Choosing stocking stuffers for kids is always one of my favourite things about Christmas and the holidays. It’s so fun to spend time picking out just the right item and watching the kids’ faces as they reach down to see what is next.
In the past, I was definitely guilty of going for quantity over quality. I would panic at the last minute and end up buying junky little stocking stuffers from the dollar store.
Half the time my kids played with their stocking stuffers for a few minutes and then they just joined the junk at the bottom of the toy box.
This list of 50 useful stocking stuffers for kids will give you some ideas for all ages. Choosing things that your children will actually use and appreciate will mean less waste – both of your money and of resources in general.
If you want to to cut back on the junk this holiday season, one way to control your holiday spending is to have a clear idea on what you are planning to buy your kids.
In our house, we love to do the 4 gift giving plan:
Something to wear
Something to read
Something they want
Something they need
I’ve used the idea of the 4 gifts to create the list so you can choose a couple of things from each section for a well-rounded stocking.
50 Useful Stocking Stuffers For Kids
Something to Read
- A Magazine (or subscription card)
- A bath book
- A cloth book – this one was a huge hit at our house.
- An audiobook (cd?)
- Water Wow! Pads – painting without the mess! Great for car journeys.
- Wordsearch/Puzzle books
- Sticker Books –these Sticker Dolly Dressing books are awesome
- A journal or notebook to write in.
I love giving a special holiday journal that they can use to record their favorite Christmas memories and things we did over the holidays.
My stocking stuffer journal is a free bonus when you buy the Christmas Planner for 2019 and it makes an awesome gift for kids.
Something To Eat
- The traditional clementine
- Small box of raisins
- Bag of Goldfish crackers
- Fancy cookie
- Hot Chocolate packages like these
- Gold Chocolate Coins at the very end of the stocking
- A favorite chocolate bar or candy
Something To Play With
- Sidewalk Chalk
- Play silks – these are great for imaginative play and dancing around the living room!
- Glow sticks/Glow bracelets
- Mini Play-doh
- A mini coloring book
Something To Wear
- Cute new socks
- Winter hat
- Hair Bows or clips
- Cozy Slippers
- Name tags for clothing and toys – I love these stocking stuffer holiday packs from Mabel’s Labels – get a set of labels and a metal bag tag in the design of your choice.
Use code SEASIDESUNDAYS for 10% off ALL Mabel’s label products until Dec 7, 2018
- A toothbrush
- Sippy Cup or travel mug – I love Funtainers – you can choose from a range of characters and they really do keep drinks cold all day.
- Bubble Bath
- Water Bottle
- Mini packet of tissues
- Fun Band-aids like these Star Wars ones
- Dental Floss
- Headphones – we got these Disney Princess Headphones and they were one of her favorite gifts last year.
Something For Another Day
Keep the fun going after Christmas day with a special gift or outing that you can plan for.
- A cookie cutter in a fun shape
- Cupcake liners
- Cookie or cupcake mix
- Tickets to a show (local theatre, movie tickets)
- Personalized Thank you notes – check Vistaprint or Shutterfly for ideas.
- A small gift card for a special drink out
- Groupon for a local attraction such as bowling or the zoo
Looking for a way to simplify your holiday season this year?
Last year I started using a Christmas Planner and it completely streamlined my holidays and made me so much more organized.
The planner I use has planning pages for Black Friday, Online purchase trackers, Christmas card lists and gift budgets and planners.
It also comes with a 50 page bonus printable Christmas journal for kids which makes a great stocking stuffer that will keep them occupied all holiday long.
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