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Stocking Stuffers for Artistic Kids

Updated on May 13, 2014

Little Gifts for Creative Kids' Christmas Stockings

For some kids, stockings are the best part of Christmas. You never know what tiny treasures Santa will dig up each year. If he's kind, he'll choose stocking stuffers that keep young hands happy and engaged--without electronics, no less!--while the adults are lingering over long, chatty holiday meals. Here, my best suggestions for stocking stuffers that creative kids will use with pleasure, through the holiday break and all year long.

(photo: CarbonNYC via photopin cc ~ cropped for shape)

Watercolor Crayons

Not your run-of-the-mill crayons, these take on a painted look when the strokes are brushed with water. I've been known to join my kids in watercolor-crayoning. Very cool.

Wikki Stix

Kids can press letters, numbers, patterns, anything onto paper with these colorful, waxy strands that stick together. Fun for forming little shapes, too, as they would with clay--but without all the mess. These were a blessing for us on holiday car trips and in restaurants when our kids were younger.

Make-a-Ballerina Kit

What little girl wouldn't like to bedazzle a sweet ballerina this Christmas?

Make-a-Train Kit

Choo-choose a brightly colored train kit for your locomotive-loving artist.

Pocket Etch-a-Sketch

One of my sons plays travel baseball, and the other 2--although they love their brother dearly--struggle to pay attention during long games. The younger guy has made some incredible drawings on our mini Etch-a-Sketch while waiting for his twin's turns at bat.

Mini Stencil Books

Dover has a fantastic selection of stencils, from ethnic designs to bugs and butterflies. Useful year-round for school projects, birthday card making, much more. Especially handy on New Year's Day, when we have an all-day family gathering and throw together a little "art station" for cousins who want a break from rougher play.

take 2; they're small (and cheap!) :)

Child-Size Artist's Apron

Who wants Dad's ratty button-down for an art smock when you can have this hip cover-up, featuring a fun slogan and vibrant peace-sign collage by 2 kid artists? Available with green or pink text. Works for making Christmas cookies, too :)

Silly Putty

If you haven't played with Silly Putty in a while, try it--it's oddly therapeutic. Your kids might think so, too. Arty kids enjoy finding cool photos/graphics in whatever newspapers and magazines are laying around, then making impressioins onto the putty. A classic.

Scratch Magic Note Cube

Make cool scratch-art notes to pass to cousins under the Christmas dinner table with this Scratch Magic note set.


Do you remember painting by numbers? I sure do. This tropical seascape banishes the winter blues.

Metallic Crayons

During his outer-space phase, my eldest loved to draw elaborate scenes on black paper with metallic crayons. He also made standout birthday cards for friends with these, on black or dark blue paper. With kids, all that glitters is golden!

Stuffed owl kit

Girls will flip for these adorable owls they can make themselves -- or with a friend.

Spiral Art

Math can be beautiful with this spiral art kit that may be superior to what we oldies used as children. Includes templates, gears & colored pens.

Rubber Stamps

Rubber stamping is great fun but usually requires decent fine-motor skills. Here's a set that lets little ones in on the activity, with sturdy handles and a multicolored inkpad.

Fingerprint Art Set

My kids made sooo many cute greeting cards with fingerprint art, even a picture one year that we copied on the home copier for class valentines. If memory serves, I think it was a fingerprint-art train with heart-shaped puffs of steam. But really, the possibilities are endless with this sweet little kit.

seashell pen stocking stuffer
seashell pen stocking stuffer

Seashell pens

Can't make it to the beach this year? Give your kiddo a seashell pen collection to draw with instead. So real looking, (s)he'll swear they were plucked from the sand!

ladybug stocking stuffer
ladybug stocking stuffer

Ladybug sharpener (and calculator!)

Sharpen colored pencils with this whimsical ladybug .... then when break's over, use it for math homework!

personalized notebooks
personalized notebooks

Personalized Journal

Young artists will love sketching in a beautifully designed notebook personalized with their name or initials.

What's going into your kids' stockings this year? I promise not to tell! ;)


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      7 years ago

      These were so cute.

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      8 years ago

      What a nice Christmas gift ideas lens, I like it!

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      8 years ago

      What a nice Christmas gift ideas lens, I like it!

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      9 years ago

      I like your choice of stocking stuffers for the little artists in the family.


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      Mickie Goad 

      9 years ago

      Really good lens. I like to way you give personal comments about each item!

      Thanks for visiting my Tracing Paper lens and giving it a roll.

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Wonderful ideas for stocking stuffers & a great idea for a lens!


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      Seeking Pearls 

      9 years ago from Pueblo West

      Lovely lens and great stocking stuffer ideas. I love the look of the felt stockings.

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      9 years ago from Western Mass

      some great ideas for my daughter. thanks. :)

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      lakern26 lm 

      9 years ago

      Wonderful lens! I'm always on the lookout for interesting stocking stuffers that don't involve candy. You've listed a bunch of great ideas here, thanks!

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      oztoo lm 

      9 years ago

      These are great stocking stuffers. Artistic or not most kids would love these.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      9 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Great ideas for young kids!

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      9 years ago

      Great ideas...we always open stockings first thing xmas morning. Lensrolled to my Christmas Crafts for Kids lens and 5*

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      9 years ago

      My youngest son has always loved to draw. He's nineteen now and not interested in a career related to art, but he still draws. I fill his stocking with drawing pencils and sketch pads.

      Great lens


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      9 years ago

      Fun ideas for stocking stuffers. My kids can't wait to open their stockings on Christmas!

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      luvmyludwig lm 

      9 years ago

      I love stocking stuffers, can I have all this stuff for myself :)

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      9 years ago

      Perfect ideas for young kids... Love it!

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      9 years ago

      What great ideas for stocking stuffers!

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      Holley Web 

      9 years ago

      These are so great ideas for stocking stuffers! I sure hope Santa gets this list!


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