Clutter-Free Christmas Stocking Stuffer Ideas

List of Clutter-Free Stocking Stuffer Ideas at ASlobComesClean.com

 

A few years ago, I wrote a post about how much I hated buying Christmas stocking stuffers. I didn’t want to fill the stockings with junk.

I asked this question at the end of the post: Do you have any great non-clutter stocking stuffer ideas?

And boy oh boy did y’all deliver!

So this year, I’m putting those fantabulous ideas into a post so you can have them in one easy-to-read place. (And so you can share this post on Pinterest and all that good stuff . . . )

Obviously, consider your child’s age and needs.

(Oh. And I am linking to a few of the items using my Amazon affiliate link.)

My Picks for the MOST Ingenious, Space-Taking, Non-Clutter Stocking Stuffers:

Pringles (This one rocked my world! We EACH got our own can of Pringles and everyone was THRILLED. They still talk about it.)

Batteries (Genius!!)

Socks

Underwear

Fruit

More Non-Clutter Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Bubble Bath

Toothbrush

Shower Puff

Hair brush

Shampoo, toothpaste, bodywash, deodorant and other toiletries

Earrings

Hairbows and Headbands

Nail polish

Book

Coloring book

Notebook and Pencil/Pen

Art Supplies (crayons, markers, Paint Set)

Post-it notes

Tape (Scotchor Duck)

USB

Word search or activity book

Calendar

Magazine

DVD

Sippy Cup or water bottle

Chapstick

Bandaids

Scarf

Mittens

Playing Cards

Magic Towel (They expand into a washcloth from a little pellet in hot water. Can be found at the dollar store.)

Chore passes or “around the house” coupons

Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes (LOVE these!)

A special breakfast (Small boxes of cereal, apple-juice boxes)

Animal Crackers (The good kind in the space-taking box!)

Goldfish crackers in the small boxes

Add to the list in the comments!

--Nony

Comments

  1. Monica Ross says:

    Stamps. Good ol’ USPS of ‘Merica postage stamps. People still need ‘em for this and that and a small pack isn’t too expensive for a Sekrit Santa budget. Plus, add funky notecards, stickers and markers and you can have the young fry decorate a nice card for Nana or whoever, send ‘em some love! Practicing the handwriting is never a bad thing either… ;^)

    • Sarah Smith says:

      This is an awesome idea! Maybe add some postcards too? I’m trying to get my 10yo into the habit of writing letters.

  2. My kids are learning to cook so I gave them cookie mixes in a jar, with the added bonus that they can make them and eat them when THEY want.

  3. Here’s some for teens and adults, those are always the hardest ones for me to fill:

    Flashlights and Ice Scrapers for any driver

    Beef Jerky, candy, favorite soda

    makeup, perfume/cologne

  4. My husband is the hardest to buy for. Since we live in Spain and real peanut butter is expensive, I have started putting a jar in his stocking. Jams would also be a fun thing to put in. A nice kit for cleaning glasses is also good. Cheapie sunglasses are a fun thing too. My mother always put shaving cream in my dad’s stocking with a few other things but she would then fill it with peanuts in their shell. (my dad loved these) I remember wondering as a child why Santa put so many peanuts in his stocking!! haha!

  5. Caveman Cookies! http://www.cavemancookies.com. Similar to the fun Little Debbie idea but for those who don’t have grains or gluten in their diet. :)
    I also like to use Christmas as a chance to re-stock my kids art/craft supplies. It may not be clutter-free but it IS consumable cause I know they’ll use them. I go to the $ store and stock up!

  6. you should add :that won’t breat the bank” some of the pinterest lists are insane.150 stocking stuffers each under 50$,,,UM EXCUSE ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and I hate junk too..

    this year’s hits..a 5$ cool tee from target blank Friday, a foam sword to battle…between bros…lego mystery minifigs..juice box decorated like a snowman…see pinterest…sugar donuts decorated like snowmen in a cellophane bag…snack done…see pinterest..and a frrot loop and cheerio necklace that says in a world full of cheerios be the froot loop…see pinterest. a package of balloons…(don’t ask they love it) some favorite candy…daughter requested the GOOD chocolate…I sigh of maturity if I ever saw one..lol…so I have bought the little 3 packs here and there at grocery stores..

    really cool hot wheels car..IN THE PACKAGE..hehe..even the older son and hubby love a really cool and unique one..

    and from prudenthomemaker.com her things I love about you book marks. (actually I might have the siblings work on these with me….)
    and the toddler’s stocking is almost all filled with BALLS…lol

    • $50?!?!! That is truly insane!!

      I love the t-shirt idea. May use that one too! Yes. I just assumed no one ever spent more than $5 on a single stocking stuffer!

      • Oh and new styluse for the ds’s…I swear my kids eat them..in bulk through eBay gets you cheap fun ones

      • Our family(with married children) rule is that each family has stocking stuffers for everyone….and the price limit is supposed to be $5. So fun to shop! And to get!

  7. grrr break NOT breat

  8. Great ideas!

    We’re adding seeds for our spring garden to the stockings this year. The kids are getting their own section to work. Some herbs, some snap peas, and some flowers…

  9. Ditto on your ideas! I’ve done this for a couple of years because stocking stuffers can definitely add more clutter to any household except when you choose items they can actually use. I wanted to add to the batteries, I put in re-chargeable batteries — the batteries that keep on ticking :)
    Happy Holidays

  10. A Christmas tree ornament. They can hang it on the tree right away. Mine love opening the ornament boxes every year when we decorate the tree and talk about which ornaments are theirs. Then, when they leave our home to create their own they have ornaments to take with them to decorate their own tree and remember their growing up years :)

    • My mom did this for me when I was growing up (though she gifted it to me a little early). I love unpacking them every year, though I have to admit, there’s not room on the tree for all of them anymore. (And since mom had a very sturdy artificial tree, some are too heavy for our real tree.) I’ve continued the tradition with my husband and children, so that means 3 new ornaments every year. I’ll unpack all of mine again once the kiddos move out and take 20+ ornaments apiece with them!

  11. If you have teenagers, earbuds are a great stocking stuffer. My kids are always thrilled to get those!

  12. We used to put a jar of peanut butter in our kids stockings so they could eat out of the jar with a spoon.

  13. Christie J says:

    When I was little, my mom always received the pantyhose that came in a plastic egg. They fit perfectly in the toe of the stocking! My husband and boys each get a bag of pistachios, and the kids love the chocolate oranges that you whack apart into wedges. Lego mini figs or Hexbugs are always a hit for the boys, and this year I found Lego luggage tags at Target (in the stocking stuffer section.) For teens, a new pair of earbuds and an iTunes gift card is a good one, or for younger kids, a DQ gift card. My personal favorite is that I get a new Games magazine in my stocking along with good chocolate. Spices and kitchen gadgets are great for anyone who cooks. My husband always gets spice rubs for grilling, this year he’s getting smoked sea salt and hot paprika.

  14. great ideas. Every year our kids get chocolate coins, and an orange.

    I like to include things for them to snack on before we head over to christmas breakfast with the extended family. Nutragrain bars, granola, trail mix, some juice boxes.

    Hubby and I are getting beef jerky and wasabi almonds in ours.

    I also like to add to sets they already have (and enjoy) Things like extra Little People, a small lego set, wooden trains, or skylanders figures, pokemon cards, or jewelry for the dress up chest. Things like barbie clothes will likely be added when my baby girl is older.

    I’ve been collecting ideas for older kids. My favorites so far are earbuds, itunes gift cards, duct tape, and batteries.

  15. These are great ideas! Growing up my brother and I could count on the toe having an orange and the heel being filled with bazooka joe bubble gum. Sometimes tights for me. I have done individual pieces of wooden train track for my son, wrapped separately they take up space! What about things like guitar picks? I think my girl will be getting some of those this year.

  16. Matching socks for everyone. I can’t tell you how many photos we have of the entire family in a circle – just our feet. in matching socks. It’s a fun tradition.

    I’m a big fan of food in stockings. We’re normally too busy with presents to break away and cook (or eat) but snacking on the food in our stockings totally works. My kids are thrilled with Pringles and Junk, but I always love finding a bunch of k-cups in the bottom of my stocking.

    Flashlights are always a big hit. Since they disappear every year, I don’t consider them clutter.

    Hubby always gets a screwdriver or two in his stocking. Normally they aren’t even new. I just grab the ones from the garage and tuck them in. The gift is that he has everything he needs to install batteries and assemble toys on Christmas morning without having to go outside to the garage.

    • Susan, almost EVERY line in this comment made me laugh!! Oh how I love knowing other people grab random stuff to stick in Hubby’s stocking!

      • Even worse? I grab random stuff to stick in MY stocking. If I don’t, no one else will. It goes right along with ordering my gift from Amazon and having them gift-wrap it. (Please tell me I’m not alone on that one!)

        • Oh my word. So not alone!! I totally do that. And yes, I just sent a text to Hubby yesterday saying, “Thank you so much for the Kindle you just bought me!”

          • That’s what Hubby “bought” me last year. You’ll enjoy it. This year I’m thinking he will buy me tickets to Blog Elevated.

        • I have picked up the Chocolate Flight from Trader Joe’s for two years now – it’ll go under my stocking (we lay them on the hearth once filled). I am usually the one to stuff all of the stockings – even my own. :)

        • jenni anderson says:

          I don’t fill my stocking but their have been many years that its been practically empty or empty until my husband hurries up and shoves a smaller already wrapped presents in mine lol …oh and for the past 3 weeks my husband has been saying that he needs to buy me some Christmas presents..my reply was you bought me those dishes on Amazon ..his reply no I was busy and told you to go ahead and order them for yourself…same with the new towels ..we were out 2 weeks ago and he say 2 books from my fav author he said hey do you have those I said no ..he said Oh I will have to come back and grab them..so when he brought up having to get me presents I said well you got me those books he looked at me like I was crazy yeah he then remembered the books and the fact that he didn’t go get them… men…funny thing is I made a pinterest board called random gifts for my husband to buy me …I am hoping one day he will wake up and become a man of romantic gestures

          • I think it’s very sweet that he notices your favorite author! (And I’m personally often guilty of meaning to come back for something and then forgetting!)

  17. apples and oranges…..definitely flashlights….I love the seeds for te garden idea!

  18. My mom always put nail polish in our stockings, and my little girls love to paint their nails so that’ll be on my list. Other ideas are dishcloths, lip gloss/chap stick, stickers, mini-Whitman’s Samplers, and, of course, COAL (candy)!

  19. What ever happen to oranges, apples and candy canes?

  20. This year my 2 year old will have allergen free snack food and other little things like that. My 7 year old is getting a home made doll house for the American girl doll I managed to get at 75 % off back in October. So it is too big to wrap I am just going to put her stocking on top. She has an 18 inch doll she saved for herself.

  21. I love the fruit idea! We’ve been doing that for years, since we read the Little House books out loud to our daughters. Laura and Mary got an orange, a tin cup, and a penny in their stockings, and thought they were rich beyond belief. We’ve stepped it up some, and we put in exotic fruits like pomegranates and kiwi.

    • Pomegranates?! Love that idea!

      • There’s a big box grocery called Meijer (Michigan/Indiana) that has a wonderful produce department. This year, we’re getting star fruit, prickly pears, something called “buddha hands,” plus the poms and kiwi. Our girls love the exotic fruit treats over the holidays!

  22. My favorites are:

    ~ $5 gift card to Subway/McDonald’s etc.
    ~ Special chocolates (a sleeve of Ferrer Rocher, a chocolate orange, etc.)
    ~ Batteries

  23. Oops!
    I forgot $5 gift cards for Baskin Robbins/Cold Stone (or other ice cream place).

  24. Since my kids all have iPods or the like and manage to lose or break the charging cables, I’ve been putting in different colored USB cables the last couple of years. That way they know which is theirs and the arguments over “that’s my cord!” are greatly minimized.

  25. We always give the kids consumables i.e. Christmas candy. They LOVE those gold/silver chocolate coins(cheap at Aldi), Hershey’s kisses, and Reese’s peanut butter cups. This year the teen will get some facewash as well. LOVE the Pringles idea!
    Merry Christmas!

  26. My kids favorite stocking tradition is…..stockings! Actually I’ve always bought my girls weird socks. Fuzzy, warm, stripy or spotted, with toes or straight. They look forward each year to seeing what I found. This year I bought some that don’t match since they like to do that with them anyway. This is a hard one for my son because they don’t make these for boys. I did find him some day of the week socks though for fun.

    • Sons are always more difficult. We normally have Christmas after Christmas because the family is so scattered. So the day after Christmas I go to Walgreens and pick up the Christmas boxers 50% off for all of the guys. The funny thing is even if they don’t normally wear boxers. Occasionally I see them wearing them through the year. I know they need to do laundry!! Funny!!

  27. michellelove says:

    Little containers of playdough are great for preschoolers!

  28. Since I’m responsible for stuffing the stockings here, my own is usually on the limp side. This year I decided to buy myself a new skein of yarn and shove it in there. I’m constantly being given yarn so I rarely buy my own. This means I don’t always have my favorite color/brand/type to work with. Now at least I will have one skein to look forward to. :D I might even break down and buy a new crochet hook!

  29. Every year santa brings the kids ONE large/expensive item, and I make them a box each (which doubles as a toy/storage box after christmas) which usually includes: socks, undies, pens, pencils, glue, erasers, bath/shower gel, shampoos & conditioners, deodorant, usb sticks, notepads, headphones &aux cables, at least one book….anyway, you get the idea. This came out of necessity as 5 kids & a low income don’t go very well together at Christmastime. The most expensive item that goes in the boxes is usually the book at around $10 and most of the other stuff you can get for under $1. The kids always are excited about it & curious to see what’s inside, they like it so much that my Step Daughter (now 20) makes them for everyone as well.

  30. One year the kids got a bed sheets…. another year a new pillow (down that squished up small) and pillowcase…..

  31. The best thing I ever put in my boys’ stockings was bubble wrap. It had come in a package – three big, beautiful sheets. I rolled them up and stuffed them in the bottom of the stockings. When they got to it, all three yelled, “Bubble wrap!” And happily popped away without having to share for once.

  32. Another thing to remember is that sometimes you don’t have to buy specific stocking stuffers. If you have small gifts you already have that would normally go under the tree, you can just slip them in the stocking instead. Regular gifts that fit in a stocking are any video games, computer games or movies, doll or action figure like Lalaloopsey or Imaginext, leapster explorer stuff, books, rolled up pajama pants, card and dice games, puzzles, etc.

  33. Also remember lotions and bath products. My grandmother and my mother don’t like the fancy scents from the expensive stores. So I give them things like Jergens lotions from Wal-mart. Not too expensive, they get something they like and will use. And for my grandmother, stamps were a great gift. She said she loved them and thought of me every time she used one. Also gave her favorite drugstore cosmetic items that were not always easy for her to find in the small town she lived.

    And my father loves gift cards to Starbucks. He gets the treat he likes (and can afford but will not treat himself) and I know he will use it.

  34. I put oranges (a tradition from my father), peanuts in shell (a tradition from my husband’s father), candies (special ones and left overs from my baking), and toothbrushes (because we need them after that much snacking!) in our stockings. I also try to squeeze in some of the cookies from the gift-baking sessions. (This way we get to enjoy the spoils, as well.)
    I am loving some of the ideas I am seeing here, though and may incorporate some of them into future stockings.

  35. Scratch-off lottery tickets are a big hit in our stockings along with many of the things others have already posted. :)

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