50 Stocking Stuffers for Kids

Inexpensive and fun Christmas gifts for your preschooler's stocking

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What will your child find in their Christmas stocking? Try these fun stocking stuffers for kids!. stock.xchng/alisonjoy

When do you open the gifts in the stockings at your house? Christmas Eve? Christmas Day? Before the gifts under the tree? After all the madness? No matter when you choose to open these tiny treasures, remember that they can be a lot of fun, not necessarily last minute junk that you "have" to get. From toy balls to jewelry, stockings can sometimes even offer the nicest, most thoughtful gifts of Christmas.

When shopping for stocking stuffers for kids, definitely keep an eye on your bottom line, heeding to your budget. Little gifts (even ones with small price tags) can add up fast. If you are buying multiple stocking gifts for multiple people, this is especially true. To that end though, definitely pay attention to sales. While dollar-type stores and the Oriental Trading Company catalog and website are places that can offer a wealth of great items to choose from, (this time of year especially) you can sometimes purchase "big" items that you might not necessarily consider for a stocking (a book, DVD or a LEGO play set for example) at a great price and viola! a stocking suffer is born. Think outside the box too -- a gift card for a movie or game rental or even one for $5 to a local fast food restaurant, pizza or bagel shop, or ice cream parlor will definitely make for a fun surprise! (When you go to redeem the gift card, be sure to let your preschooler "pay" for the treat.)

This list of 50 fun ideas of stuffers will definitely help you fill the stocking of your preschooler and any other child you might be buying for. Just be sure that when you are choosing gifts for young children you pay attention to safety labels, buying toys and goodies that are age appropriate, watching small pieces and other choking hazards.

  1. Slinky
  2. Art supplies: Crayons, markers, or colored pencils with a drawing pad or construction paper
  3. Toy cars
  4. Glow sticks
  5. Candy
  6. Tube Toys (Manufacturer's site)
  7. Costume jewelry
  8. Paperback and board books
  9. "Makeup" like chapstick and kid-friendly nail polish
  10. Silly Putty
  11. Stickers
  12. Movie gift certificate
  13. Baseball or other type of sporting or trading cards
  14. Slippers
  15. Puzzles
  16. Stuffed animals or dolls
  17. "Lump of coal" chocolates or candies
  18. Craft supplies -- pipe cleaners, googley eyes, sequins, glitter, etc.
  19. Temporary tattoos
  20. Bubbles
  21. Fun bath soaps or shower gels (check in your supermarket or local drug store for ones featuring favorite characters)
  22. A two-dollar bill or one-dollar coins or even money from another country
  23. Silly or collectible magnets for the refrigerator
  24. Hair brush or comb and hair clips and pony tail holders
  25. Ornament for the Christmas tree
  26. Paper dolls
  27. Deck of cards
  28. Play-doh
  29. Slippers
  30. Gift card or certificate to a favorite restaurant (some fast-food chains start as low as $5!)
  31. Blank notebook or journal
  32. Hat, scarf, and mittens or gloves
  1. Fun utensil set
  2. Flavored candy canes
  3. LEGO Minifigures
  4. Funny-shaped bandages such as pickles and cupcakes
  5. A book and a stuffed animal (just $5 each!) through the Kohl's Cares for Kids program or a stuffed toy from IKEA
  6. Flip-flops off the bargain rack -- hey, summer isn't THAT far away!
  7. Jump rope
  8. Yo-yo
  9. Pinwheel
  10. Plastic plate or cup decorated with a favorite character
  11. My Little Pony dolls
  12. Finger puppets
  13. New toothbrush
  14. Sidewalk chalk
  15. Shaped ice-cube trays like dinosaurs and hearts
  16. Activity placemat
  17. Supplies for school--safety scissors, pencils, glue sticks, maybe a new backpack found on sale?
  18. Gift card to Redbox--movie rentals start at just $1 for one night!

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