Welcome back for week two of Stock Your Stash! While lots of people have their mind focused on Black Friday shopping, I’m taking a slight diversion to talk about smaller gifts–which you can still buy on Black Friday.
Let’s talk St. Nicholas. If you’re not familiar with St. Nick’s Day, it’s December 6th. In our family, everyone put a shoe out the night of December 5th before going to bed. The next morning when you woke up, there would be all kinds of little goodies in your shoe. I’m embarrassed to say that I don’t really know the origin of the day. I believe it has to do with remembering the death of St. Nick. But that could be way off. Google it.
All I recall is three things: 1. My brother’s b-day is Dec. 5, and I didn’t think it was fair that he got gifts two days in a row. 2. I always had big feet, so I thought the bigger the shoe the more gifts I’d reap (not the case at all). 3. Not all of my friends celebrated, but one friend who did got an outfit from Units (a big deal when I was in junior high) from St. Nick, and I felt slighted (yes, I believed in Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and St. Nick for much longer than I should have).
Despite the clothing, I do think little-ish gifts are the way to go. If you’re not into St. Nick’s, then look at this list as fitness-related stocking stuffer ideas.
1. A Jump Rope: Let’s get kids jumping young, so they don’t look like me…an adult spaz. $14 through Restoration Hardware, but you can find all kinds of styles at all different price points.
2. The Cutest Pedometer Ever! GeoPalz offers all kinds of styles at prices ranging from $15 to $25. It’s an adorable way to track your steps.
3. Bike Valve Light Cap: For the night rider (not the from the 80s), bike lights are a must for street safety. But that doesn’t mean the lights have to look lame. These LEDs tighten onto your tire valve, but make your whole wheel glow when you ride. At under $5, you can’t beat that!
4. Earbud Earmuffs: Working out outside in the winter means bundling up where I come from. These earmuffs will keep the cold wind out of ears but let the beat go on. And they’re cute! Under $20.
5. Light-Up Laces: In the same vein of the bike lights, outdoor play and running gets safer with Laser Laces. These fiber optic shoe laces come in all different colors and can be cut with regular scissors to adjust length. Price is $14.95 per pair.
For more shopping lists and ideas, visit my Stock Your Stash friends:
- Peanut Blossom has a cool unique tradition for St. Nick that involves a food basket.
- Let’s Lasso the Moon is talking advent calendars and has an awesome free printable download to share with you!