by Stephanie Malangone
Often it can be a struggle to figure out how to turn stocking stuffers from 'filler' presents to more of a main event. Stocking stuffers, traditionally, are cheaper, extra presents that kids sometimes see as in the way of their bigger presents waiting ahead. Although they're sure to find the latest clothes and electronics lovingly wrapped in boxes--most likely packed by you at 3 am the night before (you're a champ)--here are some things to stuff their stockings with that will get them more excited about the little things, and without breaking the bank.
This summer, you know your kids will be outside chalking up that sidewalk like crazy! This inexpensive, non-toxic sidewalk chalk spray is a fun and cool new take on decorating your sidewalk that the kids will love. Plus, it'll get them out of the house and into some fresh air!
Even better - learn how to make your own homemade version here!
Is your kid obsessed with The Polar Express? This bell off of Santa's sleigh with the words "I believe" will be just what they need to get into the holiday spirit. Make sure they believe while they're still young! It'll go by before you know it.
A really fun part of the stocking stuffer is immediacy. Giving them something in their stocking that they can play with or wear right away makes Christmas morning more fun. This Santa Sunstache will be worn immediately, and laughed at for the rest of the present opening.
Every little girl loves to paint their nails! A nail polish set will be sure to be a delight in her stocking this Christmas. You might even talk her into giving you a manicure as well.
Is your kid addicted to personalizing all of their belongings? This is actually a good way to develop self expression and a sense of unique identity. NameBubbles makes super cool decorative name tags that can be slapped onto any surface, such as a backpack or mirror to make your child feel like this is hers, and that she is special.
image courtesy of Christopher Lucente