by Erin Kirwan, Savvy Media PR for Schatz Orthodontics
One of my family’s favorite Christmas traditions over the years has become the opening of our stockings. Proof : When our twin sons were thirteen one of the boys told us he preferred stocking gifts over the presents under the tree! And, at around the same time (teens and all) the boys were either in braces or about to be out of them. So that Christmas, nothing made more sense than to surprise the kids with a stocking stuffer sure-to-be-approved (and appreciated) by their orthodontist and dentist! Much to my surprise I found that there were many unique and fun small gift options for kids, teens, and even adults that encourage good oral health!
In our home, we all participate in stuffing one another’s stockings. Santa sometimes throws in a few extra things for good measure. But mom, dad, siblings, and even grandparents contribute to one-another’s stockings filling them with small, usually-inexpensive gifts. We reserve our stocking gift exchange for later in the morning, after the kids have opened gifts from Santa and we’ve enjoyed our traditional Christmas-morning Sausage and Egg Casserole. Coffees and hot cocoas still in hand, we take down each of our stockings and gather around the tree. One by one, we go around the room taking turns to open a single stocking gift. And here’s an important part of the exchange. We wrap our stocking gifts! This gives the holiday photographer in the group an opportunity for great candid shots. I mean, nothing says Christmas morning like a child reaching into his or her stocking. More importantly, taking turns to unwrap our stocking gifts fosters anticipation and excitement. Yes, opening stocking gifts in our family is more about the experience than the actual present itself.
It is an event.
But that’s not to say the gifts aren’t important. They are. Over the years, our stocking stuffers have been fun, meaningful, comical, and, purposeful.
Take underwear and socks, for example. Packing the kids’ stockings with these delicates has become a tradition in itself in our home. Not to mention it fills all the nooks, crannies, and toes of the stockings!
Along the lines of underwear-makes-a-great-stocking-stuffer-tradition, we also like to fill stockings with other more practical gifts. At least one such gift almost always involves self care.
It should come as no surprise that teenagers, especially like to look and feel good. And perhaps nothing says I practice self-care better than tooth-brushing, flossing, and other mouth-healthy habits.
To help my fellow stocking stuffer’s out, I decided to ask Dr. Eric Schatz, of Schatz Orthodontics, what he recommends or has even gifted himself. As a dad of five, you can bet the Schatz kids have received a toothbrush or two in their stockings over the years.
So here are Dr. Schatz’s 2019 Top Choices for Stocking Stuffers that inspire good oral health and promise to make you smile:
Other unique and mouth-healthy gifts might include a water flosser, toothbrush sanitizer, flavored floss, a teeth brushing timer, books about braces, and a gift card for teeth-whitening (perfect for the post-braces patient).
And while it’s fun to write or talk about finding the perfect present or most unique stocking stuffer, what is perhaps most important during this upcoming holiday is to come to realize that the most beautiful gifts are those that don’t come boxed or can’t be wrapped.
From all of us at Schatz Orthodontics, may these most wonderful gifts of all be yours.