With so much of your attention focused on big-ticket, under-the-tree items, it can be easy to overlook your kids’ stockings. Stocking stuffers are smaller and cheaper than their wrapped counterparts, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be great. Here are 15 awesome options, from building kits and tech toys to art supplies and additional Nerf gun ammo that are affordable but will still delight your kids on Christmas morning.
L.O.L. Surprise! Glitter Glam Series
Inside each of these spherical toys, you’ll find an approximately three-inch tall doll, a secret message, collectible stickers, a bottle, shoes, an outfit, and a fashion accessory. That’s a lot of stuff, and it’s all interchangeable if kids want to build a collection. There’s even an extra surprise: the dolls cry, spit, tinkle, or change color when you get them wet. That’s a lot of functionality packed into a less than four-inch wide egg.
No, they’re not fidget spinners. These silicone connectors fit over sticks and poles, enabling kids to construct their own study teepees, forts, and any other structures they can dream up.
Official Nerf N-Strike Elite Series Suction Darts
If your kids have Nerf guns, they’ll need more ammo. Make sure your kid’s blasters stay fully loaded with these extra rounds. Just make sure you get the right variety for the blasters your kid has (or is getting for Christmas this year).
Hot Wheels Zoom-In
The GoPro-compatible camera mount on this otherwise typical diecast car means kids can capture first person video of their Hot Wheels track creations. It’s a super simple but totally great idea, and a more than worthy stocking stuffer.
Lego Creator Sea Plane
It doesn’t have the difficulty or size of some other sets, but this Lego set is still fun to play with and build, especially because kids can make three different models with its 53 pieces.
Crayola Twistables Silly Scents
Stockings serve as a great way to hide upgrades for your kids artistic arsenal. Consider packing them with some of these colored pencils, which are scented and never need to be sharpened — you simply twist the pencil head to expose more lead.
Melissa & Doug Scratch Art Rainbow Mini Notes
These Post-it-sized notes are black on the outside, but scratching them with the included wooden stylus reveals a psychedelic collection of colors underneath. And because there’s no ink, paint, or wax involved you don’t have to worry about stray marks messing up your furniture.
Tegu Pocket Pouch
These Honduran-made wooden blocks are beautiful in their own right. But they’re made all the more attractive by the fact they have magnets embedded in them, so kids can stick and unstick them together to their heart’s content. This set of eight comes with a pouch to keep them organized on the go.
Slide this otherwise unassuming toy car across a special card and watch it pop up and transform into a fierce robot warrior. And in the unlikely event that transforming and resetting the car over and over again gets boring, there’s also a game kids can play with the included cards.
Grow ‘n Glow Terrarium
This compact kit comes with everything kids need to make a self-contained ecosystem in a jar. It’s a great way to teach kids about the environment, and the kits include glow-in-the-dark stickers, which make everything better.
Brio Giraffe and Wagon Train
This six-inch wooden train car features an adorable giraffe poking his head out of the top. It’s designed to work with Brio wooden tracks and cars (so it’s a good tease if you’re going to get your kids the Brio Smart Engine), but we think it’s also a nice little toy on its own.
VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels
Any one of VTech’s line of toy cars would be a great stocking stuffer for a preschooler. They encourage pretend play and help kids learn the alphabet with sing-along songs. You can use them with various Smart Wheels playsets, but they’re solid toy cars even if you don’t have one of those.
VTech Kidizoom Action Cam
We’re not 100 percent this thing will fit on the Hot Wheels car above, but even if it doesn’t we have no doubt that active kids will find plenty of stuff to film with this durable camera. It comes with two mounts that make it easy to attach to a skateboard or bike and a waterproof case so kids can get some underwater shots. All that for way less than a GoPro.
A Deck of Cards
Everyone should own a deck of cards, and cards fit in stockings. Don’t overthink it.
MERGE Cube Augmented Reality Toy
Point a phone or tablet at this cube using the Cube app and it will show a model of the solar system, a 3D canvas, or any number of other objects on the screen. You can even use it with a pair of VR goggles for maximum immersion.