This is my first year doing a stocking for my little one and it’s been great fun coming up with a list of potential items to fill her stocking with. We’ve decided to go for the more practical approach with her stocking as it is fulfilling the ‘need’ part of our gift giving philosophy. However, I have also added in some fun toys and treats to the list for those of you who are less boring than me!
1. Wooden Vehicles
I’m a big fan of the eco-friendly wooden toys produced by Hape Toys. Their vehicles are a huge hit with my daughter and currently her go-to-toy of choice. These vehicles are lovely and sturdy for toddlers to play with and the perfect size to fit in a stocking. Readily available on Amazon and from many local stores – I’ve spotted them in Jojo Maman Bebe.
2. Wooden Instruments
Maracas, castanets, a harmonica or tambourine – the list is endless! We’re slowly growing our daughter’s instrument collection and would again recommend Hape Toys or Bigjigs for their eco-friendly efforts and beautiful pieces.
3. Schleich Animals
The only plastic toy suggestion that you will find on this list! I generally always try to find a wooden or natural alternative when it comes to toys but wooden animals are particularly pricey and sadly not within my budget. However, like most toddlers our little one loves animals and these life-like ones by Schleich are really lovely. There are plenty of animals to choose from on Amazon and even some dinosaurs which could be used in the sandpit!
4. Play dough and Tools
The tools pictured here can can be found on Amazon and Melissa & Doug also do a play dough set with wooden tools for those who want to avoid plastic. Bonus points to those who make homemade play dough! I like this 4 Minute Recipe from The Imagination Tree, easily adapted to create a festive colour and flavour – we’re making some green peppermint play dough for my daughter’s stocking.
5. Fridge Magnets
Is it just my toddler that needs a distraction when I’m busy working in the kitchen? No? Well these lovely little fridge magnets from Janod may buy you some time! Amazon have some lovely farm yard and ocean ones available, and I’ve also spotted them in Waitrose. Perfect for dropping loosely into a stocking to fill all those nooks and crannies!
6. Beeswax Crayons
These beeswax block crayons by Stockmar really are fab and perfect for toddlers who are just starting out with colouring. They also come in a handy storage tin and are available from Amazon and Bella Luna Toys who do wonderful Waldorf inspired toys.
The toddler years are the perfect time to introduce a sticker chart to encourage independence and good habits. Some fancy stickers in the stocking may just make using that chart all the more exciting.
What toddler doesn’t like bubbles? Cheap and simple stocking filler. Enough said.
9. Slipper Socks
We’re a big fan of slipper socks in our home, they keep toddler toes warm but are slim and easy to walk around the home in. There are many festive varieties available which make lovely stocking fillers, but we particularly like the ones available in JoJo Maman Bebe. (You can easily find this style of slipper sock on Amazon and in Boots too though).
Socks, vests and maybe even a pack of pants for the potty trained toddler. Children need to learn to appreciate the cost of the necessities too, but that doesn’t mean these items can’t be bright and fun with their favourite colours or characters on!
11. Personal Care Items
Encourage independence with their personal care by stuffing their stockings with their very own soaps and flannels, a fun new toothbrush and for girls those much needed hair clips! Oh and don’t forget some kiddie plasters that will put a smile back on their face when needed.
12. Edible Treats
The Christmas stocking is a great way to add in some festive treats that you don’t usually let your little ones have. Chocolate treats, maybe even a special juice drink to enjoy with Christmas dinner and don’t forget that traditional satsuma!