From celebrating with family to the spirit of giving, there’s so much more to Christmas than just presents. Even so, there’s something undeniably endearing about watching the kids try to guess with excitement what their presents are.
No tradition better harnesses the element of surprise than the Santa stocking. The kids will love trying to uncover what little treasures are inside that stocking on the mantelpiece.
Looking for something a little different from the classic ‘gold chocolate coins’ this year? These 9 clever stocking stuffer ideas prove that small things come in big packages.
1. Reusable straws
From delicious milkshakes to summer smoothies, straws make every beverage tastier! The kids will love having a fun, novelty straw to sip their cold drinks from. Reusable straws are kinder to the environment, too — perfect for budding eco-warriors.
2. Novelty socks
The thought of receiving socks for Christmas might make kids scowl. But, with the addition of festive patterns or cute quotes, novelty socks can be anything but boring! Plus, the kids will thank you when winter rolls around and can keep their tootsies warm with their favourite, new socks.
3. Mini puzzles
The best stocking stuffers are the ones that will keep the kids entertained for hours on end. While you might not fit a full-size jigsaw puzzle inside the stocking, there are plenty of pocket-sized games you can add to the mix. Mini puzzles, decks of cards and brain-teaser games all make great additions.
4. Hair accessories
If there’s one thing every girl needs more of (no matter her age), it’s hair accessories. Whether it’s hair ties, ribbons or bobby pins, they seem to have a knack for disappearing into oblivion. Top up her supply with some cute hair accessories, like butterfly clips or colourful scrunchies. The boys don’t have to miss out either: bandannas and beanies can make great stocking stuffers, too.
5. Sticker packs
Who doesn’t love stickers? Whether it’s glitter unicorns, funny catchphrases or their favourite cartoon characters, there’s some adhesive art to suit all interests and age groups. The kids will love sticking them on their schoolbooks, door, computer and anything else they can get their hands on!
6. Face masks
This practical stocking stuffer is likely to get some use for at least a little while longer. But, just because it’s functional, doesn’t mean it can’t be fun! From bright colours to pretty patterns and even festive themes, there are plenty of cute masks the kids will love. You won’t even have to remind them to wear them!
7. Temporary tattoos
Get ready to become the coolest parent in town with this stocking stuffer idea. Temporary tattoos are easy to apply and remove with water, but will keep the kids excited for days! You can find them in many different designs, from their favourite Disney characters to Christmas-inspired illustrations.
8. Mason jar treats
Every Santa stocking needs an edible treat! But, if you’re looking for a new spin on classic chocolate, this mini craft project will do the trick. Grab a mason jar and make a mini Chex Mix with favourite sweet and savoury snacks. Alternatively, you can encourage them to get creative in the kitchen by assembling all the dry ingredients of cookies in the jar — ready for them to bake!
9. Affirmation cards
This little gift will keep on giving, every area of the year. With every card featuring a different inspiring quote, affirmation card sets can help foster a positive mindset in the kids. If you’re in the mood for a DIY project, you could even make them yourself with personalised mantras for the kids.
These small but mighty stocking stuffer ideas are guaranteed to surprise and delight the kids this Christmas. Now, all that’s left to do is make sure they don’t peek!