Useful Stocking Stuffers! (Because your kid doesn’t need more cheap crap from Dollar Tree.)

Good morning, SmartyPants! Hope your December is going well! Can you believe Christmas is less than a week away?

I’m excited, because this is the first Christmas my older son might actually remember! Up until now, we’ve kept things simple and cheap for our household. Mostly, we just let each other get one big thing that we’ve been wanting for a while and call it Christmas, then buy something fun for the kiddo to open on Christmas day. Our son’s been too young up to this point to have any expectations, or, frankly, to really even get that excited about opening presents at all! This year will be the very first year we’ve hung stockings in our home!

BUT, our budget hasn’t really changed, so I’ve been struggling with how and what to fill FOUR brand new stockings with! I don’t want to just go out to the dollar store and buy a bunch of cheap candy and trinkets. I don’t want tiny broken pieces all over my home, and I certainly don’t want my kid having a sugar meltdown on Christmas day.

I’ve started a running list of things I can put in our stockings. In the interest of my budget, most of them are just NICER versions of things we already consume. Like the fancy Cars 2 body wash instead of the usual generic soap. Get it? I’ll let you take a peek at my brainstorming. Some of my ideas are better than others…

For the Baby:

This stuff is really for the caregivers, but if you still want to involve your infant in the stocking tradition, you could do this:

  • Teethers
  • Oragel
  • Baby Tylenol
  • Gas drops
  • Bottle nipples
  • Feeder bottle
  • Blue Jean or “Designer” disposable diapers
  • A new cloth diaper
  • Burp rags or bibs
  • A nicer thermometer
  • Clothing items
  • Teething biscuits or finger foods
  • A fancier baby lotion or wash. (like California Baby)
  • Crib sheets
  • Pacifiers
For the Toddler or Preschooler
  • Obviously, small toys and candy.
  • Toiletries that are branded with their favorite characters. Soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, bandaids, wipes…
  • Individually wrapped snacks
  • Gummy Vitamins
  • Character underpants and socks
  • Sippy cups
  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • “Magic Towels” (Its like a compressed wash cloth that expands when put in water. They’re fun.)
  • Fun pillow cases. (I have a drooler in my house. Pillows and pillowcases cannot be laundered often enough!)
  • Sunglasses
For the Grown Ups (and older children)
  • Various high end toiletries. Shaving Gels, Moisturizers, Lip Balms, toothbrushes, hair products, body poufs.
  • High end or scented cleaning products. (I’ve recently fallen in love with Mrs. Meyers dish soap!)
  • Air fresheners
  • Hand warmers
  • Hats, scarves, gloves, socks… Warm stuff!
  • Earphones! We lose these so often! We can never seem to have enough in our home!
  • Actually, any of those things you find yourself losing all the time. Think scissors, pens and pencils, screwdrivers, tweezers, etc.
  • Small kitchen tools.
  • Smartphone cases and chargers. (To make this cheap, check closeout stores like Big Lots and Five Below.)
  • Paperback books
  • New moms will appreciate washable nursing pads, Lanolin, or an extra cover up or two!
  • Extra video game controllers. (To make THIS cheaper, buy pre-owned from Game Stop.)
  • Guitar pics
  • Gum or breathmints
  • Simple sewing tools
Anything that is both practical and beautiful would make a lovely stocking stuffer, no matter the age! Any product they enjoy using but consider a splurge (like the salon brand shampoo instead of the usual stuff) makes a wonderful stocking stuffer. Anything you’ve been curious to try out, but are usually too stingy to buy (like the “Boogey Wipes” for your toddler’s runny nose). Anything they already have but would enjoy having duplicates (like their favorite reusable water bottle). Anything they often forget to upgrade or replace (like windshield wipers, water filters, contact lens cases).
And FYI: Santa won’t mind if drop a few nicer but practical things in your own stocking, too! Hope I’ve helped get the wheels a’turning! I’m sure you’ve already got tons of ideas I haven’t even considered, yet! Care to share???
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