Has Christmas cheekily crept up on you? No need to panic. Make your loved ones’ faces light up with these clever stocking stuffer gift ideas.
A selection of appetising goodies is sure to delight your loved ones and minimise the stress of coming up with last-minute gift ideas. While the thought of creating home-made treats can seem overwhelming, there are some quick and easy Christmas recipes that you can whip up when you’re short on time.
Try creating Christmas chocolate bark in all different colours and flavours. Simply melt the chocolate of your choice and pour a thin layer into a lined baking tray. As it starts to cool, sprinkle it with the topping of your choice from Coles. Crushed candy canes, hazelnuts, salt or even small pieces of dried raspberry all make for delicious garnishes.
Once cooled, roughly chop the Christmas bark and festively package it by placing a few pieces in a cellophane bag, complete with red or green ribbon from Kurralta Park Newsagency.
If there is no time for DIY, you can find your favourite baked goods and treats from Bakers Delight, such as shortbread, tarts or even puddings.
Help your loved ones relax after the silly season with one or two self-care products in their stockings. Invite them to unwind with a scented candle, bath bomb or face mask from Kmart that could accompany a revitalising bath.
You could also pick up a luxurious body butter or fragrant aftershave from to add some extra indulgence to their stocking.
Encourage merry games and festive activities with a selection of gifts that will help the family come together. A new card or board game from Kmart can be a great way to get the Christmas entertainment started and is always a crowd pleaser. Alternatively, a beautiful hand-scribed line on a Christmas bauble with a funny message or words of appreciation will bring a smile to their face.
Meanwhile, nothing says you care quite like their very own jar of homemade gingerbread syrup, which they can pour over their own summer desserts. Simply combine caster sugar, honey, cinnamon sticks, peppercorns, whole cloves, orange peel and water in a saucepan over medium heat the day before until the syrup starts to simmer. Then, cover and allow to cool, before finally packaging it up in beautiful bottles.
Pair this sweet gift with a thoughtful dining addition – metal straws or whisky rocks from Kmart. Whether it’s a Christmas Day mocktail or fresh morning juice, you’ll be giving your loved ones a sustainable edge to their cool summer sips, as well as a sweet topping to their festive desserts.
Small trinkets for the kidlets
To entertain the young ones, a selection of small boredom busters are ideal items to pop inside the stocking the night before. Helpful for keeping little hands busy, these items can include things like matchbox cars, mini-puzzles, soft toys and pop it shapes.
A small set of multi-coloured pencils and an activity colouring book or sticker collection will also provide hours of entertainment on Christmas Day itself. Or, if you have some extra creative and adventurous people on your list, try slime, mini LEGO sets, Peppa Pig Grow & Play Pots or Desktop Ping Pong from Kmart.
Now that you’re ready to stuff your stockings with glowing gifts, all that’s left is to treasure the moment they look inside. Capture their faces lighting up and share it with us on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #WhereThereIsLight.