Christmas Eve; the tree is sparkling in the corner, Rudolph’s carrot is ready, and it’s time to hang your stocking by the fireplace. It’s a much-loved tradition but have you ever wondered where the Christmas stocking story all began? Like much of the magic of Christmas its origins belong in folklore more than fact, however, this seems to be the favourite tale:

Way back when, the original St. Nicholas would travel around bringing gifts and cheer to brighten the life of those in need. One day he heard of a family in dire trouble; a widowed father with three beautiful daughters but no money to help them marry and begin a happy life. St. Nick knew the father was far too proud to accept charity, so in the quiet of the night, he slid down the chimney into their house. Spying the girls’ stockings, which happened to be drying by the fire, he filled them with gold coins¬—and so the Christmas legend was born.

Whether your stocking is a nondescript sock (the largest you can find obviously), or a special festive edition brought out as part of your Christmas Eve ritual, we’ve got a treasure trove of stocking fillers to stuff it with. We’ve put together a rundown of our top stocking presents for kids, as well as gift ideas for men and women—because no one is ever too grown up for a little Christmas magic!

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Stocking fillers for men


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1. Birch PU Wallet: £24; 2. Brodi Leather Belt: £30; 3. Cato Wash Bag: £18; 4. Chet Beanie: £18; 5. Fars Knit Gloves: £14; 6. Marine Tide T44: £180

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Stocking fillers for women


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1. Fates Hands graphic tee: £25; 2. Lexia embroidered belt: £18; 3. Lea Felix sports bra top: £34; 4. Wicket purse: £22; 5. Pinzola knitted touch screen gloves: £15; 6. Becki knitted bobble beanie: £18

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Stocking fillers for girls


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1. Bear Hugs pyjama set: from £25; 2. Lillie purse: £10; 3. Billie Bear long sleeve graphic tee: from £18; 4. Flumserber mittens & earmuff gift set: £24; 5. Meggie knitted character beanie: £18; 6. Mellody pencil case: £10

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Stocking fillers for boys


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1. Bawsome graphic tee: from £10; 2. Pangkor webbing belt: £12; 3. Steezy pyjama set: from £25; 4. Duens wallet: £12; 5. Ozei knitted flip mittens: £14; 6. Skullie knitted bobble beanie: £14

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