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.)
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.
For an older kid who’s simply obsessed with Frozen. (Check out more tasteful Frozen 2 merch here.)
These delightful bubble toys (that this writer owns) float and spin to make bath time that much more fun.
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.
This easy-to-grab “sophisticated rattle” also appears in our Toy Matrix for 1-year-olds.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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! continues to be popular, and these little pets come with seven “surprises” each.
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.
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