Christmas is an expensive time for everyone. This year, Vancouver families can save themselves some money by choosing to avoid large Santa presents, expensive stocking stuffers, and gourmet candies that so many love. Shopping at the dollar store for small trinkets that my kids are only going to use once or twice before they are bored with them or they break has saved me a ton of money on my own kids and nieces and nephews around Vancouver. Here are the top five stocking stuffers that will provide the most use and save you a little money.
- Candy-Every kid needs at least a small Christmas treat, so purchasing candies in bulk from the local Winco or Dollar Tree will save you a considerable amount of money.
- Batteries-Every year, my kids get new Christmas presents that require batteries; however, my family usually forgets to purchase them. This is why Santa always brings some. At Costco, you can get a 100-count pack of batteries for $20. Buy a pack, split them up and all the kids will be happy they can use their new toys.
- Coloring Books and Crayons-This great quiet activity is perfect for kids of all ages. The Dollar Tree has some of the best coloring books ever, and the best part. They are each a buck. Pick up a couple of them for your kid’s stocking this year and they will be entertained for a while. All your favorite characters can be found such as Sesame Street, Handy Manny, Mickey Mouse, Strawberry Shortcake, Carebears and many more.
- Puzzles-My kids love puzzles because they are a great thinking toy. The Dollar Tree carries some great puzzles for adults, infants, and kids of all ages. They come in several different counts so that your kids can have the appropriate number of pieces for their age.
- Socks- I always shop the sales and Fred Meyer’s sock sale on Black Friday gives my kids new socks each year. If you were not able to make it to the sale, there are cute socks for women and children of all ages at the Dollar Tree. Sorry guys- no new socks for you this year!