While Christmas stocking traditions can vary from one household to the next, sometimes it can feel like a challenge to fill one up. Luckily, there are a lot of stocking stuffer ideas that can be ideal for the occasion, and many of them will neither break the bank nor cause havoc in your kid’s dental world!
Food is a big part of the holiday season. However, you can choose healthier options if you want to protect your family’s teeth and overall health. For example, consider sugar-free gum with a peppermint flavor. Small bags of nuts can be better than candy (as long as your family members don’t have braces), or you can opt for bite-sized pieces of dark chocolate over stickier candies.
A stocking can also be the perfect home for some small toys and games. For example, a yo-yo or a deck of cards should fit with ease, and some travel games can squeeze in too (especially if you remove the original packaging). Crayons, markers, and colored pencils would be another great option, especially if you intended to give a coloring book as a gift. Kids may also enjoy stickers or stamps and inks, so consider finding some featuring their favorite images and give them a small notepad to use them.
What stocking suggestion list from us would not include some dental care? During the holiday season, sweets are everywhere. If you want to support your family’s oral health, consider adding a new toothbrush, floss, or other items to their stockings. Picking the right toothbrush for each family member doesn’t have to be a challenge. There are many, many options, and nearly everyone doesn’t replace their toothbrush often enough.
All of the ideas above can make filling up a stocking easier than ever before, so don’t be afraid to try a few until you have each one filled to the brim. Happy holidays!