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50 Fun Stocking Stuffers for Kids

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.

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. “Remember, just because something is small doesn’t mean it won’t be big with kids," notes Marissa DiBartolo, senior editor at The Toy Insider. We think you’ll agree after you check out our roundup of stocking stuffer ideas for kids. Whether you’re stuffing baby’s first Christmas stocking or that of a picky first grader, we’ve got trinkets, treasures and treats that are sure to bring squeals (or coos) of surprise and delight.

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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Fisher-Price Coffee Cup Teether

Few baby stocking stuffers 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: $6, Amazon.com

The Spunky Onion Giraffe Baby Rattle

Proof that good things come in small packages. This crocheted giraffe rattle is perfect for little hands to shake and little mouths to gum, and the miniature size makes for an ideal baby stocking stuffer.

Buy it: $13, Etsy.com

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Haba Rainbow Sun Clutching Toy

Brighten baby’s holiday with this colorful clacking toy. One of our favorite eco-friendly stocking stuffers for baby, this pick is crafted out of beech wood from a sustainable forest in Germany and colored with a non-toxic stain.

Buy it: $16, Amazon.com

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Lamaze Freddie the Firefly

This is a must on any list of best baby stocking stuffers. The plush firefly sports textured fabrics and hanging rings and clips easily to a car seat or stroller, and is small enough to slip into a stocking. With more than 2,000 Amazon reviews at a perfect 5-star rating, you know this one is good.

Buy it: $12, Amazon.com

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Baby Bling Bows

Looking for shiny new stocking stuffers for baby? Go for the Shimmer Knot baby headband holiday red—perfecting for adding some festive flair to baby’s first Christmas outfit.

Buy it: $12, BabyBlingBows.com

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Estella Organic Cotton Avocado Rattle

Let baby snack on this scrumptiously cute rattle. It’s handmade in Peru from 100 percent organic cotton and eco-friendly dyes, and makes soft rattle sounds to delight your little one. At 5.5 inches by 3 inches, it’s the perfect size for a baby stocking stuffer.

Buy it: $18, Estella-NYC.com

Golden Strand Design Silicone Teething Rattle

Teething toys make for the best baby stocking stuffers. They’re small, they’re inexpensive and they pack a ton of entertainment value. These untreated wooden rings with food-grade silicone beads are great for encouraging fine motor skills and soothing sore gums. With seven colors to choose from, you’re sure to find something to suit your taste.

Buy it: $13, Etsy.com

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Honest Apricot Kiss Bubble Bath

Besides being just clean fun, the vegan formulation of these super-foaming bubbles includes chamomile and jojoba, which nourishes and soothes baby’s delicate skin.

Buy it: $12, Amazon.com

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Gifted & Present Whale Teether

Perhaps the chicest of baby stocking stuffer ideas: This 100 percent food-grade silicone teether with a modern aesthetic can be frozen for extra sore-gum relief.

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Green Toys Animals on Wheels

Made from 100 percent recycled plastic milk jugs, these fun baby stocking stuffers are built to be easy for little hands to grab and roll.

Buy it: $11, Amazon.com

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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: $10, Doodleandco.com

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Baby Banana Brush

In need of more stocking stuffer ideas for your little one? This one is a no-brainer. This baby toothbrush-teether combo is a true phenomenon, and it has more than 8,400 Amazon reviews to prove it. It’s easy for small hands to hold, helps develop good hygiene habits from the start and can be popped into the freezer for gum relief or dishwasher for easy cleaning.

Buy it: $7, Amazon.com

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Manhattan Toy Company Teether Fox Snuggle Blankie

Not too big, not too small, this forest friend has teethers for feet, makes crinkly sounds and is super-soft for cuddling. The loop lets this critter ride along in the stroller too.

Buy it: $9, Amazon.com

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JellyCat Squiggle Lamb

When it comes to finding sweet stocking stuffers for kids, JellyCat should be every parent’s go-to; the brand makes some of the softest, cutest plush toys around. At 9 inches tall, this little lamb would easily slip into any baby’s Christmas stocking.

Buy it: $15, Amazon.com

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Sassy Peek-a-Boo Rattle

A rattle is a great way to bring baby joy this holiday season. This one from Sassy is made from squishy, flexible material with loads of fun textures for little hands and mouths to explore. The black and white rattle beads stimulate baby’s vision and the click-clack rings pique auditory awareness.

Buy it: $5, Amazon.com

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SoapSox Scorch the Dragon

This fiery 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: $12, Amazon.com

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Finn + Emma All-in-One Macrame Toy

A new (and totally on-trend) twist on a baby toy! 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.

Buy it: $16, FinnandEmma.com

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Copper Pearl Bandana Bibs

The perfect baby stocking stuffers for drooling, teething babies? Bandana bibs, of course! Copper Pearl makes uber-soft, absorbent cotton bibs with adorable designs. There are plenty of patterns to choose from, but we’re loving those Christmas pine trees.

Buy it: $20 for three, CopperPearl.com

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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Fisher-Price My First Library Board Book Block Set

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 12 stories featuring early learning concepts and adorable animal friends to help build your tot’s burgeoning vocab.

Buy it: $18, Amazon.com

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Good Health Snacks Mickey Veggie Chips

Here’s one of our favorite stocking stuffers for toddlers that both kids and parents will love. It’s salty, it’s crunchy, it’s colorful and it’s shaped like Mickey! No need to tell your kids that it’s made from spinach, green peppers, beets and tomatoes. Plus: The snack contains no artificial colors or trans fat, and it’s peanut- and tree-nut-free.

Buy it: $15 for two, Amazon.com

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Pals Socks

These graphic, stylish socks are supposed to be mismatched—so you’re “Lemme do it!” kid can wear two different socks and nobody will know the difference. What’s more, these stocking stuffers for toddlers are available in a rainbow of colors and designs.

Buy it: $9 for a pair, PalsSocks.com

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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: $6, Amazon.com

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HABA Bendy Doll Babies

Meet Marie and Max. They’re two and a half inches tall and can be posed any which way—so kids have endless possibilities for pretend play. Choose from other characters in the phthalate-free Little Friends collection too.

Buy it: $12 for the pair, Amazon.com

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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 stuffer for toddlers.

Buy it: $13, Amazon.com

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Wild Republic Hugger

Spread this plush pal’s arms wide, give the chest a squeeze and a Hugger instantly wraps its arms around you. We think the penguin is especially irresistible, but there’s a whole zoo of toddler stocking stuffers to choose from on the site.

Buy it: $10, Amazon.com

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Crayola World’s Most Washable Crayons

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

Buy it: $4, Amazon.com

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Sat Nam Babe Headbands

These super-stretchy, soft hair accessories are made in North Carolina from, believe it or not, recycled plastic bottles! One size fits all (including adults—so you can borrow them too).

Buy it: $14, SatNamBabe

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Bubbsi Whipped Coconut Oil Body Cream

Lotion may be a surprising addition on a list of stocking stuffer ideas, but this pick is so much more. Not only is the cream deliciously nourishing, but it also comes in an adorable dog-shaped, food-grade silicone bottle (that’s refillable to boot) that your tot is sure to have a blast playing with.

Buy it: $22, LoveBubbsi.com

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Patagonia Baby Pita Pocket Mittens

Keep your little one’s hands toasty warm this season with these oh-so-soft fleece mittens—some of the coziest toddler stocking stuffers on this list. They feature a moisture-wicking lining and ribbed cuffs for easy on/off.

Buy it: $29, Patagonia.com

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ThumbThings Finger Puppet

We love nostalgic stocking stuffer ideas like these finger puppets. These beauties are handmade by artisans in rural Peru.

Buy it: $5 each or five for $20, FingerPuppetsInc.com

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Jaq Jaq Bird Chalk Color & Doodle Mat

Hooray for toddler stocking stuffers that replace the iPad on road trips! One side of this mat is blank to let your little one’s imagination run wild; the other features designs to color in. Its special “chalk” is dust-free.

Buy it: $12, Amazon.com

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 tasty treats and interactive toys.

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Funnybone Toys Funnybones Game

The perfect portable present for a kindergartner, this game of 30 silly challenges builds hand-eye coordination and can be played alone or with a pal.

Buy it: $10, FunnyBoneToys.com

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Natierra Nature’s All Foods Dark Chocolate-Covered Freeze-Dried Bananas

One of the tastiest stocking stuffer ideas for kids on the list: This organic portable fruit snack is chocolatey, crunchy and just the right amount of sweet. Plus, it’s not only healthy, it’s also virtuous—the company donates a meal to a child in Haiti with every bag of their superfoods line that you buy.

Buy it: $4, Amazon.com

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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, Shutterfly.com

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The Original Card Caddy

This case fits any deck, whether it’s the standard 52 or his cherished baseball cards. Choose your kid’s favorite color and they’ll have a tidy way of toting their collection along wherever they goes.

Buy it: $6, NarrowsHill.com

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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: $15, Amazon.com

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Educational Insights Kanoodle Junior

If you like particular games, look for junior versions—they often make fun 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: $15, Amazon.com

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Inroad Toys Classic Road Play 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: $8, Amazon.com

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Zipit Interactive Coloring and Activity Book

Every kid has secretly wished that their coloring book creations could come to life. By way of the special stickers in this book and a free app, they now can.

Buy it: $5, Just-ZipIt.com

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Colgate Minions Talking Toothbrush

Bedtime battles be gone. Among the most practical-yet-fun stocking stuffers for kids, this brush coaches (in a Minion’s voice) reluctant brushers along. It even has a quadrant timer, a way to encourage kids to give a good 30 seconds to each part of their mouth.

Buy it: $7, Amazon.com

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Mr. Sketch Scented Colored Pencils

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

Buy it: $11 for a set of 18, Amazon.com

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AllPosters Unicorn Amazing Poster

Posters make pretty cool stocking stuffers for kids, especially if they include a message you want your child to remember day in and day out. This 16” X 20” print is perfect for the little kid who wants unicorn everything.

Buy it: $8, Allposters.com

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Jane.com Bead Bracelet & Necklace Set

It’s no secret: Little girls are obsessed with beads. Which is why they’ll go wild for stretchy necklace-and-bracelet sets. These stocking stuffers for kids come in a slew of candy colors and one size fits most.

Buy it: $13, Jane.com

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Pressed by Kind Fruit Bars

Tasty treats with no added sugar—and, for that matter, no added anything but strawberries, apples, cherries and chia seeds. It’s a Christmas miracle. Each box contains 12 stocking-sized packages.

Buy it: $16, Amazon.com

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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, Amazon.com

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Jelly Belly Mixed Emotions Gift Box

It’s the holidays—so it’s okay to include candy in your stash of stocking stuffers for kids, right? Especially if they’re as fun and tiny as these emoji jelly beans. The stocking-sized box has five fruity flavors representing different kid-relatable emotions, which counts as a lesson in self-awareness in our book!

Buy it: $9 for a 4.25 oz box Amazon.com

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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: $9, Amazon.com

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Design by Tangee Knot Bow

The Aztec-print-and-leather design tops off any holiday outfit with a unique flair. And that’s something a girl can appreciate at any age. Choose from a clip or a ponytail holder.

Buy it: $5 each, DesignByTangee.com

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Fingerlings Baby Sloth

The Fingerlings craze is real. This pint-size sloth respond to sound, motion and touch by blinking his eyes, turning his head and making silly sloth souths. Blow a kiss and Kingley will kiss you right back. Pet it and Kingley will fall asleep—or make loud sounds and watch him get excited.

Buy it: $12, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy Fisher Price

Thomas and Friends Minis Blind Bag

Coming up with stocking stuffer ideas for kids was never so easy. Little kids can’t get enough of Thomas the Train 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 70 mini engines the bag contains!

Buy it: $9 for set of four, Amazon.com

Updated November 2019

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