Learn my best tips for collecting stocking stuffers for kids and fill your kids’ stockings with fun, unique and budget friendly items. There are over 100 kids stocking fillers on this list – small gifts and treasures that will be just as memorable and meaningful as the big stuff.
Stocking stuffer ideas for kids
Are you tired of spending money on junk just to fill up your kids’ stocking? I have become an expert stocking filler over the last 20 years and I’m here to share my greatest tips, tricks and go-to gifts!
I’m talking practical, useful and meaningful items that they won’t just be used once and buried in the sock drawer.
Finding the perfect stocking stuffers for kids can be challenging. I mean let’s face it – some people don’t fill stockings because it’s hard to come up with a bunch more ideas and money for little gifts when the big ones are already under the tree.
And then there’s the issue with making everything fit in that little furry sock.
What traditionally goes in a stocking?
A Christmas stocking is an empty sock that’s hung on your fireplace mantel, wall or door that is left out in anticipation of Santa’s arrival. When Santa Claus arrives on Christmas Eve, he fills it with small toys, candy, fruits, coins, or other small gifts.
Filling stockings for my kids is arguably one of my favorite parts of Christmas. I love coming up with ideas for kids stocking fillers that I know they will love and that fit their personalities, choosing their special ornament for the tree each year, and picking out some of their favorite treats to include. The joy on their faces when pulling out those little treats and trinkets is better than seeing what Santa left under the tree.
Tips for Choosing the Best Stocking Stuffers for kids
- Budget. You don’t want to break the bank on stocking stuffers so setting a budget will help keep you on track. Use our free printable Christmas Planner to get started.
- Make a list. I know this was a big tip in my 2020 Holiday Gift Guide, but it’s not any less true now.
- Pay attention. What’s that? Listen to your kids! Anything they mention could be something you can jot down as a stocking stuffer idea. Just things that kids talk about in passing can be super meaningful when it comes to stuffing that sock.
- Collect things year round. One of my simple pleasures is getting a quarterly subscription box from Fab Fit Fun. It’s got all kinds of goodies for hair and makeup, clothes and other goodies as well as opportunities to score product at 70% off several times a year. What I can’t use goes into the Christmas box. Same for makeup samples I get when buying my beauty supplies. These work really well for my older girls. Keep your eyes peeled for little things you see at the store, and things your kids are playing with at the checkout aisle.
- Check the dollar bins. Lots of big box stores like Target, Walmart and even Michaels have budget aisles. The Dollar Tree is a great place to look, too.
- Throw in some candy as filler. Everyone loves candy. My grandma always used to put an orange in our stockings for tradition. For us it’s chocolate santas.
- Whatever doesn’t fit in their stocking can be saved as small prizes to use throughout the year for good behavior, grades, etc.
- Add sample or mini sizes of things like body wash and soap, things they actually need. Kids love cute little mini versions of their favorite things.
- Don’t wait until midnight Christmas Eve to see if it all fits! Do a dry run a week or a few days before.
101 Kids Stocking Fillers
I’ve pulled together this amazing list based on items that have been a hit in my kids’ stockings over the years, and things I wish I’d thought of. There are a lot of links to specific items, and also just a bunch of ideas that you can find at just about any big box store. Have fun shopping!
- Chocolate Santas
- Their favorite snack in mini size, like Goldfish, Cookies, Nuts and Fruit snacks
- Their favorite candy, full size or mini
- Jolly Rancher Candy canes
- Gum or mints
- Holiday themed treats
- Chocolate Reindeer Poop
- Paint brushes
- Watercolor sets
- Flair Thin Felt Markers
- Scented Pencils
- Small Notepads
- Finger paints
- Invisible Ink Pens
- Pipe Cleaners
- Popsicle Sticks
- Purple Glue Sticks
- Craft Foam Shapes
- Kwik Stix Tempura Painting Sticks
- Tattoo Pens
- Kinetic Sand
- A new ornament for the tree
- Novelty games
- Candy Filled Candy Cane shapes
- Christmas socks
- Cheap holiday toys (tops, ball mazes, etc.)
- Charm Necklace
- Lip Smackers Balm
- Hair ties, scrunchies and clips
- T-shirt with favorite character
- Super Hero Masks
- Small Toy cars
- Small packs of Legos
- Bouncy Balls
- Pokemon Cards
- Rhino Hero Card Game
- Mini Baby Yoda
- Monkey Foam
- MagMen Magnets
- Rubiks Cube
- Japanese Kendama
- Fart Whistle
- Scalp Massager
- Silly drinking straw glasses
- 32 Ways to Dress Baby Animals Activity Book
- Sidewalk Chalk
- Balloon Animal Kit
- Jelly Bean Boozled Game
- Small Books
- Flash cards
- Magazine subscription (We love National Geographic Kids!)
- Trivia games (Like BrainQuest)
- Wendy’s Frosty’s gift certificates (supports the Dave Thomas Adoption Foundation)
- Movie Tickets
- Video games
- Silly Bandz
- Mini Speakers
- Playdough (get a recipe to make your own here)
- Silly Putty
- Silly String
- Rubber duckies
- Mini stuffed animals
- “Just add water” growing capsules
- Nail polish
- Coupon book with dates with mom, etc.
- Small Flashlight
- Multi-colored pens
- Mini plastic animals
- Post-it notes
- Washi tape
- Finger Puppet Playset
- Brush or comb
- Magic tricks
- Crazy socks
- Hand squirrel
- Slap bracelets
- Collections (rocks, coins, etc)
- Character toothbrush
- Yummy smelling soap/body wash
- Character Underwear (little kids love this!)
Gift cards to their favorite store, fast food or ice cream always make a great gift, no matter their age.
Got Teens? Check out our ultimate Stocking Stuffer Guide for Teens and Tweens!
We’ve also got tons of free printables for Christmas:
- Free Printable Christmas Gift Tags with Watercolors
- Chalkboard & Plaid Christmas Gift Tags
- Free Printable Rustic and Plaid Gift Tags
Check one more thing off your list with these simple and easy Stocking Stuffer Ideas for kids! So many kids stocking fillers to choose from! Do you have any ideas you’d add to the list? Leave me a comment below!