"Growing up, my mom always received the last gift of Christmas as a thank you for all she'd done that year, and it, or a clue to it, was found in her needlepoint stocking that hung on our tree.
My dad called it her "Bauble Stocking" because on a good year it was a bauble, a piece of jewelry. The tradition of brainstorming for this gift with my dad and older brothers was always my favorite part of Christmas- seeing mom's face was an added bonus!
When we got engaged, I asked my fiancé Peter, "So when do I get my Bauble Stocking?" and he said "Your what?" and I said "You know, what the good gifts come in!" He looked at me like I was crazy. Immediately, I got on Google to show him and I couldn't find anything!
Every year it's different: be it jewelry, concert tickets, even art lessons! We've done scavenger hunts, hobby lessons, love notes, riddles, trips, heirlooms, puppies, meal delivery services, you name it.
The fun thing is hearing how different families make this tradition their own. I've met newlyweds in Raleigh who planned to switch years planning a trip and the other would find out where they were going, a set of parents who planned to get a new experience membership for their kids each year, and grandparents who love it as a classy envelope for handwritten checks.
All Bauble Stockings are hand-stitched needlepoint made for fair trade in Jacmel, Haiti. Our manufacturing partner is BCorp certified."