In the 9 years we've been out living on our own, we've never hung stockings. Never had them. But the time has come!
Unfortunately, we don't have a fireplace/mantel in our place. But we do have a nice sturdy bookshelf! I tied some ribbon around the sides, prettied it up with some bows, and was able to hang our stockings with small clothespins.
Both stockings were very simple and quick to make. Here are the patterns:
Elf stockings: Sew4Home
Paw stockings: Disney's Santa Buddies