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Best Stocking Stuffers for Kids

2021-12-05 by Melissa & Doug
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Although stocking stuffers may be small and inexpensive, they can still make the biggest memories for kids. Plus, they’re great to have on-hand if you get surprise visitors throughout the season. Here, we have compiled five of our favorite stocking stuffer toys and gifts for the babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and 5+ kids in your life. Plus, you can find even more gift options in our complete 2021 Holiday Gift Guide. 

The 5 Best Stocking Stuffers and Small Gifts for Kids

Flip Fish Baby Toy

 

Melissa & Doug Flip Fish Toy

Age: 1+ months 

Why it’s a great stocking stuffer for kids: This adorable, brightly-colored fish will swim right into kids’ hearts! Peek under the scales to find hidden pictures and squeeze the squeaker in the fish’s tail for endless sensory fun. 

Fun feature: The crinkling, squeaking, and multi-textured fabric makes this toy perfect for tummy time! 

Skills: Fine motor, sensory development

Pair it with another present: Keep the deep blue sea theme going with this giant lifelike Sea Turtle Stuffed Animal

My First Poke-A-Dot: Christmas Book 

 

Melissa & Doug Poke-A-Dot Christmas Book

Age: 1+

Why it’s a great stocking stuffer for kids: Kids will enjoy welcoming Christmastime with this interactive board book. See the pictures, say the words, and poke the irresistible buttons as they explore the full-color Christmas holiday-themed photographs! 

Fun feature: The dots make different clicking and popping sounds depending on how they’re poked.

Skills: Language development, fine motor

Pair it with another present: Give them the perfect place to curl up with their new Christmas book with our Cozy Cottage Tent

Water Wow! Fairytale On-The-Go Travel Activity 

Melissa & Doug Water Wow - Fairy Tale

 

Age: 3+

Why it’s a great stocking stuffer for kids: This stocking stuffer is sure to make them say “Wow!” when they realize they can paint with water! Just fill the chunky pen with water, and the hidden fairytale pictures will appear with every stroke. 

Fun feature: Pictures erase once the page dries so that you can color it in again and again.

Skills: Fine motor, creative thinking

Pair it with another present: Bring the fairytale to life with this Fairytale Castle Floor Puzzle where swans glide in the pond, butterflies flutter around the castle and the princess rides her unicorn. 

Water Wow! Farm On-The-Go Travel Activity 

 

Melissa & Doug Water Wow - Farm

Age: 3+

Why it’s a great stocking stuffer for kids: Did we mention with our last stocking filler how no-mess painting is a hit with both kids and parents? This farm-themed book includes four scenes to color, and a search-and-find activity for each scene. 

Fun feature: The chunky-sized water pen is easy for kids to hold and stores neatly right in the front cover, making it great for travel. 

Skills: Fine motor, creative thinking

Pair it with another present: Young MacDonalds will adore this with the Wooden Fold & Go Barn with seven realistic plastic farm animals, a wooden ladder and a folding corral.

 

Puffy Sticker Play Set: Princess 

 

Melissa & Doug Puffy Sticker Play Set

Age: 4+

Why it’s a great stocking stuffer for kids: This puffy sticker play set offers endless opportunities for kids to express their creativity and take part in lots of pretend dress-up fun. Simply peel up the reusable stickers to change the palace scenes, restyle the princesses, and tell a royal story from your imagination! 

Fun feature: The sturdy background board folds to neatly store it all away, and a handle makes it easy to travel to neighboring kingdoms.

Skills: Fine motor, creative thinking

Pair it with another present: This Disney Princess Wooden Stamp Set will inspire a kingdom’s worth of imagination! 

Looking for more of the best gift ideas for kids of all ages? Check out these articles:

10 Best Toys for Babies and 1-Year-Olds

10 Best Toys for 2-Year-Olds

10 Best Toys for 3-Year-Olds

10 Best Toys for 4-Year-Olds

5 Holiday Gifts that Wow

Best Holiday Toys & Gifts  for Kids Who Love . . . 

Best Throwback Toys & Gifts

Happy holidays!

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