Sacks and stockings

As well as providing a place for Father Christmas to leave small gifts, stockings and sacks also add an instantly festive touch to fireplaces or bedposts. We’ve rounded up some of our favourites in two contrasting palettes – classic reds and greens, and contemporary charcoal grey mixed with snowy whites. We think that they will most certainly catch the attention of the man in the red suit!

Shades of grey

Fair Isle Christmas stocking in Grey, £30, The White Company
Fair Isle Christmas stocking in Grey, £30, The White Company

We love Fair Isle knitted products and think that this stocking would add a cosy touch to any fireplace.

Personalised Christmas Initial sack, £20, Catherine Colebrook
Personalised Christmas Initial sack, £20, Catherine Colebrook

According to Catherine Colebrook, these hessian sacs are printed in the North Pole by elves using a magical giant type writer…we think that those hard-working elves have made a very good job of them too!

Stitched Scene stocking, £46, Anthropologie
Stitched Scene stocking, £46, Anthropologie

Made from wool, this stocking will appeal to children and adults alike.

Wee Gallery Black, Gold, White Deer stocking, £30, Mench Living at Trouva
Wee Gallery Black, Gold, White Deer stocking, £30, Mench Living at Trouva

This organic cotton stocking has been printed with this fabulous deer motif which should appeal to all you Scandi-lovers out there.

Night Owl Christmas sack, £17, Sophie Allport
Night Owl Christmas sack, £17, Sophie Allport

There’s something quite magical about this printed sack from designer Sophie Allport. If you like this look, then you can find simplified versions of this print on everything from kitchenware, to wrapping paper and Christmas crackers.

Bloomingville White Reindeer stocking, £27, Design Vintage at Trouva
Bloomingville White Reindeer stocking, £27, Design Vintage at Trouva

Designed in Denmark, these stockings feature this adorable illustration of a reindeer…and who doesn’t love a reindeer?

The red and green scene

The Red Rowland personalised Christmas sack, £22, The Handmade Christmas Co.
The Red Rowland personalised Christmas sack, £22, The Handmade Christmas Co.

This postage themed sack was inspired by Sir Rowland Hill, the social reformer and inventor, who went on to invent the Penny Post in the 18th century. It has a timeless feel which should delight children over the years.

Home Collection Red Elf stocking, £10, Debenhams
Home Collection Red Elf stocking, £10, Debenhams

These curly-toed stockings combine old fashioned charm with a dash of contemporary styling. We like the addition of the green pom-poms and tinkling bells.

Personalised Scandinavian print Christmas sack, £22, SnuggleDust Studios at notonthehighstreet.com
Personalised Scandinavian print Christmas sack, £22, SnuggleDust Studios at notonthehighstreet.com

This sack would suit even the most minimal of interiors; we like the combination of green and white, and the Scandi-inspired printed design.

Vivid Folklore Stag and Robin embroidered Christmas stocking, £18, John Lewis
Vivid Folklore Stag and Robin embroidered Christmas stocking, £18, John Lewis

Vivid Folklore is a big theme for John Lewis this season and it is easy to see its appeal. Harking back to the motifs found in traditional folklore tales, the design features pretty embroidered detailing.

Recycled Sari Christmas stocking, £25.95, Decorator’s Notebook
Recycled Sari Christmas stocking, £25.95, Decorator’s Notebook

Part of a collection of unique stockings, when ordering one of these designs, they will select one for you at random – it’s like a lucky dip! There’s no need to worry about what you might receive as all the designs are beautiful. Made in Bangladesh, your purchase will help the survivors of trafficking enjoy a brighter future.

Green and Silver Christmas stocking, £25, Postcards Home
Green and Silver Christmas stocking, £25, Postcards Home

If you felt inspired by our Wanderlust Christmas scheme last week, then these hand-printed stockings might be the ones for you; we love the fact that they depict Father Christmas’s sleigh being pulled by a merry band of animals from around the world.