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    • bella_m
    • By bella_m 20th Nov 19, 4:30 PM
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    Reducing stocking filler plastic
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    Reducing stocking filler plastic 20th Nov 19 at 4:30 PM
    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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    • Misslayed
    • By Misslayed 20th Nov 19, 4:37 PM
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    What age are we talking about?
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    • bella_m
    • By bella_m 20th Nov 19, 4:50 PM
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    Oops! 7-8 and environmentally aware!!
    • pavlovs_dog
    • By pavlovs_dog 20th Nov 19, 7:15 PM
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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
    know thyself

    Nid wy'n gofyn bywyd moethus...
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    • By Spendless 24th Nov 19, 8:45 AM
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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.
    • CAFCGirl
    • By CAFCGirl 24th Nov 19, 8:53 AM
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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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    • Misslayed
    • By Misslayed 24th Nov 19, 9:09 AM
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    Bird feeder, bee hotel
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 25th Nov 19, 10:54 PM
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    bee hotel
    Originally posted by Misslayed
    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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    • AnneMary
    • By AnneMary 27th Nov 19, 5:59 AM
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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
    • POPPYOSCAR
    • By POPPYOSCAR 27th Nov 19, 6:12 AM
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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.
    • Mousy
    • By Mousy 27th Nov 19, 11:03 AM
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    Wooden tangram set?
    • Elmo luvs you
    • By Elmo luvs you 27th Nov 19, 12:11 PM
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    Traditional games (if your household don't already have them) like a pack of cards, set of 5 wooden dice, wooden pick up sticks, jenga, a wooden chess/checkers set- can be used over and over again for years

    You can plant a tree with Woodland Trust on her behalf.

    When looking for treats, skip the foil wrapped chocolate coins in plastic netting and look for chocolate bars wrapped in paper or card.

    I save glass jars and bits of ribbon for gifts such as homemade mini biscuits, chocolate florentines (great for using up odds and ends of baking stuff like chopped nuts, dried fruit, sprinkles).
    Maybe gift DD some silicon reusable cupcake cases or cookie cutters

    A scented soy wax candle (in a glass jar that she can decorate with any scraps, ribbon, buttons, stickers)

    A reusable cotton tote or drawstring bag with her initial or name
    Elmo xx


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    • Eleanorus
    • By Eleanorus 27th Nov 19, 3:06 PM
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    I don't understand why people put presents in stockings as well as giving presents. At one time what was in the stocking was all children got. My parents couldn't afford stockings as well as presents so we didn't have them and didn't expect them. My children never had stockings. If you want to save money, stop filling stockings or put edible treats inside them instead of toys.
    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 28th Nov 19, 4:30 PM
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    This is not exactly a stocking filler (but the magazines seem to think SFs come in @ s!!) but I wonder if she would like just one charity gift.You could pick something that really interests her.

    Oxfam have- super seeds 5, help for Climate change farmers 6, food for a family 6, safe water for a family of 4 :6 etc
    There are lots of ideas here- with up to 40% reduction at the moment.
    https://www.oxfam.org.uk/shop/oxfam-unwrapped

    or Christain aid:
    gift of a Turkey 7
    pair of hens 8
    https://charity-gifts.christianaid.org.uk/collections/gifts-under-20

    plant cocoa saplings in Dominica 2.87
    lots of ideas for 6 upwards- eggs, school uniform, 50 bowls rice, toothpaste & brushes, text books, footballs........ Some are in UK such as planting oak trees. Loads of choice here:
    https://www.goodgifts.org/browse-all.html?dir=asc&order=price
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    • kboss2010
    • By kboss2010 2nd Dec 19, 8:14 PM
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    Wooden yoyo, mason jar of loose sweets/pick n mix, juggling ball bean bags, reusable straws, origami paper/book, small books, chocolate orange, random wooden toys/gadgets/tins/ceramics from Flying Tiger
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