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23 Stocking Stuffers for Kids and Babies (You Can Buy on Amazon) for Under $20

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It doesn’t take much to delight a child. Especially when it comes to stocking stuffers, where a little can go a long way. Simply giving young kiddos a bunch of wrapped up doodads and trinkets will (theoretically) keep them occupied for hours. But whether you’re shopping for your 5-year-old nephew, your best friend’s newborn, your own kid — or all three — finding those doodads and trinkets, even if they’re small, can be understandably tricky. To help you fill your shopping cart in one fell swoop, we’ve rounded up a bunch of toys, books, and other goodies (a lot of which we’ve written about before) for the little ones in your life. And to make things even easier: all are under $20, and all are from Amazon. (For more — and more substantial — gifts for youngsters, check out our guide to this year’s hottest gifts for kids. But you might want to hurry, as things are going fast.)

Jordan Step 1 Baby Toothbrush, Pack of 4

Dentists call this grippy brush one of the best toothbrushes for babies because of its ergonomic handle, which doubles as a teething ring. It would make a welcome (and soothing) gift for babies cutting their first teeth — and for the parents who have to deal with this typically fuss-inducing milestone.

Oral-B Pro-Health Jr. Battery Powered Kid's Toothbrush featuring Disney's Frozen

For an older kid who’s simply obsessed with Frozen. (Check out more tasteful Frozen 2 merch here.)

Loulou Lollipop Llama Soft Silicone Teether

Here’s a sweet little llama teether that Nasiba Adilova, a co-founder of The Tot, recommends. Seems like a thoughtful gift for the baby (or caretaker) that’s got Sophie-the-Giraffe fatigue.

Munchkin White Hot Safety Bath Ducky

A classic rubber ducky for bath time that also tells you whether the water is too hot (by way of a sensor on the bottom that says “HOT”). It’s completely sealed, which means it sadly doesn’t quack — but also means water won’t get in leave mildew behind.

Munchkin Float and Play Bubbles Bath Toy

These delightful bubble toys (that this writer owns) float and spin to make bath time that much more fun.

Palm Crayons

Egg-shaped crayons that are the ideal size for small hands to grasp and color with. They made the “Educational/Reasonably Priced” quadrant of our best gifts for 1-year-olds Toy Matrix.

Manhattan Toy Skwish Color Burst Grasping Activity Toy

This easy-to-grab “sophisticated rattle” also appears in our Toy Matrix for 1-year-olds.

"Press Here" Board Book

Board books are always a great gift. This interactive one was featured in our gift guide for 2-year-olds and is especially popular among Strategist readers.

"The Snowy Day" Board Book

A classic board book for a snowy day.

Plus-Plus BIG

Although the packaging is slightly large for a stocking, this building-block set that’s one of our top gifts for 3-year-olds incorporates just one shape of block that can be assembled into endless configurations.

Simply Crafty Superhero Masks and Cuffs Kit

Kids love stickers and super heroes. Gifting this mask-and-cuff kit (that’s on our list of the best gifts for 4-year-olds) will surely make you a super hero in their eyes.

Spalding High Bounce Handball

As straightforward as they come, this super bouncy rubber ball is a classic for a reason (and a great gift for a 5-year-old and up).

Hasbro Rubik’s Cube

You can’t go wrong with a Rubik’s cube. Another thing they’ll play with for hours.

Poopsie Slime Surprise Poop Pack Series

Poop and slime, apparently one of kids’ favorite combinations these days, may sound like a gross pairing. But when you really think about it, to merge the two is actually sort of (lowbrow) brilliant. We think the 7-year-old in your life will love playing with whatever surprise awaits in one of these.

JA-RU Flarp Noise Fart Putty (Pack of 4)

Turns out kids love fart noises, too. Play therapist Joseph Sacks says Flarp is a (sometimes noisy) putty toy that “they’ll spend 45 minutes playing with.” He adds, “It’s cool, slimy, and they can make anything they want out of it.”

Post-its Rio de Janeiro Colors

“It doesn’t sound like much of a gift, but trust me: Kids love office supplies,” says novelist Rumaan Alam. “A pad of Post-its is a flip book; it’s a storybook; it’s a wall mosaic that won’t cost your security deposit; it’s two-dozen very small paper airplanes.”

Crayola Silly Scents Twistables Crayons

To go with those Post-its, a set of crayons that never need sharpening — and that smell like fruits.

Brain Quest Grade 3, Revised 4th Edition

While these classic trivia cards based on school curriculum are educational, “they don’t feel like an extension of school for kids — the quizzing, in this form, becomes a game,” according to Trupti Rami, who included it in her list of the best gifts for 8-year-olds. The cards are fastened at the corner, ensuring that they’ll never get lost — and making them ideal for playing on the go.

Bananagrams WildTiles

This edition of the award-winning Bananagrams comes with six “WildTiles” that can be played as any letter. While the travel-friendly game was one of our top gifts for 10-year-olds, it’s one that the whole family can play.

Skyrocket Blume Doll — Add Water & See Who Grows

This “blooming” toy tops our list of the most highly anticipated toys of the holiday season, with a toy expert saying, “It’s like magic for kids.” Sold.

L.O.L. Surprise! Pets Series 4 (2 Pack)

L.O.L Surprise! continues to be popular, and these little pets come with seven “surprises” each.

Kicko Marbled Unicorn Color Slime

More slime, but with less poop. This cosmic marbled slime comes in a pack of six, so you can spread the love between several stockings.

The Lego Movie 2: Good Morning Sparkle Babies! 50 Piece Set

And, of course, kids love Legos. This compact set is a tie-in to The Lego Movie 2 and includes mini-figurines and a catapult that launches a star.

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23 Stocking Stuffers for Kids and Babies Under $20