No one really knows where the origins of the Christmas Stocking came from, but legend says that this holiday tradition may have arrived by accident! Saint Nicholas of Myra (yes, that Saint Nick) came across a poor merchant with three beautiful daughters. Seeing the man unable to provide for the dowries required for his daughters to wed, Saint Nicholas decided to help him without casting shame to his family. Later that night, he threw three bags of gold coins down the chimney and they landed in the stockings pinned up by the fireplace to dry. This fortuitous twist of fate has resulted in a Christmas custom that brings joy to kids around the world.
Nowadays, Christmas stockings are filled with candy or small toys and usually come in many different styles to choose from. Whether they are knitted or made from felt, modern Christmas stockings are designed to be stuffed with gifts. If you are fresh out of mis-matched socks you can use, take a look at this round-up of unique Christmas stockings you can still pick up in time for December 25th. Whichever Christmas stocking you choose—don’t forget to hang up your sock because just exactly at 12 o’clock, Santa Clause will be coming down the chimney!
The intricate patterned look of these Otomi stockings are based on the design of traditional Mexican textiles from the Otomi people of Central Mexico. If you are unable to sew some stockings from authentic Otomi textiles, this is the next best option. Fill these stockings with local Mexican treats and toys to honor the indigenous culture that inspired this lovely aesthetic.
For Street Fashion Followers
Do you have any sneaker-heads in your family? Surprise them with these Air Jordan stockings. At sixteen inches long, these stockings are perfect for all the small sneaker-related merchandise you want to gift. Plus, unlike the famous sneakers these stockings are celebrating, the stocking sells for a fraction of the price.
For Practical Folks
Rugged and utilitarian, this stocking is for the person who has everything but needs a place to store it. The Tactical stocking is made with heavy-duty nylon and comes with sixteen pockets, a pouch, a vertical zipper, and a built-in stocking hanger and easy-to-grip handle. Fill this stocking up with goods from a Military Surplus store to turn any tactical enthusiast into a kid this Christmas.
For Pop Culture Enthusiasts
These may be the stockings you are looking for if you are a die-hard Star Wars fan. Inspired by the classic holiday pattern, Fair Isle Knit, these Star Wars stockings may require you to give them a second look to catch all of the geeky details. And with the new Star Wars film hitting theaters December 18th, you can keep celebrating all December long with these stockings pinned to your mantle.
For the Pets
You can surprise your furry friend with this cute dog bone stocking. Constructed out of natural burlap and cotton, these stockings are large and are built to handle the excitement of unruly dogs who can’t wait until Christmas. If you fill these stockings up with chew toys and rawhide bones, your dog will have a very Merry Christmas!
Which stocking will be hung by your fireplace? Let us know in the comments!