Christmas stockings are a wonderful tradition. When we were kids we didn’t actually have a stocking, we had a pillowcase! On Christmas morning my brother and I would wake up and there at the end of the bed would be a pillowcase filled with gifts.
Whether your little ones have a sock, a stocking or a pillowcase I thought I’d round up some stocking stuffers for toddlers to inspire us this Christmas.
Stocking stuffers for toddlers
Small musical instruments make great stocking stuffers for toddlers, I’ll leave it up to you whether you think it’s a good idea for them to have something to make a noise with on Christmas morning!
It’s always wonderful to have something crafty in a stocking, especially if it’s something your toddler can do to entertain themselves while dinner is cooking.
People and animals
My two toddlers love to play with little people and animals. Master J is a big fan of farm animals and often takes a cow with him wherever we go! Miss E has a little plush kitten in a carrier that she likes to take out and put back over and over…
I think gifts that a child can use at mealtimes are a great idea and make perfect stocking stuffers for toddlers.
Why not pop some things in the bottom of the stocking that your child can enjoy at bath time.
How about some new clothes for your toddler to enjoy wearing.
Books make wonderful stocking stuffers, it can be tempting to buy Christmas themed books but then I think it’s a little late in the day for that so here are some of our family favourites that can be read all year round.
- The Tickle Monster
- That’s Not My…
- One Ted Fell out of Bed
- We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
- Dig, Dig, Digging
Educational stocking stuffers
Educational activities work great as gifts too, and these are all small enough to stuff into a stocking!
An orange in the toe
Don’t forget, before you start adding all your wonderful stocking stuffers to the stocking to put an orange or a clementine in the toe.
Because it’s tradition.
Legend has it that a poor man had three beautiful daughters but no money for a dowry. He worried what would happen to them after he died.
Saint Nicholas was passing through the village and heard of the man’s plight. He knew the man would not accept charity so that night he went to the house and threw three bags of gold in through the window, and one of the bags landed in a stocking.
Since that time parents have placed an orange in the toe of the stocking before filling it to signify that bag of gold. (Source)
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