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I'm on the hunt for stocking stuffer ideas that aren't junky and not too expensive. Impossible? I have DS who's 6, and Dd who's 3. So far I have fun socks, underwear, and a cool eraser for DS (who's in kindy and needs a good eraser). DS is really more the issue. For DD there are art supplies and lip balm, neither of which DS would want.<br><br>
I'll probably do a couple edible things, but I'd still love two more things. I'd like to spend $5 or less per item. Any ideas?<br>
thanks,<br>
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I'm thinking of things along the same lines as you. Nothing junky, and mostly practical stuff. On my list (besides some of the same stuff you mentioned) are new "exciting" (character, yuck, but loved by the kids) toothbrushes. Each of my kids will be getting a special espresso cup for their morning "bubble milk" (frothed milk that I make for my latte). DD might get a new (knitted by me) headband, and ds a pair of (also knitted by me) mittens.<br><br>
I know, not too exciting sounding, but it's stuff my kids would be excited to get (except the 2 yr old might not be so excited about the mittens <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> )<br><br>
Oh yeah, I almost forgot - dd really wants comic books this year and so I might get her one or two to put in the stocking, and I'll also probably have a small book for ds.
 

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Our stockings traditionally hold a book or magazine and a small game/puzzle (think travel game). I've also used small bionicles or lego packages (the party favour size), Warhammer figurines, trains for the Brio tracks, a package of favourite pens (DS likes an expensive kind of pen) or markers, hair accessories for dd, and bath soaps/body lotion/fingernail brushes.<br><br>
Now that the children are older, I still include the book or magazine, but also a CD, although last year I replaced that with an iTunes gift card.<br><br>
I was planning on buying toothbrushes this year too!<br><br>
And of course, an orange in the toe!
 

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Some things we've done in the past for extended family are: small flashlights, small bath products, balls, yo-yos, jump rope, tools (like a small hammer), jacob's ladder, stamps and stamp pads - that kind of thing.
 

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I found some cool metal and wooden puzzles at Home goods for $5.99. they are like these ones.<br><br><a href="http://stores.brilliantpuzzles.com/-strse-339/Cast-Devil-Hanayama-Puzzle/Detail.bok" target="_blank">http://stores.brilliantpuzzles.com/-...zle/Detail.bok</a><br><br><a href="http://stores.brilliantpuzzles.com/-strse-17/Caged-Ball-Wooden-Puzzle/Detail.bok" target="_blank">http://stores.brilliantpuzzles.com/-...zle/Detail.bok</a><br><br>
Also I made coupons for thing like "stay up late on a school night", "get out chores free" etc. These are always a hit!
 

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For DS's (age 5) stocking this year I have new crayons, a toothbrush, a couple of magic tricks, a Rubik's cube, and some candy.<br><br>
For DD's (age 1.5) stocking I have bath toys, a toothbrush, some new wooden play food and kitchen utensils, and some accessories for her baby doll.
 

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playdough<br>
train whistle<br>
rhythm sticks<br>
jingle bells<br>
bubble bath<br>
bubbles<br>
train cars<br>
matchbox cars<br>
playsilks<br>
deck of cards<br>
small books<br>
animal figures<br>
socks<br>
underwear<br>
tattoos
 

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DD is 5 and DS will be 3, they are getting<br><br>
DVD (I got some on the sales over the summer)<br>
toothbrush<br>
fun socks/t shirt<br>
DS is getting a couple of wooden cars<br>
DD will probably get some hair stuff<br>
a couple of Mr Men books<br>
gloves<br><br>
I've also though about<br>
small boxes of cereals (the sort I don't usually buy)<br>
small bag of popcorn<br>
small torch (I've seen some mini led head torches which I think they would like)<br>
magnifying glass/bug viewer<br>
printing out some colouring sheets/puzzles
 

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My DD's are 6 and 3. For their stocking this year I bought toothbrushes, new waterbottles, lipbalm, some of the small paint by number in the dollar section at Target, stickers, drawing pad, and a few others things that I can't remember!
 

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Growing up we were a very healthy eating family, so my mom would give us some treats that we didn't usually get. Microwave popcorn, hot cocoa mixes, mac and cheese, gum, mints, etc. It was a HUGE treat for us, but a cheap way to fill a stocking.
 

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My little one is getting this year:<br>
Fruit leather<br>
An organic candy cane<br>
Satsuma mandarins<br>
A small dark chocolate bar<br>
Some sort of travel sized game<br>
A new toothbrush<br>
A package of marker pens (way more exciting than crayons)<br>
A box of Stash Wild Raspberry Tea (her favorite)
 

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For the 6 year old- how about some science tools- binoculars, pocket microscope, magnifying glass?<br><br>
I got binoculars at rite aid for $5<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fexec%2Fobidos%2Ftg%2Fdetail%2F-%2FB0009K6K0A%2Fref%3Dord_cart_shr%3F_encoding%3DUTF8%26m%3DA1FMUOMSDTCB8X%26v%3Dglance" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...TCB8X&v=glance</a><br><br><a href="http://www.forsmallhands.com/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=76_92_1208" target="_blank">http://www.forsmallhands.com/store/i...ath=76_92_1208</a><br><br><br>
Stainless Steel Water Bottle<br>
Watch
 
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