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Themed stocking stuffer ideas for kids

Just when you think you have your child’s holiday gifts picked out and organized, it’s time to choose stocking stuffers. Instead of shopping for small gifts at random, which can add up quickly, pick a stocking stuffer theme. It’ll keep you organized and under budget, and your kids will love the thoughtful take on a Christmas stocking.

The spa stocking

Until she’s old enough to visit the spa and salon on her own, give her gifts that let her primp and pamper herself in an age-appropriate way. Fill the spa stocking with goodies for budding beauty babes. Try brightly colored nail polish, sweet-smelling bath salts, girlie Band-Aids and clear lip gloss in funky flavors. Toss in a few small, shiny makeup pouches for storing her little odds and ends. Shop for costume jewelry to complete her fancy spa day. Encourage early skin care with a kid-friendly cleanser such as Wicked Chocolate Face Frosting. (, $5)

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The science stocking

Inspire a love of science with a science-themed stocking this Christmas. Shop for gifts that teach kids that science can be fun. Visit a local boutique toy store for unique science gifts you won’t find in big stores. When you’re shopping online, try favorites like astronaut ice cream, bubble wands, small gem kits, model airplanes, stacking toys and Play-Doh. Don’t worry about teaching high concepts. Science doesn’t have to be difficult. Play on your child’s strengths and interests. For the music lover, try a fun DVD that helps kids learn about basic science concepts. Here Comes Science by They Might Be Giants is a surefire crowd pleaser. (, $14)

The arts and crafts stocking

Kids love receiving art supplies for Christmas. Stuff this year’s stocking with a variety of arts and crafts goods that will inspire little masterpieces well into the New Year. When shopping, buy a mix of products geared specifically for kids, and get art supplies that will inspire your kids to turn the hobby into a real passion. Colored pencils, tempera paint, brushes, crayons and stencils make great stocking stuffers. Include small books that teach kids basic skills like drawing or knitting. Include a set of beads, like B. Pop-Arty! Funky Pop Beads to encourage fine motor skills and imaginative projects. (, $16)

The sports stocking

Ready to get your little one moving and cheering? Create a sports-themed stocking that celebrates the sporty side of your child. Work on a mixture of gifts that encourage your child to play sports and gifts that cater to the superfan in the making. Try official sports team gear such a tumblers, hats, socks and T-shirts. Toss in a baseball or tennis ball. Regardless of how chilly or snowy the weather is outside, you can still let your kids play sports with Wii Sports for Nintendo Wii. (, $20.)

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