Inexpensive Stocking Stuffer Ideas

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A list of inexpensive, budget-friendly stocking stuffer ideas for stockings for children. 23 different items you can use as stocking stuffers this Christmas.

Two girls with their stockings

Do you know what I reeeeaaalllly dislike in my house? The cheap little toys you get that end up breaking in a day. Kids don’t play with them for long, then they get put in a random tote of toys until we eventually just throw them away in an effort to de-clutter.

A lot of those types of toys are obvious candidates for a stocking stuffer. You can fill a stocking up fast and inexpensively with those things! I can’t bring myself to be the source of the cluttery toys, however.

I want toys that will last, but I can’t bring myself to spend a thousand dollars on stocking stuffer items (I exaggerate…a little).

I go for stocking stuffers that are useful, inexpensive, and I won’t want to throw away the next day. 

Inexpensive Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Christmas. A list of ideas for stockings for children. 17 different items you can use as stocking stuffers this Christmas.

Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Children This Christmas

Here are some stocking stuffers I always go-to. These ideas cover baby on up through the early teen years (this post contains affiliate links).

Notebooks

Notebooks come in all sorts of sizes, so no matter the size of your stocking, you can find a notebook to go in it. Notebooks are also very inexpensive. Check the dollar store and other local stores you like to turn to for inexpensive notebooks. Our dollar store also has nice drawing pads. Always price check against Amazon, also

Coloring Books

Along the same line, if your child enjoys coloring in coloring books, those are fun stocking stuffers. Not all of my children have been into coloring books, so it isn’t something I have always used, but I do have some who love to color in a coloring book. Be sure to look at Amazon for some good deals on coloring books, especially the adult coloring book style. They have a lot of options for under five dollars. 

Post-it Notes

I am not kidding. My kids think they are in heaven when they pull out Post-it notes. A whole pad they can use however they want to! You can get them at the dollar store or often somewhere like Walmart or Target for even less than the dollar store. You can often find good deals on a package of post it notes that you can then split up among your children.

Tape

Yes, tape. Once again, thrilled children. This is tape they can use however they want. It is really a gift for me, because they don’t use up all of my tape. I often find this is least expensive at Walmart. We always do scotch tape and sometimes do duck tape.

Pens/Pencils/Highlighters/Markers

More joy from my children. You can get a package of any of these for pretty cheap. My kids love to get their own package of pens that they can use up and take wherever they want to. My kids love to get the “click” pens since that is what I typically use and don’t allow them to steal from me.

Calendar/Journal/Planner

You can get really inexpensive calendars, journals, and planners at the dollar store. There are also a lot of fun finds on Amazon, depending on what you want out of these things. 

Stickers

Stickers are very inexpensive and a thrilling addition to the stocking. 

Bath Toys/Bath Paints

Fun, simple bath toys can be nice for the stocking. If you haven’t tried bath paints, you need to try it out!

Needed Items

If there are some items my child needs, I will totally throw it in there to help take up space. Yes, I have done socks and underwear in the stocking before. As long as it isn’t the ONLY thing in the stocking, they don’t mind. My kids all actually get excited about new socks. This category could also be a pair of pajamas or some slippers.  

Chapstick and Lotions

Girls love to get these self-care items in their stockings. These double as needed items, but are practical. Boys don’t usually find these types of things as exciting, but they can absolutely be tossed in the stocking. We always do Lip Smackers in the stockings. 

Nail Polish

You can get a lot of nail polish for around a dollar. These can be great for a stocking stuffer, along with other nail things like nail stickers and nail files. 

Games

There are a lot of inexpensive, fun games you can add to a stocking. 

Small but Inexpensive Toys

When Brayden was little, he loved Hot Wheels cars. Hot Wheels cars are not expensive at all, but they are still great toys. If your child has a favorite type of toy that has some inexpensive options, those are great additions. A small Beanie Boo or a small LEGO set are also great options. If you wanted to buy a big package of Hot Wheels to get them cheaper, ask a friend if she wants to go in on it together and split the cars up. Another ideas is to save some for Easter baskets or birthdays. 

Candy

I don’t usually put much candy in the stockings. I sometimes do a candy-cane shape container full of a certain type of candy. Adding candy can b a great, inexpensive filler. Don’t forget to consider gum in your list of candy options!

Gerber Puffs

When I had babies, I would put a package of the Gerber Puffs in my baby’s stocking. 

Ornament

Adding an ornament to the stocking is a fun tradition if you don’t have ornaments going on some other time already. 

Scrunchies and Hair Accessories

Scrunchies are super popular among the tween and teen crowd right now. You can get packs on Amazon for very cheap. We have velvet scrunchies here, patterned scrunchies here, and a variety here.

 

If your little one is not into scrunchies yet, hair elastics or hair bows can make a great gift, also.

Bath Bombs

Bath bombs are fun for little ones and tweens/teens alike. Moms love them, too!

Face Mask

You can get a face mask for your tween or teen to enjoy. You can also do nose strips for under-eye masks

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Tie

Brayden is currently building up his tie collection, so a new tie every once in a while is a fun gift for him. You can get great deals on ties at places like TJ Maxx or Ross as well as Amazon. 

T-Shirt

T-Shirts often go on a good sales and you can often find t-shirts for $5-10, They can make a great stocking stuffer for your tween or teen (or husband!)

Favorite Snacks

There are a lot of snacks out there that we love but rarely buy. A summer sausage, jerkey, Lindor chocolates…tweens and teens love food and will get a thrill out of a special treat. 

Big Item

I usually put one “big” item in the stocking. That is usually a movie or video game.

Conclusion

Inexpensive Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Christmas. A list of ideas for stockings for children. 17 different items you can use as stocking stuffers this Christmas.

 

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Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book, The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at Babywise.life, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on the About page. Follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for more tips and helps.

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1 Comment

  1. Leah C
    November 3, 2017 / 9:15 PM

    My favorite things to get as a kid/teenager were socks (seriously, I loved getting new socks!), chapstick, and my favorite candy. My parents didn't do a lot of candy, either, but they would always include each person's favorite candy.And little story about giving tape for a present: my aunt and uncle gave my cousins tape, string, and reams of printer paper for gifts when they were little. They loved it! They'd turn the homeschool room into a village for their little stuffed animals, and build them bridges, working pulleys, and other architectural marvels out of these basic materials. Now they're both studying engineering in college. 🙂

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