I absolutely love hunting for the perfect gift for everyone on my list, and when people in turn ask me what I’d like I always say to get me a “stocking”, I have so much more fun opening up a stocking full of small little gifts and it really reminds me of fond memories from when I was a kid. My mom always put my stocking at the bottom of my bed late at night and as morning came I would slowly poke my toe down to the edge of my bed and feel the weight of a full stocking! Thinking back I realize she likely did this to buy herself a bit more sleep-in time, but I sure enjoyed waking up to that special surprise. My mom was awesome about filling my stocking with fun, interactive toys and goodies, to this day she still fills a stocking for me.

Now with a 4 year old of my own, I know the challenge to find fun things to stuff in that stocking, and often times we go with what we know. If we’re buying things at a store for mom, dad, grandma or grandpa, it makes sense to grab something while we are there for our kids right? The BCLC would like to remind you that Some Gifts Just Aren’t Meant For Kids. We are guilty of having shared some “fun” scratch ticket moments with Alivia, she just loved scratching everything off and since she couldn’t “read” we saw no danger in it, however we’ve since learned that by giving children scratch tickets at a young age and introducing them to gambling it can actually lead to long-term gambling problems well into adulthood. **What we may think is innocent, really isn’t.** We’re happy to share our top 10 frugal stocking stuffer ideas, as well as an important message from the BCLC, please give responsibly.

We know it’s tricky to fill those little stockings on a budget but I can promise you – it is possibe! We have a list of our **top 10 frugal stocking stuffer ideas** to help you get started and most of these items can be found at your local dollar store, making filling (and sometime overfilling!) those little stockings a bit easier:

- Fun stickers, points if they come with a sticker book
- Silly pens and notebooks
- Bubble bath and a fun bath poofy
- Toy cars, trucks or small dolls
- Character cups, our fave are the Frozen ones and for $1.. you can’to go wrong
- Holiday themed socks
- Silly putty or play-doh
- CANDY, the more themed the better… think Christmas Pez and Lifesaver books
- Books or magazines for the older kids
- Toothbrushes, either electric or regular. Our kids look forward to the electric ones Santa brings each year (and plus side.. they brush all that candy away right away!)

As Christmas approaches, the BC Lottery Corporation (BCLC) has launched its annual holiday campaign reminding shoppers to think twice about whose stocking they might be stuffing. Most people, myself included – absolutely love getting lottery tickets, including Scratch & Wins, as a gift, especially if they win! And while scratching a ticket in hopes of a prize definitely feels like child’s play, BCLC would like to remind you they are anything but – lottery tickets are still a form of gambling and shouldn’t be given to kids under 19.

Research has shown that many adults with gambling problems report having started gambling at a very early age, some as young as 10 years old. Of the many risks factors associated with problem gambling, introducing gambling at a young age is one of the most significant and has the most lasting effects.

So the next time you pop by your local lotto retailer for a few last minute gifts, remember to keep the (underage) kids in your life off that particular list.

BCLC encourages parents to visit www.gamesense.ca to learn more about the comprehensive programs to help players make informed choices about gambling. BCLC also encourages parents and other adults to access our GameSense for Parents program which gives parents tools and supports to start a conversation with kids about gambling.

**The BC Lottery Corporation wants to help you fill those stockings to the brim with a $50 Indigo Gift Card to get you started! Enter below. Good luck!**

*{Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, we were compensated for sharing this information with you. However, we firmly believe in this message. Please give responsibly!}*

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I think that one point about using hypothetical situations to explain the downsides of gambling to kids could be useful.

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I learned that the best way to deal with the issue of gambling is to not avoid it but to openly discuss it with kids. Which I think is a smart approach because when they do come across gambling, personally or seeing a friend’s interest in it, then they’re better equipped to deal with it sensibly.

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In Ontario you can buy lottery tickets at age 18

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More than a third (35%) of BC parents have reported giving lottery tickets as gifts to their children!

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35% of BC parents reported giving lottery tickets as gifts to their children who were not yet of legal gambling age. Yikes!

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I’m surprised parents think giving scratch tickets to minors is okay. Lack of common sense.

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money or possessions go missing from the house

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Sometimes parents have to look to their own words and behaviours to see where kids get their lottery inspirations.

Before Ontario put an 18+ plus requirement on lottery ticket sales, a youth could easily play scratch cards or Wintario. Wintario would travel to different communities -who would not want to try to win a jackpot to improve a home or personal situation.

But yes in the 21st century, lottery tickets are not suitable gifts for kids.

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I’m not too surprised. I was given scratch cards as a kid, and it sparked an interest in gambling for me. (First one i ever got, won $25) Took a lot of therapy and going broke to over come that addiction.

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On another note, I love stockings! I still have my childhood stocking that I’ve given to my son.

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35% of parents are gifting lottery tickets to minors – what?! I never would have thought it would be so high! I also learned that the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10. Interesting. I do know that I was exposed to gambling when I was a minor – we used to go visit my Aunt and Grandma every summer and they did not give up their weekly bingo nights when we were there so we went with them. We played the bingo games (they bought us the cards), and they also had pull tab tickets, but I cannot remember what they were called, but I would use my money to buy them from my aunt (she had a job selling them at the bingo night) and one time I won $50! I have to admit, I still remember the rush of the win, and wanting to keep playing after that in case I won again, so I can see how gambling at a young age could lead to an addiction. This was in a very teeny tiny rural town in Manitoba, and in the 80s, when I think (or thought!) times were a bit different. Now I have to say that I do enjoy gambling, but I really only do it a few times a year – we go to the casino for my mom’s birthday and my birthday, and we buy scratch tickets for our own stockings at Christmas. But otherwise I don’t gamble much. Lucky I guess!

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I agree if you are going to gamble do so responsibly or not at all’ Merry Christmas everyone.

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I was a bit surprised by the fact that 35% of parents give children lottery tickets, although I do remember my dad buying them and letting me scratch them as a kid. Although I also used to take notes to the corner store and buying his girlfriend cigarettes so times have changed. People are becoming more aware about the impacts of choices such as these!

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