10 Practical Stocking Stuffers Your Kids Will Use Year Round

10 Practical Stocking Stuffers Your Kids Will Use Year Round

Alison Gerber
Dec 9, 2013

It's a whole lot of fun filling a stocking with goodies, isn't it? But then what do you do two weeks later with all those itty-bitty toys whose novelty has worn off? Never fear, Apartment Therapy is here with our handy list of 10 under $5 stocking stuffers that will be favorites all year round!


1. A pack of crayons: You can't go past Crayola here ($2.00 on Amazon), but there are plenty of great options on Etsy, too.

2. A torch: Flashlights are perfect for fort-building and book reading. This one from Land of Nod projects dinosaurs! $3.95.

3. A Mr. Men book: These books are small and flexible to fit easily in a stocking, with hilarious stories you'll never get tired of reading. Around $4.00 each from Book Depository.

4. A pack of chalk: These are especially great if you have a sidewalk nearby. Hopscotch awaits! This Melissa and Doug pack is $3.49 on Amazon.

5. A rubber ducky: Who doesn't need a rubber ducky for bath time? The classic shape is the best. $2.99 from Magic Beans.


6. A Matchbox/Hot Wheels car: Pictured here is a 10-pack from Amazon which can be broken up, but you can just as easily find individual Matchbox cars in the toy car aisle at your local toy or department store for around $1.00.

7. A tennis ball: When I was a kid, having your own tennis ball was essential. You know what? They are still awesome. And so cheap! This three pack is available at Walmart for just $2.40.

8. A new drink bottle: Okay, this one is $6.00, so it's a little splurge, but seriously, who can resist a bottle this cute? The whole Skip Hop range is available at Diapers.com.

9. A book from the Peter Rabbit series: Again, these books are nice and small, and classics! The hardcovers go for around $6, but the paperbacks are available on Amazon for just $3.95.

10. A liquid timer: This is a weird gift, but will keep the littlest of kids mesmerized and works well for chill-out, calm-down times, or for waiting at the dinner table. $2.99 on Amazon.

Be aware that, because of their small size and cost, a lot of these items may actually be cheaper to purchase at your local department store than online.

What's your favorite stocking filler? Did we miss out on something here? Add your suggestions below!

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