This post was one that I began back in 2018 and recently updated it this year for more relevant links and stocking stuffer ideas for kids.
Kids are way easier to shop for in my opinion because they love pretty much anything and everything that you get for them. This holiday season though, I am trying something new with how we give gifts but that doesn’t mean that I can’t give them stockings with stuff that I know they will actually use.
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Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Kids
I tend to put small Lego sets in my son’s stocking or fun LEGO brand things like key chains, activity books or stickers. Most kids love LEGO so they are a save bet to add to a stocking.
Headphones are always a great addition to the stocking because kids wear them out year after year. I really like getting some that are made for kids because the volume rate is different and less damaging to their developing ear drums. My son also can’t stand having ear buds in so I go for the over the ear type.
These ones from Kohl’s are our go to for my 9 year old son.
Crayons, markers or colored pencils
We are always replacing these. It’s crazy how quickly we go through markers and colored pencils because they break, dry out or get lost. These are super easy to pick up at Walmart, Target or even BJ’s wholesale but you can grab them on Amazon as well by clicking the photos below.
Stress Balls & Bouncy Balls
Hayden often times struggles with anxiety and we have found him to have these stress balls on hand to help him cope when he is struggling. Avery also loves bouncy balls, especially the light up ones which can be found HERE and HERE.
Water bottles are a great addition to your kid’s stocking because it seems that they are always losing them or misplacing certain parts of them. I tend to avoid the ones that have the straws because cleaning them is difficult. The unicorn one is absolutely perfect for my toddler daughter while the Yeti is ideal for my son. Click the images below to shop them. Both are on Amazon.
Batteries are needed for just about any toy that is out there right now. It is always good to throw some extra in the stocking just in case.
We love going to the movies as a family. I also love going to the movie theater in our area that serves food because who really wants to worry about doing dinner beforehand.
I shared in another post Fun, Easy Holiday Traditions for the Family that we have created a tradition of exchanging ornaments every year at Christmas Time.
So I make sure that the kids get in on the fun as well. I generally get ornaments that match my kid’s interests that year. Last year for my son he got a soccer ball ornament while my daughter got Bubble Guppie Ornaments. They each have a mini tree in their room around the holidays so they love adding their own personal ornaments to their trees.
Passes to a trampoline park
This is one activity that my son absolutely loves! He loves going and jumping around on the trampolines and since I live in Maine the winter time can get extremely cold. A pass or two is a great fun activity to put in your child’s stocking.
Candy is always fun to add to your child’s stocking. I don’t add a lot but I do like to add some fun Christmas themed candy to each of the kid’s stockings.
We are constantly losing the NERF bullets so I always like to grab some to put in my son’s stocking. Plus Aaron enjoys playing with the NERF guns with the kids as well. So adult entertainment as well. You can pick up some like the ones below on Amazon.
Hayden loves having a calendar in his room so this is a fun one that I get him every year for Christmas. Click the image below to get one for your child.
Hat & Gloves
Always nice to have these on hand and my kids love having fun hats and gloves to get them through the cold winter months. You can grab Harry Potter ones HERE and HERE as well as gloves for those cold winter months. For girls grab these cold weather accessories HERE and HERE.
My children love to read and what better way to spark their love of reading then by adding books to their stocking. My son can read through books fairly quickly so I encourage a lot of visits to the library but a great way for your toddler to start learning to love books is by using Vooks. Vooks feature kid safe animated story books. Head to my LINKS and click the Vooks link to get your free trial!
There are also so many books on Amazon that you can grab fro your kids. Another thing that I like to do for Hayden is get him a gift card to a local bookstore that he can go get books for himself.