Looking for ideas for stocking stuffings or smaller Hanukkah presents? I've got you covered! We try to keep giving simple in our house (i.e. Santa only brings one present and fills your stocking). I'm always looking for a good balance of fun and useful stocking stuffers for my boys, so I've put together a list of 14 favorites:
1. A Journal
I've been looking for journals for my 7 year old. I think he's going to love the ritual and reflection process as well as looking back on what he wrote. I think I'm going to start with this awesome Q&A a Day For Kids - A 3 year journal.
2. Glider Planes
I love "old school" toys like a glider plane or small novelty toy they have to put together. They are usually inexpensive but also keep the kids engage and tinkering. My boys would love this Rhode Island Novelty Glider Set
3. Mad Libs Junior
My boys get such a kick of filling these in. It's great practice for their reading and writing and gets them spending time together #bigwin. I just ordered this Super Silly Mad Libs Junior.
4. Homemade Coupons for Activities
I've seen this all over Pinterest and I'm going to give it a whirl. Who wouldn't want a "get out of time out free" pass, a "movie night with mom", a "stay up late pass" or a "no chores for a day" pass? Skies the limit with these and I think they're a lot of fun. You find so many examples but here's a simple printable.
5. A Deck of Cards
I'm having fun teaching my older boys traditional card games like Rummy and Kings in the Corner. I feel like we are always missing a card or two though some I'm going to give them each a deck of playing cards like these fun Paw Patrol Cards
Sunglasses are always a big hit with my boys and it seems we can never have too many pairs. A great way to give them something fun and fashionable and keep their little eyes protected.
7. Family Dinner Box of Questions
Anyone else have kiddos that come home and share virtually nothing about their day?! This Melissa & Doug Family Dinner Box of Questions Game sounds fun and I'm hoping might help get them sharing.
8. Gift of Charity
Consider making a donation in your child's name to a non-profit organization important to your family. Also consider a global giving gift card or homemade gift card and let your child choose an organization.
9. A Book of Jokes
My middle son loves telling jokes, I just picked up this Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids book and I think he's going to love it and be building his joke repertoire for hours.
10. A New Toothbrush
You can always use a toothbrush. My boys love these light-up toothbrushes that turn red when they've brushed long enough, and I love that it makes them want to brush their teeth.
11. A Good Book
Nothing like a good book for whatever level they're at. My youngest loves these Poke-a-Dot books, and my older boys are in to chapter books; they love the Magic Tree House Series
12. Thinking Putty
My oldest is obsessed with Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty and it's great for keeping his busy body occupied. The mini containers are a great size and price for stocking stuffers.
13. Measuring Cups & Spoons
Most of the time I love getting my kiddos involved in the cooking and meal prep process. It can be a fun and simple activity to do together. My boys older boys have loved getting accessories like measuring cups, measuring spoons and aprons and it's got them excited about getting involved. I love these measuring cups and spoons for kids.
14. Chapstick/Lip Balm
My boys always like to have chapstick in their backpacks, especially during these cold and dry winter months in Maine. Burt's Bees always seems to be our go-to, but there are tons of options out there.
What are some of your favorite stocking stuffers? Leave me a comment, I'd love to hear about them! Happy Holiday season; thanks as always for stopping by.
I'm Rebecca, a Maine mom of three energetic young boys and wife of a lobsterman, living in my favorite place, the coast of Maine. You'll find me here talking about my parenting journey, mom style, recipes, running and exercise, travel, stories from our life in Maine and so much more! Most days I'm just figuring it out as I go - Thanks so much for stopping by!