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37 EASY Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Toddlers & Babies in 2021

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, opening stockings on Christmas morning 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.

Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Toddlers and Babies

Toddler Stocking Stuffer Ideas:

Small Animal Figures

Little animals are some of the best stocking stuffers. They’re small, and usable in a lot of different play scenarios. And whether you’re buying for a little boy or little girl, these sets can really be used in so many different fun ways.

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. The Schleich animals are the perfect size for younger toddlers while the Terra are a little bit smaller items, so make sure they’re out of the mouthing stage.

terra by battat

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

Building & Vehicle Items

Finding small vehicle and building options that will work with current toys you have – like Duplos or trains etc – is so much fun!

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 of toy cars

CAT trucks set

Small CAT construction trucks set – 5 pack $`12. These are fun gifts for younger and older kids for pretend play.

Art & Creative Stocking Stuffers

Art supplies are the perfect stocking stuffer. I love stuff that is going to get used up and not just add clutter to your home. And can be gifted to kids of all ages.

art or fun tools as stocking stuffers ideas for toddlers

Learning & Educational

Richard Scarry apple car book mini board book

Bath Toys

Bath toys make fun stocking stuffer ideas, especially for little kids. Usable and fun!

bath toy waterfall spinners stocking stuffer ideas

Food & Eating Related Stocking Stuffers

Food items are one of my favorite toddler stocking stuffers. Easy? Check. Cheap? Check. Still fun for the kid? Yes!

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

Great Ideas to Remember for Toddlers:

  • Toddlers have lower expectations of stockings.
  • Save out small items in the months before Christmas (like a pair of socks, undies, hair bows, art supplies etc all make great gifts) to put in your toddler’s stocking.
  • Buying packs of things is a good idea. 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.

Baby Stocking Stuffer Ideas: For Babies 0 – 1

For baby’s first Christmas, new parents are just barely surviving and trying to do it all! Take it easy, take some pictures, baby won’t remember it anyway.

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 great stocking stuffer ideas for toddlers in your life.

>>Need more Christmas ideas? Check out Toddler Advent Calendar Ideas for 2021

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