How do you find the perfect Christmas stockings for everyone? Here are tips and ideas on finding just the right holiday stockings for your family and home.

Christmas stockings hung up by the fireplace can add a touch of warmth to your holiday décor. They’re a lovely Christmas tradition, especially for kids, and in addition to being pretty to look at they’re an enjoyable part of the holiday season, making Christmas morning more magical and fun for the whole family.

Just like your Christmas tree, stockings are a big part of your home décor during the holiday season, particularity your fireplace mantel, staircase or wherever you choose to hang them up. Christmas stockings are also very personal, often representing the family member’s personality, interests and other unique characteristics.

So how do you find the perfect Christmas stockings for everyone? Here are some important shopping considerations along with the most popular Christmas stocking types, themes and designs for 2021

How To Find The Right Christmas Stockings

When shopping for new Christmas stockings make sure to get ones you really love with colors, designs and custom details you’ll enjoy putting up year after year. If the stockings are meant to hold majority of the gifts you give, then go with oversized Christmas stockings or ones that are a bit more roomy. If you only use stockings for small gifts or stocking stuffers, then you can go with something smaller or more delicate. The stocking holder you choose is also important, both in terms of look and functionality. First and foremost, make sure that it can hold both the stocking and its contents.

Today, you can find Christmas stockings to match any holiday decor, from fancy and elegant stockings with beautiful sparkling details, to rustic burlap and knit stockings that add a bit of homey charm. There are many options for kids, too, with stockings featuring cute holiday characters, like elves, reindeer and snowmen and popular themes, like dinosaurs or unicorns and mermaids. And with plenty of ways to personalize your Christmas stockings you can make sure that they’re a hit with everyone in the family.

Here are some unique Christmas stockings ideas that will fit any home décor, holiday theme, style and personality.

2021 Christmas Stocking Ideas

  • Advent Calendar Christmas Stockings
  • Santa's Letter Christmas Stockings
  • Photo Stocking Holders

This holiday season, consider adding one of these latest Christmas stocking ideas for 2021. What’s trending this year? We’ve seen an uptick in stockings that are different and unusual, or ones that serve another function. Like these new advent calendar stockings that let you count down the days to Christmas with a candy cane you put into a little pocket marked for each day. Or the popular Santa’s Letter Christmas stockings that come with a felt envelope where kids can put their letters to Saint Nick. Photo stocking holders are another trending item this year, and are perfect for those who want to add something truly original to their stockings this holiday.

Traditional Christmas Stockings

  • Traditional Icons Christmas Stockings
  • Red Velvet Traditional Christmas Stockings
  • Needlepoint Traditional Christmas Stockings
  • Holly Greenery Traditional Christmas Stockings
  • Red & White Snowflake Traditional Christmas Stockings

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To create a coordinated look, you can get matching Christmas stockings for everyone in the family — and even a matching tree skirt and other holiday décor to complete your holiday family room look. Traditional colors, like red, green and white will never go out of style. Same is true for rich velvet fabric and traditional holiday themes and designs that will always remain a classic.

Elegant & Glam Christmas Stockings

  • Faux Fur Elegant Christmas Stockings
  • Gold Snowflake Elegant Christmas Stockings
  • Silver Jewels Striped Elegant Christmas Stockings
  • Metallic Striped Elegant Christmas Stockings
  • Snowflake Elegant Christmas Stockings

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If your goal is to create a polished holiday look, opt for Christmas stockings that feature plush velvet, delicate embroidery, jeweled accents and tons of sparking details. Look for silver or gold jeweled accents, elegant faux fur or velvet stockings, and unique touches that will add sparkle and glamour to your holiday mantle. The most popular glam stockings this year have a sophisticated, tasteful look with ornamental details, jeweled accents and rich textures. With these stockings you can create a dazzling design that will definitely add some glam, sparkle and shine to your holidays!

Trendy Knit Christmas Stockings

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If you follow the latest trends you’ll want to consider one of these popular knit Christmas stocking designs, which offer that timeless, heirloom look. One of our favorites is a classic cable knit Christmas stocking, available in a variety of traditional and trendy colors, like navy, teal and plum. Each stocking is individually hand-knit and embroidered with any name across the cuff. Depending on the colors and designs you choose, knit Christmas stockings can work with any home décor or holiday theme. The classic cable knit stockings are particularly versatile and will accommodate many different looks, from stylish and elegant to farmhouse and rustic.

Rustic & Farmhouse Christmas Stockings

  • Plaid & Burlap Farmhouse Christmas Stockings
  • Buffalo Plaid Farmhouse Christmas Stockings
  • gingham Ribbon Farmhouse Christmas Stockings
  • White & Grey Buffalo Check Christmas Stockings
  • Rustic Jute Cuff Christmas Stockings

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To create a trendy look with more of a bucolic style in mind, consider rustic Christmas stockings with some farmhouse, country charm. Look for on-trend buffalo check, plaid and gingham details, with rustic details, like engraved wooden tags, buttons, pine cones and evergreens. If your home already has the farmhouse look filled with natural wood and stone details, eclectic finds and country accents, then rustic, burlap, jute or plaid stockings will feel right at home in your family room this holiday.

Family Character Christmas Stockings

  • Kids Characters Christmas Stockings
  • Holiday Lights Character Christmas Stockings
  • Plaid Cuff Family Christmas Stockings
  • Applique Characters Christmas Stockings
  • Christmas Family Characters Stockings

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For a fun and classic design the whole family will love, look no further than family character Christmas stockings adorned with timeless holiday charm. Whether you’re looking for stockings just for kids or the whole family, you can create a matching set that has a different character for each person. Some of the most popular family stockings this year feature a mix of traditional and new characters, so you can find the perfect stocking for every family member.

Photo Christmas Stockings

  • Snow Globe Photo Christmas Stockings
  • Pet Photo Christmas Stockings
  • Photo Christmas Stockings
  • Holiday Photo Christmas Stockings
  • Snowflake Photo Christmas Stockings

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If you’re looking for something fun and completely out of the ordinary, consider creating custom photo Christmas stockings. You can incorporate your favorite family photos right on the stockings along with each person’s name. Choose a set of photos from this year’s vacation, a special trip or a big event, or pick out a photo from each family member’s childhood for a fun twist. These Christmas stockings will create a lively atmosphere inn your home, adding a touch of whimsy and holiday magic to your family room.

No matter which Christmas stockings you choose for everyone this year, make sure that they’re personalized with each family member’s name, initial, monogram or other custom details!


Kasia Lorenc is a writer and editor at Personalization Mall, covering gifting, home decorating and more.


  1. Jeannie Grant Reply

    I’m looking for a Christmas stocking to add to my collection. I can’t find it!!!

    It’s a single name going down…covering the front. Letter change from red to green.. I have a photo.

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