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35 Perfect DIY Stocking Stuffers for Kids and Adults

Updated on November 16, 2017
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Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and kid-friendly craft tutorials.

Filling Christmas stockings can be either fun or stressful, depending on the gift ideas you have, to fill them.

I did a Google search to find items that fit into the stockings and are useful or funny. I believe that you’ll enjoy making and giving these stocking stuffer gifts.

All of the gift ideas included here show a picture of the item and the site name, which will take you directly to the patterns and/or tutorial.

To make the Tic Tac Toe Travel Game shown above, go to the childhood 101 site for the instructions.

If you would like to make a Christmas stocking, you’ll find 30+ unique ideas at Christmas Stocking Crafts Ideas.

1. Bath Fizzies

A great stocking stuffer because it can be used as a gift for kids, teens, men and ladies. Find the tutorial for making these bath fizzies at Paging Fun Mums. You'll notice that this is a gift the kids can help make.

2. Bitty Booties

These bitty booties are so simple to make and really cute tool. When you go to the HELLO Heather site you'll see the download button to get the pattern and directions and you'll see a lot of different ideas for decorating the booties.

3. Felt Puzzles

Even very little kids love to do puzzles and this is a nice, safe puzzle to make and give to toddlers. Easy to follow instructions for making this puzzle is found at Mommysavers.

4. Felt Finger Puppets

You could almost give a finger puppet to anyone as a stocking stuffer. That's true especially if the person receiving the finger puppets enjoys entertaining little ones with stories. You'll find the tutorial for this sure-to-please gift at the IDEA ROOM.

5. Lavender Sachets

Any gal, no matter her age, would love lavender scented sachets to tuck into their dresser drawers or to hang in the closet. You can find the tutorial for making the sachets at saveoncrafts.

6. Brain Wave Beanie

Imagine how handsome the young man will look wearing a beanie crocheted especially for him. This brain wave beanie is a real eye catcher, and think of the color combinations that your guy loves, or the colors of a favorite sports team. You can find the Free pattern for making this brain wave beanie at Playin Hooky Designs.

7. Cozy Car Caddy

I think the little boys, and girls too, would enjoy playing with this car caddy. The instructions on making this project are found at homemade BY JILL.



8. Hand Warmers

I like the heart shaped hand warmers, but nice square ones would be welcome too. Fleece Fun.com has the directions for making these hand warmers. This is a great way to use up some of the fleece fabric scraps that are too nice to toss.


9. Photo Ornaments

See how this project is done, by going to the LIFE AS A THRIFTER site.

10. Box of Rocks

This site, fler.cz , is written in a foreign language that I can't read, but the pictures of the project make it self explanatory. Be sure to find a nice box to put these guys in and include a "You Rock" note. "I'll love you 'til these snowmen melt."

11. Flavored Tea Bags

This is an especially thoughtful gift for a tea lover, who likes to try all flavors. The tutorial for this project, at Easy Peasy Organic , even includes a tea recipe, besides the instructions for making the tea bags.

12. Crayon Roll

When the kids receive stocking stuffer gifts, that you can tuck into your purse and have handy when going out to eat or visiting, you'll appreciate the gift often. The instructions for making this crayon roll up are found at Skip to my Lou .

13. Paracord Bracelet

A paracord bracelet is a nice gift for a teen boy or young man. The project is easy enough to make following the tutorial that you'll find at A girl AND A GLUE GUN . This cording is available in many colors so you can make them for a lot of friends. I'm sure many would like the bracelet in their school colors.

14. Glass Tile Pendants

The glass tile pendants look a lot harder to make than they actually are. I love the ones with the photos. But the fabric and paper ones are outstanding also. You can find the instructions for making these pendants at SUGAR BEE crafts .

15. Jacob's Ladder

Find the instructions for making a Jacob's ladder at duo fiberworks .

16. Money Wrapped Candy Bars

I don't know anyone who would be disappointed finding this in their Christmas stocking. All the guys, girls and kids will love this one. Find the tutorial and the printables for making this item look so great at simply J studio.

17. Comic Book Magnets

You'll have as much fun making these magnets, as anyone will be to get them. Use comic book characters or sayings from the comic books you love. The possibilities are endless here. Find the tutorial for the craft project at CRAFTS BY Amanda .

18. Candy Cane Mice

Candy cane mice are always a good addition to the Christmas stockings. Many folks love the peppermint candy canes and the felt mice are so simple to make. The directions are found at Martha Stewart for this craft item.

19. Key Chains

Get out your stash of fabric scraps to make these key chains. You know how you love the different fabrics and combinations of fabrics, so have fun and make stocking stuffers at the same time. The tutorial for making these fabric key chains is found at CRAFTINESS is not OPTIONAL .

20. Word Bead Bracelets

These word bead bracelets are super easy to make and make terrific stocking stuffer gifts. You'll find the tutorial for making these bracelets at HAPPYHOURPROJECTS.


21. Gum Ornaments

These are a double duty stocking item. They are cute ornaments, and tasty chewing gum for later. The instructions and printables for these gum ornaments are found at Wee Share.

22. Patterned Tights

These patterned tights are easy to make by following the instructions you'll find at Crafts Unleashed.


23. Luggage Tags

The guy or gal who receives these luggage tags will find it much easier when looking for their luggage at the airport. These nice colorful luggage tags make finding your bags easy. You'll find the tutorial for making these luggage tags at Project Naptime.

24. Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Guys

25. Coffee Cozy

This is the perfect gift for coffee drinkers that like to have their coffee hot. The cozy not only protects your fingers from the hot coffee cup, but also keeps the heat in the cup. The directions for making a coffee cozy is found at the THE SEWING DORK site.

26. Doll in a Matchbox

This little doll in a matchbox is Jack from the Beanstalk story. Follow the instructions at HAPPY CRAFTY FAMILY for making this and other dolls in a matchbox. A cute little girl or boy stocking stuffer gift.

27. Block Puzzle

Here is another really sweet idea for a gift to put in any ones stocking. The little one inch wooden cubes can be purchased in a bag that you can make more than one gift. You'll find all the information that you'll need to make this stocking stuffer at the IDEA ROOM.

28. Paper Candy Pouch

I like this easy to make paper candy pouch idea, and I think I'd probably get a few Christmas stickers to add to the little pouches. The instructions for sewing these paper candy pouches is found at PEPPERMINT PLUM .

29. Christmas Coal

This is the only kind of coal that I would dream of putting in a Christmas stocking. And, it really is a cute gag gift, that even tastes good. Find the recipe and instructions for wrapping the coal at Big Red Kitchen.

30. Ear Bud Pouch

Choose the right fabric print and color and you can give an ear bud pouch to anyone on your Christmas stocking list. You'll find the pattern and instructions for making this pouch at DOG UNDER MY DESK .

31. Purse Emergency Kit

You'll find other ideas for what to put in the emergency kit also when you go to SECOND CHANCES for the tutorial. This is an item that could also be kept in the car or in a locker.

32. Nail Polish Kit

The little container that the nail polish bottles are put in has glitter added to make the little kit extra special for any girl you give this to. Find all the information on how to make this gift at SeeKateSew.


33. Toy Not Included

How is this for a switch. You give the batteries, but not the toy. A great gag gift, that is still useful because you can never have too many batteries. This cute idea comes from lovetoknow Christmas. Check this out for more gag gift ideas.

34. Chalk Board Mug

Depending on who's stocking you are tucking this mug in, write a personal message to them. Find the tutorial for making this mug at Kate’s Creative Space. She also has tips on how to get nice straight edges on the chalk board paint tag.

35. Forest Friends Keychains

Think of all the ways that key chains can be used, by any aged person. Kids can use them on their school backpacks and coin pouches. House keys and car keys. Boat, Jeep, pickup, RV, 4 wheeler, etc. You get the idea. The tutorial for making these key chains can be found at Repeat crafter Me.

© 2014 Loraine Brummer

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      Loraine Brummer 2 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Thanks, agusfanani, for your visit and your comment. I hope you do try the doll in a matchbox. It would make such a cute stocking stuffer.

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      agusfanani 2 years ago from Indonesia

      I learn great ideas from your post. I'd like to try to make doll in matchbox.

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      Loraine Brummer 3 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Thanks, Diana Lee, for the up vote.

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      Loraine Brummer 3 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Hi peachpurple. The matchbox craft really is a neat idea. It would be so easy to make it for any story book character. I like the Not Toy Included gift!

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      Diana L Pierce 3 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      It looks like there are many fun projects here. Voted up.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i would love to try the match box and the crayon