Christmas is seriously the most wonderful time of the year. That said, it can also be SO stressful to find not only the gifts for your family, but 1,001 stocking stuffers to go with them, too. I actually LOVE finding stocking stuffers (possibly more than the actual gifts) so I thought I’d come up with a list of my top 10 toddler stocking stuffers for y’all so that those of you who see it as more of a chore don’t have to spend any more time finding them than you have to!
When it comes to toddler stocking stuffers, I try to get a good mix of educational, fun, and functional. I have an extremely low tolerance for crap around my house. Moving 8 times has ensured that I do a regular cleaning out of our stuff, but now that we’re building our last house ever, I’m trying to make sure that we don’t BRING anything in that we don’t want there. So, I don’t do stuff that I’ll be wanting to trash after the first week because I hate the idea of wasting money just to fill a stocking. Heck, I even re-use Christmas/winter books every year to make our Advent calendar, rather than bring in a calendar with little toys that will end up all over my house or broken (plus there’s the educational aspect of it, too).
Advent and Christmas are everything to me, so I’m super excited to have my toddler stocking stuffers found, purchased, and done so I can just enjoy all of the Christmas cookie decorating, apple cider drinking, and especially each important day during Advent for us Catholic mamas. These are some of the cutest stocking stuffers I’ve found for my kiddos (for the fourth year in a row). What are your favorite things to put in your kiddos’ stockings?
Toddler Stocking Stuffers
- Color Bath Tablets: These actually add quite a bit of color with one tab and you can change the colors by mixing two. Our boys each get to pick one to drop in for an inexpensive, super fun bath treat.
- Building Bath Pipes: Anything that adds a little education to our play time is something I’m all for, but then you add in the fact that these can go on the back bathtub wall and keep the water splashing to a minimum and I’m totally sold. They’re little pipes that have spinning wheels in them and can be used individually or one above another to create a longer trail for the water to go through.
- Foam Bath Letters/Numbers: Again with the sneaking education in, my eldest LOVES spelling words on the bath wall with these, while I use them to teach letters and numbers to our littlest (and our eldest loves teaching him, too).
- Glow-in-the-Dark Stars— Stick these to your toddler’s ceiling and give up the night light for some out-of-this-world decor instead!
- Liquid Bubble Timer— Like a new-age sand timer, it’s calming and cool and perfect for settling your fit-throwing kiddo down while thinking they got something awesome in their stocking. It’s like a gift for you!
- The Original Slinky— Go old school and give your child the gift of YOUR childhood. Whether you have stairs in your house or just want something fun for them to play with on their own, this is super inexpensive and SO fun!
- 3 Bees and Me Airplane Set— It wouldn’t be a holiday in our house without airplanes. These are so stinkin’ cute and they come in a set of 4 (so I can put 2 in each boys’ stocking)!
- Anti-Slip Socks— A set of 10 pairs, these are the perfect stocking stuffer to keep little toes warm throughout the winter without sliding all over your wood or tile floors.
- Silicone Elephant Mug— I know my boys LOVE to get to drink their “warm chocolate” out of a mug like Mama’s coffee in the mornings. Why not spoil your kiddo with a fun elephant mug so you can do the same?
- Road Car Tape— Y’all. Forget putting together all those crazy tracks for your kids’ cars. Grab some of this tape and quickly and easily “assemble” and “disassemble” tracks in any room of your house with virtually no storage space required! (And if by some miracle your house isn’t already filled with cars, this is a great inexpensive set to go with the tape.)