Stocking Stuffers on a Budget

Christmas may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be the most expensive. During times when it’s important for some families to keep manageable budgets, thankfully gift giving doesn’t have to break the bank.

One of the best areas to trim the Christmas budget is stocking stuffers. It doesn’t take a lot of dough to have lots of great gifts to stuff in your stockings this year.  Here are some great budget-friendly stocking stuffer ideas for you and your family this holiday season.

Buy Candy in Bulk
Instead of picking out single pieces or packages of chocolates and assorted candies, buy your candy in bulk and then repackage it yourself in festive cellophane bags with ribbon. Treats will be just as delicious and inviting, but the price tag will be a lot less!

Think Variety
What makes stockings so fun is the variety of fun gifts found inside. Gifts don’t have to be expensive to be fun and exciting, often just a thoughtful assortment will do the trick. Find smaller novelty toys like bouncy balls, rubber duckies and toy cars. Get an assortment of smaller coloring books or games that will keep kids busy playing for hours. Kids will be thrilled with the abundance and you’ll be thrilled with the savings.

Make Your Own Goodies & Toys
Make your own delicious treats and package them in festive cellophane bags or boxes and stuff them in everyone’s stockings for a special surprise. How about something fun to play with, like playdough? The recipe for homemade playdough is easy to find online and almost just as easy to make! Create an assortment of colors and put them in zip lock bags or special little containers. Your homemade goodies and toys will not only be budget-friendly, but they’ll be more delicious and special too!

Smaller is Better
It’s tempting to buy the gigantic stuffed animal in the toy shop window, but smaller more budget-friendly stuffed animals can often be a more treasured and beloved friend for your children. They also make perfect stocking stuffers! Whether it’s a stuffed bear, snowman, puppy or elf, pick the cutest ones and place them on top with their heads poking out of the stocking.  Kids will light up when they see their stocking hanging from the mantle and they’ll be so excited to see all the budget-friendly treasures inside. With all the money you’ll save, you may be able to get more than one stuffed little friend!

A joyful Christmas doesn’t have to break the bank. With a few creative ideas and a little bit of extra effort, gift giving can be joyful and affordable to keep the focus on friends and family this holiday season.

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