52 Best Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Kids
Make Christmas morning so much fun with these amazing stocking stuffer ideas for kids.
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Stocking stuffer ideas for kids
Many children look forward to Christmas morning all year long. One of the main highlights? Opening up their stocking. There is nothing quite like running into the living room to find a holiday sock filled to the brim with toys, candies, knickknacks, and other fun gift ideas. If you are on the hunt for creative stocking stuffer ideas for kids, look no further: We have compiled a list of the hottest stocking stuffers of 2021.
Looking for stocking stuffers for toddlers? We’ve got those, but these aren’t just gift ideas for toddlers. These gifts for kids are great for a variety of ages, whether your children are still teething, have reached their truck-obsessed phase, or have graduated to video games and art. You name it, we’ve got you covered.
So take out your gift list and get ready to shop some of the best stocking stuffer ideas for kids. They might even enjoy them more than their bigger gifts!
Kids Preferred World of Eric Carle The Very Hungry Caterpillar Rattle Teether
Best for: Teething infants
This adorable caterpillar teething ring is the perfect introduction to the world of Eric Carle, the author and illustrator of one of the best children’s books of all time: The Very Hungry Caterpillar. You’ll love the nostalgia it brings on, and Baby will appreciate the colorful teething rings.
Twee Unicorn Horn handmade sidewalk chalk
Best for: The sidewalk chalk artist
TweeMade sidewalk chalk is perfect for any child’s stocking. Providing a variety of shapes to choose from—including these adorable unicorn horns—this Philadelphia-based small business seriously caters to every type of kid. They’re pretty enough to make great stocking stuffers for women who are artistic and young at heart.
Takeya Actives Kids Insulated Water Bottle
Best for: The water bottle abuser
This 14-ounce water bottle from Takeya is built to sustain the toughest of wear. In other words, if your children are constantly dropping theirs, this leak-proof, double-walled bottle will keep them covered from the classroom to the playground. Are you still shopping for mom? Here are the perfect gifts for the mom who says she needs nothing but deserves everything.
Ultra Glow Super Stars
Best for: Would-be astronomers or astrologers
Kids who enjoy finding constellations in the night sky will love sticking them to their ceiling with these glow-in-the-dark stars. The box comes with more than 200 stars, so your children can create the cosmos in their bedrooms. It’s also a fun astrology gift for the horoscope-obsessed kid.
Sozy Pencils The Annotator Pencil and Highlighter
Best for: The student
13-year-old twin sisters created this genius combo: It’s a No. 2 pencil, eraser, and liquid highlighter. The single utensil eliminates the need to switch between two instruments when doing classwork or homework. On the hunt for gifts for teens? Add these to the gift bag as pretty and practical presents.
BriteBrush Interactive Elmo Toothbrush
Best for: Young brushers
BriteBrush motivates and teaches children to brush their teeth, making it one of the best gifts for toddlers. With a bunch of styles to choose from (this one is Elmo, but there are BabyShark and GameBrush versions too), the toothbrush uses kids’ favorite characters, tunes, and even games to guide them through the process.
Best for: Kids learning math
From the makers of Bananagrams comes Countaloupe, a dice game teaching kids age 7 and up about probability and numbers. It’s a great secret Santa gift idea for the STEM student in your family.
Lucy Darling Toy Teethers
Best for: Baby’s first Christmas
These are great stocking stuffer ideas for kids who haven’t gotten all their baby teeth—or their parents, who are no doubt looking for anything to calm their teething infant. The set of two adorable gum-soothing teethers will calm finicky babies. They’re smart gifts for a sister or friend whose teething child needs a little TLC.
BestSelf Co. Little Talk Deck
Best for: Kids who need some help conversing
These conversation cards help spark a dialog between parents and children. With 150 prompts for kids ages 4 to 11, you’ll form a deeper connection and engage the entire family. When shopping for gifts for tween boys, be sure to add a deck to your cart.
Bella Girls Princess Crown Face Mask
Best for: Your mask-wearing princess
Every little princess needs a blinged-out face mask—at least as long as the pandemic endures. This adorable cloth covering is embellished with Austrian rhinestone and fit for a royal. Know a grown-up princess? The company sells adult rhinestone face masks that make perfect gifts for a girlfriend.
Zaaina Kids Natural Soap Bars
Best for: Kids who look forward to bath time
With these soap bars’ adorable animal shapes, it will be hard to get your kid to stop lathering away at bath time. Like all Zaaina products, the soaps are made with all-natural and calming ingredients and are handcrafted the old-fashioned way, combining premium-quality oils, butters, and pure essential oils.
Slumberkins Honey Bee Mini
Best for: Kids who love stuffies
Slumberkins are not only adorable stuffed animals, but they also promote emotional growth. The brand created the Honey Bee Mini to remind its recipient to cultivate an appreciation for the small things in life. Outfitted in family Christmas pajamas and snuggling this honey bee, your little one will have no trouble falling asleep Christmas night.
Barbie Color Reveal Doll
Best for: Barbie girls
Barbie lovers will be delighted to unwrap this seven-surprises-in-one doll from the popular color-revealing collection. Party Series dolls are packaged in a tube with their skin covered in metallic silver and a confetti-print coating. Dunk her in warm water to reveal her look.
Marigold the Unicorn Cubles
Best for: Future architects
Kids can build their own 3D Marigold the Unicorn (your kids may know her from the comic Phoebe and Her Unicorn) with this origami-like puzzle. If you’re in the market for gifts that give back, look no further. For every tree the company uses, it plants 100 more.
Dylan’s Candy Bar Yummy Gummy Paint Can
Best for: The gummy lover
Pretty much every kid (and kid at heart) loves a yummy gummy. This adorable paint can is filled with assorted chewy treats—everything from Swedish Fish to cherry gummies.
National Parks Color Map Mug
Best for: The adventurer
If your young one is into visiting national parks, this mug will inspire adventures. It comes with a pen, allowing kids to chart where they have been and where they want to go. It’s also a good gift for a father-in-law who loves the great outdoors.
Firefly Ready Go Light-Up LOL Surprise Toothbrush
Best for: The LOL Surprise fan
You won’t have to struggle to get your LOL-loving kids to brush their teeth with this adorable toothbrush from Firefly. It has brightly colored bristles, a timer, and it lights up.
Staedtler Fimo Leather-Effect Oven-Bake Modeling Clay
Best for: The retro crafter
If you were a kid in the 1980s, you are already familiar with Fimo, the modeling clay that you bake in the oven. The brand just launched its Leather Effect collection, which looks and feels just like leather—even after you bake it. Buy the crafters in your house a few colors as their stocking stuffers so they can make jewelry, a cover for their glasses, or luggage tags that can double as gifts for men who have everything.
The Dough Project Jars Set
Best for: The sculptor
This female-founded company prides itself on concocting an all-natural version of Play-Doh from food-grade ingredients infused with plant color—turmeric and spirulina. Your little artist will love this three-pack of unique and brightly-hued shades. Next, read on for unique gift ideas for the person who is impossible to shop for.
Firefly Ready Go Hello Kitty Toothbrush
Best for: Hello Kitty kids
If they love Hello Kitty, you’re in luck. Tooth brushing time is so much more fun with this light-up brush enabled with a timer.
Best for: The aspiring chef
If the budding chef in your house has been begging you for cooking lessons, this subscription service ranks among the best stocking stuffer ideas for kids. Designed by chefs and educators, the leading and award-winning kids culinary subscription kit makes learning to cook a fun, immersive, exciting, and educational experience for kids ages 4 to 14. Each Raddish kit has a new theme and includes recipe guides; cooking tools; an additional activity, game, and/or craft; an apron patch; and online access to other extras.
Best for: The fashionista
ScrunchMiez are collectible friends with multiple functions: kids wear them around their wrists, in their hair, and clipped onto their backpacks.
Art 2 the Extreme Personalized Crayons
Best for: The little artist
Kids of all ages will get a kick out of opening a set of crayons in the shape of their names. This personalized gift is almost too pretty to use. Almost.
Patet Coloring Posters
Best for: Coloring book kids
Budding artists will love these coloring posters, available in a butterfly or dinosaur theme. The gold foil illustrations are a unique option for a coloring book. They make great white elephant gifts too!
Petite ‘N’ Pretty 10K Shine Lip Gloss
Best for: The makeup artist in training
Petite ‘N’ Pretty is an age-appropriate and dermatologist-approved cosmetic line for kids and tweens. Young makeup artists will love adding a little bit of this high-shine, cotton-candy-flavored gloss to their lips.
Erin Condren Hello Kitty Planner Charm
Best for: Stylish scholars
While designed as a planner charm, this Hello Kitty–shaped trinket is perfect for accessorizing school notebooks, binders, or other random items. Grab two: one for the kids and another as a best friend gift for the planner in your group.
Lip Smacker Marvel Superhero Balm
Best for: Marvel fans
If this tangerine-flavored, Marvel-themed Lip Smacker on a key chain won’t get your littles to keep their lips moisturized, nothing will. Choose from Black Panther or Iron Man.
Da Bomb Fun-Size Elf Bomb
Best for: Bath bombers
Talk about the coolest stocking stuffers for teens! Da Bomb, founded by two teens, makes the longest-fizzing bath bombs around—and every one of them has a surprise inside. This Elf-themed bomb is perfect for your children’s stockings and their Christmas night baths.
Amazon Gift Card
Best for: Any kid
Kids know what they love. Allow them to pick out a little treat of their own with an Amazon gift card, available in multiple designs and monetary denominations. Amazon gifts like this one are easy last-minute add-ons for busy parents who need quick shipping.
Best for: The kid always on the hunt for Pokémon
Want to win parent of the year? Pokémon fans will be majorly excited to find a pack of 50 trading cards in their stockings.
Lego Super Mario Character Packs
Best for: Video gamers
If your kids go wild for Super Mario and Lego, they will love to pull these character packs out of their stockings on Christmas morning. Each pack holds a buildable character, and they’ll be itching to collect all ten. As far as gifts for boys go, this is a slam dunk.
Mapixo Light-Up Dinosaur Bath Toy Set
Best for: The one who loves bath time
These highly rated light-up dinosaur bath toys are so much fun, your young one will never want to get out of the water. The set comes with six dino toys that light up when they touch water.
Lego Dots Unicorn Bracelet-Making Kit
Best for: Lego builders slash jewelry makers
This little bag of building blocks and bling has everything your child needs to make a fun, sparkly unicorn bracelet.
Nintendo gift card
Best for: New Nintendo Switch owners
Buying the gang Nintendo Switches for Christmas? Then there are no better stocking stuffer ideas for kids than a gift certificate they can use to get that first game with. As far as last-minute Christmas gifts go, this one wins. Bonus: They’re sold in many denominations, from $5 to $99.
WowWee My Squishy Little Dumplings
Best for: Kids who play with their food
A huge hit of the year, WowWee’s My Squishy Little Dumplings are small enough to fit in their stocking while still providing big fun. The interactive little dumplings make adorable sounds—think giggles and sweet reactions—depending on how they are played with.
SoHandmade1 Rainbow Wand
Best for: Magicians in training
Already purchased Harry Potter gifts but need something magical for the younger crowd? This handcrafted rainbow magic wand is perfect for casting spells and imaginative playtime. The colorful ribbons add whimsy, and the wand jingles when shaken.
GooKit Among Us Push Pop Toys
Best for: Among Us players
The online game Among Us and fidget toys called push poppers are two cultural phenomenons. So popping toys in the shape of Among Us astronauts are great stocking stuffer ideas for kids who love both trends. They make great stocking stuffers for men who play Among Us too.
PalmyPineapple Monogram Key Chain
Best for: The backpack-embellisher
These adorable custom-made, monogrammed tasseled key chains are perfect for hooking on a backpack. The ombré tassels add a punch of color.
Gap Kids Star Wars Face Masks
Best for: Star Wars fans
Kids can advertise their favorite Star Wars characters with these face masks from Gap. They come in a pack of three, so there’s no need to choose a favorite print. They’re just some of the out-of-this-world Star Wars gifts your Padawan will love opening this holiday season.
Kitsch Velvet Hair Scrunchies
Best for: The Rapunzel in your brood
Kitsch velvet scrunchies are gorgeously hued and super soft, making them a perfect addition to the hair—and even the wrist. This five-pack is a great gift for the long-haired kids in your clan. They double as affordable adult stocking stuffers, too, in case you’re still on the lookout for gifts for Grandma, Mom, or your fashion-forward friend.
Crayola Washable Paint Sticks
Best for: Messy artists
Kids will have a blast “painting” with these washable, mess-free paint sticks from Crayola. They’re perfect for arts and crafts on paper, wood, and poster board.
Masters of the Universe He-Man Action Figures
Best for: He-Man fans
With the revival of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe on Netflix, more kids than ever are jumping on the He-Man bandwagon. Yours will get a kick out of this 5.5-inch He-Man figurine, which comes with a mini-comic book. The retro packaging will appeal to older fans, making this a fun gift for the brother who’s impossible to shop for.
Mudpuppy Bengal Tiger Mini Puzzle
Best for: Puzzle lovers
Help your kids learn problem-solving with this tiny puzzle, suitable for anyone age 4 or older. Put together, the 48 pieces create Bengal tiger art that’s gorgeous enough to frame.
Crazy Aaron’s Super Scarab Thinking Putty
Best for: Sensory players
This color-shifting can of putty is perfect for stretching, bouncing, popping, tearing, and sculpting. The company makes other fun putties (one glows, another is see-through, and others give off fun scents), so you can stuff the stockings with multiple options. The fun isn’t just for kids, though. The putty is an affordable gift for a boyfriend who needs some stress relief in the form of fun.
Marvel Battleworld: Series 2 Battle Ball
Best for: Marvel fans
No list of stocking stuffer ideas for kids is complete without a Marvel toy in the mix. Your kid will have fun cracking open a Thanostone to reveal a mystery Marvel character during this fun game. The Battle Ball includes two figures and is appropriate for kids ages 6 and up.
Polly Pocket Tiny Pocket Places Aquarium Compact
Best for: Polly Pocket collectors
Hunting down gifts for her? This super cute Polly Pocket compact—filled with a doll, dolphin friend, and flippers—isn’t just a toy; it’s an accessory. It comes with a ring and can be attached to a backpack or purse.
Matchbox Car Pack
Best for: Budding car collectors
The perfect token toy for wannabe drivers, this set of five Matchbox cars and vehicles will be a major stocking win. Styles vary, so you can gift your child with cars, trucks—even a helicopter or boat.
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