Guest Picks: Christmas Stockings for Stuffing
Not just any sock will do for this all-important holiday. Treat your mantel to one of these extra-special stockings this Christmas
My family starts decorating for the holidays shortly after Thanksgiving. But I feel like the stockings always get overlooked. We're supposed to hang them by the chimney with care, right? Are you a traditional stocking lover, or do you prefer something more casual or whimsical? — Michelle from Stuttering Shell
Got an Elvis fan in your life? This stocking isn't a blue suede shoe, but it does take you back to Elvis and his embellished jumpsuit.
These are the stockings my family owns (red with green trim and green with red trim). I love that these stockings are a good size and that they're not too elaborate or fussy. The velvet texture is just the right touch. After all, you want your tree, not your stockings, to steal the show.
Polka dots and stripes done in various shades of green and red felt make for a contemporary design. These are definitely a fun take on the traditional Christmas stocking.
Instead of monogramming your stockings, why don't you personalize the stocking holder instead? I love the idea of using a favorite photo to indicate which stocking belongs to each person.
The contrasting pompom on the toe of these stockings is ridiculously cute. If I didn't buy new stockings last year, I would totally scoop these up for my family.
I have never seen a stocking holder like this before, but I like the idea of not having to put holes in the mantel or using those heavy, cumbersome stocking holders. At least this rack guarantees that your stocking will never fall off of the fireplace.
This stocking screams anything but traditional. It is semi-reminiscent of a court jester, but I love its bright colors and glittery look. If you decorate for the holidays with bold, bright colors, then this is the stocking for you.
My dogs have their own Christmas stockings — after all, they shouldn't be excluded from all of the holiday fun. I love the look of these needlepoint stockings from Orvis. They're a must-have for any dog lover.
I love that this whimsical, Wild West–themed stocking is not your traditional look.
Here's another unique stocking holder. These could be left out all year or used for other things, like holding wreaths. The wrought iron look would fit in well with all kinds of decor.
These felt stockings are super cute and perfect for any child — or child at heart.
Now this is a stocking that is begging to be filled with goodies! Santa certainly won't miss this as he comes down the chimney.
These whimsical stockings from Ballard Designs are fun and funky. Plus, you can personalize them for free! If you're not a traditionalist when it comes to holiday decor, these might be perfect for you.
This stocking holder is fun. I love the oversize glittery bell. It will remind you to believe in the spirit of Christmas.
This is a neat idea for a stocking. On Christmas Eve, your little one can leave a note for jolly ol' Saint Nick.
For those who want something more than a plain stocking and love whimsical design, these stockings from Garnet Hill are just right. Each family member can have their own design, and they all coordinate well with one another.
This striped stocking has just a hint of gingham along the top edge. It is so simple yet so sweet at the same time.
This stocking holder frees up your mantel for more holiday decorating. You can personalize each holder with a picture too. I love the idea of keeping stockings near the fireplace, but slightly aside from the fireplace at the same time — especially if you use your fireplace in the wintertime.
Here's another option for pets. With a simple silhouette and a monogram, you've got a stunning stocking to hang by the fireplace for your favorite four-legged companion.
Ideabook published on Dec. 4, 2012.
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