50 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Kids

“The stockings were hung by the chimney with care.” Now the question is, what to put inside them? The holiday season is exhausting for parents. From school plays to decorating the house, trimming the tree, writing letters to Santa, and holiday shopping, it’s easy to forget about stockings. But if you’re struggling with inspiration, we’ve got you covered with fifty stocking stuffer ideas for kids. From homemade treats to trinkets, you can’t go wrong with these little presents. Most children are just excited to open the stocking and see what’s inside! So don’t let the idea of finding more gifts overwhelm you this year, just read on for some holiday stocking inspiration.

  1. Fidget toys
  2. Squishies
  3. Gift cards to local stores
  4. Personal bottles of hand sanitizer or lotion
  5. Sticker books
  6. Cash or special coins for younger children
  7. A new book to read
  8. Slime
  9. New sets of markers or crayons
  10. Matchbox cars or other small collectibles
  11. Matching jammies (especially if you open stockings the night before Christmas)
  12. Homemade treats
  13. Hot chocolate bombs
  14. A new ornament for next year’s tree
  15. Crayons or small toys for the bathtub
  16. A yo-yo
  17. Small coloring or activity book
  18. A holiday headband or bow
  19. Fuzzy socks
  20. Bath bombs
  21. Candy
  22. Journal
  23. Hats
  24. Small hand-held game
  25. New earrings or necklace
  26. Roblox gift card
  27. Small stuffed animal
  28. Card game
  29. Spinning top

  30. New pencil case
  31. Vintage toys like Slinkies or Jacks
  32. Bubblegum
  33. Play-doh or modeling clay
  34. Pop-it fidget toys
  35. Rubik’s cube
  36. Small LEGO set
  37. Mad-libs
  38. Scented markers
  39. Mood ring
  40. Wind up toys
  41. Music makers like maracas, shakers, or harmonicas
  42. Bouncy balls
  43. Trading cards
  44. Sunglasses
  45. Travel games for the car like magnetic checkers
  46. Silly Putty or Silly String
  47. Chapstick or lip balm
  48. Bubbles
  49. Water bottle
  50. Sidewalk chalk
The holidays can be stressful, especially for parents of young children. It can be difficult to find inspiration for gifts, and adding stockings on top of your other shopping lists can feel overwhelming. Try to remember that most children are just as happy with small trinkets as expensive gifts, and the most important thing is sharing some fun holiday memories together.

Kelsey Caldwell is a realtor and freelance writer from Charlotte, NC. She and her husband are parents to two amazing kids, a golden-doodle, and a bearded dragon.