11 Festive Stockings for Baby’s First Christmas


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Help make your little’s one’s first Christmas magical (and Instagrammable!) with a special stocking. We’ve found 11 stockings in a variety of styles — traditional, modern, retro, and more — that you can hang by your chimney with care. Bonus: All of them can be customized with your little one’s name or initial.

For the Birds
Bird lovers will coo over Land of Nod’s stockings featuring artwork inspired by conservationist and illustrator Charley Harper. Pick from a blue owl, red cardinal, or yellow grosbeak. The unique, minimal  designs on these bold stockings are made by appliqué and fuzzy felt details. For a magical Christmas morning, throw in a copy of Charley Harper’s Count the Birds, a beautifully illustrated board book.

Available at landofnod.com, $32.50.

One to Pine for
Part of Minted’s series of prints designed by independent artists, this all-cotton option features a wispy pine print. A foil-pressed leather name tag is a simple, modern way to remind Santa whose stocking is whose.

Available at minted.com, $48.

A Cracking Good Stocking
In festive red, Pottery Barn Kids’ Nutcracker Luxe Velvet Stocking has space up top for personalization. Gold trim decorates the bold nutcracker design, and it’s sized just right for Christmas goodies. This is a classic option that will hold its charm for years.

Available at potterybarnkids.com, $20.

Oh, Deer!
A sweet deer print adorns this stocking from Etsy seller Mod 13. Customize it by choosing a color for the cuff  soft, minky fabric in silver to Kelly green is available — and picking a font with or without curlicues. The stocking is fully lined and seams are enclosed to ensure that it’ll stay in one festive piece year after year.

Available at Etsy store Mod 13, $26.

Try a DIY
Crafty mamas can make use of McCall’s stocking pattern to whip up one of eight different stocking options. Add a elfin curled toe, fun trim, or a set of jingle bells to create a festive, one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

Available at joanns.com, $7.77.

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
Want a timeless stocking you won’t tire of before your child realizes who’s behind those packages under the tree? Pick this stocking from Etsy seller Stitches by DC’s stocking, which features Santa’s cheery face. A red cuff at the top awaits your baby’s name.

Available at Etsy shop StitchesbyDC, $16.99.

Colorful Cable Knit
These cozy stockings come in a rainbow of colors, not just red or green, so can choose a different color for each family member, or choose shades that match your decor. The stocking-holder’s name can be embroidered in coordinating thread. These will look extra toasty hanging over a warm fire.

Available at personalcreations.com, $29.99.

Plush at a Great Price
Budget-conscious parents will rejoice over Oriental Trading’s plush green stocking. It clocks in just under $10, and adding a name to the fuzzy white cuff is included in that price.

Available at orientaltrading.com, $9.99.

Out of this World
Think your little one will dream of becoming an astronaut? This colorful space stocking is a fun twist on the traditional stocking. The sun shines out from the toe and eight appliquéd planets orbit through bright blue fabric (sorry, Pluto).

Available at landofnod.com, $19.97.

The Name Game
Your child will never have to guess which stocking is theirs with these cheery gift holders. Big, bold letters tumble from top to toe in red and green, with polka dot and striped patterns and a few fun snowflakes thrown in alongside them.

Available at personalizedcreations.com, $24.99.

Making the Grade
Target offers loads of festive, affordable stockings, including this knit one, available in red, white or green. Each features a single bold letter of your choice monogrammed on the front.

Available at target.com, $13.

Which stocking is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.

— Oz Spies



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