The best stocking stuffer ideas for toddlers organized by category…
‘Tis the season and ’tis time to fill those empty stockings… are you ready?
This enormous list of awesome toddler stocking stuffer ideas will make it easy to shop for your 1 to 4 year old.
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Budget-friendly ideas for toddler stocking stuffers
There are tons of cool things to buy for a toddler’s Christmas stocking for less than 10 bucks.
Grab a few items from this list, add some yummy snacks, and voila, you’ve got a great toddler stocking without spending an arm and a leg.
Hugger stuffed animal
This genius product solves the #1 reason toddler parents don’t like bubbles.
Drop it, knock it over, turn it upside down, it’s No-Spill. It’s refillable too.
If your toddler is a Sesame Street fan, these are a no-brainer! (Aden’s obsessed).
We often bring Elmo and Abby in the bath.
They’re also fun to stick in little cars or trains. Aden likes to pull Cookie Monster around in his dump truck.
Fling them so they stick to the walls, ceilings, and windows. They’re stretchy, slimy, sticky, ooey, gooey and lots of fun!
Bonus: They may buy you some peace and quiet while you cook dinner!
These are great because the magnet covers the whole back, so you don’t have to worry about a small magnet coming off and being swallowed.
Note: The box will probably be too large to fit inside a stocking, so just open up the package and let the dinos roam amongst their fellow stocking stuffers.
Squishy, bright, non-toxic!
Divide up the package to use for multiple kids. Or, put some aside for another occasion!
Squish it, squash it, shape it. It never dries out!
550 puffy stickers, whoa! This enormous pack of stickers will last forever.
Separate them into multiple stockings or save some for the future.
If you’ve got a little toddler girl, check out these precious clips and bows! They make great stocking stuffers.
This huge set of colorful bows is a great deal…
Parents and toddler girls are loving these little sparkly bows below! (I kind of want them for my own hair!) They’re small and covered in glitter, making them the perfect toddler stocking stuffer.
Small stuffed animal
Your toddler will love this little guy. It’s about 6″ tall (it’s incorrectly advertised as 8″) so it’s the perfect stocking stuffer.
Artistic toddler stocking stuffers
All of these ideas are great Christmas gifts for little artists and their developing fine motor skills!
Toddler-grip dot markers
These markers have unique spherical handles that make them easy for a toddler to use.
Beware, you’re in for a mess to clean up, but it’s worth it!
Jumbo easy-grip paint brushes
This paint set is CRAZY POPULAR. The paint is nice and thick and easy for a toddler to use. Best of all, it’s easily washable!
These finger crayons make wonderful toddler stocking stuffers. They’re super pigmented, durable, and easy for a young child to use!
Practical stocking stuffers for toddlers
Fun to open and useful… what could be better?
Active toddlers get lots of boo boos. It just comes with the territory of being a small person! Friendly band aids are useful and relatively inexpensive stocking stuffers!
Here are several cute options…
They come in sloths, dinosaurs, cats, llamas, koalas, and dogs!
These come in pizza, tacos, donuts, ice cream, cup cakes, pineapple, bacon, and more!
Fun plates, bowls & utensils
Especially if you’ve got a picky eater on your hands, these novelty items will help make mealtime a success.
Your toddler can stack these together like legos in between bites! They’re well made and easy for young kids to hold.
Truck-loving toddlers will think these are the coolest! They’re dishwasher safe, sturdy, and easy for small hands to hold.
Could there be a cuter place to put snacks? Parents are loving that their toddlers can’t grab enormous handfuls all at once.
High quality baseball cap
If your toddler is a fan of this very popular cartoon, these socks make a fun (but practical) Christmas gift!
These toothbrushes are made from organic plant material… how cool is that?! They’re as eco-friendly as you can get. Plus, they’re adorable. Win win.
I’m pretty sure these are the cutest toothbrushes I’ve ever seen. They’re compostable and biodegradable too!
When you pour a cold beverage into this cup, it changes color! Your toddler will think it’s magic. (I think it’s magic too).
Hats and mittens
This adorable toddler hat comes in all different colors and 2 different sizes. I want one in my size! See how cute it is on this 3 year old!
These top-rated mittens are perfect for playing in the snow! They come in all different colors and sizes.
Toddler stocking stuffers for the bath
Every toddler could use some new toys to play with during bath time! Remember, due to mold growth, avoid toys that squirt and can’t be cleaned inside.
Wind up turtles
Wind these guys up and they start “swimming” across the tub!
Parents say their babies and toddlers love these so much, they don’t want bath time to end!
Caterpillar stacking cups
Thousands of 5-star reviews don’t lie, this toy is great inside the bath and out—especially for younger toddlers around 12 to 24 months. Budget-friendly!
We’re rounding out our list of todder stocking stuffer ideas with these cool toys and games for 1-4 year olds.
Pretend smart phone
Aden received this as a gift when he turned 1 and it was an instant hit! He has pretend conversations on it almost every day. It’s a great toy that I can personally recommend.
Pretend car keys
If your toddler loves stealing your keys, these are a must have! They’re much safer (no sharp edges) and they’re still really realistic!
Friction-powered push cars
Tips for buying stocking stuffers for 1-year-olds
It’s really hit or miss with children between 1 and 2 years old. It’s seriously difficult to find toys that your 1 year old will not only love for 5 minutes but will continue to love week after week.
For the best chance of success, purchase toddler stocking stuffers with at least one of these characteristics: open-ended playtime, social interaction, hands-on learning, or physical activity.
Uncomplicated puzzles, blocks, balls, water toys, and sand toys all make great gifts at this age.
Since Aden is around 18 months old as I’m writing this, I thought I’d share some of our current favorites.
(A few of these will be too big to fit inside a stocking, so they’d make great regular Christmas gifts).
Holiday gifts and stocking stuffers for a 12 month old:
Holiday gifts and stocking stuffers for an 18 month old:
- Shape-matching eggs in carton
- Latches activity board
- Velcro pretend food set
- Friction trucks
- Duplo train
Final thoughts on stocking stuffer ideas for toddlers
The great thing about toddlers is that they’re happy to play with the simplest of things. Sometimes, the simpler the better!
Even if you just grab one or two stocking fillers from this list, and then pad the rest of the stocking with fruit or snacks, your toddler will be overjoyed.
Happy shopping and Merry Christmas!
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