9 Festive Holiday Stockings
Red Knit Fair Isle Christmas Stocking
The traditional Fair Isle pattern technique is the epitome of the wintry holiday season. The knitting method originated from a tiny island in Scotland and can be seen all over a wide range of products now, from sweaters to stockings. Take this plush, cozy version for instance. The knitted construction makes it a lot more flexible than your average stocking—and you know what that means: It can hold a few more goodies. Though the classic red-and-white patterned Fair Isle wouldn't be complete without a few Christmas trees, the pom-poms are what give the dÃ©cor piece a trendy, playful update.
To buy: $13, target.com.
Scandi Knit Stocking
Who doesn’t love charming Scandinavian design? Even if you don’t live in the Swedish countryside, you can still decorate like you do with the help of some cozy, rustic motifs, like the pattern on this knit stocking. And while the design is reminiscent of traditional Scandinavian Christmas décor, the black and white palette (rather than the traditional red and white combination), plus the bright orange pom poms give it a modern feel. Hang it on the mantel with some white vases or sculptural pieces and a few pieces of greenery for a simple, sophisticated holiday look.
To buy: $29, westelm.com.
“Cuddle Up” Faux Fur Christmas Stocking
During winter—and the holiday season, especially—it’s all about lush textures, from chunky knits to plush fur. The right amount of texture can turn your home into a comfy retreat. If you want to make your mantel an eye-catching and luxe spot in your living room this year, opt for the softest faux fur stocking. Hang a few on the ledge to elevate your fireplace—you can go with all one hue, or mix and match colors. This stocking comes in ivory, light brown, light pink, and a deep red. Now, all you need to do for a cozy evening at home is light the fireplace, grab a cup of cocoa, and fall into the couch.
To buy: $30, nordstrom.com.
Cat Merry Mascot Kitty Stocking
When you have kids, you’ll want to make your Christmas dÃ©cor a little bit more playful, and this stocking adds just the right amount of whimsy your mantel. Along with the adorable cat on the appliquÃ© and embroidered stocking, you can also get your child’s name personalized on the front, so she knows exactly which one is hers on Christmas morning. And if a cat isn’t your kid’s thing, there are dinosaur, panda, and giraffe options that are equally delightful. Plus, the company offers a matching tree skirt (sold separately) if you want to coordinate.
To buy: $26, landnod.com.
Plaid Quilted Christmas Stocking
You can’t go wrong with a classic quilted plaid. This stocking comes in two options (a preppy red plaid and a navy watch plaid), so you can mix and match depending on the stocking owner’s personal preferences. And for a more personalized touch, get a free embroidered monogram on the stocking’s velvet cuff. After you hang these stockings on the mantel, display silver or gold candlesticks or some clear hurricane vases, then dot the surrounding surface with some holly branches. Top it all off with a simple, lush evergreen wreath placed above the ledge.
To buy: $39, markandgraham.com.
Chunky Knit Christmas Stocking
If your mantel dÃ©cor tends to be over the top (think a surface that’s happily filled with ornaments, candles, vases, greenery and more), you might want to think about choosing stockings that are a little bit simpler than ones with a lot of sparkle and pattern. These chunky knit pieces will do the trick. The knit pattern is inspired by a traditional fisherman sweater’s classic cable stitch—you might even have a sweater in your closet that’s reminiscent of this one. Choose from four different hues: red, gray, white, or a marled red.
To buy: $30, llbean.com.
Plaid Bone Dog Stocking
Don’t forget about your pup during the holidays—he’s part of the family and deserves a few treats, too. If he appears in the Christmas card, he deserves a stocking. Include him in your Christmas festivities with this adorable bone-shaped and plaid stocking. The paw prints on the front of the stocking also ensure that everyone knows it belongs to your dog. Plus, it’s big enough to fit all his favorite treats, from dog bones to balls for playing catch. And cats aren’t left out either, there’s a fish-shaped stocking with cat paw prints available, too.
To buy: $10, pier1.com.
If you can’t make it to a ski resort this holiday season, these stockings might be the next best thing. A classic winter vignette—snowy trees and ski lifts—is embroidered on these pretty white felt stockings. It’s like having a landscape painting hanging off the mantel ledge. Hang these to remind you of past vacations on the slopes and other trips yet to come (or aprÃ¨s ski, if you’re not the snow bunny type). Hang the embroidered trees the add some evergreen clippings to the mantle or replace the mirror above the fireplace with a classic wreath to continue the nature-inspired, wintry theme.
To buy: $15, crateandbarrel.com.
Striped Yarn Stocking
Hang these retro-inspired striped stockings from the chimney with care. The pattern will never go out of style, so you won't have to buy new stockings to update your mantel every couple of years. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that they remind us of the classic red and white peppermint candy canes—with the pom pom ties added for some extra flair. Pair this with any style of mantel—especially one that’s more playful and kid-friendly. It's long enough to hold a multitude of stocking stuffers for the lucky owner.
To buy: $16, bloomingdales.com.