The 15 best stocking fillers for kids for under £10
22 December 2020
Pull on your Santa hats. It’s time to start Christmas shopping. If you’re looking for gift inspiration on a budget, here’s our roundup of the 15 best and cheapest children’s stocking fillers - all for under £10.
Brace yourselves. The countdown to Christmas has well and truly started. Let’s face it, Christmas morning would be a let-down without some stocking filler fun, but it’s easy to feel blinded by the choice of gifts on offer.
Fret not because we’ve done the hard work for you. From chocolate stocking fillers to presents for babies, toddlers and teens, we’ve found the ideal gifts for your children straight from (ahem) Santa’s workshop.
Here are the best stocking fillers for kids.
1. Best overall stocking filler: Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza Card Game
“My aim is to fill the stocking with activities that they can play with on our bed while we wake up, and then other things they can pick up during downtime during the holidays.”
This is exactly the sort of wacky card game you need at Christmas. Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza is recommended for kids over the age of eight, but we think younger children will soon learn the straightforward rules, which are similar to Snap and Dobble. It’s noisy, fast-paced and a lot of fun – just what Santa ordered.
Price: £9.99Buy now from Forbidden Planet
2. Best value stocking filler: Feelava Washi Tape
For a cheap as chips gift, wrap up a roll of Washi tape. Crafters love this low-tack, decorative Japanese masking tape. Available in a huge range of gorgeous colours and patterns – including Christmas designs – Washi tape can add interest to craft projects such as scrapbooking.
Bear in mind that manufacturers don’t recommend it for kids under seven. This pack of 12 rolls will give you enough to share between all the crafters in your life.
Price: £6.99 for 12 rollsBuy now from Amazon
3. Best stocking filler for babies: Dr Brown’s Coolees Watermelon Teether
“For a newborn, I’m thinking of practical things such as a teether.”
Let’s be honest, very young babies don’t need much in the way of gifts so there’s no need to break the bank. A new, fun teether is sure to be appreciated though and Dr Brown’s Coolees Watermelon Teether passed stringent safety checks by trusted review site, Which?. It also looks fabulous – just the sort of thing any discerning babe will love to gnaw.
Age: From newborn
4. Best stocking filler for family fun: Orchard Toys Loopy Llamas Game
“I do the stocking as the main present. So there’s a couple of daft presents, but mostly stuff like notebooks, novelty pens and a board game.”
Loopy Llamas is a new addition from Orchard Toys – a trusted name when it comes to board games. All their products are ‘teacher tested’ so you can be sure your children will learn something while having fun.
The game is designed to develop colour and pattern recognition skills and encourage observation and imaginative play – not bad for a gaggle of llamas in a swimming pool. It’s aimed at younger primary schoolers from four to eight years old.
Age: 4 – 8 years
5. Cutest stocking filler: Petooties Pets Plush Toy
“My DC have things in their stockings that they'd never be allowed usually such as cuddly toys – because we have enormous numbers in the menagerie, not because I'm coldhearted!”
If you’re in the market for some new furry friends, you can’t go far wrong with Petooties Pets. Dinky, soft and presented in their very own cardboard pet carrier, they’ll bring all the cute to your family’s Christmas morning – unless your DC are hulking teens more interested in playing Battlefield 1 than cuddling toy pets. In which case, steer well clear.
Price: £6Buy now from Claire's
6. Best toddler stocking filler: Plan Toys Mushroom Kaleidoscope
“I picked up one of these mini kaleidoscopes for my very difficult-to-please 2.5-year-old. She absolutely loves it.”
Indisputable fact: toddlers love kaleidoscopes. These cute mushroom-shaped toys are made in Thailand from natural rubber wood and organic dyes.
Manufacturer Plan Toys ticks ethical boxes by using surplus wood pieces to produce electricity for villages surrounding their factory along with planting thousands of trees in the area. The colour of kaleidoscope you receive is pot luck though as the site doesn’t allow buyers to specify which they’d like.
Age: 18 months+
Price: £4.45Buy now from Babipur
7. Best stocking filler for budding artists: Carddies Colour and Play Set
“I buy fun stuff like small colouring books for travelling.”
Smaller and more interesting than the average colouring set, Carddies make charming stocking fillers. Each box contains 12 double-sided, hand-drawn card characters, a hand-drawn card scene and 12 colouring pencils.
Choose from ballet dancers, cavemen, pirates, nativity, Christmas and many more. Compact enough to carry around, this set is ideal for holidays and day trips. The manufacturer advises that it’s fine for over-threes, but we think it’s better suited to slightly older children who will be more confident at colouring in.
Price: £8.99 eachBuy the Farm Colour and Playset from Amazon
8. Best for LEGO fans: Happy Santa/Happy Helper Elf Keyring
“Mine get Lego Minifigures in their stockings.”
Your little LEGO enthusiasts may have Minifigures coming out of their ears (and toy boxes), but do they have a Happy Santa or Happy Elf yet? If the answer’s no, they’re sure to love these festive-themed keyring figures.
The only downside? Yet another piece of pesky LEGO for you to tread on when it’s inevitably chucked on the floor sometime between your turkey dinner and the Queen’s Speech.
Price: £3.99Buy now from LEGO
9. Best stocking filler for teens: Reindeer Memory Stick
“One year, I'd run out of ideas, especially for the older teens. I put some old Christmas pics on memory sticks for them from when they used to believe in it all.”
For a techie who’s always running out of virtual storage space, a novelty memory stick will do the job nicely. This reindeer usb stick only offers 8GB of space. But it’s sure to raise a smile, even if you fill it with embarrassing old photos of your now-teen with toothy grins and awkward fringes on Christmas Day 2010.
Price: £6.30Buy now from Amazon
10. Best practical stocking filler: M&S Rainbow Cotton Rich Rainbow Socks
“Everyone gets a new pack of socks poking out of the top of their stocking!”
Is it even Christmas without new socks? Granted, it’s not the most earth-shattering of gifts, but it’s useful for any age group. M&S has produced a lovely rainbow pack of 10 socks, available from toddler sizes right up to adult size seven. They’ll never be sock-less again.
Age: Toddlers to teens
Price: £6 for 10 pairsBuy now from M&S
11. Best sweet treat stocking filler: Personalised Snowman Sweetie Jar
“DS likes a jar of sweets in his stocking.”
What’s better than a jar of sweeties? A jar of sweeties with your name on it! This Victorian style jar, with a personalised snowman label, is filled with traditional sweets. It makes a nice keepsake too, once the contents have been munched.
The manufacturer warns that the sweets may contain nuts and aren’t suitable for vegetarians or children under 36 months.
Price: £7.99Buy now from Personalised Gift Shop
12. Best stocking filler for sci-fi fans: HTI Hatch-em Hatching Alien Egg
“I buy things they wouldn't usually ask for such as hatching alien eggs.”
Forget boring tangerines – how much more exciting would it be for your kids to find an alien egg lurking in their stocking? Just add water and wait for the egg to crack open before the alien ‘hatches’ fully in a couple of days. A true Christmas miracle.
Of course, for every child who loves this sort of thing, there will be another who finds it utterly horrifying so best to proceed with caution.
Price: £6.04Buy now from Amazon
13. Best chocolate stocking filler: Hotel Chocolat Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate
“Teen DD loves Hotel Chocolat Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate served with marshmallows.”
There’s nothing cosier than a steaming mug of hot chocolate, and there was plenty of competition for the best chocolate stocking filler.
Mumsnetters rave about Hotel Chocolat Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate. It’s pricey, but worth it, according to the many chocoholics on our forums. You could even do your children a chocolate-themed Christmas stocking with a new mug, can of whipped cream and pack of marshmallows for good measure.
Price: £9Buy now from Hotel Chocolat
14. Best stocking filler for Harry Potter fans: Harry Potter Top Trumps
“Harry Potter Top Trumps in a tin suitcase from Amazon. I’ve bought this and it’s very impressive-looking.”
There’s a mountain of Harry Potter-themed gifts around, but we like this stocking-friendly pack of Top Trumps. Rated suitable for three years and over, we think it’s more suited to older kids who can read independently.
The cards are presented in a quirky tin suitcase and are sure to keep your Harry Potter obsessed child busy on Christmas morning. The big question is – are they a Gryffindor or Slytherin?
15. Best stocking filler for pampering: Lush Intergalactic Bath Bomb
“I get them some cool bath bombs that they wouldn't normally have.”
Anything that turns the bath water blue and sparkly is a winner with most kids. Younger ones will love the magic of it all; older ones will relish the opportunity for some ‘me time.’
Lush’s bath bombs are a favourite on the Mumsnet forums and vegan-friendly minty blue bestseller, Intergalactic, gets a lot of love. As one Mumsnetter said: “Intergalactic is my absolute favourite. I save them up as a special treat and feel like I'm a mermaid in the space water.”
The only issue you’ll have with this stocking filler? Cleaning the bath afterwards.
Price: £4.95Buy now from Lush
Verdict: the best stocking fillers for children
M&S’s pack of 10 rainbow socks are a great value-for-money gift for all ages, from toddlers to teens. But, overall, we think that the best stocking filler for kids is Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza – a brilliant card game for entertaining kids (little and big), and the rest of the family on Christmas Day and beyond.
How we chose our recommendations
Most of our recommendations for stocking fillers came from Mumsnet users themselves. We searched the Mumsnet forums for posts about which stocking fillers for kids Mumsnetters really loved. We also researched various parent-led and consumer review sites, including which.co.uk to find the best-rated stocking fillers, including budget-friendly presents for babies, toddlers, bigger kids and teens.
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