Stocking stuffers are like the sprinkles on top of the Christmas ice cream sundae: They’re small, but they add that extra special something to the experience. That said, stocking stuffers for kids (and especially stocking stuffers for toddlers) can wind up at the bottom of your gifting to-do list, leaving you scrambling at the last minute to grab whatever’s left in the holiday aisle at the drug store–and spending money on a bunch of stuff your kids won’t remember in five minutes.
It doesn’t have to be that way, of course. To help you avoid the mad dash — and the same old trinkets and candy — we’ve curated a handy list of stocking stuffers for kids. Of course, if chocolate Santas and cozy socks are a tradition in your family, by all means, keep on keeping on. But if you’re looking for extra suggestions for goodies to fill your kids’ stockings, we’ve found some fun, unique, and even meaningful and educational picks they’ll actually be excited about, even with the big presents freshly opened.
It’s hard to compete with those splurge gifts, but these add-ons will give the main event some real competition. From glow-in-the-dark bath cubes to a mini mermaid terrarium to poop bingo (yes), you’ll find stocking stuffers for every kid on your nice list this year.
Best Stocking Stuffers For Kids
A mini version of the classic game will keep kiddos entertained whether they’re playing solo or with pals–and help build concentration!
This super popular game is great for animal and nature lovers–or kids who just ask a lot of questions! Players have to guess the animal on the game card with no more than 10 queries, encouraging them to think strategically.
You’re never too young to start journaling! Using quotes from popular books and other creative prompts and exercises, this guided journal encourages 6-10 year olds to express themselves, screen-free.
Made of wood with non-toxic paint finishes, a teeny tabletop bowling lane, launcher, and pins will help develop your kid’s fine motor and math/scoring skills without taking up much room at all.
What’s better than learning about dinosaurs? Hatching your own, of course. After 48-72 hours submerged in cool water, each dino breaks out its shell and grows into a nearly 10″ high toy to play with.
Compact and perfect for travel, Hasbro’s mini version of the beloved memory game can be played alone or in Pass It mode with friends.
The viral food trend is still very much a thing! Instead of store-bought packaged candy, delight your littles with a snowman hot cocoa bomb that’s as fun to melt as it is to eat!
Making bathtime fun is obviously the easiest way to get kids to soak longer. These toy cubes glow and project images onto their surroundings when placed in liquid and automatically turn off when the tub is drained! (They’re also phthalate- and BPA-free, hermetically sealed for safety and waterproofness, and recyclable!)
Fat Brain Toy Co.’s bestselling fidget keychain is made of 100% food-grade silicone and attaches easily to backpacks, bags, and yes, keys to keep restless fingers busy and calm anywhere.
Best Stocking Stuffers For Girls
With unique activities and crafts for girls ages 6 to 12, this empowering book encourages them to develop their independence, nurture and express their creativity, learn about science, and get outside and explore!
With two washable pet figurines, three washable non-toxic markers, and a scrub brush, your little will get endless hours of coloring (and recoloring) without staining your walls–or themselves. Just let them draw, then clean and let them start again when the mood strikes!
Pretty rainbow hues and bathtime bubbles–what’s not to love? Aprilis’ set includes eight handmade 100% natural organic bath bombs with an “exclusive floating formula” that creates colorful, fast-rotating fizzy excitement on the surface of the water.
Could this be more adorable? Your little gardener will love planting her own mermaid garden, complete with quick-sprouting chia seeds, potting mix, and under-the-sea themed decorations.
The great thing about LOL Surprise dolls is they’re like several gifts in one. Each comes with multiple surprises–and this one includes both a fan-favorite doll and ball that change color when placed in water–all for under 10 bucks!
If your kids are bugging you for a dog, this throwback toy is a great first step to teach responsibility! The original game designers added new programming to the ’90s virtual pet, including updated animations, graphics, and sounds, as well as improved battery life!
Get your littles excited about writing–or drawing–with a scratch art notepad. Mini sheets with matte coating reveal bright rainbow colors underneath once scratched or doodled on (with the included wooden stylus)!
Remind your girl the world is at her fingertips with these empowering pencils.The set includes six old school #2’s in fun colors, hand-printed with gold foil inspiration.
Best Stocking Stuffers For Boys
As bath toys, or really anywhere toys, Paw Patrol finger puppets are an easy, cheap way to keep your little entertained–and help learn colors and counting!
What’s better than a gift that makes safety cool? LED bike wheel lights–with optional flashing mode–ensure your kid’s ride is tricked out for Christmas and beyond, and won’t be missed by anyone!
A Star Wars lollipop holder? What a time to be alive! With this Pop Up that locks lollies in place and stores them when closed, kids can avoid sticky fingers and save their half-eaten suckers for later.
Totally addictive and great for solo entertainment, the travel size keychain version of the 80s classic puzzle will keep kids 8 and up busy anywhere.
Your budding comedian will love making people laugh this holiday season–and will have plenty of material with a book featuring over 500 Christmas-themed jokes.
From hot cocoa marshmallows to soup crackers, you might actually find yourself encouraging your kid to play with his food, via this kid-designed mug with a hoop!
Originally designed to improve the skills and coordination of a child with autism, Door Pong allows kids to play ping pong with a friend or solo–without the table. Just clamp it to the top of any doorway, adjust the string length, and paddle away!
Lovers of animals and poop references–or both–will for sure enjoy playing this doo doo-themed take on Bingo, where kids have to match creatures with their, er, caca. It’s a guaranteed laugh while learning feces facts!