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The Ultimate Stocking Stuffers Gift Guide

Published: Nov 01, 2023

Just imagine it: The fire is crackling, the blankets are cozy, the cocoa is hot and the stockings on the mantel are stuffed to the brim! Make sure everyone gets exactly what they ask for with this ultimate stocking stuffers gift guide.

christmas stockings filled with assorted hersheys holiday candy

Why Are Stockings a Christmas Tradition?

Stockings have been a part of Christmas celebrations for centuries. The most widely referenced legend for why stockings became so popular is about a family who was having a hard time financially. St. Nicholas decided to secretly help them out by sliding down their chimney at night and filling the girls’ recently washed stockings, which were drying by the fireplace, with gold coins or gold balls. Parents carried on the legend of filling stockings with goodies when kids continued hanging them out in hopes of St. Nicholas visiting their house.

When times were tough during the Great Depression, the gold balls of the legend were replaced with something a little less expensive: oranges! Though the citrus fruits were a unique treat back then, times have changed to allow us to put different sweets in our stockings these days, like fun candies and small gifts.

Create and customize your own stocking stuffer tradition with these unique ideas from Hershey that include sweet gifts, delectable HERSHEY’S KISSES Candies, personalized favorites, practical items and fun things to make them smile this holiday season.

Stocking Stuffers for Dad

Gift: Bigger is better when it comes to gifts for dad, and you can’t get much bigger than this KIT KAT® Yardstick! With 18 full-size bars included, he might even share some with the family (maybe).

HERSHEY’S KISSES Candy: Be sweet this season by filling his stocking full of HERSHEY’S KISSES Cherry Cordial Candies. They’ll be the cherry on top of his fun and festive holiday celebrations.

Favorite Thing: Whether they like it with cream, sugar or just black, everyone loves a good cup of joe. Fill his stocking with his favorite kind of coffee grounds or pods for him to enjoy during those chilly winter mornings.

Practical: If there’s one thing dads are, it’s practical, so he’ll love a gift that he can use over and over again. Pick up something like gloves or a hat that he can use in the cold months to come.

Fun: Save the rest of the family from having to witness dad’s hairy back by giving him a back scratcher in his Christmas stocking!

Stocking Stuffers for Kids

Gift: Make eating sweets even more fun than before with a HERSHEY’S COOKIES ‘N’ CREME XL Build-a-Snowman Bar or a HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate XL Build-a-Santa Bar! Let the kids create the iconic holiday figures themselves or help them out for a yummy activity together.

HERSHEY’S KISSES Candy: Give them treats that taste just like their favorite holiday cookies with HERSHEY’S KISSES Sugar Cookie White Creme Candies.

Favorite Thing: Every little one loves playing games, so putting a card game into their stocking is a great way to give them a cool activity that they can play with friends and family.

Practical: We’re always losing little socks, so make sure your kiddo is stocked up for the winter months by adding them to their stocking. Get them excited about socks by grabbing some that have their favorite characters or animals printed on them.

Fun: Kids love basically any toy, but adding temporary tattoos to the mix gives them the option to choose exactly what they want while being easy, affordable and mess-free!

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Other Unique Stocking Stuffers

Need something that will really take their breath away? Celebrate the holidays in a big way with a nearly two-foot-long REESE’S Miniatures Mega Cane, a seven-ounce HERSHEY’S KISSES Milk Chocolate Giant Candy or a REESE’S Peanut Butter 1 LB. Santa.

There’s no better way to show your love and appreciation than through thoughtful stocking stuffers that are handpicked for each family member. With a little creativity, these small gifts can make the holiday season sweet and memorable for everyone.