34 Stocking Stuffers for Kids That You Probably Haven't Thought of Already

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We’ll be honest—stocking stuffers aren’t exactly Santa’s strong suit. After spending weeks scouring the web for the best gifts for kids and then staying up until an ungodly hour wrapping said gifts, we usually make a late-night mad dash to the drug store for something—anything— to put into the kids’ stockings (sorry about those chewable vitamins from last year, guys). But this year, our children deserve—nay, need—some fun playthings in their festive socks that have been hung by the chimney with care.

What Are Good Stocking Stuffers for Kids?

The best gifts for kids of every age can span any dollar amount, from dollar store gumballs to an elaborate Lego set they’ll probably never get around to building. But when it comes to stocking stuffers, there are a few things that make them “good.” First, they should be small enough to literally be stuffed in a stocking. They should be relatively affordable: most stocking stuffers will be under $50, and the majority under even $20. But most important, good stocking stuffers will be things the kids will actually use versus a cutesy toy or novelty item they’ll delight in seeing then never touch again until it ends up in the Goodwill bin a year from now. They’ll fit with the child’s likes and interests, be age appropriate, and bring a smile to their faces when they furiously rip open the wrapping or dig to the bottom of the stocking and unearth it.

So without further ado, here are the 34 best stocking stuffers for kids.

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1. Skip Hop Explore and More Roll Around Baby Rattle Toy (Ages 3 Months+)

Best for a Baby's First Christmas

Why We Love It: 

  • Doubles as a teething toy
  • Great for sensory play

Your babe may not technically need a stocking stuffer, but it’s their first holiday season and how can you resist this adorable little hedgehog rattle? Easy to grab, this one also doubles as a teething toy, making it a good investment for the future. It’s also a cinch to clean—simply wipe clean with a damp cloth.

2. Honeysticks Pure Beeswax Crayons (ages 1+)

Best for Scribblers

Why We Love It:

  • No harm if they happen to chew on it
  • Chunky so they won’t break

These nontoxic crayons are chunky enough so that they won’t break apart in little hands, non-toxic (you know, in case little Jimmy decides to have a taste) and have the added bonus of having a pleasant beeswax scent.

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3. Tomy Toomies Hide & Squeak Eggs (ages 1+)

Best for Learning Colors

Why We Love It:

  • Educational and fun
  • Easy to transport

It can be hard getting tiny tots a gift that they’ll actually enjoy more than the box itself. But this fun plaything does double duty as fun packaging (the bright yellow carton) plus an interactive toy (the chirping chicks). It also helps kids learn color and shape recognition by sorting the hatching eggs in their own special base in the carton.

4. Blume Petal Pet (ages 3+)

Best for Your Kid with a Huge Imagination

Why We Love It:

  • Wear, play, and collect
  • Super adorable

Instead of getting your kid a piece of jewelry, a toy and an activity in their stocking, gift them this Blume Petal Pet duo that does all three! Each colorful flower magically blooms to reveal a Petal Pet and a collectible charm bracelet (which can be turned into a leash for your pet) inside. With 12 petal pets and 12 charms to discover, your kid can collect ‘em all.

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5. Crayola Twistables Crayons Coloring Set (ages 3+)

Best for Avid Doodlers

Why We Love It:

  • A wide variety of colors
  • Twisting design prevents the need to peel

Got an artsy kid on your hands? This 50-piece crayon set is a no-brainer. It features so many bold colors for hours of doodling, and the crayons are twistable and compact, so they don't ever have to worry about sharpening them.

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6. Snapstyle Printable Mask (ages 3+)

Best for a Kid Who Doesn't Like Wearing Masks

Why We Love It:

  • Makes masking fun
  • Kids can show their personality

Struggling to get your kid to keep their mask on? Well, they might be more likely to don their face covering if it’s one that they designed themselves. This high-tech kit allows children to create a customized disposable face mask with the touch of a button. Simply snap or pull a picture on your phone and use the app to adjust and preview the mask. Then print the design out on an inkjet printer and use the heat-activated adhesive to attach it to the mask—no sewing required. All materials needed (except for the printer) are included in the kit.

7. Godiva Chocolatier Limited-edition Holiday Truffle Assorted Chocolate Gift (ages 3+)

Best for Any Kid

Why We Love It:

  • Chocolates. Nuff said
  • Something different from the usual treat

Everyone knows that the best gift is the one that you can eat. But it is a special occasion after all, so splurge on one of these fancy truffle boxes instead of the usual Hershey’s bar. Just make sure to pick one up for yourself, too, since there’s no way your kid will want to share theirs.

8. Floof Modeling Clay (ages 3+)

Best for Snow Lovers

Why We Love It:

  • Great cold weather activity for indoors
  • Non-toxic

No white Christmas this year? Don't worry. They'll be just as content building a snowman out of this foam putty (kids love anything that’s ooey and gooey, after all). And the best part? You won't have to go outside in the cold to get into the holiday spirit.

9. Sky Organics Kids Bath Bombs Gift Set (ages 3+)

Best for a Kid Who Dreads Bath Time

Why We Love It:

  • Makes bath time fun
  • Toy revealed when they dissolve

These bath bombs will make any child excited to get clean. They dye the water, but not the tub, and the scents aren’t too cloying for grown-up noses. And yes, the toy inside is very exciting every time—kind of like fancy Cracker Jacks (but all cleanliness and no corn syrup–coated yumminess).

10. Vtech Kidizoom Smartwatch (ages 4+)

Best for a Kid Who's Always Asking to Play on Your Apple Watch

Why We Love It:

  • Includes two languages
  • Disguises learning as fun

OK, so this isn’t the most budget-friendly stocking stuffer. But it sure is a lot cheaper to give your kid one of these instead of letting her play with your own Apple Watch (it’s not entirely crack-proof, after all). This high-tech pick lets kids take pictures and videos, play games and tell time. Genius.

11. Slinky (ages 5+)

Best for a Kid Who Loves Tearing Things Apart

Why We Love It:

  • A classic, throwback toy
  • Keeps kids busy for hours

For a totally retro gift that will keep kids entertained indoors (because you don’t want them dragging all that snow back inside before dinner), you can’t go wrong with a classic. Hey, everyone loves a Slinky.

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12. Alexa Leigh Kids Rosegold Butterfly Bracelet (ages 5+)

Best for a Little Fashionista

Why We Love It:

  • Their very own special piece of jewelry
  • Great for both special occasions and everyday wear

If your little one is drawn to anything that sparkles (we don't blame them), they'll be delighted by this 14K gold-filled ball bracelet that's strung on an elastic string. Measuring 5.5 inches, it should fit even the smallest wrists. Plus, if you're looking for even more memorable gift ideas, Les Mini is a one-stop-shop for pint-sized sleepwear, Stoney Clover pouches and everything in-between.

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13. Britebrush Gamebrush (ages 5+)

Best for a Kid Who Could Use Some Motivation to Brush Their Teeth

Why We Love It:

  • Promotes good dental hygiene
  • Kids will get excited to brush the full two minutes

OK, so we promised no boring gifts in your kid’s stocking this year, but this interactive toothbrush is actually really fun, promise. How so? The BriteBrush features seven games (including arcade, space attack, dance star and race car rally) and your child can unlock new levels as they brush. Meanwhile, parents will love the Parent Check Light to make sure that those little rascals have actually brushed their teeth properly.

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14. Kanoodle (ages 7+)

Best for Brainiacs

Why We Love It:

  • Promotes critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Fun and educational

Here’s a game that will keep your kid occupied while you make a special Christmas morning breakfast (or while waiting for her turn to unwrap her next gift). There are hundreds of different ways to play this brain-busting puzzle—all of which can be played solo. No wonder it boasts over 4,800 five-star reviews.

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15. Vsco Stickers (ages 7+)

Best for Sticker Collectors

Why We Love It:

  • Older kids will love it, too
  • Encourages personal expression

With 70 colorful stickers to choose from, your kid could spend the entire day adding these to their bedroom, water bottle, computer and more, and still have stickers leftover. But don’t worry, parents—these guys can easily be removed, without leaving any icky residue behind.

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16. Uno Emoji Card Game (ages 7+)

Best for Game Lovers

Why We Love It:

  • A modern twist on an old classic
  • Can be played with just two people

Chances are that you remember this one from your own childhood, but here’s a quick recap in case you’ve forgotten the rules: The goal here is the usual race to empty one's hand but game-changing action cards (like skip, reverse and color-changing wild cards) can either help or hinder a person’s strategy. But this oldie but goodie has been given a fun upgrade thanks to popular emojis including—you guessed it—the poop emoji (so yeah, your kid will love it).

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17. Alex Craft Rock Pets (ages 8+)

Best for Little Artists

Why We Love It:

  • Fun, screen-free activity
  • Collect them all to create and display

When you’ve exhausted all other craft ideas, this sweet gift will get your kid’s creative juices flowing once again. Available in different animals (a frog, butterfly, fox, owl and turtle), this set comes with a paintbrush and six different colors. Bring on the rainy days, you’ve got this.

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18. Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty (ages 8+)

Best for Any Kid Obsessed with Gooey and Slimy Things

Why We Love It:

  • Simple, soothing fun
  • Good sensory activity for kids

Sure, your kid loves the latest high-tech gadget or super realistic video game, but trust us on this one—ooey, gooey putty never gets old. Especially this non-toxic version that won’t dry out and comes in multiple fun colors including this very cool star dust shade.

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19. Blisslights Sky Lite 2.0 Led Laser Star Projector (ages 10+)

Best for Kids Who Loves Anything That Glows in the Dark

Why We Love It:

  • A much cooler night light
  • Helps kids who have trouble sleeping

If your kid still loves the glow-in-the-dark stars on their ceiling, they'll go crazy for this laser projector. It was designed to transmit a colorful, galaxy-like visual experience to any space. Plus, it's controlled through an app, so it's incredibly easy to use.

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20. Heytech Magic Flying Butterflies (ages 10+)

Best for Pranksters

Why We Love It:

  • A gift that keeps on giving
  • It’ll induce a fit of giggles

For the prankster in the family, crank up one of these colorful butterflies (they work with a simple rubber band mechanism), place it in a holiday card and watch your kid squeal with delight when they open it up and get a flying surprise. Maybe just ask that they don’t try to pull the same prank with Grandma.

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21. 5-in-1 Mini Magnetic Travel Size Board Games (ages 13+)

Best for Game Board Collectors

Why We Love It:

  • Multiple game options to play
  • Everything stores away neatly in a compact case

This deceptively simple board game folds to a compact 8.7 by 5.1 inches, so it's great to take on car trips or in a backpack. And the rules of moving the pieces around the board before your opponent can is a great exercise in strategy and steely patience.

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22. Vont Starry Fairy String Lights (ages 12+)

Best for Tweens

Why We Love It:

  • Perfect for basement forts
  • Easy for kids to set up themselves

Has your kid been asking to hang Christmas lights in their bedroom? If you're on the fence about it, consider these 66-feet fairy string lights. They're durable and flexible, so they won't have a hard time getting them to hang the way they want, plus they're not supposed to leave hot spots on the wall (um, score).

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23. Apple Airpods Pro (ages 12+)

Best for Any Tech-Savvy Kid with a Phone/iPad/Tablet

Why We Love It:

  • Pairs perfectly with an iPhone or iPad
  • They’ll be thanking you for months

Want to win the coolest parent of the year award? Slip a pair of these into your teen’s stocking and they won’t even care what else is under the tree. (Psst: This one’s really a gift for you, too—now they can practice their latest TikTok dance without disrupting the entire house.)

24. Simari Touch Screen Winter Gloves (ages 15+)

Best for Tweens That Won't Keep Their Gloves On

Why We Love It:

  • Kids can text without risking frostbite
  • Super warm

The weather outside is frightful, but that doesn’t mean that your teen won’t spend an hour in the freezing cold scrolling through the ‘gram. These high-tech gloves will keep them warm while letting them stay up to date with what their friends are up to this holiday season.

Kids Stocking Stuffers - A Fisher Price mini pretend office set. It includes things like a plastic computer, memo notes, coffee cup, and more.

25. Fisher-Price Work From Home Office Playset (ages 3+)

Best For the Kid Who Loves to Mimic

Why We Love It:

  • Novelty fun
  • Kids can play grown-up

If your kid loves to mimic you while you work away at the computer from home, this playset will be a hoot for both you and them. It comes complete with a wooden play laptop, four fabric apps to attach to the computer screen, a pretend smartphone, headset, and even a to-go cop for their fav bevvy (grande latte with oat milk for Karen?) It’s pure fun that will make for some seriously hilarious Insta-worthy pics.

Kids Stocking Stuffers - A photograph of a green Cocomelon learning laptop. It features lot of bright colored accents.

26. Cocomelon Learning Laptop (ages 3+)

Best For The Kid Who Loves Cocomelon

Why We Love It:

  • Comes with everything you need
  • Beloved by any Cocomelon fan

To say Cocomelon is huge would be a massive understatement. Any kid under 3 probably knows what Cocomelon is or, once they’re introduced to the videos, will be completely hooked. This laptop is a great way to watch them squeal with delight while also learning a thing or two thanks to the lights, sounds, and music about letters, numbers, shapes, animals, and more. It even comes with the required batteries so you won’t have to dash out to the corner store to get it going.

Kids Stocking Stuffers - A the packaging for the Wicked Big Football which features two people playing a game of flag football. The packaging is red and black just like the football.

27. Wicked Big Sports Football (ages 14+)

Best for the Sports Fan

Why We Love It:

  • Something the whole family can enjoy
  • Promotes outdoor play and physical activity

Older kids who are heavily into sports will love this football. Toss it around for a post-Thanksgiving dinner family game or some pre-Super Bowl-inspired outdoor fun. It even comes with a pump and pump needle to keep the ball fully inflated and ready for some serious tackles and touchdowns. 

Kids Stocking Stuffers - A flat lay of 12 different types of scratch and sniff bookmarks. Each features a different fruit and a punny saying that matches the fruit. They are all very colorful.

28. Scratch and Sniff Scented Bookmarks

Best for the Bookworm

Why We Love It:

  • Encourages a love of reading
  • Inspirational sayings are daily pick-me-ups

Is your kid often found in a corner, head firmly in a book? Maybe they’re sneaking in extra late-night reading when you think they’re fast asleep in bed. Bookworms will love these scratch and sniff scented bookmarks they can smell and enjoy as they read. Let’s face it, though. Not every kid loves to read. But even those who loathe it will revel in cracking open a new chapter when they have these sweet-smelling bookmarks to entertain them between pages. The inspirational sayings on each are pretty awesome, too.

Kids Stocking Stuffers - A red and black Mickey Mouse pajama set. It includes a log sleeve shirt and long pants. The pants are red and black plaid and the shirt is red with a mickey emblem that uses the same plaid as the pants.

29. Mickey Mouse Holiday Plaid Sleep Set for Kids (ages 2+)

Best for the Disney Fan

Why We Love It:

  • Get matching ones in adult sizes for you, too
  • Unisex and multiple sizes available

Sure, it’s labeled as “holiday pajamas,” but plaid is in fashion any time of the year, and these plush, warm jammies will quickly become their favorite, go-to set. It’s long sleeve for the winter with flannel pants that are perfect for wearing around the house on lazy Sundays, too, when they just don’t feel like getting dressed (we’re not going anywhere anyway, mom!) You might just be tempted to get matching sets for everyone in the family. 

Kids Stocking Stuffers - A blue mug featuring Stitch's face on the side is pictured in the upright version. On the bottom right of the screen, there is visual of the bottom of the mug which features Stitch with his mouth open.

30. Stitch Mug

Best for the Lilo & Stitch Fan

Why We Love It:

  • Features a current “in” character
  • Cute surprise print on the bottom

Lilo & Stitch are so hot right now, and kids who are into the characters will absolutely adore this mug. Whether it’s being used for hot cocoa (don’t forget the marshmallows) or microwave mug cake (yes, it’s both microwave- and dishwasher-safe), they’ll love having their very own mug to use versus your adult-y ones. Kids will get a kick out of Lilo’s open mouth design on the bottom.

Kids Stocking Stuffers - A young person with very long hair is shown with streaks of green, blue, purple, and red in their hair. Next to the person's hair, there are six different combs featuring different colored chalk.

31. Hair Chalk (ages 4+)

Best for Expressive Kids

Why We Love It:

  • Non-allergenic and water soluble
  • Won’t stain hands or pillowcases once dry

If your kid has been pleading with you to take them to the salon to dye their hair purple, a decision you know they will quickly regret once their bestie deems purple “so last week,” you can compromise with this temporary, completely washable hair color dye. With six color options in a set (and multiple sets to choose from), kids with blonde or lighter colored hair can easily go from purple to blue, green to red, from one day to the next. It’ll come in handy during the holidays, too, for a festive twist. 

Kids Stocking Stuffers - A pink piggy bank with gold spots on it sits on a white shelf in front of a beige wall.

32. Pearhead Large Ceramic Polka Dot Piggy Bank (all ages)

Best for Kids Saving Up for Something Big

Why We Love It:

  • Teaches responsibility
  • Cute design

She might be saving up for that big Lego set, a cool video game, or that princess doll she’s been wanting for ages because all the girls in school have one. Whatever the case, this adorable piggy bank will teach them the value of a dollar and how hard work and saving can pay off. Don’t forget to pop a quarter or two in there to get them started. Help them earn more with chores, completing homework, and, of course, scouring the couch cushions for dad’s loose change.

Kids Stocking Stuffers - A woman and a very young infant play with a multi color sensory toy from Baby Einstein.

33. Baby Einstein Curiosity Clutch Sensory Toy (ages 3-36 months)

Best for New Babies

Why We Love It:

  • Lots of activities in one
  • Stimulating colors, shapes, and sounds

It’s so simple yet will mesmerize a newborn for hours as they grasp, pop, twist, press, and interact with it any way they can. The oodles of colors, cool shapes, and various sounds will have them squealing with delight as they figure out how to use those funny little grabber thing-a-ma-jigs on their hands.

Kids Stocking Stuffers - A very colorful Leap Frog book that features buttons and interactive features to help children learn more words.

34. LeapFrog Learning Friends 100 Words Book (18 months – 3 years)

Best for Expanding Vocabulary

Why We Love It:

  • Includes two languages
  • Disguises learning as fun

Once kids start to talk, they don’t stop. Like, ever. But watching them learn is a wondrous experience, and books like this one will help them develop language using fun facts, words, and even sounds (it comes with the required two AA batteries—phew!) Tap a picture to learn about colors, science, animals, and more. It even includes Spanish should you want your child prodigy in the making to be bilingual.