Inexpensive Stocking Stuffer Ideas For The Kids

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Christmas is coming and that means you may be scratching your head to figure out what your kids want this year.  Though the holidays can be expensive, it doesn’t mean that you have to break the bank when it comes to stuffing those stockings with your kids favorite goodies.  Leave the expensive presents for Santa, because here are some great ideas for stocking stuffers for kids of any age.

For Boys

Books are a great idea for boys and girls alike.  For a younger child, make sure to opt for board books so the pages don’t get torn, and for older children look into chapter books.  Also there are some great mini sets that LEGO offers that are less than $5.00 that you can help your kid build on Christmas Day.  If you have a younger boy you can give the gift of bath crayons to make bath time more enjoyable.

Another idea is to give the little boy in your life a Hot Wheel car or a container of Play-Doh.  You will also be surprised at all of the stocking stuffer ideas you can get at your local dollar store.  Depending on the store, many dollar stores have an assortment of stocking stuffers for both boys and girls.  Yo-yos, small piggy banks, decks of cards and even small chess sets can be found for the very low price of a dollar.

For Girls

For the little girl in your life, the ideas are endless.  Give your daughter a diary with a girly matching pen.  Most girls love dressing up, so find a coin purse, and put some lip gloss in it as an added surprise.  Every child loves books, so make sure to add an age appropriate book that your little girl will love.  If you are unsure what book your kid will like, scholastic.com provides a list of the 100 greatest books for kids.

For Teens

Buying for your teen can be tricky, but they still secretly want a stocking filled with holiday treats.  If your teen loves coffee, try a $5.00 or $10.00 gift card at Starbucks.  You can also never go wrong with a couple of movie tickets so they can go with a friend.  Another idea is to get them a magazine subscription.  Online sites such as Amazon have great deals for 12 month subscriptions to a variety of magazines running anywhere from $0.50 to $1.50 an issue for magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Entertainment Weekly, and National Geographic.  Any room left in the stocking?  If your teen has a sweet tooth fill the rest up with their favorite type of candy.

With a little bit of money you can really put together a great stocking filled with fun things for your child of any age.

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