Hanging up the Stockings: Most Unique Christmas Stockings
Hanging stockings at Christmastime is a holiday tradition that dates back centuries. Legend has it that the practice began with St. Nicholas who wanted to help a poor man and his three unwed daughters who had no dowries. Knowing that the man would be too proud to accept charity, St. Nicholas snuck into their home at night and left bags of gold coins in the toes of his daughters’ stockings, which had been hung by the fire to dry. In the morning, the family was overjoyed by their good fortune and thus the tradition of hanging Christmas stocking was born.
To this day, people all over the world hang stockings by the fire in the hopes that they’ll awake to find them filled with treats, toys, and gifts. If you’re not one of them, you’re seriously missing out!
Since Christmas isn’t complete until your “stockings are hung by the chimney with care” as the famous poem says, here are 20 of the most interesting stockings you can buy for yourself or anyone else who may be on your list.
1. Treasured Tassel Stocking
In case you hadn’t noticed, tassels are trending! Anthropologie’s treasured tassel stocking, which costs $48, is perfectly suited for anyone whose décor tastes have a distinctly bohemian style. With its beautiful texture and fun multicolored tassels, this stocking is so cute they’ll want to leave it hanging up all year round.
2. Felted Cactus Stocking
While some people dream of having a white Christmas, some like it hot!
For those of us who are sick of reindeer and snowflake motifs, this fun felted cactus stocking is like a warm breeze. Crafted by Nepalese artisans, it features intricate hand-stitched cactus needles and a beautiful three-dimensional flower that will keep blooming even in the coldest of winter weather.
You can find this unique stocking on World Market for $24.99.
3. Paw Stocking
Do you consider your pet to be a member of the family? If so, then they deserve to have their very own stocking!
These adorable plaid dog and cat paw shaped stockings are perfect for any pet lover — and only cost $17.83 at Walmart. Best of all, you can even get it personalized with up to nine embroidered characters to include your pet’s name so they’ll know which one is theirs.
4. Chunky Knit Stocking
We’re obsessed with those cozy, chunky knit blankets that have been popping up all over Pinterest, so of course, we fell in love with this handmade chunky knit stocking that’s available on Etsy. Not only does its Scandinavian inspired simplicity scream “hygge holiday”, but it can also be personalized with a colorful tassel or even a handcrafted wire name ornament.
5. Magic Sequin Stocking
This trendy magic sequin stocking isn’t just pretty to look at, it’s so fun to touch you won’t want to hang it up! With just a swipe of your hand, the sequins change color from gold to silver or from blush to copper, so you can switch up the color, draw patterns on it, whatever you want!
Even better, it’s available at Target for $13.
6. Giant Stocking
Anyone who’s hoping to receive a lot of gifts but is too polite to ask should send a subtle message with this jumbo-sized Christmas stocking that can fit five feet worth of stocking stuffers. Best of all, if you fall asleep by the fire while waiting for Santa, just climb inside it and use it as a sleeping bag!
This giant stocking is available from Great Big Stuff for $45.
7. Cowboy Boot Stocking
It’s a good thing these stockings come in a pair — $32 for both — because they’re so cute you’ll want to put them on and wear them around the house. These cowboy stockings resemble a Western boot, making them the perfect gift for the country music lover or rodeo clown in your life.
8. UGG Cable Knit Stocking
Somehow this UGG knit cable stocking, available from Bed Bath and Beyond for $19.99, is totally “basic” while still being unique. If you spend your winter living in UGG boots, why not hang one on your mantle too? With its elegant chunky knit and trendy faux-fur pom-pom, this stocking will make you want to curl up by the fire with a pumpkin spice latte in your hand.
9. Chewbacca Stocking
If your only holiday wish is to get back to your home planet of Kashyyyk to celebrate Life Day with your Wookie family, then this is the Christmas stocking for you.
Available from Target for $13, this Star Wars themed knit stocking features everyone’s favorite walking carpet, Chewbacca. If you understood even one of those references, then you should probably just buy this stocking already because you’re officially a huge nerd.
10. Felted Wool Ice Skate Stocking
This adorably cartoony skate stocking from Wayfair is perfect for any figure skater or Stars on Ice fan. Not only does it come in white or black with three-dimensional skate lace details, but it’s handmade from eco-friendly wool, so you can feel that much better about your purchase.
11. Lion Stocking
Another stocking from Wayfair, this hand-felted lion stocking would make a great gift for any animal lover or new addition to the family. Aside from being disgustingly cute, it’s handcrafted by artisans and made from eco-friendly wool in a fair trade and sustainable factory that uses solar power and recycled water.
12. Hedwig Stocking
Any Potterhead would get a real “hoot” out of this Christmas stocking! From the appropriately named Pottery Barn Kids, this Harry Potter themed stocking features Harry’s trusty owl sidekick Hedwig and can be personalized with up to nine letters. Just fill it with some “Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans” and their Yuletide will be made.
13. Shark Stocking
If you know someone who thinks that the Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” is the most wonderful time of the year, then you need to get them this shimmery shark stocking from Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland. With its distinct shark tail shape and gorgeous silvery fabric, there is definitely some-fin special about this one.
14. High Heeled Boot Stocking
You’ll wish these boots were made for walking, but they were only made for hanging sadly. By way of Etsy, this sassy high heeled boot stocking is made from a gorgeous blue fabric and topped with a red lace applique design. Any fashionista or shoe-lover would love to have this one of a kind, handmade stocking hanging by their fire.
15. Velvet Patch Stocking
For those who prefer their holiday décor to be a little “extra”, this $40 velvet patch stocking from Nordstrom is a perfect match. Made from a lush pink velvet fabric, it’s painstakingly beaded with a majestic leopard surrounded by gorgeous flowers and is sure to stand out on your mantle.
16. Callisto Home Embroidered Stocking
This stocking might not look all that unique, but the $485 price tag definitely sets it apart!
This silver and cream velvet stocking features an intricately embroidered pattern that will add a bit of sparkle to any room. And if you really want to impress your holiday guests, be sure to leave the price tag on.
17. Appliqued Stockings
Add a little country charm to your holiday with the oh-so-cute snowman, Santa, and reindeer stockings. This set of three stockings, available for $16.99 from Amazon, features three-dimensional appliqued plush characters with adorable dangly legs that are sure to delight.
18. Tactical Stocking
The manly man in your life who loves to hunt, shoot, and fish will be thrilled to see this tough guy tactical stocking hanging by the fireplace this year. Not only does it come in a camouflage print but it has multiple pockets just waiting to be filled with ammo and fishing tackle. Best of all, there’s even a beer holder!
19. Mermaid Stocking
Get ready to shell-abrate the holidays with this adorable mermaid stocking!
Available from Bed Bath and Beyond for $32.99, this pink fishtail shaped stocking complete with intricately beaded scales and a fluffy pink tutu will definitely make a splash this Christmas.
20. Rainbow Stocking
While some people prefer for their Christmas décor to be subtle and neutral, some like for it to be loud and flashy!
If you’re the latter, then this sequined rainbow stocking from Macy’s will make a great addition to your fireplace this Christmas. Its fun multicolor plaid sequin pattern and plush white cuff will definitely get you in a funky and festive mood.