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Stocking stuffers are my favorite.
When I was a kid, we were allowed to open our stockings first thing in the morning and then we had to wait forever to be able to open our gifts. At least it seemed like forever to me, I’m sure it was actually only 15 minutes or something. While we waited for my mom to make coffee and my dad to set up the camera.
But I love stocking stuffers. I have told RJ I only want to get each other stocking stuffers, basically the last 5 Christmases, and he never only gets me stocking stuffers. If you want some ideas, I created gift guides for your husband or your wife.
I love coming up with the things to put in stockings, and I really have fun with it. I might also buy myself some things to put in my stocking, since to RJ “stocking stuffer” means gifts that don’t actually fit in a stocking but that just need to be in the vicinity of said stocking…
Here is what I put in the tiny humans’ stockings last year, first here is Emaline’s, she was 10 months old at Christmas:
Band-aids. They’re the perfect size, and I was buying some for Eli so I stuck a couple princess ones in her’s too. (I think Elijah used all of these Frozen ones.)
Hair Bows. I have a minor hair bow obsession for Emaline. One year later and I still have no clue why I keep buying her hair bows since she always takes them off in her carseat. But she will probably have more in her stocking this year. These cute mini bows are from mina loves bows, as are 99% of her bows.
num num dips. I heard about these on instagram, right around the time when Emmy started wanting to feed herself, so I figured we’d try them. I heard great reviews and they seriously are awesome. She used them for a good 6-9 months and probably would’ve used them longer if she had them sooner. (you can find these on amazon.)
Minnie Christmas tsum tsum. I thought it was cute and we love Disney, obviously. I’m going to get her a couple more for her stocking this year, too.
Princess toothbrush. My mom made me a fan of useful gifts. She always put toothbrushes and floss in our stockings. Emmy loves brushing her teeth.
Puffs. I picked these Gerber ones because they were cute and festive. I also put some yogurt dips (happy yogis from happy baby were our favorite.)
Pacis. Both the tiny humans will (still) only use these MAM pacis. They’re the perfect size for a stocking stuffer.
Little People Rapunzel Car. I love Little People. Elijah has a bunch of super hero ones and Emaline liked them so she needed a princess one. Although she does like to play with Elijah’s super hero Little People.
Socks. I usually put socks in RJ’s stocking each year, although I’m can’t really remember why I bought her Dusty socks. Perhaps I forgot to get her a pair of socks so I put some that I bought for Eli in there. Who knows? But socks are another stocking staple. Because, useful.
Jelly Bellys. This is another thing that I stuck in her stocking because I bought the same for Eli. I’m sure I ate these.
And for Elijah’s stocking, he was almost 3 last Christmas (and most of this stuff would totally work this year for him as well):
Lego minifig blind bags. Last year was the height of Elijah’s minifig obsession. If I had a do-over I wouldn’t introduce a 3 year old to Legos, because we lose them all the time. But they make him incredibly happy, and he loves the surprise of it. “What’s it gonna be? What’s it gonna be?”
Band-aids. He was also super into the Planes movie last year, and he loved Band-aids. I need to remember to resist the urge to buy character Band-aids for the stockings this year, we have a dozen open boxes in various rooms of our house.
Underpants. Another thing I do for RJ’s stocking each year. So Eli gets a mini version. I’m on the lookout for tiny Transformer boxer briefs on sale this year, so let me know if you see them.
Dollar Spot Toy. Seriously though, what is this thing called? I have no clue but it’s cute and wooden and small. And it was from the Dollar Spot at Target. Perfect attributes for a stocking stuffer. I know Target has these again this year.
Toothbrush. Getting this kid to brush his teeth is torture. (Unless your my father, then apparently Elijah loves brushing his teeth.) The character toothbrush did not make him think brushing teeth was super fun.
Honest toothpaste for Kids. The tiny travel size is perfect for stockings. And it tastes yummy.
Stickers. Both of the toddlers will be getting stickers in their stockings this year. They always get excited about them and they’re cheap. These Pixar ones we found at Hallmark weren’t cheap, but I couldn’t resist them because they are so cool.
Santa Pez. I’m all for festive candy.
Play Shaving Kit. I expected this to be super fun for Eli, he never wanted to “shave” with it. But I thought it was cute.
Road Tape. I found this on zulily, and researched it before buying it. The Play Tape sticks awesome to carpets so Eli could play cars on it. We even put it on doors and walls and it never left a residue. I’m not sure if I would put it on our current, freshly painted walls, but I’d definitely get it for him again to play with on the floors and couches.
Socks. These “G” socks from the gap are pretty cool right? And everyone always needs socks, it doesn’t matter how old you are.
This year I’m repeating some things, like the underpants and socks (and candy of course) and then adding some other age appropriate toys. I’ll be sharing ideas of what I’m putting in Eli and Emmy’s stockings in the next week or so, so check back!
What do you put in your baby or toddler’s stockings for Christmas morning? Let me know in the comments!