5 Stocking Stuffer Ideas They Actually Want

Move over Santa, we're the best gifters around

By Macaroni KID December 11, 2023

If you have kids on the good list this year (and here's hoping you do), it's the season for stuffing those stockings. No matter your gifting style, we've got a few ideas for all the kiddos that'll bring Christmas morning smiles. So hit the easy button and mark another to-do off your holiday list with these stocking stuffer ideas.

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2. Candy is dandy

Throw nutrition out the window (just for now) and grab all their fave snacks and sweets. Nothing says Christmas like those fancy packets of cocoa, candy canes, chocolates, and other tasty treats. We don't know about sugarplums, but we know that sugar, spice, and everything nice are on the good list this season.

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3. Fresh air fun

The weather outside may be frightful, but you can still lure your crew al fresco with some outdoor-themed stocking stuffers. Frisbees, balls, jump ropes, snowball makers — whatever works for your climate will make a great addition to their gift haul. Plus, you never know when you might need an excuse to head out for some fresh air yourself. 

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4. Art is always smart

There's nothing more wholesome than a new box of crayons in the stocking. Add in some markers, pencils, paper, and other crafty supplies to bring smiles to your art-loving kids. You get new masterpieces for the fridge, they get holiday memories to last a lifetime. 

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5. Practical can be perfect

Multitasking is totally allowed during the holidays, and stocking stuffers are the perfect place to tuck in some practical gifts. Toothbrushes, hair bands, socks, mittens — you're buying 'em anyway, may as well get some extra mileage from your purchases. And teaching them to be thankful for their everyday needs as well as the most wanted? That's a priceless gift in itself. 

Hang those stockings by the chimney with care. Santa always comes through, thanks to smart parents everywhere.