Finding the Best Stocking Stuffers for Kids

Written by: Wendy Smolen



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'Tis the season!


'Tis the season!  One of the best parts of the holidays is getting and receiving gifts. While every family has its own traditions as to how many, when to open, and who gives to whom, everyone who believes in Santa Claus (and many who don’t) hangs up a stocking on Christmas Eve.  

While many think “the Night Before Christmas” is the story behind hanging stockings, the legend can actually be traced way back to a fourth century bishop named St. Nicholas, known for his generosity and love of children. Wanting to help a struggling family, he dropped bags of gold coins down their chimney one night.  Supposedly one of the bags landed in a stocking that had been hung by the fireplace to dry. The joy that filled the household the next morning may have been the start of the world-wide tradition that lasts to this day. 

The quest for perfect stocking stuffers doesn't have to be hard.

Consider three things when you're shopping for stocking stuffers:

  1. It needs to be small. As the name implies, a perfect stocking stuffer should fit in the toe of a stocking.


  2. It should be thoughtful. Whether it’s a favorite kind of candy, a special color pen, or a mini-figure to add to a collection, it should reflect the interest and likes of the stocking owner.


  3. It doesn’t have to cost a lot. You’ve heard the expression, “good things come in small packages.” The perfect stocking stuffers are fun and affordable.

The perfect stocking stuffer for antsy fingers.

Art supplies make creative stocking stuffers.

Tap into your child’s creativity with a variety of art supplies that nurture open-ended play, self-expression and skill development. Crayons, colored pencils, markers, and sketchbooks are timeless favorites. Consider adding some unique twists like scented markers, metallic paints, or glitter glue to enhance the artistic experience. 

If your child already has a Flycatcher smART Sketcher® Projector 2.0 or smART Sketcher® GO! (both great larger-sized gifts), smART Sketcher®Creativity Cartridges are a perfect fit! Slip one in to a projector and watch your child begin to draw like the smartest artist. Choose a themed cartridge to match their interests, or slip in a variety of the newest versions including Insect Kingdom, Horses and Unicorns and Royal Princesses #2. 

Now that you have the hang of it...

In the happy tradition of stuffing stockings, look for tiny treasures that are not just a delight for the moment but also ones that your child will go back to long after the rest of the presents are opened.  Happy holidays!