Thoughtful stocking stuffers for kids

In this post: we share our favorite stocking stuffers for kids of all ages.

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When it comes to battling the amount of junk that kids can accumulate, the struggle is real! This may be why so many people are trying to be more thoughtful in considering what goes under their tree this year. And while stockings are small, all those little knick-knacks can be the stuff that makes you the most crazy. 

If you're looking for ideas for more useful (but still fun!) stocking stuffers for kids this year, this article is for you!

Creativity enhancing stocking stuffers for kids

Holiday scented play dough

Image courtesy of Tampa Bay Play

Infuse some holiday fun into their play with these scented play doughs. Each is made with natural ingredients including flour, salt, water, cornstarch, essential oil, and coconut oil, and also food coloring.

This pack includes 3 – 5 oz jars with pine, peppermint, and gingerbread-scented varieties and the seller has many other colors and scents available.. An optional compostable gift bag and ribbon are also available.


Woodland crayons

Image courtesy of Earth Grown Crayons

These little cuties would be the perfect addition to just about any kid's stocking. (over 3 years of age since they are small and could be a choking hazard)

Each is made of soy and non-toxic minerals that are also biodegradable and safe for children. Even the colors are made with a certified non-toxic organic pigment. 

Bathtime stocking stuffers for kids

You make scrubbing fun

Anything that gets a child excited to take a bath is a fantastic gift and  Kids Citter Soap from Sunburst Soaps should do the trick! They offer a range of Critter options, from unicorns to spiders or dinosaurs, in a wide range of color combinations making them great stocking stuffers for kids with a variety of interests.

In addition to finding unique items and supporting small businesses, shopping on Etsy is great because they offset their shipping carbon emissions and have the goal of being net zero by 203

Bathtime is the bomb

More great ways to make bathtime a little more exciting! These bath bombs are so cute, we couldn't pick just one to share. It was hard to narrow down our favorites even to these four, but they include:

All are made with high-quality organic ingredients including baking soda, citric acid, arrow root powder, organic shea butter, organic coconut oil, kaolin clay, natural colorant, and fragrance.

Games and treats kids will love

Somethin' to taco 'bout

It can be a never-ending battle to decrease screen time, and (non computer) games can be a great tool in this arsenal. Plus, games can be great stocking stuffers for kids and are fun for parents, too.

Taco vs Burrito has positive ratings from kids and parents alike and meets Amazon's criteria for  “Climate Friendly Pledge.” Bonus: it’s also manufactured by a small business. 

Get unreal

Chocolate is often a hit as a stocking stuffer for kids and Unreal is a great option to consider. What makes them “Unreal?” 

In their own words: 

UNREAL is on a mission to build a world where you don't have to be afraid of your food, starting with your favorite indulgent snacks. Anytime you see the UNREAL name, you know that means our products are always made with Fair Trade and sustainable ingredients…

Their products also have less sugar than other brands and come in a variety of forms and flavors, including dark chocolate & peanut butter cup, dark chocolate & coconut, dark chocolate & almond butter, dark chocolate and peanut.

The essential stocking stuffers for kids

Brush like a panda

If you use Christmas as the chance to restock your kids supply of necessities like toothbrushes, you may want to consider bamboo toothbrushes this year.

 Bamboo is a fast-growing and sustainable type of wood and a great alternative to adding more plastic to the world. Plus these are so cute and a pretty great price, so it’s a win-win.

Put a sock in it

Another staple that it’s nice to take care of during the holidays are socks. Kids can be hard on socks so throwing a few in the stocking is a good way to add some practical filler. 

Enter Zkano socks. Zkano socks are made in Fort Payne, Alabama with materials grown and processed in the US. Their products are made of organic cotton and dyed with low-impact dyes, to minimize the affect of manufacturing on the planet. 

In addition, they donate all irregular socks to homeless shelters or are recycled. Even cooler, Zkano will accept worn socks of any brand for recycling.

Finding stocking stuffers for kids can sometimes end up as an afterthought, but putting in a little more thought now just may save you some time and effort later. Hopefully, this list helps make that process a little easier for you!

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