The 27 Best Stocking Stuffers For Kids on the 'Nice' List

From bubbles to games, these stocking stuffers cover any kiddo's interest

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For some families that celebrate Christmas, stocking stuffers are minimalist, while others go over the top and the rest are somewhere in between. Regardless of your stocking stuffer style, we have festive options for you that go beyond candy, chocolate, and tiny toys (but we have some of those too, just for good measure).

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The World’s Smallest Magic 8 Ball is the mini version of a classic game where the 8 Ball answers any of your questions. For an educational stocking stuffer, we recommend the Educational Insights Kanoodle.

From trendy items that they are hoping for to practical products that they will actually use, there is something for everyone. We carefully considered toy safety, age recommendations, design, ease of use and cleaning, and value when reviewing products.

Here are the best stocking stuffers for kids of all ages.

Worlds Smallest World’s Smallest Magic 8 Ball

World’s Smallest Magic 8 Ball

Courtesy of Walmart 

The World's Smallest Magic 8 Ball ranks high our list because this classic game is now small enough to take on the road. Ask any question and turn this mini magic 8 ball over for the answer. Best for kids 8 years old and up. This gift will bring some lighthearted fun to the holiday season—and beyond.

Educational Insights Kanoodle

Educational Insights Kanoodle

Courtesy of Walmart

Great for kids 7 and up, this set of connected beads will challenge players to complete colorful puzzles in both 2D and 3D formats. With over 200 puzzles, there’s plenty here to entertain and challenge your child. 

WOWMAZING Giant Bubble Wands Standard Kit

WOWMAZING Giant Bubble Wands Standard Kit

Amazon

This three-piece kit contains everything kids need to make fabulous giant bubbles. Durable, lightweight, and colorful, this set is perfect for kids from 6 years old and up. 

Little Likes Kids Sports Go Fish Cards

Little Likes Kids Sports Go Fish Cards

Courtesy of Amazon

Fun for ages 3 years old and up, this Go Fish game celebrates diversity by showcasing original artwork that represents individuals of mixed race and ethnicity. Made by a Black-owned business, the portable game has 52 cards and is perfect for one to six players. 

Piggy Paint Natural as Mud Piggy Paint Nail Polish Gift Set

Piggy Paint Natural as Mud Piggy Paint Nail Polish Gift Set

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Have the manicure night of your dreams with your little one with this kiddo-safe paint. Created for all ages, this nail paint is non-toxic, odorless, and kid-friendly. The set comes with three pretty colors of nail polish and a sheet of nail art stickers. 

LEGO DOTS Sparkly Unicorn Bracelet

LEGO DOTS Sparkly Unicorn Bracelet

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Encourage creativity and DIY skills with this fun bracelet set. Somewhere between a fun toy and a cute accessory, this gift is sure to be an instant hit. Perfect for ages 6 and up, the set includes an adjustable band and 32 colorful tiles. 

Lip Smacker Lippy Pal Lip Balm

Lip Smacker Lippy Pal Lip Balm

Courtesy of Walmart

This magical unicorn will transform your kiddo's dry lips into a well-moisturized pucker. The hydrating formula is intensely conditioning and leaves behind the right amount of glossy shine. They will love the pleasant smell so much that they will actually use it.

Think Fun Pocket Brainteasers

Think Fun Pocket Brainteasers

Courtesy of Amazon

This pocket-sized puzzle is a perfect STEM toy for kids 8 years old and up. Build logic and problem-solving skills with this fun on-the-go toy. The handheld size makes it perfect for backseat gaming and entertainment.

Tiny Planetarium: See the Stars!

Tiny Planetarium: See the Stars!

Courtesy of Amazon

Bring the mystery of the night sky into your holiday stocking. The portable planetarium is three inches tall, which makes it perfectly portable. It comes with a disk featuring 12 constellations and a 48-page guide to star-gazing. 

PLUS PLUS Open Play Tube

PLUS PLUS Open Play Tube

Courtesy of Amazon

This is a versatile and simple toy that’s great for kids from age 5 years old on up. It includes small building blocks that connect to each other. Suitable for 2D or 3D building, the tube includes 70+ building blocks and an idea book to spark creativity. The best part is that these little blocks can be used to create endless designs.

KIDS SWAG Cool Girl Notebook

Cool Girl Notebook

Courtesy of Kids Swag

Youngsters who are bursting with ideas can use this handcrafted notebook as a diary, a gratitude journal, or a space to doodle. Made by a Black-owned business, this is a practical gift for the little writer in your family. Once they've filled the notebook with all of their thoughts, the cover can be removed and framed for some cute wall art.

Pals Kids Crazy Mismatched Socks

Pals Kids Crazy Mismatched Socks

Amazon

With three different styles to choose from, these socks aren't just cute because of their fun mismatched design, but they're also thick, stretchy, and are sure to keep kids' feet warm. They even have non-skid grippers on the bottom to help prevent any slips and falls from happening on hardwood floors or tile.

Uncommon Goods Gemstone Sensor Nightlights

Gemstone Sensor Nightlights

 Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

Add some beauty to your child's evening hours with these beautiful nightlights. Powered by long-lasting LED bulbs, the gemstone lights sense when to turn on and off. The automatic on and off sensor adds a special touch of magic that your child will love.

Klee Naturals Natural Blush and Lip Shimmer

Klee Naturals Natural Blush and Lip Shimmer

 Courtesy of Maisonette 

Treat young skin with non-toxic, gentle, gluten-free makeup that’s safe for kids 3 years old and up. The kid-appropriate makeup will give them a subtle look that they will adore. The sweet set has blush, a blush brush, and lip shimmer all included. 

Moose Toys Space Jam: A New Legacy

Moose Toys Space Jam: A New Legacy

Amazon

Kids will love building their legendary squad with these mini figures from the popular movie Space Jam: A New Legacy. The collectable pack features 10 mini figures that all come with their own basketball base for a fun display or re-enactment.

Kid Made Modern Giant Crazy Crayon

Giant Crazy Crayon

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Stuff that stocking with this eight-inch long giant crazy crayon. Made with 64 colors, you never know what color you’ll draw with next! 

TeeTurtle The Original Reversible Octopus Plushie

TeeTurtle The Original Reversible Octopus Plushie

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Help kiddos express themselves with this reversible octopus plushie. The plushie features two different reactions: happy or angry. Choose from more than 20 color options and then simply flip the octopus inside out to reveal a mood.

Nuby Silicone Teethe-eez Teether

Nuby Silicone Teethe-eez Teether

Amazon

Made from soft silicone, this teether features different textures to help soothe any teething pain, and comes in green, blue, or pink. It's safe for babies three months old and up, and also comes with a carrying case.

Honeysticks Beeswax Crayons

Honeysticks Beeswax Crayons

Amazon

Made from 100% pure New Zealand beeswax, these crayons are non-toxic, making them safe for children of all ages. Their unique, thick shape makes it easier for smaller hands to hold them without breaking them in half.

iTechjoy Fidget Toy

iTechjoy Fidget Toy

Amazon

Pass time while waiting for an appointment or help relieve some stress with this stylish fidget toy that doubles as a game. Designed to look like a delicious hamburger and French fries, players press down numbers on the bubble poppers until there's one bubble left. Whoever pops the last bubble, loses.

RAZBABY Silicone Baby Teether Toy

RAZBABY Silicone Baby Teether Toy

Amazon

Free of harsh chemicals and materials, these teethers are shaped like a raspberry - from the green stems to bumpy texture. Safe for babies 3 months old and up, the teethers are made from non-toxic food-grade silicone, and are just the right size for small hands.

5 Surprise Mini Brands Collector's Kit Series

5 Surprise Mini Brands Collector's Kit Series

Amazon

Children will enjoy opening this collector's kit which features five miniatures from kids' favorite brands. There are more than 70 miniatures children can collect. and there are even rare gold surprises that can be found, too.

Cutetitos Care Bears Surprise Stuffed Animals

Cutetitos Care Bears

Courtesy of Walmart

These iconic 80's toys are rolling (literally!) back into style and are cuter than ever. There's a new twist on these Care Bears. They unroll, revealing their Care personality in a fun way. The Care Bear Cutetitos are in a mystery package, so kids will have fun guessing which 7.5 inch-long Cutetito they got.

Quip Kids Electric Toothbrush

Quip Kids Electric Toothbrush

Courtesy of Quip

Children 3 years old and up will love everything about this toothbrush. From its rubber-grip handle to soft bristles, this toothbrush has a battery life of three months. Adult supervision is recommended for children under 8 years old. A toothbrush cover is also included.

Wrap Life Satin Scrunchie

Wrap Life Satin Scrunchie

Courtesy of Wrap Life

Say hello to hair comfort. Your child will ditch their tight hair ties once they try this scrunchie. Made by a Black-owned business, it is designed with 100% polyester. It's super stylish, but still quietly bold, and measures 11 inches in circumference when fully stretched. The best part? It's also machine washable.

Friend Sanrio Cinnamoroll Cable Protector

Friend Sanrio Cinnamoroll Cable Protector

Amazon

Protect your phone's cables with these cable protectors that are not only adorable but also stylish. Designed to work with more than a dozen iPhone versions, you simply put the protector over the cable so there's no damage when plugging in or unplugging.

PopSockets PopGrip Lips

PopSockets PopGrip Lips

Amazon

At first glance, you'd never know this PopSocket doubles as a lip balm. Flip up the PopSocket's lid to find a vanilla lip balm that's made with natural ingredients. And, if the lid isn't your kiddo's style, they are interchangeable with other designs.

What to Look for in Stocking Stuffers

Size

One of the most important criteria for a stocking stuffer is its size. The gift needs to be small enough to fit into the stocking! So, before you start shopping, note the width and length of your child's stocking. Then, when you find gifts of interest, you'll have a good sense of what will fit and what won't.

Theme

Decide if you want to have a theme for your stocking stuffers. Thinking about a theme may help you target the type of stocking stuffers your child might like best. Some possibilities include practical, whimsical, sports-themed, literary, beauty-related, educational, just-for-fun toys, or other gifts. While each stocking stuffer does not need to be a part of the same theme, it can feel special to have the items go together in some way. But a grab-bag of unrelated goodies is fun too!

Cost, Durability, and Function

You'll also want to think about the price, durability, and function of the stocking stuffers you buy. If an item is more of a just-for-fun lark, then you may not want to spend as much on it as you would for an item that you envision your child using for a long time. Consider if you want to focus more on whimsical, entertainment, or practical items—or a mix.

Why Trust Verywell Family

Maya Polton is a former marketing manager and current freelance writer who covers food, home, and parenting. She’s a mom of a 10-year-old son, 7-year-old son, and 3-year-old daughter. Her stocking stuffer favorites are toys that can be played with again and again, like action figures, kid-friendly beauty products, or good old logic puzzles. 

By Maya Polton
Maya has more than 15 years of experience in digital media and communications and specializes in writing about family, food, and lifestyles. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Tufts University and a Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University.