stocking stuffer

coppergirl

Senior Member
USA/English
#1
Hi all!

A foreign friend of mine had a query as regards what, exactly, is a "stocking stuffer" as in the sentence "She has got the kids some stocking stuffers for Christmas".

Anyone else ever use this expression in American or British English? Or am I really alone here?

Any views on this one?

Cheers!
 
  • DCPaco

    Senior Member
    Spanish of Mexico/ English of the USA
    #2
    A stocking stuffer is a small gift that fits inside a stocking (those big sock-like things that are often hung off of fireplace mantles). These can be all sorts of little gifts that aren't necessarily THE gift.

    stocking stuffer NOUN:A small present, especially one that is placed in a stocking at Christmas.

    http://www.bartelby.com/61/88/S0768850.html
     

    DCPaco

    Senior Member
    Spanish of Mexico/ English of the USA
    #4
    Here's an image of a stocking that happens to be stuffed with little gifts. Now, in the households where there is lot$ of money, the stocking stuffers are small but are sometimes still pricey (rings, watches, keys, money)...also in stocking stuffers go gift cards...just anything that is small. This is, I guess, to prolong the whole gift experience of opening up more little gifts.

    http://www.christmas-day.org/gifs/christmas-stocking.jpg
     

    LouisaB

    Senior Member
    English, UK
    #5
    In BE we would normally say 'stocking filler', which may be why you feel alone in London with the expression 'stocking stuffer'..

    Louisa
     

    Victoria32

    Senior Member
    English (UK) New Zealand
    #7
    Hi all!

    A foreign friend of mine had a query as regards what, exactly, is a "stocking stuffer" as in the sentence "She has got the kids some stocking stuffers for Christmas".

    Anyone else ever use this expression in American or British English? Or am I really alone here?

    Any views on this one?

    Cheers!
    I've heard that expression here in New zealand - which uses a mixture of BE and AE lexis...
     
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