Stocking Stuffers for Kids

Published On: December 6, 2022Categories: Community & Culture, Family

Stockings are a fun holiday tradition. Typically filled with knick knacks, candy, and even fruit, the simplicity of stockings doesn’t take away from the excitement of unpacking them. If you’re looking for some new ideas regarding items to put in your children’s stockings this year, look no further. This comprehensive list of stocking stuffers covers it all, from fruit to gift cards and everything in between.

The Legend of Stockings 

The legend of stockings features Saint Nicholas. The story goes that Nicholas overheard a widowed father saying that he couldn’t afford to pay his three daughters’ dowries, meaning that they wouldn’t be able to overcome poverty. In order to lend a helping hand, Saint Nicholas dropped pieces of gold down the family’s chimney. The gold pieces landed right in the family’s stockings, which had been left hanging on the fireplace to dry.

Now people all over the world take part in the stocking tradition!

Stocking Stuffer Ideas

  • ​Any kind of fruit (apples, oranges, grapefruit, etc.)
  • Gum
  • Taffy
  • Chocolate
  • Candy canes
  • Peppermint bark
  • Fruit snacks
  • Bubbles
  • Crayons
  • Coloring book
  • Nail polish
  • Chapstick
  • Balls
  • Bath bombs


  • Books
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Socks
  • Gloves
  • Underwear
  • Bows
  • Hair clips
  • Stickers
  • Dominoes
  • Marbles
  • Craft kits
  • DVDs
  • Bendy straws
  • Bubble bath
  • Bath toys
  • Hot cocoa packets
  • $5 gift cards
  • Homemade coupon for something special
  • Picture frames
  • Bracelets
  • Matchbox cars
  • Slime
  • Wildflower seeds to plant
  • Stationary set
  • Peppermints
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Ornaments
  • Jump rope

Stockings are supposed to be fun, so try not to let yourself stress out about what goes inside them. And if you haven’t had your own stocking filled recently, fill your own this year! After all, parents should get to enjoy stockings, too! We can’t make any guarantees, but we have a feeling your child will be thrilled with whatever is in his or her stocking.

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