Stocking Stuffers Part III
For those with good humour & taste

My favourite part of the holidays isn’t the bacon wraps or the pile of presents under the tree. It isn’t the Christmas carols or the really good, bad, made for TV movies featuring sitcom stars of the 80’s.

It’s the way my mom gets drunk and therefore confused when we sing the song The 12 Days of Christmas. “Oh my God! Now we’re going backwards!! Hic. “

And the stocking.  I love my stocking.

I can still remember the very first items my boyfriend ever put in my Christmas Stocking.  It was 8 years ago.  In the toe of my stocking, along with all the regular stocking stuffers were an orange and a shiny new penny.

I must have mentioned once how much I loved Little House on the Prairie.  Every year Laura and her impossibly blue eyed sister Mary would get these things in their stockings and it was a big deal.

I dug down to the bottom of my stocking, pulled the orange and penny out and stared directly at him.  What the hell is this? He was the only one who remembered the Little House on the Prairie story.  I’m an awful, awful person.

Once he kick started my memory I remembered the story and immediately wandered away from his outstretched arms to begin daydreaming about my Laura Ingalls life.  I kick a lot of stones and braid my hair a lot in my Laura Ingalls life.  Usually while sitting on the bank of a stream where I recently panned for gold only to find out it was Fool’s Gold.  It’s O.K. though ’cause I learned a lesson that day.  I’m no fool, and even if it *is* Fool’s Gold, it’s still pretty.

I seriously can’t remember what this post is about anymore.  Oh!  Right!  Stockings.   I still get the orange and on occasion, the shiny penny.  Plus my boyfriend and I often give each other at least ONE item from Blue Q.   ‘Cause everything and anything from Blue Q is fun.

They have a lot of smaller items that are perfect for stockings.  Things like magnets, dish towels, bumper stickers, tin banks and breath spray.  Stuff like this:


Tin Bank



Bud Vase/Ring holder



Dick and Jane magnet



Dish Towel



Breath Spray




And finally … what I hope to be dropping this year’s shiny new penny into.



But only ’cause they don’t have a “Savin’ up for for a pinnafore and satin hair ribbon” tin bank.

Stocking on the home page for sale at Crate & Barrel.


  1. Janese Canada says:

    I love your sense of humor! (Or I could be so tired tonight that I’m completely slap happy) Either way, I enjoyed reading about your glowing orbs…which sent me on a happy meandering trip through many different subjects that you have written about. I must say that I enjoyed them all, plus I got some great tips that are perfect for my space! Then I came across this part where you mentioned Blue Q. I’ve never heard of it before, but since my last name is Canada, I thought I might check it out. Thanks for the great tips, and for making me smile!

  2. linda says:

    Ok “Erma Bombeck” of the blogging world. How refreshing are your articles! It’s like reading the comics every day. Love it! Super great ideas too. Keep em coming and thanks, fellow Canadian.

  3. Amy says:

    I love Blue Q! Have you seen their magnet sets? So hilarious.

  4. Dot says:

    I guess you won’t be expecting a Christmas gift from your Mother this year, right!

  5. Patricia says:

    I am wiping tears from my eyes! Great post… the Unicorn had me rolling. How many times did I ask my Mom for a unicorn, you ask. Enough times that finally, she through gritted teeth she quietly, but in the most scariest voice ever she said, “there… are… NO…..UNICORNS!!!” Then she just breathed in and out while gripping the arms of the chair. I, smart kid that I was, slowly walked out of the room. I didn’t believe her then… and still don’t. I guess I’ll have to buy that bank!

  6. mimi says:

    LOL at the “I seriously can’t remember what this post is about any more” – you’re a scream!
    I, always put mandarin oranges in my kids stockings, sorry I mean Santa does, but they roar laughing.
    Santa gave us mandarins as children, and I tell you, we were damn glad to get them, they were a real treat.

    • Karen says:

      There’s nothing wrong with a good mandarin orange. You want to see them really roar with laughter, stick a penny in there. Or a pence. Or shilling. Or whatever it is you have there on the other side of the planet. ~ karen!

  7. Whitney says:

    I was helping my mom pack up her house yesterday (lucky lady is moving to the Dominican!) and we found one of those tins! It was the “I’m saving up so I can quit my job” tin. One thing we noticed, however, was that the whole at the bottom was too small for a toonie to fit through… so there is one trapped in there. Either that is a very effective money saving method or the designers are NOT Canadian!

  8. sharon says:

    If Blue Q would only come up with breath spray and hand sanitizer that smelled like Brussels sprouts, THAT would be on the top of my list!

  9. Does the breath spray taste like Molson? If not, no sale!

    The “saving up for a unicorn” bank would be a really great stocking stuffer for my girls. Hmmmm…

  10. Valerie says:

    With rising prices and the recession,
    Taxes have taken away,
    The things that I find most essential,
    My bells, my reindeer, my sleigh,
    I am now making my rounds on a donkey,
    He’s crippled, he’s old and he’s slow,
    So if you don’t see me this Christmas you’ll know
    That I am out on my ass in the snow.

  11. Shannon says:

    Karen. If one does not have a mantle or fireplace where should one pin thier Christmas stocking? I was wondering around the house this morning looking for a spot but I just couldn’t find one.

    • Karen says:

      Shannon! You must be feeling an inkling better. This is 2 days in a row! I have a mantle yet still don’t have room on it for stockings. Stockings look great if you have a staircase with posts and a banister. Put some garland along the banister and hang the stockings there. Otherwise doorknobs work well too. Oh! Or if you have a floating shelf anywhere in the house, hanging them off of there would be perfect. Does that help? Or no? ~ karen

      • Shannon says:

        Not feeling much better but Mr Bake & Bloom bought an I can use it from bed :)I was on the verge of smothering myself with a pillow

        This does help. We have a solid staircase (no bannisters & such) but the blank wall has some serious wall space I could hang some stockings from. That is, when I can get out of bed & walk further than the 4m to the toilet & back.

  12. Danielle says:

    Love it! I’m Canadian and I can’t say I feel as Canadian as the breath spray says I should. Maybe I should request some from my Mister!

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