This year has been anything but ordinary. With many states gearing up for a quiet Christmas from home, the need for some holiday joy is more important than ever.
And while the holiday may not be what your family envisioned, you can still give your kids some awesome gifts and stocking stuffers that will make things a little less lonely.
To help you cross some shopping off your list, we’ve compiled a few gift ideas that will make your kids light up when they open their stockings this year.
Gifts that are Equal Parts Useful and Fun
With many of us in a chronic state of organizing and downsizing thanks to all our time at home, you may not be too keen on the idea of loading up your house with more stuff.
Here are some gifts that are useful, fun and won’t find a home under your child’s bed for the next year.
As a parent, we love any excuse to get our kids excited for bath time. These Squishy Bubble Bath Bath Bombs create colorful scented water with a secret toy inside, and did we mention tons of bubbles?
Each one comes with a unique toy and a different, kid-friendly fragrance. These bath bombs are made with 99% natural ingredients. Vegan, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Phthalate-Free, Cruelty-Free, Non-GMO, and Eco-Friendly, making them safe for sensitive skin and allergies for all to enjoy.
If you are going to give socks, you owe it to your kid to make them some fun ones. These slipper socks are the perfect stocking stuffer to show off some holiday spirit!
And let’s be real; no one can have too many socks because odds are, one will go missing sooner than later. We all know that the dryer eats socks from time to time.
While it’s not a super-optimistic stocking stuffer, face masks are a necessity for kids right now and for the foreseeable future. So, get them some masks they’ll actually like, such as these available on Amazon and designed by Crayola.
Reusable and washable, they’re easy for small hands to use and come in cool colors, and are a no-brainer addition to their Christmas stocking.
Everyone could use some lip balm during the cold, dry winter months. This lip balm from Lip Smacker’s packs a punch of cuteness, with packaging designed to look like adorable unicorns, bunnies, foxes, kittens and other animals.
With scents like carrot cake and cream puff, these lip balms are tempting regardless of if you’re a 7-year-old or a grown-up.
This mindfulness journal is a great way to gently nudge your children toward some quiet reflection. All of the journal’s writing prompts are intended to help kids learn how to stay calm and positive, while being present.
The journal only takes a few minutes to use each day and is a totally low-key introduction to journaling overall.
Suitable for kids ages 4 to 8, the cookbook offers recipes that children are sure to love, with fun names and creative twists, like unicorn toast and sunshine soup.
Recipes are labeled as “easy,” “medium” or “hard,” so you know exactly which ones to choose based on your child’s current skill level.
For little ones ages 8 and up, these light-up holiday gloves are a great stocking stuffer that will stay fun long after Christmas morning has passed. An upgrade from their usual mittens, these gloves light up in three colors, with six flashing modes.
They’re easy to work, made of lightweight cotton and keep your hands warm while giving you all the gear you need for performing a light show of your own creation.
For the Tech-Loving Kids
It’s the 21st century, so chances are your child has already become acquainted with technology. Here are some fun gadgets that are sure to be a hit.
If your kiddo already has their eyes on a smartwatch, introduce them to the world of wrist-based tech with this kid-friendly (and budget-friendly) VTech KidiZoom smartwatch. The secure and water-resistant wristband comes in a selection of kid-friendly colors.
Features include videos and photo functions, as well as customizable filters. A built-in game provides an AR experience and other “apps” track steps for the day and make sound effects. For safety, children can only share their video and photos when an adult helps them upload everything to a computer.
The smartwatch is designed for your 4-year-old and up.
If you don’t necessarily want your child to have their own cell phone just yet, but they still want to talk to their friends while playing in the yard, or you just want to be able to easily send them a message when they’re upstairs in their rooms, consider gifting them these fun and affordable walkie talkies.
For the price, they offer great audio quality and they’re easy to use for most elementary-age kids.
Okay, it might not be the most exciting thing to pull out of your stocking on Christmas morning. But an electric toothbrush will become your child’s most used gift throughout the year and help you keep a handle on your dental visits.
Whether they’re exploring the backyard after dark, building a fort in the basement or staying up late reading under the covers, this headlamp will come in handy for the most adventurous of your children.
The LED lamp comes with included batteries and is definitely bright enough for outdoor use. Your child can change the light color thanks to some interchangeable color plates, and the washable band can be easily wiped clean of any dirt that shows up after a few uses.
Quarantine starting to get to you? Your child feels the same way.
Here are some screen-free gifts that will keep your kid busy for hours.
Simple enough for children even as young as four to learn, these card games will quickly become favorites in your household.
For little ones, this hands-on Wooden Toy Block Puzzle Moon Balance Game by FMRXK challenges kids’ fine motor movements and thinking skills.
This game is a children’s Montessori toy and stimulates brain development, hand-eye coordination and imagination.
For the older children, a Yomega Pro Model Kendama – The Traditional Japanese Toss and Catch Skill Game is perfect for building their hand-eye coordination and keeping them entertained them for hours.
Plus, it’s fun for the whole family to get involved and see who can get the ball on the spike first.
Who doesn’t love a little family competition?
This scented, fluffy slime makes a great stocking stuffer for hands-on kiddos that like to squeeze, stretch, bounce and roll.
This slime is made up of high-grade materials that are BPA-free, hypoallergenic and 100% safe and non-toxic for kids. With a putty, stretchy, and non-stick consistency, it also makes for an easy clean up.
Because hey, here at ChatterSource, we care about keeping our homes clean and parents happy.
This Nerf N-Strike Elite Jolt Blaster gun fits perfectly into a stocking, and features a compact design that creates the perfect super-stealth sneak attack.
But don’t let the size fool you. This blaster does not compromise on its powerful performance.
Everyone could use a little more gratitude in their life. Help your elementary-age child develop a healthy sense of gratitude and gratefulness, with this easy-to-use gratitude journal that will help to build a lifelong habit of positive thinking.
Skip the boring ol’ puzzle you grew up with and go with a 3-D puzzle that’s sure to please. This unicorn-shaped puzzle is made from a selection of flat pieces that come shipped with instructions, for creating a fun new piece of decor for toddlers to tweens.
Keep the games going after dark, with a soccer ball that glows. This ball is bright enough to be spotted in the dark as far as a few hundred yards away, so your kids can continue playing well after the sun sets.
The durable ball comes with batteries included (and not just one set of batteries, but two). Even with the LED lights, the ball is water resistant and a perfect addition to your kid’s jumbo-sized stocking.
This stocking stuffer may be one that the whole family wants, especially when you start taking fun photos. The Santa Sunstache is a pair of sunglasses with a Santa beard and hat attached.
One size fits most and the sunglasses actually do offer UV protection, making them both fun and functional.
Gifts to Grow their Imagination
Stimulate your child’s mind with these creative gift options.
Introduce your child to a new, fun hobby that the entire family can enjoy together. The Easy Origami kit from Amazon teaches hobbyists of all ages how to create a few dozen, simple projects, and includes everything you need to get started.
It doesn’t matter what age, kids love fake tattoos. Melissa & Doug’s Temporary Tattoos come in fun metallics with peace signs and ice cream cones as well as adventures, creatures and sports for all to enjoy.
These tattoos are easy to share and remove, for all those tattoos that mysteriously end up on a forehead.
What parent wouldn’t want a coloring set that doesn’t come with the risk of a rainbow of hues appearing all across your walls, furniture, you name it?
That’s exactly what Crayola’s Pages mess-free coloring books provide: all the fun of coloring for your kids, but without all the risk that comes with traditional markers, crayons and colored pencils.
There are some things in life that withstand the test of time, and a Rubik’s Cube is one of them. After all, who can honestly pass one up in the middle of a dull moment?
Your kids can fiddle with this classic puzzle while watching a movie or after a day of homeschool. And if your child prodigy has already solved a cube, you can join the challenge for and try to beat this guy.
If you can trust your kids with stickers and you’re sure said stickers won’t end up all over the walls and furniture, go with this super-cool paint-by-stickers coloring book.
The sculpting dough looks simple, but is actually the coolest, designed for hours of sculpting, digging, creating and recreating, via the unique formula filled with glitter and possibilities.
The dough hardens after a while, to keep your child’s creation in place, but then softens up with a bit of water, so little hands can reuse it time and time again, learning important motor skills as they go.
Let’s get real; if it glows in the dark, it will be a hit.
And nothing beats the classic glow sticks we all played with when we were kids. Grab a pack of glow sticks and have a glow in the dark party, quarantine style.
The kit is easy enough for most beginner LEGO builders, with fewer than 300 pieces included and a rating for kids ages 10 and up.
For another equally safe and mess-free way to play and make some art, these light-up drawing tees from Uncommon Goods allow your children to draw right on their own shirts, creating a new design every time.
All you need is a flashlight or laser pen and they’re ready to start drawing on their unique, portable canvas.
For a hassle-free gift that offers a ton of fun, look no further than these craft kits. After all, who says stockings are limited to small gifts?
For the crafty kid in your life who also loves a bit of magic, this fairy craft kit is a good stocking stuffer.
The craft kit comes with tons of crafting materials, from yarn to fabric, glitter to pom poms, and details on how to make a variety of fairy-inspired crafts, such as mini fairy doors and fairy dust necklaces.
If your child doesn’t necessarily care for craft kits that are made with certain projects in mind, let their creativity run free, with a rainbow craft kit that comes with zero rules and thousands of DIY possibilities.
The huge, portable kit comes with tons of different craft supplies in a variety of colors. With more than 300 pieces of craft supplies, from paillettes to paper tubes, your children will have everything they need to create their next great masterpiece.
While the question is synonymous with Disney’s Frozen, it’s no surprise that everyone loves to build a snowman come the holiday season. But if you don’t exactly have a white Christmas, you can still get in on the fun with this Do You Want to Build a Snowman? kit from Kangaroo.
The fun stocking stuffer gives you white mold foam putty, press-in eyes, a carrot nose and tree branch arms. Let it harden up after building to keep your creation safe, or remold the putty as many times as you want.
Another stocking stuffer that comes with a side of emotional development, the Random Act of Kindness Kit encourages children to make the world a better place.
The kit comes with a handful of cards that encourages kids to commit an act of kindness (like paying a compliment or picking up litter) and then pass on the act by giving a card to someone else, challenging family members and friends to then do something similar.
Teach your kids some gardening skills with no need to head outdoors, thanks to this indoor gardening kit that grows flowers and herbs.
Made from recycled materials and suitable for children ages 5 and up, you may just discover a new hobby that the entire family enjoys, even if it means waiting a few months to reap your first miniature harvest.
For children as young as 4 who have a thing for dinosaurs, these dinosaur eggs are a fun surprise. The kit comes with 12 eggs and a selection of paleontologist’s tools to carve away at the eggs in order to reveal 12 new friends.
A fun STEM activity for the entire family, you might just find this is one stocking stuffer that inspires your child’s career choice!
Loved by the old and the young, Christmas movies are a favorite tradition for many families.
From comedies to claymations, latest releases to the classics, there’s a movie out there that is bound to resonate with you. Movies make a great stocking stuffer that entertain kids while you finish up dinner or help them settle down as a family in the evening.
Here are a few of our favorites:
Let Santa score big this year with the best stockings yet!
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The Best Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Kids
- Squishy Bubble Bath Bombs with Surprise Toys
- Fuzzy Slipper Socks
- Face Masks They’ll Actually Like
- Lip Smacker’s Lippy Pal Lip Balm
- The Mindfulness Journal for Kids
- Kid Chef Junior: My First Kids Cookbook
- LED Light-Up Gloves
- VTech KidiZoom Smartwatch
- Selvie Toys Walkie Talkies for Kids
- Smart Kids Electric Toothbrush
- Energizer LED Headlamp for Kids
- Classic Card Games
- Wooden Toy Block Puzzle Moon Balance Game
- Yomega Pro Model Kendama
- Non-Stick Scented Slime
- Nerf N-Strike Elite Jolt Blaster
- The 3-Minute Gratitude Journal
- Big Unicorn 3-D Puzzle
- GlowCity Light Up LED Soccer Ball
- Santa Sunstache
- Easy Origami
- Melissa & Doug Temporary Tattoos
- Crayola Pages Mess-Free Stampers
- Rubik’s Cube
- Paint by Sticker Kids Sticker Books
- Mystery Center Fantasy Dough
- Glow Sticks
- LEGO BrickHeadz
- Light Up Drawing Tees
- A Fairy Craft Kit
- Rainbow Craft Kit
- Do You Want to Build a Snowman? Kit
- Random Act of Kindness Kit
- Green Toys Indoor Gardening Kit
- MindWare Dig It Up: Dinosaur Eggs
- The Polar Express
- Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch
- A Christmas Story
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Holly Riddle is a travel, food and lifestyle writer, and a full-time freelance content creator after several years on editorial staffs for a multitude of publications ranging in topic and audience demographic. She currently acts as the editor at large for Global Traveler magazine and is a regular contributor at Trazee Travel, WhereverFamily, TravelMag, CruiseHive and more. Ghostwritten work for travel clients has appeared on Forbes, Bloomberg, Inc. and other top publications. She also manages blogs for tour providers, hotels and tourism boards.view post