How much do you spend on X'mas stocking stuffers?


Ok girls...just out of curiosity, how much do you guys spend on X'mas stocking stuffers?

I generally spend about $10-15 per person. I usually buy a "big" stuff for about $5-8 and then spend the rest of the money on candies to fill up the bag. I don't go overboard with stocking stuffers because..well, it's stocking stuffers, not their real x'mas gift.

I was watching the shopping channel the other day and of course they are pushing out stocking stuffer ideas as a marketing scheme. But their products are like $50-80 dollars!! They are super nice stuff, like the Smashbox compact with 3 different products inside. But would anyone buy a $50 gift to stuff stockings?? I thought that was nuts!!

What are your thoughts?
Nov 20, 2007 @ 01:16 pm

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I would like to see what others write on this topic. I have never been big into spending LOTS of money on stocking stuffers...mind you I am single and live alone in the city so I have little if anyone to buy for so I end up spending more than I would if I had a family with many cousins, nieces, nephews etc. As a rule of thumb though my stocking stuffers would never total more than I would spend on the main gift for someone....
Nov 20, 2007 @ 01:44 pm
Feisty Redhead

not much

I don't have many people to shop for anyway and I think that's a good thing. I buy a couple big gifts and then spend maybe $20-$30 per person (if that) on lots of little stocking stuffers. I try to make the main gifts useful things that will last - the stocking stuffers tend to be more fun, not needed things and candy/chocolates.
Nov 20, 2007 @ 02:38 pm

can't decide if I'm sold...

I only did stockings last year, have never done them (other than as a child) with my own family for several reasons
-never before had a fireplace mantel and, well, IMO that's the only place they should be put!
-I have a hard enough time figuring out my big gifts
-one more errand to run.

Having said that, if I have time this year I'll probably do it again. In my family, being of German background, we celebrate St. Nikolas Day on Dec. 6. The kids put out their shoes at night and in the morning they have little chocolates and things in them. I have made the tradition in our family to buy a tree ornament that (hopefully) matches up with their current interests or an important event that year (e.g. "baby's first Christmas"). We put the tree up very soon after that, and everyone has their special ornaments that have specific memories attached to them. Since doing this has been my thing so far, I have not really cared one way or another about stockings....

Long story short, I wouldn't ever spend more than $15 or so on this. The "under the tree" gifts is what I focus on.
Nov 20, 2007 @ 02:48 pm

I guess it does depends on the size of your shopping list

I have a lot of people to buy for and x'mas is always expensive for me. I like to start my x'mas shopping early and whenever I see something small and nice on sale, I'll pick it up for stocking stuffers. Although I get nice stuff for the stocking, my stockings are usually not expensive. Also, I only make stocking for immediate family who's spending x'mas with us (which usually runs between 6-10 people), so the number of stockings quickly adds up and so does the bills.

What I like to do with stocking stuffers is buy several gift packs (eg. Body Shop mini body butter set, Lancome juicy tube trial size sets, etc) and then divide them into different stockings. Also, I like to stock up on several types of nice chocolates (eg. Lindt, Lindor, etc) and put a few of each type in the stockings. Finally, I raid the dollar shop for nifty little gadgets and fill up the stockings there.

Does anyone have other good stocking stuffer ideas??
Nov 20, 2007 @ 02:56 pm

Stocking Stuffer Ideas

For me my mom usually gives me products as my stocking stuffers, the stuff I use all the time. Usually my stocking is filled with things like body wash, bath bombs, nail polish, body lotion, eyeliner, razor blades, etc. I love it, because it's items that I always need to replenish, and that's the one time I don't have to worry about it.
Nov 20, 2007 @ 04:16 pm

Oh man... stocking stuffers!

We stopped doing this years ago. Maybe because my sisters and I are pretty grown up now... one's 17 the other 23 (I'm somewhere in the middle). We still live with Mum and Dad but they stopped giving them to us because we are getting old. My parents just stopped trying to get us nice things. HA!

If it were up to me, I would never spend more on a stocking stuffer than the actual gift itself. I think that's more important.

I still remember back in the day, when they were so fun for us.. lol and I would get like necklaces and bath beads and soap and stuff. Now we don't even put them up!

So ladies, because I haven't done this in so long I really have no idea what I would put in them... gosh, what else do ppl put in stockings these days?
Nov 20, 2007 @ 11:21 pm

typically $10 and under

For my family, we do mandatory stocking stuffers so that get's expensive fast if you go over $10 a person (especially now that my brother has kids)

For my hunny, though, I usually set aside $50-80 and do his entire stocking for that. Yikes - looking at it like this - Stuffers make up a HUGE part of my budget for the holidays!
Nov 25, 2007 @ 02:52 pm

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