Stocking stuffer ideas can sometimes be difficult to come by – especially finding things your stocking stuffers for kids that they will actually use!
The stocking tradition is very dear to my heart. To me, it’s just not Christmas without a stocking brimming with stocking stuffers galore! “Santa” used to wrap each and every one of the gifts in my stocking, which made Christmas morning even more fun! We used to put our stockings at the foot of our beds on Christmas Eve, and the next morning wake to its overflowing goodness.
As a parent, however, I have gained a new perspective on stocking stuffers. Man, those things can add up! And many times, it’s full of trinkets that are forgotten about as soon as the big presents are opened.
Let’s take a new approach to the Christmas stocking, and fill it with stuff your kids will actually use on a regular basis. Not only are these gifts functional, they are fun as well. You’ll feel good about the money you spend, and your kids will be happy too.
My son Gabriel loves to drink “grown-up” tea in a mug. Any kind of cute cup with your child’s specific tastes in mind will be special to them. I love these plastic dinosaur mugs – too cute! Fill it with your child’s favorite treat to make it even more festive.
These kids’ beanies are adorable and have lots of bang for your buck! One size fits most, so you’ll get a lot of wear out of them. Cute, colorful, and they cost less than $5 each! If you’re like me, you might want to get several. It seems like I lose my kid’s hat just about the time it gets really cold.
This is such a cool idea. This nifty bookmark timer keeps track of how long your child has been reading. Especially useful for kids who need to do required reading time each day. It’s ultra slim and is powered by a replaceable watch battery, and it comes in several cute colors. It includes a countdown timer (alarm for required reading) or cumulative time (to record reading time over several sessions). Can also be used for any other timing needs, from homework to piano practice.
This is a traditional stocking stuffer my parents gave us every year. It was nice because, unlike the handmade ornaments that parents want to keep, we had a collection to take with us when we moved away. The nostalgia provided by these ornaments is a cozy reminder of childhood. I especially like the Hallmark ornaments, but there are loads to choose from on Amazon.
I know, it sounds boring, but can you think of anything more useful? We are forever losing my kids socks, and always needing new undies because of growth spurts. Actually, I think it’s quite fun to get these as gifts, especially if they are pretty colors. Try getting some underwear with your kids’ favorite characters, and socks that are all the same color to make matching easier. Right now, Gymboree has 50% off everything online. Great quality and a good way to stock up for next year!
Children’s joke book
At less than $3, “Laugh Out Loud Jokes for Kids” is the perfect addition to any kid’s stocking! It has great reviews and will have the whole family laughing in no time.
A journal, whether for drawing or writing, is always a good idea. I LOVE this Q & A a Day for Kids journal – it spans 3 years of questions and short responses which records your child’s changing ideas and thoughts in a simple and beautiful way. If your kids are really young, you can write down what they say until they are old enough to write. Or, get a simple blank journal for art or for taking notes in worship services.
In our family, it seems like toothbrushes and socks are cousins – they always go missing. An extra one in the stocking will be put to good use! I especially like the RADIUS Totz brand – they are 100% BPA, Latex, Lead, Phthalate free. I want to start keeping toothbrushes in the kitchen and bathrooms so it’s easier to remember to brush both morning and night. A good alternative to candy in the stocking, eh?
I need these! Since we have nutritious smoothies almost every morning for breakfast, its much less messy when we have straws on hand. I would love these dishwasher-safe silicon straws. They are specifically made for extra-thick smoothies and shakes. You kids will love the colors, too!
This year, I hope you can incorporate a few more “useful” items into your stocking.
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