In search of toddler stocking stuffers, but don’t want to buy anything too cheap or that will break the bank? 

I know how you feel mama. You don’t want to give your toddler a bunch of “junk” that your kid will just play with one time and then will lie around your house for years to come. 

You also probably don’t want to load them up with sugar and chocolate and give them a bunch of cheap, plastic toys that will just break right away. 

Luckily, there are several practical, useful, and quality gifts you can stuff in their stocking. 

In this post, we’ll give you all the best ideas for toddler stocking stuffers

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Toddler Stocking Stuffers

Listed below are 25 ideas for toddler stocking stuffers. Categorized by books, toys, music and art, practical, and goodies. 

Board Books

1.) Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? – An Eric Carle and Bill Martin Jr. classic that teaches colors in a fun and engaging way. 

2.) Baby Beluga – No question about it, toddlers love singing “Baby Beluga.” Plus, the illustrations in this book are just absolutely gorgeous.  

3.) Guess How Much I Love You – Such a sweet story about how much Little Nutbrown Hare and his daddy, Big Nutbrown Hare love each other. My kids gets love motioning the movements in this book. 

4.) Yoga Bear – One of our faves in the Simple Poses for Little Ones Series. Such a fun and easy way to do yoga with your toddler


1.) Green Toys Stacking Cups – Stacking cups work fine motor and problem solving skills. They also make an excellent bath toy. You’ll have peace of mind, knowing that Green Toys are always free of BPA, phthalates, and PVC. 

2.) Bubble Wands – Granted, bubbles are probably a one time thing, toddlers just get so much joy from them. You can never really go wrong with some bubbles. And these wands are perfect for youngsters who can’t quite actually blow the bubbles yet. 

3.) Play Silk – One of the best open-ended toys out there, and these ones from Sarah’s Silks are just plain gorgeous. My toddler loves using her silks as a cape, blanket for her dolls, tablecloth for tea time, and as an airplane. 

4.) Hape Vehicle – The Hape wooden vehicles are just the right size for your toddler’s stocking. They also have a helicopter, airplane, and a dump truck. 

5.) Schleich Animals – These realistic figurines are my kiddos’ absolute favorite toys. We’ve got quite the collection now, but I’d say some of the biggest hits have been the snowy owl, koala, and polar bear

6.) Wooden Lacing Toy – Lacing toys work on fine motor skills while keeping your toddler busy and engaged. Perfect for quiet times and traveling! 

Music and Art

1.) Musical Wooden Egg Shakers – Egg shakers are a great introduction to instruments for toddlers. This wooden set is super cute, and the noise isn’t too loud or harsh, so it’s not annoying for mom and dad. 

2.) Hape Rainmaker – Rainmakers or rainsticks are also a fun way to introduce your littles to the world of music. The raindrop sounds are soothing and stimulating. 

3.) Hape Rhythm Set – Our little guy received this rhythm set for Christmas last year, and it’s been really neat to watch the kids explore their musical talents. I’d just use supervision with the stick that comes with the guiro. 

4.) Melissa & Doug Water Wows – Mess-free art is a must for independent crafts with toddlers. These Water Wows by Melissa & Doug are perfect for traveling, church, busy bins, you name it. Just fill the pen up with water and let your toddler “color” away. 

5.) Party Pack Play-Doh – Play dough always seems to be a hit with little ones. The small containers that come in this party pack make excellent stocking stuffers. 

6.) Jumbo Triangular Crayons – Larger utensils are much easier for toddlers to grasp and control. These jumbo crayons by Melissa & Doug are just the right size, and the triangular shape promotes correct holding. We’ve had these for about 2 1/2 years now, and they’re still standing strong (and we color A LOT). Plus, they come in a nifty case. 

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1.) Jack N’ Jill Natural Toothpaste – For some reason, my kiddos just get so excited when they get new toothpaste. It’s probably because the flavors that Jack N’ Jill have just make brushing your toddlers teeth that much easier. 

2.) Motorized Soft Toothbrush – You gotta have a toothbrush to go with that toothpaste. These little motorized, light-up ones are so much fun for babies and toddlers. 

3.) Munckin Stainless Steel Snack Cup – I’m a huge fan of these little snack catcher cups that Munckin has come up with. Talk about hardly any spills! We try to steer clear of plastic when we can, so naturally we chose these stainless steel ones. 

4.) Munckin Miracle 360 Sippy Cup – Along with your toddler’s snack cup, you could also get them a stainless steel sippy. The design of these Miracle 360 ones are recommend by dentists for proper dental development. Plus, they’re spill proof. #momwin

5.) Nicki’s Diapers Training Pants – Training pants and/or new undies make a great stocking stuffer for toddlers. I mean, I always remember getting underwear in my stocking (thanks mom). My little man has been peeing on the potty once or twice a day for a little while now, so I think it’s time to start picking up our potty training game. You better believe, he’ll be getting lots of fun prints in new undies and Nicki’s trainers in his stocking. 

6.) Winter Beanie and Mittens – Winter gear is another stocking stuffer we received every year growing up. These little knit fleece hat and mittens sets are adorable, stylish, and warm for toddlers. 


1.) Peter Rabbit Organics Fruit & Veggie Pouches – You gotta have some goodies in your stockings right? My toddlers rarely get these ones, but when they do they just get so excited for their “bunny pouches.” 

2.) Annie’s Organic Bunny Grahams – You could also fill your toddler’s new snack cup with some delicious treats, like Annie’s Organic Bunny Grahams. 

3.)  Organic Fruit Bars – We found these organic fruit bars at Costco a few months back, and my toddler boy just devoured them. We plan to get these for his stocking this year. You could also just stuff some organic fruit in there as well. 

Happy Holidays!

I hope this list gave you plenty of ideas to fill your toddler’s stocking. These non-junk ideas are fun for toddlers and provide a peace mind for parents. 

Happy Holidays from our family to yours! 

What About You?

What are you planning to stuff in your toddler’s stocking this year? Share your favorite toddler stocking stuffers in the comments below, and be sure to share this post with other toddler moms and dads. 

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