10 small business stocking filler ideas for young children

Looking for stocking ideas for young children? These 10 suggestions won’t just put a smile on your child’s face Christmas Day – they’ll also help support a small, independent business.

Finding gifts for their stocking can be a bit of a marathon. Getting the balance between sweet treats, activities, and something more sustainable, plus getting the right volume for that Christmas morning wow factor is a tricky task. 

Stocking fillers don’t have to be all plastic tat and throwaway items though. There are lots of independent stores selling great value gifts they’ll still be able to enjoy long after Christmas tree has left the building. 

At Books & Pieces we’ve got lots of brilliant stocking fillers for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers, from mini soft toy versions of their favourite book characters and wooden story sets, to card games, jigsaws and of course, books!

And here are a few other top stocking filler offerings from fellow indie brands.

1) Vegan stocking fillers

Vegan brand, Out of the Box gifts, do a great line in plastic-free stocking fillers, including crafting, chocolates, and our favourites – funky seed bombs. 

2) Potion making sets

Remember making potions as a kid? Pass the joy on with on of these ready-to-go Snow Fair or Dragon Tails potion making sets from Little Crumbs. £8.99 each.

3) Fun flashcards

For a stocking filler that’ll get lots of use, try a set of wipe-clean flashcards from Little Learners. There are so many to choose from, with sets for babies up to starting school, you’re sure to find the perfect set for your little person. Flashcards start at £6.75.

4) Festive sensory slime

Slime isn’t everyone’s cup of tea (I’m talking parents here!), but the kids really love it! Add some seasonal slime to their stocking this year and they’ll be Santa’s Number One Fan! Sensory Slime £6.99.

5) Hot chocolate bombs

The real magic happens when they pop one of these in a cup of warm milk. Save it for their stocking or pop it in their Christmas Eve box (and maybe treat yourself to one at the same time!). £3.50 each.

6) Crafts for younger kiddos

If your little one is just getting to grips with crafts and colouring, Loubiblu has a range of mini makes sets with no glue or scissors required. £10 per set.

7) Colouring books

Or inspire them with wildlife from around the world in this colouring book from The Black and White Book Project. Just £3.95. 

8) Challenge badges

Try something different in their stocking this year with the amazing range of embroidered badges from Pawprint Family. Spark some fun and try new activities with the seemingly endless array of challenge packs – print one out, enjoy the activity, and earn the badge! From £1.50 each.

9) Wooden and traditional toys and games

Every stocking should have a wooden toy or two. Smallkind have a great selection on their shelves.

10) Outdoor inspiration

Pizza for birds? It’s a thing, apparently! Create a culinary delight for your flying friends with this mini activity kit. £7.95 from Eco Ness.

Amanda Overend has been sharing books with her three boys since they were babies and she’s been blown away by the developmental gains they’ve made. 

She uses her nine plus years of reading with little people to find brilliant value books you’ll want to pick up again and again at Books & Pieces.

Photo by Chris Benson