Top Five Stocking Gift Ideas for Christmas

Stockings are just as important to fill as the gifts you place under the tree. They are fun to fill, but sometimes it can be challenging to decide just what to add to the stocking.

1. Watch. Watches are small so they fit in to a stocking easily. The kind of watch you want to buy depends on whose stocking it is. If you have a five year old son, you may want a digital Spiderman watch. A teenage girl might appreciate a High School Musical watch, For an adult spouse, you may consider a classic watch with the traditional hour and minute hands. The watches don't have to be expensive as long as they are functional and fit the individual's preferences.

2. Toothbrushes and Mini Toothpastes. This is a practical item that should be considered for all stockings. Dentists recommend you change your toothbrushes every three months. Start every Christmas, and continue throughout the year every third month. At Christmastime, you should pick out a fun toothbrush. Kids may want an electronic toothbrush that you wouldn't normally buy them during the year. Splurge and get them one for Christmas.

3. Gift Certificate to a Book Store or a Movie Rental Store. Gift certificates for book stores are perfect for individuals of all ages. However, if you have someone in your family who is not a reader, get them a gift certificate for a movie rental place. These types of gift certificates don't have to be extravagant like regular presents. Simple $10 gift certificates are fine for a stocking.

4. Fancy Candy. Every stocking should contain some kind of treat. Mini boxes of assorted chocolates fit easily into stockings. You may also want to consider the recipient's favorite chocolate bar or a pound of fudge. Kids like lollipop rings or bubble tape gum. Tailor each treat selection to the stocking's owner-which kind of sweets they like.

5. Christmas Socks. There should be something in your stocking that celebrates the actual holiday. Buy your family each a pair of holiday socks that you can wear Christmas morning. If you think your husband won't appreciate the socks, you can get him a Christmas tie instead. These socks or ties can include the nativity scene, reindeer, Santa, or a snowman.