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Practical Stocking Stuffer Ideas - Baby to Elementary

'Tis the season for thinking about gifts for your children. But, it can be completely overwhelming to think about getting a whole bunch of new toys for your home. Gift giving season can also be a great time to add to the practical materials your child has access to. These often make great stocking stuffers because of their child-friendly size! So, don't be afraid to skip toys in your child's stocking in favor of something a bit more practical. 

Here are some ideas:


wool hat
first utensils 
bib (or weaning set)
swaddle blanket
first pitcher 
art smock (will be big on smaller babies)


Toddler bib
toddler apron 
wavy chopper knife 
trainer undies
plant duster
mini whisk
magnifying glass

Preschool/Children's House

mini tools
oven mitts
nylon knifes 
Sharper knife and finger guard
hair care products

6+ years old 

Set of house keys 
Don't forget about practical life this holiday season! These are just a few of the ideas that are possible, stick to the things your child is interested in, or things that you could use frequently! 

Practical stocking stuffers for Montessori families

Do you have any practical life items in your kids stockings?


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