As much as I love getting creative with stocking stuffers, some of the same standbys always wind up in the stockings: Silly Putty, a Slinky, bubbles, a bouncy ball, and some lip balm. And while there’s nothing wrong with these time-tested classics, I am always on the hunt for clever, creative, and even educational ways to fill my girls’ stockings. These ten stocking stuffers for kids fit the bill, without breaking the bank. Nothing is over $20, and more are under $10.

Make things fly with this magic wand.
Make things fly with this magic wand.

Fly Stick Set, $19.99

Kids will love amazing their friends with this magic wand, which makes the included mylar objects levitate! Amazon

A tactile tool for early spellers.
A tactile tool for early spellers.

Spinny Speller, 9.50

Beginning spellers can learn simple phonics concepts with this fun little wooden device. Amazon

Tangles are great for fidgeters.

Tangle Jr. Metallic, $6.97 for 2

This shiny metallic toy is fun to fiddle around with, and keeps little hands busy. Chinaberry

Kids will learn math facts fast with Math Dice.
Kids will learn math facts fast with Math Dice.

Math Dice Jr., $6.79

Kids will be having so much fun, they may just forget they are practicing math skills. Amazon

Story Cubes
Story Cubes spur creativity.

Story Cubes, $6.84

My daughter’s teacher suggested she express does her story maps and think through her ideas in pictures instead of words. These are great little creativity prompts to aid budding writers. Amazon

Stencil and pen kit lets doodlers get creative.
Stencil and pen kit lets doodlers get creative.

Stencil & Pen Kits, $10

Kids will love using this kit to create funny, inventive faces. Uncommon Goods

Fun, fast-paced and portable.
Fun, fast-paced and portable.

Funnybones, $10.59

Fast paced and portable, this challenging game makes the perfect travel companion. Amazon

Kids can customize this apron, then wash and reuse it another day.
Kids can customize this apron, then wash and reuse it another day.

Doodle Apron, $17

This fun apron lets kids go crazy doodling, taking notes or jotting down recipes, and then washes clean for another day. Amazon

Seriously addictive putty.
Seriously addictive putty.

Brain Food, $9.95

I know I said that putty is a standby at our house, but Brain Food is truly the most addictive putty in the world. My girls can’t seem to put it down! Fat Brain Toys

Project images and tell a story.
Project images and tell a story.

Projector Flashlight, $14.95

This pretty little flashlight projects is appealingly French and retro, and projects images as well as light. Land of Nod

How do you like to fill your kids stockings? Candy? Cards? Coal? Do you plan and shop ahead, or is it a last minute thing?

Ten Stocking Stuffers for Kids

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