Saturday, September 28, 2013

Stocking Stuffers to Buy Now

It is almost October and have you done any Christmas shopping? I’ve picked up a few items on sale    and put them away. Adults like my siblings, even husband, are the easiest to shop for because their interests don’t change. I can keep my eyes out all year along for Gone with the Wind merchandise or 1000 piece plus puzzles. 
What can you buy in October that would be good for Christmas or stocking stuffers?
  •           Art supplies-basic supplies are on clearance everywhere since the back to school frenzy is over. Michaels and Joann Fabrics also offer coupons in the Sunday ads that allow you to buy one item 50% off. If you start doing this now, you can get a half price item per week.
  •            Socks- Depending on the recipient you can go for zany ones if they’ll  be appreciated. You are looking for sales or clearance items, not full price.
  •  Small games-not the electronic type.  These can be found often are the clearance table of book stores and discount stores.
  • Jewelry- cruise the jewelry section every time you shop for bargain basement finds. Earrings are usually the most popular.
  •  Toiletries-this can work for both young and old. The Dollar Tree will yield fizzy bath balls and bubble bath.  Higher end is Bath and Body Work. Keep your ear open for the buy free, get three free. You can even use the coupons you made have form the store. I’ve walked out with $90 of toiletries for $30.
  • Wind-up toys-I actually found a few in Kohls that I applied my 30% discount too. 
  • Gloves can be amazingly expensive. You can also order them online. 
  • Candles—I am always looking for these on clearance. Krogers usually has a few on clearance.
  • Kids Toy and puzzles-do you have a ton of stockings to make? Try Oriental Trading and order items in mass. Often, you get free shipping.
  •  Unusual or quirky items-can be found everywhere from yard sales, street festivals and curio shops.
  • Design a photo mug on Vista Print or
  • Ornaments are popular, especially personalized ones. Create your own on They are always running specials. Be sure to take advantage of them.
  • Quality headphones can be picked up for less at T.J. Maxx or Marshalls. I used a Groupon to buy Skull Candy headphones.
  • Gadgets-A foodie would appreciate corkscrews, garlic press, or even a food thermometer.
  •  DVDs-these go on sale on a rotating basis. Amazon as flash sale of popular movies that may last only minutes.
  • Lottery tickets
  •  Book marks
  • Match box cars or similar
  • Key rings- fun or sentimental.
  • Book lights.
  •  Toothbrushes
  • Fake tattoos and stickers
  • Glowsticks
  • Harmonica
  • Nail polish, lip balms and hand cream
  • Individual face masks
  •  Batteries
  • Jerky
  • Barrettes, combs, ribbons
  • Disposable camera
  •  Wallet
  •  Journal
  • Pens, pencils, erasers
  • Tape measure
  •  Golf tees
  • Puzzle book
  • Flash drive
  •  Hand warmers
  •  Canned nuts
  • Car air freshener
  • Fishing lures
  • Phone chargers
  • Craft kits
  • Stamps & ink pad
  • Legos
  • Action figurines
  • Hot sauce
  • Individual drink mixers
  • Kazoos
  • Balls, tops, balloons

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