I love making and giving presents for Christmas. Sure it’s fun to receive gifts, but the feeling of giving loved ones a thoughtful gift is unsurpassed. Stockings are one of my favorite ways to spread holiday cheer. Picking out the small trinkets, candies and other goodies to fill the stockings is even more fun than opening them!
I’m also a huge fan of stockings because many bath and beauty products are the perfect size. Small items such as lip balm, nail polish, eye shadow and guest soaps fit perfectly in even the smallest of stockings. When properly wrapped, scrubs, bath bombs and lotion can also fit into stockings. If you’re looking for ways to upgrade stockings for your family, kids, and friends, I’ve got you covered.
If you want to create your own stockings this year, they are easy to make. I’m not a master seamstress by any means, but even I could handle this cute stocking project. =) Click here to learn how to make unique stockings with felt fabric and get a free PDF stocking pattern here. Now that you’ve made your stocking, it’s time to fill it up!
Stockings are great for all ages, but kids find them especially magical. If you’re looking to create some cute stocking stuffers for the kids, the Melt & Pour Bath Crayons make bath time really fun. They are made with melt and pour soap and LabColors, and can be used to draw on the tub or shower. These Soapy Crayons are another fun spin on this project if you don’t happen to have lip balm tubes on hand. For more fun projects that kids will love to receive and make themselves, check out the Kid-Friendly Project Roundup post.
The Melt and Pour Bath Crayons are a fun stocking stuffer for the kiddos. They make baths and showers a perfect place to get creative!
Most bars of soap will fit nicely into a stocking. If you want to fill the stocking with several bars, guest soaps are the perfect size. If you’re looking for a guest soap that’s holiday themed without being too “Christmas-y,” the Chocolate Mint Melt and Pour Squares look and smell like real chocolate candies. For the mustache-d men in your life, the Movember Mustache Melt and Pour is a fun way to celebrate facial hair. If you’re looking ahead to spring, both the Monarch Butterfly Melt and Pour and the Lemon Goat Milk Melt and Pour Bars are bright and cheerful.
When packaged correctly, bath bombs are another great stocking stuffer option. They are a great way to pamper yourself! The Orange Creamsicle Bath Truffle is made in the Disk Mold and Package. The package protects the fizzies, making it great for stockings. You could also place small bath fizzies in a jar or shiny cellophane bag before popping them into a stocking, like the Mini Heart Bath Bombs.
Another small bath and beauty product that’s perfect for stockings are lip products. If the recipient is a makeup junkie, they will love the Radiant Red Lipsticks. The lipstick gives rich red colors on the lips. Learn how to create them in the Soap Queen TV video below!
If you’re looking for lip products with a softer color, the Creamy Marsala Lip Tints and the Beautiful Bronze Lip Tint give sheer color. Both of these projects use the Nourish Lip Balm Base, with a small amount of other oils. Adding oils or butters to the base is an easy way to create a customized and unique product. If you prefer to make lip products from scratch, the How to Create Lip Products post has lots of tips and tricks.
Speaking of beauty junkies, nail polish is another great stocking stuffer for those who love nail art. The Holiday Glam Nail Polish set includes four different nail polish shades that are perfect for the holidays and beyond. The Rose Gold Cosmetic Collection includes a gorgeous pink nail polish, in addition to eye shadow and lip shimmer. Looking to pamper your nails and cuticles? The Nourishing Nail Oil Recipe is made with nourishing oils to keep nails in tip-top shape. You can also add a small amount of oils directly to the polish base, as shown in the Nourishing Nail Polish Formula Tutorial.
What are you filling your stockings with this year?