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These 48 stocking stuffers will delight any child — and they're all under $30

They just might like these fun little trinkets more than their Christmas presents.
TODAY Illustration; Kara Birnbaum / TODAY

They're making a list and checking it twice. Your kids and ours, that is (at least, those of us at Shop TODAY who are parents to little ones!). Surely, Santa will be conducting his annual quality assurance checks soon enough, so for our kids, time is of the essence!

Just in time to help you and your child elevate the nice and downplay the naughty before Santa arrives, we've curated this list of stocking stuffer ideas to help. While you collaborate with siblings, family members and friends, we scoured all-knowing Google and the Bestsellers pages of some of the big toy retailers in search of the must-have gifts of the season.

Without further ado, this holiday list contains the top stocking stuffer ideas that can be safely tucked away into the stockings of all of the kids on your list. Best of all, they're all under $30 (and we even have a budget list of toys under $10!).

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Trending stocking stuffers for kids

Color My Bath

Make bath time fun with this multi-colored set of 300 fizzy tablets. All they need to do is drop their favorite color into the water or mix and match to create new ones and watch them fizz. Better yet, these won't stain the tub or your towels, and they come in eco-friendly packaging.

KTRIO Clicker Counter

It doesn't seem like a toy (much less a kids' stocking stuffer) at first glance, but this no-battery-required clicker counter is actually a hit among kids, according to reviewers. And not just because of the fun colors — kids who love counting (this goes up to 9,999!) and fidget toys will get a kick out of this clicker. "My 7-year-old twin granddaughters LOVED playing with them to the exclusion of wanting to play or open up other gifts!" raved one grandmother who bought them as stocking stuffers.

The Pencil Grip Kwik Stix Solid Tempera Paints

These quick-drying paint pens promise all the fun of painting without all the mess, so both creative kids and parents can rejoice. The set of 24 non-toxic pens come in 12 colors, and they're so easy to clean that they can be taken anywhere, said many reviewers. "This creates a lovely 'paint effect' not seen with markers [and] the colors are brilliant," raved one of them.

YoYa Toys Liquipen Fidget Toy

Speaking of pens, these ones, which were labeled Amazon's choice under "fidget pens for kids," double as sensory toys. Not only do they write, but your child will also be soothed by watching the colorful bubbles move like mini lava lamps.

Kanoodle

This isn't your typical brain-teasing puzzle — for starters, it's a huge TikTok phenomenon! Its hashtag currently has nearly 162 million views, with players young and old taking on over 200 challenges testing one's problem solving and critical thinking skills.

Fashion Fidgets

If they're fans of fidget toys, they'll probably love this fashionable iteration. Landing on Toy Insider's 12 Under $20 list this year, each doll (there are 18 in all!) includes at least three sensory features and features a keychain to hook it onto their backpack.

Exploding Minions

Stuart, Bob, Kevin and the rest of the Minions are on a rampage — and your family can get in on all the fun! This iteration of the award-winning Exploding Kittens series has many of the same hijinks and action they may already be familiar with, except with an extra "Despicable Me" twist.

Kidzlabs Lemon Powered Clock

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.

Magic Mixies Mixlings

The little sibling of one of the year's hottest toys, Magic Mixies, has made quite the name for itself since being released earlier this summer. To start, it's earned a nomination for Collectible of the Year at this year's Toy of the Year Awards! Inside each miniature cauldron, you'll find a bright-eyed Mixling (there's 40-plus to discover!) that's eager to unleash its magical power with the flick of the accompanying wand.

Kittens vs. Gherkins

What could be cuter than dueling cats and pickles? Sweet kittens and lil' gherkins! Each baby-themed mystery bag of last year's popular stocking stuffer features two soft, bean-filled plushies along with blankets to tuck them in during bedtime.

Lego Dots Message Board Craft Decoration Kit

Let them get in touch with their creative side with this customizable message board. It comes with over 500 pieces and hanging elements so they can adorn their bedroom door with their final masterpiece.

Original Tamagotchi '90s

Tamagotchis are back! And this version is just like the one that you had back in the day. They'll raise their Tamagotchi from an egg to an adult by feeding it, checking its health and even occasionally disciplining it.

TeeTurtle The Original Reversible Octopus Plushie

Currently one of the bestselling toys on Amazon, these little turtle plushies went viral on TikTok, racking up more than 50 million views. Not only are they super cute, but kids can use them to show their moods without saying a word by flipping between the angry and happy faces.

My Squishy Little Dumplings

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.

Treasure X Monster Gold Monster Coffin

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.

KagesKrayons Personalized Name Crayons

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.

Toothbrushing Turtle Timer

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!

5 Surprise Mini Brands

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.

Best stocking stuffers for boys

Kanoodle

This isn't your typical brain-teasing puzzle — for starters, it's a huge TikTok phenomenon! Its hashtag currently has nearly 162 million views, with players young and old taking on over 200 challenges testing one's problem solving and critical thinking skills.

Dinosaur Taco Holders

If you've got a tyke who's a taco and a dino fan, they'll get a kick out of this taco holder when you bust it out for Taco Tuesday. You can choose from either a "Tricerataco" or a "Tacosaurus Rex," and each is able to hold two tacos — just make sure they finish their food before embarking on their Jurrasic adventure!

Guess in 10 AnimIal Planet

Lions, tigers and bears — oh my! The zoo lover in your life is sure to adore this wild guessing game that tests their knowledge on all kinds of creatures within the animal kingdom.

Elmer's Color Slime Kit

Making slime has remained a big internet trend, so if they like getting their hands dirty, stick this creation kit in their stocking. It comes with two bottles of vibrant glue and two bottles of "magical liquid" to bring it all together.

Sockfun Boys Crazy Funny Shark Socks

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.

Philips Sonicare for Kids Bluetooth-Connected Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush

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!

Not Parent Approved Card Game

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!

Imagine Ink Coloring Book Assorted Set for Boys with Stickers

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 "Minions," "Star Wars," "Wreck-It Ralph," "Trolls" and "The Incredibles."

Melissa & Doug Magic in a Snap! Abracadabra Collection

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.

Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Game and Learn Controller

Perfect for the littlest gamer in your circle (or the toddler who keeps turning your remotes into toys), this Fisher-Price controller gives them all the buttons and toggles they love playing with. Little will they know this STEM toy will be teaching them hand-eye coordination, dexterity and other critical fine motor skills.

Hape Blues Harmonica

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.

Jenga Mini Game

Big classic-game fun in a small, stocking-size package!

Kiddy Cat Playing Card Holders

Whether they're playing Go Fish or Poker, they'll want to keep a good hand close to their chest and out of sight from prying eyes. Enter: these adorably silly playing card holders!

My Audio Pet Scales the Dragon Portable Bluetooth Speaker

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.

Best stocking stuffers for girls

Scentco Holiday Smencils

Festive in both appearance and scent, these adorable No. 2 pencils — made out of recycled newspapers — are essenced with traditional holiday aromas like candy cane, gingerbread and sugar plum.

Mark-My-Time Digital Bookmark and Reading Timer

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.

Uno Disney Princesses

Princesses are up for a game night, too! This regal edition of Uno features some of Disney's most iconic characters — Jasmine! Tiana! Belle! — that'll delight kids of all ages.

Mystery Center Fantasy Dough

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.

Crayola Bath Dropz Color

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 3 and up.

Reusable Spelling Straws

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?

TeeHee Girls Fashion Crew Gift Box

18 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!

All About Me Quiz Art 96-Piece Woven Art Kit

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.

Jaciya Hair Elastic Scrunchies

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.

Crystalina Amethyst Doll

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.

Cheap stocking stuffers for kids (under $10!)

Noodlies by Fat Brain Toys

At just under $6, we think you and your kid will get a lot of mileage from sinking your hands into this bucket of "noodles" by Fat Brain Toys. The set of five "noodles" are not only colorful, but also calming to stretch and play with. Plus, they aren't sticky and don't make a mess.

imPRESS Mini Press-On Nails for Kids

French manicures don't have to cost a pretty penny. These press-on nails are specially made for kids so your budding beauty aficionado can match with mommy's manicures. Best of all, these are free from the toxins found in nail polish, and they won't need glue to apply, according to the brand.

Pop It! Pets Mystery Bag

These novelty toys are so fun, your child will want to collect them all! Each bag includes five pets, five trading cards, five stickers, one keychain and a grid to jot down what they have so far. "They're so fun to open and even more fun to fidget with!" said one reviewer.

Lego Adventure Bracelets

If your kid's a fan of both bracelets, arts and crats, and Legos, they shouldn't have to choose! Enter: these nifty and colorful DIY bracelets. A pack comes with two bands and 32 tiles, and if they've already got a Lego Dots set, they can use the pieces from those as well.

Nose Pencil Sharpeners

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!