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21 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Classroom (Cheap & Unique!)

These cheap stocking stuffer ideas for classroom and school Christmas parties will help you fill your student’s stockings with a special surprise!

What are some good stocking stuffer ideas for students in your classroom?

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Great stocking stuffer ideas for classroom students should meet a few of the following:

  • Fit into a stocking (worth noting!)
  • Are affordable
  • Are parent-approved
  • Are seen as “cool” by your students
  • Teach your students something, or pique their curiosity
  • Are fun

Let’s dig into my favorite finds that your students will love.

Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Classrooms (Elementary)

I wish I could be a fly on the wall when your elementary students open up their classroom stockings to find one of these, below!

Hint: you could also introduce a new classroom reward system – here are examples of classroom reward systems from real teachers.

1. Jungle Rainbow Scratch Masks

black and colorful jungle scratch masks

Kids will go wild for these Rainbow scratch masks (I know my preschooler would!).

It’s a 27-pack, so you can give each student a mask and scratch-off wood stick to take home and play with.

2. Jumbo Magnifying Glass

box of various colored magnifying glasses

What elementary-aged student doesn’t love to use a magnifying glass to explore their world? Send them out into nature with one of these.

3. Wikki Stix

bag of wikki stix, all different colors

Ever heard of these? They’re a great way for youngsters to get creative and bring their ideas to life.

No glue is needed – these are self-sticking. Each pack in the kit comes with 12 Wikki Stix per child.

4. Make-a-Face Reusable Sticker Set

various kinds of blank faces with lots of face stickers on each sheet

Each student can go home with a reusable set of stickers and a face to put them on!

As a Mom, I just love that these are reusable. In fact, I have a few sets of reusable sticker faces at home, and over the last 3 years we’ve used them multiple times.

5. Finger Puppets

20 different finger puppets - people and animals

Here’s a set of 20 finger puppets that are sure to delight your students!

6. Mini-Fidget Puzzle Box

colorful mini puzzles in small square see through boxes

These puzzles are a great way for kids to sit still…plus use their brain! Comes in a box of 12.

7. Doodle-Board Set

red, blue, and green mini doodle boards

These mini-doodle board sets are totally great, and totally affordable!

8. Magnetic Wand

different colored magnetic wands

I know quite a few elementary-aged kids who are obsessed with magnets. These metal wands can be used for so much magnetic exploration.

9. Mermaid Tail Coin Purse

multi-colored, sequined, mermaid coin purses

You could divide and conquer – getting a set of these mermaid tail coin purses for the girls in your class, and then something different for the boys in your class.

Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Classrooms (Middle School)

Looking for stocking stuffer ideas for middle school classrooms?

Below, find really fun stocking fillers your students will go Ga-Ga over!

1. Invisible Ink Spy Pen

green and red colored invisible ink spy pens on blue package

I’m pretty sure that if my teacher had been cool enough to put an invisible ink spy pen into my stocking…it would’ve earned her like 30 brownie points.

Just sayin’ (don’t worry Mrs. Wooten – I still loved you as a third-grade teacher!).

Students get to write a secret message, then use the pen’s light to reveal it.

2. Rainbow Scratch Paper Bookmarks

black bookmarks with pencil scratcher, when scratched they reveal rainbow colors

Let your kid design their own bookmarks with this 36-set of Rainbow scratch bookmarks.

3. Corner Creature Bookmarks

box of animal corner bookmarks of all different colors

These come with 10 in each pack, so buy as many boxes as you need, and then divide them up in your student’s stockings.

Super-cute way to promote reading over the holidays and school breaks!

Pssst: if you can splurge a bit, then these 3-D creature cartoon bookmarks are absolutely hilarious and cute!

4. Rubik’s Cube

mini rubik's cube with red, blue, white, and green squares

I can’t tell you how many times I tried to solve a Rubik’s Cube when I was a kid (my grandmother had one at her house, so each time we went over there, I’d fiddle with it for 30 minutes or more!).

Here’s a 30-pack of Rubik’s Cube you can send your students home with.

5. Egyptian Papyrus Paper Bookmarks

tan colored papyrus paper egyptian bookmarks

I distinctly remember visiting the Museum of History as a middle school student, and being absolutely mesmerized by the mummies and Egyptian artifacts.

These very affordable Papyrus-paper bookmarks are sure to be a hit!

6. Liquid Motion Toy

box of various oil and water liquid motion toys with various colors

The first time I got to play with one of these was when I was in middle school, myself, in a classroom.

But you know what? I never actually got to own one until I was an adult. Think about how excited your students would be to get their very own liquid motion toy/timer!

7. Colorful Flash Drives

Gift your students some colorful, digital, storage options with this 10-pack flash drive.

8. Metal Wire Puzzle

navy blue boxes of various silver metal wire puzzles

Give each of your students one of these metal wire puzzles to figure out over the holidays (or…into next year).

I love how they’re individually wrapped, and come with a $15 gift card challenge (if your student wants to submit a video of their finished puzzle!).

9. Create Your Own Bouncy Ball Kits

Here’s a 12-pack kit where kids get to create their own bouncy balls. What a fun, home project for the holidays! Each kit makes two bouncy balls.

10. Glitter Slime Balls

Kids love slime…amiright?

Not only that, but they’re great for stress-relieving and sensory playtime.

Super helpful that this comes in a 36-pack, too.

Pssst: got a bit more money to spend? Here’s a 24-pack of galaxy slime. I just looooovveee the colors!

11. Washable Marker Stamps

I only learned about market stamps a few months ago, and I bought a set for myself. They’re soooo cute!

One pack has 10 in them, so you can just buy a few packs and leave one or two in each stocking.  

Pssst: parents will love that they’re washable.

12. Space and Galaxy Bookmarks

dark, space bookmarks with various planets and stars

Studying space in your classroom this year? My son is obsessed with it! These bookmarks are sure to delight your students.

No matter what you can afford to give your students, I applaud you for going above and beyond your usual job and providing joy in your classroom. Hopefully, these stocking stuffer ideas for classroom students will help you surprise them even more!

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Amanda L. Grossman is a writer and Certified Financial Education Instructor, a 2017 Plutus Foundation Grant Recipient, and founder of Money Prodigy. Her money work has been featured on Experian, GoBankingRates, PT Money,, Rockstar Finance, the Houston Chronicle, and Colonial Life. Amanda is the founder and CEO of Frugal Confessions, LLC. Read more here.