IT’S TIME! The Annual Stocking Stuffer Guide is HERE! It’s the most extensive gift guide I make all year long, and I pour HOURS UPON HOURS of research into it, curating small unique gifts kids and teens will love. In fact, I keep notes all year long of things I find in shops on my travels, new brands I’ve discovered and any treasures I note that would be great for stockings. I pore through Pinterest, study my kids likes and interests and search the Internet for the best of the best of small gifts. My list grows all year long until I finally sit down and compile and link it in this post. Stuffing stockings is my most favorite thing to do for my kids, and my goal is to fill them with unique things they’ll actually use and love. Yes, we do the usual stocking toiletry treasures, but we add a lot of craft items, travel games and special gifts that delight us all year long (many end up in our travel/restaurant entertainment bag and are worth every penny). My kids love opening their stockings as much (if not more) than their actual gifts, and if there’s one thing that’s been proven true through years of stocking stuffers it is that kids LOVE small things. Just like adults. And since enjoying the small things is what we do here, it is my absolute pleasure to present you with the 2019 list of stocking stuffers for kids and teens. I split the items into separate kid and tween/teen lists, but there are so many things that cross over into both categories. Separating them just helps keep the list from getting too long. I bought many of these items for my own kids this year, and the others are on the list for future gifts. Last, everything on these lists is from Amazon because we are big Amazon Prime shoppers, and when we are loading up on small gifts, we love free shipping and the convenience of buying everything in one spot. I link a lot of things I think you’ll love without affiliate links, but usually whenever I link Amazon products (and in this case), I use affiliate links which means our family earns a little kickback if items are purchased. With no further ado, the list! I hope you love shopping from it as much as I loved creating it. I am weirdly passionate about curating a good stocking stuffer list and only wish I could have a little window into all your homes as your kids pull these things out of their stockings. But then that’s weird, and I’d be a total creeper. It’s bad enough our kids are dealing with the idea of a fat old man tiptoeing around their homes while they’re sleeping or, God Forbid, that elf who stays the whole month. So enough with the creeping. Okay, I’m done. Shop away, my little Santas. xo
1. First Words Magnetic Poetry – This is such a great way to expand vocabulary and get kids writing. My favorite kit is the Kid Genius Magnetic Poetry kit though–common words like “happy” and “laugh” flip to reveal synonyms (“jubilant,” “guffaw”). Keep them displayed on your fridge, and you’ll have little wordsmiths in no time.
2. Petite Collage Magnetic Funny Faces – a perfect-for-travel tin complete with two play “face scenes”and a delightful assortment of mix and match magnetic glasses, hats, mustaches, etc. that create funny faces.
3. Chocolate Toothpaste – Growing up, stockings were opportunities to fill us up on new essentials like toothbrushes, kid shampoo and hair accessories. Why not make it fun with some interesting flavors like chocolate toothpaste?!
4. Rub-on Transfers – I loved these as a kid! These decals from Djeco, one of my favorite arts and crafts for kids brand, transfer to paper when you rub over them with the provided pencil.
5. Wee Society Me Journal – I discovered Wee Society journals this year, and they are the best kid-friendly fill-in journals I’ve seen. The simple creative prompts are brilliant and combined with fun illustrations that draw kids right into the art of journaling and writing.
6. Whipz Micro Pocket LED Racer – Dash is going to LOVE this! It’s a see-through stunt car that lights up and spins round and round the included stunt ball.
7. Automoblox Mini Sedan – We love our Automoblox – stylish little cars that are nice enough (they’re made from German beech wood) to save for grandkids. Cars can be customized by switching out wheels, windows and more.
8. Printed Shoe Laces – Customize Vans and Converse with fun shoe laces in a variety of prints.
9. Folkmanis Woodland Finger Puppets – We are obsessed with Folkmanis puppets. Their finger puppets are so cute, and this set has enough animals to perform an entire finger puppet play.
10. Secret Agent Pens – They write in invisible ink, and each pen has a UV light that reveals the written message. This 6-pack of pens covers multiple kids’ stockings.
11. Pass the Pigs – This is one of our favorite travel games and one I tuck in my purse for trips and restaurant visits. The rules are simple enough for kids of all ages to understand.
12. Mudpuppy Eric Carle Activity Roll – This perforated roll promises hours of fun for little kids with games, activities and coloring pages.
13. Finger Twister – What could be more fun than Twister? Um, MINI TWISTER YOU PLAY WITH YOUR FINGERS! And there’s even tiny socks for your fingers included. This has Lainey’s name all over it.
14. Money Maze – If Santa wants to leave a few dollars in the stocking, here’s a fun way to do it. Store it in this money maze cube where kids have to guide the steel ball through the maze to unlock their money.
15. Light Up Juggling Poi Balls – Ever see those crazy spinning balls people are swinging at festivals? These are it, and they have fun written all over them. And safer than nunchucks. Plus they GLOW!
16. Meri Meri Pocket Pal Necklace – Meri Meri makes the cutest kid accessories! This little necklace includes a little leatherette pocket that stores a removable padded felt friend.
17. 100 Kid Movie Scratch Off Poster – A super fun way to keep track of top-rated kid movies your kids have watched as well as a great list of suggestions for movie nights to come. Scratch off the little foil square under the movie title when you’ve watched it, and an adorable illustration appears. Includes animated classics and modern hits as well as some of the best movies we watched as kids (The Sound of Music, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, etc.)
18. Foot Toothbrush Holder – Kindy Creepy and Weird? Absolutely. But kids love creepy and weird. It’s a foot with a suction cup that grips the bathroom mirror or shower. And you store your toothbrushes or razors between the toes.
19. Balloon Animal Kit – This mini kit includes everything you need to create balloon poodles, swans and rabbits–instructions, balloons with markings for where to twist and even a tiny balloon pump.
20. Kid Safe Knife Set – Welcome your kids to the kitchen to help you cook with these kid safe knives. Dash loves using ours!
21. True Balance – This award-winning STEM toy entertains the entire family.
22. Rainbow Prisms – Not only do these glass prisms look like diamonds, they catch the light of the sun and cast rainbows all over the walls. Kids love these (and there are two, so great for multiple kids)!
23. Ocean Theme Oil Diffuser – A fun scene for kids’ rooms and great for diffusing eucalyptus in the winter cold months.
24. Farmer’s Popcorn – My kids love quirky little gifts like this in their stocking. You put this entire corn cob in the microwave, and the corn pops right off the cob.
25. Best Friends Magnetic Dolls – Another fun travel toy from Petite Collage, this is my favorite magnetic doll set we’ve owned. The outfits are so cute and on trend, and there are 59 magnetic pieces to create so many different combinations.
26. Hand Warmers – If you live in a cold region and your winter break includes family sledding, snowman building or skiing, these hand warmers help make your kids a little more comfortable. Slip them into pockets and mittens.
27. Wind-Up Butterflies – Hide these little wind-up butterflies in books or greeting cards, and when you open them, they’ll come fluttering out.
28. Touchscreen Crayon Stylus – These are so great for iPad games and super helpful for kids who need a little OT/writing practice.
29. Collage Kit – So it’s a little big to slide in a stocking, but I couldn’t help but include it. Another great craft kit from Djeco that includes 4 pre-printed boards and all the paper elements needed to create adorable collages to save forever.
30. Mr. Predicto – Our kids LOVE our Mr. Predicto, and every time he comes out, laughter follows. The kids ask him all sorts of funny questions, and he’s great for solving family dilemmas. “Mr. Predicto, should Lainey take the dog out?”
31. 5-Pack Smencils – Great for any age, these scented pencils will make going back to school after break a little less brutal.
32. Eeboo Pretend Play Diner – Eeboo is another brand that makes great things for imaginative play. This little set includes everything kids need to play diner (and everything’s flat and fits in this little box, so it doesn’t clutter up your house!)
33. Melissa & Doug Magic Flower Pot – The magic wand makes a flower appear and disappear and the pot..but how?!?!
34. Bike Spoke Lights – Riding at night never looked so cool! (this link goes to the 2-pack, but once you’re there you can click to the cheaper one-pack).
TWEENS AND TEENS
1. Retro Mini Bluetooth Speaker – Can you handle how cute this little retro bluetooth speaker is? The reviews are amazing, and she even has Alexa support and makes handsfree calls.
2. Ooly Radiant Writers – Our stockings and Easter baskets always include Ooly stationery supplies because Santa and the bunny don’t mess around (found the brand through a fave children’s boutique in Northern Michigan a few years ago). Their markers and pens are so great, and there are so many to choose from! These glitter gel pens glide like buttah.
3. Cat Paw Socks – Lainey is going to LOVE these cat paw socks. I foresee a fun dancing cat feet video.
4. Power Socks – I wish I could find a comparable pair for boys, but these socks are perfect for all test dates and intimidating events in the future. Every girl needs a pair of power socks.
5. Light Up Rainbow Drumsticks – Whether you play drums or not (coffee table and counters can sub for drums), these light up color-changing drumsticks are so fun, they make me want to enter the percussion world. Lights off, Led Zeppelin blaring and these babies rocking out for a kitchen counter drum solo.
6. Stylish Bandaids – Everybody loves a cute bandaid, and this box is full of 100 unique designs.
7. Sneaker Balls – My kids are all past the your-feet-are-so-cute-and-smell-like-cookies phase, and likely yours are too. These are every gym shoes’ best friend and the perfect size for a stocking.
8. Ticket Stub Organizer – A great way for kids to start a keepsake journal of special events and concerts they’ve seen. To be filled with many fun adventures for years to come.
9. Toilet Mug – Find me a tween who wouldn’t love a toilet mug. For morning juice, milk or a good chocolate smoothie because brown.
10. Mini Zoltar – A tiny Zoltar that really speaks? Yes please. Includes 16 fortune cards.
11. Hairy Belly Fanny Pack – I mean, it’s perfectly gross and weird. Which is an ultimate score for a good handful of tweens and teens.
12. Mini Tetherball – an itty bitty working tether ball for tabletop sports.
13. Acrylic Paint Pens – Acrylic paints in marker form, perfect for painting rocks, glass, canvas shoes, pillowcases, etc.
14. 3-D Animal Neck Warmers – Keeps them warm AND makes for hilarious photos.
15. Bob Ross Talking Keychain – Bob Ross is all the rage, and now he can hang from you kid’s backpack and say things throughout the day like, “What the heck, let’s get crazy!” or “maybe there’s a happy little tree that lives here!”
16. Touchscreen Gloves – If you live where it’s cold, you cannot go wrong with touchscreen gloves in the stocking.
17. Paint by Number Postcard Set – Perfect size to have fun painting by number without getting overwhelmed. Kids can make their own stationery or save to display.
18. Just Texting on the Toilet Real Quick Hand Sanitizer – Blue Q makes the best gifts that will make teens and tweens laugh. Mildly inappropriate is their fluent language.
19. Holographic Nail Polish – Galactic holographic glow for the nails (plus no formaldehyde, toluene or DBP chemicals and never tested on animals).
20. Affirmation Cards – My absolute favorite affirmation deck (love to give this deck for gifts). I keep a deck in my backpack and pull cards for friends at gatherings, including Lainey’s friends so it’s perfect for that age (some mild language but used for good :o). Cards are edgy and funny but every one has an important life lesson.
21. Pizza Night Light – Kikkerland is another great brand for stocking stuffers! This realistic pizza-on-a-paper-plate night light is a fun conversation piece for any tween’s room.
22. Macaroni and Cheese Candy – Another Gross & Weird hit for the tween and teen crowd!
23. Fart Candle – Yes. It’s an actual fart smelling candle. which will delight teens who will find the perfect opportunities to light it to entertain their friends. 40 hours of burn time that will never get used.
24. Sneaky Cards – Such a fun play it forward game to entertain teens and their friends. The mission of the game is to spread joy, creativity and kindness to the unsuspecting public. You complete the objective on the card and then pass it to someone else to complete and pass as well. Card objectives include things like “take a selfie with a stranger,” “challenge someone to a dance off,” “buy someone’s coffee,” etc.
25. Bowknot Headbands for Face Washing – The cutest way to encourage good nightly skincare.
26. Mini Macbook Mirror – It’s a makeup mirror disguised as a mini Macbook, and anything miniature goes over very well in the stockings.
27. Charging Cord Keychain – An iPhone charger hidden in a backpack keychain goes well with #28…
28. Portable Charger Mirror – It’s a mirror that doubles as a backup supply of power to be tucked away for a low charge day. If only they made this for gas tanks.
29. Money/Gift Card Puzzle – Santa has decided that Lainey’s going to have to work for her Ulta gift card in her stocking this year. It’s hidden in this puzzle box which can’t be opened until the puzzle is solved.