One of my favorite things about Christmas morning is waking up early, having breakfast with my family and then digging into my stocking. They are always stuffed to the brim with amazing treats and over the years we’ve gone from regular sized stockings (cute and modest) to medium length (a bit bigger but still quite normal) and now we have giant stockings that touch the ground (a small kid can fit inside). Admittedly we may have gone a little overboard but there are so many cool things you can put inside from practical household items, clothing, accessories, snacks, makeup and more! The possibilities are endless.
From Eco Tools - the Exfoliating Pouf ($3.19) is made of 100% recyclable netting that sloughs away dead cells and creates a rich, cleansing lather. The small Contour Buki Brush Ornament can be hung on the tree (very cute) or popped into a stocking. The angled shape and fluffy bristles creates definition when used with powders, bronzers and highlighters. The Eco Tools Shower Cap ($11.49) comes with a handy storage case for travel and the soft cotton protects hair from moisture. You can also flip it inside out for deep conditioning treatments. (Eco Tools is available at Rexall, Pharma Plus, Guradian IDA, Lawtons Drugs Sobeys and online at farleyco.ca).
I love getting skincare masks in my stocking. The 7th Heaven Black Charcoal Peel-Off Mask ($7.99 for 5 at Rexall and Pharma Plus) cleanses and detoxifies to draw out impurities with a blend of natural ingredients that target problem skin. The Patchology Wink & Kiss Set ($10.00 at shoppers and beautyboutique.ca) comes with 2 pairs of Eye Gels to diminish puffiness, darkness and fatigue plus 2 Lip Gels to moisturize and soften. The NeoStrata Hydrating & Plumping Sheet Masks ($8.50 for 1 at Rexall and Shoppers Drug Mart) are great for dry winter months. They protect against external aggressors with a blend of Hyaluronic Acid and rejuvenating botanicals.
For soft, smooth legs and arms, the Velvet Touch Mittens ($4.49 for 3, available at Rexall, Pharma Plus, London Drugs and farleyco.ca) buffs away stubborn hair with no pain, chemicals or wax. If you slack on hair removal, The Secret Collection Knee-High Pantyhose ($7.99 for 2 pairs at Shoppers Drug Mart) always come in handy and the stylish Strut-n-It Non-Slip Insoles ($4.99 at London Drugs) are great for high heels, flats and open-toe shoes.
Friends, family and travelers will love the Steripod Tooth Brush Sanitizers ($6.99 at farleyco.ca, Walmart, London Drugs) and every woman needs a new supply of hair bands because they all seem to mysteriously disappear. The Stylize Non-Friction Elastics ($12.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart) are embellished with charms and jewels so they look fashionable on the wrist. Yardley has a variety of travel sized fragrances with fresh, floral scents for $18.99 each at Shoppers and beautyboutique.ca.
Lip Smacker always has an adorable collection of lip balms and the Stack & Collect Tsum Tsum Sets by Disney are great for kids and nostalgic adults ($9.49 at Shoppers Drug Mart, Loblaws, Real Canadian Superstore Lawtons and Toys R Us). If you prefer a voluptuous, pout then the Soap & Glory Pillow Plump Gloss ($24.99 at Shoppers) provides ultra-shine with lip-enhancing technology.
Makeup cleansers are always a big hit with my family so this year they are all getting the Vichy Thermale Wipes ($14.95 at drugstores and vichy.ca) suitable for sensitive skin and eyes. Life Brand also has fantastic Micellar Water ($9.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart) that removes dirt, makeup, oil and impurities.
London Town Cuticle Oil ($18.00 at Shoppers Drug Mart) is infused with vitamins and oils that nourish and heal dry, damaged skin.
If you don’t have a Scrub Daddy scratch-free sponge ($5.99 at Canadian Tire) then you need to get one. You can use this happy little guy to deep clean and scour your entire house from the outside in and it even tackles the bathroom (you may need to get a few). Speaking of the bathroom, Sqautty Potty has created the Unicorn Gold deodorizer spray ($14.99 at Canadian Tire and Bed Bath & Beyond) that you spritz in the toilet (beforehand) to trap odors beneath the water. This may sound unusual but it could come in handy for public restrooms, travel and the workplace.