It's funny how the years have changed what goes into the stockings. There's always chocolate (of course), although one of my sons isn't much for sweets, so there have to be nuts or something with salt (try thinking of something salty that would fit in a stocking). When they were young, there were small toys like this animal noise maker (you flip it over and it moos).
Having been a teacher, I cruised the aisles of teacher stores looking for nature cards or small art supplies. I visited the dollar or five or less stores. If it was quirky or cute, it was meant for a stocking.
These days, our sons are grown, but the stockings have become such a tradition that we still have them. It's gotten more difficult to find clever stocking stuffers, but I enjoy the hunt. It's a tradition that's as much for me as it is for everyone else (and yes, I get a stocking, too. Sometimes I slip in some small item that I've been wanting but have denied myself or simply never got around to, such as a cute knitting counter, a pink nail file, or interesting pens. These things were made for stockings).
Are you a Christmas stocking person or not a Christmas stocking person?