holiday hop: stocking stuffers for kids + holiday cash!

I’m once again linking up with some fabulous ladies for a holiday hop.


Today, it’s all about the stocking stuffers.

Stocking stuffers seem to be an afterthought for me, I buy all the big things and then I’m left scratching my head and wondering what I’ll put into the stockings hanging from the mantle.

But, stockings are so much fun! Really, you can be serious and silly, you can buy gifts like Slinkies and Dominoes that are filled with nostalgia. A few years ago,  I decided to be a little more intentional in the stocking stuffer department and on my hunt, I found some cute ideas. I thought I’d pass them along to you, in case you’re looking for fresh ideas this Christmas. Honestly, so many of the links are Amazon Prime eligible and while working on this post, I filled my cart and ordered everything to stuff the stockings with plenty of fun

stocking stuffer ideas

  1. Boon Odd Ducks 
  2. Boon Water Bugs with Net 
  3. Melissa and Doug Crayons 
  4. Slinky
  5. Jumbo Triangular Chalks
  6. Board Books 
  7. Wikki Sticks 
  8. Toobs
  9. Ribbon Wand
  10. Fun Flyers 
  11. Piggy Paint Toe Tally Gift Set
  12.  Bubbles
  13.  Spinbrush For Kids Battery Powered Toothbrush
  14. Tickle Monster Mitts
  15. Water Flutes
  16. Matchbox Cars
  17. Large Bouncey Balls
  18. Wooden Instruments
  19. Hair Bows
  20. Mini Wet Brush
  21. Xylophone
  22. Maracas
  23. Classic Tin Kaleidoscope
  24. Bubble Bath
  25. Bath Crayons
  26. Disney Movies
  27. Fun Socks
  28. Stickers
  29. Notepad (perfect for stickers)
  30. Modeling Clay
  31. Modeling Clay Tools
  32. Mattel Sing-A-Ma-Jigs Duets
  33. Character Underwear
  34. Tea Set
  35. Character Stuffed Animals
  36. Mini Lego Duplo Set
  37. Hat/Gloves
  38. Melissa & Doug Animals Mini-Puzzle Pack
  39. Traveling Flash Cards
  40. Finger Paint Set
  41. Spin and Learn Color Flashlight
  42. Slide And Talk Smart Phone
  43. Weebles
  44. Leg Warmers/Tights
  45. Webkinz
  46. Silly Putty
  47. Little People Sets
  48. Dominoes
  49. Lip Gloss
  50. Instax Camera or Film

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And be sure to check out all of the other stops in the holiday hop:

Gift Wrapping Idea | Thuy at Hey Thuy
Gift Wrapping Idea | Ashley at Fancy Ashley
What To Wear | Sandy at Sandy a la Mode
Gift Guide – Women | Chelsea at Two Twenty One
DIY Gift Idea – Teacher | Destiny at Just Destiny Mag
DIY Gift Idea – Bestie | Taryn at Design Dining and Diapers
Gift Guide – Men | Heather at My Life Well Loved
Gift Guide – Kids | Erika at The Slaughters
Stocking Stuffer – Kids | Jennifer at Life in the Green House
Christmas Pajamas | Ashley at The Vanilla Tulip
Kids Craft | Andrea at Momfessionals
Kids Craft | Ashley at I Love You More Than Carrots
Free Printable | Kristin at Taz + Belly
Cookies for Santa | Molly at Stilettos and Diapers
Holiday Decor Tips | Mandy at House of Rose


Holiday Gift Guide for little boys

We couldn’t leave the boys out of our gift guides! Judson has been tough to buy for this year, he loves the dishes in my cabinets most, the Christmas ornaments and nativity scene come in at a close second. I know that anything from Williams-Sonoma would probably thrill him, but I thought we would be a little more practical and find a few age-appropriate ideas.

boys gift guide

Wooden Activity Table – Jud loves to use the Mega Blocks to build or bring his things to the playroom table and sit and play. I think htis activity table is perfect, it can be used for legos or just general play, sits low to the ground for little ones, and has storage, too!

Mega Blocks Scooping Wagon– I’m actually hoping he loves this so much and it in turn helps me keep the playroom tidy.

Boon Odd Ducks– Jud loves bathtime and I love how quirky these little ducks are.

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site – Ahh, books!

Rain Boots – Like with the girls gift guide, kids just love to splash in water and rain boots gives them permission.

Melissa and Doug Monster Plush Bowling Set – We’re huge Melissa and Doug fans and from experience, I know that they are always a hit!

Razor Junior Twist Scooter– I actually score this on Amazon last week for $12! Isn’t that crazy?

VTech KidiBeats Kids Drum Set– I know most parents run from a drum set, but I used to teach kindergarten, so a drum set seems minor in comparison. He tries to play the drums every chance he gets at church, so I think he would have so much fun with this!

B. Zaney Zoo Activity Cube- Wooden toys make my heart swoon! They’re always well made and last forever so we love to fill the playroom with them.

This gift guide was pretty tough to create, so tell me what I’m missing? Do you have something great for a 18month-2 year old?




christmas thumb print tile

This post originally appeared on Every Day Cheer, December 2014.

I have a super easy and fun project for you today! Seriously, it took us all of 5 minutes to complete this precious Christmas tile and I’ll cherish it forever. We’re even making a few extra for grandparents. I love a good keepsake project, especially now that I have children of my own, I find myself wanting to preserve the little things from these younger years and pull them back out one day when they’re grown. Even now, looking back on things my daughter made just a few short years ago makes me feel incredibly nostalgic about those days of tiny hands and feet.

Here’s what you’ll need for this project:

  • ceramic tile (you can pick these up from Home Depot or Lowe’s, they’re super inexpensive)
  • black Sharpie marker
  • paint (we used red, green, and yellow)

Start by writing the date and your childs name on the tile using the Sharpie marker. Then, starting on a diagonal, draw a line (this will be your string of lights, so make it funky). Don’t stress over this part, just add a few loops and a connect the line from corner to corner.

diy fingerprint tile

Next, start stamping your childs fingerprints onto the strand of lights.

We just did one color at a time until we filled the entire length of the light strand.


diy fingerprint tile


When you’re finished and the paint has dried, spray the finished product with a light coat clear paint to keep it from chipping.


I absolutely love how easy this little project was to complete from start to finish! It makes a great gift and keepsake for years to come!