If there’s one thing I try to avoid around the holidays, it’s collecting junk that we’ll never use. Years ago, we would find random things to put in the kid’s stockings, and it always drove me crazy to see it go to waste. Now I focus on purchasing essential items that they’ll actually use. As you know, I always seek out companies who create products using the cleanest ingredients possible. I’ve created a list for stocking stuffers by age group, including your fur babies!
Safe and Useful Stocking Stuffer Ideas
I don’t go crazy with stocking stuffers for babies, because they are so young. However, it’s nice to have a few sensory items that they can touch and play with on Christmas morning. Stick with items that you know you’ll need in the near future for your baby.
- organic wooden teethers
- soft lovey
- small security blanket
- BPA free pacifier
- amber teething necklace
- travel set of clean baby products (lotions, baby oil, shampoo, soap)
- bath toys
Toddlers and Preschoolers
This age group is beginning to really learn about the world around them, and take on small responsibilities that are part of their daily routine. I believe toddlers and preschoolers learn best by play, so for this reason, I choose stocking stuffers that are creative items and for daily self-care.
- bamboo toothbrush
- SLS-free kids toothpaste
- Mini hairbrush
- Alaffia shea bubble bath
- beeswax crayons
- natural play dough
- Melissa and Doug wooden mini craft sets
By this age, kids have taken on more responsibility, but still enjoy play. They are also starting to increase personal hygiene, so I would include things from the preschool list such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, and hair brushes.
- Tom’s natural waxed dental floss
- BPA-free water bottle
- Wixi Sticks
- refillable travel-size hand sanitzer
- reusable no-mess color pads
Tweens and Teens
By this age, your tweens and teens need many of the same items that we do as adults. This is a good time to swap out old everyday items for eco-friendly ones.
- reusable straws
- organic chapstick
- cozy barefoot dreams socks
- eco-friendly razor
Many of the holiday-themed treats for pets are extremely dangerous for them. Kong and Nylabone are two great brands for chew toys. Here are a few pet-friendly treats and toys that you can feel good about giving to your fur babies.
- grain-free treats
- laser light toy
- appropriately-sized fabric toys and balls
- rope chew toys that are tied on both sides
- new ID tags
Does this list give you some good ideas? I feel good knowing that a lot of these products are eco-friendly, clean, and reusable! What are some of your favorite stocking stuffers? Let me know in the comments!
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