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CHRISTMAS shopping for the kids?
Sometimes the simplest, silliest gifts turn out to be their favourite – even if they cost a fraction of their main presents.
Below’s a round-up of the best children’s stocking fillers for under a fiver.
Always search the internet for the product before buying, in case it’s cheaper elsewhere.
Google Shopping is free and easy to use for comparing prices.
And factor in delivery costs which may make the total cost dearer.
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1. Kids walking backpack – £4.99 (Decathlon)
You can get them out of the house with this five-litre bag designed for young hikers.
It's available in three different shades of blue.
It can be ordered at home or by click and collect.
2. Kids mini foam basketball – £4.99 (Decathalon)
Designed for playing indoors with a mini basket – or if you don’t have one, just use a laundry basket.
The foam is soft so it won't hurt.
3. Kids crazy foaming soap – £2 (Boots.com)
Bathtime is much more fun with this foaming soap which kids can use to make shapes while they wash.
It’s mild and gentle on delicate skin and dissolves when it falls into the water.
Click and collect costs £1.50 from Boots, so better to just pop into the store and buy off the shelf, if you can.
4. Legami Christmas Panda erasable pen – £2 (Ryman.co.uk)
This Christmas-themed pen features black thermo-sensitive ink which disappears when rubbed with the plastic sphere at the end of the pen.
The sphere will not ruin the surface when rubbed and does not wear down like usual erasers.
5. Keycraft rear view spy glasses – £5 (johnlewis.com)
These sunglasses have mirrors on the outer edges of the lenses, so that when wearing them you can see in front but also see behind you.
It’s like having eyes in the back of your head!
They're suitable for ages three and up.
6. Kids Santa slipper socks – £2.50 (Matalan.co.uk)
Keep their toes warm and their faces smiling with these cute Christmas slipper socks from Matalan.
They're stocked in sizes 6 – 8.5 infant, 9 – 12, 12.5 – 3.5, 4 – 6.5.
7. Wilko reindeer hair clips two pack – £2 (Wilko)
These cute little clips will add the final festive touches to a Christmas outfit.
Other little beauty gifts from Wilko include a penguin lip balm, £1.75, a holly-shaped mini bath bomb, £1.25, and Kandy Kitten gift set with shower gel and body lotion for £3.
8. Barbie 2023 Annual – £5 (the works.co.uk)
Featuring stories and activities about Barbie and her bubbies.
The Match Attax Annual 2023, TikTok 2023 or Shoot: The Voice of Football 2023 Annual are also available for £5 each or two for £8.
9. PlayStation stress controller – £3.99 (Card Factory UK)
A thoughtful gift for the gamers in your life.
This squishy stress reliever is designed to take away the pain of losing a game.
10. JoJo elf bunny – £4.95 (jojomamanbebe.co.uk)
This festive JoJo bunny will make a cute little comforter for babies and small kids.
They're suitable from birth.
11. Disney Frozen Olaf notebook – £4.99 (iwantoneofthose.com)
Kids obsessed with Frozen?
This 200-page lined notebook features Olaf on its front cover – a great gift for lovers of the Disney film.
12. Waboba Mini Moon Ball – £4.99 pooleharbour.co.uk
These new mini moon balls are 40 per cent smaller than the regular ones, but still bounce really high.
They're suitable for ages 5+.
13. Gaming headset – £5 (Currys.co.uk)
Get a gaming headset with an adjustable microphone and cushioned headband and earpads to help players stay comfy through games.
It’s listed for adults but would also work for teens.
The headset is compatible with PC, PS4, Xbox One and Mac.
14. Magic growing snowman – £2.49 (Party Delights.co.uk)
Pour water over the snowman and once fully absorbed, he will begin to bloom crystals within four hours.
This is a good one for the kids to watch over the day.
The site also offers Christmas gliders for 39p each, a Christmas puzzle book for 40p, Christmas mini yoyos for 39p and jigsaw puzzles for 39p each
15. Toy Story card game – £4.99 (BargainMax.co.uk)
Kids love Toy Story? They’ll love this game involving making sets and runs with character cards.
Getting a set means you snag the character figure's special power.
Nab all three powers to win the game.
Suitable for kids aged 6 and above.
16. Sticky Icky Fish – £3 (The Works.co.uk)
A fun fidget toy for kids to stretch, squeeze and chuck at the walls, where it will stick.
The Works also has £2.50 stretchy spring dinosaurs, which can stomp down the stairs on their own.
17. Lol Surprise lip balm – £4 (Tesco Groceries)
Fans of Lol Surprise toys will enjoy this lip balm which comes with a surprise charm that can be added to a ribbon.
This is currently a three-for-two Clubcard deal on selected gift sets, including a Disney frozen lip balm and ring set, £4, and Oliver Thomas bath salts bauble, £3.
18. So Slime Fidget Pop Slime toy – £4.99 (smythstoys.com)
A slimy twist on classic fidget toys. Each ball is full of slime to press to keep their hands busy.
There are 12 different styles to collect but if you order online you can’t choose.
It's currently unavailable for home delivery.
19. Welly socks – £5 (very.co.uk)
Upgrade family winter walks with these kids’ warm welly socks, available in shoe sizes 12.5 or more.
They're sold in two packs, with either pink or grey patterns.
20. Gloves and hats, £4.99 (mandmdirect.com)
Even if the children have hats and gloves, it’s always good to have spares for when they go missing at school.
M&M Direct are selling pink kids’ gloves and hats for £4.99 each and darker ones for £2.99 each.
They're available for kids aged between seven and 13.
21. Wooden puzzle, £1.99. (lidl.co.uk)
A sweet inset puzzle for one-year-olds to practise their hand control and shape recognition.
Choose from a racoon, owl, hedgehog, crocodile, ladybird and train.
Other items available in Lidl's toy range for £1.99 include a five-piece wooden tiger puzzle, a bead maze and a wooden rattle.
22. 12 glitter gel pens – £3.99 (Amazon.co.uk)
Add sparkle to their writing and artwork with these scented gel pens by Galt.
They're suitable for ages six and up.
Note Amazon prices are dynamic and may change.
23. Spoon puppets – £4 (hobbycraft.co.uk)
This set lets you make your own spoon fairies – great for role play and putting on shows for your family and friends.
Kits include mini wooden spoon bases, felt sheets, crepe paper, metallic heart and button shapes, coloured feathers, stickers and glue.
24. Adventure tee-shirt – £4 (very.co.uk)
Get the kids’ ready for a year of adventures with this slogan tee-shirt which says "Explore Adventure – Never Stop Discovering".
Available in ages 9-12 months to 6-7 years.
25. Birds to Spot book – £3.99 (whsmith.co.uk)
Turn the kids into bird-spotters with this Usborne minis book, which shows you how to identify 60 birds, including woodpeckers, nightingales and moorhens.
There's also a spotting chart and stickers to add so you can keep track of birds you've spotted.
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