I didn’t know the true meaning of stocking stuffer until I became a Moffat. My husband’s side of our family has a great gift giving method for the holidays. It goes a little something like this:
Each family member has a stocking at Eric’s parents’ house on Christmas. Each family unit spends $5 getting a gift (or gifts if you are creative enough with that cash) for each other person. SO, for example: we have 8 adults and 8 kids right now. But since we don’t buy a stuffer for our own fam- our family buys for a total of 11 people (6 adults and 5 kids). Do the math:$5 across 11 people = $55 for the opportunity to get a gift for everyone in the family.
At first I was skeptical that I could really enjoy gift giving on such a small gift budget per person- but you would be amazed at the things that you can find….without even hitting dollar store. :-) Think end of season sales at Bath & Body works, or clearance after Halloween at Target and Walmart (costume accessories for kids anyone?), or Day after Thanksgiving sales at Joe’s or Fred Meyer or REI. Think magazines and nail polish, fairy wands and matchbox cars, caribeaners and battery testers. By the time everyone has distributed their stuffers into the proper stockings…they are rather full…or is that rather overfull?! :-) Then we open stockings together…instead of opening gifts. It’s great!
We also buy a gift for Eric’s parents, after all they do for our families all year- it’s a joy to be able to give them something at Christmas!!