Looking for fun, affordable stocking stuffers for kids? Here are 20 of my favorites – all under $10 each. I’ve noticed that several of the toys on this stocking stuffer list are classic toys. Even if you didn’t play with them when you were a kid, you can enjoy playing with them with your children or grandchildren.
Here are some fun, affordable stocking stuffers for younger kids. Some they can play with on their own; others might need a little parental help.
Wooden Train Whistle – Choo Choo! This train whistle has 4-tones and sounds like the real thing. Made from unfinished pine and high quality birch plywood. Measures 8-1/4″ long by 1-1/2″ square. Decorated with chart showing what 11 different whistle sounds mean (long, long, short, long is the sound for train approaching a crossing.) Made in Vermont USA. Ages 5+ $5.99
One-Two Tie Your Shoe Lacing Toy – This lacing toy helps children practice lacing and tying their shoes. Builds hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. Wooden shoe measures 4″ long and includes lace. (Shoe colors may vary from image.) From Ryan’s Room. Ages 3+ $4.99
Made By Me – A great first woodworking assembly project! Kids can assemble their own Truck, Train, or VW Bug and then color, paint or decorate them. The individual sets come with smooth-sanded unfinished pine pieces and wooden wheels and axles. All you need is some glue, a hammer, paints, crayons, stickers or whatever else you might want to use for decoration. A great Grandparent & Me activity! Made By Me’s have received Dr. Toy’s 100 Best Children’s Products Award and Dr. Toy’s 10 Best Creative Toys Awards. Made in the USA. Ages 3+ $3.99
Old Fashioned Spinning Top A table-top wooden toy spinning top with spinning bracket and string. A safe indoor toy that even a 3-year-old can operate with help from Mom or Dad. Ages 3+ $8.99
Engineer’s Cap - Our son wouldn’t take off his engineer’s cap when he was little. Every boy & girl needs one to run their railroad! 100% cotton. Available in Adult or Children’s size. Blue/white stripes or pink/white stripes. $9.99
Stocking Stuffers for Ages 5-7
Lots of these classic toys will also be enjoyed by kids older that 7 years.
Marbles – our cool marbles come in a “vintage” metal box and are even made in the USA! 48 marbles & 2 shooter marbles plus a handbook to learn about different marble games. Made in USA $9.99
Dominos – Another classic game. Dominos can be used in many ways (math games or racing dominos, for example.) Take it to the next level and learn how to play block, draw, Maltese cross, Sebastopol, Bergen, Montana and Texas 42. Comes in a “vintage” metal box and includes a full set of 28 double six dominos and a twenty page handbook covering history, technique and game rules. Made in USA. $9.99
Jacob’s Ladder – I never had one of these growing up and didn’t “get” it until I read the instructions. So much fun! This can be played by younger kids, but even 8 & 9 year-olds love watching the wooden pieces cascade as if by magic. You can also do magic tricks with the Jacob’s Ladder. I have seen cheap Jacob’s Ladders but this is the real deal with quality wooden pieces. Made in the USA. $8.99
Jacks – This traditional jacks set comes with 5 gold and 5 silver jacks a ball and a cloth storage bag. Also comes with rules but you can make up your own, too. $4.99
Whirly Toy – Did you have one when you were a kid? This one has lights inside the wheel so the fun can continue after dark. It’s quite hypnotic and I – and other adults – have spent lots of time playing with these! Wheel is magnetic and tracks along the metal rod while spinning (and lighting up). I’ve seen lots of cheap imitations but this is a sturdy, well-made toy. Comes with battery. Ages 5+ $9.99
Slinky Collector’s Edition – Who hasn’t had a Slinky? The Slinky is still made in Pennsylvania with the original equipment that Richard James created. The Slinky has changed little in over 50 years and is loads of fun. Great for coordination development, learning about gravity, balance and more. Made in the USA. Ages 5+ $7.99
Light Crystal Prism – A great science toy that’s fun to look at! Natural sunlight is refracted through the prism into the full spectrum of colors – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. Made of polished glass; must be handled with care. Made in USA. Ages 6+ $8.99
Eni Puzzle - A great “fidget” puzzle toy with lots of possible solutions and great for spatial relation skills. The “Keychain” size comes in two colors schemes: pastels and hot/bold colors. Ages 5+ Keychain is $6.99
Toss the tethered wooden rings in the air and see how many you can catch on the wooden stick. Once you’ve caught all the rings see if you can catch the square – but don’t lose the rings in the process. This is a great way for kids to develop their hand to eye coordination. From Ryan’s Room. Ages 6+ $8.99
This is a great top for beginners! It’s easier to throw than the wooden top because it comes with a Power Spinner cord that makes it fool proof to spin. The Sidewinder is a fixed nylon point Spin Top. Measures 2″ diam x 3.25″ long. Includes fixed plastic point and Power-Spinner for easy launches. Made in USA. Top colors may vary.
Wooden Flying Sticks - This Flying Stick is an aerodynamically sophisticated version of the old folk-toy stick helicopter. The pitch of the 7 inch rotor can be be changed by wetting and bending. It takes a little practice to get a good flight. Insider Tip: Wait until wood is dry before flying, or it will be too heavy. Ages 7+ Sold in 16 packs only. A 16-pack is $16.99 but I included it on my list because each flying stick comes out to just over $1.
Stocking Stuffers for Ages 8+
Kids 8 and older will enjoy any of the toys on the ages 5-7 list, but here are a few that might need a little more physical & mental dexterity.
Soma Cube Puzzle – This is a classic three dimensional puzzle consisting of seven unique shapes which can only be assembled into a cube one way. Cube measures 2-1/8″ and is made of maple hardwood finished with a clear urethane finish. Made in USA. Ages 8+ $9.99.
Q-Bitz – This is a fun brainteaser puzzle. We left it out on our kitchen table and our 12- & 13-year olds played with it. The goal is to duplicate the pattern on the puzzle card with the 16 wooden cubes. Q-bitz Solo can be played alone or used to add a player in a Q-bitz game. Three different ways to play including recreating the pattern from memory! Add a timer to see who can complete each puzzle the fastest. Includes wooden tray, 16 wooden cubes, 20 puzzle cards, instructions and is packed in a small tin box for easy storage. Ages 8+ $9.99.
Yomega “Brain” Yo-Yo - This is the yo-yo that revolutionized yo-yo play. When you throw it down, it sleeps and then remembers to come back up. Patented centrigual clutch allows super-fast free spin, followed by automatic return. Ideal for beginners. Includes 5 extra strings. Colors vary. Ages 7 to adult. $9.99
Wooden Throwing Top – This is a classic, natural wooden throwing top with a safe replaceable fixed plastic point. Includes 60″ string and wooden “button”. It’s a bit more challenging to throw that the Sidewinder above but is a really satisfying spin once you master it. Made in USA. $7.99. Save 10% when you buy 3 or more.
Visit Turner Toys & Hobbies to see other affordable toys! Have a Merry Christmas!