Ever get a load of what stores call “cheap” stocking stuffers? $15-$20 is the usual price and way too much to spend on stocking stuffers which are basically “filler” Christmas presents. If your child is getting other bigger, more expensive Christmas presents under the tree, keep spending to a minimum on stocking stuffers. But don’t just fill the stocking cheap junk, either. Here are budget Christmas presents, educational toys, holiday gifts and stocking stuffers under $1 each. You can literally fill your child’s stocking for around $5.
School supplies: Stock up on cheap school supplies for stocking stuffers at back to school sales. Hit Dollar Tree and Family Dollar and Dollar General for budget under $1 pens, pencils, notebooks, journals, planners, stickers, index cards, glue sticks, staplers, tape and scissors. Think kids will find these holiday gifts boring? Quite the opposite–kids love having their own at-home school supplies. Rolls of colored off-brand duct tape are always a hit (check clearance bins in hardware stores).
Art supplies: Check out fun new crafts supplies (cheap at Black Friday or Christmas sales) for Christmas presents, stocking stuffers and educational toys and holiday gifts. Buy neon and metallic color crayons, glitter markers, scissors with funky-shaped cutting edges, shaped paper punches, mini stampers (markers with stamped pictures). Get individual art supplies under a $1 at hobby stores. Buy assorted varieties of craft paper, stencils, pipe cleaners, clay, dough, modeling compounds, glitter, paint, paint brushes and stickers. Check store clearance racks for discontinued items, closeouts and off-season holiday gifts and crafts supplies, perfect for educational toys.
Under $1 educational toys and craft sets: Dollar Tree, Walmart, Target, Family Dollar, Dollar General, Jo-Anne Fabrics and Hobby Lobby sell complete craft projects under $1. Give as Christmas presents: Wikki Stix, sand art, jewelry making, bead kits, lacing, nail art, temporary tattoos, candle-making, scrapbook supplies, sponge painting, needlework kits, yarn crafts, sewing kits, fabric decorating, paints, foam crafts, magnets, photo frames, woodworking, metalworking, wood-burning and leather crafts. Walmart and Target sell educational toys and games sets under $1. and DIY fabric decorating crafts.and more. Oriental Trading sells crafts sets by the dozen. Give each child several kits as stocking stuffers or donate to holiday gifts drives for kids in need.