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90 Affordable Christmas Stocking Stuffers for Toddlers and Older Kids For 2017

Updated on July 18, 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

Hohner Kids 8" Mini Rainmaker
Hohner Kids 8" Mini Rainmaker

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

Munchkin Traveling Flash Cards
Munchkin Traveling Flash Cards

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

Fun Express Assorted Dinosaur Stampers - 24 Pieces
Fun Express Assorted Dinosaur Stampers - 24 Pieces

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

Melissa & Doug Drawing Pad
Melissa & Doug 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

Play Visions Crayola Bath Dropz 2.68 oz,45 tablets (Pack of 2)
Play Visions Crayola Bath Dropz 2.68 oz,45 tablets (Pack of 2)

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

ALEX Toys Rub a Dub Water Flutes
ALEX Toys Rub a Dub Water Flutes

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.

 

7. Binoculars

Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Bixie Butterfly Toy Binoculars for Kids
Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Bixie Butterfly Toy Binoculars for Kids

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

Sticker Activity ABC: Over 100 Stickers with Coloring Pages (Sticker Activity Fun)
Sticker Activity ABC: Over 100 Stickers with Coloring Pages (Sticker Activity Fun)

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

Munchkin Caterpillar Spillers Stacking Cups
Munchkin Caterpillar Spillers 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

Kids Clearly Colorful Translucent Harmonica, Assorted Colors
Kids Clearly Colorful Translucent Harmonica, Assorted Colors

I love harmonicas, and kids love plastic toy harmonicas. A musical toy is always good for toddlers.

 

12. The Tickle Monster

Tickle Monster Mitts
Tickle Monster Mitts

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

Kidoozie My First Purse, Fun and Educational, For Toddlers and Preschoolers, Encourages Safe Play
Kidoozie My First Purse, Fun and Educational, For Toddlers and Preschoolers, Encourages Safe Play

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

Monster Hands Temporary Tattoos
Monster Hands Temporary Tattoos

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

ALEX Toys Rub a Dub Star Crayon
ALEX Toys Rub a Dub Star Crayon

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.

 

16. Kazoo

Toysmith Metal Kazoo (4.75-Inch)
Toysmith Metal Kazoo (4.75-Inch)

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

Play-Doh Holiday Pack
Play-Doh Holiday 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

Constructive Eating Front Loader Spoon
Constructive Eating Front Loader 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

Where the Wild Things Are
Where the Wild Things Are

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

Stocking stuffers for toddler girls.
Stocking stuffers for toddler girls. | Source

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

Stocking stuffers for little boys.
Stocking stuffers for little boys.

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:

41. Socks

42. Pillowcases

43. Books

44. Songs

45. Shirts

46. Stuffed toys

47. Toy chests

48. Door signs

49. Water bottles

50. Christmas ornaments

51 - 60. Art Gift Ideas for Toddlers

Art-supplies stocking stuffers for toddlers.
Art-supplies stocking stuffers 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.

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      Bill Armstrong 2 years ago from Valencia, California

      Great little ideas, thanks for sharing with us

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      From a design standpoint, I love the cute little icons you made for the categories. Plus the pages is quite appealing to view.

      When I saw the panties and briefs section, I think about how happy my little ones are when they get their cute new undergarments for Christmas. They just love opening the package to see who is on the front of the fabric.