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25 Best Stocking Stuffers for Kids

Make Christmas morning magical with these amazing stocking stuffers for kids.

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There is nothing quite like being a kid on Christmas morning and tiptoeing into the living room to see if Santa came. Their first stop? Peeking inside that holiday sock filled to the brim with toys, candies, knickknacks and other fun gifts for kids. In fact, when done right, stocking stuffers for kids can be more exciting than everything else under the tree. If you are on the hunt for creative kids stocking stuffer ideas, look no further: We compiled a comprehensive shopping list, including stocking stuffers under $10 and stocking stuffers for toddlers.

These gifts for girls and boys suit a variety of ages, whether your children are still teething, at their fashion-obsessed phase or graduated on to video games and art. Need ideas for those who are impossible to shop for (like tween boys and teens)? You name it, we’ve got you covered. Don’t forget the adults: Stocking stuffer ideas for women and men are also just a click away.

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For kids who love stuffed animals: TeeTurtle Reversible Plushies

These palm-sized reversible stuffies are an adorable way for kids (and even coworkers) to let others know how they are feeling. The easy-to-flip plush toy shows a happy face on one side and a sad frown on the other. It’s one of the best Amazon Prime gifts (seriously, there’s a whopping 74,000+ five-star reviews!). There are tons of different animals to choose from including unicorns, narwhals, cats, dogs, pandas, turtles and even seasonal plushies in a variety of colors.

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For creative writers: Invisible Ink Pens

Kids will get a kick out of writing secret messages back and forth with these secret agent pens. The invisible ink (you get six pens in six different colors) is only seen once they push a button on the cap and activate a UV light. If you’re looking for gifts for writers who are a bit more sophisticated, we’ve got you covered.

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For the sticker obsessed: 300-Piece Pack of Stickers

Looking for a cheap Christmas gift that will be a total hit? When buying stocking stuffers for kids, you can’t go wrong with stickers, and these vinyl designs are all the rage these days. This affordable pack comes with an impressive 300 stickers that are perfect for water bottles, laptops, luggage, skateboards and anything else your child wants to personalize.

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For the crafty kid:DIY Kids & Crafting Bundle

Hunting down stocking stuffers for kids who love arts and crafts? This child-friendly crafting bundle is a useful gift for budding artists. It comes with a retractable precision cutter, small ceramic scissors and a safety cutter, all designed to cut anything but little fingers.

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For the builder: The OffBits Character Kit

The OffBits construction toys use hardware-inspired components to create brightly-colored characters. This build-it-yourself robot kit includes detailed instructions for three models. But creativity is encouraged and the interconnecting parts allow for infinite building possibilities.

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For baby’s first Christmas: Nest Designs Bandana Bibs

Babies don’t technically need much for their first Christmas, so you can get away with filling their stockings with more practical items like these quick-drying, buttery-soft bamboo bibs. They’re perfect for protecting adorable outfits from spit up and drool, but they’re also seriously stylish themselves. Choose from 15 fun prints, but we’re partial to the herb garden pattern. It’s the perfect introduction to the world of Eric Carle, the author and illustrator of one of the best children’s books of all time: The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

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For teething babies: Mushie Silicone Baby Teether

Teething is no joke, but you can help ease their frustration with this teething ring. It’s large and easy to hold with textured surfaces that gently massage baby’s gums. It’s made from 100% non-toxic, food-grade silicone, and free from BPA, PVC and phthalates. Available in 11 fun colors and shapes (like bunnies, pretzels and lions), they make a cute and stylish addition to any nursery. They’re smart gifts for a sister or friend whose teething child needs a little TLC.

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For the tea party hostess: DavidsTea Frosted Cereal Tea

Planning a tea party? This caffeine-free tea is inspired by the oh-so-sweet milk at the bottom of your kids’ cereal bowl. It’s made with vegan marshmallows and gluten-free cornflakes and quinoa, and makes for a yummy tea party treat. Here are even more gifts for tea lovers of all ages.

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For the anxious kid: Wow Wee Fashion Fidgets

These tiny dolls are perfect for keeping little hands busy. Each one has a stylish outfit with at least three fidget features that your little one can pop, twist, pull or spin. They also come with a keychain that easily attaches to backpacks or purses for on-the-go fun.

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For the unique trend-setter: Crayola x Little Words Project Be Yourself Bracelet

This sweet present has a positive message. Little Words Project and Crayola teamed up to create these simple yet powerful beaded bracelets. They serve as a daily reminder to celebrate your colorful, unique self. Kids can eventually pass it on to someone else who needs a little encouragement. Just be sure you register the bracelet first so you can track its journey. For a personalized gift, visit the brand’s custom page to create a one-of-a-kind bauble.

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For kids on the go: Parchie Sunny-Time Watch

This eye-catching aluminum watch is as practical as it is adorable. It has an adjustable nylon strap and features different colored hands that correspond with the hours and minutes for easy time-telling. The watch is water-resistant up to 100-feet, meaning your child can swim, shower and bathe without having to take off their new favorite accessory. It’s one of the few stocking stuffers for kids that adults will love, too, so pick up a few styles for a fun Secret Santa gift.

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For the Squishmallow collector: Squishmallow Scented Blind Bags

Kids go crazy for Squishmallows. Your little one can grow their collection (and obsession) with these mystery bags. Each one contains a five-inch Squishmallow with its own unique scent. There are five different squishies to discover. Collect them all and then snuggle up together with one of these Christmas movies for kids.

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For the puzzle fan: Minecraft Magnetic Travel Puzzle

Heading out to visit one of the best Christmas towns in America? Stocking stuffers for kids that keep them entertained on long car rides are really gifts for you too, right? This Minecraft-themed magnetic travel puzzle and logic game has 40 multi-level challenges for all skill levels.

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For the Rubik’s Cube master: Rubik’s Phantom

If your brainiac has already mastered the classic Rubik’s Cube, then give them something that will really put their skills to the test. This new cube is designed with thermochromic technology, meaning it responds to the heat of your touch, temporarily revealing colors. Buy one for your smarty-pants brother, too!

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For the bookworm: Rechargeable LED Book Light

Foster your little ones fondness for reading with this rechargeable LED light, perfect for book lovers who can’t put down their novels at night. It emits a soft, amber glow that won’t hurt their eyes or wake up their siblings if they share a room. This light has three brightness levels, a strong grip so it won’t slip off of their book and a long battery life.

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For kids who like to play while they eat: Constructive Eating Dinner Plate Set

Rather than telling kids not to play with their food, give them the proper tools to do so. This dishwasher-safe Constructive Eating dinner plate set makes mealtime fun by allowing kids to push, shovel and scoop their food with construction-themed utensils.

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For future doctors or nurses: Bravery Bandages

These stocking stuffers for kids are both super practical and super cute. Whether for themselves or their best stuffed friends, children love band-aids. Welly’s Bravery Bandages come in a variety of kid-approved colors and patterns that are packaged in a durable tin that’s perfect for taking on all of their adventures. Gift these fabric bandages to your favorite doctor or nurse, too.

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For the beauty queen: Sephora Collection Mini Color Hit Nail Polish Set

Looking for stocking stuffers for kids who are already raiding your makeup cabinet? Sephora’s holiday set of mini polishes has five easy-to-apply lacquers perfect for little hands. It’s also a gift for teen girls they’ll definitely appreciate!

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For money savers: Stephen Joseph Wallet

Kids will love having a special place to hold their allowance, library card and any Amazon gift cards they get for Christmas. These durable wallets open up to reveal several pockets to hold their treasures as well as a zippered compartment for loose change. With 45 different designs to choose from, you’re sure to find one that will delight every kid on your list.

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For sensory players: Nee Doh Noodlies

Sometimes the best stocking stuffers for kids are the simplest toys. Each box of Noodlies comes with five fluorescent noodles that keep kids entertained for hours. They can squeeze, stretch, twist, tie and braid these simple strands for a unique sensory play experience. The fun isn’t just for kids, though. These noodles are an affordable gift for a boyfriend who needs some stress relief.

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For kids who want to wear their art on their sleeve: Melissa & Doug My First Temporary Tattoos

Looking for temporary tattoos that are easy to apply (and remove!) and stay on for days? This Melissa & Doug pack has more than 100 brightly-colored, kid-friendly designs on simple-to-separate perforated paper. No cutting required!

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For the little fashionista: Temporary Hair Chalk Comb

These hair chalk combs are unexpected stocking stuffers for kids who want to add a pop of color to their hair—temporarily. Each package comes with six mini combs filled with colorful hair chalk (choose from 19 vibrant hues). And don’t worry, it easily washes out with water and shampoo.

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For the tech lover: Flycatcher TapTap Smart Fidget

The traditional fidget spinner and popper just got a major upgrade. This palm-sized gadget offers five high-tech games for antsy fingers, while also targeting their memory, focus, hand eye coordination, critical thinking and fine motor skills. This is one cool tech gift you’ll probably want to keep for yourself.

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For the festive style maven: BaubleBar Mini Holiday Motif Earrings

These holiday-themed earrings keep spirits bright long after Christmas morning. Like all of BaubleBar’s jewelry, these earrings are hypoallergenic and certified nickel-, lead-, cadmium- and phthalate-free. They also have titanium posts, which make these some of the best earrings for sensitive ears.

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For the bath lover: Kids’ Natural Soap Bars

Kids who love bath time will adore these animal-shaped soap bars. They’re designed especially for children’s sensitive skin. The cute colorful soaps are handcrafted with all-natural and calming ingredients like shea butter, lavender oil, cocoa butter and coconut oil. Delightful!

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Additional reporting by Leah Groth

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Marisa Hillman
Marisa is a freelance writer and product expert covering product reviews, gift guides, and sales for RD.com. She is a former educator turned professional shopper dedicated to finding the best sales and products on the market. When she's not on deadline, she can be found exploring the East Coast or curled up at home with her nose in a book. She lives in New England with her husband, three children, and two dogs.