What to Look for: When Buying a Toddler a Stocking Stuffer
At this age (12-36 months), toddlers will be drawn to the large toys, however you can make stocking stuffers just as fun! Smaller gifts can become favorites, read on for our recommendations this 2019 Christmas season.
Tips when choosing toddler stocking stuffers:
1. Buy toys that are large enough to not pose a choking hazard
2. Choose brightly colored gifts – to compete with big toys
3. Choose things that will provide sensory activities later (bathtub crayons, finger paints). Your future self will thank you!
4. Pick toys that can be used in the car for travel
5. Include small, fun practical gifts (banana shaped toothbrush for example)
6. Take toys out of their packaging to fit better in the stocking. Your toddler will never know the difference!
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Stocking Stuffers for Toddlers - Boys
Studies show that young boys do have toy preferences prior to socialization influence. So, as parents you can feel secure in knowing there is no "harm" in giving a toddler boy a truck or car - because he naturally prefers it!
Stocking Stuffers for Toddlers - Girls
If you want to add a few items for your toddler girl that are more gender specific keep the following in mind:
Studies show that men tend to have better spatial awareness then women. There is debate whether this is a result of nature or nuture. So why not help your daughter with toys that help her master this skill - blocks, balls, puzzles.
And throwing in a few cute bows or socks isn't going to hurt anyone either.
Toddler Stocking Stuffers - under $10
Many of the above mentioned toddler stocking stuffers were budget friendly as well, but here is a list of our favorite under $10 gifts to keep your little one busy.
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Dollar Store Finds
The dollar store is a great place to find little stocking stuffers for toddlers that won't break the bank. Load up on: