Inside: Do you struggle with what to fill your kids’ stockings with each Christmas? Here are my best stocking stuffer ideas for kids that your kids will be sure to use this Christmas.
Christmas has to be my favorite holiday of the year! There is something so magical about Christmastime. I love the decorations, the baking, binge-watching Hallmark Christmas movies. Most of all, I love the joy on my children’s’ faces on Christmas morning.
But the one thing I always struggle with during this festive season is finding good quality stocking stuffer ideas for kids. Stocking stuffers for kids are either too expensive or too dull. You want your kids stocking to be affordable, yet exciting!
One of my kids’ favorite things to do on Christmas morning is to wake up super early in the morning, run downstairs, to see what goodies stuffed their stockings. We had to institute a rule about not leaving their bedrooms before 7 am after they tried to wake us at 5 am one year.
Sorry kids, but Mom and Dad need their beauty sleep!
If you’re anything like me and struggle to find quality stocking stuffer ideas for kids during the holiday season, keep reading. I will delve into the wonderful world of stocking stuffer ideas for boys and girls.
Stocking Stuffer Ideas For Kids Of All Ages
A little history lesson in case you didn’t know. Christmas stockings are a tradition that originated in Europe. Children would hang one of their everyday socks at the end of their bed on Christmas Eve for Saint Nicholas to fill with gifts while they sleep.
Whether gifted by Saint Nicholas or mom and dad, the struggle to find stocking stuffers for kids is real! Here are some of my best stocking stuffer ideas for kids… Boys and girls alike.
This Scratch Art Box of Mini Notes has all the qualities of an excellent stocking stuffer. It’s small enough to fit into a child’s Christmas stocking, easy to use, and brightly colored! There are multiple uses for these mini notes, which make it suitable for boys and girls of any age. Recommended age 4-15 years
Educational Insights Kanoodle Twisting Solitaire Game is another fun stocking stuffer idea for kids. Get your kids to challenge their brains this Christmas with an award-winning, brain-twisting game. Kanoodle includes 200 2D and 3D puzzles in one small, stocking stuffer sized box! Recommended age 7+.
Stocking Stuffer For Babies and Toddlers
Bath toys make for some of the best stocking stuffers for kids that are younger. These Boon Building Bath Pipes are hours of bathtime fun for smaller kids!
Helping little ones develop fine motor skills and enhance their problem-solving skills, the pipes can be used individually or in a chain for water to flow through. Who said you couldn’t learn while having a bath!?
This 10- pack of Play-Doh in assorted colors sparks the imagination of any child. The best part is they are non-toxic, non-irritating, and non-allergenic! Toddlers can squish, squash, and mix until their heart is content.
Every baby and/or toddler needs a lovey. If your little one doesn’t have one yet, may I suggest the Slumberkins Bigfoot Snuggler? Not only are these snugglers super soft, but they are also machine washable. Hello? Super important if your toddler is anything like mine. Bigfoot promotes building confidence and self-esteem through interactive affirmations.
I love the message behind the company and its products. Each snuggler is hypo-allergenic and safety approved for all ages. Snugglers also come in Slumberkins Alpaca Snuggler, promoting Stress Relief & Anxiety Management and Slumberkins Fox Snuggler, supporting Family Change.
Is your little one a budding artist like my little man? These Crayola My First Palm-Grip Crayons are the perfect introductory crayon for littles (recommended 12+ months) who are still working on their grip. While your older toddlers (recommended 3+) might prefer these Crayola Mini Twistable ones and feel more grown-up.
Stocking Stuffer For Boys
Stocking stuffer ideas for boys don’t have to be boring. Here are some fantastic stocking stuffer ideas for kids that your little man will love!
No matter you’re little man’s favorite color, I’m sure these LED Bike Wheel Lights will go down a winner in his Christmas stocking. Choose from one solid color or multicolored LED lights to add a bit of bling to their bike.
Not only are these lights a neat novelty item, but they’ll also increase safety and help them be seen.
Encourage your son to switch off his games console and put down their tablet in exchange for some fun arts and crafts with this Fold N Fly Paper Airplane Kit.
These paper airplanes go way beyond the boring everyday white paper airplanes. These come with stickers so you can personalize your very own fleet with these 18 unique paper airplane designs.
Who doesn’t love a good old festive challenge? Don’t Laugh Challenge is a book that will develop your kid’s sense of humor and turn your boy into a mini comedian.
This isn’t like any joke book you will have read before. Instead of reading in isolation, the book encourages you to read with another person and turn it into a challenge — a perfect stocking stuffer idea for kids that love a good laugh.
Stocking Stuffer For Girls
I’m so tired of seeing mundane, everyday items as stocking stuffer ideas for girls. Here are some beautiful stocking stuffer ideas for kids that your little girl will adore.
Scratch Art Doodle Pad Book is a 16-page doodle pad that contains a world of color hidden beneath a matte black surface. Your kid’s job is to scratch off the matte coating to reveal the colors beneath with their own creative and unique doodling.
Ignite your little girl’s imagination with this colorful and easy to use craft book.
I know mermaids don’t scream Christmas… but what little girl doesn’t love mermaids? Combine these beautiful, mystical creatures with arts and crafts and what do you get? Shrinky Dinks Mini Mermaids!
This 28 piece set will keep your child entertained as they color and bake their very own undersea friends. This is the perfect stocking stuffer idea for kids that love to use their imagination.
The Cats Cradle Book Kit is one of the more unique stocking stuffers for kids that I’ve seen. This book will teach your daughter how to make The Cup and Saucer, The Witches Broom, and Jacob’s Ladder. It comes with loops of colored string to be used in learning from the 36-page interactive journal.
This is the ideal stocking stuffer idea for kids who love a creative challenge.
Stocking Stuffer For Tweens and Teens
This group is the hardest for me to shop for during the holidays, and stocking stuffers are no exception. I tend to buy last minute for my kids that fall in this category, lest they change their minds 500 times.
I am a big proponent for teaching a growth mindset to your kids. One stocking stuffer to help guide your kids to feel empowered and dream about their future is the Big Life Journal: Teen Edition. Encourage your tweens and/or teens to develop the mindset of growth, resilience, gratitude, and positivity with this journal.
Because the world will end if they can’t access their phone when it is cold out, these Winter Knit Touchscreen Gloves might be their favorite gift this Christmas. They come in an assortment of colors perfect for a girl or boy.
Alright, I know it isn’t the most original stocking stuffer idea for teens, but it will for sure be a hit with any teen…Gift Cards! Stuff their stocking with a variety of gift cards to their favorite stores like Ulta, Justice, Nike, Gamestop, Panera, AMC, or Amazon.
The Perfect Stocking Stuffer Ideas For Kids
Finding the perfect stocking stuffers for kids is not easy. In fact, I’d argue that it’s become harder and harder to choose the right stocking stuffer over the years.
There are almost too many stocking stuffer ideas for kids! Finding an excellent, quality stocking stuffer that your kids will both enjoy and use is one of the biggest challenges of the holiday season.
Stocking stuffer ideas for kids of any age shouldn’t break the bank but should be whimsical enough to get their Christmas day off to a magical and fun-filled start. I hope that these stocking stuffer ideas for kids help you to find the perfect items to fill your child’s stocking with this Christmas.
Do you have a favorite stocking stuffer idea for kids? Please share below and I will add it to the list!