your toddler wants to paint and you don’t want a massive cleanup on your hands!
- For your little ones who are always asking for pretty nails, Piggy Paint Polish is a non-toxic option that is safe enough for toddlers and young children to use.
- If your little one is new on the potty training scene a Toilet Nightlight is the perfect solution to help them find their way there in the middle of the night and scare off any “bathroom monsters” that may be lurking!
- For your little budding artists, this Waterproof Play Apron will allow them to create to their heart’s content while staying clean.
- Save your real makeup from sabotage and let your little one play makeup artist with this very realistic Pretend Play Makeup.
- This adorable cookie-shaped BPA Free Silicone Teether is made from 100% food-grade silicone and will clip safely onto your baby’s clothing.
- Make bath time fun for your little one while encouraging imaginative play with this Nuby 10 pack of Bath Toys.
- Your baby will be endlessly entertained with these adorable Foot Finders and Wrist Rattles.
- Help ease the pain of teething with this stylish Raw Amber Teething Necklace made of certified and safe genuine Baltic Sea amber.
I hope you find something for everyone on your list here and have fun creating useful and fun Christmas stockings they’ll love. Here’s to a stress-free and happy holiday season.