If you’re looking for fun, creative, educational, wearable, and affordable stocking stuffers for toddlers and kids, this list will make one thing on your holiday to-do list a lot easier!
Stocking Stuffers for Toddlers
I know that exactly how Christmas stockings are handled in everyone’s houses can vary considerably, but I also know that it’s so fun to fill them with small gifts our kids will love! This list—which I’ve broken up into subcategories including creative, educational, wearable, just for fun and items to use at the tables—will hopefully give you some new ideas to try this year!
Stocking Stuffers for Kids
Use this list as inspiration and for specific ideas, and tailor it to your specific child. Each of our kids has their own unique likes and dislikes, so not everything on this list will work for every kiddo—and that’s perfectly okay! Plus, there’s nothing on this list that’s pricey or expensive, so picking a few will keep you on your holiday budget.
Creative Stocking Stuffers for Toddlers
Fuel those little artistic minds with these creative stocking stuffers. These are small gifts that provide a lot of open ended creation and play.
I love this Eco-Dough for toddlers who may still put most things into their mouths. The colors are beautiful and you can split a pack between two kids if you’d like to.
- COLORED MASKING TAPE
We play with tape more than I ever expected. We use it to make pictures and shapes on construction paper, to play while we’re waiting at restaurants, and we use it while traveling to entertain ourselves. It comes off of any surface easily, so it’s easy to clean up when we’re done! You can also use it to make a raceway on the floor for cars!
- DO-A-DOT MARKERS
These have long been a favorite art supply in our house and I love how easy they are for toddlers to grasp and hold—and how many different ways there are to color with these!
- WATER WOW COLORING BOOKS
These books have saved us on so many occasions that I try to have one on hand whenever we go anywhere. They’re perfect for quiet play in restaurants or in the car and are the ideal size and skill level for toddlers.
- MINI STICKER SET
With endless options for making animal faces, this is a great stocking stuffer that will come in so handy on a snowy day! We love to make scenes with stickers and paper and the tactile fine motor skill involved in getting stickers off the paper onto another one is great for little hands.
- STAMP KIT
I’ve never met a kit who didn’t love to stamp (and be stamped!) and this mini set is a perfect toddler stocking stuffer.
Educational Stocking Stuffers for Kids
Give your kids the chance to learn and explore through their toys with these fun stocking stuffer ideas.
- EGG SHAKER INSTRUMENTS
Ever since we went to Kindermusik, we rave and rave about these Egg Shakers. They’re a perfect size for toddler hands and are so sturdy!
- MAGNIFYING GLASS
A little magnifying glass can turn going anywhere into an adventure. Even if you just go to a different room in the house! And this snake one is particularly sweet as a two year old stocking stuffer.
- MINI PUZZLES
These will be for older kiddos in the bunch, but I will say that my two year old loves taking the pieces out and putting them back in. Which means this is a gift that both she and her older sister love to play with.
- I SPY BOARD BOOKS
My two year old LOVES these books and I love how many different ways there are for us to engage with the pages.
- DUPLO SET
With just a few pieces and a fun design to put together and play with, this Duplo Ladybug Set is a perfect stocking stuffer for kids! Duplo
- MINI WHISK
We love gifting kid-friendly cooking tools like these silicone whisks that are ideal for small hands. (Looking for more cooking tools for kids? Check out this post!)
Wearable Stocking Stuffers for Toddlers
For any of these that are sold in sets, you can totally break the sets up to share among more than one child to make the fun (and your dollars!) stretch even farther.
- ANIMAL TIGHTS
Fun tights make clothes much more fun and it’s one of my favorite simple ways to inspire my toddler to get out of her pjs in the morning. Bonus points for tights that look like animals that are also machine-washable!
- WINTER HAT AND MITTEN SET
Whether your toddler needs a new or backup winter hat and mittens (because let’s face it, they are so easy to lose!), stashing one into the stocking is always a good idea. This buffalo check set comes in a few color ways too.
- 3D ANIMAL SOCKS
Nothing makes getting dressed in the morning more fun than fun socks! (At least, it certainly can’t hurt!)
- PIGGY PAINT
Non-toxic and kid-safe, these bright nail polish are so fun. Plus, they dry really fast, which is a big plus when working with kids.
- TEMPORARY TATER TATS TATTOOS
My kids LOVE these produce temporary tattoos, which are easy to apply and don’t last forever. They’re a super fun way to get little kids into eating their veggies…or at the very least, recognizing them!
- ANIMAL SLIPPERS
We have a hand-me-down pair of these Garnet Hill slippers from my nephew (the dragon ones!) and T has hardly taken them off since. They’re super cozy, soft, and come in so many fun designs.
Just-for-Fun Stocking Stuffers for Toddlers
Little toys and extra-special items (like a new toothbrush and fun Bandaids) are a perfect way to round out a child’s stocking. And actually, many of these would be great stocking stuffers for babies too.
- NO-SPILL BUBBLES
Go for the mini no-spill bubbles and everyone will thank you for the hours of entertainment.
- LIGHT UP BATH TOYS
This simple light up bath toy—which we’ve now had two sets of because we love them so much!—are fun for kids of all ages. Plus, restocking the bath toy assortment is a great way to start the new year.
- SILK SCARVES
We love these for dancing and dress up—they’re lightweight, easy to tie into superhero capes, and so versatile. We’ve even been known to take them on airplane rides for endless games of peekaboo.
- FIREFLY LIGHT UP TOOTHBRUSHES
If you’ve never tried one of these toddler toothbrushes, they are so handy! The light blinks for the duration that they need to brush, which is somehow much more fun than counting or singing a song.
- CHARACTER BANDAIDS
I’m not sure what it is about toddlers and bandaids, but they love them! Pick up a package of their favorite character for happy stocking opening come Christmas.
- GO FISH
There’s a reason that Go Fish is a classic and it’s a fun first card game to play with the whole family.
Kids Stocking Stuffers to Use at the Table
Gifting them a special something to use during mealtimes can make things a little more fun and special—and it’s a great way to ensure that the stocking stuffers get a lot of use in the coming year!
- SQUEASY GEAR POUCH
This reusable silicone pouch is our go-to for smoothies and has been for the past year and a half. We have both sizes and use them depending on the snacking needs and I recommend this for all parents wanting to serve more smoothies and yogurt to their kids in a virtually mess-free way!
For a baby just learning to feed themselves, these chunky utensils are so easy for their little hands to grip. Plus, they’re made of durable silicone, have raised bumps on the back of the spoon to help soothe gums, and are super easy to clean.
- KLEEN KANTEEN WATER BOTTLE
I know that people have their favorite water bottles for kids, but this is mine, hands down. It’s SO incredibly durable and lasts for years, even when dropped repeatedly. It also has a leak resistant lid that you can swap out as needed to extend the life of the bottle.
- DISNEY REUSABLE SNACK BAGS
We love these easy-to-clean snack bags from Bumkins with all of their Disney patterns. They’re perfect for stashing snacks (or mama essentials) into a diaper bag. I like to have a different set for each kid to make it easy to know which snack belongs to which kiddo.
- BRINWARE SILICONE PLACEMATS
To help contain messes and give the kids a little letter or animal practice, these silicone placemats are a great stocking stuffer. Choose from blue/green or pink/purple and know that they’ll last for years.
- EZPZ TINY CUP
With a small scale designed for a baby or toddler, this is a great cup to practice using an open cup. This durable silicone cup is available in four fun colors.
What to put in a toddler’s stocking?
I love to fill a stocking with a few things that I know will delight my kiddo, one or two things they can immediately play with, and maybe a treat or two to round things out. It will of course depend on how big the stocking is too!