Are you wondering what to put in a toddler’s stocking? Here are my favorite popular, inexpensive stocking stuffers for toddlers. These ideas will delight any 1 – 4-year-old!
Whether you are buying gifts for your own toddler or someone else’s, they can feel like one of the hardest age groups to buy for!
Some days, a cardboard box is all they need to be entertained for hours, yet, other days, you can try everything to keep them happy and still end up with a tantrum. Gah!
Buying gifts for toddlers can cost a small fortune, and if saving money on gifts is at the top of your to-do list this Christmas, it might seem impossible to find affordable gifts for toddlers.
But here’s the secret to buying for toddlers if you want to give them a magical Christmas morning: a stocking or Santa Sack full of smaller, affordable gifts can do the trick.
NOTE: if you don’t have a fireplace or a chimney, a Santa Sack is a GREAT alternative to a stocking! And you can use a Santa’s Magic Key to let Santa in if you don’t have a chimney for him to come down!
35 Stocking Stuffers For Toddlers
When it comes down to it, what makes the best stocking stuffers for toddlers?
Honestly, this all just depends on your child. Some toddlers like toys, while some would prefer candy or chocolate.
Fortunately, toddlers are easier to shop for than you may think… they LOVE trinkets, things that make noise, candy…bouncy balls, anything that surprises them, temporary tattoos…things that let them mimic mom and dad, wacky socks…you name it.
They will literally love anything they can call their own.
Don’t spend a fortune filling your kids’ Christmas stocking this holiday season. Instead, use the ideas here to find some inexpensive stocking stuffers for toddlers they will truly love!
1. Toddler Cookbook
A toddler cookbook tops my list of the best Christmas stocking stuffers for toddlers because it gets kids and parents cooking or baking together. Have great conversations about food, health, choices, and more while making memories.
It’s full of toddler-friendly recipes so the whole family can choose something together, and everyone can help make dinner.
2. Bubble Shooter
Do you live in an area where it’s not freezing cold on Christmas Day? This bubble shooter is perfect to use outdoors to burn some extra energy. (Well, actually, if it IS freezing where you are (but warm enough to play outside, frozen bubbles are pretty cool tool!!)
3. Alphabet Magnets
These alphabet magnets are a cute little gift that will easily keep toddlers entertained, and they are a great way to start learning letter recognition.
Magnets are also a great thing to have on the kitchen fridge to keep youngsters busy in the kitchen so parents can get the cleaning or cooking done without a toddler under their feet. But if you would prefer for your kids to be at the table or out of the walkway, this set comes with a magnetic board so they don’t NEED the fridge for fun!
4. Bath Toys Stocking Stuffers For Toddlers
Bath toys make terrific inexpensive stocking stuffers for toddlers as they are usually small and fun. This bath fishing set would make the perfect toddler stocking stuffer and comes with a fishing rod, a net, and three cute, underwater animals. Have fun while working on motor skills (and getting clean)!
5. Bath Swimming Turtle Toys
These swimming turtles will fascinate and enthrall your toddler! Stocking stuffers for toddlers can be fun AND helpful, like this one that makes bath time fun!
6. Koi Toys Light Up Goldfish
Perfect for small hands, this fish bath toy will be a bath time favorite. It automatically lights up when you put it in the water and automatically turns off when you take it out of the water. This toddler stocking stuffer will get 5 stars from your little one!
7. Bathtub Crayons
How cool are these? Completely washable and so much fun, let your toddler have a ball coloring all over the bathtub with these non-toxic bath crayons.
What toddler doesn’t love play-doh?! It’s fun, interactive, and toddlers can really let their imaginations run wild at playtime. Collect a whole load of different textures and patterns from all around the house and let your toddler experiment creating pictures or just let them mold and build to their heart’s content. Either way, play-doh is sure to be a huge hit on Christmas morning.
Want to spend even less? Make your own 5-Minute Non-Toxic Easy Homemade Playdough – it’s easy, cheap, and lasts for weeks!
Or this DIY Nutella Edible Playdough makes an unbeatable sweet treat after play time is over!
9. Play-Doh Tools Stocking Stuffers For Toddlers
If you really want to set a toddler up with a great play-doh area, they definitely need some tools! This set comes with animal and object shape cutters, multiple rollers, squeezers, stamps, safety knives, and much more. Gift this to a toddler this holiday season and they will have enough to keep them occupied for ages.
10. Crayola Sidewalk Chalk
Sidewalk chalk is an easy and fun activity for toddlers and a great way to encourage them to get outside in the fresh air. They love the freedom of being allowed to draw without the restriction of staying within a piece of paper. Best of all, once they are finished, you can just spray the whole thing down with a hose and they get to start again. Definitely one of my favorite stocking stuffers for toddlers!
11. Toy Animals Stocking Stuffers For Toddlers
Small animals make for a really great multi-use gift for toddlers. This pack of toys is a huge selection and encourages imaginative play in toddlers. They can also be a great educational resource – woohoo!
Take photos of each animal and create flashcards, and toddlers will love matching the photo to the animal and naming each one. They work great for memory and language skills, so they’re one of my favorite toddler stocking stuffer ideas.
12. Finger Puppets Stocking Stuffers For Toddlers
Cute and portable, these adorable finger puppets inspire creativity and will have your toddlers making up stories and acting them out! Take them on road trips, plane rides, or to grandma’s house.
13. Picture Flashcards
Toddlers love to learn, but they do it best through play. Picture flashcards are another great way to encourage language development and memory skills in a fun and interesting way so toddlers don’t even realize they are learning. Best of all, they are affordable toddler stocking stuffers!
14. Finger Paints Stocking Stuffers For Toddlers
If play-doh or sidewalk chalk isn’t what you want, how about gifting some washable finger paints? Toddlers love getting messy, and finger paints are a great way to let them show their creative side.
You could even make the whole Christmas stocking craft themed and also gift them a full apron and wipe clean table protector so parents don’t have to worry about the cleanup.
15. Activity or Coloring Pack
A quick and easy stocking stuffer that will entertain any toddler for a while is an activity or coloring pack. There are endless options with sticker books or puzzle games, but I love this mess-free coloring pack by Crayola.
The colored pens will only work on the special paper, making it a totally mess-free gift, perfect for traveling in the car without toddlers being able to draw on the seats.
This is also great to take on road trips or plane rides!
16. Busy Cube Stocking Stuffer For Toddlers
Let your child experience the joy of discovery with this wooden 7-in-1 Montessori learning toy. The perfect stocking stuffer for toddlers!
Related: Top 15 Must-Have Montessori Toys For 2-Year-Olds
17. Bead Threading
Bead threading is a great activity to develop fine motor skills, and this Melissa and Doug kit is also useful for teaching colors and shapes!
If you want something a little more difficult for older toddlers, gift them a kit with beads that gradually get smaller. That way, once they have mastered the skill, they can continue refining it.
18. Zen Pig
The Zen Pig books are a relatively new find for me. I absolutely LOVE them because they talk about REAL stuff on a toddler’s level. Every page has a short poem with an adorable drawing, and every page is powerful. I can totally imagine toddlers memorizing these short poems and spitting them back out at random times – my toddlers would have done that!
I always feel that books make terrific toddler stocking fillers ideas, and this year, Zen Pig tops my list! Plus, I love that it’s a father-and-son company, and every purchase goes toward helping someone get drinking water for a year.
19. Small Musical Instruments
Most toddlers seem to have fun making as much noise as possible. Dancing, singing, and playing music will bring them hours of joy and entertainment (it sure did for all of mine!). This pack has a great selection of toddler-friendly instruments to get them started.
There are a few to choose from, so whether you decide to gift them all at once or break them up into smaller gifts, these stocking stuffers for toddlers are guaranteed to please.
20. Washable Ink Stamps
Here’s another great (more unique) stocking stuffer idea for toddlers that would go well in any crafty and artsy-themed Christmas stocking! These particular stamps are pictures of everyday items and even come with colored pencils, so you could use them for the very early stages of writing.
21. Liquid Motion Bubbler
Here’s one of my favorite stocking stuffers for toddlers! I put these in my kids’ stockings and gave them to my nieces and nephews too. The rhythmic flow of colored bubbles is mesmerizing and a great sensory-calming toy.
22. Play Money Stocking Stuffer For Toddlers
Many toddlers love playing shop. They see their parents buying things at stores all the time, and they become intrigued by the process of exchanging money for things.
Gifting a toddler some play money gives them a chance to use their imagination and create a store of their own. It’s also a great way to start teaching little ones how money works, putting this item one of the best stocking stuffer ideas for kids.
23. DINORUN Busy Board
These Montessori stocking stuffers for toddlers are made for traveling (car or a plane, etc.)! These toys will keep your toddler busy learning and developing fine motor skills on long journeys.
24. Smart Learning Phone
If you know someone who struggles to keep their toddler away from their parents iPhones, this cute learning phone makes a life-saving stocking stuffer for toddlers. Most people don’t like the idea of their toddlers having screen time, but in today’s society, it’s hard to avoid!
Give this gift so toddlers can feel like they are copying mum and dad. I bet that shortly after, the novelty of playing with Iphones may wear off.
25. Bubble Fidget Sensory Toys
Christmas stocking stuffers for toddlers like this one are GREAT for kids with ADHD, autism, and more. A sensory fidget toy can also decrease a child’s anxiety and help them calm down when their emotions are out of whack.
26. Unicorn Poop Slime
Oh yes, my friend, you read that right! Toddlers love anything messy, gross, and having to do with poop. Just watch their faces light up and listen to their shrieks of excitement when they find this in their stocking!
27. Water Activity Pack
I think this is one of the best stocking filler ideas for toddlers because it pretty much sums up everything a toddler loves: drawing/creating, exploring, and playing with water. It makes my list of great stocking stuffers for kids because it does everything without being messy!
28. Toy Car Keys
29. Fake Coal Stocking Stuffers For Toddlers
Sometimes a parent just has to have fun too, right?! Have you ever told your children that they’re getting coal in their stockings? Now you can make it true with this delicious treat. I love pulling small pranks on my kids, and this is right up my alley – plus, it’s chocolate candy, so they can eat it as a treat!
Stocking stuffers for toddlers like this one are perfect for that prankster parent!
30. Favorite Movie DVD or Blu-Ray
This may not be for you if you don’t allow your kids to watch TV. Even though we follow safe screentime rules for kids, I just LOVE cuddling up on the couch together and watching a movie!
31. Toddler Scavenger Hunt Cards
These easy-to-use cards give toddlers the tools to discover everyday objects in their home and provides you and your child with an exciting at-home activity—no matter the weather!
32. Laugh & Learn Smartwatch
This pretend smartwatch has lights, music, and sounds for early role-playing at home and everywhere! The toggle switch, turn dial, and clacker beads keep little hands busy.
33. Memory Game Stocking Stuffer For Toddlers
Test your toddler’s memory and make it a game for the whole family. Kids LOVE to compete and especially delight in beating their parents at something! Create some crazy good memories together with this activity 😉
34. Spin and Learn Color Flashlight
This kids’ flashlight comes with over 50 sing-along songs, music, sounds, and fun phrases. This toddler stocking stuffer features five changing light colors.
35. Monkey Around Game
If there’s one thing toddlers love, it’s playing games! As far as I’m concerned, stocking stuffers for toddlers include anything that can fit inside the Christmas stocking.
There ya go! 35 amazing ideas of stocking stuffers for toddlers that will delight your little one this Christmas!
What are some good stocking stuffers for kids? This list is chock full of cool stocking stuffer ideas that kids will love! I hope you find some ideas here that you love!
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