Holiday Tips: Stocking Stuffers

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2011-12-24 07:56:50 -0600
Started 2011-12-08 15:26:50 -0600

I know there are many here who do not celebrate Christmas, but for those of us who do, here are some tips for helping that jolly old elf fill your stockings with things that might actually be good for you…besides a lump of coal.

As a kid, candy was always in my stocking. Remember those books of Lifesaver candies and giant candy canes? Wow, talk about sugar! Now I search for unique flavors of sugar free gum or a packet of specialty nuts or herb tea infusions.

The toe of my stocking always had a fresh orange in it. Family tradition I guess, specially when I lived up north. My mom did it to fill that toe up nice and round. Now I give a new bath scrungie neatly packed in the toe of the stocking. Perfect and carb free.

Traditionally, among the gag gifts and goofy little things we always stashed away one special gift that was more from the heart. Now that can be a nice medic alert bracelet for her or an extra vial of test strips for him. Maybe a nice pedicure set and some lotions or a certificate for a massage to release the stress of diabetes.

What kind of things do you stuff your beloved diabetic's stocking with? Or what is on your "good" list?

11 replies

AuntieBear 2011-12-24 02:42:15 -0600 Report

I used to make stockings for my nieces and nephews, but was told to quit because they were too old and did not need me to keep spoiling them like I was supposedly doing. So I no longer do stockings for them. As for a stocking for me, nobody ever makes me a stocking. Sounds kind of pathetic when I put it in actual words, but it is the way things are for me.

rosecarb 2011-12-24 06:26:53 -0600 Report

Auntie Bear if you enjoy making stockings and it makes you feel happy have you thought of making stocking and donating them to a homeless shelter. You might also want to check with a local church and get the name of a needy family who's children would love to have a stocking you made. Do what ever you need to do to make your Christmas happier. Rose Carberry

GabbyPA 2011-12-24 07:56:50 -0600 Report

That is a most excellent idea. I was watching HGTV yesterday and they featured a famous football player who has 7 kids. What they do it get names of children in need and they make the stockings for those children specifically. I thought it was a great life lesson for the kids.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2011-12-23 17:06:48 -0600 Report

The orange and nuts are a nice memory of my childhood. My children would look at me as if I lost my mind if I ever did that to them. They act as if I'm old and joke that what else was there to put in them back then! I'll show them this year:)

I'm the diabetic so I get lip balm, gloves, socks, oils and salts for the bath, stickers, gift certificates for massages, back scratchers, eye mask that can be chilled or frozen for my puffy eyes and anything else they think will help me. The final addition is my children (4) and hubby each put in one choc kiss for me<3

pixsidust 2011-12-13 18:04:29 -0600 Report

Since I wrote of my Christmas of long ago. We had the naval orange in the toe of the stocking but the rest of the stocking was nuts in their shell. Those along with a small metal nutcracker, we had to work for our food.

First Try your Dollar Tree store for many of these, and some you have to go elsewhere but start at the dollar store

Now it could be Nail clippers, lotion, nail file, polish
Sugar free candy to help resist the full sugar stuff around,
Tea with a tea cup, and stevia sweetener box, (Pure Via is around $3)
Cinnamon sticks tied with a red ribbon to use as stir sticks in the tea
or Coffee and a coffee mug.(Cinnamon is fab in coffee if you never tried it)
Christmas ornament
Handmade coupon good for your personal services, car wash, dogs walked, breakfast in bed, dinner night, pedicure, backrub etc…
Candles, bath salts and a music CD
Red Placemats tied in a roll with a ribbon, small glass candle holders and candles…all dollar store items.
Scented pinecones, drawerliners or sachets
Big fat warm socks that go up your legs…careful they are not tight! :-)
(Dollar Tree carries diabetic socks!)

This is too much fun, putting together the combination of things that make a gift special. For a young person starting out, a trash can filled with cleaning supplies and kitchen items, sponges, brushes, dish soap, laundry soap, paper towels, toilet paper, glass cleaner, comet, can opener, pancake turners, stir spoons, mop bucket etc…

GabbyPA 2011-12-14 17:27:03 -0600 Report

I love Dollar Tree! I think I have been there once a week every week since Thanksgiving. They are the best!!

hillwalker 2011-12-08 19:05:51 -0600 Report

a good book to read
recipe book?
puzzles and games
our family always had the orange but there were always small presents puzzles and books in there

Mickey/CCHT 2011-12-08 16:14:24 -0600 Report

Wow, if i send you my stocking will you stuff it for me!! LOL I might have to give myself a stocking this year! My daughter and I are getting our tattoos for Christmas and I will be making her a stocking, maybe I will make me one too!! Heather had some good ideas that I will probably incorporate!! Thanks!
Peace, Mickey

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