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The Best Minimalist Stocking Stuffers for a Clutter-Free Christmas

Stockings are such a magical part of Christmas. But…Have you ever filled the stockings with random junk in order to cross another task off your holiday to-do list? Me too, but this year I am being more conscientious and carefully selecting clutter-free stocking stuffers.

Clutter-Free and Minimalist Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Kids

Clutter-Free Stocking Stuffers that Aren’t a Waste of Money

As a practical minimalist, I cringe at the idea of traditional stocking stuffers.

For many of us (especially busy moms) stocking stuffers are a last minute Hail Mary in the hours leading up to Christmas.

This makes for bad decisions; mostly in the form of cheap junk that is neither wanted nor needed.

Where traditional stocking stuffers fall short is that by the time Christmas dinner on the table they have already been:

  • Broken or forgotten
  • Misplaced
  • Strewn about the house making a mess
  • Chalked up to a complete waste of money

The good news is that there is still time to avoid this all-too-common phenomenon!

I am here to help you by providing a tried and true list of items to include in a minimalist stocking stuffer.

Minimalist Stocking Stuffers Kids Will Love

This stocking stuffer gift guide is loosely based on the popular minimalist mantra of “The 4 Gifts Rule”.

For this clutter-free stocking version, I have created 4 categories, but you get to decide how many will fill their stocking 😉

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Minimalist stocking stuffers kids will love

Edible Stocking Stuffers (Something They’ll Eat)

Fun International Candy and Snacks (think Cost Plus World Market)

A Bottle of Gourmet Soda

Homemade cookies

Practical Stocking Stuffers (Something They’ll Use)

Blue Light Blocking Glasses

Bath Bombs or Bubble Bath

Small Art Supplies

Bamboo Toothbrush

Fun Band-Aids

Flashlights or Book lamps

Reusable Snack Bags

Hydro Flask

Washable Face Masks

Pencil Pouch

Gift Cards

Something They’ll Wear

Fun Socks and Undies





Something They’ll Love

Thinking Putty

Nail Art Stickers

Water Bottle Stickers

Museum or Park Passes (for the future)

Tegu Blocks

Fun Reusable Drinking Staws

Paint Stix

Movie Theater Gift Card


Slime Making Supplies

Kids Cooking Utensils

Reusable Water Wow Books

There you have it mama! Over 30 unique and clutter-free stocking stuffers for your minimalist Christmas.

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    1. Hi Bailey – so glad you found my tips for clutter-free stocking stuffers helpful. Finding fun and practical gifts for kids is not always easy. It’s a balance between keeping the gifts fun and pleasing my minimalist mindset. I think these stocking stuffers are the perfect solution to a clutter free Christmas!

  1. I’m getting better about only buying thoughtful gifts the recipient can actually use, but I admit I often resort to junk to fit in the stockings. But not this year! Armed with your list I won’t be wasting any more money on junk! Thanks!

    1. Yay Tracy! I think we have all been guilty of putting a bunch of junk in the stockings – myself included! That is why I wanted to share these ideas with other moms who are trying to avoid wasting money on stocking stuffers that are just going to end up in the garbage.

  2. Great list of ideas! We live right on lake ontario, so we have some cold, blustery winters. That, along with the very dry heat to keep us warm, I always add good chap stick and hand lotion to everyone’s stockings!

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