Give them something to be excited about when it's time to open stockings!
Give them something to be excited about when it's time to open stockings!

25 Cool Stocking Stuffers for Kids for $10 or Less

Once the stockings are hung by the chimney with care, the next order of business is finding stocking stuffers your kids will love! Santa’s big-ticket items might be under the tree, but unique stocking stuffer ideas are a great way to surprise children with smaller, thoughtful gifts that don’t break the bank. So we’ve made a list—and checked it twice—of the best stocking stuffers for kids at every age.

We’ve got cool stocking stuffers for teens and tweens, as well as stocking stuffers for toddlers and kids, and all of them are under ten bucks (our gift to you). For even more help getting ready for the holidays, including the best advent calendars and where to get free toys this holiday season, be sure to check our 2021 Family Holiday and Christmas Guide.

Please note that at the time of publication, all of these items were under $10. However, prices fluctuate near the holidays and are subject to change. That happened a few times as we researched this piece, but with a few quick clicks, we were always able to find a similar item that came in at under $10.

Best $10 or Less Stocking Stuffers for Toddlers and Kids

1. PLUS PLUS Mini Maker Tubes

PLUS PLUS interlocking blocks promise “one shape, endless possibilities.” We’ve tried them and can’t say we disagree. A variety of different kits make unicorns, dinos, flamingos, and more, so there’s one every kid will love, and it will keep them busy until you're ready to tackle the big gifts.

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2. UNO Harry Potter and UNO Minecraft

The classic card game gets made over with characters from two of the most popular kids’ franchises ever. It breathes new life into one of the few games all generations can play together.

Stocking Stuffers for Kids: Super Grow Dinosaurs

Add a little education to the mix while you watch these guys grow.

3. Animal Planet Super Grow Dinosaur Eggs

Kids love the excitement and anticipation that come with hatch and grow toys, but these hatching dinos from Animal Planet also come with educational cards to help them brush up on their prehistoric facts.

Stocking Stuffers for Kids: Rainbow Scratch Art

These are great for crafting or just leaving each other fun notes.

4. Melissa and Doug Rainbow Scratch Art

This is one of those stocking stuffers we can’t wait to buy “for the kids." These rainbow scratch notes just look so cool, you can expect to find them stuck all over the house well into next year.

Stocking Stuffers for Kids: Paw Patrol Finger Puppets

Wave hello to your new little friends.

5. Paw Patrol Finger Puppets

The term “toddler” remains popular, but many parents of kids from 2-5 know that this age is best referred to as “The Paw Patrol Years.” Just lean into it, and buy these bath finger puppets that will certainly find their way out of the bath.

6. LED Shoelaces

Need stocking stuffers for kids with an incentive to help them learn to tie their shoes? You’re welcome!

Stocking Stuffers for Kids: Head Lamp

Go spelunking in your basement or attic. Or get ready for an epic game of tag at night.

7. Energizer LED Headlamp for Kids

Headlamps are one of the best-kept secrets for extending ordinary household exploring into hours of pretend-play. My daughters like strapping these to their foreheads and venturing into the attic or dark corners of the basement, Indiana Jones-style. They’re also fantastic for a game of hide-and-go-seek in the dark.

8. Liquid Motion Bubbler

Buy these liquid motion bubblers as stocking stuffers for toddlers in your family, and give them another cool option for sensory play.

Stocking Stuffers for Kids: Moon Projector

This Christmas, you can give them the moon.

9. 4M Moon Torch Projector

This stocking stuffer is also in the flashlight family ... kinda. Kids can project a realistic image of the moon onto ceilings and walls and twist the top part to adjust the focus. Its compact size makes it ideal for even the smallest hands.

10. Paper Airplane Squadron

This book contains sheets of paper with directions for making 20 old-school paper airplanes that come in customizable designs. Add this to your list of kids’ stocking stuffers for some screen-free good times.

11. 400 Glow in the Dark Tattoos

One for every day of the year and then some!

Stocking Stuffers for Kids: Science Geyser Tube

This science trick truly never gets old.

12. Steve Spangler Science Geyser Tube

If your kids haven’t already done the mentos and coke science experiment, here’s their chance. And actually, even if they have done the experiment before, this kit delivers almost perfect results every time and can achieve geyser heights of up to 30 feet in the air, making the experiment worth several redos.

13. Melissa and Doug Wooden Craft Kit

Wooden pieces require some basic, kid-friendly assembly to transform into a new plaything. Each set comes with art supplies like paint, stickers, and glitter pens to make them exactly to your child’s liking. Choose from race cars, princess wands, and more.

Stocking Stuffers for Kids: Reindeer Farts

Because farts just make everyone giggle.

14. Reindeer Farts

This is just a bag of cotton candy, but it has the word “farts” on it, which kids seem to find absolutely hilarious at every age. Also, this inexpensive bag takes up a lot of room in the stocking.

Stocking Stuffers for Kids: Tweexy

Create a salon at home to do manis together.

Best $10 or Less Stocking Stuffers for Teens and Tweens

15. Tweexy

Make their manicures (and yours) a breeze with Tweexy, and make fewer trips to the nail salon.

16 Archie Mcphee Bacon Soap

We love our teens. We don’t always love the way they smell, especially after football, basketball, and soccer practices. Better hygiene practices that recall the scent of freshly-cooked breakfast seem like a win for all involved.

17. Lagunamoon Upgrade Bath Bombs

This price likely won't last all season, but for now, it's a steal at less than ten dollars. This set of 6 bath bombs is made with moisturizing ingredients like essential oils, coconut oil, and shea butter. Older kids will enjoy spending some of that winter break time alone in the tub with their music blaring, enjoying these bath bombs’ bright colors and scents like grapefruit punch (for confidence) and mint chocolate (for acuity).

Stocking Stuffers for Kids: Infinity Cube

No, not Infinity Stone, Infinity Cube. The stones are way more than $9.99.

18. Infinity Cube

A more advanced fidget than the inescapable pop-its that younger kids love, this Infinity Cube is something like a hybrid fidget/Rubik’s cube puzzle, except there’s no real “solution,” just hours of fidgety fun.

Stocking Stuffers for Kids: Hanayama Brain Teaser

Are you smarter than your average tween?

19. Hanayama Metal Brain Teaser

Here’s a puzzle they do have to solve. The challenge of these high-quality metal brain teasers is to take the pieces apart, and then put them back together. Buy two, and have a friendly parent-child competition to see who can get it done first.

20. Joycat Origami Kit

This book comes with instructions for 30 different origami patterns on paper squares beautifully printed with animal, kaleidoscope, and traditional Japanese designs. Even younger children will enjoy these, but older kids will have the patience to stick to the directions and see the projects all the way through. Nab these stocking stuffers for teens and tweens for the perfect introduction to an artistic new hobby.

21. Rebel Refinery Skull-Shaped Lip Balm

Winter is coming and she’s bringing chapped lips. Tweens and teens can keep their pouts perfectly moisturized and look cool doing it with these trendy lip balms. If skulls aren’t their thing, there are pineapples and other shapes too.

22. Clover Pom-Pom Maker

This is one of the coolest crafting tools out there and makes a great addition to the art supply stash as pom-pom-covered designs grow in popularity. Kids can add their pom-pom creations to backpacks and keychains, or make jewelry and fluffy animal friends.

Stocking Stuffers for Kids: Fairy Lights

Fairy lights and friend photos personalize any space.

23. Fairy String Lights

Simple decor items that make bedrooms feel more personal are thoughtful stocking stuffers for teens and tweens. These fairy string lights can be wrapped around bedposts, headboards, or taped to a wall. Pair them with colorful mini clothespins—and now your kid finally has a place to hang all those tiny polaroids.

Stocking Stuffers for Kids: Things To Do Before You Finish High School

Learn how to shut down a house party and plan a road trip!

24. 97 Things to Do Before You Finish High School

This is an awesome book filled with ideas to get teens thinking outside the box for an extra-curricular reading assignment they actually won’t mind completing.

25. OH! MY GIF

How many GIFs do you text your friends on an average day? The answer is: nowhere near as many as your kids. With OH! MY GIF, their favorite GIFs are IRL, as inanimate objects that can actually move, mimicking the same motions as the online GIF. Personally, I only really recognize the typing cat, but your kids will recognize many more. If very little of what you just read makes any sense, congratulations: We’re both old!

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