Happy Friday! It is officially holiday shopping season, and I thought it would be fun to kick things off with some stocking stuffer ideas for the toddlers on your list. This year I am doing something special for my nephew, who is just over two-and-a-half. I decided to put together what I’m calling Aunty Advent, where my nephew can open a small gift every day leading up to Christmas. The items I’ve purchased can definitely work as stocking stuffers as well, so I thought you might find it helpful to see the things I have so far. Let me present to you some stocking stuffer ideas for toddlers!
When I shop for my nephew, I look for items that are fun, but also useful. That means that while all of the gifts shown here are for my nephew, they are not all things he can play with or use on his own. My nephew will open all of these gifts while supervised by his parents, and I will tell my brother and sister-in-law ahead of time to be sure to put away the gifts he can’t use on his own.
I’ve browsed the Target Dollar Spot and Dollar Tree for the past few months to see what fun and educational activities I could find. I found a fun matching card game called Same or Different at Target, and it is recommended for ages two and up. Next, I grabbed a pack of Sesame Street stickers from Dollar Tree. My nephew has a lot of Sesame Street books, some of which we read together, so I thought he could use these to make his own sticker collages. We also live far away from one another, so when he “writes” me letters he can use these to decorate. Finally, I grabbed a Rudolph coloring book from Target. This book is clearly outside of my nephew’s skill level, but I think the holiday designs will be fun for him to scribble in, and it will keep him busy for a little while.
I also wanted to get my nephew some fun items. This is his third Christmas, and every year I get him a Target ornament. This year I went for an adorable carrot because we love to sing the song Captain Vegetable together (do you know this vintage Sesame Street short?). The only two toys I’ve gotten so far are some Christmas rubber ducks from Target, since he loves to play in the bath. Plus, if you are shopping for more than one child, you can definitely split up this two-pack. Lastly, I snagged some sand toys on clearance at Michaels at the end of the summer. My nephew lives in Southern California, and can visit the beach at any time of year!
Next up I have a couple functional items. I got a box of Rudolph bandages from the Target Dollar Spot. This is an item that my nephew cannot play with, but it’s always helpful to have some cute bandages on hand for rambunctious little ones! Similarly, I found some Ninja Turtles socks on clearance at Target. I don’t know if these socks will fit him, but I got a bigger size so he can grow into them if necessary.
The last category of stocking stuffers is snacks! It’s always nice to have some snacks on hand, and I picked out a few of my newphew’s favorites, as well as some new items. I stuck with healthier options because I really don’t want to give a toddler a bunch of candy. I’m mailing all my gifts, so I also tried to pick snacks that would mail well. If you’re giving a stocking in person, fresh fruit, like oranges and apples, works well, too!
I hope you found this post helpful if you are shopping for toddlers this holiday season! I highly recommend browsing the Target Dollar Spot and Dollar Tree to see the little items you can find, and then hitting up the grocery store for some snacks. I also hope to purchase a book or two, as well as a couple more toys, to round out my Aunty Advent. I know my nephew will really enjoy opening these little presents, and that’s really all that matters!
Do you have any stocking stuffer ideas?
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