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Stocking stuffers are always tricky for me. Last year, I got caught up in the heat of the moment at the store and overbought. Not only that, I came home with things that I normally wouldn’t have purchased- things that weren’t exactly useful for our family. I bought “just to buy” because I wanted to make sure I had enough to fill Malone’s stocking. When I got home and saw all that I had, I vowed to be more thoughtful next year and started a list.
In Malone’s stocking this year there will be mostly arts and craft supplies. We use them almost everyday. He’s also getting a pair of socks, a new toothbrush, and some chapstick of his own. He loves Captain America, so I’m on the hunt for Captain America Pez dispenser. The only toy item that will be in there is a Cat Calico Critters set. We always include a Christmas Orange and a new ornament for the tree. Don’t be afraid to open up the packaging of items to fill your stockings.
My total budget for Malone’s stocking is $50.00. It is quite large this year, but I was able to get his main gifts at a consignment sale earlier this fall at a greatly reduced price. Shopping second hand allowed me to buy more for less and gave me more money left over in my budget than anticipated.
101 Preschool Stocking Stuffers, No Candy!
Here is my master list of preschool stocking stuffers. There isn’t any candy on here.
- Orange (a tradition for us, to fill the toe part of the stocking)
- Colored Pencils
- Novelty Pencils & Erasers (Hello Kitty, Spiderman, etc)
- Do-A-Dot Markers
- White Glue Or Glue Sticks
- Pipe Cleaners
- Pom Poms
- Googly Eyes
- Popsicle Sticks
- Wikki Sticks
- Pastel Crayons
- Playdoh Or Modeling Clay
- Playdoh Accessories (rolling pin, play knife, cookie cutters)
- Stamp Set & Ink Pad
- Colored Painters Tape
- Small Note Pad
- Post It Notes
- Fat Bundle Paper
- Foam Stickers
- Dover Sticker Or Activity Book
- Water Color Set
- Yarn or Embroidery Floss
- Bubble Bath
- Fun Loofa
- Non Toxic Nail Polish
- Travel Hand Sanitizer
- Hair Accessories
- Hair Brush
- Novelty Band Aids
- BooBoo Buddy
- Fun Socks
- New Undies
- Winter Hat
- Winter Scarf
- Winter Gloves
- Ear Muffs
- Leg Warmers
- Stick On Earrings
- Temporary Tattoos
- Charm Bracelet
- Digital Watch
- Small Toy (Matchbox Cars, Calico Critters, My Little Pony, Squinkie, etc)
- DVD Movie (we love The Sound of Music or Aristocats)
- CD (We love Dan Zanes and Jay Mankita)
- Movie Tickets
- Change Or A Dollar Bill
- Audio Book (We love Curious George)
- Doll House Dolls
- Doll House Furniture & Accessories
- Pez Dispenser
- Shaker Egg
- Gym Whistle
- Rhythm Sticks
- Christmas Ornament (Silly to get on Christmas Day, but it is a tradition for us. We get Malone a new one each year).
- Magnets (letters, numbers, animals, transportation etc).
- Card Game (Go Fish, Crazy 8’s, Old Maid, etc)
- Play Food
- Play Kitchen Accessories (apron, oven mitts, cups, plates, etc)
- Doll Accessories (bib, bottle, toy rattle, diapers, etc)
- Train Track Pieces
- Toy Trains (Thomas, Brio, Nuchi)
- Action Figure (Spiderman, Captain America, Batman Etc)
- Sidewalk Chalk
- Novelty Name Items (personalized license plates, stickers, cups, pencils, etc)
- Bike Horn
- Elbow Or Knee Pads
- Play Money
- Story Dice
- Silly Putty
- Train Whistle
- Glow In The Dark Stars
- Rubber Duck
- Play Microphone
- Stomp Rocket
- Glow Sticks
- Fashion Doll (Barbie/Princess)
- Fashion Doll Accessories (clothing, shoes, hair brush, etc)
- Dress Up Items (shoes, necklaces, bracelets, eye patch, hat, scarf etc)
- Foam Letters & Numbers
- View Master & Slides
- Mr. Potato Head
- Sarah’s Silks Rainbow Comet Skytail
Great list! The cottage we are renting has a fireplace, and the owners left behind little hooks along the mantle, I assume, to be used for stockings so we’ll be doing stockings for the first time. Also, a lot of the things on this list would be perfect for little gifts for each night of Chanukah!
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Stockings are so fun! You are right- a lot of these things could cross over to Chanukah too. I had fun making this list. I hope others find it helpful too.
(PS We have a stomp rocket. While it is kind of cool, I found that the novelty wore off fast, and that the fins on the rockets tore off easily.)
Nancy recently posted..In Winter
Malone adores the stomp rocket. He’d play with it everyday if we didn’t have to seek out a yard to do so!
That’s a super awesome list! I like to do the craft supplies with my son as well – he’s been getting really into drawing lately!
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I am really moving towards just having what we need. I like craft supplies because they are consumable!
What a fantastic and comprehensive list, thanks for sharing!
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Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed it!
What a great list and a lot would work for older kids too. 🙂
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I’m constantly going overboard on stockings. It’s so hard for me to visualize how much I need. I get a lot of practical stuff too, like fun toothpaste and toothbrushes.
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It is so easy to do, Adrienne! Especially because so many things are TINY! Last year, I ended up returning 75% of the stocking stuffers I got for Malone because there wasn’t any space for things!
Such a great list! I need to find something similar for my toddler…he likes to eat everything right now (crayons included, so it’s a bit tricky!)
I’m sure you’ll find a few things! Perhaps Duplos?
You’d think that stockings are such a simple task, but they stress me out the most! No stress this year! Thanks for so many great ideas! 🙂