Though they’re often last on our shopping list, stocking fillers are super easy to buy! Often small (and cheap!), they require little to no effort – yet provide soooooo much excitement for little ones. These are just a few of my favourites for 2016:
1 // Flying Twirlywoos £9.99 Twirlywoos is a firm favourite here, as i’m sure it is in most households with preschoolers, but it honestly never fails to make Riley and Harry smile. So when i came across these Flying Twirlywoos i just knew they would make perfect stocking fillers for them both. Unlike similar products on the market where you have to pull a cord really fast to launch the flyer – which can be pretty tough for little hands – these ones from Golden Bear Toys work at the simple press of a button. Available as Great BigHoo, Toodloo, Chickedy and Chick, the Flying Twirlywoos are perfect for little hands to activate and work simply by loading the character onto the battery powered launcher, pressing the button and that’s it…off they go!
2 // Pitter Patter Pets Busy Little Hamster £9.99 Riley has been pestering me for weeks for a hamster. I’m putting it down to the fact his school are looking into getting some (along with some rabbits and guinea pigs), but whatever the reason behind it, he’s not having one. Not a real one anyway. That’s where the Pitter Patter Pets Busy Little Hamster comes in. Whether in or out of the ball, this curious little hamster loves to scurry around just like the real thing – simply place it on a flat, smooth surface and watch it go. It’s actually pretty life-like so makes a great substitute and the even better news is that there are no mouths to feed or cages to clean out!
3 // TY Beanie Boo Buddies £8.99 Ty Beanie Boo Buddies are so incredibly adorable that it’s impossible not to fall in love as soon as you set eyes on them. The wide-eyed, round-faced fluffy bundles of joy are perfect for any child and with 8 new characters out, there is a Beanie Boo friend for everybody.
4 // Teletubbies Tubby Snowball DVD £6.00 Abbey Home Media have released Teletubbies: Tubby Snowball on DVD just in time for Christmas and where better for kids to discover it, but in their stockings on Christmas morning. They’ll be able to join Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po on a cold day in Teletubbyland as they find big snowballs, dance with a snowman and watch children make a caterpillar out of snow. It contains six brand-new episodes including “Snowball” as well as the Teletubbies singing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and a behind-the-scenes featurette for grownups to enjoy along with the kids.
5 // Itty Bitty DC Comics Plush Toys £6.00 each With their small stature and super-cute style, Itty Bittys from Hallmark make the perfect gift or stocking filler. Made from high-quality materials, these super soft plush toys will please kids of all ages because there are so many different characters available and they are really fun to collect. The full range of Itty Bitty’s includes characters from DC Comics, Star Wars, Marvel, The Wizard of Oz, Scooby Doo and Peanuts, all of which are really popular films and tv shows with the younger generation. Riley and Harry are obsessed with superheroes and love the fact they now have their own pint-sized superhero companions in the form of Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman and The Flash. As well as being fun to collect, the Itty Bitty’s are also great for encouraging imagination and role play.
6 // Thomas and Friends Mini Sketchy Fun £4.99 If you’re going to be travelling over the festive season to visit family and friends then this Thomas Mini Sketchy Fun will make a perfect stocking filler for kids on the go, keeping them occupied for hours. It’s great for encouraging them to use their imagination and be creative – they could even try drawing their favourite Thomas the Tank Engine characters and then using the swiper to wipe the screen clean and start again.
7 // Go Mini Key Racers £4.99 Another great product to consider for stockings is the Go Mini Key Racers. There are 3 styles to collect, each with their own individual colour and styling and at £4.99 they are an absolute bargain. Great for individual play or racing with friends, they work by inserting the car onto the key launcher, pressing the button and then watching as the MINI races ahead.
8 // BIC Kids Colouring Activity Drum £9.99 & BIC Magic Erasable Felt Pens £2.89 If your kids are fans of Alvin and the Chipmunks, then allow them to unleash their inner artist with this BIC Kids Colouring Activity Drum. The set contains 12 BIC Kids brightly coloured and ultra-washable Kid Couleur Felt Pens and 12 wood-free Tropicolours Colouring Pencils, as well as 12 non-wax Plastidecor Crayons and a glue stick. There’s even a selection of Alvin and the Chipmunks activity sheets, filled with fun activities for them to complete. The BIC Kids Colouring Activity Drum contains everything they will need for Christmas morning full of creative fun. The BIC Magic Erasable Felt Pens are a great resource to help encourage creativity in kids as their erasable ink allows them to correct their mistakes and even create special effects. They’re available in 10 bold and bright colours, plus two ink erasers and are perfect to use in conjunction with the activity drum. What i am particularly impressed by with these pens is that they feature a blocked bullet tip, which means the nib won’t bend or retract under pressure – ideal for kids of Harry’s age who can sometimes place too much force on pens when using them.
9 // Disney Tsum Tsum 3 Pack £4.99 Kick start your child’s next collectable obsession by dropping some Tsum Tsum toys into their stockings this year. Their favourite Disney characters just got a whole lot cuter with Tsum Tsum…stackable versions of popular Disney characters which are designed to be stacked on top of each other to form a pyramid. Kids can collect all of their best-loved characters, including Mickey Mouse, Cinderella, Dumbo, Winnie the Pooh, Elsa, Stitch, Bambi and more. This 3-pack collectable set includes 1 large, 1 medium and 1 small Tsum Tsum figure so it’s the perfect starting point.
10 // My Doodles Audio Beanie £19.99 & My Doodles Audio EarMuffs £19.99 Combining a stylish, warm beanie with headphones that can be connected to iPods, smartphones or MP3 players through a 3.5 mm jack, the Audio Beanie from My Doodles is ideal for kids and brings fashion, practicality and music together. With its stylish design and soft lining, this beanie is ideal for keeping their ears warm, while remaining functional. The adjustable speakers are built into the ribbed band and can be repositioned to fit most head sizes and also removed for washing purposes. The sound quality is great and the beanie looks like something you’d buy in a high street store. The Audio Earmuffs from My Doodles are equally as impressive with clever technology that means kids can listen to their music without headphones – just warm ears! The earmuffs feel super soft and of a really high quality, plus they’re perfect for kids on the move as they can accompany them wherever they go. Both products are available in a variety of adorable characters – each with its own name, story and personality – which adds an element of fun and makes them more appealing to kids.
11 // Milkshake Fabulous Friends DVD £7.99 Fans of Channel 5’s Milkshake! will be thrilled by the release of this new DVD collection from Abbey Home Media. This unique compilation of the very best children’s shows from Milkshake! features two hours of entertainment from the likes of Peppa Pig, Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom, Lily’s Driftwood Bay, and Bob the Builder, Paw Patrol, Bananas In Pyjamas and more. Two fabulous hours of fun and friendship are sure to delight young fans everywhere! This DVD can be a life-saver if your kids have missed their favourite TV show or if you’re sick of having to change the channel every 5 minutes. It’s worth its weight in gold…trust me!
12 // Galaxy Gift Box £13.00 and Maltesers Gift Box £13.00 You can’t go wrong with a chocolate selection box and chocoholics everywhere will be ecstatic to find one of these gorgeous gift boxes in their stocking on Christmas morning. Packed full of chocolatey goodness, these gift boxes are exclusive to Next and are fantastic value for money given the number of products tucked away inside. The gorgeous Galaxy Gift Box contains: 2 x GALAXY Milk Chocolate Bars, 2 x GALAXY Caramel Bars, 1 x GALAXY Honeycomb Crisp Bar, 1 x GALAXY Cookie Crumble Bar, 2 x GALAXY Salted Caramel Bars, 2 x packets of GALAXY Minstrels, 1 x GALAXY Duet Caramel & Shortcake Bar, 1 x GALAXY Duet Cookies & Cream Bar and 1 x packet of GALAXY Counters. The mouth-watering Maltesers Gift Box contains: 3 x bags of MALTESERS, 2 x MALTESERS Treat Bags, 4 x MALTESERS Teasers Bars and 1 x box of MALTESERS. The festive period is one of the only times of year it is perfectly acceptable to overindulge on chocolate (honestly!) and these gift boxes have the perfect blend of products to satisfy any cravings.
13 // Num Noms Mystery Pot £2.99 The Num Noms Mystery Pots were made for stockings – they’re the perfect size and incredibly cheap too. Kids can mix and match Num Noms to create sweet and savoury scented recipes. Nums are adorable, scented, squishy characters with bags of personality. Noms are lipgloss or stampers. Nums come in a variety of flavours with the prevalent ones in series 2 being pizza, sushi, diner food, freezie pop, brunch, fair food, jelly bean, cupcake and ice cream. I have to say, they are pretty cute and do smell deliciously delightful.
14 // HARIBO Starmix & Tangfastics Cracker £0.50 HARIBO Mega Stars Selection Box £7.99 & HARIBO Starmixmas £0.95 HARIBO has a cracking gift for Secret Santas and stocking fillers this Christmas – Starmix and Tangfastics Crackers in their own cracker shaped tube which offers the perfect sweet gesture that’s great tasting and great value! Their brand new Mega Stars Selection Box is also sure to be a hit with kids. A tasty stocking filler and gift for under the tree, this Christmas morning surprise includes mini bags of HARIBO favourites – Starmix, Tangfastics, Super Mix, Goldbears, Jelly Babies and Giant Strawbs. Finally, there’s Starmixmas! This limited edition bag offers the same iconic pieces found in Starmix but in all new Christmas flavours including Cherry Trifle Heart, Gingerbread Bears, Eggnog Eggs, Apple Strudel Bottles, and Cherry and Eggnog Crumble Rings. It’s a delicious Christmas party in your mouth!