Stocking season is here! An occasion not only referring to the return of winter hosiery, but the more popular use of the word that warrants filling a giant sock with gifts.
The Christmas stocking tradition derives from a number of European folk tales hundreds of years ago. Unsurprisingly, the stocking’s original prototype was a large sock – the bigger the better, which children hung at the end of their beds for Santa Claus to fill with presents.
Today the Christmas stocking is a commercial symbol of gift-giving far greater than any old sock, highly decorated and often personalised.
Nevertheless, the restrictive size of a stocking poses a limit on what one can fill it with. Gifts need to be reasonably small – a size which would look isolated under a tree, yet at home in a giant sock.
We’ve rounded up the best gifts on the market precious in size and style that your special lady will love. From personalised necklaces to luxury hand creams – depending your budget, we like to think that good things do come in small packages. She’ll be grinning from ear to ear.
Start The Day Beautifully Kit
Stock up on the essentials brushes with this kit from vegan brand EcoTools. The five brushes; the Angled Foundation Brush, Blurring Brush, Defined Crease Brush, Angled Liner and Full Blush Brush are stored in a handy case that is ideal for applying on the go.
£8.97 | eBay | Buy it now
Drumond Park Articulate Mini Game
This mini version of the iconic word association game will bring the whole family together on Christmas day. Prepare for it to get seriously competitive as you try to describe the word on the card as quickly as you can.
£4.99 | John Lewis | Buy it now
McVitie’s Jaffa Cake Xmas Cracker
Settle the old biscuit versus cake dilemma once and for all this Christmas while feasting on the delicious chocolate orange snack. For 2018, McVitie’s is offering an extra-long cracker featuring several boxes of zesty treat.
£3 | Sainsbury’s | Buy it now
BECO Hand Wash Spring Meadow
For a Christmas present that gives back, the BECO range creates new jobs for those who are visually impaired, disabled or disadvantaged. On top of that, the products are 100% eco-friendly, vegan, cruelty-free and hypoallergenic as well as work to save water. There are three fragrances offered; Honey Blossom, Spring Meadow and Wild Berries that smell amazing and feel good on your skin.
£4 | Waitrose | Buy it now
Modern Chain Stud Earrings
These earrings from one of Instagram’s favourite labels Ania Haie bring a contemporary take on a classic stud with an edgier feel. Sure to elevate any look, the pieces are offered in Sterling Silver 14-karat rhodium or gold plated.
£15 | Ania Haie | Buy it now
Lanson Rosé Brut NV Champagne Small Bottle
‘Tis the season after all and why not celebrate in style with a little bottle of Lanson champagne. From one of the oldest Champagne houses, this bottle is ideal to pop open on Christmas day or New Year’s Eve for a cheeky tipple before the celebrations kick off.
£8.49 | Waitrose | Buy it now
Love Beauty And Planet Shea Butter and Sandalwood Shea Velvet Body Lotion
Offering environmentally friendly products at affordable price tags, Love Beauty and Planet taps in to the ever-growing demand for ethical products that do not sacrifice on luxury. Everything from the 100 per cent recycled bottles, to the natural ingredients, via the ethically sourced fragrance is eco-conscious. The range comprises of hair and body care alongside scrubs, cleanses and masks using high quality vegan ingredients like organic coconut oil and murumuru butter.
£4.40 | Amazon | Buy it now
Watermelon Silicone Case
Sure to put a smile on anyone’s face come Christmas morning, this fun case from Skinny Dip works to protect your phone with a fruity and interactive twist. The Watermelon case has a soft and squidgy glitter-filled addition while remaining lightweight.
£9 | Skinny Dip | Buy it now
We all have that one clumsy person in our life that is constantly injuring themselves, so why not bring a fun touch and gift these unicorn plasters.
£5.99 | Prezzy Box | Buy it now
Sudoku Toilet Roll
Never be forced to read the back of the shampoo bottle again with this Sudoku toilet roll that promises hours of fun sitting on the loo.
£2.79 | Find Me A Gift | Buy it now
Emergency Tech Kit
For those addicted to their phones or devices, this tech kit will be a godsend. The emergency set contains a microfibre cloth, 2-in-1 USB cable with a cable tie, and a spray bottle of screen cleaner.
£9.50 | Oliver Bonas | Buy it now
Liars & Lovers set of 2 red beaded hair slides
We love these acrylic beaded hair slides from Liars & Lovers. The hair clip trend is still very much present and poses an excellent opportunity to get festive with accessories. These red clips offer a subtle Christmassy hint during the festive season, and offer a far more affordable alternative to the Simone Rocha range every fashion girl is lusting after. Wear them together or individually – the choice is yours!
£8 | Asos | Buy it now
She Must Be Mad Book
Millennial poet Charly Cox has been likened to Carol Ann Duffy in brilliance, with a social media following second to no other 22-year-old poets. She Must Be Mad is a witty and heartfelt collection of poems exploring the coming of age journey from girlhood to womanhood. It will make you smile as much as it will make you cry, all in the spirit of bittersweet relatability.
£9.99 | Oliver Bonas | Buy it now
Marble Trinket Dish
For those go-to accessories and bits and bobs you prefer keeping handy, a trinket dish is always a win. This classy marble design finished with a metallic gold edging is on trend and presents an affordable stocking filler for those on a budget. Made from ceramic, it’s a good quality addition to any bureau or countertop.
£11 | Not on the High Street | Buy it now
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