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37 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Toddlers & Babies

Most toddlers are still so young that they don’t really remember what Christmas stockings and stocking stuffers are from a previous year. Unless they have older siblings building it up, stockings are what you want them to be for your own family traditions. We don’t go over the top with stockings in our family. But it’s always been a fun chance to do some little cute budget-friendly gifts. So here are my stocking stuffer ideas for toddlers and babies.

My budget for stocking stuffers is to pick items usually in the $1-5 range, for a total of $10-20. If you have more than one kid or are celebrating with family, stocking stuffers add up quick! So make sure it’s something that they will actually use and enjoy.

Tips for Toddler Stocking Stuffers:

  • Toddlers have lower expectations of stockings
  • Save out small items in the months before Christmas (like a pair of socks, undies, art supplies etc)
  • Buying packs of things. Either use for group stocking stuffers, or if you just have one save the rest for later as art supplies etc. For example: Playdoh pack, animal packs, art supply packs like sidewalk chalk, stickers, temporary tattoos etc, is a great way to save money.
  • The last few years it’s been popular for stores to sell stocking stuffer gift sets. Which proves that stores hope someone will buy them and that some people really will buy almost anything! But most of us will be saving ourselves the extra money and doing old school stockings with unique little treats.
Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Toddlers and Babies

Toddler Stocking Stuffer Ideas:

Small Animal Figures

schleich animals

Schleich animals (1 or 2 of these is my max budget, but I also bought a 4 pack of farm ones and brought out just 1 at a time over a few weeks when my little guy had just turned one) – cat, puppy, cheetah, or fawn are $3-4/each

terra by battat

Terra by Battat or Safari LTD TOOB animal packs – 60 piece pack $10

Building & Vehicle Items

Duplo Legs stocking stuffers

Small Duplo set (mini tow truck, fire truck sets $7+) – or a few pieces of a larger set, and do the rest as a DIY Duplo Advent calendar.

IKEA train

IKEA train parts – like the IKEA battery-operated locomotive train – $7.99

IKEA train turntable ($4)

Matchbox or Hot Wheels cars – $1 each or $5 for a 5 pack

CAT trucks set

Small CAT construction trucks set – 5 pack $`12

Art & Creative Stocking Stuffers

art or fun tools as stocking stuffers ideas for toddlers

Learning & Educational

Richard Scarry apple car book mini board book

Bath Toys

bath toy waterfall spinners stocking stuffer ideas

Food & Eating Related Stocking Stuffers

  • orange or other small fruit
  • individually wrapped treat – like fruit leather, granola bar, gummies, or other packaged item they haven’t tried
  • pouch

Baby Stocking Stuffer Ideas: For Babies 0 – 1

The first two years of having a toddler, I literally just rounded up some things from home and put them in a stocking that night. Zero planning. This year, with a three year old, I’ll be planning a little bit more, but still not going crazy.

Minimalist Stocking Stuffer Mantra
I love the gift saying of “Something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read.” I think this can apply well to stocking stuffers too. Good luck and happy Christmas! I hope this has given you some extra stocking stuffer ideas for toddlers in your life.

>>Need more Christmas ideas? Check out Toddler Advent Calendar Ideas for 2020.

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