Coming in hot, two weeks earlier than I usually release it–the 2021 Stocking Stuffer List is here! I took a cue from all this year’s “Start shopping early advice!” to work on this in October, but it’s always meant to be supportive and fun rather than stressful. I will not let the fear of scarcity drive my holiday shopping because I actually enjoy holiday shopping and have so much fun finding treasures that will delight the people I love. If you’ve been here long, you know stocking stuffers are my favorite things to shop for; so this list is my favorite one to share. I take the challenge of digging through the Internet to find the coolest stocking stuffers very seriously. So grab a cup of coffee and find a nice place to sit. Let’s do this!
1 – Shoelace Charms
How cute are these charms that clip right onto any shoelaces? Perfect creative invitation for any kid who wants to add a little pizzazz to their otherwise ordinary shoes.
2 – Rainbow Magic Gloves
We don’t live where it’s cold anymore, but I certainly haven’t forgotten even after all these years that the #1 winter frustration for homes with kids is, “Why can’t I find any freaking gloves?” Let Santa stock you up with this cute rainbow pack–enough pairs for multiple kids’ stockings, and grip fingers so they don’t have to take their gloves off to touch a screen.
3 – Magnetic Fidget Rings
My kids would vehemently dispute my thought that there’s a limit on how many fidgets one should have. I’ll admit, this one is one of the cooler ones–one I’ll even pick up and play with.
4 – Kids Polarized Aviators
Whether you’re beach bound this holiday or needing to avoid the glare of snow, these cute aviators are classic and cool for any kid–plus, polarized!
5 – Light Saber Chopsticks
My kids’ favorite stocking stuffers are random cool things they didn’t know existed. Enter light saber chopsticks. They’ll never want to use forks again, and we’ll be eating in the dark from now on. Santa’s bringing these babies to our stockings this year.
6 – Wacky Pals Bookmarks
A slew of distressed critters to choose from (the sea turtle cracks me up), these adorable bookmarks bring personality to partially read books–they look like they’ve been slammed in a book and are stuck between the pages.
7 – Mr. Bubble Bath Foam
A fun once-in-a-while bath treat–soap foam that sprays from a can and smells like fun stuff kids like–cotton candy, bubble gum, orange cream, birthday cake, etc.
8 – Bookplate Labels
Kids love personalizing their stuff. These cute bookplate labels are a great way to keep track of their favorite books.
9 – Drumstick Pens
Have a kid who loves to drop a beat? These pens double as drumsticks (I have vivid memories of my brother using pencils as drumsticks).
10 – Crazy Aaron’s Hide Inside Putty
We’ve loved Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty for years–there are so many different varieties. This one’s fun because it has hidden emojis you have to find.
11 – Magic Trick Foam Balls
Magic trick gifts are always a hit with my kids. I had forgotten about this trick from when I was a kid! Dash will love this one.
12 – Twisty Petz
These little bracelets transform into the cutest little pets and have Nella’s name all over them.
13 – Sushi Cat Keychain
My sister sent me this link, knowing my kids will love these. Totally something that will make them laugh and the perfect flair to add to their backpack zippers.
14 – Coggy Brain Teasers
A super fun brain teaser game that requires matching the cogs to card challenges.
15 – Desktop Bowling
No ugly bowling shoes necessary!
16 – Quip Kids Electric Toothbrush
These are the best electric toothbrushes for kids–sleek and comes with a cover for travel.
17 – Racing Babies
Santa’s bringing these guys for my kids. They’ll think they’re so funny. I see a Christmas morning baby race in our near future.
18 – Mini Brands
Mini brands are still going strong with my kids who have a drawer full of their collection. It’s the thrill of a blind box. This 2-pack is great for two kids’ stockings.
19 – Sticker It Up!
I love this one and would still have fun with it at 42. 8 different scenes ( a cool bedroom, outdoor movie scene, a locker, etc.) and 750 reusable stickers to decorate them with.
20 – Earth Night Light
Realistic 3D photo of the earth–beautiful all lit up.
21 – French Vocabulary Flashcards for Kids
Eeboo is one of my favorite stocking stuffer brands, and their flashcards are the best ones for kids.
22 – Googly Eye Glasses –
Makes for some fun pictures Christmas day!
23 – Exact Change Card Game
A great family game and a fun way for kids to learn how to count change (plays kind of like UNO with a fun change twist).
24 – Carhartt Kids Hat
We love the classic Carhartt beanie for all of us. So many colors to choose from!
26 – Strawberry Kid Scissors
The cutest kid scissors you ever did see.
27 – Stretchy Poop Fidget – Yep, you read that right. Kids love fidgets. Kids love poop jokes. Put them together, and you have the greatest stocking stuffer ever.
Let’s move on to the teens and tweens, shall we?!
TEEN STOCKING STUFFERS
1 – Every Day Amazing Book
This compendium delivers fascinating facts for every single day of the year. You can read it throughout the year or look up birthdays to see what amazing things happened on that day (such as James Joyce released his first novel on my birthday in 1916).
2 – Reese’s Airpod Case
Switching out the airpod case cover is just another fun way to for tweens and teens to identify themselves. This Reese’s one says, “I’m fun!
3 – Log Cabin Incense Burner
If you’re not headed to a cabin in Vail for winter break, bring the cabin to you. The incense smoke floats out the chimney making this a magical addition to any teen’s bedroom.
4 – LED Yo-yos
Yo-yo in the dark with these light-up yo-yos–a 4-pack (love those multiple kid stocking stuffers!).
5 – Portable Collapsible Straw
A clean reusable straw, available whenever you need it. Clips on their backpack.
6 – Internet Passwords Logbook
Wish I would have started one of these long ago. So tired of requesting new passwords because I can’t remember the old ones.
7 – Full Body Sport Wipes
Great for post sports practices–a shower in a full body wipe!
8 – Dog Lovers Playing Cards
These cards include the cutest descriptions and illustrations for various dog breeds, They make a cat lovers set too.
9 – “You Are So Cool…” Mirror Decal
Nella has this decal on her mirror, and every time it shows up in pictures, I get so many DMs asking where we bought it. Perfect for tweens and teens who need a reminder of how awesome they are.
10 – Funny Face Mask
Germ warfare, but make it classy.
11 – Personal Care Set
So they’ll stop borrowing your nail clippers and losing them.
12 – Carhartt Hat
Every teen needs a good hipster beanie. These ones come in so many great colors.
13 – Saint Harry Styles Candle
Is it wrong that I want one of these for myself?
14 – “I Like Who I’m Becoming” Zipper Pouch
For pencils, makeup, tampons, what have you…Blue Q makes the best pouches, and the phrase on this one is so appropriate for teens.
15 – S’mores Chapstick Set
Winter’s coming, and lips are going to need some extra love. Marshmallow flavored, preferably.
16 – Bluetooth Camera Shutter
I keep one of these in my backpack, and it’s come in handy so many times for group photos. Skip the self timer and take as many pictures you need with this tiny remote. Connects instantly to your phone with bluetooth.
17 – Affirmators! Family Deck
We have the regular Affirmators! deck, and they’re so great for a quick morning dose of witty self love. This deck is specialized for family and togetherness.
18 – Japanese Doll Flash Drive
Your kid will have the cutest flash drive in class, eliciting lots of “Oh my God, where did you get that?”
19 – Leather Cord Organizers
A chic way to keep those headphones and chargers in place.
20 – Washable Makeup Remover Cloths
Lainey and I use these every day, and they’re so great–you don’t even need soap. And they wash up so nice!
21 – Golf Pen & Putting Green Pen Set
Not that they’ll get any work done with these or anything, but fun!
22 – “Butthead of the Household” Socks
Instead of coal, try these socks. Mom of the Year Award for giving these.
23 – Ice Roller
I will forever sing the praises of the ice roller. I’ve got Lainey hooked on it now too. We use it every morning to depuff our eyes and wake up our face.
24 – Running Armband Lights for Runners
Shorter days means more outside activities in the dark. Safety Dad highly recommends armband lights for any kid running or biking after dark.
25 – Face Wash Headband Set
These might be my favorite stocking stuffer for teen and tween girls. The girls around here use them every day for washing our faces and face masks.
26 – Peppermint Shower Tablets
Baths shouldn’t get all the fun. These shower tablets bring an aromatherapy experience to an otherwise ordinary shower. Also, FYI, “Go take a shower” is the cure for all teen grouch fests and fits.
27 – Braid Headband
Why master the perfect braid when you can wear a fake version? When my hair was a little longer, I wore mine all the time and received so many compliments on it.
28 – “What I Love About Being Your Mom” Fill-in-the-Blank Book
Once the jig is up on Santa, this one is a sweet one for any teen stocking.
29 – Recipes for College Students
Train ’em young! My sister sent my niece off to college with this one–all the basic recipes young adults should know how to make.
30 – Mini Zoltar
All the fun of Zoltar in miniature form!
31 – Popcorn Spice Mix Set
Dill pickle! Siracha! Caramel! Cracked pepper! Are those teen popcorn flavors, or what?
32 – Winter Touchscreen Gloves
The wool lining makes them extra warm.
33 – Extra Long iPhone Charger
We fight over the extra long charger in our house when phones go dead so you can use your phone while it’s charging.
43 – Clear Start Face Wash
Made with teens in mind, this Dermalogica breakout face wash is 5-star rated.