25 Stocking Stuffers for Kids That They'll Actually Use (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 25 of the best stocking stuffers for kids they’ll actually use - and all under $10 each.
The 3 Minute Gratitude Journal for Kids is a great stocking stuffer idea. This fun little journal for kids shows that there is no age limit to learning gratitude and journaling, especially around the holidays.
Reading Level: 7-10 years
“This is an incredible, easy, quick gratitude journal for kids. It seriously takes only a few minutes each day and gets my kids focused on the positive and the numerous things they have to be thankful for. My 6 and 7-year-olds can use it by themselves but even my 3-year-old can participate with my help. This will be a daily practice for us because it's so easy and fun!”
There is something about a headlamp flashlight that fascinates kids. This clever Christmas gift 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 ;)
“These lights have supplanted other headlamps I have from Petzl, Icon, and Black Diamond as my go-to wearable light source. They are simply the best mixture of usable light, versatility, brightness, and economy I've found yet.”
Santa had animal lovers in mind with this one! Another essential for school and life is a pencil case. To top it off, you can always pop in some new gel pens.
“Not only is this pen case ridiculously cute, but it's sturdy and holds a LOT of pens. I love how it stands up so I can grab a pen with ease. Also easy to slip into a backpack or messenger bag without taking up too much space. I want another one!”
Glowing Wonder Stars is a set of 150 high-quality glow in the dark stars for kids to stick on the ceiling and walls. For kids who love astronomy, staring at the stars, and who might need a little extra night light.
"These stars glow brighter than I expected. They also come with a useful 'constellation guide' for you to arrange them like actual star systems. Given how many stars you have, it's possible to try that."
Although you can put any kind of toothbrush as a stocking stuffer, why not opt for something colorful AND environmentally friendly, like from EcoFrenzy? You can also consider one like this featuring your child’s favorite character like Peppa Pig.
“These toothbrushes are so cute. I love that there are different colors so they don't get mixed up and they are the perfect size for my 4-year-old.”
Card games are unique stocking stuffers that most people forget about but are actually a no-brainer. Classic games like Uno, Old Maid, and Smackit and will absolutely delight kids of all ages. Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza is also a wildly popular card game for kids this year.
“I picked up this set for a stocking stuffer and it's a hit!! He is obsessed with playing all the games and learning them. Perfect size for him to hold and not too small for adults.”
Faber-Castell has a nice set of 12 beeswax crayons kept in a nice, sturdy carrying case. These vibrantly colored crayons are extra thick and slightly triangular-shaped to help little ones learn a proper grip.
“My five year old hasn't stopped coloring with these since they've arrived and I am loving seeing her artwork in such bright, beautiful colors.”
Who doesn't love sheets upon sheets of scratch and sniff stickers? This bundle has 36 sheets that kids can share with friends, teachers, parents, and family.
“Bought these for a third grade class. Cute, modern pictures and my 9 year old had fun with the scents. Overall if you need scented stickers, these are perfect.”
Many LEGO packs and boxes are small enough to slip into a stocking. You can choose from LEGO Friends, super hero figures, and Disney characters. You can never go wrong with LEGO!
“My 7 year old loved this. The dogs and LEGO girl can both ride on the skateboard. Lots of fun and super easy to assemble. Definitely brought a smile to her face.”
Do you have a tween or teen who loves putty? Or, even better, scented putty? This highly-rated, fluffy-textured putty made by Crazy Aaron has a range of scents to choose from while also helping to relieve stress and anxiety.
“This smells heavenly, just like watermelon gum! It’s fun to play with and not sticky at all. This brand is amazing and you always get the full value of your dollar.”
Kids of all ages will love these clip-on critters. They’re perfect for animal lovers and can be used as finger puppets, pencil toppers, backpack clips and so much more. Their furry faces and lovable expressions will boost spirits and hurt feelings.
“I use these as giveaways at meetings I go to. People love them! This is the second year I bought them and will continue to do so. The middle schoolers at the school where I volunteer love these! They buy them for their pencils.”
Unicorn Snot is a unique, non-sticky lip gloss that's moisturizing and scented with cotton candy. It has hints of cosmetic-grade glitter and is vegan and cruelty-free!
“Got this for my granddaughter and she loves it. She’s really into unicorns these days. She uses her lip gloss a lot and carries it in her little purse.”
Do you have a kiddo who has lizard lips? These are for kids and parents who prefer organic, safe alternatives to lip balm and who need continued moisture on their lips.
“These are excellent little lip balms. They don't feel waxy at all like a chapstick. The consistency is really smooth and they don't tug at the lips at all. You only need a swipe or two and the dryness is relieved. The ingredients are really nourishing so lips keep getting in better shape the longer you use them. They also don't have anything in them that smells artificial.”
Rubik's Cubes are gaining more and more popularity because of the healthy mental stimulation and motor skills they tend to build. Try this three-pack of assorted shapes for kids who like variety.
“The original Rubik's Cube was one of my favorite toys growing up. I saw these and picked them up for my 5-year-old. He loves playing with them especially in the car. I have to admit I have enjoyed them also. They are well made and I like that they do not have stickers on them.”
The Big Book of Silly Jokes for Kids has over 800 of your favorite kinds of jokes. It's chock-full of knock-knock jokes, riddles, tongue twisters and tons of other jokes for kids and adults who love to make people laugh
“This is a great joke book for kids! My son is getting it for Christmas and I know he will love it! Has different kinds of jokes and they are all in different sections.”
Piggy Paint is a 100% non-toxic nail polish designed for kids and adults who are looking for a safe alternative to paint those piggie toes and fingers.
“We love piggy paint. It is the only kind of nail polish I buy for my 6-year old. Safe. Good quality stays on well.”
Add some personality to your teen's keys or kid's backpacks! There are so many styles of keychains available, but we love this Soleebee glitter keychain with leather tassle. This is perfect for kids, tweens, teens and grown-ups who like a bit of sparkle to their accessories.
“I have given 2 of these for gifts … one person asked me to get her one … I get lots of compliments on this from men and women. I wear it on my purse and not as a key fob.”
Small board books are a fun and educational find in a toddler's Christmas stocking. There are plenty to choose from, and we especially like the classic This Little Piggy rhyme with the added bonus of a cute finger puppet for kids who love interacting with their books.
“Having raised four children, I know the importance of starting early to read to your child. This book is perfect for very young babies. The text is very short; just the simple "This Little Piggy" poem. But the finger puppet makes the story come alive, and so would be appreciated by older toddlers too.”
Get those fine motor skills working creatively by gifting a coloring book or two in the stocking. For added adorability, try a small one, like this Miniature Pusheen Coloring Book. It has perforated pages for kids who like to share their artwork or hang them up.
“This is so cute! I love it! I love that it has one side blank so you can use markers without messing up a coloring page on the other side. This is adorable!”
Cute and funny bookmarks like this goofy gecko always inspire more reading. They come in different styles and are easily collectible for kids and older who like to add some personality to their books.
“My son loves these! We've collected all of them, and he has one in different books like comic books, school library readers, and his favorite magazine. Their expressions are hilarious and he always gets compliments from his teachers - as long as he doesn't play with them!”
Baby, it's cold outside, so mittens or gloves are a great addition to add to the essentials list. Try some cute ski mittens for young kids or some super soft gloves for your teen. Teens will also appreciate these gloves that have a soft palm grip and fingertips that help when using an electronic device!
“4 y.o. Granddaughter loves these mittens for skiing and snow play. Long gauntlet fits over coat sleeve to keep out snow and cold. Animal print is cute too!”
Toss in a little backpack or jean jacket pizazz with these emoji mini buttons. Each package comes with 48 one-inch pieces, so your kids can share the mini-button wealth with their friends and family.
“These are very nice, good quality mini-pin buttons. Met my expectations.”
The Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Demo Doubles pack is an easy choice for toy truck lovers. Giant wheels, cool designs, and crashing potential await!
“They are true Hot Wheels quality and are a huge hit. I love that they come in a pair so that my son and his brother can each play with one.”
Here's the perfect stocking stuffer for kids who have a tendency to decorate themselves with band-aids. Try character band-aids or opt-in for Welly Kids Bravery Badges, available in all different patterns. Plus, they come in a cool container.
“These are the most awesome bandages I have ever used. Not only do they stay on all day through 20 hand washings you can even take them off and they will still stick when you put them back on. So worth every penny! And the patterns and tins are so darned cute! I'm a forever fan and will recommend to all my friends!”
Gift cards fit perfectly into a stocking and most tweens and teens (and adults) love to get them. They give free choice and independence at any age. Try their favorite stores like Amazon, a subscription to Spotify, or anywhere else you think they’d love to pick up a $10 gift for themselves!