When you’re a kid, the best Christmas morning moment is arguably the sight and subsequent opening of your overflowing Christmas stocking. After all, these little treasures were carefully selected by Santa Claus just for you.
But now that you’re a parent — and Santa’s little helper — filling stockings and the space under the tree can get pretty spendy despite your best efforts to keep costs down. In fact, according to T. Rowe Price’s annual Parents, Kids & Money Survey from last year, more than half of parents say they never stick to their Christmas spending budget. Furthermore, 11 percent admit withdrawing from retirement accounts to pay for gifts.
The good news is that with a little creativity — and the right inspiration — you can find great stocking stuffers for your young kids without breaking the bank. And we can prove it.
Some of our team members visited one of the nation’s favorite shopping destinations — Target — to find cute, fun and personality-matched stocking stuffers with the goal of spending $15 or less per stocking. Now, we bring our finds to you in hopes of inspiring your stocking-stuffing efforts.
For Your Princess
Sugar, spice and everything nice — if your little princess loves sparkle, shades of pinks and purples, and is over the moon for grown-up-like accessories, this combination is sure to make her eyes glimmer with love and excitement Christmas morning.
Here we have a five-pack of glamorous lip balms ($3), bedazzled stamps that light up ($3), a darling tin carrying case with the words “Shimmer & Shine” written on it ($3), and an assortment of three Cat & Jack headbands ($5.99) to help your princess accessorize.
Total cost before tax? $14.99.
For the Young Artist
This stocking stuffer collection features a coloring book ($1), three grab-n-go coloring kits ($3 total), bath paint ($1), scented markers ($1), and Play-Doh minis ($1).
Total cost before tax? $7.
For Your Superhero
And now that many of these characters have come to life on the big screen, it’s easier than ever to find superhero-themed trinkets and gifts that are perfect stocking stuffers.
In this Spiderman-themed stocking stuffer example, we have a ball cap ($3), wall tumblers ($3), finger flingers ($1), socks ($1), and a water-activated towel ($1).
Total cost before tax? $11.
For Your World Traveler
In this stocking stuffer example, we have two grab-n-go coloring kits ($2 total), a Moana-themed memory game ($3), Old Maid card game ($1), Play-Doh minis ($1), scented markers ($1), a Hershey chocolate bar ($1), and orange-flavored Tic Tacs ($1.19).
Total cost before tax? About $10.
For Your Fun-Seeker
Just as in our previous example, the Moana-themed memory game ($3) and the Old Maid playing cards ($1) are present. But we also have silly string ($2), a junior slinky ($1), a Daisy and Minnie-Mouse themed domino set ($3), and squishy play foam ($1).
Total cost before tax? $11.
Get Ready to Stuff
Following our shopping excursion, our team members had these stocking stuffer shopping tips to pass on:
- Shop with a theme. When you shop with a theme in mind (i.e. princess or superhero), those constraints will actually fuel your creativity, helping you avoid extra items in your car so you can keep your bill down.
- Hit the clearance areas first. Regardless of your shopping destination, head for the known clearance or low-cost merchandise first (i.e. Target’s $1 spot). This will allow you to find several good items at low prices before you’re let loose in the rest of the store. However, be prepared to dig to find the gems you’re looking for.
In need of a stocking to stuff? Take a peek at our beautiful collection of personalized Christmas stockings.
What are some of your go-to stocking stuffers for young kids? Please share in the comments section below!