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He’s making a list and he’s checking it twice. My son and my nephews, that is. Surely, Santa will be conducting his annual quality assurance checks soon enough, but he has a smidge of time left before reporting for duty.
Meanwhile, for our kids, time is of the essence! Time to elevate the nice and downplay the naughty. Time to think long and hard about that holiday wish list. Time to collaborate with siblings, friends and the all-knowing Google in search of the must-have holiday gifts of the season.
While some holiday wishes will be wrapped or bagged and placed under the tree, some wishes will be tucked and stuffed into your child’s stocking.
Here are some stocking-size treasures perfect for the kids on your list.
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Don’t forget to check out Shop TODAY’s 2021 Gift Guide to find the perfect present for everyone on your list!
Trending stocking stuffers for kids
These adorable dumplings are taking over the internet. Don't believe us? Check them out starring in a music video. Your kid is going to go crazy for their new dumpling friend.
#Needoh has garnered over 100 million views on TikTok, making this a highly sought-after gift this year. These squishy globs provide endless fun and relaxation.
A lot of these toy picks were highly recommended by Toy Insider, including this one! Your child will love discovering what's lying inside the coffin, mixing up some gooey slime and watching their monster come to life.
Making slime has remained a big internet trend, so if they like getting their hands dirty, stick this variety pack of slime creations in their stocking. It comes with five tubs filled with different charms, mix-ins and slime.
These personalized crayons are thoughtful and useful. Starting at just $5 for a letter, they'll love taking ownership of their very own customized crayons.
This adorable turtle timer sticks to the bathroom mirror or counter and encourages toothbrushing and oral care. This is one shell of a stocking stuffer!
Equipped with 2.5 lbs of sand, a mold and a cutting tool, this malleable sand is so much fun! It's non-toxic and is safe for children 4 years and up.
Let them express themselves with this DIY music-themed bracelet. It's adjustable and comes with 32 fun tiles to decorate.
Featured on this year's Toy Insider's List, this glowing fairy doll comes with a special crystal power — either love, wisdom, luck or healing. Choose one of the four dolls in the collection or collect them all and watch them pass the colorful light back and forth to one another.
Great for play or as a collector's item, each ball features five miniature replicas of your favorite household foods. From the iconic ICEE Slushie to Jell-O, this stocking stuffer is sure to amuse them.
Your kids will love putting their heads together to DIY a lemon-powered clock. It's a safe science experiment that will keep them entertained for hours.
Encourage them to read, write and channel their creativity with this journal. It's jam-packed with activities, from drawing to discovering ways to take mindful breaks.
Get them in the Christmas spirit with these adorable finger puppets! They're the classic characters from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and their tiny size make them perfect for topping off a stocking.
This STEAM-themed stocking stuffer kit is a one-stop shop. It comes with all of the things you'll need to stuff a stocking: a DIY flipbook, fantasy dough, a volcano kit and a disco-themed bath buddy.
Popping toys are still around, and they make the perfect stocking stuffer. This four-pack of pop toys is an Amazon #1 bestseller and has more than 1,300 5-star reviews.
Best stocking stuffers for boys
All the fun of markers without the mess and mass discoloration of your walls. This great coloring set comes in a bundle of six fun coloring books featuring your little buddy’s favorites from Disney’s Cars, Minions, Star Wars, Wreck It Ralph, Trolls and the Incredibles.
Big classic-game fun in a small, stocking-size package!
It may not be safe to go back into the water, but it’s just fine to snuggle into these cozy fin-tastic socks. Perfect for silly sock days at school or for just enjoying Shark Week around the house.
If your family revels in being hilariously immature and appropriately inappropriate, this card game is a great stocking stuffer for kids eight and up. Winner of 10 industry awards, this portable and durable card game promotes giggling, playing well with others and reading from even your most resistant child. All that said, this game is not for every kid and it’s not for every family. The whole thing kicks off with a burping contest and the declaration of the burp boss. If that doesn’t sound fun to you, well then, buuuuuuuurrrrp!
Scales' small stature and adorable snarl doesn't make him any less fierce. This pocket-size speaker also delivers high-quality sound and can pair to any media device, thanks to its Bluetooth capabilities.
Speaking of immature, this little bugger is right up there. A pencil sharpener that looks like a nose, your kids will think it’s hilarious, and it actually has a useful educational purpose. Take the win!
Warm, fuzzy and comfy, these slippers are perfect for nestling by the fire or for just keeping those toes warm on a crisp holiday morning.
Not every stocking stuffer can be all fun and games, or can they? This electronic toothbrush takes one of your child’s least favorite “chores” and turns it into fun! Connectivity with an interactive app, musical alerts and a built-in brush timer will ensure a thorough and hopefully cavity-free cleaning!
Knock knock! Who’s there? The next Jerry Seinfeld! This book comes with over 200 jokes that will slay in your living room today and kill at the comedy show tomorrow!
Your child will master these 10 easy-to-learn magic tricks faster than you can say, “Shazam!” Kit is great for children ages four and up.
This may be me inflicting my own fond childhood memories on others, but so be it. A kaleidoscope is a classic toy that brings shapes and colors to life with just a simple twist and turn.
You may hate me for this suggestion on Christmas morning, but when your child is the next Steven Tyler in 20 years, all will be forgiven. This 10-hole wooden harmonica comes in eight vibrant colors and is a great starter instrument for your fledgling musical genius.
Best stocking stuffers for girls
Craft and create the scene with this colorful and sparkly sculpting clay. Choose from four fun themes. Dig for treasure one day, paint with the colors of the rainbow the next, set the table for brunch the day after and, once you are full, explore the layers of the Earth. Made with all natural ingredients, this dough hardens in place for display purposes and returns to mush when moistened for continued use and hours of creative play.
Plop, drop and play! Coaxing your little elf into bath time has never been so easy, thanks to these colorful bath drops. It's good for 45 splash-tastic baths and suitable for ages three and up.
Ready, set, read! A bookmark that marks the time. Brilliant! This digital bookmark comes in five snazzy colors and features a countdown clock for your reader who likes to see the finish line, and a cumulative time for your child who can get lost in a book for hours.
Inside this wonderful stocking stuffer is eight party-themed accessories perfect for your doll — surprise!
Sip and spell with these eco-friendly reusable straws. With 26 letters and 300,000 words for the making, who knew spelling could be so refreshing?
Eighteen pairs of socks may take up the whole stocking, but if you have a sock fan in the house, this may be a huge win! These socks are as cheery as they are cozy. Mix and match the puppy with the kitten, or pair each sock with their intended mates. Either way, your kiddo is set up for sock-sess for almost a whole month of school!
Crafty girls can put their individuality on display with this customizable art kit. It has everything they'll need to make a uniquely one-of-a-kind representation of their inner self, including a quiz book to guide them along the way.
Any girl will tell you, there is no such thing as too many stickers or too many scrunchies. This classic hair tie is fun and functional and blazing a triumphant return. The six-pack comes in a variety of colors perfect for your girl's daily wardrobe change.
Creativity, fine motor skills and storytelling served up in one easy and fun spoonful! Your kids will have a blast turning simple wooden spoons into playful and sociable puppets. Inventive fun for ages three and up.
If they became obsessed with playing "Animal Crossing" this year, they'll absolutely love the 800+ stickers inside the pages of this awesome activity-filled book inspired by the game.
Indulge their sweet tooth with some sippable chocolate. Each set comes with two of each flavor (classic truffle, peanut butter cup, peppermint and salted caramel), so they can share with a friend or savor all on their own.
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