I have run across a few lists of frugal stocking stuffers for kids. Well, over here we have a $5 maximum for each of the 5 kid stockings that we stuff, for a total of $25. Additionally, our goal is to reach the hearts of our children with the love of Jesus so random cheap stuff just won’t do. So here is a list of some of the things we have used to stuff stockings to the “ohhhs & ahhhs” of the children.
Ideas for frugal stocking stuffers for kids
- One thing we always put in the stocking is candy. We buy a large bag of candy and split it between all 5 of the children’s stockings. $2.75-5.00
- A pack of colorful pens again split between stockings for girls. estimated $2.50
- Buy a box of flavor packs for waters and split it up between the kids.
- Note pads are always a hit for little girls, you can get a 3 pack at the dollar store
- Match box/hot wheels type cars for little boy. We recently found them on sale at a Krogers for .50 each. You can also buy a pack and distribute it between sons. If you have one son give some now and some for his birthday. You get the idea …:D
- Bouncy balls for little boys
- Something that goes with a bigger under the tree gift.
- Crayons (especially if you purchase them during the back to school sale for .10, then you could give each kid several packs)
- Fancy pencils again buy a pack or two and split them up between kids
- Buy a pack of stickers and split the sheets up between children. Small children love a those foil stars and they are cheap and they give you a bunch! If your child loves cars, animals or whatever get a pack of those.
- $1 store coloring books
- Buy a box of candy canes and divide them among the stockings.
- Homemade cookies & other crafts
Places to make your dollar stretch when buying stocking stuffers for kids:
- CBD Discount/Clearance – I’ve purchased shaped rubber bands, board books, pencils and wooden 3D animal puzzles from CBD in the past. They have this huge sale every year.
- Dollar store
- Amazon (search for your item then sort by lowest price first) Yes, you will run across a lot of junk they’d have to pay me to buy but if you spend a bit of time you’ll find the deals.
- Joann’s $1 section
- Target’s $1 section
- Wal-Mart Clearance Isle
- Good will (thrift stores in general)
- Garage Sales
I Also do two things throughout the year to make each stocking unique & personal:
- I literally keep a list of things my kids mention they like in my planner.
- When we travel or go on field trips I pick up little meaningful things at these places. We have picked up Indian Dolls, beaded necklaces, feather pens, really just whatever they showed an interest in that was within our budget.
Obviously you cannot get all of these things so you ‘ll need to pick and choose but I hope this gives you a good starting point to stuff your frugal stockings! If like me sometimes the the stocking is still bigger then the budget don’t forget you can always stuff a bit of newspaper into the toe.
Finally, the main thing to keep in mind when buying frugal stocking stuffers for kids is that the goal is not to just be as frugal as possible but to really think about what speaks to that kids heart!
Here are some more posts on the Christmas season and frugal Christmas Shopping , explore and enjoy!
- The Ultimate Christmas Movie list! – (25 Christmas Movies for your Family)
- 5 Enriching Christmas Books for Your Family
- What does a really cool $3 gift look like
So what other ideas do you have for frugal stocking stuffers for kids that are under for $5 or less?
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