Last year I filled my son’s stocking with “old-fashioned” type toys and candy and he thought it was SO cool! He said it really felt like it came from Santa’s workshop. Yes, we still believe in Santa over here. My son will be 10 in January and seems to still believe in the magic, though he does ask a lot of questions about the logistics of it all. I wanted to keep this year’s stockings simple and more on the old-fashioned side again. So here are my old fashioned stocking stuffer ideas for kids 2022.
Liam’s stocking (9 years old)
- Stockmar crayons are an investment. I gifted my son the stockmar block crayons for an online Waldorf class he takes with Outschool.com and he really likes how well the crayons blend together. They really are such high quality. I know he is going to be very excited about these!
- Mountain Traveler Llama– I was recently introduced to the Foothill Toy Co. which is a small shop that makes cute and simple open-ended toys that inspire children to use their imaginations. I got the Llama for Liam because I know he’ll think it’s funny. In the matchbox-style box, there is the llama, a straw bed, and her little flowering cactus. The matchbox animals seem nostalgic to me. When toys were much simpler, and Christmas was too.
- This bird whistle is an Amazon find and great for my nature-loving kiddo. I love anything made of wood because it seems to last so much longer than plastic toys.
- Every year I put a new PEZ dispenser in my son’s stocking. I thought this nutcracker looked a little more old-fashioned. I got mine from Target.
- Every year we each get a new Burt’s Bees lip balm. I don’t give one to my toddler, of course, because he would just eat it.
- A fresh orange is a classic tradition I love to uphold. It reminds me of Little Women for some reason.
- I usually get a giant peppermint stick or candy cane, but this year I found these cute peppermint lolipops from Target and I think they look like something from an old Mercantile you could buy for a penny.
- This knitting fork is from a small shop on Etsy. I thought this would be a fun handicraft we can learn together. There are lots of free tutorials on YouTube we can follow. I also bought a Stockmar crayon holder from this small shop and have that as a gift from Santa as well.
Theodore’s stocking (16 months old)
- The same peppermint lolipop as Liam
- Winter Story by Jill Barklem – We have a few of these books from this adorable series. The illustrations are very nostalgic and cozy. I think these little books look darling on a shelf displayed as well.
- Harper the Field Mouse is another Foothill Toy Co. product that has that vintage feel. The little matchbox mouse comes in a box with a mattress, blanket, and pillow. When your little one slides open the match box to find a sweet little mouse asleep in its bed… how magical! I know my toddler is going to love this. He loves anything tiny and a little plush mouse is perfect for his little hands.
- Honey Sticks is another investment piece that I waited to buy for quite some time. My toddler does enjoy coloring but occasionally decides to nibble on a crayon. He also breaks every crayon he uses (even the big toddler Crayola crayons) because he is pushing down too hard. These beeswax crayons are handmade using 100% pure New Zealand beeswax and Food Grade Pigments for Color. They also smell really nice! I also got a crayon holder from Happy Place Nature that fits these crayons that will be wrapped under the tree from Santa.
- And a fresh orange sitting snug on top of a stocking, of course!
- Not pictured is a toddler food pouch that I will also add in. My son’s favorite flavor is Plum Organics Pear Purple Carrot & Blueberry.
Other old fashioned stocking stuffers for kids :
What other old-fashioned/ vintage feeling toys and candy can you think of? Anything I need to add to my list?
I hope this Christmas season you can slow down and enjoy it. Don’t get caught up in the business of it all. Take time to mindfully choose gifts, and if you can, handmaking them is even better! Spend as much quality time with your family as you can and know when you have to say “no” to certain events so you’re not spread too thin. And remember to never compare your Christmas to any elses! If you can’t afford the Instagram-worthy gifts or decor, that is OKAY. I have had many Christmas’ that were on SUCH a tight budget, and others where we were able to splurge a bit. Think about what your kids need, too. Do they need new pj’s or art supplies? Maybe they have a hobby and need new tools or equipment?
So whatever Christmas looks like for you this year, remember to share love and your time over gifts. May you have a most blessed and beautiful Christmas!
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