Stocking stuffers make a great addition to Christmas gifts under the tree because they’re thoughtful and can be whatever you want them to be. They don’t have to be extravagant gifts; instead, they can be smaller items you know your children may need or will enjoy. The items you fill the Christmas stocking with can be creative and homemade, or they can be store-bought. The list of items you choose as stocking stuffers is endless, leaving you with a variety of choices to find some that would be best suited for your children.
Socks, Hats, and Gloves
Most children are not overly enthusiastic about getting socks for Christmas, but chances are, your kid needs them. Choosing socks that are different from the normal ones you buy them can make them more exciting, especially if you choose fun colors and ones that offer the most comfort, such as no seam socks that offer a form fitting designs. The holidays are also a good time to replace hats, gloves, and mittens your child wore last year, giving them the chance to sport a new style while being comfortable and warm.
Stockings are a good place to put the small toys you picked out for your children that will likely get lost under the tree. Shop for age-appropriate toys for your children, and base your selection off of your children’s current interests. Some toys to consider include Hot Wheels, Littlest Pet Shop toys, Fisher Price Little People toys, Shopkins, and any other small toys and figurines. If you’re buying for a baby, it’s important to make sure the toys are not too small due to possible choking hazards.
Makeup and Beauty Items for Tweens and Teens
If you have a tween or a teen girl, chances are, she wants to start experimenting with makeup. If you’re comfortable with the idea, you can choose to add makeup items into her stocking that you are okay with her wearing. Beauty items you can consider include lip balms, lip gloss, nail polishes of various colors, body spray, lotions, hair accessories, and eye shadows. Your older teen might appreciate receiving eyeliner, mascara, concealer, and lipsticks.
Books are a great way to keep your child’s mind engaged and offer them another source of entertainment aside from electronics. Small books, such as thin paperbacks and comic books, fit nicely in a Christmas stocking. You can also fit an assortment of small board books for toddlers in a stocking. Coloring books, magazines, and journals can all make a great addition to a stocking.
Children with special needs can benefit from a stocking with small sensory toys to help develop motor skills, boost their creativity, and learn problem-solving skills. Some good options include:
* Color changing light balls
* Squishy gel sensory pad
* Brain noodles
* Handheld massager
* Sensory rollers
* Squeezie animals
When shopping for sensory toys, try not to overthink your purchase. Know what your child’s interests are and base your purchases from that. You should also consider your child’s cognitive level and the goals you are currently working on them with when selecting toys.
Shopping for Christmas presents for your children can be a lot of fun, but it can also be fun to shop for the perfect stocking stuffers. Last-minute stocking stuffers are perfectly fine, but that can also be well-thought out based on what you know your children will love. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on filling their stockings, most items are relatively inexpensive, allowing you to stuff the stocking as much as you wish without going over budget.