Reducing stocking filler plastic

edited 27 November 2019 at 12:38PM in Special occasions & other celebrations
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We are trying to buy more quality stocking fillers this christmas and less quantity with an attempt to reduce novelty plastic that DD only looks at for 5 minutes. Does anyone have any good ideas?
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  • MisslayedMisslayed Forumite, Senior Ambassador
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    What age are we talking about?
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    bamboo toothbrush

    lush bathbomb (minimal packaging)

    reuseable water bottle

    colouring / drawing pad made from recycled paper

    socks/undies/pjs in designs that will last year round
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  • SpendlessSpendless Forumite
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    I tend to put in things that they would need during the year. So things like

    Hair bobbles

    coin purse (if she attends school discos etc and ever needs cash on her)

    Toiletries that are just hers rather than for household use

    What about re-usable straws?

    My daughter at that age once said that stocking presents should be like a lucky dip, but each prize you got out was something that was aimed at your own life. I found it easier to come up with ideas once I thought of it that way.
  • CAFCGirlCAFCGirl Forumite
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    Wax wraps for lunchbox items
    Soap bars
    Bamboo toothbrush
    Recycled paper notebooks
    Seeds and planters with labels
    Books on various eco subjects
    Slogan t-shirts
    Magazine subscription (eco kids is a good one)
    Hat and gloves set
    Reusable drinks bottle
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  • MisslayedMisslayed Forumite, Senior Ambassador
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    Bird feeder, bee hotel
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  • KatiehoundKatiehound Forumite
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    Misslayed wrote: »
    bee hotel

    That's a good one. You can make your own bug hotel from hollow canes etc- perhaps component parts in the stocking. one idea here:
    https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/give-nature-a-home-in-your-garden/garden-activities/build-a-bug-

    Similarly component parts for bird feeding-fat, yoghurt pot, seeds, string and instructions to make

    Or find a book that has various similar activities?
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  • AnneMaryAnneMary Forumite
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    Cut paper squares from magazines, wrapping paper etc for simple origami.
    Put in with links to YouTube sites to show her how to fold.
    You can also wrap presents in magazine paper.

    Homemade gift vouchers for experiences. They can be things you enjoy together and would probably do anyway.

    A recipe eg for cookies with a special ingredient eg chocolate chips
  • POPPYOSCARPOPPYOSCAR Forumite
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    Some little terracotta pots that can be painted with their own design and some packets of seeds to grow flowers fruit herbs.
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