Personalised Stocking FillersPersonalised Christmas stocking fillers are the perfect way to start off the present unwrapping proceedings. Hung from 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 great romantic personalised stocking fillers for him, whilst the cute compact mirror is one of the essential stocking fillers for her.
Christmas Stocking GiftsChristmas stockings filled with gifts have been a Christmas tradition for years. Varying from edibles to more permanent stocking filler keepsakes, there are many different takes on this custom. Stocking fillers for kids can be personalised to make Christmas Eve night or Christmas morning even more special. Adults aren't left out this year with our personalised Christmas stocking fillers suitable for the whole family, friends, and even colleagues.
Stocking StuffersA 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 StockingsThere 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 create your personalised Christmas stocking fillers, don’t forget your own custom-made stockings to put them in.
The St. Nick Stocking LegendThe 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 Christmas stocking fillers they'll hold in their memories forever.
Other Christmas Stocking FillersIn 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.
Christmas MagicDesign your own personalised Christmas stocking fillers and make sure every part of Christmas day is a magical moment. Some people may expect to find a satsuma and some chocolate in their Christmas stocking, however, you can watch as amazement spreads across their face when they discover personalised stocking fillers and custom gifts printed with special memories unique to them.