The holidays are upon us, and here at Schoolhouse, we're taking every chance to decorate, drink hot cocoa, and embrace new traditions. We love seeing how others style their homes for the season, and lately, we've been feeling extra inspired to go all out in festivities. Which brings us to the often overlooked but (we think) essential opening act of Christmas morning – the humble stocking. Just because stocking stuffers are small doesn’t mean they should be an afterthought. Being firm believers that the perfect gift is a thoughtful one, we rounded up a few tips for filling your stockings with intention and care.
1. Put an Orange in the Toe
Placing an orange in the stocking not only honors tradition, but it will also help keep the toe rounded out and looking nice for holiday photos. Opt for a smaller orange like a clementine so that it sits nicely without weighing the stocking down.
2. Consider a Theme
Finding items that fit a theme is a fun way to show you’ve put a lot of thought into what the recipient enjoys. Here are a few possible themes to explore:
3. Bring the Outdoors In
One of the simplest ways to get in the spirit of the season is to make your home smell like the holidays. Gifts like peppermint soap, a pine-scented candle, or woodsy essential oils are sure to inspire joy and calm. As an added bonus, it will also keep stockings smelling as fresh and festive as can be.
4. Add a Homemade Touch
Being a thoughtful gift-giver doesn’t have to mean spending extra money. A handmade present is at the tip-top of our list when it comes to favorite gifts to receive. Knit a beanie, bake some cookies, paint a picture, or get creative with homemade vouchers (our favorites are “skip chores for one week” or “breakfast in bed”).
5. Include an Indulgent Snack
For many of us, the holidays are a time to indulge a little. Instead of buying candy in bulk, spend some time thinking of what the recipient loves most. A bar of specialty chocolate? Something salty instead of sweet? What about a gift card to a nearby coffee shop for those hard to wake up mornings? Whatever you decide to give, have fun with it! We’ve found that practicing the art of thoughtful gift-giving is just as rewarding (if not more!) as receiving.