I have a thing for stocking stuffers. For some reason it’s more fun for me to buy a bunch of little gifts, rather than one big gift.
Little, unexpected, fun, and yet useful things. It’s a way to get items for my kids that they need anyway, while making it into a fun gift at the same time. I usually do a mix of some fun and some useful items, and some are both!
I was talking with some friends at the park the other day and I happened to mention my love of stocking stuffers. They didn’t quite share my enthusiasm at first, but once I started to list some of my favorite stocking stuffers, they got on board. So, in case stocking stuffers are not your thing, I’ve compiled a list to make your life easier.
I usually throw a fun book or two into my kids’ stockings. This year I’m thinking a magazine subscription would also be fun, and I can tuck the first issue into their stocking. Here are a few book and magazine ideas:
National Geographic Kids
Knock Knock Jokes for Kids (I got this one for my daughter last year and she loves it, and this year I’m getting her Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids)
Pocket Genius Books – since my daughter loves all things dogs, she’s getting the one on dogs this year.
Sticker books – I love these Dover Sticker Books
Board Books – for the little ones
Underwear – Yes, I’m the mom that gets my kids underwear for Christmas, but I do try to pick out some type of Character Underwear that they will think is fun.
Socks – these ones are going in Charlotte’s stocking this year
Scarfs, Mittens, Hats – this is a cute set for girls
Wallet/Change Purse – this one is cute for a little girl
Watch – my kids love these Lego Watches and they also come with a minifigure
Bananagrams – for kids that can spell
Spot it! – there’s all kinds of fun versions of this game, and it’s the perfect size to tuck into a stocking.
Set of 4 Classic Children’s Card Games – I love the look of these
Rory’s Story Cubes
Lego Minifigures – for your Lego lover, these are fun little surprise minifigures
Hot Wheels cars – if you buy this 9 car gift pack, these are less than a dollar each.
Nerf football – this is a pocket sized football, perfect for stockings and going in my son’s stocking this year.
Nail Polish – I got this Piggy Paint for Charlotte a couple years ago. It’s perfect for a little girl!
Hair clips or headbands
Yo-yo – grab one for your husband too, while you’re at it!
Band-aids-not sure if my kids are the only ones that get excited about fun band-aids, but they really do! Here are some fun ones: Frozen, Toy Story
Flashlight-my kids love having their very own flashlights. Here’s one for your Disney Princess, and here’s one for your Disney Cars lover.
Toothbrush-although a toothbrush is not very exciting, I got my daughter this one last year and she loves it so much she’s asking for a new one!
Hair brush – we love the Wet Brush.
Water Bottle or a Sippy Cup for the younger kids.
A Few Ideas For Mom, Sister, Aunt, Grandma
All Out Of … Notepad
Rosebud Lip Balm
Nail Polish – I love my Jamberry Nail Lacquers because they’re free of harmful chemicals.
Gift Card to a Coffee Shop
Kitchen Utensils – some of my favorites are this palm peeler, Microplane zester, and silicone baking mat.
Perfume Oil – this one is my absolute favorite.
Homemade Stocking Stuffers
A Few Ideas For Dad, Brother, Uncle, Grandpa
I’ll continue adding to this list as I think of more fun and practical stocking stuffers, so be sure to pin this post so you can check back later for more ideas.