It’s coming up for Christmas! If you haven’t started your Christmas shopping yet, fear not. Neither have I. You’re in good company! Here are some lovely educational stocking stuffers for all the students and educators in your life.
Educational Stocking Stuffers; Stationery
Erasable ink pens are wonderful writing implements. Perfect for little perfectionists who want the grown-up feeling of writing in ink but hate leaving errors in their work. One of our favourite brands is Pilot Frixion. They do rollerball pens*, fibre tip colouring pens and highlighters!
For younger children or older students who still love crayons, you can’t go wrong with Crayola crayons! At Christmas, go for a more special variety of Crayola with glitter crayons*. If you’re working double duty with educational stocking stuffers as school supplies, it’s worth picking up some Crayola multicultural crayons* too. These are fabulous for pictures of people; your kids can draw realistic pictures without the endless bickering over whether peach counts as a “real” skin colour. The multicultural crayons cover most skin types if you allow for the fact that no humans are truly crayon coloured.
Moleskine is my go-to brand for posh notebooks. They’re ideal for older students or adults. You can get lined pocket-sized notebooks*, academic diaries* for the super organised or even limited edition notebooks like their “Peter Pan” themed notebook*.
Educational Stocking Stuffers; Science
Thrill little scientists with mini science kits from Thames & Kosmos. Their Science in a Flash range includes mini volcano*, fingerprint detective*, and kitchen chemistry*. I’ve bought the mini fingerprint kit before and I can assure you it is stocking filler sized.
For young botanists or garden-loving friends with limited outdoor space, a grow-your-own plant kit will be appreciated. Put together a DIY package yourself or buy something like this Frostfire Herb Garden Kit*. To make a DIY gift, simply buy some easy to grow seeds and a nice plant pot. If you’re going to do a lot of indoor gardening, or know someone that does, it’s worth considering self-watering devices like Plantpal watering globes*. It takes some of the hassles out of indoor gardening and ensures plants get fed even when younger gardeners have erratic interest in them!
Educational Stocking Stuffers; Books
Who doesn’t love a good book? Most novels and preschool board books will fit inside a stocking. For the youngest children on your shopping list, we’ve always loved the Usborne That’s Not My… series. That’s Not My Unicorn* is an appealing addition to the range. It’s the fiftieth title and there’s always at least one book in the range that will suit your tactile readers!
Step Into Reading is a great levelled reader range that features popular characters and interesting topics. Santa’s Little Engine* is a level one book featuring Thomas the Tank Engine. The Trojan Horse* is a level five book, detailing the well-known story of how the Greeks tricked the Trojans and won the war. However, if your little learners are into Moana, Tangled or DC Heroes those are just some of the many characters featured in the Step Into Reading range.
Educational Stocking Stuffers; Art
Regular stationery is essential for everyday writing or drawing but art supplies are something else. Royal & Langnickel have a charming range of mini art kits. From watercolour paints* to a charcoal sketching set*, these cute kits come complete with their own storage tins. Having bought them before, I can tell you that the tins are about the length of a regular pencil case but maybe half the width. And they really are super cute!
Melissa & Doug is a well-known children’s toy brand. They do a ton of scratch art kits. I love the scratch art keyring kit* – it’s nice to have something useful at the end, instead of more artwork that gets archived or discretely binned.
Air drying clay* is a great art supply. While you can make all sorts of interesting models out of clay, you can also make useful things like decorative pots. Our usual brand is DAS.
Hama Beads are fun albeit extremely fiddly. They’re also rather annoying for parents as you have to iron the beads to set them in place. Aquabeads are a wonderful alternative! Try the Aquabeads Mini Play Set* to get a feel for the difference. Instead of ironing, you just need to spray your creation with water. And that’s something safe enough for your kids to do themselves.
Full List of Educational Stocking Stuffers
- Erasable ink pens
- Crayola crayons
- Academic diaries
- Staedtler or Ticonderoga pencils
- Thames & Kosmos mini science kits
- Grow-your-own plant kits
- Storybooks or reading books
- Royal & Langnickel mini tins
- Scratch art kits
- Air drying clay
- Aquabeads or Hama Beads
What would you add to this list? I’d love to hear your suggestions for educational stocking stuffers!