Awesome stockings from a 1970s Vogue Pattern - photo courtesy vintagepatterns.wikia.com
When I was little, my sister and I would race down the stairs each Christmas morning and making a beeline for the fireplace. Our stockings, which had hung limp and lifeless for weeks, were suddenly busting at the seams with soon-to-be-discovered treats from Santa. Inevitably, there would be a Toblerone bar and a clementine inside, and the rest of the stuff changed from year to year; I remember a cool spinning light-up wand one year, fruity lipglosses the next, sometimes a great book or CD, and other times a headband or bracelet. No matter what, the contents of our handmade felt stockings were pretty, girly and always fun.
It's funny how some things never change; Sure, I love the occasional over-the-top gift as much as the next person, but for me, I nearly always get more joy from fun little finds than anything else. And, I'm always relieved when Santa remembers to put that Toblerone bar in my stocking.
Merry, Merry! These small but mighty treats are sure to bring out the kid in everyone on your list: