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A Dozen Holiday Gift and Stocking Stuffer Ideas That Aren’t Candy | Overland Park Family Dentist

The holidays are coming up, and that means one thing: buying gifts. But it isn’t just the big stuff that gets wrapped and placed under the tree. A big part of the fun of Christmas morning is dumping out those stockings full of treats, right? Of course, many parents aren’t so fond of the nature of those treats, given that it’s often hard to think of something fun and inexpensive that will fit in a stocking that isn’t tooth-rotting sugar.

After all, we are still in November, which probably means that there’s still a stash of uneaten Halloween candy somewhere in the house, right? Plus, at this time of year there is never any shortage of sugary snacks to tempt all of us—from peanut brittle and peppermint bark to holiday fudge and candy canes—so the last thing we want to do is add more sugar to that already overwhelming pile! Fortunately, your Overland Park dentist has spared you the work of trying to track down some ideas for non-candy treats to leave in the stockings of your kids (and coworkers) this year:

For the Kid(s) in Your Life…

  • Small Toys
  • Festive Colorful Mittens
  • Fruit and Nut Mix
  • Face Paints or Temporary Tattoos
  • Hair Accessories
  • Holiday Stickers
  • Doodle Pads
  • Travel Games
  • Craft Supplies
  • Play-Doh
  • A Handmade Coupon Book filled with activities that you can do for your kids or that you and your kids can do together
  • Toothpaste and Toothbrush (you just knew we were going to suggest these, right?)

Of course, kids aren’t the only ones we have to shop for this holiday season, and, let’s face it, kids can be pretty easy to shop for compared to adults. If you’ve got a friend at the office, a coworker, a neighbor, or somebody on your Secret Santa list who needs a stocking stuffer or two, it can be tough to find something for them that isn’t a sugary snack, as well. Luckily, your Overland Park dentist has a few ideas for them, too!

For the Friend or Co-Worker in Your Life…

  • Tea Samplers
  • Exotic Fruit
  • Tree Ornament
  • Gift Card
  • Coffee Mug
  • Lip Gloss or Lip Balm
  • Refillable Water Bottle
  • Small Culinary Tools
  • Scented Oils
  • Microfiber Electronics Cloth
  • Scarf
  • Flavored Salts

Of course, while we may want to avoid stuffing our stockings full of them, the holidays wouldn’t be the same without a few sugary treats. Fortunately, it’s okay to enjoy all of the things that make the holiday season magical and delicious. What matters most is that you do so in moderation, and, of course, that you remember to brush afterward!

Want to be prepared for the holiday season or need to schedule a checkup to see what damage any holiday snacking may have caused? Either way, your Overland Park dentist is always here and ready to help! So, start today by calling (913) 338-3384 to schedule an appointment or just chat with a member of our friendly staff!

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