Personalised Stocking Fillers
Personalised stocking fillers are the perfect way to start off the present unwrapping proceedings. Hanging off the mantelpiece or left at the end of the bed, children and adults alike will love digging into their stocking and finding these personalised surprises inside. The cufflinks make romantic Christmas stocking fillers for him, whilst the cute compact mirror is one of the essential stocking fillers for her.
Christmas Stocking Presents
Christmas stocking gifts have been a Christmas tradition for years. Varying from edibles to more permanent stocking filler ideas, there are many different takes on this custom. Whether you design personalised stocking fillers to honour a classic tradition or to create a unique and quirky gift, make it extra special this year by customising stocking gifts with photos, names, and special messages.
A Christmas stocking – an empty sock-shaped bag – is hung so that Saint Nick can fill it with smaller gifts, fruit and sweets. These are most commonly either pinned to the mantelpiece or hung from a bedpost. In some tales, stocking presents are the only gifts a child would receive, whilst in others there are also wrapped gifts under a tree. It is also often the legend that the stockings are the gifts from Father Christmas whilst the presents under the tree are from family and friends. Personalised stocking fillers add a unique finishing touch to any Christmas morning.
The Mystery of Stockings
There is nothing written that shows where the Christmas Stocking originated. No records from history to explain it. There are several adaptations of numerous legends that suggest where this tradition might have come from, but nobody knows for sure. The custom is believed to have begun in a European country using standard everyday socks until decorative Christmas stockings began to be created. When you design your own Christmas stocking fillers, don’t forget your own custom-made stockings to put them in.
The St. Nick Stocking Legend
The most common Christmas stocking story is that of the poor man and his daughters. In this tale a poor man lived with his three daughters, and he couldn’t afford to get them married. Without a husband, he had concerns over what would happen to them after his passing. Saint Nicholas heard the villagers talking about the girls as he was passing through the village and decided that he wanted to help. He knew that the man wouldn’t accept charity and so he decided that he would keep his help a secret.
After nightfall, Saint Nick threw three bags of gold through an open window of the man’s house. One of the bags of gold landed in a stocking. This anecdote is sometimes told with gold balls rather than bags of gold, which is origin of the pawnbroker sign traditionally having three gold balls as the symbol. Other variations include the bags of gold being thrown directly into stockings which at the time were hanging on the fireplace to dry.
When the girls and their father woke the next day, they were ecstatic at their stocking gifts. They were able to get married, and like all good stories, they lived happily ever after.
You could channel the spirit of Saint Nick this Christmas by surprising your very own family and friends with personalised stocking fillers they'll hold in their memories forever.
Other Christmas Stocking Fillers
In European countries, rather than stockings, children would polish their shoes and place them in their windows. Santa doesn’t visit via the chimney, but instead fills the shoes with small presents and bags of sweets. The tradition is often observed earlier in December, usually either on Christmas Eve, or December 6th, which is St. Nicholas' Day. This is especially common in many areas of Central Europe. Stocking filler ideas and their alternatives span far and wide. Take from inspiration from your own family history and traditions, and make this Christmas extra personal.
Design your own personalised stocking fillers and make sure every part of Christmas day is a magical moment. Some people only expect to find a satsuma and some chocolate, so this year, watch as amazement spreads across their faces when they discover Christmas stocking fillers, all printed with special memories unique to them. Browse our range to find the perfect stocking fillers for adults and well as kids, to create a Christmas keepsake they can cherish, and keep the magic of Christmas alive. Design personalised stocking fillers for boys and girls in your family and make it a Christmas they'll remember for years to come.