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The Best Stocking Stuffers for Kids This Christmas

Everyone knows that Christmas stockings are way more fun to dig through than a pile of presents.

Your kids may have a singular wish when it comes to this year’s big Christmas gift — maybe it’s a mountain bike or a Lego Star Wars Millennium Falcon. But they probably haven’t spent as much time daydreaming about all the small, affordable toys that can be stuffed into a stocking. Stocking stuffers for kids are smaller and cheaper than their carefully wrapped cousins under the Christmas tree, but they still have the power to delight and thrill — and keep kids happily occupied while parents wait for the Christmas morning coffee to suffuse their brains.

No matter how spectacular the other, bigger gifts may be, you can’t compete with the magic and ease of digging through the Christmas stocking and discovering all its secret surprises, from Hot Wheels to pocket-size dinosaurs. Christmas stocking stuffers for kids should engage, entertain, surprise, and amuse — we’ve got you covered, with everything from building kits and tech toys to art supplies and chocolate.

The Coolest Christmas Stocking Stuffers for Kids in 2020

It's a friendship bracelet that kids can customize and personalize with Legos. Brilliant.

Kids grab these 12 oddly-shaped crayons and hone their motor skills while coloring.

What kid wouldn't want pencils that smell like candy canes and gingerbread?

Make reading that much more engaging with this wacky bookmark, which comes in different colors.

Perfect for Star Wars fans, this miniature Bluetooth speaker pays tribute to Baby Yoda. But you can also grab Chewbacca and Darth Vader. You get four hours of music on a single charge.

There's literally no earthly reason to build this kit except that (1) it's fun and (2) kids have nothing better to do. This funky home-on-wheels comes with more than 20 DIY accessories.

Writing assignments instantly become more engaging with this set of four woodland pencils.

A fun crafting and design kit that has four double-sided bracelets and 100+ sparkle gem and glitter stickers.

Poop slime that never dries out. And you won the holiday.

Perfect for enterprising preschoolers, this set includes two wooden vehicle kits they will occupy them for ... hours. If you're lucky.

Kids color and customize these animal toys and then they wash them and start all over again.

This female-founded brand has created the ultimate in play dough: It's made from food-grade ingredients and uses plant-based colors. The stuff is made in New York. And it's a hell of a molding, sculpting good time.

A portable art set for car rides, holiday breakfasts, or any other time you need to keep kids engaged and occupied.

Parents and kids have been collecting Schleich's hand-painted toys since the 1930s, for their craftsmanship and incredible attention to realistic detail. They're famous for their horses, but they offer a whole constellation of toy-universes to choose from, from Wild Life and Dinosaurs to Farm World.

A brilliantly curated array of stocking stuffers that aren't junk: This jumbo pack includes a fidget puzzle, crayons, a coloring book, a car, a bouncing ball kit, super putty, and a dino bath bomb, among other delights.

For the unicorn lovers in your home, this bag of goodness includes a sequin scrunchie, a unicorn bath bomb, glitter crayons, a unicorn patch kit, and a lip balm, among other goodies.

Older kids and tweens will dig this sterling silver and glass necklace, which pays tribute to women like Kamala Harris who have broken the glass ceiling. There's a piece cracked glass placed between two solid panes and is made in Brooklyn.

Your aspiring astronomer will be into this starry wall decor. You get 200 glow-in-the-dark stars, plus a moon. Nighty-night.

A menagerie of oddball and wildly cool Lego characters.Packed in blind boxes, these Lego figures, including Fox Costume girl (with Chicken!) and Galactic Bounty Hunter, will be a hit for your Lego fan. Now they can add a whole host of new characters to their builds, or keep them in a separate mini-figure collection.

Get a POV on the Hot Wheels track action. 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.

Get kids working on the next comics universe now. The popularity of Dave Pilkey (of Dog Man and Captain Underpants fame) has spawned a whole generation of kids longing to write their own unruly comics. This blank comic book offers the layouts kids need to hone their comic book chops without having to draw all the boring boxes first.

Your kids writing and drawing stinks! Literally! Stockings serve as a great way to hide upgrades for your kid's 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.

What's funnier than poop you can eat? Nothing. That's what. The eternally beloved poop emoji is edible. Trust us on this: Your kid will love this more than nearly anything else under the tree. It's actually fluffy black cherry cotton candy.

Magnetic building blocks in a small package. 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.

A gift your kid can grow on. 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.

Light and speed in a tiny package. Put this little LED light changing car in the clear plastic ball that's included and it spins wildly inside like a mini-globe of death. You can also tether the car to a pencil or a finger and watch it whip around in circles. Look, it's not fancy, but it's exactly the right gift for a stocking.

Make music with the most compact instrument known to man. A classic harmonica is a perfect starting instrument for kids. It's small enough to carry around, it makes music with a simple breath and it's wildly easy to use it to make a racket. Will parents want to tear it out of their child's hands by the end of Christmas day? Maybe. But just think of all the noise that can be made until then.

Cotton candy in a bag, disguised as unicorn farts. Aside from small toys and art supplies, Christmas stockings should also be filled with treats. This pack of fruit-punch flavored cotton candy bills itself as a sweet, unicorn-fart-in-a-bag. It will make children laugh and then it will spike their blood sugar, which is basically all that is necessary on Christmas morning.

A British Christmas classic sweet that every kid should try. Terry's chocolate oranges combine excellent British chocolate with a hint of orange oil. But that's not all these very English treats have going for them. The chocolate arrives in the shape of an orange with 20 slices which are loosened when you whack the wrapped ball on a table.

For a game of war on a peaceful Christmas morning. Everyone should own a deck of cards, and cards fit in stockings. Don't overthink it.

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