Buying stocking stuffers for kids doesn’t mean skimping on design creativity. Some of the best gifts you can find (gifts you’d actually want for yourself) would be
perfectly suited to kids. Below, I’ve put together a few dozen of my very favorite things to stuff into stockings, all for around five bucks.
Simple, beautiful, timeless.
NPW-USA Finger Monsters Temporary Tattoos (20 Count)
Roar! These are delightful.
Edhome Self-adhesive Silicone Building Blocks Tape Baseplate Bricks
Now you can put Lego on every possible surface in your house, just like your kids have always wanted.
Water Light Training Chopsticks for Kids
$5, Umami Mart
These chopsticks train children to master the eating utensils. Once they have outgrown the green thumb rest, you can pull them apart to be big-kid-ready.
Maisonette Dog Stickers
These are the kind of stickers I would have treasured, hidden in my sticker box, and admired without daring to use them.
Copernicus Toys Copernicus Glux Glow Putty
It glows in the dark, it bounces, it shatters when frozen — what’s not to love?
Kikkerland Insect Assorted 3-D Paper Puzzle (9 Pieces)
Scary and cool, these puzzles are surprisingly easy to put together.
Meri Meri Easy Tiger Temporary Tattoos
Cute enough for kids, stylish enough for their parents, too.
Iwako Japanese Puzzle Take Apart Erasers Zoo Animals Set of 7
It’s hard for me to believe that anyone would dare use these as actual erasers when they are perfectly engineered little puzzles. I’ve spent long hours with my kid taking these apart and putting them back together over and over again.
Pilot Frixion Colors Erasable Marker - 12 Color set
Great, colorful markers that erase easily. These are a crowd-pleaser, as fun for kids as for adults with boring office jobs.
Patterned Washi Tape
$1, Paper Mart
This washi tape comes in lovely designs, and, best of all, won’t damage furniture and walls when the little one sticks it everywhere.
This package of multicolor Play-Doh soap smells like vanilla and bubble gum, and is a craft kit to create a small snow fairy.
Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book
Assorted Pop Rocks Candy Packs (1 dz)
Pop Rocks never stop being magical, and just watch your kid’s face the first time she tries them.
Rearview Spy Glasses Mirror Vision
Half of the lens is mirrored on each side, so you can spy on people behind you. Good for catching sneaky siblings stealing cookies.
Toy State Caterpillar Construction Mini Machine 5-Pack
I know mothers who carry this set in their purse to keep kids entertained wherever they go. They’re surprisingly good quality for such a great deal.
Pentel Arts Aquash Water Brush, Small Brush, Fine Point Tip
The perfect no-mess paintbrush for both kids and adults. I carry this and a small watercolor set wherever I go.
Plus-Plus Tube Basic Mix 70 pcs.
These tiny Danish construction toys can be assembled into any shape you can imagine. They are very small in size, so best for ages 5 and up.
PLAYMOBIL Tiger Family
These tigers are a great addition to a growing Playmobil collection, or just fine on their own for small animal lovers.
Mattel Uno Card Game
A classic. I’m sure you will want to play this as much as your kids will.
Kikkerland Woodland Pencils, Set of 4
Silly pencils are always a big hit in our family stockings.
LEGO Classic Red Creativity Box 10707 Building Kit
Who doesn’t need more Legos? These small kits, sorted by color, have around 50 pieces each.
Rory’s Story Cubes
Roll the nine cubes and tell a story with the pictures on them. This is a great family game with an educational spin.
Midori Mini Sticky Note, Film Fusen Comment Bubble
These little sticky notes are great for older kids marking notes in their books.
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