I love Christmas stockings. I wish my mommy would still give me a stocking filled with all those fun goodies inside, but she says I am over 40 now, so it’s over. My mom always put the best stuff in my stocking. I almost enjoyed opening the stockings more than I did the main presents on Christmas morning.
I have compiled my own list of stocking stuffers, inspired by the kinds of stocking stuffers I enjoyed as a kid on Christmas morning.
The 15 Best (and Inexpensive) Stocking Stuffers Of All Time:
- Fancy or funky underwear.
- Happy socks – you know, the kind that are warm and fuzzy or have a funky fun pattern on them.
- Lip gloss like this cute owl lip gloss from Cost Plus World Market.
- Ornaments- preferably unbreakable ones. I like to get ornaments that correspond with each of my children’s interests.
- Latest fad – Two years ago I bought each of my kids a package of Rainbow Loom bands. Last year duct tape was all the rage. This year many kids are into sewing and embroidery.
- Gift cards – Baskin Robbins, iTunes, Toys R Us. When they are older, you can get Starbuck’s, Claire’s, Justice, Tilly’s or Forever 21.
- A book – smaller-sized paperback books will fit into stockings. Check out used bookstores in your area or Half Price Books online for awesome prices.
- For girls, earrings. For boys and girls, Lego mini figures available at Amazon.
- Whoopie cushion, yo-yos or the slinky – those old-fashioned toys never go out of style and are always good for a few chuckles.
- Small bouncy balls. Kids love balls.
- Collector cards like Skylander, Pokeman, baseball cards.
- Movie ticket. It is fun for kids to get their own tickets, and especially movie tickets.
- Stylish pencils
- Animal-shaped soaps and washcloths
- Kid bandaids in their favorite characters
Every year when he was a kid, my husband received lottery tickets in his stocking. It sounds strange, but think how fun it is for kids to scratch them and see if they are the big winner. Bonus: if they scratch a winning ticket they can pay for their own overpriced LEGO set!
There are a couple of great places to grab small stocking stuffers for kids. Target’s $1 and $3 sections has impressive quality items. Inexpensive art sets, comfortable socks and lip gloss can be found in these bargain aisles.
Cost Plus World Market always has wonderful stocking stuffers. I mean, what kid doesn’t want a pig that you can squeeze and it shoots a ball out 20 feet from its mouth? There are holiday nail art stickers, cute little picture frames and cinnamon coal candy in a sack. I will be getting some candy coal for sure for my kids since I tell them all year long that if they aren’t good, Santa is going to leave coal in their stockings. Yep, I’m one of those moms.
What are your favorite stocking stuffers?
Megan Woolsey lives in Northern California with her family of six, including triplets and a vivacious big sister. Megan authors the blog, The Hip Mothership where she talks about parenting children in a time of iDevices and helicopter parenting. Megan has been published in Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, The Mid, XOJane, Mamalode, BLUNTmoms, BonBon Break, Role Reboot, and Erma Bombeck’s Writer’s Workshop. She has an essay published in the anthology, It’s Really 10 Month Special Delivery. She and her partner Alison Lee are working on an anthology called Multiples Illuminated, all about the wonderful world of raising multiples. When she isn’t sweating it out in hot yoga or writing her next article, Megan is seeking out the perfect glass of red wine that doesn’t render a hangover. When Megan needs a break from the kids, you can find her perusing her social media pages,Facebook,Twitter and Pinterest.