Okay, so maybe this post isn’t my brightest moment in history…because well, most of you are moms out there. And most of you aren’t filling up your own stocking – unless it’s your STOCKINGS and then you’re filling them up each time you eat a piece of cake. HA!
Instead of nixing the idea, I thought I’d write a post about what I’d like to get in my stocking – things I L-O-V-E….and then you can forward this post to your husband with the words “Hint, hint” in the subject line. Sound good?
These things are pretty easy to find – because I’m not one for gallivanting all over the countryside trying to find things to put into a sock. In fact, I’m not one for gallivanting for anything – I’m a hermit.
You can find these items at Target, Ross, Dollar Tree, or any other department store that you have (unless noted).
I have this thing for my mini whisk….actually, I have this thing for my THREE mini whisks. They come in so handy when I’m making a thickener for dinner or when I’m mixing up a batch of homemade Pumpkin Pie Seasoning. You want one – and three isn’t really pushing it. And then you can line them up on the counter and gaze at them lovingly. Check out the Dollar Tree or the food section at a department store. Cost $1-2
My hands are rough in the winter – I wash my hands a lot…it’s the whole poop and spit-up thing, don’t ya know. Every night before bed I like to coat myself up with some GOOD lotion and put on a pair of cotton gloves. It keeps me from bleeding out every time I make a fist due to stretched and cracked skin. I LOVE lotion bars – they smell sinkin’ awesome. Lexie Naturals sells three small bars for only $5!!! I like smelling pretty.
I love, love, LOVE to read! So, anytime someone gives me a good book, they’re my new friend. eBooks are a frugal gift idea because they usually cost around $5 (depending on the type of book). I don’t know WHAT mom wouldn’t enjoy 20 Minute Meals for Christmas…seeing as how it would help her out in the kitchen. Or how about a gift of my Crock On cookbook?
How does one give an eBook as a gift? Buy the book online and download it to your computer. Create a little card to go in the stocking telling mama that she has a new book – and then show her where it is. Or forward it to her via email. This also works for giving eBooks to anyone on your list. The only thing you need to make sure of is that there is only one copy floating around there – you just paid for one. So, send the copy as a gift and then delete your file. 🙂 Thanks. Authors everywhere appreciate that.
HELLO! What mama doesn’t want her stocking filled with a “Vacuum the house token” or a “Get out of dishes free card?” This costs you absolutely NOTHING except the time to make the card and complete the chore…and mama will kiss you. DO YOU HEAR ME MEN?! Mamas will kiss you!!!!! Do you know where that leads? Hint, hint.
–Instant Coffee Packs
Okay coffee snobs out there….get your nose out of the air, you might drown if it rains. I like to have these around the house. Sometimes I just want ONE cup of coffee and I don’t want to brew some for one cup. I don’t have Keurig because we’re cheap. Sometimes Mama needs a cup of Hazelnut Joe. You can usually find these at the grocery for $1-3 each – unless you get the Starbucks brand and those are pricier. Whatever floats your boat.
–A nice pen
Okay mamas. How many of you out there could use a nice pen for their purse – one that writes? Instead, you reach into your purse to write a check and pull out a…..crayon. A green crayon. Did you know that banks don’t really like that? They’re such fuddy-duds. Make it a pretty pen, guys – for extra brownie points. 😉 Sparkles are good. Cost $1-5
Oooooooh baby! Every mama needs chocolate. EVERY MAMA. It goes great with that cup of joe during naptime. Naptime is really the only time to eat chocolate – because it guarantees you won’t have to share with loitering children. Walgreens runs great sales on Green and Black organic chocolate. Yum! Price around $1.99.
–Gift Card to McDonald’s
Now before you get all up in the papers over this one, hear me out. I love McDonald’s coffee. Sometimes I’m out and about and would just LOVE to run through the drive-thru and pick up a cup and sip on it all the way home. Ahhhhhh, luxury – and a lot cheaper than FiveBucks (Starbucks). You can get one gift card for $5 and have a happy mama – and don’t blink an eye if she uses it for ice cream instead. *Cough*
Okay, here’s a truth – I hate spending money on socks…but I love socks. Yes, it’s true. I have this thing for cute socks. I love it when someone gives me a pair! My mom knows this well and keeps me stocked in cute socks. I just love wearing LOUD knee high socks. Does that surprise you? Easy to find, even at Dollar Tree. Cost $1-5. Give mama a little giggle.
I saved this one for last because it makes me giggle. Teeheehee! Women are weird about where they’ll use the bathroom…but sometimes, we have to GO. Buy them a bottle of eucalyptus and her problem is solved. Yeah, go read that link. 🙂 Now her hotel trips with her girlfriends are no longer dreaded! And everyone can be regular! Rejoice! And bring on the fiber. Price, around $4 from Vitacost.