With Christmas just days away, I thought I would share with you the little things I have picked up for our youngest child as stocking fillers. He is 9 months old and while he has absolutely no idea what is happening, the things we have bought for him will be useful, bring him joy and ignite play, and are generally things he needs.
Stockings are something I didn’t grow up with (we had all our gifts in one pile which was equally exciting), but it is a tradition we have introduced since having kids. I love buying the kids a main gift, a couple of smaller things and then filling a stocking with toiletries, treats, little toys and accessories. It is something they look forward to, something I enjoy buying/creating and something they would be sad for their baby brother to not be included in.
These budget stocking fillers are both useful and good value, and would make lovely little gifts for any baby – either on their own, or to pop in a babies stocking this Christmas.
Leggings – £2.50
Leggings/clothing/vests etc are great for popping in a stocking – roll them up and pop them in. They are always things that are useful for babies and bulk it out too! I picked these ones up in Matalan for £2.50 as I had been after some neutral ones, and these tick the box – for £2.50 you can’t go wrong!
Bouncy Ball – 99p
Babies and kids love balls – they provide hours of fun; chucking them and crawling or toddling after them. We got Oscar this light up one for 99p – it is textured and also lights up, which offers a sensory experience as well as fun. I bought one for my 1 year old nephew with a little soft toy for Christmas too.
I will add though that for some reason trying to find bouncy balls was a tricky task, with many obvious retailers claiming they were “summer stock”!
Toothbrush & Toothpaste
A new character toothbrush has been a bit of a regular in our kids stockings and are something that are always needed. With teeth now emerging it seemed like an easy and obvious option as a stocking filler.
Wooden car & Tractor – £2.50 each
These lovely pastel wooden Vehicles were picked up from Primark for £2.50 each – what a deal right? (they have some lovely budget wooden toys now). I thought they would be great for his stocking and as his toy selection is very scarce too, they offer him 2 new little toys too that will hopefully last a few years. I like that he can hold them easily and that they can be popped in my bag for when out and about too.
They are beautiful and bargainous!
Spoons – £3.99
Like most babies, Oscar loves to hold a spoon and chew on it/play with it/try to eat from it. I have been looking for some lovely little spoons both for feeding and entertaining him. This eco pack from Matalan was £3.99 and are just lovely. A useful gift and something I was buying anyway.
Socks – £5.99
These thick grippy socks from Zara baby are my faves – they stay on, are warm and cosy, and have plenty of grip for learning to walk/cruising! They come in a 2 pack for £5.99 and they have several options for both boys and girls. Socks and slipper socks are great to pop in any child’s stocking and I knew I wanted some more of these in his.
Other ideas I had (but didn’t need) were toy animals, baby snacks, other sensory items, mini kitchen utensils to play with, little slippers or bibs, a hat, mittens or hair accessories etc.
We have bought our baby boy a wooden London bus and a wooden garden (complete with cute wooden veggies) and a couple of books for his first Christmas. I picked his toys up from Facebook market place (£18 in total for both) and the books were a bargain at £3.99 each (and super lovely) from Tk Maxx. I am a great believer in gifting secondhand (especially to small children) to give toys a new home, while saving money. These stocking fillers will finish it all off nicely and provide him with hours of fun and some lovely things to occupy him and challenge him as he grows.
I am sure you will agree that on their own, any of these items would be lovely little budget gifts for any baby this Christmas (or an upcoming birthday/baby shower). You don’t have to spend much to gift them lovely (and useful) things.