Stocking stuffer ideas for kids can be tricky, particularly finding perfect stocking stuffer ideas for toddlers. Here are 25 tried-and-true ideas to make stockings for toddlers so fun for them, and so easy for you!
Stockings for Toddlers
Just when I think I’m done with my Christmas shopping I have that realization that something is missing. I think I’m done, but that one last thing creeps up on me and often leaves me stumped what to get. The moment strikes when I remember I have a stocking to fill! After that, I scramble to get some of those last minute smaller items that I know will be great in stockings.
This year it’s those stocker stuffer ideas for toddlers that I’ve been trying to come up and are sending me shopping. My hope is I’ll purchase items that I know he’ll play with and love. I had a little too much fun last year filling my 1-year-old’s stocking with pouches that he loved and a few teething toys. However, this year he’s a bigger kid. I’ve been on the hunt for fun smaller items that I know he’ll get excited about outside of edible items.
So I wanted to share my list of items I know toddlers love. I hope I can give any other moms in my shoes some ideas so you can complete your shopping list with tried and true toddler toys. Here are 25 stocking stuffer ideas for toddlers.
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Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Toddlers
- Melissa and Doug Water Wow books. Someone recommended this to me when my baby wasn’t even one and he was in love so early! I have a nephew in grade school who still plays with and adores these, but toddlers who are messy coloring fans are ideal! They use water to reveal colors on pages, and it’s the best thing for quiet bags, church time, family travel, and car trips.
- Lego Duplo Sets. It’s never too soon to create a Lego fan! Our Mickey Mouse fan will adore this Mickey and the Roadster Racers small set his little hands can put together. In full disclosure, we received this item to try out. But, I got to pick an item and set and I went with this one because it’s perfect stocking stuffer size! Small Lego sets are fun for all ages. Small Duplo sets are perfect for toddlers.
- ABC Magnet pack. You can go with the classic plastic fridge set. Or maybe more sophisticated wood set. Either way, it’s a hit to give a bundle of letters to help learn the alphabet and practice fine motor skills! I caved and gave our set early. I’m asked to pull out the “ABCD’s” for fun time play every day.
- Lace and Trace. Once again with those fine motor skills, and depending on the age of the toddler they may play with these differently, but they are a good idea no matter what the age! We snagged a wild animal set and our toddler loves trying to get the lace in the holes and making the noises of the animals.
- Magnet block set. We love our Tegu robot, it’s been the perfect thing to take in a diaper bag when we’re out and about. They stick together and it’s fun to watch little hands manipulate the sets different ways.
- Sticker books. You can find larger and smaller sized books, but even a classic size rolls nicely to fit in a stocking! Most toddlers are all about stickers, and finding the right characters is always a good idea!
Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Kids
- Crayons or markers. Let me confess the coloring on the walls terrifies me, so we go with mess-free options or washable crayons. Your toddler will love you!
- Little people figurines. You can get a small set of these with only a few characters, and they are something your own little person will love finding and playing with.
- A set of cars. I may be a boy mom, but I’ve yet to see a little girl who doesn’t enjoy making a toy vehicle drive! Find a set of the right colors and shapes for your little person, and let them enjoy driving the cars throughout the house.
- A small plush character they love. My son is a Disney fan, and this small Mickey is like his personal friend, as is the Groot we purchased before Black Friday. Choose their favorite, and they will get excited about a new best friend to snuggle.
- A new lovey. If you’re like us, the blanket or lovey they’re attached to is something they just can’t sleep without. Also, it is likely looking a little worn and torn at this phase. We love our Jellycat “puppy” and they come rolled up and perfect stocking size in addition to being the softest, cutest attachment item you can find!
Stocking Stuffers for Kids
- Bubble Bath. There’s nothing that makes bath time exciting like a bubble bath! Choose a brand you feel comfortable with and let them have fun during bath time tonight!
- And speaking of bath time… Bath crayons fit perfectly in a stocking shape, which is why they are a favorite for stocking stuffer ideas for toddlers! Also, they add a new fun game during bath time.
- Squirting bath toys. We love our Munchkin animal pack, and we know that it’s a good idea to replace bath toys regularly since sometimes mold is a part of the equation. It’s a good time to grab a set and stuff a stocking!
- A new board book. I love that these come in smaller sizes, and they are perfect for little hands. We love our Baby Lit books because they are darling and we can talk about colors, people, shapes, and everything else a toddler starts to comprehend. But you could choose any classic or book highly-rated on Amazon and know you’ll give a hit!
- Play-Doh. There are few things that excite a toddler like Play-Doh, particularly when a new color, new pack, or new tool to play with it enters the scene. You can buy a few individual pieces, or a small set and fill up a stocking quickly!
- A new sippy cup/water bottle. I love that my toddler feels like a big kid drinking out of his Camelbak bottle these days, and buying one in his favorite color was one of the best choices we made! These Munchkin 360 cups are a favorite of mine to eliminate messes, and with how often these get used and how often kids lose or beat up their cups, a fresh set is always a good idea!
- Finger Puppets. Oh, how these beauties have saved us during church and other quiet times! Toddlers love trying to fit these on their cute chubby fingers. Plus, they make story time and quiet time a lot easier and more fun.They work great as a baby stocking stuffer, but I love them as a stocking stuff ideas for toddlers since those little hands will put them right to use!
- Matching Card Game. This is the perfect game to introduce your kids to family game time with! It’s good for them to practice memory skills, dexterity flipping the cards. These come in so many different types and character features. It’s not hard to find one they will get excited about it.
- A doodle pad or boogie board. Same concept here, but different products. Your toddler can play with the pad and you can avoid the mess and easy erasing ready to dray the next item.
- Magnatab. These things are so fun, they teach dexterity and coordination without frustrating. Plus, there are so many different options and sizes for what you think you’re kid will enjoy playing with the most.
- Sleeved Bibs/Smock. There’s nothing that’s given me the courage to let my kid get dirty, play with paint or art supplies, or master feeding himself like the sleeved bibs! Easy on, easy to wash, and something you’ll both enjoy having!
- Bubbles! There’s nothing that hypes up a toddler like bubble time! I love that you can find cheap packs, fancy gadgets, and everything in between. Our favorite is the Gymboree bubbles and wand that are sugar-based and last longer.
- Toddler Puzzles. We love these sets that are perfect for tiny hands. They aren’t too difficult or frustrating and should fit perfectly in a stocking.
- Jaq Jaq Bird Butter Chalk Book. We absolutely adore this little book we own that felt like a splurge at the time, but has been loved and played with so much we’re thankful for it! The coloring is less messy with this smear-free softer chalk that’s easy for little hands. It wipes clean with a wipe, and it’s been the perfect item to take with us wherever we go!
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