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The Last-Minute Stocking Stuffer Shopping Guide

by Jean Van't Hul
December 15, 2017
The Perfect Stocking Stuffer Mix for Kids

Every year it’s the same. Mid-December rolls around and I realize that the month has gotten away from me.

Between work, school events, and holiday parties, I’ve been too busy to do my holiday shopping and still have lots to do in the stocking stuffer and gift department. I always vow that next year (next year!), I will get it all together early so this doesn’t happen again.

But for now, I give myself the task of finding the perfect stocking stuffer mix:

  • Creative
  • Interesting
  • Useful
  • Fun
  • Small enough to fit in a stocking

If you’re in this last-minute boat with me, here’s the stocking stuffer guide for you.

A big thank you to Magic Stix markers for sponsoring this post! As always, all opinions expressed are my own.

The Perfect Stocking Stuffer Mix

The Perfect Stocking Stuffer Mix for Kids with Examples
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Note: This stocking stuffer guide is best for 4-10 year olds.

Art Supplies

1-3 drawing or art supplies, such as this pack of Magic Stix markers* or a pack of Kwik Stix paint sticks** and a small sketchbook

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*Magic Stix are markers that won’t dry out even when the cap is left off for 7 days! I wrote more about the magic of Magic Stix here, including how I tested them.

**Kwik Stix are no-mess, quick-dry tempera paint sticks. I’ve written about them many times, including here, here, and here.

Activity Book

Taro Gomi Activity Book for Kids

1 activity book, doodle book, sticker book, Mad Libs, or activity pack, rolled up and tied with a ribbon

Christmas Candy

2-3 assorted Christmas candy and snack items such as a large candy cane, foil-wrapped Christmas chocolates, Pez, a hot cocoa packet, snack-sized goldfish,  gum, etc


the Cuby as a stocking stuffer idea for kids

1 small game such as Sushi Go, The Cuby,  Spot ItBananagrams (here’s the little kid version of Bananagrams)

Grow AnimalsToys

2-5 small fun toys such as grow animals, slinky, spin top, bouncy ball, light fingers, hex bugs, matchbox cars, play foam, silly putty, water beads, marbles, a mood ring, small stuffed animal, etc.

Fuzzy SocksUseful Items

2-5 small useful objects such as a fun toothbrush, fuzzy socks, a bath bomb, training chopsticks, erasers, pencils, a wet brush, hair accessories, silly straws, a kitchen tool such as a child-sized whisk or spatula

So there you have it. My definitive, last-minute stocking stuffer shopping guide. And you know that I’m half tongue-in-cheek when I say that, right? But only half. By all means, add your own ideas or perfect mix in a comment below!


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The Perfect Stocking Stuffer Mix for Kids

Again, thank you to Magic Stix for sponsoring this post; all opinions expressed are my own.

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