Let’s face it, everyone loves a Christmas stocking. Whether you’re six or sixty, nothing can quite beat the excitement of that small heap of lovingly-wrapped gifts, all carefully chosen with you in mind. And while you may no longer believe in Santa, a full Christmas stocking at least makes us feel we’ve been good all year!
This Christmas, indulge in stockings for the adults in your family – the fun of opening them may even eclipse the ‘big’ presents under the tree! We’ve picked out the top ten favourites we’d like to see hanging from our mantelpiece this Christmas….
1. Velvet stocking in amethyst, Brissi
Traditional red and green stockings don’t fit in with every decor. Try this resolutely adult alternative in sophisticated velvet, which will look perfect in a more contemporary setting. £18, available from Brissi.
2. Monogrammed Christmas stocking, The Handmade Christmas Company
Perfect for all those on Father Christmas’ ‘nice’ list; this stocking is handmade in Britain from woven glitter hessian and has a natural cotton lining. It’s available in a choice of red or natural and is monogrammed with your letter of choice. £16, available from The Handmade Christmas Company.
3. Faux fur stocking, Helen Moore
This luxury faux fur Christmas stocking is handmade in the UK and will look great either as a decoration or as very stylish ‘wrapping paper’ for small presents. Made from softest faux fur, they add a luxurious touch to Christmas and are bound to become a year on year favourite. Was £40, now from £32, available from Black by Design.
4. Taha’a blue and gunmetal Christmas stocking, Penelope Hope
For something a little different, how about this stocking in metallic Moroccan-inspired Taha’a print? It features a gunmetal metallic geometric design on the front with the back in smooth heavy blue cotton, and a matching cuff going all the way around the top. Each stocking comes with a personalised initial charm in a co-ordinating metallic colour. £35, available from Penelope Hope.
5. Night owl Christmas stocking, Sophie Allport
This Night Owl Christmas stocking is covered in graceful barn owls swooping over a winter grey night sky background. It can be hung as a decoration with the practical hanging loop and the green pom-poms are a stylish addition. £15, available from Sophie Allport.
6. Christmas stocking, Annabel James
A large luxury Christmas stocking large enough to hold all the goodies you really want this Christmas, this is made from marl grey wool felt and lined with red check fabric. There’s a co-ordinating stitched button detail with loop for hanging, and it costs £26.95 from Annabel James.
7. Grey felt dachshund stocking, Marquis and Dawe
Individually hand made from natural wool, this unusual stocking features a dachshund design and a polka dot finish, trimmed with a sprig of mistletoe. It’s a fair trade product, and would be equally nice to offer to the dog lover in your life, or to fill with festive treats for Rover. £28, available from Marquis and Dawe.
8. Vintage sari stockings, Decorators’ Notebook
These fun Christmas stockings will bring a smile to every face. They are individually hand-made from recycled sari cloth and are produced by an enterprise in Bangladesh who help survivors of trafficking enjoy a brighter future. £25.95 each, available from Decorators’ Notebook.
9. Green and silver stocking, Safomasi
Handmade from 100% cotton and handprinted, these stockings explore the idea of a truly global Christmas. The design features animals from all over the world pulling a sleigh together under a starry sky; a llama from South America, zebra from Africa, elephant from Asia, reindeer from Europe, polar bear from North America and kangaroo from Australia. They cost £25 and are available from Postcards Home.
10. Polar bear Christmas stocking, Cath Kidston
Do you hang yours at the end of the bed or on the mantelpiece? Wherever they go, these Polar Bear print Christmas stockings are just the thing to wake up to on Christmas day. £16, available from Cath Kidston.