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If you’ve already started to tick off your festive gift list or are considering when to kick off your Christmas shopping, it’s great to plan ahead for those unique stocking fillers that will make this year’s Christmas Day extra special whoever you’re buying for. This article explores why compact and thoughtful presents, carefully selected with family members and friends in mind, can have a big impact this Christmas.
Remember - small really is beautiful
When it comes to presents, the well-known phrases ‘small is beautiful’ and ‘big things can come in small packages’ do get bandied about a lot. With the right choice of present, however, both can indeed be true when you’re searching for that ideal stocking filler. You can add a real sparkle to someone this Christmas with a little stocking filler that will pack a surprising punch on Christmas Day.
As shopping for the gentlemen in your life can be a bit trickier, rather than resorting to a traditional pair of socks, choose a designer set of cufflinks that may just reflect their personality too; a gift with more originality. Focussing on a recipient’s interests might also spur you to buy a special packet of flower seeds or a similar gift that will peak the interest of an avid gardener in the family. In addition, look for bespoke jewellery that can capture your relative’s favourite hobby. A unique pendant of a musical note or guitar is great for anyone who loves the piano or plays in a band. You might also visit a local jeweller in Sussex for a customised ring, a dazzling set of earrings or a personalised bracelet.
Shop vintage for special gifts
For a traditional stocking filler, you might like to keep things classic with a tiny gift-wrapped box of elegant pearl earrings for someone special. Likewise, a pretty broach from one of many vintage shops and fairs in and around Sussex is a thoughtful present. Meandering through quaint antique shops and boutiques in Arundel allows you to discover one-of-a-kind treasures and Sussex has no shortage of charming towns brimming with second-hand shops and antique sellers.
Shopping vintage in Sussex allows you to find completely individual gifts made even more meaningful by searching high and low for them in the weeks leading up to Christmas. In historic Lewes, picturesque Rye and pretty Petworth browse the many antique shops and stalls that offer everything from costume jewellery to retro toys, perfect for filling little ones' stockings. Meanwhile, there are plenty of enticing Christmas markets where you can find an assortment of perfect stocking treats. Or stroll down Brighton's famous Lanes, popping into the area's eclectic shops that showcase everything from antique maps and globes to glittering jewellery made by independent designers..
Buy local for unique presents
If you only want to shop locally in Sussex for your Christmas presents and stocking fillers this year, the county is home to many artisan shops, talented creatives, boutique designers and market owners. Your choice of stocking fillers can become far more personal and thoughtful, whilst also supporting small businesses and keeping the community spirit alive across Sussex's towns and villages. This is especially important during the festive season, as many shops compete with online shops and large corporations.
The benefit of shopping for Christmas locally is the pleasure of the many festive displays and stunning window displays to entice you in. Once in the shops, you’ll be able to choose from a selection of unique, locally-produced gifts whatever you want to drop into your stockings, including: artwork, ceramics and delicious local chocolate treats. Any gifts you choose will come with that special sense of Sussex handiwork, making them extra meaningful.
Make special family memories
When choosing stocking fillers, don't forget the magic they create for children. Seeing their eyes light up on Christmas morning as they discover what Father Christmas has treated them to is priceless.
Look for treats that fit their personality and interests, such as dinosaur tail keychains, craft kits and cool stationery. Even simple treats like glitter nail varnish sets, chocolate coins or satsumas (of course) and novelty sweets are thrilling to find. For older children, elegant birthstone rings can be treasured and silver lockets containing miniature photos inside; a family keepsake for little ones and their siblings. Create tiny photos of family, pets and happy memories that they can keep close by. There are special memories to be made as they open them and value them for years to come.
Pamper everyone with indulgent beauty treats
Everyone deserves a little pampering and Christmas is as good a time as ever with stockings making the ideal receptacle to give miniature luxuries. For busy mums, dads and grandparents or as a unique gift for couples, think about buying some small pampering gifts. Scented candles, luxury bath salts and handmade soap are affordable little pampering gems that can have a big impact in making someone feel special.
Searching for indulgent beauty treats will not only be an appreciated present, but will likely be very welcomed to ease the many stresses of the Christmas season. Look for beautifully packaged bath bombs in gorgeous scents to fizz away tensions. Hand creams rich in shea or cocoa butter nourish hard-working hands while luxurious lip glosses, nail polish and facial mists will make anyone feel glamorous and pampered during the festivities. And don't forget hair care - silk scrunchies, bejewelled clips and hair-repair masks can slip neatly into the gaps of your extra-special Christmas stockings.