Turn your mantel into a personalized decor statement with a unique stocking for every member of the family. These buyable beauties combine the best of traditional and modern looks, and they're all available now.

By Allison Maze Vancura
December 05, 2018

The ritual of hanging stockings at Christmas began with tales of St. Nick sliding gold coins down the chimney and into the stockings of a family in need.

Today's mantels tend to sport one of two looks: totally coordinated or, thanks to new additions as families grow, more of a hodgepodge. Either way, take Christmas stockings as an opportunity to show some personality with funky stitching, whimsical motifs, and bold monograms. Our picks will hold their own in a mix or look great multiplying across the mantel.

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1. Modern Striped Colorblock Stocking

Create a rainbow of color with a collection of color-blocked stockings. Each family member can choose his or her favorite stocking color, then personalize it with a monogram or holiday message.

Buy It: Modern Striped Colorblock Stocking, from $23.50

2. Flower Bouquet Stocking

This felt stocking's traditional candy cane palette proves you don't need oodles of color to turn heads. Hand-felted by artisans in India, this felt stocking's scalloped edges and large white flowers make it a standout on the mantel.

Buy It: Flower Bouquet on Red Wool Stocking, $79

3. North Star Patchwork

You can never go wrong with a classic. Vintage-inspired patchwork in a clean black-and-white palette is a beautiful choice for traditional and modern aesthetics. Put your own spin on it: the rolled top leaves room to stitch a name.

Buy It: North Star Patchwork Stocking, $49.50

4. Felted Wool Trees

This charming blue and green felt stocking calls a favorite Christmas tradition to mind: frosting tree-shaped sugar and spritz cookies with Grandma. 

Buy It: Felted Wool Trees Holiday Stocking, $24.99

5. Felt Scribble Stocking

Two reasons to add this zig-zagging wool design to your shopping list: it's a playful departure from the perfect patterns found on so many Christmas stockings, and there's a give-back component when you buy. Each stocking purchase supports fair-trade artisans in Nepal.

Buy It: Felt Scribble Stocking, $23

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6. Needlepoint Christmas Stocking

Handmade Christmas stockings are nostalgia-bearers, but sometimes it's easier to buy than make. The good news is, a needlepoint design will look right at home alongside heirloom stockings. Little ones will especially love these needlepoint stockings featuring a cast of favorite winter characters like Santa, bunnies, and polar bears.

Buy It: Needlepoint Christmas Stocking, $29.95

7. Woolen Tree Stocking

Let a graphic design do the talking. A simple knit stocking with an alpine motif will have you walkin' in a retro wonderland.

Buy It: Woolen Tree Stocking, $38 

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8. Dots Holiday Stocking

Polka dots, jingle bells, and tassels, oh my! This stocking from Target's Opalhouse collection promises to brighten your holiday decor. 

Buy It: Holiday Stocking Dots, $14.99

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9. Luxe Velvet Stocking

A velvet Christmas stocking can make any old fireplace look warm and inviting. This whimsical take on a classic design is cute for little ones and big kids at heart.

Buy It: Luxe Velvet Unicorn Stocking, $13.99

Image courtesy of Crate & Barrel

10. Buffalo Check Stocking

When Crate & Barrel teams up with Reese Witherspoon's lifestyle brand for the holidays, stylish and classic accessories follow. This buffalo check stocking looks as cozy as a favorite flannel shirt. Navy pom-poms and a twill cuff dress it up for Christmas. 

Buy It: Buffalo Check Red Plaid Stocking, $24.97


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