Inside: 75+ magical stocking stuffers for kids (of all ages). We’ve also listed stocking stuffer ideas for toddlers, stocking stuffer ideas for elementary-age children, and even sweet ideas for teens/tween! Let’s get to it!
Isn’t there something just so magical about stocking stuffers?
It’s like your first sweet taste of Christmas morning. Hung by the fireplace with care.
When filling your stockings, instead of throwing in whatever you can find at Target in a last-minute Christmas Eve dash, why not fill them with gifts your kids will actually love and use!
Stocking stuffers are small gifts but that doesn’t mean they have to end up in the trash 24 hours after opening.
Stocking stuffers can be difficult to fill because a Christmas stocking intends to give multiple small gifts to someone. And it can certainly be challenging to find gifts that aren’t junk!
Well, you’re in luck because this guide will help you find and buy the best stocking stuffers for any child of any age.
So, take a break from the marathon of Christmas present wrapping, and your kids can take a break from the ripping and flying of wrapping paper on Christmas morning, and savor and cherish your sweet stockings.
This gigantic gift guide is broken up into 4 parts:
- timeless stocking stuffers for kids of any age
- best toddler stocking stuffers
- best elementary-age stocking stuffers
- and finally, the best stocking stuffers for teenagers.
There is a lot jam-packed in here, so let’s get to it!
Note: Knowing who you are shopping for and their age will help you find the best stocking stuffers. Make sure to buy useful and cherished items that are age-appropriate that your kids will love on Christmas morning.
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Table of Contents
- Timeless Stocking Stuffers for Kids of Any Age
- Stocking Stuffers for Young Children
- Stocking Stuffers for Elementary Kids
- Stocking Stuffers for Teenagers
- Assembling the Stocking
- Fun Things to Do With Stocking Stuffers
- Final Thoughts
Timeless Stocking Stuffers for Kids of Any Age
Swirl your way to healthier teeth and gums.
These sleek toothbrushes will make brushing fun. So stop fighting your kids every day with this essential task. Because let’s be honest, no one wants to visit the dentist more than they have to!
This is my #1 stocking stuff idea for kids of any age, and for adults too. This year everyone is getting an electric toothbrush in their stockings.
Just the thought of warm, lazy summer days will have your kids smiling.
But swim goggles aren’t just for summer you can use them all year long at swimming lessons, too.
Perfect for kids of all ages!
Love the sound of sweet, sweet music.
Okay, well maybe the sound isn’t always so sweet. But what a great gift idea, none the less.
This is the perfect harmonica for beginners.
I personally put a winter hat in my son’s stocking every year. I’m obsessed with toques and just can’t resist buying new cute ones.
This year I’m loving this one from LL Bean. And you can’t go wrong with anything from L.L. Bean. #obsessed.
I’m sorry, my son is late for school again, there is a bump in his sock.
Have you ever had to say this? I have.
Well, never say this again, with these magical seamless socks perfect for kids who hate the feeling of seams or bumps.
Bombas socks are perfect for EVERY member of your family, from toddlers to grandparents. Your feet will thank you.
And for every pair you buy, they donate a pair to a kid in need. Bonus.
Your kids will love feeling all grown up with a cute and trendy wallet.
A great place for kiddos to stash their cash. Give them no excuses to lose their lunch money ever again.
These wallets have zipper and Velcro closures making them even toddler friendly.
Minnetonka Charley Bootie (Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid)
Keep your kid’s feet happy and in style!
I can’t seem to walk by a pair of leather moccasins without stopping to admire them. They are so beautiful and practical.
Perfect for kids of any age.
The iconic Rubix Cube is a must-have for every kid.
Can your little Einstein solve the cube?
The 2×2 robix cube is wonderful for stockings.
The Original Slinky
The original slinky is another have to have.
This is the real deal toy of steel. Slinky has captivated kids (and adults) all over the world for decades.
The is perfect for stocking stuffers.
EOS Lip Balm
Grab all 6 flavors of this incredibly delicious natural shea lip balm and stuff one in everyone’s stocking.
Winter is coming and so are chapped lips, let’s get ready!
Days of the Week Mask from Uncommon Goods
Start your kiddo off with “Meow Mondays,” and before you know it, they’ll be racing to get dressed each morning to show off that day’s print. With “Woof Woof Wednesdays” and “Fishy Fridays,” who could resist? Back-to-school outfits just got way less boring—and way safer.
Stocking Stuffer top pick! Snag it right here!
Big Life Journal
The Big Life Journal is one of my favorite resources for kids. They have growth mindset journals for young kids, as well as teenagers.
Slip one of these into your kiddo’s stocking and they will be feeling more confident and positive about life in no time!
Stocking Stuffers for Young Children
One thing toddlers absolutely love to do is to take things out of something until it is empty, whether it is their toybox, a purse, or a drawer.
Stockings are a great way to involve toddlers on Christmas morning.
Toddlers, however, can probably be the most difficult to find stocking stuffers for, primarily because of the size of the gifts that go inside the stocking.
Here are some great stocking stuffers that won’t be a choking hazard to toddlers.
Play is significant for toddlers. There are tons of toys available to help toddlers play that will keep them engaged. Some great stocking stuffers for playtime are:
- Finger puppets are fantastic for story and playtime
- Toy cars are small enough for the stocking and are fun to play with and race
- Teething toys are excellent for toddlers, they will help soothe their pain and keep them entertained
- Wubba Nub – Fall in love with their award winning WubbaNub Pacifier, the original part plush, part pacifier.
- Angel Dear Lovey – the perfect little security blankie and tag along for your child.
- Sesame Street Toddler Beginner Books and Stories – Children laugh along with Elmo as they explore a world of surprises.
From the makers,
With Fingerlings, fun is always close at hand. Literally! These miniature baby monkeys cling to your fingers and go where you go. They’re full of hugs, love, and mischief—all they need is your care and attention. They react to sound, motion, and touch, make fun little monkey noises, and move in ways that will make you squeal with delight. Friendship really is at your fingertips!
I bet your toddler is always asking for a pet right?
Well here’s the next best thing. When you first unwrap this surprise, it will look like a delicious smelly pastry. But just wait! There’s more. Simply take it out flip it inside out and watch your pastry turn into a sweet bear.
And the super fun part, you can collect them! Each bear has its own unique name and personality. Collect all 12. These are my favourite for this year.
Play and imitation
Toddlers learn through play and imitation. There are also so many great stocking stuffers for them to pretend to be just like you!
Toddlers love bath time. Some great ideas for bath time toy stocking stuffers are:
The Boon Building Bath Pipes Toy Set
From the makers,
Sorry about the plumbers crack. And you never thought leaky pipes could be fun. But our version makes bath time a scooping and pouring extravaganza.
The Boon Building Bath Pipes come in five shapes that can be used individually or put together to make a chain. They suction to the wall so the water goes back in the tub, not on the floor. Real plumbers, take note.
- Travel bib from Bibs2 go, Crocodile Creek
- Munchkin Snack Catcher – I used this every day when my son was young! Heck, I’d still use it.
Stocking Stuffers for Elementary Kids
School-aged children can be much simpler to buy stocking stuffers for.
Most gifts aren’t very hazardous to older kids, however finding things that are small, useful, and fun can be challenging. Options for kids open up so much because you can get small toys, school supplies, refills for toys they already have, and so much more!
Another challenge for finding the right stocking stuffers for children can be finding small things to fit in with their interests. Many parents also start stuffing stockings with self-care products for children, such as soaps (I love the honest company), toothbrushes, and toothpaste. You should also add bath bombs to the stocking for extra fun and color during bath time.
There are many timeless stocking stuffers that kids will love, like yo-yos, jump ropes, and Rubik’s cubes. I bet you even remember getting some of these fun items in your stocking when you were a kid. And that’s because these are all A+ stocking stuffers.
- Kwik Stix – Never worry about paint spilt on the table again with this mess-free fun. This is a paint stick and it’s genius.
- Secret message pen – The Ultimate spy pen. The ink is invisible unless you light the cap backlight to see the secret message.
- Travel Spirograph Set – Whether at the park, in the car, or anywhere, your child can create their own art, on the go!
- Fold in fly airplane kit -Paper plane lovers of all ages are in for a treat! Includes 24 fantastic paper airplanes.
- Simon mini – Go mobile with Simon Mini.
- Old Maid and Go Fish Classic Card Games – Hours of fun for kids and adults!
- Crazy Aaron thinking putty – Glow in the dark putty, hypnotic and irresistible. This will be in my son’s stocking this year.
- Fun bandaids – Why not grab these Llama bandaids. Who can resist?
- Laugh Out Loud Jokes for Kids – this is another product that I purchased for the stocking this year. (Over 700,000 sold) The gut-bustingest, knee-slappingest, collection of clean jokes you can find.
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Lots of kids love doing arts and crafts, whether it is for fun or to do them for school. Stuff their stockings with basics, like crayons, colored pencils, markers, and sharpeners. You can also be bold and get your kids Play-Doh! Here are some other great stocking stuffers for crafty kids:
Hatchimals Colleggtibiles Secret Surprise Playset
Kids love to unbox and build their own Hatchtopia scene with the Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Secret Surprise Playset!
Hatch, twist, peel, and reveal multiple layers of the egg to find everything you need to create your own scene.
Kids love playing outside and with each other. You can get a variety of different accessories for playing outside, no matter where you are playing. Kids will love these stocking stuffers.
- Swim goggles are great for stocking stuffers if you have a pool or are planning a vacation near water.
- Kids will love a set of bike wheel lights to brighten up their rides at night
- A stainless steel water bottle will be loved, and you can even put some smaller things inside of it while in the stocking
Technology is all around us and has quickly made its way into kids’ playtime. Many kids play video games and cards for their gaming system are great stocking stuffers. You can go above and beyond for kids who love technology with these stocking stuffers:
- Tamagotchi has recently made a comeback, and are great stocking stuffers
- A small Bluetooth speaker is an excellent stocking stuffer to play music inside and out
- A small stuffed animal or figure from their favorite game would be an excellent addition. Some games kids love to play are Minecraft and Fortnite.
- Flashlight for kids – Kids love flashlights, surprise them with their very own!
This will give a whole new element to backyard fun! And stop losing your voice screaming at your kids to come in for lunch, this fun walkie talkie set, it will be way easier!
Binosulars For Kids
This is the PERFECT gift for little adventurers. I’m obsessed with this binocular set. It includes quality binoculars, a compass, magnifying glass, cloth, neck strap and bag.
Your child will be so excited for their next exploration!
Stocking Stuffers for Teenagers
Gifting for teenagers can be easy and challenging at the same time. (And did we mention expensive). It seems the gifts start to cost more as kids age.
Stocking stuffers for teenagers can include accessories to hobbies, cosmetics, and so much more!
A lot of things that you stuff in a teen’s stocking can mirror some of the toys and trinkets that children get for nostalgia.
You can also focus more on replenishing their toiletries, especially if your family travels. Travel-sized toiletries are great stocking stuffers.
Adolescence is a time when people start finding their identity and playing with their appearance the most. Gift cards to salons are a great way to help your teen guide themselves through their appearance. If they like to take things into their own hands, some great ideas are:
- Make-up is an excellent way for teens to play with their appearance and show everyone who they are. Make-up and accessories such as brushes, mirrors, lights, and cleaning supplies are great.
- Temporary hair color is a fun way for teens to customize their hair color. Different options include hair chalk, colored wax, and colored conditioner.
Teens are also gaining independence and are starting to drive. Some great ideas for stocking stuffers for teens who drive are:
I’m obsessed with this key chain:
The One and Only Speks Magnetic ball
These tiny magnetic balls will keep you entertained for hours.
Made from rare earth magnets, Speks are quite possibly the best stress-relief desk toy around (#humblebrag). take ‘em wherever you like — they’re the perfect size for school, work or on the go.
Recommended for 14+ due to the tiny magnetic balls.
Some other great ideas for stocking stuffers for teens are:
- Cable bites to protect their chargers
- A nice watch, either traditional or a smartwatch if they have a compatible phone
- A fidget cube is excellent for helping maintain focus during classes
- Sneaker balls to keep their shoes and gym bags smelling fresh
- Mini hand sanitizers are great to make sure their hands are always clean
- A set of stainless steel reusable straws is eco-friendly, and they’re great for cold drinks
Assembling the Stocking
The best part of the Christmas stocking is that you don’t have to wrap any of the small things that go inside (Unless you want to).
What can be more challenging than the rubix cube you are putting inside is arranging everything in the stocking, primarily because of the shape.
Try to keep smaller and heavier things at the bottom in the toe and foot part of the stocking. This will help save space, especially if you have a lot to stuff in the stocking.
Once the toe and foot parts are stuffed, you can start building up on the heel and calf part of the stocking. You can put larger items in here, but keep in mind the weight and fragility of some things. Keep heavier items towards the bottom.
It’s okay to overstuff too! Arrange some gifts to stick out and be a little preview of what’s inside.
When stuffing the stocking, keep in mind where the stocking is going to be. If you are hanging the stocking, try not to get so many massive gifts to avoid damaging the stocking or your wall. If the stocking is too heavy, you can lay them nicely in front of the Christmas tree.
Little notes of love for your child’s lunchbox!
Fun Things to Do With Stocking Stuffers
As children get older, sometimes the magic of opening gifts on Christmas morning fades.
Stocking stuffers can help reignite some of the magic of Christmas morning.
The timing of when kids empty stockings can have a significant effect on the gifting experience.
For instance, you could stuff the stocking with things they will need for some of the more significant gifts they’ll receive. You could have batteries, memory cards, gift cards, and paintbrushes inside. In this case, it would make sense to empty the stocking after the main gifts are opened. Plus you can keep the magic going a little longer.
I like to empty the Christmas stockings before unwrapping the main gifts. It’s like a warm-up to build anticipation.
When kids get older, unwrapping Christmas presents can go by within minutes (especially with those bigger ticket items,) and the next thing you know, all that’s left to do is clean up wrapping paper and smush cardboard boxes.
Playing games is a great way to extend the gift unwrapping time, have fun with each other, and enjoy Christmas morning.
Stockings can be a cool way to start many unwrapping games. I love playing games to engage the entire family and connect with the kids.
Some fun games and things to do are:
Rolling Dice Stocking Stuffer For Kids Game
This is great for children and teens. Place the dice at the toe of the stocking, so it is the last thing emptied.
Then, have your child roll the dice to figure out what present they are opening. (you’ve prelabelled the presents so depending on what they roll, this will dictate what they open).
This also works great if you have more than one kid.
A variation of the dice is evens and odds. Label different gifts with an even or odd number. Your kid can choose which gift they open, depending on what they roll.
Every kid (and adult) loves a Scavenger Hunt.
This is great for children and teens who love adventure and puzzles. You have a few options here, you can put actual instructions on where your kids can find certain gifts inside the stocking stuffer, or you can stuff clues in the stocking.
The possibilities are endless.
The magic of Christmas will last long past the gifts and stockings. You have an opportunity to put special trinkets and toys that they can use all throughout the year.
Finding age-appropriate and meaningful gifts by using this guide will help give smiles all year round.
Tina Williamson is the writer and founder of Mindfulmazing, a peaceful parenting blog that guides busy moms and dads to tune into what matters most, and, ultimately, create a happy life! Tina shares strategies and advice for raising responsible, mindful, and resilient kids.
In 2019, Tina created the popular eBook, “Mighty Mindful Kids,” a mindfulness activity book that helps kids with focus, emotional regulation, awareness, and connection. This helped so many families (including her own) that she created several printable resources for parents, teachers, and therapists.
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