I didn't want to fill his stocking with cheap toys or candy, but I wanted him to enjoy what he found in his stocking! Wandering around Target the other day it really clicked on what I could put in there. Useful yet fun things for Little Mister! I decided to compile a list thinking that I couldn't possibly be the only one struggling to come up with what to put in a toddler stocking! Check out the list below for a little stocking stuffer inspiration!
Watercolor Paints - Watercolor Paints are a great way to get your toddlers creative juices flowing, without making a complete mess of your house! Not only do the paints fit great in a stocking, but they're very reasonably priced so you won't feel guilty for loading the stocking up with other goodies!
Crayons - Crayons are another great, inexpensive item to put into your little ones stocking! If your toddler is anything like mine, he is pretty rough on crayons and easily breaks them so there's no better time to replace those broken ones than the holidays!
Character Toothbrushes - The hygiene department of any store is always full of cute character toothbrushes that are inexpensive! If your toddler likes to chew on his or her toothbrush more than they like to brush their teeth, chances are you replace the toothbrush often! Pick up one or two of their favorite character toothbrushes and throw them in the stocking for a fun yet practical gift!
Socks - Now your toddler may not get super excited over finding new socks in their stocking, but if you find their favorite character on the stocks they just may! Plus if you do laundry like I do, you're always misplacing at least one of their tiny socks!
Gift Cards - I know what your thinking… what on Earth would a toddler do with a gift card? Go shopping of course! Pick up a $5-10 Toys R Us (or any store with a toy section) Gift Card and let them pick out one or two fun little things for themselves! They'll love having the freedom of you chasing them up and down the aisles and it'll be so much more exciting for them to find something they want to take home and not having you say "maybe next time". Another great idea is a gift card for one of their interactive toys such as a Leappad or a Innotab, or even for your iPad! Let them pick out an interactive book, or pick out one that you think they'll like!
a DVD - In my household, we're big Disney fans, so putting a new Disney DVD in the stocking is a must. If you are not a fan of letting your little one watch TV from time to time you could always substitute the DVD for a CD for the car that they will love!
a Small Toy - This year I picked up a mini doodle board from the $5 section of Target! Doodle Boards are great to take on the road because they don't make a mess and they're easy for little hands to hold! Take a look in the $5 and under section of your local Target or Walmart and see what you can find! The toys may not last forever but it'll be something exciting for your little one to play with for the time being!
a Kid Size Flashlight - If you haven't already done so, you're probably thinking about moving your toddler from the crib (or your bed) to a toddler bed in the near future. This can be a big and scary transition for your little one and they may need something to help settle their nerves if they wake in the night (or can't fall asleep). I remember being very young and grabbing the flash light off of my tiny nightstand to look around the room and check for monsters, so I can only imagine that my little guy will do something similar! They even have flash lights that put shapes on the walls! Who wouldn't love that?
Their Favorite Snack - If they love raisins, throw a few boxes in! Animal crackers, throw in a box! If their favorite snack comes in a tiny carton theres no reason not to give them a little something to nibble on for when they move on from the stocking to the 'big' presents!
Bath Toys - Spice up your little ones bath time with a few new bath toys! They're inexpensive, fun, and fit perfectly in the stocking!
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