If you’re on a tight budget like we are and need some stocking stuffers on the cheap, here are a few items my husband George bought at our local Dollar Tree. There’s a video below, but here are some photos for those who don’t have time for the video.
He was looking for stocking stuffers for our five grandchildren, but there are stocking stuffers at the dollar stores for all ages.
Silly Putty was around when I was a kid. I remember flattening it out on an illustration in the newspaper funnies. It picked up the image and I thought it was super neat-o. Then I’d squish it back into a blob, find another comic picture I liked and do it all over again.
Have you played Left Center Right? I plan to record a tutorial soon on how to play this game, one of our family favorites. We’ve played it with as many as 15 of us. It’s simple, you don’t have to rack your brain to strategize, and if you use three quarters per person or three dollar bills each instead of the plastic chips the game comes with, one of the players wins the pot of money at the end and they get to feel like a lucky dog the rest of the week.
This is probably the best find George discovered in this trip to the Dollar Tree. We love Family Feud. This is a pack of cards you can stick in your pocket and take anywhere for some on-the-spot entertainment.
George, our son, George’s brother Jim and his son are planning a trip to Northern California to visit their brother/uncle Gil. A year ago he had a major stroke and is confined to a convalescent home. I suggested George take this deck of cards and other similar games to play during their visit. Gil was always good at trivia, and although he suffered paralysis on his left side, he’s able to talk and is coherent, so hopefully playing some games will provide hours of amusing fun for them.
George bought various puzzles. The Norman Rockwell scenes are my favorites. There are 500 pieces, and I believe the box says for ages 9 plus. Our little puzzle lover, four-year-old Ninja Doll, isn’t quite ready for a a puzzle with 500 small pieces. It could drive her nuts, or she might demand some help. Since Gramps bought them and didn’t read the recommended age, he’ll get to help her put the puzzle together! I have a feeling I’ll get roped into helping them.
Another cool Norman Rockwell puzzle.
This puzzle only has 60 pieces, so it’s much better for a younger kid. It’s educational since it’s a map of the United States and I’ll give it bonus points because it includes the state capitals.
All our grandkids are Peppa Pig fans, but a couple are huge Peppa fans, so they’ll be pleased with these Jumbo Playing Cards. I imagine these ended up at a dollar store because they’re jumbo cards and difficult for small hands to hold.
However, they’re perfectly fine if you’re playing an open hand and set the cards on the table. Open hand cards is a great way to teach young children card games. Around age four many kids are able to comprehend simple card games such as Go Fish and Old Maid.
Disney Junior Lion Guard Jumbo Playing Cards. All of these sets of Jumbo Playing Cards come with instructions on how to play Crazy Eights, Go Fish, Rummy, Snap and more.
All the dollar stores carry regular playing cards. Keep a deck of cards in your purse, in your car, in your junk drawer, and set some aside for extra little gifts because there are numerous games you can play with a regular deck of cards.
You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy these old-time favorite Eagle glider planes.
These kids gloves are big enough for my hands. George bought three colors: Blue, red, and gray. Two pairs for a dollar, what a good deal. I tried them on and they’re comfy.
Blaze and the Monster Machines Jumbo Playing Cards by Nickelodeon.
Grab some hula-hoops, too. Needless to say, they don’t make good stocking stuffers, but for a dollar, they’re a great deal.
Below is an old home movie (34 seconds long) from when I was three years old, trying to master the art of hula-hooping. My five-year-old brother nailed it.
I’m going to do a future post on the history of the hula hoop. I think they’ll be around for many more generations to enjoy.
Do you celebrate Christmas? If so, what do you like to give as stocking stuffers? Have you found any good deals this holiday season?
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