wish lists and stocking stuffers

Did you know there are only 101 days left until Christmas? No? Well, now you do. I’m already thinking about Christmas. Big surprise! May even put up my favorite tree on Saturday. Early for most of you, I know, but it’s my favorite, so up it goes!

Our family makes good use of the wish list feature on amazon.com. It’s so helpful to me, as I do most of the Christmas shopping for our family. Everyone adds a variety of things to his/her own wish list and I get to choose what to order. I’m thankful for those wish lists because it means my family will receive gifts they love, but will still be surprised as they won’t know what I chose to order until the gifts are opened.

Stocking stuffers are a bit harder. Usually the stockings hold a chocolate candy orange, some chocolate gold coins, and an ornament. But the other stuffers…what to give, what to give…??

Seems we always come through, even though this gift almost gets the best of me each year. These stockings look rather stuffed, though, don’t they??

the staircase was loaded

Here’s what I found in my stocking one year. Gummy candy, Snickers, and chocolate…can’t go wrong there.

stocking loot

This year, I’m keeping new ideas for stocking stuffers on one of my Pinterest boards. We’ll see if I follow through or not…

Does anyone have new and interesting ideas for stocking stuffers?



  1. Mika
    Posted September 15, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    First — yay! I was just going to ask you today if you had a Pinterest board. I pinned your cookie sheet pie to one of my boards this a.m.

    Second — I love, love, love putting together our stocking stuffers. It is my probably my favorite part of gift giving. Some things that have gone in my family’s stockings: pistachios (because they never want to share … this way each person gets their own stash), the kids get their yearly ornament, “fancy” pencils or pens (read: sparkly) for the girl, matchbox cars for the boy, a roll of quarters for my husband to waste on arcade games. I frequently get kitchen gadgets in mine: a perfect wooden spoon, high heat spatula.


  2. Posted September 15, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    Mika! So good to see you again! 🙂 Pistachios are a great idea! I’ll add that to my list. Kitchen tools are a great idea, too. I love craft tools. One of my daughters usually gets Fiskars paper cutter blades for me. LOVE that! ~~Rhonda

  3. Sarah
    Posted September 16, 2011 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    Hey Aunt Rhonda! I have 4 bundles of white lights with green wiring that are the old fashion kind. Do you want any of them for your house? I just bought them thinking of you, but realized that we used LED lights last year. Let me know 🙂

  4. Amber
    Posted September 16, 2011 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    I am sooooo excited. I am following your blog now. Thanks for telling me how to do it. I have several that I follow that way. Don’t know why I did not think of adding it like that. Now, come on and post all of your useful knowledge!!!!!!!!

  5. Posted September 16, 2011 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    Welcome, Amber! I hope you’ll enjoy the blog! I’ll be doing more Christmas related things now that the Christmas Notebook list is up and running. 🙂 ~~Rhonda

  6. Posted September 16, 2011 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    Sarah, I’d love to have them. You know we always need more lights! 😀

  7. Sarah
    Posted September 17, 2011 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    I’ll send them with Mom when she comes down next 🙂 I’m planning on sneaking down with her one weekend to help out as well 🙂

  8. Posted September 22, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

    I like the Amazon.com list idea. I think I’ll get cracking on that right away!

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