“It was the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.” Gift giving is one of the joys and challenges of Christmastime, and part of gift giving is stuffing those stockings with gifts. Good stocking stuffers should be small, thoughtful, and useful. Gone are the days when stockings were stuffed with primarily candy canes and teddy bears. There is a plethora of options available now for all ages and interests. After a season full of splurging on sweets and running around busily, stuffing stockings full of things that aid in rejuvenating mind and body is a great idea.

Wintertime can be tough on skin and hair, so beauty products to help hydrate and enrich skin will be greatly appreciated. Travel sized lotions and creams are the perfect size for stockings. There are many travel sets that are decorative and can even double as a cute Christmas ornament too. As you choose your lotion and cream stocking stuffers be mindful of the quality of the ingredients. Many of the decorative sets available at this time of year may look and smell pretty, but be severely lacking in healthy ingredients that will improve the health of your skin. Look for beauty sets that look nice, smell nice, and provide vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants to the skin.

Small cosmetics also fit nicely into the stocking and will likely be appreciated by the ladies of your house. Be on the lookout for cute high quality blush palettes, nail polish, lip stick, and mini mascara. As with the moisturizers, it is important not to get so caught up in buying the most sparkly and fancy wrapped package that the ingredients become secondary. Check the ingredient list. Watch out for petroleum based products or items with excess phthalates and chemicals. Seek out cosmetics that not only beautify but also nourish skin with all natural and organic ingredients.

While cosmetics may not be appropriate or appreciated by the men or children of the household, the gift of health and beauty is still beneficial and can be gifted in a fun way. Harsh winter winds do not discriminate and will chap the manliest of lips. A good nutrient rich natural lip balm is a great stocking stuff for male and female, young and old alike.

Stocking stuffers should be fun and personal. Items such as cozy socks and house slippers will be appreciated when toes are kept toasty warm this winter. Little girls love things such as hair bows and head bands too.

It is not always easy to come up with unique ideas when stuffing stockings, but with a little thoughtfulness and creativity, you can stuff stockings full of fun and healthy items for your loved ones.