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50+ of the best stocking fillers for Christmas 2023: genius stocking ideas for kids of all ages

From sweet treats and family games to practical ideas you can pick up on your weekly shop, we’ve tapped in to the collective wisdom and experience of Mumsnetters to bring you over 50 of the best stocking fillers for children of all ages.

By Lucy Cotterill | Last updated Dec 14, 2023

Whether you have a toddlers, tweens or teens, it wouldn’t feel like Christmas morning if there wasn’t a stocking full of small treats and toys waiting for them when you wake up. But how do you differentiate the fun and budget-friendly from the overpriced plastic tat to find stocking fillers that your kids will actually enjoy?

With Christmas getting closer, we’ve done a lot of the hard work for you. Our Mumsnet users love the nostalgia of putting together stockings for their loved ones, so we scoured the Mumsnet forums - the largest online network of parents in the UK - to bring you this bumper list including more than 50 of the best stocking filler ideas to suit all ages, with budget-friendly ideas, practical gifts and treats they'll adore.

From chocolate goodies to presents for babies, toddlers and teens, we’ve found the best stocking fillers for kids straight from (ahem) Santa’s workshop.

For more top tips on excellent gift options for your loved ones this Christmas, don't miss our guides to the best toys for babies aged six to 12 months, best kids' blanket hoodies and best board games.

Here are the best stocking fillers for Christmas 2023.

great for animal-lovers
What we like
  • Cute and compact

  • Save a bee's life!

  • Great gift for adults too

  • Made from recycled materials

What to know
  • Comes with syrup included

  • Keep it on your keyring

  • Made in the UK

What Mumsnet users say
Bipbopbee · Recommended
I have one of those Beevive phials on a key ring they are such a great idea!
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Our verdict

What could be cuter and more wholesome than a tiny container of bee-reviving syrup? If you and your kids have ever seen a bee staggering across the pavement and wished you could help it, this is a brilliant gift.

Made from recycled materials and shipped in sustainable packaging, the environmental credentials of this charming stocking filler couldn't be higher.

Add to their collections

Brio Magnetic Signal Bell, £11

What we like
  • Compatible with most wooden train tracks

  • High quality bell

  • Works with magnets

What we don't like
  • Noise might get annoying

What Mumsnet users say
Stompythedinosaur · Recommended
The two additions that got years of use were the bell which dings when a train drives past and the log loader.
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Our verdict

Brio - or any of its compatible wooden train track rivals - makes a brilliant big present for birthdays and Christmases for 3, 4 and 5 year olds. Once they've got a collection going, little accessories like this signal bell make perfect stocking fillers or smaller treats.

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Lego mini figures. Everyone loves a blind bag or two 😀, and the figures are obviously kept and played with (if not Lego, then search around. The amount of different blind bags is truly astonishing. Obviously some are more tat than others, but there are good ones out there).


Best blind bag for 6-year-olds

LEGO Minifigures

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Perfect for 9 year olds

Multi Tool Pen

What we like
  • Loads of functions

  • Great for STEM enthusiasts

  • Stylus pen for touchscreen devices

What we don't like
  • 9-year-olds probably won't use the bottle opener function

Our verdict

Like a Swiss Army knife without the sharp edges, this multi tool pen has lots of functions 9-year-olds will love to explore uses for, including a spirit level, screwdriver, stylus pen and LED torch.

Read next: The best toys and gifts for 9-year-olds, tried and tested by Mumsnetters

I always hit up the big museum shops for stocking fillers - the British, Natural History and Science museums and V&A shop always have interesting things and it’s all online too.


Museum shop finds

Natural History Museum

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Genius supermarket stocking stuffers

If you're looking to save both time and money, the humble supermarket has plenty of budget-friendly stocking fillers to pop in your (real or virtual) trolley.

My wee ones then aged four, asked for their own mini sellotape and Blu-tac. They still talk about when Santa brought them blutac in their stockings!


Bostik Blu Tack

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Tubes of Pringles here! Along with other bits and pieces.


Pringles Original

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Kellogg's multipack mini cereal were always my kids faves.


Kelloggs Variety Pack

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Practical gift ideas

There's a lot to be said for including a few things your kids need anyway in their stockings. In our experience, it doesn't detract from the magic at all - in fact, getting something from Father Christmas they can use every day of the year is pretty special.

I go for ‘nice versions of boring stuff’ so my kids get socks, pants, bubble bath, and maybe hairbrush/toothbrush/flannel if they need them.

Mine always get toothpaste and toothbrushes


GeekerChip Bamboo Toothbrushes

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Ideas for teens

Inkless Sticker Printer

Phomemo M02 Mini Pocket Printer

What we like
  • Print stickers straight from a smartphone

  • Encourages creativity

  • Fun and simple to use

What we don't like
  • Black and white only

Our verdict

Turn smartphone-snapped pics into black and white stickers in moments with this dinky little inkless printer from Phomemo. It also comes in handy for printing out postage labels for apps like Vinted.

I've got some Tozo ones from Amazon, still going almost two years later.


Mini Wireless Earbuds

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More stocking filler ideas for kids

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What is a good stocking filler?

A good stocking filler should be small in size and low value, but ideally something that will get used and enjoyed rather than simply a space filler. Children enjoy having lots of little things to open, so stocking fillers with multiple pieces that can be wrapped individually are always a good choice. If preparing stockings for numerous children, multipacks that can be split amongst several stockings can help keep costs down.

Do you need to wrap Christmas stocking presents?

This is very much down to personal choice and will vary from family to family depending on your Christmas traditions. Traditionally, stocking presents aren’t wrapped so you can pop them in and save yourself time and money, whilst being more eco-friendly too.

However, wrapping each present individually (you can probably leave the obligatory tangerines though) can make the stocking last a bit longer and each gift will be a nice surprise.

If you do choose to wrap, why not opt for more sustainable wrapping or papers without glitter or shine so they can still go in the recycling bin?

What is traditionally put in a stocking?

Many Mumsnet users like to stick with tradition and pop in a satsuma and some chocolate coins in their children’s stockings, just like the ones they had in their own childhood.

Others stick with the rule of four – something they want, something they need, something they can wear, and something they can read.

About the author

Lucy Cotterill is a mum of two and Content Writer at Mumsnet, specialising in baby/child and lifestyle product reviews and round-ups. Having written product reviews on her own blog Real Mum Reviews since 2012, Lucy loves to research and explore the pros and cons of baby products, scrutinising reviews and consumer feedback to help parents make confident purchases that benefit their families.

Originally from a HR background with a degree in Business Studies, Lucy developed a real passion for blogging and writing when her children were young, going on to write for several online publications including US parenting site Pregistry and the Evening Standard. When she’s not manically tapping the keys of her laptop, Lucy loves nothing more than to cosy up with her Kindle and enjoy the latest thriller, or compete in Nintendo Switch rallies with her daughters aged six and 10.

How we chose our recommendations

Mumsnet users love chatting about all things Christmas, from Christmas dinners to gift ideas; Christmas party outfits to the best Christmas crackers.

First up, we sought out the trusted opinions of Mumsnet users to get their insights on the stocking fillers they love to see at Christmas or that have gone down well with their children in previous years.

We then scoured online retailers for products that had significant positive reviews. Weighing up any pros and cons, we then selected the best stocking fillers for each age group to bring you our definitive list of stocking fillers under £10.

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