Unusual Christmas stockings for the big day

Ice skates, high heels, sacks and more - the new way to do the Christmas stocking

Folk stories claim that as Father Christmas (opens in new tab) pushed presents down the chimney, they would often become entangled with hanging socks that were drying over the fireplace.

And so became the tradition to stuff stockings with small gifts, sweets and fruit.

Today, Christmas stockings hang from bedposts, come in all shapes and sizes and are stuffed with all manner of gifts. But in case you were short of an idea or two, here are a few ways to spruce up your stocking and give it a modern make over...

Wedge a wellie

wellie stockings with gifts and crackers

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Do something quirky and stuff winter boots with gifts like these wellies. Always scattered around the house at Christmas time, boots are a modern alternative to the cloth stocking with more room for pressies!

Make socks fit for a skater

stocking skater with fancy footwear and rocking horse

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Give your stocking a glam make over by making them look like fancy footwear. Elegant heels, chubby boots and even ice skates are all cool alternatives, especially if you have a budding ice dancer on your hands.

Name your noel stocking

noel stocking with grey colour and stitched textiles

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Add a personal twist to your stockings by embroidering family members' names on them. These keepsakes add a sentimental value to stitched textiles and will remain in the family for years and begin a new tradition.

Create a stairway to heaven

stairway with stocking and wooden bench

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Stockings no longer traditionally hang over the fireplace - your enlarged socks may rest on the floor, sit on a bed or swing from the staircase. By putting them here, children will storm the stairs on Christmas morning to inspect their goodies.

Design bunting with small stockings

stocking with bunting hanging

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Add a Christmas stocking to every room with fun designs like this. Bunting hanging above curtains or homemade advent calendars draped over the mantelpiece are modern ways of incorporating the sock on the Christmas landscape.

Back a sack this year

sack with stitched and rustic hessian shade

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Channel Santa and his sack with these smart designs. Mini sacks look charming with some stitched detail and the rustic hessian shade creates a true country Christmas feel when put under the bushy tree and wooded garlands.

Position presents in a pot

bowl with little sack bags and ribbons

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Get rid of the stocking all together with a simple display like this one. Fill little bags with your stocking fillers and arrange in a bowl like a platter of delicious goodies and keep people guessing what they are until Christmas Day.

Ginevra Benedetti
Ginevra Benedetti

Ginevra Benedetti has been the Deputy Editor of Ideal Home magazine since 2021. With a career in magazines spanning nearly twenty years, she has worked for the majority of the UK’s interiors magazines, both as staff and as a freelancer. She first joined the Ideal Home team in 2011, initially as the Deputy Decorating Editor and has never left! She currently oversees the publication of the brand’s magazine each month, from planning through to publication, editing, writing or commissioning the majority of the content.