What Makes A Good Stocking Filler?

How do you find a gift that kids will enjoy, and go back to again and again, without breaking the bank?

Ask anybody what comes into their head when they think of Christmas presents – and toys will usually be at the top of that list. The gifting period around Christmas is synonymous with toys and we all feel great when we give kids gifts that they love as soon as they unwrap them.

For many people there is the concept of “the big present” accompanied by stocking-fillers – but what is the difference?

Classic “big” or ‘main” presents tend to focus on things like bikes, electronics and other big-ticket items. But what makes a good stocking filler?

We asked our Twitter followers what their price limit is on stocking fillers and almost 90% said no more than £10. People aren’t looking to make multiple big purchases on toys that in some cases are really just there to make up the numbers – especially when finances are tight for many right now.

How do you find a gift that kids will enjoy, and go back to again and again, without breaking the bank?

Books: Not only are books a present that kids can go back to again and again – but reading together can be a great way to make some quality time with the kids, especially for kids who might not yet be confident with reading. And as a present that lasts, books can be enjoyed by multiple kids – and even multiple generations! Books can create great memories and no matter where a kid’s interests lie, there will always be a book that fits the bill.

Sports Equipment: Sporting equipment doesn’t have to cost the earth. A football, a bat and ball set, a target-throw game – not only do these types of presents appeal to a wide age-range but they can be played with for hours, either alone or with family. Plus with any sports equipment there comes an aspect of competition, even if only against yourself, and this leads to gamification – kids creating new games from the equipment they have. Who knows… Maybe they’ll invent the next quidditch!

“Traditional” Puzzles and Games: Especially in winter when we can’t get out as much (especially this winter!) indoor games can be a life-saver and a great way to bring a family together. Whether it’s completing a jigsaw, playing snakes and ladders or working on a Rubik’s cube – these can be played with again and again and be different each time.

STEM or STEAM Toys: We may be biased, but good quality, fun learning toys can be a great present. A little can go a long way with relatively inexpensive STEM toys providing hours and hours of not just entertainment, but learning. Especially for kids who might be spending a little too much time engaging with screens, STEM toys can be a great way to hold their attention in a way that will be beneficial for them in the long run by promoting curiosity, problem-solving and creative-thinking. Some Tech Will Save Us kits like the Sew and Glow kit, Electro Dough or DIY Synth can be ideal, and inexpensive, ways to keep kids occupied for hours – especially with the extra activities available through our very own online portal, Club Make.

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