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23 Stocking Stuffer Ideas from Dollar Tree

Check out these great stocking stuffer ideas on a budget! All of these are $1 or less at Dollar Tree!

One of our favorite family traditions is going to Dollar Tree and buying stocking stuffers for each other. Everyone gets $6 to buy 5 stocking stuffers — one for each member of our family (that gives enough $$ for tax and for them to buy a stocking stuffer for themselves, too!).

We have fun sneaking around the store, trying to find great items without letting anyone else see us and seeing if we can come up with original and unique ideas that no one else will.

The evening results in all sorts of fun and laughs and memories. And it’s so much less expensive than if we were to go to a traditional store to buy stocking stuffers!

I was at Dollar Tree last week and decided to go through the aisles to take pictures of great stocking stuffer ideas to share with you all. Here are 23 ideas:

1. Silly Putty

2. Glow Sticks

3. Fun Straws

4. Pens & Pencils

5. Modeling Dough

6. Night Lights

7. Small Games/Travel Games

8. Bubbles

9. Candles

10. Nail Polish

11. Fun Toothbrush & Toothpaste

12. Lip Balm

13. Car Ice Scraper

14. Lint Roller

15. Back Scratcher

16. Bath Bombs

17. Hair Accessories

18. LED Candles

19. Bath Salts

20. Oven Mitts

21. Tumblers

22. Socks

23. Gloves

What would you add to my list?

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  • Ashley P says:

    We did Dollar Tree stocking stuffers, too! (Even got the stockings there!)

    My oldest got a match card game and something else (I forget), and the youngest got a 3 pack of Bubbles and a foam puzzle. Both boys got race cars, bouncy balls, and a bag of candy each.

  • Kandice says:

    My kids always get silly string in their stockings.

  • Kerry Hunt says:

    My dear sister specifically requested a long handled fireplace lighter from the dollar store!

  • Carol says:

    How about stickers, books, color books?

  • Tasha says:

    These are some items from Dollar Tree that I have put into my daughter’s stocking over the years: bags of chocolate covered gold coins (if you celebrate the St. Nicholas tradition), candy canes, lollipops, stickers, coloring books, those giant pens that Dollar Tree sometimes sells, bracelets, rings, key chains, barrettes, lip balm, bouncy balls, play dough, small toys, a diary with a lock and key, pocket-sized notebooks, twistable crayons, flashlights, candy cane shaped pens, glitter pens, Christmas pencils and erasers, raisins or other dried fruit, jump ropes, press on nails, make-up compacts and pocket sized tissue packs.

  • Lynn says:

    Love the idea of doing it together as a family outing! Perfect!

  • Jen says:

    I’m going to bring each of mine in to pick out a couple things for each other….you’ve inspired me to make it a family event! (for various reasons, including another intl move this year, we are going very very minimal/consumable this year for gifts!!). My kids love the glitter glue sticks, glow sticks, the grow capsules (little sponge animals crammed into a capsule that dissolves in water), among other things mentioned!

  • Amy Dunham says:

    One of my daughter’s favorites when she was into all the cartoon/movie/superhero characters are the washcloths that expand once you put them in the tub. They also have scented hand sanitizer, fun kitchen utensils, packages of nuts and sunflower seeds, flickering battery operated candles, and collectible card packets (my daughter loved the Frozen themed ones for a couple of years). They have bath poofs and sponges, small flashlights, punch balloons, lots of crafty items, and small ceramic figurines (usually lots of angels and birds). So fun and affordable!

  • Elizabeth says:

    Every year, I take my 6 yr old son to the dollar tree to pick out gifts for all his cousins and his sister. He loves it because he spends his own money on people he loves and he can afford to get a gift for everyone. **He is particularly good at knowing what to get everyone and always keeps it a secret until after they open his gift….then he explains why he chose it in great detail:)

  • Jessica says:

    Did you notice you used Oven Mitts twice? Maybe you were trying to hint that you’d like them in your stocking? 😉

    • Whoops — that’s what happens when you do half the post and then take a break and then come back and finish the post a few hours later! I can’t believe I didn’t see that!

  • Lynn says:

    Craft supplies and fun bandaids!

  • Lorinda says:

    I work at Dollar Tree and people are amazed that everything is just $1. They have a wide variety of journals, notepads and calendars. There are pens that have lights and a variety of flashlights. They also sell the name brand Play Doh now, too. There are hard cover books, Bibles, activity and puzzle books that would make great stocking stuffers, too!

  • Amanda says:

    I so wish we had Dollar Tree in Australia!!! We have Dollar King…… there is nothing there for only a dollar though!

  • Kristen says:

    At what age did you start this? Because Santa fills stockings sooooo although it sounds fun not sure how it work.

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