Looking for toddler stock stuffer ideas (that won’t break the bank)?

There’s really nothing quite so fun as digging around in a stocking and finding small gifts and treats. Even as I’ve gotten older, it’s still something that I look forward to every holiday season.

Can we all just stop and give a quick “thank you” to whoever created the idea of stocking stuffers?

Seriously! Put awesome stuff in my socks while I sleep! Why can’t that happen every night? Or at least the day after laundry?

Another amazing thing about stocking stuffers is that they’re such a huge stress-relief during the holidays.

I mean…if you really stop and think about it, the holidays are EXPENSIVE. Like, downright break-the-bank for some people…but stocking stuffers bring back the ability to give without busting your budget. And to me, that’s just awesome.

I’ve said it before and I know I’ll say it again: giving gifts to those you love at Christmas shouldn’t put a financial strain on your life. I know some people that save thousands of dollars throughout the year JUST to spend on presents. Say what?!! (We personally like to have a frugal Christmas.)

For me, I just can’t do it. (even though I used to be like that in the past – I’m not now) Thanks to the lovely Christmas stockings, I know that I can buy stocking stuffers galore and save some major bank, too.

After all, the size of the gift doesn’t matter, right? It’s the thought that counts.



When it comes down to it, what makes the best stocking stuffers for toddlers?

Honestly, this all just depends on your child. Some toddlers like toys while some would prefer candy or chocolate. (Can you blame them?) However, we are really strict with sugar and chocolate (because it causes our toddler to break out in “the terrible twos“… so we lean towards buying them fun little things instead of candy.)

As long as you stick to your gut and hide items in the stockings that you know will make them happy, you literally can’t go wrong.

Keep in mind that the entire point of stockings is small, tiny gifts! If it doesn’t fit, don’t get it!

Fortunately, toddlers are the easiest to shop for… they LOVE trinkets, candy, bouncy balls….stickers, temporary tattoos, snow globes…you name it. Anything that is theirs, they are going to love.

And if you really want to win over their hearts, add in a fun treat or two as well.

Keep up with the tradition of sticking an orange in the toe of the stocking, too. It’s a fun way to add in just a little bit of healthiness with all of that sugar and sweet.

You can’t go wrong when you search Amazon for stocking fillers for toddlers….trust me…I literally lost hours one day just doing so!

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You might be wondering why I’m keeping this post about stocking stuffers for preschoolers under $10 or less…and honestly, it’s because it’s really easy to do, and there isn’t really any part of me that thinks toddlers need anything more than cheap stocking stuffers!

With the powerhouse Amazon offering anything and everything at your fingertips, you can easily find just about anything with an inexpensive price tag.

In fact, here are some great inexpensive stocking stuffers for toddlers that are just about perfect!

Globbles (squishy sticky balls)

Oh my word these are SO FUN! I bought them for my 2 + 3 year old. They are super sticky and you can throw them and they stick to whatever they hit!(When they pick up all kinds of lint, and lose their stick, you just run them under water and they get sticky again!) They are also super SQUISHY and soft… as in, when they hit you in the head with one, it doesn’t hurt.

Stretchy Noodles (one of my all time favorite cheap toddler stocking stuffers!)


Another SUPER HIT my toddlers both loved this year. These stretchy noodles are – again – soft + squishy, and CRAZY STRETCHY. They’re actually a sensory toy often used for ADHD or Autistic children, but ANY child would think they are a blast.

Water Beads

These are just the coolest. Small in size until you add water to them, then you’ll get to sit back and watch them grow. So much fun to play with! My own kids play with water beads for hours and hours and hours.  (Not apropriate for kids who are put-in-mouth-ers.)

Wooden Tangram Brain Tetris Puzzle

This is such a cool toddler stocking stuffer idea. Not only is it fun to use but it engages critical thinking skills as well. Plus, it’s actually made of wood so it’s going to be a lot more durable than some of the other types of puzzles out there.

Crayola Twist Crayons

You’ll never have to worry about broken crayons laying all over your house ever again! These twist crayons are a parents dream come true.

LED Light Up Christmas Bulb Necklace

We got these for my kids last Christmas and they LOVED them. They played with them in the dark for weeks LOL

Who says that cheap toddler stocking stuffers actually have to be practical? This bulb necklace is just downright fun!

Reusable Water Activity Pad


Another winner with my kids.

Traveling on Christmas Day? This water activity pad is a lifesaver! It lets them create with water only so it’s mess-free fun! My kids have 2 (he got them in his stocking lol), have been using them for 1.5 years, and they are STILL going strong.

Classic Tin Kaleidoscope

How about a throwback to your childhood with this fun stocking stuffer for toddlers? It’s a unique gift that will bring about hours of creative play. I don’t think that there is anything that ignites the imagination quite like these kinds of colors and movement.

Coloring Book

If you’re asking me, every household needs a Christmas Coloring Book. Putting it into your child’s stocking is a great way to spend Christmas day using it together as a family. Pair it with a few friends that can be used throughout the year.

The Orginal Slinky

Another great throwback toy that is absolutely going to be a hit. Make certain you show your child how to set their new slinky off to go down the stairs properly.

Little Tikes Bath Letters and Numbers

Make bath time fun and educational with these fun foam letters and numbers. Once wet, they’ll stick up on the bathtub walls. (My kids don’t have THIS set, but they have  sea creature set and they love ’em!)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas Book

Dr. Seuss really knows how to tell a story, right? Every household needs this book added onto their bookshelves.

Unicorn Poop Slime

Yep, you read that right. What child doesn’t want the gift of slimy Unicorn Poop for Christmas?

Washable Kids Paint

If you have a little artist on your hands, this washable paint is the perfect stocking filler to add! Plus, it’s easy to clean up if your little one makes a mess!

Even more cheap Toddler Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Bubble Shooter Gun Machine

Do you live in an area where it’s not freezing cold on Christmas Day? This bubble shooter is perfect to use outdoors to burn some extra energy. (Well, and actually if it IS freezing where you are, frozen bubbles are pretty cool tool!!)

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Turtle Pet Rock

If your child has been wanting a pet, why not get them one for Christmas? This stocking stuffer just might be the most simple pet to take care of, ever.

Turtle Wind Up Water Toys

Water toys are great stocking stuffers because they can be used in the bath as well. What parent couldn’t use a little more motivation to get their toddlers in the tubs?

Unicorn Plush Slap Bracelet

Not only is this a stuffed animal, but it’s also a slap bracelet as well. Your child can hug and snuggle it or wear it if they want.

Unicorn Popper Toy

This toy is so much fun! You stick the popper balls into the unicorn’s mouth, then press the tummy to shoot them out. Talk about a fun way to spend the Christmas holiday!

LEGO Duplo Farm Animals

If your child likes to create, these LEGO sets are perfectly age-appropriate. A little bit of building and a lot of imagination are what it takes to create.

Wooden Plane Craft Kit

Why not give a stocking stuffer that you can create together with your toddler? This wooden plane craft kit is perfect!

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Educational Stacking Cups

It’s always a good idea to combine fun and learning any way that you can. These stacking cups teach your child that it’s possible to play and learn at the same time.

Disney Princess Memory Match Game

Playing games together as a family is wonderful. It gives everyone the time to slow down and just “be”. While this memory game is made for preschool-aged children, all in the family are welcome to join in on the fun.

Squishy Cats

EEK! These squishy cats are just the cutest. And softest….and I wouldn’t be sad if I wake up to a few of these in my stocking as well.

Beginner Harmonica

While you might want to order some extra earplugs for you as well, giving your toddler a harmonica can bring out a love of music that you didn’t even know they had.

Decorate a Snowman

Reusable sticker books are great because they let your child change the look and scenery over and over again. Plus, they’re so handy for traveling, too.


Play-doh is seriously the stocking filler for toddlers that just keeps on giving. They can create, stretch, mold and play for hours with all the varieties and colors.

Edible Toddler Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Preschoolers

As you can see, there’s not a shortage of stocking stuffers under $10 for toddlers to choose from. In fact, I had quite a blast finding all of these online…I’m amazed at how many options there are for a very affordable price.

And if you’re filling your stockings full of candy as well, here are some other edibles for less than $10 to include!

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Unicorn Poop Candy

Don’t ask me why I keep finding unicorn poop items.…but I just do! And honestly, these look delicious!

Chocolate Coal

Have you ever told your children that they’re getting coal in their stockings? Now you can make it true with this delicious treat.

Polar Bear Frosted Suckers

Adorable and yummy, these suckers are just the perfect size to fit inside a stocking.

And there you have it! You can easily have a stocking for your toddler stuffed full of awesome gifts and treats. Have fun picking out the ones that you like the best or see what else you can find out there. It’s always fun being able to go through all the options as well!

A DVD of their favorite movie / TV show

This might not be for you if your kids are screen free, but in our home, the kids are allowed to watch TV. We do follow screen-time rules for toddlers, but they’re allowed.

Do you have any affordable toddler stocking stuffer ideas to share?

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