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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

10 Useful Yet Fun Toddler Stocking Stuffers

I'm one of those people who adores to give presents for the holidays. I love the holiday shopping rush that I get by going to store to store, choosing gifts that I know my loved ones will love, but when it comes to choosing stocking stuffers, I clam up. I am the WORST at figuring out what to put into stockings so when it came time to figure out what to fill Little Misters stocking this year, I really had to wrack my brain.


I didn't want to fill his stocking with cheap toys or candy, but I wanted him to enjoy what he found in his stocking! Wandering around Target the other day it really clicked on what I could put in there. Useful yet fun things for Little Mister! I decided to compile a list thinking that I couldn't possibly be the only one struggling to come up with what to put in a toddler stocking! Check out the list below for a little stocking stuffer inspiration!


Watercolor Paints - Watercolor Paints are a great way to get your toddlers creative juices flowing, without making a complete mess of your house! Not only do the paints fit great in a stocking, but they're very reasonably priced so you won't feel guilty for loading the stocking up with other goodies!

Crayons - Crayons are another great, inexpensive item to put into your little ones stocking! If your toddler is anything like mine, he is pretty rough on crayons and easily breaks them so there's no better time to replace those broken ones than the holidays!

Character Toothbrushes - The hygiene department of any store is always full of cute character toothbrushes that are inexpensive! If your toddler likes to chew on his or her toothbrush more than they like to brush their teeth, chances are you replace the toothbrush often! Pick up one or two of their favorite character toothbrushes and throw them in the stocking for a fun yet practical gift!

Socks - Now your toddler may not get super excited over finding new socks in their stocking, but if you find their favorite character on the stocks they just may! Plus if you do laundry like I do, you're always misplacing at least one of their tiny socks!

Gift Cards - I know what your thinking… what on Earth would a toddler do with a gift card? Go shopping of course! Pick up a $5-10 Toys R Us (or any store with a toy section) Gift Card and let them pick out one or two fun little things for themselves! They'll love having the freedom of you chasing them up and down the aisles and it'll be so much more exciting for them to find something they want to take home and not having you say "maybe next time". Another great idea is a gift card for one of their interactive toys such as a Leappad or a Innotab, or even for your iPad! Let them pick out an interactive book, or pick out one that you think they'll like!

a DVD - In my household, we're big Disney fans, so putting a new Disney DVD in the stocking is a must. If you are not a fan of letting your little one watch TV from time to time you could always substitute the DVD for a CD for the car that they will love!

a Small Toy - This year I picked up a mini doodle board from the $5 section of Target! Doodle Boards are great to take on the road because they don't make a mess and they're easy for little hands to hold! Take a look in the $5 and under section of your local Target or Walmart and see what you can find! The toys may not last forever but it'll be something exciting for your little one to play with for the time being!

a Kid Size Flashlight - If you haven't already done so, you're probably thinking about moving your toddler from the crib (or your bed) to a toddler bed in the near future. This can be a big and scary transition for your little one and they may need something to help settle their nerves if they wake in the night (or can't fall asleep). I remember being very young and grabbing the flash light off of my tiny nightstand to look around the room and check for monsters, so I can only imagine that my little guy will do something similar! They even have flash lights that put shapes on the walls! Who wouldn't love that?

Their Favorite Snack - If they love raisins, throw a few boxes in! Animal crackers, throw in a box! If their favorite snack comes in a tiny carton theres no reason not to give them a little something to nibble on for when they move on from the stocking to the 'big' presents!

Bath Toys - Spice up your little ones bath time with a few new bath toys! They're inexpensive, fun, and fit perfectly in the stocking!


Have any other ideas? Tell us below!


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27 comments:

  1. I love these suggestions! Now that I've done all the main Christmas shopping, I definitely need to think about what to put in the stockings. Thank you! :)

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    1. Glad I could be of help! I hate stockings, I never know what to stuff them with! LOL

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  2. This year I bought some smaller stockings thinking it would be easier to fill, its the other way around! But I didn't even think about toothbrushes or bath toys! Thanks for the ideas!

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  3. what a great list many of these are spoo going on my list for the stockings! and believe it or not the stockings are usually my favorite part of opening gifts!!

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    1. Thanks! I personally am not a fan of stockings, I NEVER know what to buy for anyone! lol

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  4. Good tips! I like the idea of the tooth brushes and the DVD's. It is so hard not to just buy a bunch of candy because it's so easy and readily available but I agree, it's not the smartest route. =)

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    1. Candy is such an easy thing to put in stockings, I remember receiving it when I was a kid (and of course I loved it) but we started doing a holiday count down calendar this year so I figured one small chocolate a day leading up to Christmas is all the candy Little Mister needs!!

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  5. This was great to read! The suggestions were nice. I have a 3 month old but I always wondered what I'd put in her stockings in the future. I didn't wanna jam pack it with candy. I think wed have fun with what you listed and I wouldn't have a sugar rush on my hands!

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  6. What a great idea for stocking stuffers! We also usually do those mini board books too.

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  7. Some great ideas there! I've always thought stockings are the hardest part--it's hard to find nice things that don't cost too much. Thanks.

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    1. Thanks Anne! I think I spent about $20 on Little Misters stocking this year, if that! It felt pretty good!

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  8. Those are good ideas. You don't have to spend a lot of money and the kids are happy.

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  9. My wife and I are trying to figure out what to put in my daughter's stocking. These are some really great ideals, thank you.

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  10. These are great ideas I couldn't think of any stocking stuffers for my 2 year old this really helped me!

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    1. Stocking stuffers for a 2 year old are so hard! Glad I could help!

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  11. I like these ideas because they are all things you would regularly buy for a toddler, but not necessarily think about to put into their stocking!
    Thanks!

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  12. I just got M a new toothbrush for her stocking and a few dvds! Thanks for the helpful post :) Gotta love shopping online too!

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    1. Shopping online certainly makes it easier!!

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  13. Stocking stuffers are easily my favorite Christmas shopping, you can get so creative and practical. <3 this list

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  14. Thank you so much for this list! To be honest, I know these are all great, but for some reason when Christmas comes around my mind goes blank for stocking stuffers! We also buy things like spoons/forks with fun characters or designs and temporary tattoos!

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