30 Best Stocking Stuffers for Kids to Celebrate Christmas

Sure, you can toss in candy canes and call it a day. But with these unique stocking stuffer ideas, Christmas morning will be even merrier.
ByChristina Vercelletto
October 26, 2017
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The toys under the tree may garner all the glory, but sometimes it’s the stuff in the stockings that makes Christmas mornings especially joyous. We think you’ll agree after you check out our roundup of stocking stuffers for kids of all ages. Whether you’re shopping for baby’s first Christmas stocking or stocking stuffers for toddlers, we’ve got trinkets, treasures and treats that make great stocking stuffers for babies, preschoolers and beyond.

Best Stocking Stuffers for Babies

Sure, baby may not remember what was in their first Christmas stocking—but that doesn’t mean you can’t go all out. These sweet stocking stuffer ideas for little ones will make the holiday extra-special and are bound to be used year-round.

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Lamaze Freddie the Firefly

This is a must on any list of best baby stocking stuffer ideas. The plush firefly sports textured fabrics, crinkly wings, a mirror and a teether. Plus it clips easily to a car seat or stroller, and is small enough to slip into a stocking. This is sure to be baby’s new BFF.

Buy it: $15,

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Chewable Charm Hayes Silicone and Wood Teether

Teething toys make for the best baby stocking stuffers. They’re small and they pack a ton of entertainment value. These maple wooden rings with food-grade silicone beads are great for encouraging fine motor skills and soothing sore gums.

Buy it: $25,

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Doddle & Co. The Pop

Is there any truth to the five-second rule? With this ingenious pacifier, it doesn’t matter. Not only is it stylish, it’s engineered so that, when baby drops it, the nipple retracts into its casing and never touches the dirty floor.

Buy it: $19 for two,

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Finn + Emma All-in-One Macrame Toy

A new (and totally on-trend) twist on baby stocking stuffer ideas! These organic cotton macrame playthings are hand-knotted by artisans in Indian and feature knotted textures and smooth wooden boods, perfect for tactile exploration. Clip it onto baby’s stroller, high chair, car seat or play gym for a guaranteed good time.

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Buy it: $16,

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Emmerson and Friends Bun Headband Bundle

Looking for stylish new stocking stuffers for babies? Go with these chic bun headbands—perfect for adding some festive flair to baby’s outfit of the day.

Buy it: $36 for three,

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Fisher-Price Coffee Cup Teether

Few baby stocking stuffer ideas are as funny as this one! This teether is shaped like a coffee cup and rattles too. The carry strap means baby can take it on the go as you venture out to grab your own cup of joe.

Buy it: $11,

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Skip Hop Bandana Buddies Chime and Teether

Not too big, not too small, this forest friend has a teether at the base, makes soothing chime sounds and is super-soft for cuddling. The loop lets this critter ride along in the stroller too.

Buy it: $6,

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Honest Baby Organic Cotton Bandana Bibs

The perfect baby stocking stuffers for drooling, teething babies? Bandana bibs, of course! Honest Baby makes uber-soft, absorbent organic cotton bibs with adorable designs.

Buy it: $20 for five,

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SoapSox Tank the Shark

This toothy-grinned fellow is actually a washcloth with built-in finger pockets and a clever opening for liquid or bar soap—so you can amuse baby and get the nighttime routine going at the same time.

Buy it: $13,

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Green Toys Animals on Wheels

Made from 100 percent recycled plastic milk jugs, these fun stocking stuffers for babies are built to be easy for little hands to grab and roll across the floor. They’re even dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.

Buy it: $20,

Best Stocking Stuffers for Toddlers

Your tot is likely old enough to get into the holiday spirit—so make this Christmas memorable with these fun (and sometimes tasty) toddler stocking stuffers.

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Melissa and Doug Natural Play Book Tower

These mini board books make for the best stocking stuffers for toddlers. After all, little hands love holding little books. Included in this set are 10 stories featuring early learning concepts and adorable animal friends to help build your tot’s burgeoning vocab.

Buy it: $18,

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Tender Leaf Toys Sunny Doll Family

Meet the Sunny doll family. They’re made from sustainable rubber wood and small enough to fit perfectly in most dollhouses, play structures and vehicles—so kids have endless possibilities for pretend play. They also come in other skintones.

Buy it: $16,

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Skip Hop Pull & Go Monkey Submarine

Bath toys are fun stocking stuffers for toddlers, and this submarine will surely float your little one’s boat. Pull the string to activate the propeller and set the sub in motion. It makes for a splashing good time.

Buy it: $8,

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Crayola World’s Most Washable Crayons

A box of crayons is among the most traditional stocking stuffer ideas for toddlers, but these come with a perk for you: They easily wash off walls with soap and warm water.

Buy it: $6,

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L.L.Bean Cold Buster Waterproof Mittens

Keep your little one’s hands toasty warm even when playing in the snow this season with these waterproof mittens—some of the coziest toddler stocking stuffers on this list. They feature a heat-trapping Thinsulate lining and velcro cuffs so they won’t fall off even during snowball fights.

Buy it: $25,

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Jaq Jaq Bird Doodle It Book

Hooray for stocking stuffer ideas for toddlers that replace the iPad on road trips! This travel-friendly book is full of blank “chalkboard” pages to let your little one’s imagination run wild. Plus, it’s special chalk is dust-free.

Buy it: $22,

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Janod Spirit Car Steve

In his zippy wooden car with rubber wheels, Steve the dog and his wobbly head are sure to put a smile on your little one’s face. This adorable vehicle is heirloom-worthy and crafted to stand the test of time.

Buy it: $28,

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Fat Brain Toys MiniSpinny

Whether you’re playing at home or on the go, this corkscrew pole is a fantastic toy for toddlers working on their fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and understanding of cause and effect. And with its long, skinny shape (and affordable price point), it’s among the best stocking stuffers for toddlers.

Buy it: $13,

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Tubby Todd Gingerbread Bubble Bath

Besides being just clean fun, this festive bubble bath is scented with hints of warm vanilla and gingerbread and made from natural extracts and plant-based ingredients to nourish even sensitive skin.

Buy it: $15,

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WeeFarers Sunglasses

Depending on where you live, it might not be the time of year for fun in the sun, but that doesn’t mean your tot can’t look stylish during any season. These shades are one of our favorite stocking stuffer ideas for toddlers, considering they’ll see plenty of wear all year round.

Buy it: $35,

Best Stocking Stuffers for Kids

What child doesn’t wake up on Christmas morning eager to open up all those amazing Christmas stocking stuffers? Give the youngsters something to truly look forward to with our favorite stocking stuffers for kids, from family games to interactive toys.

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Fingerlings Baby Big Cats

The Fingerlings craze is real. These pint-size big cats respond to sound, motion and touch by blinking their eyes, turning their heads and making silly sounds. They even have their own little baby cub to tag along for all the fun. Choose from a tiger, panther or lion.

Buy it: $15,

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Shutterfly Alphabet Memory Game

The perennially popular matching game for preschoolers can now be personalized with your child’s name and photo on every card. This set teaches little ones the alphabet too.

Buy it: $25,

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Crayola Silly Scents Twistable Crayons

There are a couple of cool twists to this fun pick: The twist-up design means you never need a sharpener. Plus, each color has a scent, from the yummy (fruit smoothie) to the slightly more sophisticated (pine).

Buy it: $18,

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My First Bananagrams

Educational games make for ideal Christmas stocking stuffers. This one is younger version of Bananagrams, a cousin of Scrabble that crowns a winner based on speed, not points.

Buy it: $16,

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Cubcoats Mask Buddies

These stocking stuffers for kids are peak 2020. Let’s face it, mandatory mask wearing isn’t going away any time soon, so if you’re struggling to get your child to wear one these cuddly companions could be the answer. Available in unicorn, shark or dinosaur these two-layer cotton masks double as cute wristlet when not in use, making it easy to always keep one handy.

Buy it: $8,

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Melissa & Doug Happy Handles Wooden Stamp Set

Take your kids’ craft projects to a whole new level with this stamp set, perfect for stamping cards, drawings and more. The set includes six rubber stamps with easy-to-grip handles and washable ink.

Buy it: $12,

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Lego Creator Colorful Chameleon

This bag may be small, but it’s packed with play value—exactly what you want in the best stocking stuffers for kids. Each bag contains 53 pieces for kids to build a chameleon or any other structure they can dream up.

Buy it: $10 for a set,

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Educational Insights Kanoodle Junior

If you like particular games, look for junior versions—they often make the best stocking stuffers for kids. This one is a spin-off of the award-winning Kanoodle brain game series for older children. With 60 puzzles to choose from and in levels of varying difficulty, your little one will never get bored. Larger puzzle pieces are perfect for small hands and it neatly packs up in its own carrying case.

Buy it: $16,

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Foman Road Tape

Do the best stocking stuffer ideas for your kid veer toward the vehicular? Then you hit the jackpot with this floor- and wall-safe tape that lets you instantly create roads and tracks anywhere. Just unroll, stick and vroom! Don’t worry, it peels right off without leaving residue.

Buy it: $12 for 2 rolls,

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Thomas and Friends Minis Blind Bag

Coming up with stocking stuffers for kids was never so easy. Little kids can’t get enough of Thomas the Tank Engine and his gang of friends. Keep the love going with these individually wrapped bling bags; each includes a mini figurine—but there’s no telling which of the 40+ mini engines the bag contains!

Buy it: $11 for four bags,

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