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Easy Christmas Stocking Stuffers

Great last minute ideas

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Updated December 19, 2012


You're all done with your Christmas shopping.  The house is festively decorated, all ready for Santa Clause. Then you realize that your child's Christmas Stocking is empty.  What do you put in it?  You really don't have a lot of time left to hunt down the perfect items.  Don't worry.  There are many easy-to-find, inexpensive items you can put in your child's stocking that will be sure to put a smile on his or her face. Think about what your child is interested in or what you think your child might be interested in with a little encouragement and then choose some simple items that will fit that interest.

1. Artistic and Creative

If your child has a somewhat artistic bent, consider filling the stocking with some items that will appeal to that interest in the arts. The suggestions listed here are just a few possibilities, but once you start thinking about them, you might come up with even more.

  • Harmonica
  • Kazoo
  • Coloring books
  • Crayons, colored pencils, or markers
  • Small sketch pads
  • Diary or journal

2. Electronics

Electronics are everywhere. They are a part of our life now and I admit that I love electronics. Some electronic items are small enough to fit in a stocking and can excite your youngest as well as your oldest child. Some are expensive, like the e-reader and the iPod, but others are inexpensive, like the camera memory card. And some, technically speaking, aren't really electronic, like the cell phone accessories. But they are for electronic items, so they fit in this category.

  • Handheld games
  • E-Reader
  • iPod
  • iPod case
  • DVDs
  • Cell phone
  • Cell accessories
  • Video Game
  • Digital camera
  • Camera memory card

3. Games

In a world where people think of games as mostly electronic, it's hard to think about games that kids played long before the digital revolution. And I don't mean board games either. I mean some simple and easy to find games that are small enough to fit into a stocking. For example, marbles have been played for many centuries. Kids can get started with a bag of marbles and simple rules, but may just end up in the World Marble Championship Games!

  • Card games (Uno, Old Maid, Fish, Set)
  • Puzzles (Hand puzzles like Rubric's Cube)
  • Marbles (Include some rules)
  • Ball and jacks

4. Science

If you can find small science kits to fit in a Christmas stocking, that would be great. Unfortunately, most are a little too large to fit in a stocking. But that doesn't mean that you can't find some science-related item. All of the items in this list are based on some science principles: magnetism, chemistry, physics.  And while the science might not be obvious, these items can be lots of fun and offer opportunities to learn about scientific principles.

  • Magnets
  • Bubbles
  • Yo-yo
  • Slinky
  • Silly Putty

5. Miscellaneous

Some items don't fit neatly in any other of the categories, so they are left to the miscellaneous category. The most obvious idea is the gift certificate. Gift certificates are easy since they allow the recipients to buy whatever their hearts desire. Some gift certificates can be more specific, like one for a store like Build-a-Bear. Magazine subscriptions are also great because there is such a wide variety of magazines available, one for every interest, and for all age groups.

  • Gift certificates
  • Certificates to paint ceramics or make a bear
  • Magazine subscription
  • Two-dollar bill
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