The holidays can be full of junk food and candies! While we usually treat our kids to some candy in their stockings, we also like to choose some other non-candy treats. As a kid, my family was always creative in finding neat little things to put in my stocking, and I remember those fun trinkets more than any candy. You may also have other obstacles you are working around, like a food allergy or child who is diabetic, where candy can be an issue. Regardless, there are so many great options for non-candy gifts!

Here are some ideas that don’t involve candy!

Card games & other small games

Facial masks

Fidget toys

Arts & crafts items

Chapstick or lip balm

Ticket to an event


Play-doh, silly putty, slime



Bath toys, bath bombs, bath bubbles

Small books


Special writing implements (like a special pen) or erasers

Hair ties, barrettes

Rubber stamps

Scarf or hat

Mini figures (such as small plastic animals)

Nail polish


Mini Lego sets

Small toys

For older kids – phone accessories like Popsockets, AirPod case, etc.