Shopping for stocking stuffers is one of my all-time favourite things to do. I love finding just the right items for my kids. I buy stocking stuffers all through the year as I see them in stores, though I also buy a few select things online.
When Aiden was just over 1 year old, I shared with you the items I was putting into his stocking. Although I missed this gift list tradition, I’m picking it back up featuring the things I am excited to put in his stocking now that he’s 4 years old. These gifts are all quite gender-neutral, so they would work for a boy or a girl!
Stocking Stuffer Ideas for a 4 Year Old
- The gift of music – I believe encouraging a love of music is important in all its forms – and that includes whistles! I always give a small instrument as a gift or stocking stuffer. This year Aiden is getting a recorder and Damien is getting a kazoo, though my top suggestion for small and inexpensive is an harmonica
- LEGO – whether you are getting larger sets as gifts or not, there are some amazing small Creator sets that are perfect for the stocking. This year we purchased the LEGO Creator Mini Skyflyer, which turns into 3 different aircraft.
- Bath Crayons – I love bath crayons and markers, but they never seem to last a full year!
- Art supplies – art supplies make up a big portion of my stocking. This year I have glow-in-the-dark pirate stickers, glitter glue pens, themed-markers, and the Usborne Monster Doodles wipe-clean cards.
- Candy airplane – a Candy Pop Fan is the real name for what he asked Santa for.
- Chocolate – of course! I usually put in a couple of Christmas-shaped chocolates, but nothing excessive
- Candy – I bought some sugar-free fruit gummies and only a couple of novelty sweets like a Santa Pez, a gourmet candy cane from Whole Foods and a candy-filled school bus.
- Games – small games like Go Fish or Spot It! also fit perfectly in a stocking.
If you are looking for more ideas for other age-ranges, check out my list of Stocking Stuffer Ideas for a 1 Year Old.
For US residents, the above links (where appropriate) are to Canadian sites. You can find many of the same items on Amazon.com here: recorder, kazoo, harmonica, LEGO Creator Mini Skyflyer, bath crayons, glitter glue, Usborne Monster Doodles, Candy Pop Fan, Spot It!
I know that most guys struggle to do the Christmas shopping. While us moms probably take on the bulk of the shopping for the kids and extended family, you probably struggle just as much to show that special someone in your life just how important they are. While she may have given you a few hints for her present, you’re left to your own devices when it comes to her stocking. I’ve reviewed many an online list for stocking stuffers only to wonder – who wants that crap?!
Fret not! I present to you…
A Guys’ Guide to Stocking Stuffers
- Games – stuff in a game you can play together, like Cards Against Humanity, Scrabble Slam or Bananagrams Pictured: Cards Against Humanity
- Soap or bath products – while bath products and lotions usually scream “generic” to me, I do appreciate a good quality handmade soap or some scented bath products. Skip the lotions – we’re too picky about those! Pictured: Saltspring Soapworks Pure Soap
- A cookbook or cooking magazine – I’m a sucker for new cookbooks, so I love these. I am addicted to the Martha Stewart Everyday Food magazines – healthy and easy for the family. Pictured: Everyday Food: Great Food Fast
- Gloves – whether you go for leather or cute or specialty touchscreen gloves, it’s hard to go wrong here. Pictured: Agloves
- Ornament – get a classy new ornament or something very much to her taste: Hello, Doctor Who ornament! Pictured: Swarovski 2013 Crystal Star Ornament
- Lip Gloss – talk to her Mary Kay consultant by phone or email or take a recent photo in to any good make-up store (Sephora, MAC) and they’ll help you choose the right colour! Pictured: Mary Kay NouriShine
- Eye Shadow – while you’re buying make-up, grab some new eye shadow in a new shade or, if in doubt, some new mascara. We can always use more! Pictured: Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color
- Candy – go to a specialty candy store for a little gift bag or jar of assorted candy. That extra touch goes a long way. Most specialty stores will have grab bags pre-packaged and wrapped! Pictured: Sugar & Co. Bonbon assortment
- Chocolate – it’s so important, it gets its own category. Forget candy bars and go for the dark chocolate bar or specialty chocolates. Pictured: Thomas Haas Chocolate Bar
- Scratch & Win – while I don’t want to encourage gambling (particularly for kids), I quite love getting some scratch and wins in my own stocking. Pictured: BCLC Scratch & Win tickets
- Scarf – easy to find just about anywhere, it’s a nice alternative to socks in a stocking! Pictured: Stella & Dot Union Square Scarf
- Charm it Up – start a Pandora charm bracelet or a simple charm necklace – if she has one already, perfect! It’s easy to add a new charm. Pictured: Pandora bracelet starter
- Coffee – grab some fresh coffee or quality loose leaf tea. Skip the grocery stores and look for specialty cafes and stores. Pictured: Moja Coffee Roaster Series 2013
This list should fill up your stocking quite nicely, without adding in junk products or useless kitchen gadgets and candles. Of course, if you know your wife really wants a new spatula, go wild!