Kids Stocking Stuffer Ideas

We are so excited for Christmas this year! It is looking a lot different than previous years because we normally would fly to Pittsburgh to visit family around the holidays. Of course with Covid, we are going to enjoy staying home and as our family of 5 and video chat with our family all over the east coast.

In our house Santa bring one fun present, nothing crazy just something they would like and he also fills their stockings. He used to have so much trouble coming up with ideas for my kids when they were babies… I mean really what could they need! But now they are getting older Santa is having a little easier of a job. I’ve taken notes of what he has brought the kids in the past and maybe some I hope he brings them this year! Honestly, my ideal stocking stuffer for my kids is something they can use or eat and it be gone forever within a few months.

My Favorite Stocking Stuffers:

  • Food/Candy – My kids don’t typically have candy and sweets outside of holidays so this is the time for us to let them indulge a little! Candy necklaces and chocolate coins are 2 of their favorites!
  • Puzzles – You can’t beat a cute puzzle for your little cuties! Best place I like to purchase them is the Dollar Tree! They have so many options for kids, Frozen, Mickey Mouse, Fancy Nancy and Cars are all puzzles I have purchased in the past!
  • Art and Craft Supplies – This is my major go-to! Anything my kids can use to draw or paint is a total win! There are a variety of paper pads sizes and my kiddos love the really large ones because they can both color at the same time, one on each side! Paint, crayons, colored pencils, play dough, craft sticks are all great ideas to spark your kids creativity!
  • Clothing Items They Need – Every time I turn around my kids need more socks, slippers or ponytail holders. I think stockings are a perfect excuse to get them some replacements!
  • Color Bath Drops or Bath Bombs – These are awesome for kids who don’t like getting a bath. I let each of my kids pick the color they want and they get to throw it in!
  • Baking Items – One major things my little cuties love is helping me in the kitchen! I’m secretly hoping it pays off as they get older and they can start making us dinner every night! A mom can dream can’t she? Baking mixes and having their own spatula, whisks & a fun apron will make them feel extra special!

I created a quick list below to help Santa find some great stocking stuffers and gifts! Do you have any go-to gifts that aren’t included? Make sure to comment to help us all out!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

How-To: Make a Personalized Ornament

This project has been two years in the making for me! I wanted to make a hand print ornament for my daughter for her first Christmas in 2015. I did the hand print part but never ended up making the vinyl to finish it. It has been sitting on my hutch for 2 years waiting to be completed. Now that I’m showing project ideas with vinyl I thought this was the perfect time to finish it!

To start, I took a clear glass ornament and multi-surface acrylic craft paint that worked on glass. I put the paint on a paper plate and took my daughter’s hand and dipped it in the paint. Then I placed her hand carefully on the ornament. (I don’t have pictures of this since it was 2 years ago haha) TIP: Use a cup to hold the ornament while it dries to help it stay still and upright.

Side Note: If I were to do it again (I probably will with my newborn), I would do a footprint instead of handprint. Trying to get a 3-month-old’s hand and fingers apart with paint on it was torture for all involved haha! However, if you have an older child who will listen to directions, I’m sure a handprint would work great!

In addition to the ornament, I used pre-cut vinyl, clear and shiny confetti (to look like snow), and a dry erase marker.

Ornament with a line of dry erase marker

Using the dry erase marker, I drew a line of where I wanted the name to go. I used a ruler to mark the center of the line with a tick mark.

Then I marked where the center of the name was on the vinyl paper so I knew where to start. With this project, I did not use transfer tape. I thought it would be easier to use the vinyl like a sticker and just pick up each letter and place it on the ornament seperately.

I started with the center letter and put it right above the line. Then I added each letter after, trying to keep the spacing the same.

Once those letters were on, I worked backwards from the center to the beginning of the name.

A helpful tip if you have problems using your fingers to put the decal in the right spot is to use a tool to help. Here I have a hook tool but you could use a pencil tip the same way to help put the decal exactly where you want it.

After I finished the name I did the year the same way.

Then I took off the top of the ornament and used a funnel to add the confetti inside of the ornament. You could also use a piece of paper if you don’t have a funnel. After I added the confetti, I put the top back on the ornament.

I loved the way it turned out and I’m super excited to have this special ornament on my tree! I plan to give it to my daughter when she is older and has a Christmas tree of her own!

If you would like to purchase an extra small custom vinyl decal like I used in this project, head over to my Etsy shop!