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Ideas for Kids Stocking Stuffers That Won't Blow Your Budget
It is Christmas time again and with that comes filling stockings. With four kids, stocking stuffers could quickly blow the Christmas budget. They don't have to cost a fortune though. I love finding the perfect items to go in each stocking. This takes time though to find the right things at the right cost. So I always start looking for unique and inexpensive stocking stuffers a few months in advance. Here are some ideas for different ages of kids.
I have found that filling stockings for younger kids is pretty easy. It doesn't take much for them to get excited. Young children are happy with art supplies, bubbles and playdough. If you can plan ahead and purchase art supplies on sale at back to school time it will really save you money. If not that is fine, crayons and coloring books aren't that much money. A four pack of playdough can be had for around $2, making it a very inexpensive item for stockings. I will divide it up among the two younger kids. It also takes up a good chunk of space, meaning overall it will cost less to actually have the stocking filled.
Bubble bath is another favorite here. This is not something I buy on a regular basis, so it is always a treat at Christmas time. Again it takes up a lot of space. Young children also get excited about fun character toothbrushes and toothpaste. Speaking of character items, character socks or t-shirts fit well in stockings and kids love them. These items fill a need for my children many years and they still really like them. Fidget spinners and other fidget toys are very popular right now and can be had fairly cheap.
For young boys little metal race cars are a favorite. You can purchase tubes of plastic animals or people for around $6. There are many themes to choose from - from forest animals to astronauts, even an Egyptian theme. Most kids love these and they take up a good bit of space too. You can get small Lego, K'nex or Playmobil sets for fairly cheap that should fit in a stocking. Pokemon cards and other items are favorites right now.
For young girls you can purchase little baby bottles for their dolls and even doll diapers. If your little girl doesn't already have a doll, that would be a great item to be sticking out of the top of the stocking on Christmas morning. Hair clips or bows, play jewelry or dress up items all fit nicely into stockings and are relatively inexpensive. Shopkins sets fit nicely in stockings. Rubiks cubes are hot right now for middle elementary kids.
For tweens creating a theme stocking is always fun. If your child is very interested in crafts, you could fill her stocking with all sorts of craft supplies. Googly eyes, Popsicle sticks, string and beads, feathers, pipe cleaners, glitter, paint, colored pencils, etc are all pretty cheap and would get any crafty child dreaming of the possibilities. You can do a sports theme, a movie theme or create it around whatever their favorite things are.
For girls makeup, nail polish and jewelry are usually a hit. Clip in feather extensions for hair, slap bracelets, funky socks and movie or character key chains are popular. Clothing goes over well for older girls and can be rolled up nicely to fit inside the stocking. I stock up on bath items on Black Friday to keep my expenses down. Anything emoji is hot right now - from slippers to notepads kids love it all.
For boys sports cards and small handheld games are always a hit. These can be bought cheaply at $5 Below, Target or Wal-Mart. A t-shirt from their favorite sports team takes up a lot of space and they usually love it.
Teens can be hard to shop for and often times the most expensive. Older kids all love to get gift cards and movie passes in their stockings. I earn free giftcards online to help keep my costs down. I also play the drugstore game to get numerous items free throughout the year. Many of these things end up in my teens' stockings. Starbucks refreshers, beef jerky, candy, chapstick, gum, and more can be had for free or cheap and are stashed for Christmas time. Teens love funky socks, and soft PJ bottoms. You can find cheap phone cases online as well.
Other items I have put in stockings before include a child's favorite food, a special treat specific to each child, books, card games, trinkets with the child's name on it, character underwear or socks, handmade coupons for things like their favorite meal or a pass to get out of doing a chore, candy, notepads, fancy pens or pencils, glow in the dark stickers of the solar system, bouncy balls, stickers, pajamas, disposable cameras (always a favorite for younger kids) and games.
Filling a stocking should be fun and inexpensive. Look for small cheap things year round that will work for your child and come Christmas time you should have the stocking just about covered.