Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Santa's Helper Gift Guide

Welcome to Freestyle Wednesday on Chief 187™Chatter. This week’s focus is a Santa’s Helper Gift Guide.

Stuffing stockings takes a lot of work, creativity, and patience so why not help Santa this year by utilizing these ideas? Make the brands, styles, and items fit your taste or the taste of the person whose stocking you are helping Santa stuff!

Santa’s Helper Gift Guide 2012

Lip balm
Tire gauge
Rain X

Car wash certificates
Car wash supplies – soap, sponges, towels, tire cleaner
Scraper to keep in the car
Hand/feet warmers
Life Savers
Tic Tacs, especially holiday flavors
Foiled wrapped chocolate candy – the good brands

Specialty coffees, teas, and hot cocoa packets
Chocolate coated spoon/stirrer (can be purchased or made at home)
Matchbox/Hot Wheels cars
Small Lego sets
Pocket-sized dolls and accessories
Earbuds, especially with something cool to fit the recipients personality (Skull and cross bones, Hello Kitty, etc.)

Lipstick, mascara, eyeshadow, brow pencil, et al. – best if you know the brand recipient uses
Candle lighter
Candle snuffer
Nail tools
Nail polishes

Slippers, especially slipper socks
Calendar, pocket or otherwise
Exotic spices
Pencil sharpener
Notepads/memo pads
Package of Thank you notes
Handheld game

Paper napkins of all sizes for all occasions, holidays and otherwise
New Year’s Eve paraphernalia like blowers, confetti, plastic champagne glasses, 2013 glasses, necklaces, etc.
Popcorn, microwavable, or kernels for an air-pop machine, or some Jiffy-Pop for the stove top
Deck of playing cards
Bridge for Dummies book to bring this great came back into vogue
Barrettes/ headbands
More jewelry

Jacob’s Ladder, a great toy. Don’t know what it is? Look it up!
Barbie clothes
A package of Army men
Homemade gift certificates for favors – stay up passed curfew, mow the lawn, fix dinner, back massage, extra hour on computer/Wii
Gardening gloves and tools
Magnifying glass, especially a lit one

Favorite magazine, really cool if you got the subscription
The “Expensive” key ring for their make/model
Perfume/cologne, even the free samples
Gift cards for fast food restaurants, donut place, coffee place, iTunes, Amazon, Facebook, etc.
Gourmet pasta/sauce/croutons/breadsticks/olive oil/vinegar – 1 or more or a combination
Jewelry cleaner
Silver polish
Christmas ornament, start a collection for someone or simply buy/make them something you love for them
Mechanix gloves

A canister of bungee cords
Neck pillow – yeah, seriously
Coupons for local eateries, products the recipients use, etc.
Decorative hooks
Reusable and beautiful chopsticks
Box of crayons
Collectible coins
Gloves/mittens, especially hand knitted
Wallet/change purse/clutch, especially with a token cash gift included
Orange/apple or other fruit to put in the toe
Toothbrush/toothpaste/travel toothbrush holder
USB drive
Memory stick
Baby doll/stuffed animal to stick out of the top of the stocking
Candy canes either traditional peppermint or modern choices like fruit-flavored or chocolate mint
Did I mention jewelry?!

There are infinite ideas with which to fill the stocking, or assist Santa in this case.

It is a great joy for me to share my ideas, but I would love to read yours as well.

For more great ideas to help Santa, check the archives or use the “search” feature located on the upper left hand side of this page.

Happy gathering!