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This year skip the mall! Make a one of a kind Christmas “stocking” for her by shopping through small business online and use PayPal at check out for easy shopping and returns.

A few years ago I saw an idea for girlfriends to swap names and fill each others stockings. Apparently I am not the only woman who hasn't had a stocking in years! I love this idea to have a friend fill a stocking for you. So I decided to do make a Christmas stocking for a dear friend of mine.

I love shopping at a store as much as any woman, but this time of the year the crowds and lines and parking lots are just too much. I love shopping from home and supporting small businesses while I'm at. Plus thanks to PayPal I don't even need my wallet! With PayPal One Touch, you don't even have to enter your credit card info or fill out a long form with the billing info.

And don't worry if she doesn't like it!  This holiday season, PayPal is offering free return shipping called Return Shipping On Us on items up to $30 for up to 11 purchases.

So rather than head out to shop, I just flipped open my laptop and went shopping for a unique Christmas stocking idea

A Unique Christmas Stocking for Her

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The first thing you'll need is a stocking. In this case, I wanted something that was a little more useful than a large red felt sock. I discovered Independent Reign, a shop in Brooklyn New York that sells handmade totes, bags, wristlets and clutches  The owner, Janine, makes all the bags in her shop by hand. She also handles all the shipping and customer service.  I had a shipping question and texted Janine personally to get my questions answered.

That's another advantages to shopping small – absolutely amazing customer service!

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I chose this beautiful wristlet to use as the “stocking.” It's large enough for a cell phone and wallet plus a few personal items for a night out. Definitely more useful than a large red felt sock.

 

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Next, you need to find some fun things to put in the bag.  I decided to fill the wristlet with handmade beauty products. For this I headed to the Wild Mountain Soap Company . Located in West Virginia, Wild Mountain Soap Company has a ton of awesome handmade natural soaps, lotions and other products for both him and her.

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I just recently started using solid shampoo bars and I'm obsessesed! I was excited to discover that Wild Mountain sells a ton of shampoo bar scents.  I originally ordered a peppermint shampoo bar, but that scent was still curing and wasn't yet available to ship.  Wild Mountain sent me an email apologizing and asking if they could replace it with another scent instead. I chose Marshmallow Mint and it smells amazing.

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I also included a homemade lotion bar that I made and a tube of Buttercream Lip Balm from Wild Mountain. You could also add in a favorite lip gloss, candy, gum, or even a gift card.

Just add a bow and the stocking is ready to go. I'll be honest – I'm having a hard time giving up this gorgeous “stocking” to a friend! I may have to email my husband or BFF to see if I can get one for me, too.

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