by Laurie Schacht - Toy Insider Mom
The big gifts are done, wrapped, and ready to be unwrapped come Christmas morning. But you just noticed those stockings and they're still empty! What do you fill them with?
Although coal is one choice, there are so many great options to fill those stockings with that keep kids happy and busy. Here are some great suggestions for kids of all ages that our team has been filling stockings with that cover kids' different interests!
We know that our kids love music — and these musical toys are little and fabulous!
Minnie Mouse Fashion Earbuds, from eKids
These fabulous Minnie earphones make listening to music glamorous. The soft ear cushions provide added comfort and durability, and the detailed, dynamic sound with enhanced bass response gives all your music quality and clarity. The inline microphone is compatible with most mobile phones to answer and end calls. Age: 9+ MSRP: $29.99
Brite Beatz Toothbrushes, from Brush Buddies
The new Brite Beatz toothbrush features a fun synchronized light and music show while playing holiday favorite "Jingle Bells." The best part is that the toothbrush plays the song for the two full minutes that is recommended by dentists to brighten your smile, as well as your holiday season. Age: 3+ MSRP: $7.99
Kids love high-tech digital toys, tablets, smartphones, and all kinds of gadgets with screens that are getting constantly covered in fingerprints. Here are some cool little gift ideas for the tech-y kids in your life.
Screensters, from Toddy Gear
Modeled after the people kids encounter every day, Screensters are the perfect cleaning solutions for touch screens and sensitive surfaces that come in 10 collectible characters. From the fashion-forward Stylista to the gaming enthusiast Gameawn, each character reflects a kid's personality and sense of style. The Screensters are made to fit comfortably in your pocket or attach to a bag or backpack. The dual-sided, microfiber dolls have a plush side that absorbs dust and oils, and a silky side that polishes any screen or lens to keep gadgets looking "out of the box" clean! Each Screenster doll is protected with an antimicrobial coating that prevents the buildup of mold and mildew. Age: 8+ MSRP: $9.99
Licensed Molded Flash Drives, from Sakar
These molded flash drives are available in kids favorite brands, such as Nerf, The Avengers, Monster High, Hello Kitty, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and SpongeBob Sqaurepants. The USB drive holds up to 4 GB of content and is perfect for storing important documents, photos, videos, and more with a personalized touch! MSRP: $14.99
Little fashionistas know that it's the little touches of accessories that help pull a whole outfit together. These stocking stuffers can help give your kids' outfits that little extra pizazz they need to express themselves through fashion.
TagTailz, from TagTailz
TagTailz can tie up your shirts, be worn in your hair or as a bracelet, or be used to personalize sports bags, backpacks, water bottles, zipper pulls, boots, scarves, or jean loops. They come in a miniature size as well, which are perfect to add to your dolls, flip flops, sneakers, and pets. Girls can "tag" their favorite sports, activities, fun sayings, arts, and animals with fun color charms and beads. Age: 4+ MSRP: $8.95
SweetLocks Scented Hairbrush, from SweetLocks
These one-of-a-kind scented hairbrushes smell sweet and look beautiful. The brushes release a puff of custom scent with each stroke, giving girls fabulous smelling locks. The brushes encourage girls to brush their hair, while promoting self-confidence and a sense of pride. The brushes are available in four scents for girls to show off: Strawberry Sweetcake, Cheeky Cherrylime, Goody Goody Grape Drop, and Wicked Watermelon. The brush designs include sparkly components and intricate patterns as well. Age: 7+ Price: $12.99
Bo-Po Nail Polish, from Worx Toys
The 80s glamor sensation returns! Bo-Po (brush-on, peel-off) nail polish is kid-friendly polish that peels away in seconds with no remover required. With 10 vibrant new colors, Bo-Po is bound to match every mood and every outfit in your little fashionista's closet. Kids can explore their funky and creative side. With the new non-spill containers, Bo-Po makes getting glam easy and fun for everyone! Age: 3+ MSRP: $3.99
Rainbow Loom Refill Packs, from Choon's Design
Rainbow Loom is the hottest craze for kids, tweens, and teens. They can make, wear, and trade rubber band jewelry that's easy and fun to make with this adjustable loom. The refill packs of rubber bands feature tons of colors to choose from, including mixed color packs, a neon assortment, an iridescent "jelly" assortment, and two-color bands. Each pack includes more than 600 bands and enough C clips to make up to 24 single-patterned bracelets. The latex-free rubber bands are safe too! Age: 3+ MSRP: $3.39
Disney Princess Palace Pets: Furry Tail Friends, from Blip Toys
Little fashionistas can feel royal with these cute little companions. The collectible 2.5-inch figures shimmer from their removable, sparkly tiaras to their soft, fluffy tails. The fall collection includes Beauty (Aurora's kitty), Berry (Snow White's bunny), Pumpkin (Cinderella's puppy), Teacup (Belle's puppy), and Treasure (Ariel's kitty). Each pet comes with a brush so girls can groom their furry tails. Age: 4+ MSRP: $5.99 each
Few toy categories can match the play value of the construction toy category. These toys combine the challenging fun of building with imaginative play with the finished product. These construction toys will provide hours of fun for your favorite builder.
Minecraft Paper Craft Animal Mobs, from Jazwares
Minecraft fans rejoice! These toys, based on the hit video game, allow kids to build using more than 30 pieces, just like the ones in the game! The pieces are all 1:16 scale and made out of paper, so they are easy to build. Jazware's Minecraft line also includes action figures and plush. Age: 6+ MSRP: $11.99 and up
Mario Kart Wii: Standard Bike Building Set Assortment #4, from K'NEX
These building sets include more than 30 building pieces and a Nintendo figure inside of a wedge-style package that doubles as a ramp. Kids can reenact races from the Mario Kart Wii video game with their favorite characters: Koopa Troopa, Wario, Mario, Luigi, Toad, Donkey Kong, or Diddy Kong. It's a great way for kids to spend time with their Mario friends without being glued to a screen! Age: 6+ MSRP: $9.99
Hexbug Nano V2 Singles, from Innovation First
Nano V2 bugs can climb up vertically, horizontally, around corners, through loops and tubes, to the tip top of any Nano V2 habitat set that your kids can imagine and construct! The tubular track sets that highlight the Nano V2's unique multi-level climbing abilities are compatible with these Nano V2 single packs. The single pack includes one Nano V2 bug, one straight tube, and one connector in an assortment of six colors and patterns. Age: 3+ MSRP: $7.99
Toys aren't just for kids either! Family game time is a great way to spend time together, whether it's a Saturday night at home or when you're on the go. You can stuff stockings with these games that the whole family can enjoy.
LCR Wild Dice Game, from George & Company
This is a fun new twist on the original LCR Left Center Right dice game. The new version's gameplay gives players the change to choose their moves, so you'll never know what your opponents' next moves will be! The unpredictable play creates an added twist of excitement for kids and adults alike. Age: 8+ MSRP: $10.98
WordARound, from ThinkFun
In this word-focused card game, players must be the first to decipher and shout out the word on each WordARound card in order to win that card. On each card the words are positioned in a circle, so this game provides a challenging spin. The player to collect the most cards wins! Age: 10+ MSRP: $12.99
A lot of the toys above are for kids ages 3 and up, but don't worry—I haven't forgotten about the younger ones! Your adorable little ones have stockings too, so check out these cute baby-friendly stocking stuffers.
Green Toys Race Car, from Green Toys
This little speedster is also eco-friendly! The race car is built in the U.S. from 100-percent recycled plastic milk containers that save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and it proudly displays the #2 recycled plastic symbol on its hood. This car is also super safe for kids and the environment, with no metal axles, BPA, PVC, phthalates, or external coatings. This gender-neutral toy comes in three colors: red, blue, or pink. Age: 1+ MSRP: $8.99
The Original World's Softest Brand Plush, from Toy Island (a division of Techno Source)
These soft, cuddly creatures are perfect for kids—and kids at heart—of all ages. Styles include a teddy bear, a puppy, a unicorn, a monkey, a horse, and more furry friends. While they are available as 20-inch plush toys, they also come in 5-, 7-, and 12-inch sizes, perfect for stockings. You will not believe how soft these plush friends are! Age: 0+ MSRP: $3.99 to $9.99
Stockings can be more than just candy and impulse items from the Walgreen's check-out counter with these great toy options for kids of all ages. Who knows? It may end up being the best part of Christmas morning.