Are the stockings the first thing your kids tear into? It is for us! We have a rule that everyone gets to open one present the night before Christmas. Then, on Christmas day, we open presents together which means waiting for the last person to wake up, usually me because I am not a morning person.
Luckily, the kids’ stockings keep them busy and happy for an hour. Typically, Santa leaves them chocolates and small toys. For moms and dads, Santa doesn’t like to give useless junk so small useful, fun items are always popular.
What are your favorite stocking stuffers? Please share!
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Stocking Stuffers for Kids, Dads and Moms
Cool Toys for Stocking Stuffers
Colored Bubbles, $17
It’s a tad expensive for bubbles, but what bubbles!! Vibrantly colored!! It will be a shame when they pop!
Iwako Take Apart Animal Erasers, $5.40
These erasers were a huge fad at our school a few years ago. Even if the fad is over, kids will think the animals are adorable. And the erasers are functional! Some kids use them as mini “stuffed” animals to play with.
Illustrated Animal Bookmarks from Felix Doolittle, $20
Hex Bug Nano, $6; Hex Bug Ant, $8, Hex Bug Crab, $13, Hex Bug Starter Kit, $10, Hex Bug Larvae, $12
These mini-robotic toys act like real bugs and fascinate kids. Let them build habitats and tracks out of the holiday wrapping paper and box debris to keep them busy for hours.
Slap On Watches, 2 for $12 (special deal)
My kids love slap on anything. I got an email to give my readers a special price on these watches. They are usually $15 and now I can offer them for $6 each or technically 2 for $12 with free shipping in a variety of colors. At that price, it makes an excellent and practical stocking stuffer!
Spy Net: Secret Mission Video Watch, $31
Watch that takes movies and photos and it also tells time!
Bienfang Young Artist BLANK Trading Cards, $3
These are blank cards for your artist to make his or her own cards to trade or just to paint/draw/collage small. Available in Bristol Board, Canvasette, Sketch & Draw, and Watercolor. Each card is 2-1/2 in. x 3-1/2.
Thumb Lite Stick-On LED Lights, $5
These teeny, tiny stick-on lights are great for key chains to help light up the keyhole when it’s too dark to see. Kids will find other versatile ways to use these handy lights.
Stocking Stuffers for Dad
Small Swiss Army Knife for his keychain, $15.50
My husband keeps forgetting to remove his Swiss army knife at airport security so it gets confiscated, but it comes in handy. He uses the little knife blade when we go apple-picking. The mini screwdriver and the little scissors come in handy too!
Kelvin.23 All-in-One Handy Multi-Tool, $25
It’s been described as an all-in-one super tool! The Kelvin 23, invented by Kevin Royes, also has a spirit level, LED flashlight, tape measure, magnet to hold loose screws, carbon steel hammer, tape measure, and 16 screwdriver bits. The screwdriver itself can lock at either 180 or 90 degrees. It’s a multi-functional tool that almost replaces a toolbox. Great for students and apartment dwellers too! It would also be great to keep in the car.
Money Clip, $10
A money clip comes in handy when my husband doesn’t want a bulky wallet when we are going out. His wallet also causes him back problems, Constanza from Seinfeld style, from sitting on it when it’s in his back pocket which throws off his back alignment.
OXO Travel Coffee Mug, $10
If your man is as absent-minded as mine, he probably can’t keep track of his travel mugs. I like a slide-y top for easy drinking but now I won’t pay over $10 for them since they never come back. This OXO one is well designed and I am hopeful that the brighter blue color will remind him not to forget it.
Car Air Freshener from Febreeze, $11
I truly think that women have a better sense of smell than men which would explain why they like those tree air fresheners from the car wash. I think those smell nasty so I would upgrade my husband’s to this Aloha scent from Febreeze. Hey, I have to ride in his car!
Manicure Set from Nautica, $18
Now that you know my husband loses his travel coffee mugs, it probably won’t surprise you that he misplaces all our nail clippers too. Hopefully, with a grooming set in a nice wooden case, he will put his stuff back when he’s done using it so it won’t get lost. Ditto for the kids too!
Earbuds from Panasonic, $6
An extra set of earbuds comes in handy. It’s a gift to me too for when my husband wants to watch a movie in bed on Netflix and I want to sleep. I especially don’t want to hear violent movies.
Unbreakable Golf Tees, $7
There are 10 tees and each is guaranteed to last 1000 strokes. Approved by Golf Test USA, Golf Digest, Golf World, Today’s Golfer, and Golfers Magazine. And they look like wood.
Stocking Stuffers for Mom
Tweezerman Tweezers, $18
The slanted Tweezerman Tweezers are the perfect tweezer. My tweezers lose their precision point after a few accidental droppings so a new pair is always welcome!
Rosebud Salve, $7.50
A little fancier than Vaseline, Rosebud salve smells faintly of roses and keeps lips soft.
Here are 3 tins with different tints and flavors (salve, mint, and strawberry) for $16. You can also split them up between three stockings!
Essie Nail Polish in Mademoiselle 384, $4
A pale pink manicure makes for a neutral but healthy-looking manicure.
Lavender Hand Cream from Pre de Provence, $7
1-ounce tubes make this easy to carry in purses to combat dry winter skin.
Why Yes I Am Overqualified Post It Notes, $5
Nag Note, $8
Help mom out by making it more efficient for her to remind everyone to get their stuff done with this pad of sticky notes. Perfect too, if she loses her voice!
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Food for the Future: Sustainable Farms Around the World
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- Starred review from School Library Journal
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