Stocking Stuffers for Kids That They'll Actually Use (Under $10)

Updated: November 14, 2019
Do you hate buying junk to fill the stockings up with? Here are ten practical stocking stuffers your kids will actually use this year. The best part? They're all under $10.
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Do you hate buying junk to fill Christmas stockings with? Me too. And so do a kajillion other parents. I asked some fed-up moms what their go-to stocking stuffers are that their kids actually use and the response was huge. To keep it short and sweet, here are 10 stocking stuffers for kids they’ll actually use - and all under $10 each.

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Toothbrushes…cool ones.

Although you can put any kind of toothbrush as a stocking stuffer, why not opt for something colorful AND environmentally friendly? You can also consider ones featuring your child’s favorite character like this Peppa Pig Toothbrush.

The 3 Minute Gratitude Journal for Kids

This fun little journal for kids shows that there is no age limit to learning gratitude and journaling, especially around the holidays.

Chapsticks or Lip Gloss 

Flavored chapsticks and shiny lip balms or glosses, like Unicorn Snot, have always been a well-used stocking stuffer for kids, especially girls.

Happy Socks

Gone are the days of boring white socks and undies. Opt-in for some cute and cool socks. If your child is more into trucks and cars, try these socks.

Brush and Comb


The kids’ version of Wet Brush comes in a variety of prints and colors, and they’re small enough to toss in a travel bag. 

Have a comb-lover? Try the Fred Bonehead folding dinosaur comb and brush.

Water Bottle

These are always a huge hit for kids, and for some, they’re like collector’s items. Camelback has water bottles for kids that they’re sure to love, and they double up as a school necessity.


There is something about headlamps that fascinate kids. These can be used to find the bathroom at night, read in the dark, and for camping trips. Even better, don’t forget to toss in the batteries! They’ll love putting the pieces together. It’s a life skill ;)

Mad Libs

Mad Libs is classic and hilarious. I’ve never met a kid (or adult!) who doesn’t love cracking up to these hilarious stories using the parts of speech. It’s fun and educational!

Pencil Case

Another essential for school and life is a pencil case. To top it off, you can always pop in some new pencils, fun erasers, markers, and gel pens.

Headphones or Earbuds

Headphones and earbuds are fun gifts that are no doubt utilized more and more. Not only are they affordable, but they’re very handy during road trips! Earbuds have gotten more decorative and snazzy, like these unicorn-shaped ones.

Good luck on your stocking stuffer adventure!

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