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You may have read my post about how we broke the news to my oldest daughter that her Santa gifts really came from us. She took it much better than expected and immediately became excited to join in on the Santa fun. In order to help her feel involved in this whole Santa process, I decided I would let her help me decide what to put in the kids’ stockings this year.
The holiday season can be a busy and hectic time of year. I’m all about keeping things simple and shopping online this holidays season, except for when it comes to stocking stuffers. Those little items are things I find much easier to shop for in stores. Luckily, CVS Pharmacy makes it easy to skip the headache of trips to malls and busy department stores to easily find exactly what’s needed for the season in one place – including quality gifts, surprising stocking stuffers, and everyday essentials for the home and entertaining – all aimed at creating a convenient and less stressful shopping experience for customers.
So last week, armed with our list of stocking stuffer ideas, Maggie and I headed into CVS Pharmacy. I must admit, it was nice to have a 7 year old help me shop! She knew just what her siblings would love to find in their stockings this year! And the excitement she showed made the shopping trip all the more exciting. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year!
During the holiday season, it’s the little things that matter the most, including finding just the right stocking stuffers for loved ones. If you are looking for stocking ideas, here are a few we came up with:
Kids Stocking Stuffer Ideas
- Christmas Tree Ornament – This is a tradition at our house. Every year each child receives a new ornament in his or her stocking. When they eventually have a home and family of their own, they can take all of their ornaments with them for their first tree. My parents had gotten me a few ornaments over the years growing up, and I love being able to add them to my own tree now.
- LifeSavers Christmas Hard Story Book – My husband and I were just reminiscing a week or two ago about the LifeSavers books we used to get in our stockings as kids. I was SO delighted to see that you can still find them at CVS Pharmacy! These boxes only include rolls of the assorted flavors (instead of the books we got as kids which had two rolls of assorted, one roll of cherry, one roll of butterscotch, etc.) but I couldn’t pass these up. I never liked the butterscotch roll anyway – yuck! I’m really excited to be able to continue this tiny tradition with my own children.
- Nerd Rope – We found a Christmas Nerd Rope and I love that the size of these candies makes them easy to stuff into a stocking.
- Fash’ems – This is one of those things that I’d never heard of but Maggie knew all about. She insisted that she knew her siblings would love these little toys (and I think she wanted one for herself too!).
- Wonder Balls – This was another item Maggie insisted would be a great addition to the stocking. I never had a Wonder Ball as a child (and I don’t think Maggie has yet either!) but she knew they were balls of chocolate with a special surprise inside! She was so excited when I put one into our cart for her stocking too!
- Blind Bags – Blind bags are all the rage these days and you probably know best which series your child is into the most, whether it’s Shopkins, LEGO, Hot Wheels, Tsum Tsums, or one of the many other blind bag options, kids just have a blast with these lately!
- DVDs – Like the ornaments, my kids usually each get a new DVD in their stocking each Christmas. It’s probably the only time of the year I buy them a new movie, so if there is one they have just loved lately or been asking to see, they will find it in their stocking.
- Crayons/Markers – If you have an artists or just a child that needs a fresh set of these for school, the stocking is a great place for small art supplies.
- Toothbrush/Toothpaste – Okay, I know that sounds boring, but needs are a great item to put in the stocking as well!
- Socks and/or Underwear – Again, maybe not the most exciting thing, but we use Christmas as a time to purchase our children needs as well as wants.
- Lip Balm – My kids are always stealing mine, so this year, they are each getting their own little Carmex.
- PlayDoh – If you’ve got little ones, this is always a hit in our house and relatively inexpensive too!
Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Men
I used to struggle with stocking stuffer ideas for my husband, but over the years I’ve gotten much better at it! Here are some ideas of things I’ve put in his stocking over the years.
- Socks and/or Underwear – This year he specifically requested dress socks and CVS had some really nice ones.
- Lip Balm
- Video Game or DVD – (Video games can be pricey, but if you get one that’s been out for a few years you can usually get a good deal on those!)
- Nuts – My husband loves pistachios but they are so pricey. Every Christmas I splurge on some of those for his stocking. This year it wasn’t even really a splurge because CVS had their large bag of Gold Emblem pistachios on a great sale with my ExtraCare Rewards card.
- His Favorite Chocolate or Candy – Orin loves Ferrero Rocher chocolates. CVS had a special Buy 1 Get 1 Free sale with the ExtraCare Rewards card, so this year he got TWO boxes!
- Christmas Tree Ornament – Just like with the kids, my husband and I get each other an ornament every year. It’s a tradition we started the first year we got married. This year I found an ornament at CVS that I know he’s going to LOVE. It’s the leg lamp from A Christmas Story, one of his favorite Christmas movies.
- Tech Gadgets
- Nostalgic Items – As I mentioned above, I found LifeSaver Hard Story Books at CVS. I couldn’t pass up getting my husband one of those, for nostalgic purposes. I know he’ll love it!
- Gift Card
Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Women
- Lip Balm
- Nail Polish
- Hair Accessories or a new Hair Brush
- Favorite Candy
- Nostalgic Items
- Gift Card
- Christmas Tree Ornament
Here’s a tip I’ve learned over the years, no matter who I’m buying stocking stuffers for — only buy a few things AND make sure you don’t buy really heavy items because they will pull the stocking off of your mantel. The stocking will overflow with just a few items in it, so pick a few meaningful, fun items for the stocking and save the rest for gifts under the tree!
How To Save the MOST Money On Stocking Stuffers
Through the ExtraCare Rewards program, CVS Pharmacy customers can easily get what they need during the busy holiday season, all while saving money and earing rewards on every purchase. ExtraCare members receive exclusive benefits including earning 2% cash back in the form of Quarterly ExtraBucks, personalized savings offers, and app-only deals.
The deals you’ll find at CVS Pharmacy this week will be different from the ones I found last week, but you’re sure to still find fantastic offers throughout the entire holiday shopping season! The day I visited happened to be part of a special 4 day sale and many hot items were 50% off! Not just stocking stuffers, but great gift items as well! You can use the CVS app to check the current deals at your neighborhood CVS Pharmacy.
Customers can also find holiday savings this year with the NEW CVS Cash Card. ExtraCare members will receive $10 in a “CVS Cash Card” after spending $30 on specially marked seasonal merchandise and everyday essentials. To earn these rewards, simply look for specially marked participating products in the weekly circular ads or in stores now through December 9th! Once the $30 threshold is met, customers will receive a physical CVS Cash Card for $10 to spend on nearly all non-prescription and non-alcohol items in the store. This savings is in addition to all the money you’re already saving with your ExtraCare Rewards card. How awesome is that?!
Thanks to the great sales with my ExtraCare Rewards card at CVS Pharmacy, I was able to get stocking stuffers for all 4 of my kids plus my husband for less than $100! I saved $23.26 PLUS I purchased enough Christmas items to qualify for the $10 CVS Cash Card!
December 17-24 is #StockingStufferWeek at CVS Pharmacy, and luckily, they have everything you need to fill your stockings in one place this season – including a variety of unique, affordable and unexpected finds. Some of this year’s best items include tech gadgets, trending beauty and fragrance offerings, premium chocolates and personalized photo gifts. With 76% of the U.S. population living within 5 miles of a CVS Pharmacy, it’s never been easier to find what you need exactly when you need it.
Maggie and I had so much fun shopping together! She especially enjoyed helping me to choose the perfect ornament for each of her siblings and Daddy. She also choose some wrapping paper to wrap our gifts and I let her pick a Gingerbread House Kit to complete with her siblings (I couldn’t resist, it was another great ExtraCare Rewards item!). My girl is growing up so fast, but I’m excited that we can still carry on the magic of Santa with her, just in a new way!
Don’t forget to head into CVS Pharmacy December 17-24 for #StockingStufferWeek!