2023 List of Best Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Kids

Red and white Christmas stocking on white break background with evergreen leaves

Christmas gift hunting mode is in full effect and now you need killer stocking stuffer ideas for kids! Whether you are stuffing a stocking for a guy or gal, I've got more than 50 ideas they are sure to love!

These are the best stocking stuffers for kids. This entire list is 100% kiddo approved! 

Both my eight year old and four year old helped me find gifts to put in this guide that both they and their friends would love! There are lots of great stocking stuffer ideas for boys and girls.

If you want the absolute best stocking stuffer ideas for kids, I've got them right here! Tons of suggestions for her or for him. Whether your kids love cats, Minecraft, unicorns, of whatever! There is something for everyone you are shopping for!

This stocking stuffer gift guide is designed for elementary age kids from kindergarten, through tweens and into early teen years.

What are the best stocking stuffers for kids?

For our guide, I really wanted to focus on stocking stuffer ideas that:
  • Kids will really use
  • They will love to receive
  • That won't break in five minutes
  • That isn't candy
We think the best way to make gifts sustainable is to give things that people actually want and will really use. This prevents more junk from ending up in the landfill.

Jellybean pooping plastic reindeer are fun for a few minutes (or even a full day!) but quickly break and are discarded before we even get into January.

I want to help you avoid giving cheap plastic presents that will just end up in the trash!

Stocking stuffers kids will love from Creative Green Living

What do you put in a Christmas Stocking?

So many things! From fruit (oranges are a traditional item to add to stockings reminiscent of St Nicholas' sacks of gold), to personal care products, to school supplies, to hats, mittens and more!

Do you have a Christmas stocking stuffer favorite that didn't make it onto this list? Tell me about it in the comments!

Whether you want stocking stuffers that are cheap or unique, this list is full of easy stocking stuffers for kids because you can buy everything online!

2022 Guide to the Best Stocking Stuffer Ideas Kids Will Love

This gift guide contains both affiliate links and sponsored placements.

The best stocking stuffers to give your kids for Christmas! There are tons of good ideas in this post for both boys and girls. Any elementary age children will love these fun ideas and products suggestions that are family friendly for the holidays. #creativegreenchristmas #creativegreenliving #stockingstuffers #giftideas #christmasgifts #stockings #stockingstufferideas

personalized rainbow pencils that say Colin from C&A Creations
Engrave their name or a motivational saying on a rainbow collection of pencils. Do they have a favorite color? You can also choose to have the set be all one color! Buy them from C & A Creations on Etsy here.

Multicolored bath bombs with toys inside
Bath Bombs with Toys Inside
This set of five bath bombs is made with non-toxic ingredients in the USA. Each bath bomb has a toy with an educational card to teach you about the animal it came with!

If you have a kid with long hair, both you and they will love the CharlieCurls hair styler!

This easy styler creates curls without heat and keeps hair tangle free while sleeping. Simply brush hair out before bed, mist with a fine mister, comb through with the wooden comb (both available on the CharlieCurls site) and wrap up in the CharlieCurls to keep hair tangle free at night.

In the morning, take hair down for pretty curls that will last all day! You can also use the CharlieCurls to create a high or low bun that will last all day at school.

 Buy the CharlieCurls hair styler on Amazon or cut out the middleman and support this innovative, mom-owned business by purchasing directly on the CharlieCurls Website
Pro tip: If you're buying more than one or want to get the mister and wooden comb (I highly recommend these!), the CharlieCurls website will give you better deals than Amazon!

Eco Lips Mongo Kiss Lip Balm #christmasgiftideas
If you are looking for an eco-friendly lip balm that also moisturizes your lips, Mongo Kiss won’t disappoint. Using only organic ingredients, these lip balms are the perfect stocking stuffer for everyone in your family.

The tubes are a large diameter which makes them harder to loose and means they will last the full year (or more!).

Hot chocolate bombs are super fun to use. These can buy them on places like Etsy but they aren't hard to make! Whip up a batch for your kiddos and customize them with their favorite flavors by adding things like candy canes, caramel and more to the fillings inside!

Stocking stuffer ideas - personalized colored pencils in a wood slide top box case
Everyone loves to color! In the Creative Green Living Etsy shop I have something perfect for the kids in your life who like to color or do art - personalized colored pencils packed in a durable wood case with their name engraved on it! Buy it in my Etsy shop here.

These would pair great with a coloring book! Big kids might like the color-able planner from my favorite coloring book artist Johanna Basford. Or choose a kids' coloring book following the child's favorite theme!

mystery minifig blind bag
Lego Mininfig Blind Bag
These Lego minifig blind bags give one of 16 eccentric Lego minifig characters. These are perfect for any Lego lover in your life.

Rootbeer science kit to make naturally fermented rootbeer
This kit is a little bulky for a stocking - but it's perfect for taking up a little more room! Inside you have everything you need to do your own rootbeer science experiemtns where you learn to naturally ferment your own root beer! Warning: your kids will really enjoy this!

frog with mouth open sticky notes
Frog Sticky Notes
While sticky notes might seem like an adult office supply, my kids LOVE sticky notes. They like to write silly notes and leave them around the house. Or use them to help themselves remember important things on the calendar or on their way out the door.

These cute frog sticky notes are available on Amazon - but they have lots of other animal options as well including pandas, rabbits, cats and more.

These hair ties are made of quality elastic, and won’t crease or damage your hair! This 25 pack of hair elastics come in a variety of different colors for whatever mood you’re in or color you need!

Shopping small for the holidays? Check out creaseless hairties on Etsy to support small businesses instead!

Amaze Cube Money Maze Bank
We all have that person on our list who just wants cash for Christmas. Now, you can give them the gift of money without having to slip a few dollars by themselves in their stocking.

This is also a fun way to give them a hint to send them on a treasure hunt or to tell them where a bigger present is!

I gave one of these to my son a few years ago and we re-use it for all kinds of fun things. It also doubles as a way to keep little brothers and sisters away from your cash or other special things if they aren't quite big enough to understand how it works yet.

Crayola Washable Special Effects Sidewalk Chalk #giftguide #stockingstuffersforkids
This chalk pack not only allows your kids to create Crayola masterpieces on the sidewalk, but when you’re done, you have the ability to wash it all away with just water! No more leftover stains on the driveway, or waiting until the next rainy day.

National Geographic Kids All about Pets
National Geographic's Kid's Magazine is super high quality and full of interesting information and beautiful photos. I usually get one every year for my kids to roll up and tuck in their stockings. This special pets issue will appeal to any animal lover you have at home

Do you want to fill your yard or unused spaces with beautiful wildflowers?

These seed balls will allow you to grow beautiful wildflowers to help support pollinators and bring a bit of wild beauty to your spaces. 

This washable kid’s paint is perfect for painting projects and crafting. It's easy to clean up and washed out of most fabrics if you wash it right away.

This adorable flashlight is the perfect stocking stuffer for your kids! Whether they love nighttime exploring, or need a buddy to help them not be afraid of the dark, this flashlight will light the way.

This washi tape set is perfect for crafters and bullet journal users! This tape won’t damage walls or furniture making it a fun way to redecorate with little to no effort.

Washi tape is also great for personalizing school supplies and all kinds of other mess-free crafts.

These Rainbow Writer pencils will allow kids to blend colors and create amazing designs! Not only can you create fun designs with one pencil, but it even erases just like a regular pencil.

These colored pencils are strong and durable, making them great for coloring books and other art activities.

I love letting my kids keep a box of pencils in the car to keep them busy while we drive around. Inevitably, some get lost throughout the year so Christmas is a great time to replenish their supply. Of course, personalizing them with their names makes them extra special! Buy them from C&A Creations on Etsy.

This glue isn’t just colorful. It also is safe and nontoxic making it perfect for making colorful slime without any food coloring.  If your kids love making slime, giving them a variety of fun glues will be a hit. 

Be sure to pair it with magical liquid slime activator for easy slime making!

If your child likes mythical creatures, they are going to love this fun mad libs game! This mad libs book has 21 different stories for both adults and kids to enjoy.

These are great for car rides or traveling when you need to while away some time without electronics.

Unicorns make everything better and this toothpaste is no exception! This brand of toothpaste is fortified with salt from the dead sea instead of fluoride.

The fun unicorn will help kids have more fun brushing their teeth! Plus it tastes good.

This jump rope is perfect for easy storage, and is adjustable! You can use this lightweight rope indoors or outdoors. The plastic handles are made from plastic milk jugs. The plastics that green toys use is BPA free and phthalate free.

This outdoor paint set is great quality and is both UV and weather resistant. This paint is great for wood, metal, terra cotta, and so much more. If you and your family has gotten into rock painting, they will love having this set of 32 colors without having to buy 32 full size paint bottles.
Little Twig All Natural Bubble Bath, Lavender
This fun and relaxing bubble bath smells amazing and is perfect for an end of day soak.

This bubble bath is nontoxic and free of sketchy ingredients like parabens and phthalates. The soothing lavender scent is perfect for winding down right before bed, too.

This adorable winter ski hat will not only keep your kids warm, but it also has mittens to keep your hands warm too! It's super cute and perfect for anyone who loves pandas!

These fingerless gloves also can be made into mittens! These adorable bunny flip gloves will not only keep your fingers warm when it’s cold, but make a fashion statement too.

Is there anything more classic than a slinky? This awesome slinky toy will keep adults and kids entertained for hours.

This one is made from steel - just like an old school Slinky - so it's less likely to break than the cheap plastic ones.

These vegetable seeds are an adorable stocking stuffer for the budding gardener in your life. Even if your kids aren't gardeners yet, kids are more likely to eat veggies that they helped grow themselves so this might be worth a shot with your picky eater.

This kids gardening set is perfect for little kids who want to help out in the garden. These tools actually work and are made or durable metal and wood instead of cheap plastic. This would be great to pair with the seed packets featured above.

This adorable piggy paint nail polish set is perfect for kids of all ages! These nail polishes are much less toxic than traditional nail polish (even the "5 free" and "10 free" polishes!). They also don't smell so your budding manicurist can paint inside to her heart's content.

These Minecraft socks are precious and perfect for any Minecraft loving girls or boys in your home. This set includes 6 different socks all with a Minecraft theme.

These adorable cat socks are perfect for any cat lover on your list! They even have a money back guarantee if they don’t make you smile!

You may remember the classic game of UNO, but this game takes it to a whole new level! Now you can play this great game with a touch of magic and unicorns.

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The best stocking stuffers to give your kids for Christmas! There are tons of good ideas in this post for both boys and girls. Any elementary age children will love these fun ideas and products suggestions that are family friendly for the holidays. #creativegreenchristmas #creativegreenliving #stockingstuffers #giftideas #christmasgifts #stockings #stockingstufferideas

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Creative Green Living has Christmas stocking and holiday gift guides for everyone in your life! Check out these popular gift guides to get more ideas for stocking stuffers for everyone on your list! 

This is a huge list of family friendly stocking stuffer ideas for the men and women in your life. Whether you need to stuff a stocking for mom, dad, your wife, or boyfriend, there are tons of ideas they are sure to love!

This is a great guide to stocking stuffers for women! Whether you need stocking stuffers for mom, your wife, girlfriend or daughter, I have tons of "Stocking Stuffers for Her" that she will love.

Carissa Bonham, author, owner and lead writer at Creative Green Living

About the Author:

Carissa is an award-winning green lifestyle writer and mom of two active boys. The owner and lead writer for Creative Green Living, she most recently won the "Best Green Lifestyle Blogger" award at ShiftCon 2019 in Atlanta.

Her goal is to empower families to make healthier, more sustainable choices that are beautiful and delicious! 

She is also the author of Beautiful Smoothie Bowls (Skyhorse, 2017), Proven Techniques for Keeping Healthy Chickens (Skyhorse, 2018) and The Little Green Book of Mothers' Wisdom (Skyhorse, 2020). 

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