Stocking Stuffers for Kids: The 5 Essential Layers

For kids, the only thing better than getting to open the presents that have been toying with their imagination in plain sight under the tree is getting to dig into the stockings that have been hanging from the mantel. The Christmas stocking is one of the most enjoyable holiday traditions, and gives parents an extra opportunity to surprise their kids with great gifts. Stocking stuffers can make an already great Christmas even more special or save the day if the presents under the tree didn’t go over as well as you imagined. Stuffing stockings isn’t just about what you put inside. It’s also about how you layer gifts. Here’s our take on the 5 essential layers.


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Layer 1: Best for Last

Your very first layer fits nice and snug right at the toe of the stocking. It’s the very last thing your child will pull out, and if you open stockings last, the final gift they’ll probably be getting during the holidays. It’s the perfect spot for that special toy they’ve been talking about for the past few months, as long as it’s small enough to fit.

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Layer 2: The Cover Up

After you’ve stowed away the star of the stocking deep at the bottom, you need a gift that can also double as a clever disguise. This is the perfect spot for an apparel item like pajamas or a superhero cape, a blanket or a stuffed animal. Make sure to use it to wrap the gift in the toe to cover up the surprise until the last moment.

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Layer 3: Licensed to Thrill

The third layer nests right on top of the soft or cozy cover-up, right in the middle of the stocking. At this point, it’s time to set the scene for the special prize at the bottom of the stocking with an equally special, but maybe less expensive gift. It’s a great place to feature one of their favorite licensed characters from movies or TV.

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Layer 4: Lesson Learned

Kids are going to assume that the best of the best is at the bottom of the stocking, so it’s better to take a risk at the top of the stocking. Reserve this second-to-last spot for something borderline educational like a book, game, art supplies or puzzle. It’s not going to be the gift that makes them drop everything and run off to play, but it could easily be the present that’s still entertaining them when the sun finally sets on Christmas Day.

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Layer 5: Top Surface Sweets

Reserving the top layer for sweets is a good idea for several reasons. One, it’s an exciting sight for kids who are definitely in the mood for something sugary on Christmas. Two, it’s not a gift you have to wrap up in any particular way or worry about being identified. Three, putting treats at the top keeps weight and warmth off.

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Try “My Perfect Present” Free on iTunes & Google Play

Trying to find the perfect present for everyone on your Christmas list just got a lot easier with The Lakeside Collection’s “My Perfect Present” App. Available for a free download right now on iTunes and Google Play. We’ve also included an online version so you can try out “My Perfect Present” on Lakeside.com right now.

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How “My Perfect Present” Works

“My Perfect Present” helps you find the right gift for the family and friends in your life in just a few clicks. First it breaks down your Christmas shopping list into simple categories to narrow your search. That means you’ll be able to shop for everyone, whether it’s an Adult Man, a Young Adult Girl, a 6-to-8 year old Boy or the tiny Baby in your life. In a few clicks, the App uses the information you provide to create a series of questions that will narrow your search even more. Read on to learn how the App uses all these questions to form a profile.

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Let’s say you’re shopping for the Adult Man. Some of the questions that might pop up will be something like: “Which of these cars best describes him?” or “Where would he spend his dream vacation?” The clever App uses your answers to determine whether they’re an Outdoorsman, Sports Enthusiast and more! All that’s left to do is click on “Shop Gifts” to see the top products Lakeside recommends for the Adult Man you described. Then repeat the process for every single person on your shopping list. The best part about using the App is that you’ll be able to find gifts you probably haven’t seen before, expertly selected to fit your holiday needs.

Where to Download “My Perfect Present”

“My Perfect Present” can be downloaded on iTunes, Google Play, or just explored here on Lakeside.com.

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The Perfect Present: Gifts for Kids & Home Decorators

By the time the holiday shopping season starts to settle down, when most of our gifts are perfectly wrapped and placed under the tree, we look down at our Christmas lists and see there’s still a bit more to get done. In fact, it always feels like the same names are left staring at us on our lists every year. There are always some people on our lists who are harder to shop for than others, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Find out how to narrow down the perfect present for those difficult names on your list with these seasonal Lakeside articles.

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Holiday Gift Ideas for the Home Decorator in Your Life
Home decor enthusiasts have a unique eye for detail and a passion for pulling rooms together. Whether they are collaborators who thrive on outside input or prefer flying solo when it comes to home-decorating puzzles, it’s that unique eye for detail that makes them a chore to shop for during the holidays. Sometimes it’s easier to shy away from trying to find a home decor gift for the home decorator in your life. Never fear… Check out a few of these tips on how to find the perfect holiday gift for your home-decorating perfectionist.

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Awesome Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids Who Love Animals
To be fair, it’s hard to find a kid who doesn’t adore animals, but some kids like them more than others. Some kids can’t get enough and wouldn’t mind finding out that all the gifts under the tree have an animal theme. If your kid adores animals, chances are it’s not an entirely new thing, so finding an original animal gift they will be excited about might be a bit tougher than you’d expect. Figure out how to find some great gifts for animal crazy kids in your life this Christmas with a few of these simple guidelines and ideas to help you brainstorm.

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Gift-Giving Ideas To Get You Ready For Christmas

Everyone loves finding the perfect Christmas gift, seeing their family or friends’ eyes light up when they tear open the festive wrapping paper. Gift-giving ideas only get more difficult as the years go on. Whether you’re trying to keep pace with your flawless gift-giving record or hoping to find a gift for someone new in your life, Lakeside is ready to help. Check out our new Christmas articles on finding gifts for parents, teens and more.

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Parents & In-Laws
As the years go by, it gets more and more difficult to find gifts for our parents, and it is equally as difficult to figure out Christmas gifts for our in-laws. We decided to dig a little deeper to figure out some of the reasons why some gift ideas for parents and in-laws succeed more than others. Here are a handful of ideas to spark that moment of gift-giving clarity and make your parents’ or in-laws’ Christmas a little more special this year.

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Tech-Savvy Holiday Guide for Teens & Young Adults
Teens and young adults can be some of the most difficult people to shop for during the holiday season. With each generation being a little more tech-savvy and in tune with the latest gadgets, it’s easy for parents to fall behind on the newest electronic trends targeting younger audiences. Learn about a couple timely trends or get gift ideas for thrifty alternatives with this tech-savvy holiday shopping guide for teens and young adults.

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Tips on Buying Holiday Gifts for Outdoor Enthusiasts
Christmas takes place in the winter, but for outdoor enthusiasts, icy wind and deep snow are merely minor nuisances or nature’s way of inviting us to play outside. From the avid hunter to the fearless fisher, the bold backpacker to the height-defying hiker, outdoor enthusiasts can be hard some of the hardest people to shop for. Find some ideas for the outdoor enthusiast in your life with these useful tips on outdoorsy holiday gifts.

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Lakeside Selection: Our Weekly Favorites

This week, Lakeside is getting into the holiday spirit a little early with our favorite items. Kids love to give gifts for the holidays as much as anyone, but they can’t just hop in the car and pick out the perfect gift at the local mall. Helping children make gifts teaches them about the joys of giving as well as receiving. This year, give them the tools they need to make their own thoughtful gifts for friends and family. By starting now, kids can make something for everyone on their gift lists by Christmas.

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Even young children can make beautiful presents with these plush craft fabric by numbers kit. With no sharp needles or scissors involved, a child can create a colorful design in pre-cut fabric on a stuffed plush pillow. Each kit contains everything needed to make a beautiful butterfly or a whimsical frog prince. It’s also a great craft project for parents because it involves no messy glues, paints or glitter to clean up after the craft is complete. The kits are designed for children ages 4 and up, so even pre-schoolers can enjoy the fun of making gifts for others. Your child’s friends will appreciate these colorful cushions as decorative accessories and as thoughtful presents.
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For older kids who love to create, the BFF Chunky Cord Bracelet Kit lets them weave colorful accessories for everyone on the gift list. Each kit comes with enough thread for 6 bracelets and the weaving frames work equally well with threads you’ll find in any craft store. Easy-to-follow instructions and foam weaving forms let your child design and make bracelets, necklaces and hair ornaments. The kit contains a foam pattern wheel and colorful thread.

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Kids who like to help in the yard will be charmed with these Fairy or Gnome Garden Kits that let them create an enchanted garden for someone special. You supply the container and a few low-growing plants; the kit provides accessories such as a tiny watering can, birdbath and garden arch to create a whimsical tableau. Designed for older kids who have the patience to get the garden started, the kits are designed for indoor or outdoor display. The sets are perfect for a kitchen windowsill garden filled with herbs or for a miniature flower bed.

Handprint-ornament-set

Even the youngest children can participate in holiday giving when you offer a little help. Let toddlers lend a hand with these sweet Handprint Ornament Sets that turn your child’s unique print into a cherished holiday heirloom. Apply the non-toxic white paint, let the child grasp the base of the ornament and finish the design with hand-painted details you add yourself. Each kit contains a red or green ornament, white ribbon for hanging, white paint, a wedge-shaped sponge, a black permanent marker for details and orange wax for adding carrot noses to your snowmen. Young kids love helping, and with this kit, they get a chance to leave a lasting impression without making a mess. Older kids can get in on the fun too by drawing in the details or adding hand-painted stars with the leftover white paint.

Give your children an early holiday present with these or any of Lakeside’s other creative art and craft kits, and you give them the fun of making something special for friends and family. It’s never too early to teach kids about the joy of giving!