Just because you have a Christmas to-do list as long as your arm, doesn’t mean there aren’t small jobs that will get forgotten during the run up to the big holiday. Whether it’s defrosting the ham, baking cookies for your Christmas Eve visitors or hanging Christmas lights from the gutter, sometimes the holidays are full of instances where things simply don’t get done. Another job which seems simple but can often end up being more complicated than you want is hanging your Christmas stockings.
You may have your stockings all lined up and ready to hang, but if your mantel doesn’t have built-in hooks, you’ll find yourself in a bit of a pickle. Save yourself from banging nails into your mantelpiece or attempting to precariously anchor your stockings in place in a potentially dangerous and slap-dash manor by being prepared for the job with a purpose-made Christmas stocking holder.
These functional decor pieces are a simple yet effective way to hang your stockings. They come in a range of styles and even includes options for households who don’t have fireplaces and mantels. Many even sport a Christmas-y look to add to your festive decor while also featuring protective covers and fabrics to prevent any damage from occurring to your mantel.
We’ve put together a list of seven different stocking hanging options. There are choices for hanging your stockings from the mantelpiece as well as free-standing options for anyone who prefers hanging their stockings elsewhere.
1. Candy Cane Stocking Holder
They may just be for hanging your stockings off the mantel, but somehow these Haute Decor Candy Cane Stocking Holders manage to add an extra spark of Christmas while accomplishing their task. The steel canes are decorated in polyester to give your holder a candy cane-like appearance that kids (and adults) are sure to love. Each holder is lightweight and can manage up to 10 pounds of stuffed stockings. The universal design also fits almost every shape and size of mantel, too.
2. Holiday Joy Christmas Safety Grip Stocking Holders
The Holiday Joy Christmas Safety Grip Stocking Holders are a cheap and cheerful answer to hanging your stockings without causing any damage to your mantle. Unlike many competing metal options, these holders feature a soft grip at the end to prevent the potentially damaging metal from contacting with the mantel’s surface. Each pack includes four individual holders, which are also designed to increase their grip when weight is added.
3. Cypress Home Christmas Mantel Sign
The Cypress Home Christmas Mantel Sign is a handy decor option made from painted wood which provides hanging space for up to six different stockings. The sign’s design features one of the most famous lines from everyone’s favorite Christmas poem The Night Before Christmas. You’ll also find that the Cypress Home used bright red paint to give the sign an eye-catching appearance. In addition, for easy mounting, there are two hangers on the back. Alternatively, this piece can easily be propped up without a problem.
4. Reclaimed Barnwood Rustic Ladder
Not every household has a mantelpiece, but that’s no problem when it comes to hanging your stockings. For the more artistically inclined out there, why not solve your stocking hanging dilemma with a beautiful ladder? This Reclaimed Barnwood Rustic Ladder is made from 100 percent reclaimed wood. With a few lengths of garland and some lights wrapped around it, this piece would look beautiful in any home display as it holds up your Christmas stockings.
5. Gerson Jingle Bell Glitter Stocking Holders
BEST FOR COUPLES
If it’s your first Christmas together or you’re looking for a fun surprise gift for a loved one, why not invest in these Gerson Jingle Bell Glitter Christmas Stocking Holders? The set of two includes one green and one red holder. They are constructed from metal and sport a protective felt lining on the bottom to prevent unwanted damage to your mantle top. The festive design is completed by Christmas jingle bells with mistletoe and a ribbon mounted on top.
6. Reindeer Team Cut-Out Poses Stocking Holder
Sporting a beautiful silhouette-style design, these Reindeer Team Cut-Out Poses Stocking Holders are undoubtedly the most stylish offering we have on our list. The set includes four different holders featuring reindeer in different poses. Each one is made from a tough, black metal. The pedestal bases are weighted, so it’s easy to hang your stockings without worrying that they will be tipped over by the weight. The versatile design also means you can also use the holders on items other than the mantelpiece, like bookshelves, table tops and shelves.
7. ‘Believe’ Christmas Stocking Holder Stand
BEST FREE STANDING
At just under three and a half feet high, the DermaPAD Believe Christmas Stocking Holder Stand is a fun addition to any home at Christmas, whether you have a mantel or not. Sitting closer to the ground, this stand is ideal for letting kids hang and discover their own stockings on Christmas morning. In addition, the stand has five hangers and includes a built-in banner which reads: “Believe.”