15 Toddler-Friendly Stocking Stuffers That Won't Drive You Nuts All Year
3 months ago, 7 Dec 00:44
Stocking stuffers are usually an afterthought around the holidays, leaving you scrambling at the last minute to find something to shove into that oversized sock. And stocking stuffers for toddlers can be especially tricky. After all, they need to be something you can live with hearing, seeing, and potentially stepping on every single day (probably multiple times a day) for the foreseeable future. At the same time, you want to make sure they're fun—and safe—for your little one. That means no small parts that can be easily swallowed (or shoved up noses) and nothing long that they can get tangled up in or tie around the dog. So, you're a little limited in your selection. Still, you can take your stocking-stuffer game to the next level if you do it right. Little finds ranging from an adorable giraffe nightlight to a squishy hand-held cake toy are sure to be winners, and you can also slip some cool but functional stuff in there like toothbrushes, cartoon Band-Aids, and funky socks to make sure you’re covered on the basics going into the New Year. (Your child will just see the fun side of these little gifts, not the fact that they actually need them, making it a serious win for you.) We all know stocking stuffers tend to get bumped to the bottom of your to-do list at this time each year. So steal one or a few of these ideas to make sure you’re good to go early on. And hey, there’s one more thing you can check off your list this year… Nightlights are clutch at this age, and this adorable version is plug-free, so you can use it practically anywhere. Sit it on a dresser or nightstand, or let your little one actually hold it during the night for comfort. Plus, it’s portable, making it perfect for perching on a hotel dresser when you’re traveling. Sure, you can load up on white socks that go with everything, but c’mon—these animal socks are way more fun and adorable. To make the most out of your stocking stuffer, open the package and roll each pair up so your child can enjoy “opening” each little one on the big day. There’s a huge difference between plain, old (boring) Band-Aids and bandages that feature your child’s favorite characters, like these Frozen stick-ons. Your child will think they’re just really cool stickers, and you’ll have Band-Aids handy that they’ll actually want to wear when the next accident and inevitable boo-boo strikes. See what these moms have to say about how their daughters changed their lives: It’s no secret that toddlers are obsessed with bubbles, and this fun stocking stuffer makes them easy to blow indoors now that it's too cold to wave that little wand around outside. Fubbles now comes in a mini size perfect for little hands, so you can slip the no-spill bubbles into your little one’s stocking with no problem. Put on an entertaining show for your toddler with these cute animal finger puppets—then have them devise their own to put on for you and your family. These are basically two toys in one: You can use them as finger puppets, and your tot can use them as pint-sized figurines during play time. Crayons are like shoes—you can never have too many. These jumbo crayons fit perfectly into little hands and they’re hard to break, so they’ll last longer than the regular kind. Bonus: They’re also washable, just in case your toddler decides to play pint-sized interior decorator with your walls. Legos for the little crowd, Duplos are a great way to encourage your child to use their hands without worrying about little pieces they can get into trouble with. With just four parts, this cute, mini Duplo duck is easy to build and versatile, so your child can play with it over and over. Your favorite fisherman will be thrilled with pretty much any bath toy, but this fishing set is next-level awesome. While your toddler gets clean in the bath, they can “fish” for a sweet octopus, fish, and scuba diver—and then set them free before doing it all over again. They’ll be so busy playing, they won’t even notice they’re actually getting sudsed up in the process. Brushing teeth is never going to be as much fun as playing, but your toddler will be stoked to whip out this Minions-themed brush. The toothbrush lays flat to allow you to put on toothpaste one-handed (a huge pro when you're trying to wrangle a squirmy tot), and vibrates to make sure those little in-between spots get brushed just as well. Set your potty-training plans up for success by making training pants a new gift instead of something your toddler has to use. They’ll love these Mickey Mouse-themed undies, and you’ll dig the fact that they conveniently soak up dribbles and accidents when they inevitably occur. So, everybody wins. Little kids gravitate toward Play-Doh, and this set doesn’t just come with the squishy stuff—it has all kinds of cool gear they can mold and sculpt with, too. Your toddler will love rolling, cutting, and stamping out pieces to play with. As an added bonus, it helps with gross motor skills, too. Little People wheelies make playing with cars accessible to toddlers, and this gift pack allows you to slide a few into your little one’s stocking. Have fun racing around with these little cars, which are super easy to slide into your bag when you need quick entertainment on the go.
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