Friday, November 29, 2019

Best Toy Stocking Stuffers!

Character: Hank McCall
Series: Vintage Toyshop Mysteries
Author Barbara Early

As others may be busy with their black Friday shopping, I usually put up our Christmas tree. 

But if you must shop, don't forget the stocking stuffers! And yes, I have some tips.

As far as stocking stuffers go, I've always been a fan of coal. A kid waking up to coal in their stocking would be extra good afterward, at least for a few days.

But given the going price of coal--and to keep harmony in the home on Christmas morning, it might be a better idea to fill that stocking with a few classics.

Here are my top ten:

1. The yo-yo. Always a classic. Show them your skills and send the kiddos off to their rooms for hours while they try to duplicate your moves and/or untangle the string.

2. Jacks. Two toys in one. Even if the jacks don't catch on, they have a super bouncy ball. Or skip the pointy foot magnet and go for the bouncy ball.

3. The Slinky. What an incredible toy. (Good for a girl and a boy.)

4. The Rubik's Cube. The fidget spinner of a previous generation.

5. Crayons. Or markers. Or paints. Something to get that creative streak going. Is there something that says Christmas more than the smell of a fresh box of Crayolas?

6. Card Games. Anything from Go Fish to Uno. I just have to remember not to buy Liz a box of Old Maid cards. She's at the age where she gets a little touchy.

7. Barrel of Monkeys. Yes, they still make them. The Toy Story movies gave them a boost.

8. Silly Putty. Remember that? Give the kids an egg full and the funny papers and see what they can do. Or Play Doh. Or update for slime.

9. Filler. The old standbys--think of oranges, candy, and socks. Yeah, a step above coal.

10. Can't go wrong with a good book?

GIVEAWAY:

Comment below for a chance to win one of three (3) paperback copies of DEATH OF A TOY SOLDIER. 

I'll pick three winners at random on Monday, December 2nd. (Just in case you're out shopping today!)


36 comments:

  1. I like spinning tops from when I was a kid. Jess
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  2. I love those choices. Mu grandson just loves little cars.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  3. Let's not forget paperback books - to encourage reading is always a good thing, CD's for the music lover, and even small gift cards for anything from burgers to clothes. An old time favorite of mine was pick up sticks, the Lifesaver Christmas boxes and a bag of rubber bands for making Chinese jump ropes. :)
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  4. I always look forward to the Lifesaver story books as a child - all those different flavors! Now it’s paperbacks and gift cards to buy more!

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  5. I remember getting all those over the years. schmokercarol(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. So many fun things. Thanks for the contest. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

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  7. I'm an adult and I asked for a yo-yo last year. I wanted to learn tricks as a kid but my sister kept breaking my yo-yo or tying so many knots in it we couldn't get out. I finally have an intact toy after all these years and my sister's not touching it (even though she's 25 years old).
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  8. I enjoyed reading this list as it resonates with me. My old fashioned values and gifts are similar to yours. Books, and simpler toys are meaningful. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. These delightful toys give me great pleasure and I enjoyed them when I was young. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  10. Great ideas! I have either received or stuffed a stocking with most of them. And Black Friday is for staying in a nice, friendly, uncrowded home and reading ;-).
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  11. For some reason we didn't have stockings when I was growing up. I was so excited when I married my husband and he and his daughter came with stockings! I thought and thought and filled their stockings. Turns out they didn't want anything in their stockings. They just for decoration. I was so disappointed.
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  12. I like wooden puzzles and pick up sticks for stocking suffers.

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  13. i like chocolate candy! and then books! jcook22@yahoo.com

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  14. Lots of great stocking stuffer ideas! I used to really love my yo-yo and card are also good choices. Books also make great stocking stuffers. Happy Holidays!
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. Great suggestions.
    One year I pack underwear and socks in a box on top of the "actual" gift for my son. He wasn't fooled and dug in.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  16. My husband and I never had Christmas stockings but now our one daughter has married into a family who does Christmas stockings and she's having a difficult time finding stocking stuffers for the adults. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  17. I love stocking stuffers we got toothbrushes, toothpaste and shampoos. Also got eArrongs and socks

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  18. How about page a day calendars or puzzle books - crossword or word search? Thanks so much for the giveaway, and Happy Holidays! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. Books for sure and I remember those I'd like to find a jack in the box for my granddaughters Alice and Bellemere thank you for the chance

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  20. We always tailored the gifts in the stocking to the person with must need items. A pair of socks (we all like different types), personal items (hair spray, shampoo, etc.), a Starbucks gift card, candy (a must), and a stuffed toy that can be tied to stocking. Thank you for a chance to win and Happy Holidays! Doodlesink(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  21. Those are great suggestions!! There are lots of things one can find for that perfect stocking stuffer. Thanks for the chance. ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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  22. Love finding gifts for stocking stuffers! Awesome giveaway! Thanks for the chance!
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  23. Stocking stuffers are fun to buy. I like to include chocolate coins.

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  24. Boy did I love silly putty. That smell, the fun, the texture. I can still smell and feel it in my mind. Thanks for bringing back the memories. And thanks for a chance to win. kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net

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  25. Stocking stuffers are always so much fun. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  26. Thanks for the opportunity. Good luck everyone!
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  27. A toy that was around when my kids were in school was the Tomgachi and it is making a comeback this year. It is
    just small enough to fit in a stocking. Pencils and/or pens and little writing pads are fun items to add too.
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  28. What a fun video. I havent heard that one in ages. LOL Showing my age. LOL
    Have a fantastic weekend.
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  29. Love the idea of a book as a stocking stuffer. anajs95(at)gmail(dot)com

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  30. I enjoy passing these toys down to my toddlers! Thanks for the chance! oohllala@aol.com

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  31. So many great ideals for stocking stuffers.
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  32. In all the years in lived and worker in southwest England, I never once managed to get to London (only 2 hours away by train) in the winter.. I've been fortunate enough to go to Bath and Cheltenham for Christmas light turn ons, caroling, and differing abbey's and Cathedrals. So edzy before moving back to states....

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  33. Gift cards, dvd's books are always a good choice!

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  34. Forgot my email tWarner419@aol.com

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  35. I love books and no you can't go wrong with it...
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  36. I like this cover, sure would love to read this book. queenvictoria50 (@) aol (dot) com

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