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100 Stocking Stuffers for Kids

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© Garnet Hill
Regardless of expense, a stocking full of little treasures can steal the show on Christmas morning. The key is to go for quantity and quality. Randomness is half the fun of stockings, but be sure to keep the recipients' tastes and interests in mind, and opt for special variations on everyday items. (Tighty whities and flesh toned bandages are likely to fall flat.)

Look over this list for general inspiration. In need of more specific recommendations? Check out these Top 10 lists for girls and boys.

If you don't have time to round up an arsenal of little things, let one bigger gift, like a scarf, fill most of the stocking space, then top it with a handful of smaller items.

General Notes:

  • Take note of your kids' favorite colors, themes and icons.
  • Most kids like well-done personalization. Look for items branded with your kid's initial, name, monogram, or sports number, or customize items yourself with supplies from the craft store.
  • Gift cards and certificates make great stocking stuffers.

Accessories

  • Belts
  • Bowties
  • Caps and Hats (compact -- nothing with a bill or sturdy brim)
  • Fashion Scarves
  • Glasses (with Real or Faux Lenses)
  • Neckties
  • Sunglasses
  • Travel Umbrella
  • Watches
  • Watch Bands

Athletic Accessories

  • Bike Gloves
  • Knee and Elbow Pads
  • Skateboard Deck Decals
  • Ski Mask / Balaclava
  • Wrist Guards

Cold Weather Accessories

  • Arm Warmers
  • Ear Muffs
  • Ear Warmers
  • Gloves: Convertible, Fingerless, Traditional
  • Hats
  • Headbands: Knit, Crochet, Fleece
  • Leg Warmers: Baby Legs
  • Mittens: Convertible, Traditional
  • Scarves
  • Ski Masks/Balaclavas

Cosmetics

  • Blotting papers
  • Finger Mustaches
  • Nail Polish
  • Nail Decals
  • Nail Gems
  • Lip Balm
  • Lip Gloss
  • Makeup
  • Temporary Tattoos

Dress Up Materials

  • Accordion Fan
  • Boa (look for mini marabou)
  • Costume Handbag
  • Costume Jewelry (could be Mom's old jewelry)
  • Fancy Gloves
  • Feathers
  • Pocket Mirror
  • Silk Flowers and Butterflies (tres Fancy Nancy)

Fashion Craft Elements

Future fashion designers will appreciate a stocking full of inspiring materials.
  • Beads
  • Colored Pencils and a Sketchpad (for sketching designs)
  • Embroidery Floss (friendship bracelets, sewing projects)
  • Fabric Markers
  • Fashion Duct Tape (bracelets, hair bows, wallets)
  • Ribbon and Cording
  • Thread
  • Trimming
  • Yarn (crocheting, finger knitting, knitting)

Hair Accessories

  • Barettes
  • Dry shampoo
  • Hair Bows
  • Hair Elastics (loose or in a ball)
  • Hair Pins
  • Headband
  • Temporary Hair Color (look for Hair Mascara and Hair Shadow)

Handbags

  • Canvas Tote
  • Coin Purse
  • Clutch
  • Money Clip
  • Purse
  • Pursette

Jewelry

  • Badges, Patches and Pins (for backpacks, bags, high tops, jackets)
  • Bracelets: Charm, Friendship, Jelly
  • Charms
  • Earrings: Clip-ons, Pierced, Stick-on, Tattoos
  • Necklaces: Beads, Icons, Lockets, Names, Words ("Love," "Peace")

Not-So-Basic Necessities

Make them special!
  • Slippers and Slipper Socks
  • Socks: Ankle, Grippy, Knee-High, Plush
  • Undies

School Accessories

Anything that peeks out of a kid's backpack or messenger bag counts as an accessory. Coordinate these items with the bag, or offer multi-colored options to play off of clothing.

It's also nice to put a little extra thought into items that have a place tucked inside, but may be pulled out several times a day.

  • Adhesive Bandages (with clever prints or favorite characters)
  • Backpack Charms
  • Clip on Lipgloss
  • Keychains
  • Lip Balm Holder (use with your favorite lip balm -- attaches to backpack)
  • Mini Flashlight
  • Pencils and Notepads (consider personalization, unusual colors and prints)
  • Personalized Labels (for water bottles, books, mittens)
  • Silly Bands
  • Travel Tissue packs (in cute packaging or a fabric holder)

Shoes and Shoe Accessories

  • Ballet Flats
  • Elastic Laces (HICKIES)
  • Flip Flops
  • Jibbitz Shoe Charms for Crocs
  • Shoe Clips: Bows, Flowers
  • Shoe Wings (Shwings)
  • Shoe Labels: Names, Right/Left
  • Shoelaces: Alternative Colors, Leather
  • Shoelace Charms
  • Shoe Tattoos (Addatoos)
  • Slippers

Tech Accessories

  • Device Covers and Skins
  • Earbuds
  • Headphones
  • iPod Nano or other small mp3 player

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