The key to a perfect stocking stuffer is something that’s cheap, fun and not likely to fall apart or break the day after Christmas. I’ve put together a list of 25 stocking stuffer ideas for toddlers to help you find the perfect items to delight your little one.
Many of these are appropriate stocking stuffer ideas for babies, too.
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I love celebrating holidays, but Christmas has always been my favorite- there’s just something so magical about it. I love decorating the tree, driving around the neighborhood looking at Christmas lights, watching Christmas movies, baking cookies.
Christmas isn’t all about the presents, but it’s so much fun exchanging gifts with loved ones, and such a joy to see the excitement on a child’s face when they see their stocking overflowing with fun!
My 18-month-old son already has quite a few of these little toys and trinkets and he absolutely loves them! (The Yellow submarine, Toy Winkel, Bilingual flash cards, and Baby Einstein musical toy are some of his favorites.)
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This is a best-seller and for good reason. Babies and toddlers love listening to music, and studies have shown that listening to music (especially classic music like this toy plays) helps to develop cognitive and sensory skills, along with having positive emotional and intellectual effects.
My son just LOVES playing with the beads on the handle of his Baby Einstein Musical Toy and dancing to the music (which is so cute to see 🙂 )
The perfect toy for making bath-time even more fun, this Light-Up Bath Goldfish is actually quite realistic looking, so if you’re scared of fish it might not be the best toy for you to get your little one haha! My son loves watching him “swim in the ocean.”
These mini-sized musical toys are such a fun stocking stuffer that any toddler would love. They play both classic music and children’s songs, and the drum lights up to add to the fun 🙂
Stacking cups are a classic children’s toy, and a favorite of any toddler. These munchkin caterpillar stacking cups help to promote hand-eye coordination and improve fine motor skills, along with color recognition and even patience (which is a virtue, particularly in toddlers!)
Another fun stacking toy is this Fisher Price Stackin’ Sounds Animals toy. It includes a hippo, elephant and crocodile, and each animal has makes a different sound. They are able to be stack interchangeably and like the stacking cups, help to improve hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, color recognition and more.
The first time my son saw a finger puppet, he thought it was the most hilarious thing ever. Seriously, he was cackling so hard that it made me laugh so hard I cried. Suffice to say, these animal finger puppets were a bit hit. If you’ve got multiple little ones to buy for, you could separate the packing, making this a great frugal stocking stuffer.
A Christmas themed rubber ducky – need I say more? I’ve never heard of a kid who doesn’t love a rubber ducky, and a Christmas Rubber Ducky will help to make winter baths just that bit more bearable.
Speaking of baths, how cool are these Crayola Bathtub Crayons? They’re completely washable (but obviously I’d patch test a tiny part of your tub before you let your child scribble all over it) non-toxic, and come in nine traditional crayola colors.
Cute alert! This gummy bear teether is made from BPA-free silicone, it’s brightly colored and it’s big enough for a child to grip onto without constantly dropping on the floor. Side note, have you ever seen those really small teethers that are almost impossible for a baby or toddler to grip onto? They won’t have that problem with this gummy bear teether!
More bath toys because, why not? They’re fun, they’re small, they’re inexpensive, kids love them, they fit perfectly inside a stocking and they make bath-time more bearable for everyone involved! My son loves these animal squirter bath toys.
I grew up with my Mum reading us Golden Books almost every night, so obviously, they hold a special place in my heart. This “The Animals Merry Christmas” golden book is such a classic story with gorgeous, old-fashioned illustrations.
Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself because he’s only just learning how to speak in English right now, but I bought this bilingual flash card book for my son a while ago and he’s really enjoyed it. Early childhood is the best time to become fluent in a second language, and a bilingual flashcard book like this is a great way to start. This one is in English-Spanish and has animals, numbers, shapes and colors.
If I recall correctly, this Manhattan Toy Winkel won a whole host of awards when it was first released. I love this toy because it’s a rattle, teether, and sensory toy all in one. It’s made of a soft BPA-free plastic that is easy for little fingers to grip onto and it can be placed in the refrigerator to help soothe sore gums.
This infantino play mat provided hours of entertainment when my son was a little baby. You just fill it up with water and all of the sea creatures float around when baby taps on the front. Word of warning – when mine first arrived in the mail I thought that there was only one sea creature inside the whale, but then I realized they had all stuck together so if it looks like sea creatures are missing in yours, check for that!
This interactive vtech flashlight is the perfect stocking stuffer for toddlers aged up to around 3. It plays a variety of different songs, music, animal sounds, and flashes five different colored lights.
One of my favorite features of this Green Toys yellow submarine is that it’s made from recycled milk jugs! How awesome is that? We’ve had a lot of fun playing with this submarine in the bath and even in the little portable pool outside. It’s lightweight and dishwasher safe, too.
I love STEM toys for toddlers, and these geosafari jr. kidnoculars are a great example of a toy that helps to make learning fun. I used to LOVE going out hiking with my Dad with a pair of binoculars, trying to recognize different birds and wildlife and it fostered a love of nature that has stayed with my into adulthood. Kids love the concept of binoculars, so these kidnoculars will definitely be a hit.
Most toddlers are obsessed with trying to grab mommy and daddy’s cell phone, so hopefully this touch and swipe baby phone will do the trick instead! It has 12 “apps” that light up and play sounds when they’re pressed, along with helping to teach toddlers the alphabet, counting and their first words.
This Melissa & Doug Magnetic fishing game is a sturdier, more toddler-safe version of those little plastic open-mouth fishing games you can buy (I hope my less-than-stellar description helped you picture the game I’m talking about!) Anyway, Melissa and Doug toys are always well-received, so I’m sure this magnetic fishing game will be no exception.
If your toddler is anything like mine, traditional crayons end up broken and half-eaten within about 5 seconds. That’s why I love these Crayola Easy-Grip Egg Shaped Crayons. They’re big enough for little hands to grip onto and sturdy enough to withstand the most forceful scribbling without snapping in two. No guarantees that they won’t end up half-eaten though!
If you have a Sesame Street fan in the house, then you’ll love this Elmo Fork & Spoon set. My son loves having his own special silverware set and sometimes asks for something to eat just so he can use it 🙂
Books are always a welcome gift, especially when they’re full of colorful pictures that engage toddlers, just like this First 100 Words Board Book. We love pointing out new items that we’ve learned during the week, with current favorites being “bunna” (banana,) car, ball and bear.
These Munchkin soft tip spoons were my favorite spoons when my son was first starting to self-feed. The bright colors instantly drew my son in and encouraged him to try different foods, and the soft edges make them perfect for little mouths.
25. Wooden Xylophone
I’ve written before about the best wooden toys for toddlers, and let’s just say, my love affair isn’t even close to being over (I don’t think it ever will, tbh!) This wooden xylophone is the classic, quintessential wooden toy for kids and as luck would have it, it’s the perfect size to slip into a Christmas stocking. Isn’t that fate? 😀