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50 Best Stocking Stuffers for 3-Year-Olds (2023 Edition)

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Looking for awesome stocking stuffers for 3-year-olds? Well, you’re in luck!

Dive into a curated list of 50 goodies that bring joy to kiddos and a sigh of relief to parents.

From arts and crafts supplies to educational toys, this guide ensures your holiday stockings overflow with magical surprises.


A few of the stocking stuffers I got for our three kids (ages 1, 3, and 5) for Christmas this year. All products (and more) are in my Amazon Storefront – link to that in my bio. Visit my blog to keep up with the stocking stuffer ideas series, which has ideas for age 1, 2, and 3. Blog link in bio! 😃 #CapCut #stockingstuffers #toddlermom #momtok

♬ The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) – Nat King Cole Trio

Shopping for other ages? Check out the other posts in this series: 50 Best Stocking Stuffers for 1-Year-Olds and 50 Best Stocking Stuffers for 2-Year-Olds

1. The Elf on the Shelf Tonie

Elf on Shelf Tonie stocking stuffer idea

The Elf on the Shelf Tonie is a perfect Holiday addition for anyone who has a Toniebox. The story teaches kids about the three ingredients of Christmas magic, following a recipe, and making new friends.

2. Melissa & Doug Poke-a-Dot Numbers Learning Cards

poke a dot numbers

Ideal for 3 years and up, these counting cards from Melissa & Doug offer a hands-on, screen-free way to teach counting, color recognition, and shape identification. With 13 sturdy double-sided cards, it’s a great stocking stuffer to enhance early learning.

3. Chase from PAW Patrol Storypod Craftie

chase storypod craftie

Age 3 is the perfect age to really start appreciating the Storypod. If your 3-year-old is obsessed with Paw Patrol like mine, they’ll love the new Chase from PAW Patrol craftie, ideal for ages 3-5.

Don’t have a Storypod? Check out my full Storypod review.

4. Little Sleepies Holiday Treats Two-Piece Pajama Set

Little Sleepies Pajama Set stocking stuffer idea

We love Little Sleepies pajamas because they’re incredibly soft. They are crafted from Lunaluxe, which is great for all seasons and gentle on sensitive skin. These two-piece pajamas are festive for the holidays, and they come in matching family styles or different colors for boys and girls.

5. Little Friends Milla Doll

Milla Doll stocking stuffer idea

The Little Friends Milla Doll is a posable, 4-inch “bendy doll” made from flexible soft plastic with metal wires inside. These dolls are suitable for both boys and girls and offer endless imaginative play possibilities. Plus, you can collect the whole Little Friends family.

6. Bubble Bath Whisk

Bubble whisk stocking stuffer idea

Kids will have a blast making their own bubbles with the Bubble Bath Whisk. It adds an extra dash of fun to bath time, pool play, or even water table fun.

7. Biofino Venezia Ice Cream Cones Soft Play Food

Soft ice cream cones stocking stuffer idea

These Biofino Venezia soft play ice cream cones are a fun addition to any play kitchen. They offer a fun and imaginative way for kids to engage in pretend play.

8. Fleece-lined Slipper Socks

Slipper Socks stocking stuffer idea

The smooth, bump-free seams and the magical softness of teddy fleece makes these fleece-lined slipper socks a favorite for keeping little feet warm and cozy. Made from 65% recycled polyester, 33% cotton, and 2% spandex, they come with grips on the soles to prevent slipping.

9. The Dough Project: DIY Dough Mix

DIY Dough Mix stocking stuffer idea

Inspire creativity with The Dough Project’s DIY Dough Mix. Just add water and oil to the plant-based powder to create 15 ounces of non-toxic, completely safe playdough. It’s available in six vibrant primary colors.

10. Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wood Lacing Sneaker

Wood Lacing Sneaker stocking stuffer idea

This lacing sneaker from Melissa & Doug is a must have for kids learning to tie their shoes. It’s made from high-quality, hand-painted, durable wood. Suitable for ages 3 and up, it’s a practical and educational stocking stuffer.

11. Custom Box of Handmade Sidewalk Chalk

Custom Chalk stocking stuffer idea

Choose 2-9 letters to personalize a custom box of handmade sidewalk chalk with your toddler’s name. It’s eco-friendly, non-toxic, washable, and encourages creative and imaginative play.

12. Eco-Kids Finger Paint

Eco finger paints stocking stuffer idea

Introduce your little artist to Eco-Kids Finger Paint, made with food-safe ingredients. Just mix them with water and use them for several painting sessions.

13. Personalized Puzzle

Puzzle stocking stuffer idea

This 24-piece puzzle is the perfect level for a 3-year-old. It comes personalized with your kid’s name, and there are several designs to choose from. It is also made with 100% recycled laminated cardboard.

14. Pre-Gummed Paper Chain Strips

Paper chain stocking stuffer idea

Paper chain strips are always a fun creative activity. Kids can create 3D art pieces like chains and hang them around the house. The best part is these come pre-gummed so you just need to add a dab of water and stick them together. They are a perfect stocking stuffer!

15. Wikki Stix Primary Pack

Wikki Sticks stocking stuffer idea

Wikki Stix is another fantastic art activity for 3-year-olds. These twistable, bendable, wax-coated yarn sticks require no glue, paste, or paint to create 2 or 3-dimensional art pieces

16. Organic Beeswax Crayon Blocks

beeswax crayons stocking stuffer idea

These organic beeswax crayon blocks are smooth, vivid, and incredibly long-lasting. The box features 8 vibrant colors, and the crayons are made from non-toxic soybean wax (25%) and organic beeswax (75%). They are petroleum and paraffin-free.

17. Clixo Designer Pack

Clixo stocking stuffer idea

This Clixo Designer pack is a tactile magnetic toy that provides endless possibilities for creative construction. It’s perfect for open ended play, and it’s a unique and entertaining stocking stuffer idea.

18. LCD Dinosaur Doodle Board

Dinosaur doodle toy stocking stuffer idea

The LCD Dinosaur Doodle Board is a mess-free way for kids to draw and express themselves. It has an easy lock feature and a great screen alternative to take on the go.

19. Melissa & Doug Water Wow! Activity Pads

Water Wow stocking stuffer idea

Melissa & Doug Water Wow! activity pads are another great mess-free art activity. They are great for travel and they only require water to reveal the bright colors on each page. Let them dry, and keep reusing them over and over.

20. Theraputty

Theraputty stocking stuffer idea

Perfect for emotional regulation and fidgeting, Theraputty is a versatile sensory toy. Small enough to fit into any stocking, it provides tactile stimulation and helps children develop hand strength and coordination.

21. Melissa & Doug Mini Sketch Pads


Tuck the Melissa & Doug Mini Sketch Pads into a stocking for the perfect blank slate for creative minds. These small sketch pads are ideal for doodling, drawing, and sparking artistic expression.

22. Eric Carle Matching Game

Eric Carle Matching Game stocking stuffer idea

Boost your toddler’s focus, memory, and matching skills with the Eric Carle Matching Game. Featuring vibrant illustrations from Eric Carle’s beloved books like Brown Bear, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Goldfish and more, this game is both entertaining and educational.

23. Left & Right Shoe Stickers

Shoe Stickers stocking stuffer idea

Make learning to put on shoes fun with Left & Right Shoe Stickers. These stickers help toddlers distinguish between left and right feet, turning a daily task into an engaging activity.

25. The Color Monster

The color monster stocking stuffer idea

Explore emotions with The Color Monster, a book that delves into the world of feelings. Opt for the board book version, compact enough to fit in a stocking.

26. Slug Fidget Toy

Slug Fidget Toy stocking stuffer idea

This Slug Fidget Toy is a sensory toy that would look really cute hanging out of a stocking. It’s available in three colors and made of non-toxic, BPA-free plastic.

27. Wooden Slingshot

Wooden slingshot stocking stuffer idea

Add an element of adventure to your kid’s stocking with a Wooden Slingshot. Handmade and personalized with your kid’s name, it comes with felt balls as “ammo,” perfect for safe and imaginative outdoor play.

28. Personalized Floral Sunglasses

Personlized sunglasses stocking stuffer idea

Protect those little eyes in style with Personalized Floral Sunglasses. Adorable and personalized, they come with a leather case, making them a fashionable and practical stocking stuffer.

29. Kids Binoculars

Binoculars stocking stuffer idea

With 2x magnification and no batteries required, these binoculars are perfect for little adventurers. They will inspire endless hours of exploration and outdoor play.

30. Sensory Monkey Strings

Monkey strings stocking stuffer idea

You can stretch, tie, and knot these sensory Monkey Strings for fidgety fun. They are colorful and BPA-free, and they provide a sensory tactile experience. A fun addition to your 3-year-old’s stocking.

31. Kids Karaoke Mic

Kids microphone stocking stuffer idea

Every day is a music day with the Kids Karaoke Mic. Your little one can sing along to one of five pre-recorded songs, with classics like “Its Bitsy Spider” and “If You’re Happy and You Know It”, record their performances, and even play them back.

32. Parachute Toys

Parachute toy stocking stuffer idea

Whether it’s in the backyard or at the park, these parachute toys will give you hours of airborne enjoyment for your active 3-year-old. They are made from BPA-free plastic and are tangle-free too, making them a fantastic addition to the stocking.

33. Honeysticks Bath Color Tablets

Bath color tablets stocking stuffer idea

Bath time becomes a fizzy experience with Honeysticks Bath Color Tablets. These dye-free tablets fizz and change colors when you throw them in the bath. Made from non-toxic, natural, food-grade ingredients, they leave no residue, ensuring a colorful and clean bath time fun.

34. Disney Eye Found It Card Game

Eye found it stocking stuffer idea

The Disney Eye Found It card game features images of hidden treasures and characters from Disney movies, making it a fun experience for young ones. Not only does it entertain, but it also helps your kids practice essential skills like taking turns, counting, and improving hand-eye coordination.

35. Mini Magnetic Drawing Board

Mini magnetic drawing stocking stuffer idea

Kids can start practicing writing letters and numbers, or they can just doodle their heart away on this Mini Magnetic Drawing Board. It’s perfect for car rides, too. Very small, and comes in a pack of 6, so you can buy one pack for all of your stockings.

36. Animal Name Stamp

Animal Name Stamp stocking stuffer idea

Featuring cute animal designs, these stamps can be customized with your child’s name, adding a fun and unique element to their belongings. The stamps are durable and crafted from 100% natural ingredients.

37. Learning Resources Magnifying Glass & Tweezers

Magnifying Glass & Tweezers stocking stuffer idea

The Learning Resources Magnifying Glass & Tweezers set is a neat science toy for kids. It’s designed to develop fine motor skills and encourage outdoor exploration. A perfect stocking stuffer that combines learning and play.

38. Bubble Blower Wand

Bubble wand stocking stuffer idea

This Bubble Blower Wand takes bubble fun to the next level. It has five openings for a cascade of bubbles. The Mother’s Corn bubbles are safe for kids of all ages. It’s a great addition to a 3-year-old’s stocking.

39. Crayola Washable Window Crayons

Glass crayons stocking stuffer idea

This set of Crayola Washable Window Crayons let’s your kids turn any glass surface into an artistic canvas. They’re a breeze to wash off, so no worries about a lasting mess. Ideal for ages 3 and up, they are non-toxic and the perfect stocking stuffer for little artists!

40. Silly Straw Glasses

Silly Straw Glasses stocking stuffer idea

This playful set of reusable straw glasses brings a dash of fun to every drink. Great for the whole family, they’re non-toxic, washable, and reusable, making them an eco-friendly and entertaining stocking stuffer.

41. Temporary Tattoos for Kids

Temporary Tattoo stocking stuffer idea

Let your kiddo rock their style with Temporary Tattoos for Kids. The Tattoo-Palooza set features adorable designs like llamas, narwhals, ice cream cones, and monster trucks. Meant for ages 3 and up with adult supervision, these are non-toxic and they last up to 5 days but can be easily removed with water or rubbing alcohol.

42. Wooden Jacob’s Ladder

Jacob's ladder stocking stuffer idea

A Wooden Jacob’s Ladder is a classic that will keep your little one entertained for hours. There are so many ways to play with it and just watching the wooden blocks roll down is mesmerizing. This is a unique idea for their stocking.

43. Fizzy Bath Bombs

Bath Bombs stocking stuffer idea

These Fizzy Bath Bombs from Tubby Todd bring a burst of fun to the tub with their fizzing action. They are made with food-grade color that won’t stain towels or tubs, and they have no synthetic fragrances so they are safe for babies, toddlers, and everyone in the family.

44. Ms. Food Face Ceramic Plate

Ms. Food Face stocking stuffer idea

Studies suggest that letting kids play with their food can be beneficial for experimental learning so the Ms. Food Face Ceramic Plate is perfect for that. It let’s your child to have fun decorating their plate with different foods, turning each meal into a creative experience.

45. Hot Wheels Color Reveal

Hot Wheels stocking stuffer idea

If your kid loves cars, they’ll love these color-changing Hot Wheels. The cars change colors in ice-cold water and revert to their original shade in warm water. Each pack includes two cars, for double the fun. A perfect stocking stuffer for little car enthusiasts!

46. Playfoam

Playfoam stocking stuffer idea

Non-toxic and mess-free, Playfoam provides a sensory-rich experience for imaginative play. This pack of eight vibrant colors offers endless possibilities for squishing, squashing, and sculpting.

47. Wooden Stacking Stones

Wooden blocks stocking stuffer idea

Unlike traditional blocks, each block in this set is a polyhedron which adds an extra challenge to building and balancing. These are crafted from high-quality wood and painted with eco-friendly paint. A Montessori-friendly stocking stuffer idea.

48. Big Feelings Pineapple

Feelings Pineapple stocking stuffer idea

Help your toddler explore emotions with the Big Feelings Pineapple. This interactive toy helps toddlers recognize, understand, and express their emotions in a playful way. Its cute pineapple design sparks conversations about emotions, supporting your child’s emotional development.

49. Kids Mini Camera

Kids Camera stocking stuffer idea

This Kids Mini Camera is perfect for little photographers. It has a 2-inch screen and can take 12-megapixel pictures. It’s designed for 3-year-olds with user-friendly controls and a durable build. Perfect for encouraging exploration and storytelling.

50. Paint by Sticker

Paint by sticker stocking stuffer idea

This creative activity book lets your little one Create art one sticker at a time. With each page, they can find the sticker, place the sticker, and watch the masterpiece come to life!

Stocking Stuffer for 3-Year-Old FAQs

What do you put in a 3-year-old Christmas stocking?

For a 3-year-old’s Christmas stocking, consider adding small toys like binoculars or card games, left and right shoe stickers, Tonies or Storypod crafties, and arts and craft supplies like beeswax crayon blocks or DIY play dough mix.

What is the best Christmas gift for a 3-year-old?

The best Christmas gift for a 3-year-old is spending time with you! But if you want to buy something, there are tons of ideas in the gift guides section of my website. Some of our favorites are magnetic tiles, wooden blocks, add-ons for our wooden train tracks, new Tonies or Storypod crafties, and the 3-year-old Lovevery play kits.

What does a 3-year-old like for Christmas?

A 3-year-old will love Christmas gifts that encourage imaginative play, feature bright and colorful designs, showcase favorite characters, and include simple yet engaging games. But honestly? A 3-year-old will be ecstatic just taking off the wrapping paper!

What are the best stocking stuffers for 3-year-olds that are under $10?

Great stocking stuffers for 3-year-olds under $10 include Melissa & Doug Water Wow! Activity Pads, the Eric Carle Matching Game, left and right shoe stickers, the board book The Color Monster, and sensory strings.


As we wrap up our journey through the 50 Best Stocking Stuffers for 3-Year-Olds in 2023, I can’t help but share a glimpse into my own holiday excitement.

My absolute favorites for this age range include Theraputty, left and right shoe stickers, mini sketch pads, finger paint, and the Elf on the Shelf Tonie, a timeless friend that adds a sprinkle of magic to the season.

Wishing you and your little ones a stocking full of joy, laughter, and the pure delight of discovering these treasures on Christmas morning.

Shopping for other ages? Check out the other posts in this series: 50 Best Stocking Stuffers for 1-Year-Olds and 50 Best Stocking Stuffers for 2-Year-Olds

Interested in stocking stuffers that are more about practicality and are conveniently on Amazon? Check out this shorter stocking stuffer guide:

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