Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Whether you call them stocking stuffers or stocking fillers matters little. What matters is that these are little gifts and surprises lurking deep in the recesses of your loved one's Christmas stocking, designed to bring a little extra joy to the festivities.

So, what makes a good stocking filler?

There's no need for it to be expensive, but it should entertain, bring pleasure to the senses or be of use to the recipient. For ladies, stocking stuffer ideas could include a finely crafted compact, charming or unusual jewelry, miniature scents, a notebook in an unusual cover, a scarf, gloves or top-quality miniature chocolates. For gentlemen, the market for innovative gadgets such as tiny toolsets, flashlights, mobile phone covers or add-ons has extended beyond measure.

Books, music or films always make good stocking stuffers. Other good stocking stuffer ideas include spices, herbs or unusual kitchen tools for those who make their home in the kitchen. Vouchers for days out never go amiss. And for children, the scope is simply endless with mechano, toy cars, dolls, puzzles or games all very much in vogue.

Below are some of my current favourites based on a history/foodie theme and family tradition. Don't forget the children would not get the gin, but along with small gifts they would also receive fruits and nuts.

Kenilworth Castle Snow Globe |

Kenilworth Castle Snow Globe

Stonehenge Puzzle |

English Heritage Stonehenge Puzzle

English Heritage Castle Top Trumps Game |

English Heritage Castles Top Trumps Game

Roman Helmet Keyring |

Roman Helmet Keyring

English Heritage St Clements Gin |

English Heritage St Clement's Gin

English Heritage Sherbert Lemons |

English Heritage Sherbet Lemons

I'll be adding more stocking fillers as I find them, so please keep checking back for more ideas.

For more Christmas, recipes, ideas and traditions, please check out our Christmas in England page.