Stocking stuffers for kids are amongst the hardest gifts decide on, with so many different toys to choose from, parents generally have quite a task on their hands.
These presents need to be small and inexpensive to pass as a ‘stocking stuffer’ gift, and ideally fit into a stocking. Though these days you can buy any size of Christmas stocking imaginable! No matter what most kids say, they are never too old to get excited by the stocking that sits at the end of their bed, or hung in the living room.
To help you sort through the best stocking stuffers for boys, and the ideal stocking stuffers for girls, we have put together a top list of toys that will both excite kids, and keep them entertained until Christmas dinner is served.
Relieve some of the Christmas stress with our selection of stocking stuffers that your kids just won’t be able to put down!
Best Stocking Stuffers for Kids 2017
1. 4M Tin Can Robot
Building kits are fantastic to have on hand for rainy days when you can’t think of any creative ways to keep your kids entertained, and there is no better time to stock up on them than Christmas. The 4M Tin Can Robot kit combines an exciting DIY kit with a valuable lesson on recycling, encouraging kids to get creative by hunting down some items around the house to build their own moving robot.
2. Block Tape – (For sticking Lego on)
If you’re tired of finding Lego pieces in every nook and cranny of your home, then Block Tape could be the perfect stocking stuffer gift for kids, to get all that Lego back in one place. The tape can be placed on most surfaces and features the standard Lego block spacing, so kids can attach their mini figures and smaller builds to the tape.
3. ALEX Spa Hot Hues Sketch It Nail Pens
The Sketch It Nail pens are one of the coolest stocking stuffers for kids that love to get creative and paint their nails. While standard nail vanish can be very messy if not supervised, the nail vanish pens are easy to use, and are not likely to spill out all over the carpet. The kit comes with 5 different colours of varnish pen and are the perfect size to fit in a Christmas stocking.
4. Klutz Star Wars Folded Flyers
Star Wars is likely to feature on many children’s wish list this Christmas, and for those who love interactive gifts, the Folded Flyers kit is a great way to add a little of the popular franchise to any sized stocking. The activity book will create 30 different starfighters, providing plenty of entertainment both on Christmas day and the weeks to follow, as kids build up their own collection of hand-made toys.
5. LEGO BrickHeadz
While many children ask for the bigger Lego kits for Christmas, the smaller kits make for some of the best stocking stuffers for kids. The Lego BrickHeadz series allows kids to create their own large figurines, with plenty of blocks to play with. There are multiple different superhero BrickHeadz to collect, so no matter which superheroes your kids love, it is very easy to keep them happy with these small but very creative sets.
6. Play-Doh Touch Shape to Life Studio
The Play-Doh Touch Shape to Life Studio allows kids to play with their new Play-Doh creations physically, and virtually. Every new design your kids come up with can be instantly scanned and uploaded into the Play-Doh app, where it can be interacted with in a unique world. Instead of having to destroy their creations to make new ones, with the app, kids can fill a whole world full of their different characters, before building a brand-new design to play with.
7. Fashion Angels Fashion Design Sketch Portfolio Artist Set
A unique sketch pad for any budding artist or designer, this creative addition to a stocking will have your kids designing and drawing their own fashionable outfits throughout Christmas day. The Fashion Angels kit includes different stencils and stickers with a handy pouch attached to the sketch pad to store them in. Along with special shading crayons, the kit has everything included to really ignite your kid’s creative side and get them designing.
8. Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. Kidnoculars
For a toy that promotes adventure and exploration, the GeoSaari Jr. Kidnoculars from Education Insights are the perfect gift. The colourful set of child-friendly binoculars are aimed at younger children who love to explore, with the benefit of STEM learning support, introducing kids to the wonders of science at an early age. An engaging toy that makes for an exciting stocking stuffer for kids, with enough fun to last the whole year.
9. Melissa & Doug Suspend Family Game
Bring the whole family together this Christmas with the Suspend Game from Melissa & Doug, a unique stacking game that will have the whole family engaged for hours. Helping younger children with interpersonal skills and coordination, each player has to take it in turns to suspend a colourful rod from the tower, trying not to knock down the precarious building during each move. A little different to the standard board game, this family game is perfect for any game collection.
10. Fat Brain Toys Squigz Starter Set
With a name that kids will love, the Fat Brain Toys Squigz Starter Set is sure to be a winner come Christmas day, and despite the name, it is a lot more educational than it lets on. The starter set has 24 suction cups in different shapes and colours, that all combine together to make a unique building kit. An interactive creative toy that can help develop motor skills in children, this toy is an all-round top choice for stockings.
11. Zoomer pups
Fun, colourful and interactive, Zoomer Pups will respond to their new owner with happy barks whenever they are cared for. The tiny robotic puppies are a fun little gift that kids won’t be able to stay away from on Christmas day, a definite winner for any child who wants a real puppy for Christmas. Teaching responsibility through interactive play, kids will have to play with their new pups if they want to see all of the cool features.
12. Iota The Great Big Game in The Teeny-Weeny Tin
For a game that will challenge the whole family, and that is incredibly easy to store away for future play, the Iota Great Big Game in The Teeny-Weeny Tin is the ideal Christmas family game. The tin is packed full of colourful cards, with the aim of the game being to match up the right cards in a massive grid. A great game that ensures plenty of fun and excitement for family members of all ages.
13. Melissa & Doug Bead Bouquet
A beautiful bead set that is perfectly stocking-sized and great for children that can’t get enough of making their own jewellery and decorations. Each of the tiny flower and butterfly themed beads is made out of wood, with hundreds of smaller colourful beads to make every creation a little unique. With countless combinations, and plenty of colourful cords included, little creative hands will have a blast with this small but varied Bead Bouquet.
14. Pac-Man Connect and Play – 12 Classic Games
For video game loving children, the Pac-Man Connect and Play is a fantastic way to provide a little variance away from the latest consoles that most children will be after at Christmas. As well as the classic Pac-Man game, there are 11 other games to enjoy, each one bringing back one of the classics. An ideal stocking stuffer for boys and girls, as well as for parents who want another shot at the classic games.
15. Pencil Grip Make It Yourself Rubber Band Ball Kit
If there is one kit that has the potential to last for multiple years, it’s the Pencil Grip Make It Yourself Rubber Band Ball. A simple kit that promises not only enjoyment initially, but the chance to start a project that kids can keep adding to as they grow. The Rubber Band Ball Kit includes the centre piece to the main ball, and a whole cartoon of rubber bands to start a fantastic project with.
16. Perplexus Epic
One of the perfect stocking stuffers for tweens who can’t get enough of a real challenge, the Perplexus Epic is a fascinating puzzle that has an extensive labyrinth of paths inside a stocking-sized plastic ball. Players have to navigate the paths, and complex barriers, in order to get the tiny ball to the finish line, a puzzle that can be completed again and again, putting a child’s problem-solving skills to the ultimate test.
17. Play Tape
Play tape is one of the most unique stocking stuffers on the market, but one that could easily take the crown as any kid’s favourite gift. The tape comes in different styles, featuring roads and rail tracks that can be applied to most surfaces in order to create a racetrack or train track. Children will love the ability to create their own tracks, with the style of track completely down to each child’s, or parent’s, imagination.
18. Qixels Design Creator
If you’re looking for the perfect creative gift to add to your kids stocking, the Qixels Design Creator will be a real winner. Kids are able to create their own toys by adding tiny cubes to the stencils provided, then with a quick spray of water, they are ready to peel off and play with. A fantastic all-rounder for any creative child, all their favourite characters can come to life with just a little creativity.
19. Rory’s Story Cubes
Rory’s Story Cubes are a unique kind of creative game where children can create and tell their own stories by developing plot twists and characters with the help of 9 cubes, each with different images on. Promoting imaginative thinking, all in a pocket-sized box, there are millions of different story combinations that can be rolled up. With the story relying on a child’s imagination to complete, parents will be on the receiving end of some unique stories!
20. Sleeping Queens
One of the smallest educational stocking stuffers, the Sleeping Queens card game is designed for children over 8 years old. The game can help kids to develop their memory skills and learn basic mathematics, all in a fun-to-play game that can really captivate a kid’s imagination with funny colourful cards that tell an amusing story. Enjoyable for adults and children alike, Sleeping Queens is the perfect portable game to keep kids entertained on the move.
Last update on 2018-02-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API