For some finding out what’s inside your Christmas stocking is the best part of the morning. Sometimes the best presents come in small packages, but where did the stocking hanging tradition come from in the first place?

The stocking hanging tradition can be traced back to Turkey where Bishop Nicholas, who is considered to be the origin of Santa Claus, used to throw cold coins down the chimney of young maidens that were too poor to have a dowry to offer potential husbands. The coins landed inside stockings that were drying along the fireplace.

Another possible link comes from the Dutch who leave shoes by the fireplace that’s filled with hay. Sinterklaas replaces the hay with gifts. Americans adapted the tradition with a twist in the 19th Century, replacing stockings with shoes.

Either way, stockings are just plain fun. The recipients love to discover what their secret Santa has placed inside. If you’re searching for unique stocking stuffer ideas, Montana Silversmiths has excellent ones that are the right size and special enough to garner the ooh’s and aah’s.

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For guys, Montana Silversmiths has a dazzling array of belt buckles that any cowboy will love. Depending on his taste, you’ll be able to find one that will best complement his style. Pair the special stocking stuffer with a Western hat and a pair of boots, and you have the complete themed present.

For the lady on your list, explore the Montana Silversmiths collection to discover beautiful necklaces, earrings and jewelry sets that will delight gals regardless of age. All the jewelry and belt buckles are crafted in Montana and are carefully designed with a true Western flare. Ladies young and old love jewelry and you’ll find special, eye-catching pieces that are extremely affordable.

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If you’ve gotten you special someone a great pair of boots for the holiday, boot cleaning and care products also make excellent stocking stuffers. With some tender love and care, boots can last for many years to come.

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