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Themed Stockings

Martha Stewart Living, Volume 55 December/January 1997/1998

Tools and Materials
Large woolen socks
Small gifts and trinkets
Personalized cards

Christmas stockings are often filled with lots of trinkets, but rarely does a stocking center around a particular idea or a person's specific interests. Try filling this season's stockings with gifts that touch on a theme, such as cooking, golf, reading, or music. Or use this opportunity to introduce someone to a new hobby by giving them all the basic tools they need to begin. Start by choosing a colorful oversize sock. Roll up the other sock, and tuck it down into the toe of the first sock -- the pair becomes part of the gift. For someone who loves a long, luxurious teatime, put in a wooden honey spoon, a sieve for loose tea, an egg timer, a pot of jam, and a few recipes. For a man's stocking, you might include some socks, soap, a pumice, and a nail brush. As children know, the stocking can be the very best part of Christmas.