I had a hard time coming up with stocking stuffers for C this year, since at 2.5 he is still too young for candy but I also don't want a bunch of tiny junky toys coming into my house! Maybe I'm lame, but I am all about the practical / useful stocking stuffers, even for toddlers. Here's what C is getting in his stocking this year:
Burt's Bees Baby Shampoo - we'd been using Aveeno baby shampoo, but I wanted a bottle with a pump and Burt's Bees is rated slightly higher on the EWG scale.
Finding Nemo underwear - because potty training is happening soon. Eek.
Crayola Bath Dropz - C demands a "color bath" every night. He loves picking out the color tablet, throwing it into the water, and watching it dissolve. I'm not sure he even remembers that taking a bath in clear water is a thing.
Christmas socks - I got these in the dollar section at Target.
Busy Day sticker book - A friend gave C the ABC version of this sticker book for his birthday, and he loved it! They're super cheap on Amazon (like $3) and provided several hours of entertainment while he matched all the stickers to their designated spots. The stickers are technically reusable, although he has some trouble getting them off the page, so I have to help with that part. Still, for $3, even if you only use it once, this is cheap entertainment! It is a thin book so perfect for your purse for a doctor's appointment or airplane ride.
Safari Water Wow! Book - this is another great doctor's office or car activity, since it is mess-free (paint with water) and the 4 cardboard paintable pages are reusable after they dry. C has the vehicles version of this and I thought a second version would mix it up some, since the first book gets so much use! Again, cheap ($5) fun.
Christmas Play Pack - I got this in the Target dollar section; it has a little coloring book, crayons, and Christmas stickers. A friend got C a Finding Dory version of this play pack for our summer trip to Maine, and it was great on the airplane (and we still keep it in his backpack for entertainment while waiting at restaurants, etc.) You can't beat it for $1!
Christmas stickers - These were also from the Target dollar section. "More stickers please" was the only thing C asked Santa for......done x 500!
I'll add in a small bag of Goldfish and some mandarin oranges (am I the only one who grew up always getting oranges in your stocking?!) and call it a day! I know these items will all get used and were pretty budget-friendly!