I look forward to collecting stocking stuffers every year, especially for the kids! It is such a fun project for me. I’m sure most of you have collected stocking stuffers already, but hopefully this can serve as some inspiration for any last minute ‘pick ups,’ and for following years.
I personally enjoy collecting items throughout the year. It’s a lot easier on our budget, come December. And I can snag items when they go on sale (I do this with gifts, too!). It also helps me to make thoughtful purchases, versus thoughtlessly grabbing things in a rush. So, without further ado, here are a few favorite stocking stuffers for toddlers:’
1. Banner Toys
I have fallen in love with the adorable, well made, bannor toys. I am a sucker for wood toys, and I love the imaginative play all of their items inspire. The wooden phone and cars are two current favorites.
2. Doll or stuffed animal
I love having a little doll or stuffed animal peeking out the top of the stocking. I think it’s so cute, and Piper is currently obsessed with any and all stuffed animals, so it’s something that will get a ton of love and use. Some favorite places to shop include hazel village, cuddle and kind, and blabla kids.
Since it’s Christmas, I love to include a little treat in the stocking! This year we went pretty basic with dum dum suckers and a packet of hot chocolate for Piper, and puffs and melts for Fields. Another great idea would be some christmas shaped reese’s, animal crackers, or a mini sized chocolate. But, I have to balance it out ;) … so I always include an orange in the stocking too. I loved reading little house on the prairie as a child, and I remember Laura Ingalls Wilder getting an orange from her Papa at Christmas. The image has stuck with me ever since.
We are currently play-doh obsessed in our house. We love to use it to play kitchen and make special food creations. It’s also really fun to use with cookie cutters. It’s a great sensory activity, as well as a way for toddlers to really use their imagination. I always have a back up stash, and definitely threw some in the stocking this year.
5. Hair clips or a hat
I love finding fun, new little hair clips for Piper. If you have a little boy, a little beanie hat would be a cute equivalent. I love this bunny clip from Anthropologie.
Some other ideas include, bouncy balls, temporary tattoos, sunglasses, socks, mittens, toothbrush, toothpaste, new hair brush, and little moccasins. I always try to keep the stocking practical and fun. Including items that are both ‘needs’ like a toothbrush or toothpaste, and toys that will last, like the wooden car or phone. But, I’m not above a basic bouncy ball that my three year old will get a huge kick out of…even if it’s just for three days ;). She’ll be thriled by it.
Since our kids are still young, we’re still figuring out what our family Christmas will look like as far as gifting goes. This year we are trying out the idea of stockings, and three gifts to open, including one bigger gift, and then two additional smaller gifts.
Christmas is such a special time of year in our home. Many memories are made inside watching Christmas movies, reading Christmas books, doing crafts, dancing to ‘rudolph the red nosed reindeer (the dubstep version of course), and opening our stockings on Christmas morning. It’s so important to have a pest free home to enjoy, cozy up, and make memories in, which terminix is always there to provide.
I’d love to hear your stocking stuffer plans, so leave them in the comments below!
this post is in partnership with terminix services, inc., but all thoughts and opinions are my own.