STOCKING fillers are great fun for kids – but finding and buying the right ones might not be as enjoyable for parents.
So we’ve put together a round-up of the best children’s stocking fillers for under a fiver.
Also factor in delivery costs. Here’s our round-up.
1. Football bath fizzer, £4.50, Next
Young footballers will love this bath fizzer which smells of lemon and lavender.
Perfect bathtime fun, especially after a muddy and cold match.
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There’s also a mermaid version.
2. Sainsbury’s Fairy Lights Cupcake Kit, £2.75
Add egg, water and unsalted butter to this vanilla flavour sponge mix to make six cupcakes in red cases, with a string of little fairy lights on top.
Great for fuss-free baking with the kids after Christmas.
Sainsbury’s also does a make and decorate chocolate ornament kit, consisting of milk chocolate buttons, with sugar sprinkles and a tube of icing, for more festive fun in the kitchen.
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3. Disney Minnie Floral Printed Heart Hair Clips, £4, Boots
This pack of six pretty hair clips will bring a smile to Minnie Mouse fans.
To continue the theme you could also throw in some scrunchies or hairbands.
4. Colin’s Greatest Bits, £5, in M&S stores or on Ocado
Kids who love M&S’ Colin the Caterpillar cake will be thrilled with getting his best bits all in one pack.
Creamy white chocolate boots, snackable Colin faces, milk chocolate discs of Colin’s belly and brightly coloured, candy-coated chocolate beans are all included.
5. Disney’s Mickey Mouse Hair Detangler, £4, Primark
The perfect gift for kids who struggle with tangled hair.
It features bristles of varying lengths to help brush out the knots. Can be used on wet or dry hair.
6. Fizz Creations Virtual Pet, £5, Tesco
This little gadget lets kids select from 168 different pets and then care for it as it grows.
They’ll need to feed, train and clean up after it.
7. Global Gizmos Dinosaur String Lights, £5, Tesco
These little LED lights make a nice addition to kids’ bedrooms. Unicorn-themed ones are also available.
Note they require two AA batteries which are not included.
8. Animal Christmas socks, 3-pack, from £4, Very
These cute little socks are perfect for mooching around the house during the Christmas holidays, available in infant sizes 3 – 5.5, 4 – 6.5, 6- 8.5, 9-12 and 12.5 -3.5.
There are also dinosaur ones in blue and grey colours.
9. Reindeer Headband, £5, Very
This sparkly reindeer headband will brighten up Christmas Day.
10. Elf on the Shelf Foaming Bath Snow, £5, Boots
A little bit of extra fun at bathtime. Sprinkling this foaming bath snow into a warm bath will turn the water colourful, sweet-smelling and create a magical foam across the surface.
Suitable for 3+ years.
11. Disney Princess Scrunchies, 5-pack, £2.49, Card Factory
This pack of five scrunchies is a perfect gift for a child who loves Disney – and who has long hair.
The pack contains one plain scrunchie, and four featuring different characters from classic, much-loved Disney movies.
12. Percy Pig slipper socks, £5, M&S
Kids who love Percy Pig will love these slipper socks, with grippy spots on the soles to stop them from falling down.
The two-pack features one pair with an all-over design, and another with ears and an embroidered face.
The 6-8.5 and 8.5-12 are £5, but larger sizes are £6.
13. Shakems – Ice Age Frozen Egg, £5, Poundland
Kids can mix the dinosaur toy and bones with water and the dye (included) in the egg, and then freeze it.
Once frozen, they use the tools to excavate the dinosaur and bones.
The product is reusable, so the fun can be extended by playing again.
14. Christmas 50 Piece Santa Jigsaw Puzzle, £2, The Works
This 50-piece Santa puzzle will make a great little Christmas Day challenge for kids aged four and over.
15. Can You Find Santa’s Pants?, £2, The Works
The Works is great for cheap children’s books, especially with a Christmas theme,
This one is about Santa putting on his snuggly red suit on Christmas Eve, but not being able to find his pants.
Kids then have to search through mounds of mistletoe and piles of presents to find his underwear.
16. Marvel Captain America Shield Disc Blaster, £4.99, B&M
Pressing a button releases the disc, like Captain America throwing his shield against evildoers like Thanos.
17. Disney Mickey & Friends Cosy Set, £5, B&M
Get the kids sitting in front of a festive movie with this Disney-themed mug and biscuit set.
It includes a Disney mug, hot chocolate, biscuits, marshmallow topper and candy cane.
18. Lol Watch Build Your Own Watch & Jewellery, £4, Morrisons
Fans of the L.O.L Surprise! brand will appreciate the chance to create their own watch.
To make it, pop open the container to find the watch strap, watch face and some charms, along with instructions.
Suitable for kids aged 6 and over.
19. Play Doh, four-packs, £4, Morrisons
Play Doh inevitably gets lumped together into one indeterminate colour – so fresh packs are always nice to have.
Boost the kids’ collection with this £4 four-pack.
20. Rudolph Hot Chocolate Marshmallow Melt, £3.99, Lakeland
Drop this chocolate bombe into a mug, add hot milk and watch as a creamy, indulgent hot chocolate drink forms, then watch as mini marshmallows pop to the top.
There’s also a little sachet of gold shimmer included so you can add some sparkle.
Perfect for hot chocolate lovers.
21. 3D Dinosaur Cookie Cutters, £4.99, Lakeland
Little bakers can use these 3D Dinosaur Cookie Cutters to cut out cookies, bake, leave to cool, ice and then slot together to stand them up.
The set includes a tyrannosaurus, stegosaurus, triceratops and brontosaurus, plus colour-coordinated feet cutters.
22. Halfords kids bike windmill, £3, Halfords
Little kids who love to cycle might enjoy adding this colourful windmill to their bikes.
Works with any bike by simply attaching the windmill to the handlebars.
When riding, the wind will catch in the mill and make it spin, creating a lovely swirl of colours.
Horns, streamers and spokies – to go on the bike spokes – are also available.
23. Nerf Elite 2.0 dart refill pack, £3, Argos
For kids keen on their Nerf guns, a 20-pack of darts will never go amiss as they go missing all the time.
With this 20-dart refill set, you can reload Nerf Elite 2.0 blasters and keep on battling.
24. Velcro Fabric Safety Dartboard Set, £3, Smyths
This dartboard doesn’t use actual darts so everyone in the family can play.
Includes include three velcro balls to aim at the target.
25. Light-Up Laser Sword, £4, Smyths
Kids can play being space warriors with this laser sword, which comes with lights and sound effects.
Connect two of them and they will form one 150cm long sword.
Two AAA batteries are required. You can’t request a certain colour when buying online.
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