Unless your kid is getting a lump of coal this Christmas, then it is officially time to start thinking about what kind of toys, games, and activities that you and Santa can shove into those stockings for your well-behaved little ones.
The best stocking stuffer gifts are not only small enough to fit inside a decorative holiday sock, but they are also affordable enough to add on top of the already significant pile of presents while also being universal enough that you can get the same items for multiple children.
We know Santa is busy this time of year, so we took the liberty of coming up with a list of some of the best ideas for stocking stuffer presents that the year has to offer, all with plenty of time left for you to complete your holiday shopping.
Here are the best stocking stuffers for kids in 2021
If a rousing game of UNO isn’t already a part of your family’s holiday tradition, then it needs to be. This is hands down one of the best card games around. It is a snap to learn which means that even a big family can start having fun immediately, right out of the box, instead of taking literal hours to learn the rules of a more complicated board game. The compact nature of the Uno box makes it a high-impact choice for road trips and vacations, as there are few, if any other ways to fit this much fun into that small of a space.
Creating small moving flipbooks is a childhood art that not every kid gets to experience for one reason or another. While there are some kids out there who can draw their own amazing little postcard sized animations, not everyone has the talent or patience to do it all themselves. This Flipbook Animation Kit from Fliptomania includes two pre-illustrated animations that can be colored in for a more personalized little movie. For those kids who want to try their own, a blank flipbook is also included. Because there is no cutting, taping, or stapling required, this is a great activity for any kid who is 5 years or older.
Playing with a Yoyo is the kind of activity that can either be incredibly simple or incredibly complicated based on how skilled the user is. For this reason, the distance in quality and price between entry level kids’ yoyos and professional-level models is significant. Fortunately, the novice and advanced Yoyo-ers alike can all agree upon the Merlin Pro. Its affordable enough for any child to access, and yet has a few design elements that places it closer to some of the more expensive “pro” style Yoyos that you see in real competitions. And of course, if we didn’t mention it by now, this Yoyo glows in the dark!
As if your kid wasn’t already enough of a smart-aleck, now they can become sharper and wittier than ever before with this fun book that is jam-packed with different versions of the world’s favorite joke. Rob Eliot has collected here some of the more classic answers to the knock-knock incitement, as well as added a few of his own creation. The result is a must-have book for any young humorist. Parents can rest assured that all the content is friendly and totally kid-approved.
Whether or not your kid is already into Legos will be irrelevant when they see the lighthearted yet detailed design of their new Lego minifigure. These are the plastic people that populate the perfect planet of Legoland, and each one seems more unique than the one before it. From pirates to astronauts, wizards to skateboarders, there is a Lego minifigure for every kid out there. Part of the fun however is not choosing the figure yourself, but rather experiencing the excitement that comes from opening the back to find out what kind of figure you got. With hundreds to collect, every minifigure you order is likely to be unique.
Everyone’s favorite flavored candy lip balm is back in a big way with the Lip Smacker Original Flavors Party Pack. A total of 8 different classic flavors like oatmeal cookie, kiwi fruit, and tropical punch will provide day after day of delicious lip-quenching fun. As a functioning lip balm, Lip Smackers will keep your kid’s lips moisturized, smooth, and glossy, just like the non-flavored brands do. This party pack is not only a great stocking stuffer for the individual child, but makes for a great way to help fill goodie bags for holidays and birthday parties.