101 Stocking Stuffers for Kids

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.

Christmas tree, lights, ornaments, presents, stockings, fireplace, garland, mirror

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.

a red stocking with white cuff, baby yoda, pencil, harmonica

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!

  1. Chocolate Santas
  2. Their favorite snack in mini size, like Goldfish, Cookies, Nuts and Fruit snacks
  3. Their favorite candy, full size or mini
  4. Jolly Rancher Candy canes
  5. Gum or mints
  6. Holiday themed treats
  7. Chocolate Reindeer Poop
  8. Paint brushes
  9. Watercolor sets
  10. Flair Thin Felt Markers
  11. Scented Pencils
  12. Small Notepads
  13. Finger paints
  14. Erasers
  15. Invisible Ink Pens
  16. Beads
  17. Pipe Cleaners
  18. Popsicle Sticks
  19. Purple Glue Sticks
  20. Craft Foam Shapes
  21. Kwik Stix Tempura Painting Sticks
  22. Tattoo Pens
  23. Kinetic Sand
  24. A new ornament for the tree
  25. Novelty games
  26. Candy Filled Candy Cane shapes
  27. Christmas socks
  28. Cheap holiday toys (tops, ball mazes, etc.)
  29. Socks
  30. Sunglasses
  31. Charm Necklace
  32. Lip Smackers Balm
  33. Gloves
  34. Scarf
  35. Hair ties, scrunchies and clips
  36. T-shirt with favorite character
  37. Super Hero Masks
  38. Small Toy cars
  39. Small packs of Legos
  40. Bouncy Balls
  41. Pokemon Cards
  42. Rhino Hero Card Game
  43. Uno
  44. Mini Baby Yoda
  45. Monkey Foam
  46. MagMen Magnets
  47. Rubiks Cube
  48. Japanese Kendama
  49. Fart Whistle
  50. Scalp Massager
  51. Silly drinking straw glasses
  52. 32 Ways to Dress Baby Animals Activity Book
  53. Jumprope
  54. Sidewalk Chalk
  55. Harmonica
  56. Whistles
  57. Bubbles
  58. Balloon Animal Kit
  59. Jelly Bean Boozled Game
  60. Fingerlings
  61. Small Books
  62. Flash cards
  63. Magazine subscription (We love National Geographic Kids!)
  64. Calculator
  65. Trivia games (Like BrainQuest)
  66. Wendy’s Frosty’s gift certificates (supports the Dave Thomas Adoption Foundation)
  67. Stickers
  68. Tattoos
  69. Cash/Coins
  70. Movie Tickets
  71. Video games
  72. Wallet
  73. Silly Bandz
  74. Mini Speakers
  75. Playdough (get a recipe to make your own here)
  76. Silly Putty
  77. Silly String
  78. Rubber duckies
  79. Mini stuffed animals
  80. “Just add water” growing capsules
  81. Nail polish
  82. Coupon book with dates with mom, etc.
  83. Small Flashlight
  84. Domino
  85. Multi-colored pens
  86. Band-aids
  87. Mini plastic animals
  88. Post-it notes
  89. Washi tape
  90. Finger Puppet Playset
  91. Brush or comb
  92. Magic tricks
  93. Earbuds
  94. Crazy socks
  95. Hand squirrel
  96. Slap bracelets
  97. Collections (rocks, coins, etc)
  98. Character toothbrush
  99. Yummy smelling soap/body wash
  100. Lotion
  101. Character Underwear (little kids love this!)

pics of toys stocking stuffer ideas for kids

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:

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!

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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    1. Bandaids are always fun! I haven’t had a chocolate orange in ages, but I remember loving them. Going to have to look for them!

  1. I am loving your miniature nesting hen with eggs – needle felted wool chicken with nest and eggs – made to order tonight , actually I like all the items so sweet ! but tonight I am thinking and missing a special friend who would just love this !