Tuesday, 4 November 2014

150+ Stocking Filler Ideas For Kids And Teens

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October passed by in a busy blur (as evidenced by my lack of posting, oops), and now there are just 50 days until Christmas! Unfortunately the Halloween bits and pieces I put together last month never actually made it onto the blog because I didn't have enough time to post them, but I'm determined that for the next few weeks I will be a bit more reliable about ticking things off my blogging to do list.

I'm kicking off the first of many festive posts with my updated stocking filler idea list. On it are over 150 ideas for kids from toddler age up until the teenage years. I've categorized the ideas so that you can tailor it more specifically to your child's interests and I've also made sure that all budgets are catered for. If you have any fantastic suggestions which I haven't included, please leave me a comment and I will add it onto the list. :-)

FOOD


Food is quite an easy one when it comes to bulking out stockings so I don't think that I need to put too many suggestions in this category. A quick stroll down the Christmas aisle in any shop should give you plenty of ideas!

Candy/sweets
Chocolate
Chocolate coins (traditional in many families)
Satsuma (also traditional, at least in the UK)
Candy canes
Gingerbread man
Astronaut food
Hot chocolate mix
Juice box (because opening presents is very thirsty work)



TOYS AND FUN


Personalized letter from Santa
Books
Musical instruments (maracas, harmonicas, recorders and bells are all stocking friendly)
Bath toys
Small teddy
A doll
Action figures
Teddy
Jigsaw
Mini puzzles
Lego board game (small ones such as Minitaurus fit nicely in a stocking)
Traditional wooden toys
Building blocks
Lego minifigures
Small Lego models
Toy cars
Finger puppets

Hexbug
Marbles
Jacks or pick up sticks game
Yo yo
Jump rope
Cat's cradle
Slinky
Bouncy ball
Mini bubbles
Costume or play jewelry
Nail polish or make up
Balloons
Glow sticks
Noise maker
Face painting kit
Temporary tattoos
Silly slime
Instant snow
Grow toys
Water pistol
Slingshot
Cookie cutters
Child size apron (and chef's hat)
Keyring
Miniature torch
Magnifying glass
Whoopee cushion
Fossil excavation kit
Wooden dinosaur kit

Grow your own crystal kit
Pack of seeds (things such as sunflowers are easy for kids to grow)
Top Trumps
Personalized card from Topps Direct
Comic or magazine (roll it up to fit it into the stocking)
Video game
DVD
CD
Gift certificate
Animal adoption pack (most zoos offer this)
Annual pass for a local attraction


CRAFTS


If your kids have far too many toys and love art, creating a themed stocking full of craft supplies can be a great idea.

Pencils
Smencils (like pencils, but scented)
Crayons
Coloring pens
Chalk
Paints
Paint brushes
Play dough or plasticine
Blu tack (essential in our house, as my kids like to put their masterpieces up on the playroom wall)
Glitter
Glue sticks
Scissors
Mini stapler (this was my youngest's favorite stocking filler one year)!
Window markers
Sticky tape (my kids like the sparkly kind)
Washi tape
Sequins
Glitter
Pom poms
Feathers
Stickers
Googly eyes
Pipe cleaners
Clothespins
Buttons
Beads
Pavement chalk
Bath crayons
Fabric pens (you could also slip a plain white T shirt into the stocking for your child to decorate)
Novelty rubbers
Rubber stamps
Novelty craft punch
Origami paper
Novelty post it notes
Fingerprint art set
Mini coloring books

Small craft books (Klutz do a great range of stocking-friendly craft books)
Notepad
Mini Etch-a-Sketch
Pencil case


ELECTRONICS & TECH


If Santa is feeling particularly generous this year, or your kids are teenagers, then your children might be receiving something electronic in their stocking...



MP3 Player
Fitbit (or similar wearable tech)
Mobile phone (cell phone, if you are American)
Digital photo frame (small ones are available, including keyring designs)
E-reader
Tablet
Camera (VTech do a great one for younger children)
Video camera
Game system controller (if your child is receiving a games console you can hide the console and place the controller in their stocking as a surprise)


PRACTICAL


Socks
Underwear
Slippers or slipper socks
Gloves
Scarf
Hat
Watch
Alarm clock
Small jewelry box
Purse or wallet
Sunglasses
Novelty bath foam
Bath or shower gel
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Comb or hairbrush
Small mirror
Lip balm
Egg cup
Character spoon and fork set
Character mug, cup of drinks flask
Novelty drinks straw
Small photo album
Mini photo frame
Ear buds
Pocket diary
Personalized passport cover
Bookmark
Wooden letters, spelling out their name
Pocket sized hand warmers
A new ornament to hang on the Christmas tree
Thank you cards
Batteries


Bonus suggestion :

A lump of coal.
In many cultures Santa traditionally leaves gifts for the good children and a lump of coal for the ones who are on the naughty list. If your children are much older and are familiar with the various Santa stories then placing a lump of coal in the top of their stocking can be very amusing for them. Alternatively, Tatertots and Jello have a great post on making a lump of coal gift box.



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