Stockings are always a fun part of Christmas morning, and are usually the first thing that the kids rush for after Santa’s visit. But, it can be challenging to find the perfect little gifts for your little ones. If you’re running short on ideas this year, we have good news: there are so many great options for stocking stuffers that are educational, functional and most importantly, fun! Get inspiration from our 49 best stocking stuffers for kids and toddlers.
Clothing & Accessories
People often joke about getting socks as a Christmas gift, but everyone needs a new pair every now and then! This is especially true if you’ve fallen victim to the washing machine eating a pair or two of your child’s socks. Plus, who doesn’t love warm feet on a cold winter day?
While a white Christmas makes for a beautiful landscape, the glare of the sun off the snow can be surprisingly dangerous. Sunglasses are a great (and stylish) way to protect young eyes from the powerful UV rays.
Nail polish is a simple and great gift to include in stockings for older girls! To take it up a notch, you can find small manicure kits at many drugstores or department stores.
If you have children that are too young for nail polish, nail stickers are a great alternative! Without waiting for polish to dry, your little one can get back to playing with their favorite new gifts right away. Or, they can add stickers on top of their polish for some added glam.
Pacifiers are a must-have for both kids and parents! Stock up with this stocking stuffer to ensure there’s always one in arms reach this holiday season. Plus, you can get silly ones shaped like animals or even mustaches!
Bib with sleeves
Not just your standard baby bib — bibs with sleeves are a great way to protect against extra messy meals like mashed potatoes and gravy. They are also great for arts and crafts time.
Mittens and gloves
Don’t send the little ones out in the snow without a new pair of gloves or mittens. It’s great to have extra pairs around the house so there’s no waiting for wet gloves to dry — just pop the new pair on and head back out into the snowy fun!
Temporary tattoos are a staple in birthday gift bags or at school carnivals, and they also make great stocking stuffers! You can find temporary tattoos for any theme, and there’s something that will match every child’s interests and personalities.
Charm bracelets make special gifts because you can make them personal for your little girl. Include charms with her favorite animals, foods and shapes and her initials! To make a new tradition, you can give a charm to add on to the bracelet every Christmas.
Get ready to take an adorable photo of your kids in their matching personalized pajamas. This a great annual gift too, and you can replicate the same family photo each Christmas to see how everyone has grown!
Make a splash at bath time with a fun bathrobe! Wrap your little one up in a cozy robe after their tub or on any cold winter night. A robe with an animal hood adds an extra bit of whimsy to their new snug wrap.
These cubes can provide a great mental workout for kids. Playing with one improves their critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and also helps them with learning and matching colors. Plus, it’ll keep them busy for hours!
In the age of smartphones and technology, it’s still important to teach your kids basic survival skills. A compass is a great way to teach adventure-loving children how to navigate the great outdoors.
Sensory books are a great way to stimulate your children’s senses and help them learn. They include fabric, textures and sometimes even smells so your child can begin associating certain words with one of the five senses.
Book of crosswords
There are many educational benefits for children using crossword puzzles. For example, crosswords help to expand your child’s vocabulary, improve their spelling skills and can even help them learn more about certain subjects. Crossword puzzles are available in a variety of difficulty levels, so there’s a book for kids of any age and grade level.
Have the kids write their thank you letters to Santa and family on a new stationary set! It’s a great way to practice handwriting, spelling and good manners. Buy them a set with their names or initials so no one loses track of their notes, and pair with a pack of new pens for a complete gift!
While simple in appearance, dominoes can provide a great amount of learning and fun. They help young children practice their numbers and math skills (particularly addition), and also help them learn how to recognize patterns.
A magnifying glass is a great way to introduce kids to the world of science. They’ll have a blast holding it up to objects and watching every small detail become large in their eyes! It will also encourage them to explore and observe.
There are a handful of benefits that building blocks provide for growing minds. It helps improve their hand-eye coordination, improves motor skills, and overall enhances logical thinking. You can also find blocks with numbers or the alphabet to help them practice math and spelling!
Looking for a way to encourage your kids in reading? A book light is a perfect way to do it! It clips to the back of the book, illuminating the pages so your kids can read better at night, which makes it a helpful tool to have before bedtime.
Fun & Games
A classic gift that everyone enjoys: a brand new coloring book. Not only is it a fun activity for kids, but there are proven benefits to coloring like motor skill development and increased focus. Pair this gift with a fresh set of crayons or washable markers and be ready to have the little ones entertained for hours!
Deck of cards
A deck of cards is the perfect opportunity to teach your kids some of your favorite games from when you were their age. From go fish to crazy eights, there are so many different choices that are fun for the whole family.
Bubbles are a great gift to put in stockings because they can be used both inside and outdoors! Your kids will stay entertained blowing and popping bubbles for hours. And for especially young toddlers, bubbles are a great way to develop visual skills such as learning to follow objects with their eyes.
Keep the kids active and moving with a jump rope stocking stuffer. Plus, Mom and Dad can borrow it if they ever want some at-home cardio. It’s a win-win for the whole family!
It’s wonderful how a simple book of stickers can bring a smile to children’s faces! There are more benefits than just a smile though — experts say that sticker pages can help improve bilateral hand coordination. Plus, scratch-n-sniff or fuzzy stickers help to improve sensory development too.
Make your little girl feel like the princess she is in your heart! These wands are typically inexpensive, and you can buy ones that match her favorite TV or movie princess.
Just because most children already have a favorite stuffed animal, doesn’t mean they won’t be excited about receiving a new one on Christmas morning. It’s easy to find stuffed toys that resemble a real-life pet, which is a special way to add a personalized touch!
Finger puppets are a simple and inexpensive present to get for toddlers, and they also encourage pretend play and storytelling at a young age. You can build your own puppet theater stage so the kids have somewhere fun to tell their story.
Vinyl window clings
Much like paper stickers, vinyl window clings are a simple sticky gift that is sure to bring a smile on Christmas morning. Kids will have a great time sticking these on to windows, and they are super easy to remove and clean. Get them in snowflake shapes to add to your winter wonderland!
Get ready for race tracks all around your house when you gift your kids with toy cars. Let their imagination run wild as they get creative with tricks and flips.
This classic modeling toy is great for kids of all ages. Available in almost any color, your kids can create model versions of burgers, cars, people … the possibilities are as endless as their imagination! You can also make your own playdough as a fun project to do with the family.
Dolls and action figures
From fashion dolls to superhero action figures, there’s something for every child on your holiday shopping list. Action figures allow a young imagination to create their own stories, while dolls help to teach how to nurture and care.
Candy & Treats
Flavored candy canes
Candy canes are the quintessential treat for Christmas! But no need to stick with the classic peppermint flavor — popular candy brands have created their own unique flavors so there’s something everyone can enjoy. Hang these on the outside of the stocking so it’s the first thing the kids see!
If there’s already been enough sweet treats this holiday season, replace the stocking candy with something like applesauce packets! While it’s still a delicious snack for the kids to enjoy, you can feel better about this healthier alternative.
Christmas cake pops
Who doesn’t love a good cake pop? These trendy desserts are great for when you’re on-the-go, so your kids can enjoy one in the car on the way to grandma’s house later in the day. You can buy cake pops that are shaped like reindeer, elves or Santa for extra holiday fun.
Worry about one less dinnertime mess this holiday season by gifting your little ones with a brand new sippy cup! Plus, it’s important to replace sippy cups when you start to notice deep scratches or grooves in them, as they tend to harbor bacteria that is bad for baby.
While gingerbread men are a winter classic, cookie cutters of all shapes and sizes are a great way for the kids to create a unique, sweet treat. There are tons of holiday shapes available too, like bows, candy canes, snowflakes and more!
The old tradition of putting an orange (or clementine) in Christmas stockings comes from a story dating back hundreds of years. It’s the legend of Saint Nicholas, and the orange has become a symbol of generosity and caring for others.
Reusable crazy straws
Reusable straws are better for the environment, so why not help your kids make an eco-friendly choice by gifting them a few? Get them a fun curly straw to make staying hydrated fun!
Homemade coupons are a popular gift for significant others, but you can make a coupon book for kids too! They can even be used to teach responsibilities and rewards, such as “one scoop of ice cream for cleaning your bedroom!” This is a simple gift for you to get creative with and make custom for your little one.
Annual ornaments are a great way to start a simple family tradition. Whether it’s baby’s first Christmas or you’re watching the years go by, you can gift an annual ornament to your kids every year. They’ll be able to put the ornament on the tree each year, and you can share your favorite memories from that particular Christmas!
Don’t underestimate this gift! With the magic of a child’s imagination, flashlights can provide tons of fun! Whether they play flashlight tag, build a fort or go hunting for “monsters” in the dark, you’ll be surprised by how entertained a flashlight can keep them.
Kids will be fascinated by the cracking of glow sticks to make them light up bright. Try burying a glow stick under the snow to see what happens! You can buy packs of glow sticks at dollar stores, making these a great, inexpensive gift.
Make bath time a fun time! Foaming soap makes a great bath toy for kids, and they’ll have so much fun getting clean that you won’t have to bribe anyone into the next bath time.
Promote healthy oral habits with a fun electric toothbrush! Some toothbrushes have a timer so young ones know when they’ve brushed enough, and some even play a song! You can also get toothbrushes with their favorite characters, so they’ll be excited every time they go to brush their teeth.
All the fun of the beach in the middle of winter! This magical sand feels like wet sand, and can be molded like clay into shapes and molds. Clean up is also a breeze and doesn’t stick to surfaces like real sand does.
Turn your backyard snow into a work of art! Snow markers are a unique arts and crafts tool that turn boring white snow into a colorful creation. You can also use them to draw on snowmen, making it easy to add a eyes and a nose.
Nobody wants to have a boo-boo, but when there are fun bandages around, it makes it a little better. You can find bandages at your local pharmacy or drugstore that feature popular characters from your kid’s favorite cartoons, movies and TV shows!
This gift will have to wait until the snow clears if you live in some colder areas, but sidewalk chalk is always a fun outdoor toy! Whether it’s drawing a hopscotch board or a family portrait, kids can get creative with their new pack of chalk.
Hang the stockings by the fire, tuck the children into bed and get ready for Santa to arrive with some amazing stocking stuffers for kids that are sure to bring joy on Christmas morning. Don’t forget to leave out the milk and cookies, too!