Looking for great stocking stuffer ideas to put a smile on everyone's face Christmas morning? We have pulled together a list of our favourite stocking stuffer ideas by age from amazing Canadian-based businesses like Maplelea Girls, basd body care, ZAPPED Outfitters, Theobroma Chocolat, BC Playthings, Tender Leaf Toys, Warm Buddy and so many more:
- Toddler & Preschool (ages 2-4)
- Early Elementary (ages 5-7)
- Older Kids & Tweens (ages 8-12)
- Teens & Adults (ages 13+)
We're sure you'll find some inspiration in our list, and we've included links so you know where to buy them!
Toddler & Preschool (ages 2 - 4)
The toddler & preschool years are magical over the holidays. At this age, they're amazed by everything and are just starting to understand holiday traditions. We like simple wooden & pretend-play toys to expand their imaginations.
Match up the animal bodies with Twisting Cubes from Tender Leaf Toys, a simple toy that develops manual dexterity and keeps toddlers entertained while they learn about four different animals. Perfect stocking stuffer for little ones!
Imagine the adventures that you can have with these Folkmanis Finger Puppets from BC Playthings. They come in all sorts of sweet woodland and sea animals as well as farm creatures. You never know where a story can take you!
And the Wooden Doll Family from Tender Leaf Toys also makes a great stocking stuffer for this age range - they're made of solid wood with flexible arms and legs to make any poses kids want! They can be played with on their own or as a perfect companion to their incredible line of high-quality doll houses.
These PlanMini sets from BC Playthings are wonderfully portable. They make a great alternative to iPads or colouring at a restaurant. Great for little hands that are ready to work on developing more delicate fine motor skills!
Garden Path Dominoes from Tenderleaf Toys are a delightfully simple introduction to games, turn taking and matching. The natural materials and adorable painted pictures are so sweet. And we love that everything goes back in the cotton bag when you're done playing!
Other stocking stuffer ideas for Toddlers / Preschoolers:
- Tommee Tippee No-Knock Cup
- Personalized cloth books
- Bath Pipe Toys
- Egg shaped crayons
- Mess-free finger paints
- Number or Alphabet cards
Early Elementary (ages 5 - 7)
Plus Plus Connecter Tube Kits from BC Playthings slide perfectly into a stocking and will bring hours of creative fun. This Danish company creates building bricks that bring 3D adventures to life. Each tube will create the project shown and many more, and they're perfect portable entertainment for kids at restaurants!
Maplelea Dolls accessories & outfits are perfect for pretend play at this age, and just the right size for stocking stuffers. Their wide range of options includes everything from ice skates and snow boots, to classroom accessories and animal friends, with something special that will appeal to every child. Our own kids love to match their dolls to their own sports, interests, and outfits. They can even have matching pajamas!
Our elementary school kids LOVE these Wild Republic Hugger wrist bands from BC Playthings. These cute plush toys and versatile slap bracelets can be worn wrapped around a child’s wrist or other objects such as backpacks, bikes and strollers. Spread the arms wide open, give the belly a squeeze, then SNAP…the arms instantly wrap around and give you a hug. And since they hug onto anything, they are also easy to keep track of!
Theobroma All Natural Chocolate Sticks are the perfect little something sweet that always hits the spot during the holidays. Theobroma Chocolate sticks are the very best choice to tuck into a stocking. Little ones will love the shape and delicious flavours, and you'll be happy knowing that this treat is Non-GMO, Organic & Fair Trade!
Older Kids & Tweens ( age 8-12 )
There are so many fun items to put in a stocking for 8-12 year-olds! Brain teasers, cool clothing & gear, mini cameras, card games & more. They're old enough to handle more complex gifts but haven't lost their fun side either!
The Reflective ball cap or beanie from ZAPPED Outfitters gets our vote for most innovative stocking stuffer this year! Light up your noggin with the rad reflective front panel on this classic ball cap. Fits any size of rad stylish kid/teen with flat bill and mesh-backed snap adjustment. Play hard, be seen! This type of reflective gear is ideal for urban centers where kids are exposed to high volumes of road traffic, and for remote communities where street lights are few and far between. ZAPPED Outfitters has visibility covered along with resilient protection from our harsh Canadian elements, including reflective backpacks, jackets, and slip on & high top sneakers.
Match Box Puzzles from BC Playthings are mini puzzles in ultra cute mini matchboxes. Every puzzle has been carefully selected and designed to ensure that these are not your average mini brainteasers. They are top notch and fun (without being too challenging) and make great little gifts. Each box has a further nine matchbox challenges written onto the sides of the matchbox, providing hours of extra fun. Match wits and see just how clever and determined your tween has become!
Teens & Adults ( age 13+ )
Let's not forget the older crowd for stocking stuffers! Teens & adults often get body care items or edible treats in their stockings. And we think this is a great opportunity to choose the very best, natural products, with a twist of fun!
Head into the new year feeling invigorated with the Mini body wash + body lotion invigorating mint stocking stuffer from basd body care. Perfectly placed in anything hung by the chimney with care, and ideal for everyone, especially travellers, athletes and fitness lovers. Cooling mint leaves your skin feeling so good, you’ll want to get dirty again! You'll love the natural ingredients in their body wash like organic aloe and organic green tea that will leave you feeling soft, smooth, firm & hydrated. And their body lotion formulated with organic virgin coconut oil and organic shea butter leave your skin feeling nourished from head to toe. The basd body care invigorating mint stocking stuffer and their larger signature holiday bundles (think body wash, lotion and coffee scrub in mint or creme brûlée!) can be found online at basdbodycare.ca, Whole Foods Market, Choices, Nature's Fare and select local health food retailers.
Theobroma All-Natural Chocolate Sticks are a must-have stocking stuffer for chocolate lovers on your list! Theobroma Chocolat is a family-owned company based in Quebec City that manufactures organic and fair-trade high-end quality chocolate right here in Canada. Their 31g milk chocolate sticks with a unique quinoa crisp are a favourite in our home!
Not only do we love that this amazing chocolate is Organic, Fair-trade certified, GMO-Free, and Gluten-Free, but their delicious flavours being available as milk chocolate or vegan-friendly dark chocolate ensures there is something everyone will love. For a smaller treat, grab one of their grab and go format chocolate sticks, but the true chocolate lovers on your list will love the larger 80g bars. They even come in award-winning resealable packaging…but we have never needed it! Can't wait for their new 95% Dark Chocolate 80g bars to hit stores in January 2020!
Restless teens & exhausted parents can both benefit from some quality downtime. Relax & rejuvenate with the warmth and comfort of this Aromatherapy Sleep Mask from Warm Buddy. They're designed for a perfect fit across the eyes that provides mild acupressure - perfect stocking stuffer this holiday season! The combo of acupressure and aromatherapy (lavender, peppermint, chamomile, rose geranium) will relax tired eyes and busy minds while promoting restful deep sleep. Great for travel, and perfect for pairing with Warm Buddy's Aromatherapy Sleep Mist.
Other stocking stuffer ideas for teens & adults:
Maplelea® is distinctly Canadian, featuring gorgeous 18-inch dolls with story journals, outfits, and accessories that celebrate our country’s spirit and identity! Based on the knowledge that toys can be powerful educational tools, Maplelea was developed to enlighten and entertain children. Their mission is to make a difference in the lives of Canadian children by providing age-appropriate dolls and activity products that promote creative play and active lifestyles while fostering a love and interest in Canadian culture, heritage & geography.
Learn more at www.maplelea.com
Proudly Canadian, basd body care is inspired by strong women everywhere! This plant-basd body care line will scrub & rejuvenate your skin and leave you feeling soft, smooth and oh so soft. Feel good, look good and do good. based body care products perform as great as they smell and are made from clean plant-based, organic ingredients that are free from parabens. They score a perfect "O" on the Think Dirty App - which means you're getting nothing but the best, cleanest products for your skin & overall health.
Learn more at www.basdbodycare.ca
Everyone loves chocolate, but finding good chocolate isn’t always easy. Thankfully,Theobroma Chocolate is here to fix that! Their philosophy is simple: make good chocolate, the good way. Since 2006, their main focus has been to develop and produce GMO-free and gluten-free chocolates, created with pure, natural and completely organic cocoa bases. Today, Theobroma is known for being the owner of Ecocert’s first organic processing plant in Canada. Learn more at www.theobromachocolat.com
ZAPPED Outfitters is a line of high-visibility reflective street-wear clothing & gear disguised as rad everyday essentials for school aged kids. Using a custom-made durable reflective fabric, kids can play hard AND be seen. Designs suit little dudes and dames just the same. Their lineup of high-visibility kids clothing includes a ball cap, jacket, backpack, slip-on sneakers & fleece-lined high top shoes, illuminating your kids from head-to-toe while still blending in as active urban gear. Learn more at www.zappedoutfitters.com
Open up your child’s imagination with the Tender Leaf Toys Canada product line that has been promoting learning through natural play for over 30 years. These toys are traditional in concept but contemporary in design, with a unique blend of soft cotton fabric, gentle non-toxic water stain, sustainable rubberwood & high-quality plywood. We love that many of their beautiful wooden toys are particularly well-suited for children with various sensory-processing issues, and that for every tree that becomes a beautiful toy, another is replanted! Learn more at www.tenderleaftoys.ca
BC Playthings is a cozy neighbourhood toy store in beautiful Edgemont Village, North Vancouver! They pride themselves on being a team of courageous "Play Specialists!" and it shows. Their selection of unique, quality toys focused on pretend play and imagination are not to be beat. BC Playthings offers a wide array of quality, wholesome toys, fidgets and educational tools. They are a reliable and popular resource for parents, educators, therapists and medical professionals with many different philosophies and needs. BC Playthings is one of the best local sources for pretend play and imaginative toys! Learn more at www.bcplaythings.com.
Warm Buddy offers a full line of Canadian-made natural hot/cold therapy products from shoulder wraps, warming blankets & eye pillows to slippers, socks & adorable plush animals. They also carry luxurious robes, novelty mitts & essential oils, mists & salts. Something for everyone - especially children & their parents! Founded by former Registered Nurse, Karen McKee, in 1995, Warm Buddy products have been classified as a Class 1 Medical Device and have a solid safety record based on intestive product testing. And they generously give back to the community by donating to various hospitals & non-profit societies. Learn more at www.warmbuddy.com.
Note: Some of the links in this post are sponsored or affiliate links where we receive a small commision or fee, but our team has only included items that we would buy for ourselves.
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