Looking for some great ideas for stocking stuffers for toddlers? Then you’ve come to the right place. I don’t know about you, but Christmas is by far my favorite holiday right now. And it’s only gotten better since we had our son.
There’s just something about kids that make Christmas more magical. And no, having kids doesn’t have to make the holiday season more stressful.
However, sometimes it can be hard to come up with ideas for gifts, especially small items to use as stocking stuffers for toddlers’ stockings.
Not to worry. In this post, I’m going to give you some simple ideas for items that make great stocking stuffers for toddlers.
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Awesome Stocking Stuffers Ideas For Toddlers
As long as your child is past the stage of putting everything in his/her mouth, Play-Doh can be a great item to use as a stocking stuffer gift.
Play-Doh is a great learning toy, as it stimulates your little one’s senses, motor skills, and imagination. While it’s a gift that will likely need some minor supervision, it’s a great gift that your toddler will be sure to love.
Did you know that Crayola makes bath paint for your toddler to use during bath time? I discovered this awesome product last year, and it’s such a great gift for toddlers.
Bath paint is a fantastic way to let your child use their imagination while bathing. And sneak in some learning time with imagination, bright colors, and sensory play.
And, it’s very inexpensive, as well as the perfect size for stockings (even small ones). Crayola also makes bath pens and bubble bath.
Craft supplies make excellent stocking stuffers. Most craft supplies are small enough to easily fit into even small stockings. And of course, encouraging your child’s development with craft activities is always a good thing.
Christmas time is the perfect time to stock up on supplies for all your child’s crafting adventures. Of course, the use of most of these supplies will require supervision. Listed below are some ideas of craft supplies your toddler may enjoy.
- Glue Sticks
- Child Safe Scissors
- Markers (if you’re brave)
- Construction Paper (roll up and tie with a ribbon)
- Finger Paint (get the set here)
- Glitter (if you’re very, very brave)
- Regular or Colored Popsicle sticks
- Craft eyes
- Large buttons
I don’t think I’ve ever met a toddler that didn’t like stickers. Chances are, yours will too. One I like about stickers are that they don’t make a mess (and can usually be pulled off it placed somewhere they shouldn’t be, like a wall…), and therefore require minimal supervision.
This makes them a great semi-independent activity that simultaneously works on motor skills. And of course, imagination.
I also love that there are so many different kinds of stickers! No matter what your toddler is interested in, there’s a sticker pack for it. You can also use stickers to help your child learn about specific things, such as animals, numbers, or letters.
At first glance, it may not seem like a coloring book would fit well in a stocking. However, all you need to do is roll it up and tie it with a ribbon and it will fit perfectly in a stocking.
Coloring books make great stocking stuffers for toddlers. Learning to color is an important skill for toddlers to begin to develop. The best coloring books for this age will be ones with large pictures and few small/intricate details.
Remember, most toddlers start out with scribbling. It takes time to learn to color inside the lines, and that skill only comes with practice.
Whether you choose to include a coloring book or not, Crayons are a great choice for a toddler’s stocking. Crayons are a basic art/craft supply that every toddler will need at some point or another.
If you find that your child has a difficult time holding the regular sized crayons, you might try Jumbo Crayons, which are larger.
Treats that your child does not typically get are a great item to add to his/her stocking. One thing I like about this stocking stuffer is that you can find a treat regardless of your particular eating lifestyle.
Vegan? Vegetarian? All organic? Gluten free? Eat whatever? There’s a treat for you. Don’t be afraid to get creative!
Believe it or not, toddlers can have fun while eating too. Fun eating utensils make great stocking stuffers for toddlers–especially if you have a picky eater!
Right along with utensils, food picks can make meal time fun and enjoyable for little ones. Of course, food picks won’t be appropriate for every toddler, and you should use them with caution and discernment. If your toddler isn’t mature enough to handle them safely, then food picks won’t be a good item for your child.
However, if you find that your child is old enough and mature enough to use food picks, they can make a great gift item to include in stockings.
Of course, if you plan to get your toddler any small toys, a stocking is the perfect place to put them. You’ll likely be surprised by how many toddler toys will fit into a stocking!
Is your toddler a stuffed animal lover? Last Christmas, I grabbed our toddler (who was 1 year old at the time) a stuffed Christmas fox at the last minute to put in his stocking. He ended up loving that thing! A year later, it’s still one of his favorite stuffed animals.
If your toddler isn’t into stuffed animals yet, you might try a Christmas themed lovey instead.
Small Board Books
Unless you have a very small Christmas stocking, small board books word great as stocking stuffers for toddlers. Board books are typically great for toddlers because they are sturdier than books with paper pages. Board books allow your toddler to look at them independently without fear of tearing the pages.
Check out this post for some of our favorite board books (I’ll also link a few below).
Hats & Gloves
Christmas time is the perfect time to stock up on winter necessities such as hats and gloves. And, there’s so many different styles and themes that you’ll be sure to find one that matches your individual child’s interests.
Don’t be afraid to gift your child things they need, such as clothes, books, or craft supplies. With toddlers, even necessary items can be fun! (And we all know that they will have more fun with the boxes that toys came in than with the actual toy! ^_- )
If you’re not including them in a Christmas Eve box, Christmas pajamas can make a great stocking stuffer. Roll them up and tie them with a bow, and you’re good to go! Personally, I have my eye on two matching family sets linked below. So cute!
Christmas pajamas also make for great Christmas morning photos!
Another fun item to add to your Christmas morning photos, Santa or Elf hats make great stocking stuffer gifts. I know my toddler is a bit obsessed with hats right now. He’s always running around with his dad’s hats, even though they’re usually way too big for his head.
While not all toddlers like baths, mine is a big obsessed with them. He’s always up for a bath or a shower, and he loves to have bubbles in his bath.
Personally, I’m a fan of Johnson’s baby bubble bath. Just a couple pumps of it in a warm bath make a great bubble bath for little ones. And it smells good too!
Of course, if your toddler doesn’t have his/her own Christmas stocking yet, now is the perfect time to get one. There’s so many cute ones to choose from, or you go a more classic route as a more sustainable option to grow with your little one.
Personally, we chose to get red velvet monogrammed stockings for the whole family. I couldn’t find the exact one online, but it’s very similar to this one.
Have any other great ideas for stocking stuffers that toddlers would love? Share with me in the comments below! I’m always looking for new ideas.