One of the most magical moments for children is awaking to find a stocking at the end of their bed, filled to the brim with gifts from Santa. Here’s how to get it spot-on.
A big part of the excitement is the stocking itself. Let them choose their own – whether that’s a traditional knitted style, updated with a friendly reindeer face, or a glistening sack featuring their favourite Snowy and Lumi characters. Help them hang it the night before, and leave out a mince pie and carrots for Father Christmas and his reindeers.
There are a few crucial ingredients no successful stocking should be without. An orange, or satsuma, hidden at the foot of the sock should be top of your list, along with other sweet treats. Chocolate coins, a candy cane, or two, and some home-baked biscuits are sure to keep them happy.
Part of the challenge with creating a great stocking is its size constraint. Choose multiple small items so there’s still plenty to unwrap. Our toys in a tin, or mini finger puppets, are ideal, thanks to their compact shape, which also makes them great on-the-go options for trips over the festive period.
Scarves, gloves and hats are all great fail-safe stocking fillers. Look to cute colourways and playful designs little ones will love – they’ll also be really handy for that post-Christmas dinner walk. Alternatively, stuff their stocking with more socks; they can never have too many.
For the final touch, pop in a new storybook and let it peep out the top – it’ll be the first thing they see when they wake and will fill them with anticipation. Opt for a Christmas story to be read over the next few days, or go for a classic tale that can be enjoyed year-round.