Stocking stuffer ideas for kids include toys and games, art supplies, tickets, small electronics and accessories. Gift cards or season passes to local attractions are also suitable options for stocking stuffers.
The small gifts that go in stockings should match the child's age and interests. The items need to fit into the small size of the stocking while still being meaningful or useful. Candy is a common stocking stuffer. Rounding out the candy with other small items keeps the stocking exciting.
Toys that fit into the average stocking include toy cars, action figures, mini stuffed animals, small building sets and wind-up toys. Small games such as travel board games and card games also fit into a stocking. Outdoor play items include small balls, jacks, chalk and bubbles.
For the creative child, arts and crafts supplies fit the bill. Some ideas are Play-Doh, beads, small craft kits, pompoms and paint. Kids can also get creative with accessories such as jewelry, feather boas and temporary tattoos.
Parents who don't want to fill the stockings with trinkets may prefer the gift of experiences. This includes tickets to one-time events and season passes to places such zoos or children's museums. Gift cards to the child's favorite stores also work as stocking stuffers. Another idea along these lines is a subscription to the child's favorite magazine.