The letters you received from kids this year probably had some big ticket items on their wish lists – video game consoles, hoverboards, cell phones. But once those big gifts have either been tucked into the sleigh or deemed not to go under the tree this year, there are still some little items to be purchased. To create that sense of Christmas morning wonder.
Now, you’ve made your list. You’ve checked it twice. You found out who was naughty and nice. So we’ll still defer to your expertise. After all, you know the children better than we do! But if you’re looking for some last minute stocking stuffer inspiration, we’ve got you covered with:
So prepare the reindeer – we’re off on a special Christmas adventure!
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Mom and dad might be wary about getting their kids hopped up on sugar before a day they’ll all spend together or even with extended family, but it’s Christmas! Sweets are a hallmark of the season, whether it’s sugar plums or sugar cookies.
Beyond their favorite cookies are candies, there’s some opportunity to have fun with this one! Were they thiiiiiis close to being on the naughty list this year? Or maybe they just act like a real Grinch when that sugar crash hits? There are plenty of “lump of coal” candies out there, to get the point across… or simply remind nice kids to keep up the good behavior!
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Sure, the kids have plenty of toys wrapped under the tree, but those little odds and ends can go in the stocking too! Maybe a Polly Pocket or a mini holiday Squishmallow. The stocking is a great place for adorable squishy toys you can find at the local dollar store or festive pens.
Boys might appreciate hot wheels or lightsaber chopsticks. Girls could be happy to find small beauty products like mascara or bath bombs. Any kid would probably be excited to get a magazine or a new book that’s been on their list!
Some might think that old school games and puzzles aren’t sought after items anymore in the world of virtual reality headsets and video games. However, these small gifts make great stocking stuffers and can lead to hours of fun!
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Target might just be another stop on the weekly errands list for grown ups, but for kids, it’s a world of possibility. Where else can they find everything that’s fun for them? Whether you have a kid who’s into self care products like Target’s sheet basks and bubble bath or a kid who always wants to take a stroll through the Nintendo aisle in the electronics department, a Target gift card will certainly be a hit.
For kids who just received their first phone, texting a gift card to them can also be a nice treat. Make sure you leave the sound on before you wrap the device, and when you send the gift card, well… one of the boxes should start chiming when it’s delivered to their phone!
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While these may be more expensive than a chocolate reindeer or a set of cards, video games are certainly small enough in size to fit into a stocking. Whether your kid his a love of Roblox or has been playing Stardew Valley on Steam, whether they’ve been begging for a Nintendo Switch Online account to play Animal Crossing with their friends or the latest Xbox release, this one is sure to be a hit.
Luckily, if you don’t have time to whip up a copy in your workshop, winter sales should put some of this year’s hottest titles on a pretty steep discount. Local comic book and game stores in particular will appreciate your business this time of year, whether it’s on Small Business Saturday or last minute shopping on Christmas Eve!
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Whether they’ve got a music player for passing the time on the school bus or an iPad for their budding creative ambitions, a Nintendo Switch or an iPhone, they’ll definitely appreciate these minor upgrades.
Earbuds or over ear headphones are a great gift for music lovers and gamers.
Gamers will also appreciate new controllers, thumb grips to cover their joysticks, or something to hold and organize their gaming gear.
Plus any kid with an electronic device can benefit from high efficiency charging blocks, some spare cables, screen protectors, and cases.
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Movies on disc are a great gift option for younger kids and older ones. For little kids, they’ll love being able to watch their favorite shows or movies without having to be supervised on the family streaming account. They can just watch SpongeBob or The Mario Brothers Movie whenever they want to.
Older kids might have unrestricted access to the streaming accounts or even a tv in their bedroom, but they’re old enough to appreciate the bonus features that streaming services just don’t have. Commentary, games, behind the scenes looks – they’ll have fun getting to know their favorite movies and shows in a whole new way.
Kids have a lot of energy. If you know some kids who struggle to sit still and focus, a fidget toy is a great stocking stuffer. There are plenty of varieties to choose from ranging from the original fidget spinner or fidget cube that took the world by storm a few years ago to classic toys like the Rubik's cube, which some also consider a fidget toy.
There are also some newer fidget toys available – fidget jewelry, sensory slugs, infinity cubes, and poppers, to name a few.
Art supplies can get expensive, but you don’t need Prismacolor markers or Van Gogh oil paints to support a child’s creativity. Hobbies like art and music raise a child’s self esteem as well as help them develop an understanding and ability to express their emotions. And it doesn't take a big price tag to get those big benefits.
Basic art supplies – anything student level – are what young artists use to develop their skills (and professional artists use for practice or brainstorming). Oil pastels are a step up from crayons, but they’re still affordable and child-friendly.
Whether you go with colored pencils or a sketch pad, paints or clay, this stocking stuffer is not only a gift they’ll have lots of fun with, but one that lays the groundwork for benefits for years to come.
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Stuffing a stocking is tougher than it sounds, but we hope these ideas give you some holly jolly ideas of what to fill the space with. Whether you’re packing gifts into the sleigh yourself or relying on your helpers to get the job done, these gifts will be the perfect fit and are sure to light up a kid’s face just like a Christmas tree. Happy shopping, and merry Christmas!