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90 Affordable Christmas Stocking Stuffers for Toddlers and Older Kids For 2017
Inexpensive Stocking Stuffer and Gift Ideas for Kids
Finding stocking stuffers for toddlers can be a bit of a tricky task. But no need to fret: Here are 100 inexpensive stocking stuffers that any kid would love to have.
Before I give you my list, remember that when looking for gifts for kids, it's best to have some information about the individual child. This way you can give gifts that suit his or her personality. I know it's a basic gift-giving concept but it's something that we sometimes forget.
These suggestions are categorized into best gifts over all, best gifts for boys, best gifts for girls, bestselling gifts for kids, best art gifts, and best developmental gifts.
Top Rated Stocking Stuffers for Toddlers
I've given these presents myself and they've been very well-received. Of course, the success of your present will depend on who you give it to, but this is a good place to start.
These toddler stocking stuffer ideas are good for both boys and girls.
1. The Gift of Music: Musical Toys for Toddlers
The parents may not be pleased with all the noise they make at first, but once they see how quickly their children learn to play music with it, they'll be happy too.
This rainmaker is my favorite. It's great for babies as well as toddlers, and is just the right size for little hands. Make sure you buy one that is BPA-free like this one by Hohner Kids.
2. Educational Flashcards for Learning on the Go
A small flashcard set with 40 different bilingual words and 80 enticing images. Great for identifying colors, shapes, animals, and more.
Munchkin Traveling Flashcards are small enough to fit in a diaper bag, making them great for traveling or to keep toddlers quietly busy at a restaurant or in the car. All the pages are laminated for durability.
3. Dinosaur Stampers
These cute dinosaur stampers were in my son's stocking stuffer when he was two years old and he really loved them. When he opened them, he immediately asked for a piece of paper and started stamping right away, even though there were still other presents left to open! If you have a big dinosaur fan, these are surely going to be a great hit!
The set comes with 24 different dinosaur stamps.
4. Drawing Pad
Drawing pad, sketch pad, doodle pad—call it what you want, it's always a winner when gifted to a budding artist.
Toddlers love to scribble with colorful crayons and markers, and a drawing pad or any art-related item is always a good idea.
The Melissa & Doug Drawing Pad is very high quality for the price, with sturdy tear-out paper good for any materials. It usually goes on sale just before Christmas, too.
5. Crayola Color Bath Tablets
Make bath time fun with these colorful tablets from Crayola. By simply dropping a tablet into a bath tub full of water, you can turn the water different colors. Help your child learn secondary colors by buying all three primary colors and mixing them together. These are free of any fragrance, dissolve easily, and won't stain your tub.
6. Water Flutes for Toddlers
For any musically-inclined child, these water flutes are a whole lot of fun. To play, fill the flutes up with varying amounts of water to make different tones. These ALEX Toys water flutes come with waterproof song sheets for those kids who are a little bit more advanced.
Obviously, most toddlers will not suddenly be making heavenly music while in the bath, but these flutes a great introduction to playing and making music. Very easy to handle for little hands.
Kids love binoculars, and you can find a model that suits any kid's personality. These colorful pink ones are strong and sturdy and have a 4x25 magnification. I gave these to my niece when she was two-and-a-half years old and she was immediately at the window people-watching!
If the child you're giving a present to is not too keen on pink, other binocular designs might just be of interest. In addition to Melissa & Doug, Fisher-Price and Educational Insights make tough kids' binoculars that won't break easily.
8. Sticker Activity Books
My son is now seven years old, so he's no longer excited by things like animal stickers. However, when he was a toddler, he spent a lot of time with these. Stickers are always a great idea for a toddler Christmas stocking stuffer.
10. Caterpillar Stacking Cups
These caterpillar-shaped stacking cups are bath toys and building blocks in one.
These are multi-purpose cups. Aside from functioning as stacking toys that help develop a toddler's fine motor skills, they can also be used for pouring and straining water. Each cup is labeled 1 through 7 to teach number recognition, and they nest in each other making for easy storage.
11. Toy Harmonica
I love harmonicas, and kids love plastic toy harmonicas. A musical toy is always good for toddlers.
12. The Tickle Monster
Inspired by the book, these Tickle Monster mitts are the cutest. They're blue, fluffy, and, of course, great for tickling. Such a fun pair of mitts!
You can even buy these together with the popular Tickle Monster book if your little one doesn't have it yet. Such fun for kids on Christmas.
13. Little Purse For Little Girls
A first purse just right for a special little girl. Pick one in a color you know she likes, and consider one with added accessories like toy keys, a wallet, a cell phone and play credit cards. Great for pretend play! And at the very least will keep her away from your own bag!
14. Temporary Tattoos for Little Hands
This is a good activity to do with kids after all the excitement of opening presents. You can find temporary tattoos with all kinds of designs, from animals to dinosaurs to robots. They usually run pretty cheap, also, costing about five or ten dollars, depending on the manufacturer.
15. Bath Crayons For Toddlers
Bath crayons are usually a hit with any toddler. At last! A chance to actually write on the wall without getting into trouble! Be sure the bath crayon you choose has a chunky shape for small hands. You want them to be easy to hold so they don't slip and cause frustration.
Have you noticed how musical toys are a recurring theme on this list? That's because I find that they usually work for little kids.
This is a well-made metal (rather than plastic) kazoo sold at a good price. If your child adores it, prepare for the wonderful "noise" it makes...over and over and over again! But hey! At least the little one is having fun!
17. Candy Cane Play-Doh Pack
It's not Christmas without candy canes, and this Play-Doh set shaped like a candy cane is a good way to stay away from the sweets this Christmas while still keeping with tradition.
18. Front Loader Truck Spoon
For the kid who loves to eat, unique plates and utensils are fitting gifts. Make it even better choosing utensils with their favorite toy or character. I love the construction theme of this front loader spoon! Good value at less than eight dollars.
19. Classic Children's Book
Books that parents and children can read together make great stocking stuffers. Maurice Sendak books are good standbys. What child wouldn't want to hear a story about Max's adventures with the Wild Things?
21 - 30: Stocking Stuffers For Toddler Girls for Under $10
All of these stocking stuffers for girls cost less than ten dollars on Amazon at the time of writing. Please note that these prices could change without prior notice.
21. Polka dot stockings. Polka dot anything always looks good, don't you think?
22. Princess mirror. This is a popular gift for toddlers.
23. Bug collection. If your little girl loves bugs, then this is the gift for her. Lots of different bugs in one packet.
24. Headband. This cute accessory is both a headband and a princess crown.
25. Tutu bloomers. How cute are these?
26. Dora the Explorer backpack. Many little kids love Dora, so this backpack is surely going to be loved as well. It's good for you too, as your child can carry some of his or her own stuff when you're out and about!
27. Lego Read and Build storybook. I love this introductory Lego book set. A great start for your future engineer.
28. Princess utensil set. Now is the time to teach kids table manners (good luck with that...) as well as how to use a spoon, fork, and knife correctly. What better way to make this more enjoyable and hopefully easier than with a princess-themed set?
29. Dora the Explorer Bath Squirters. Bath toys are always a good idea, I love these Dora the Explorer toys.
30. Hello Kitty bandages. Great for boo-boos or for playing doctor.
31 - 40 : Stocking Stuffers for Toddler Boys for Under $10
If you're looking for stocking stuffers for toddler boys, here are some common and not-so-common stuffers just for the little men in our lives.
31. Spiderman underwear. Or any fun underpants really. Best to buy pairs with characters your toddler recognizes.
32. Dinosaur grasping toy. These are made of different segments of wood, allowing the head, neck, and legs to turn. A fun toy that works your toddler's fine motor skills and pincer grasp!
33. Hand monsters.
34. Winter hat. Keep little heads warm on cold days. I especially like Beanie Bomber hats as they keep the ears warm too.
35. Webkinz Midnight Monster. A Christmas favorite. This midnight monster is one that toddler boys will surely love.
36. Jesus Storybook Bible.
37. King Pig from Angry Birds. Many toddlers nowadays are familiar with the Angry Birds game. This Angry Birds plush pig is one that will most likely spend many nights in your child's embrace. It's very soft and makes sounds just like the one in the game.
38. Green Toys tugboat. Stuff stockings and help the environment at the same time with these recycled milk jugs turned into toy tugboats.
39. Wind-up frog. Kids practice their fine-motor skills by winding up the frog.
40. Sponge Bob sippy cup. A sippy cup is alwys a favorite. Parents will like it too!
41 - 50: Personalized Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Toddlers
I love personalized gifts and these days it's very easy to get them made. A personalized toddler stocking stuffer is always special and makes a great keepsake. I bought a personalized CD for my son when he was a toddler and now that he's seven he still loves and listens to it.
Here are some ideas of presents that you can easily have personalized with initials or a name:
46. Stuffed toys
47. Toy chests
48. Door signs
49. Water bottles
50. Christmas ornaments
51 - 60. Art Gift Ideas for Toddlers
From crayons to paints, art supplies are great stocking stuffers for toddlers. Bear in mind the age of the child, as well as the possible messiness of whatever you buy. Smaller hands need bigger crayons and paintbrushes. Normally, by age three, kids can transition to smaller tools.
51. Toddler-sized art smock.
52. Crayola Jumbo Crayons. Easy to hold and hard to break!
53. Funky Star Roll Stickers. Over 100 stickers that toddlers love.
54. Alphabet dough-cutter kit.
55. Snazaroo face-paint kit. An award-winning quality kit with easy-to-apply paint.
56. Rub a Dub Bath Stickers. These foam stickers you can stick to your bathtub won the iParenting Media award. There are many themes: cars, farm animals, and buildings.
57. Spillproof paint cups.
58. Crayola Washable Kids paint set.
59. Make-A-Face sticker pad.
60. My First Paint-With-Water Book
61 - 70: Books For Toddlers
Books are always a staple for anyone's list of toddler gift ideas.
These are my ten personal favorite books for toddlers:
61. Tickle Monster Book
62. Where the Wild Things Are
63. The Octonauts and the Only Lonely Monster
64. Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site
65. Yo Gabba Gabba's I Love to Color
66. Doggies (Boynton On Board)
67. Goodnight iPad: A Parody for the Next Generation
68. Love You Forever
69. My First Book of Tracing
70. Sofia the First
71 - 80: Developmental Gifts for Toddlers to Use all Year Round
These practical stocking stuffers will help toddlers eat, teethe, clean up, and develop fine motor skills.
If you personally know the toddler you're giving the gift to, then consider which developmental stages he or she is going through and find a useful object to complement the stage.
Is he or she going through potty training? Perhaps get a video tape for kids about this topic? Learning how to swim? How about a pair of goggles? Starting to eat with spoon and fork? You get the drift.
71. Vulli Sophie the Giraffe teether. This teether is very popular among parents of small children.
72. Yes To Baby Carrots Bubble Bath. Because bubble baths are always a pleasure, especially for a toddler!
73. Sesame Street spoon and fork. Not even the pickiest eater stands a chance when Elmo is there to help!
74. Gummy Stick Baby Gum Massagers. Helps ease those sore teething gums.
75. Angel Dear pink lamb blankie.
76. Winnie the Pooh sippy cup.
77. Water-resistant drooler bibs. These bibs come in packs of ten, are water resistant, and very easy to clean. More a gift for mom than baby!
78. Big Bird Stack and Nest.
79. Twisting & Turning toy.
80. Baby Einstein flashcards for toddlers.
81 - 90: Stocking Stuffers for Kids Under 10
Listed below are 10 of the bestselling gifts for kids under 10 years of age.
These are merely suggestions for you to get some ideas on the best presents to give the little munchkins in your life. Many of the items featured on this page are for toddlers. However, the ones below can also be given to older kids younger than 10.
81. Volcano-making kit.
82. Pass the Pigs game.
83. Inflatable globe.
84. Stereo headphones.
85. Mind-Blowing Science Kit.
86. Insta-Snow Jar.
87. Crayola Glow Sand ball.
88. Paint-your-own mask.
89. Frog slingshot.
90. Finger flashlight.