5 Smart Stocking Stuffer Traditions to Start With Your Kids This Year

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Tracking PixelThis is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the American Dental Association to help promote healthy teeth habits during the holiday season. All opinions are 100% my own.


Raise your hand if you’re habits typically get just a littttttle bit unhealthier around the holiday season. I see you out there LITERALLY EVERYONE.

It happens, right? Every single year the festivities begin and before you realize what’s happening you’ve eaten a third of a cookie platter from Janice at the office in a single sitting.

If you’re not careful, you can completely derail all of the healthful habits that you have been so careful to form and follow during the non-Merry-and-Bright part of the year. What’s even worse? Sometimes the healthful habits of your kids get completely derailed right along with yours.

As parents, the holidays can be a constant struggle with finding that balance between keeping things fun and festive—and also keeping up with the responsible parenting. Veggies still need to be eaten. Homework still needs to be completed. (At least somewhat reasonable) bedtime still needs to happen (most nights).

One way that we’ve started to add some balance to our holiday traditions is with our kids’ stockings. During our first holiday season, we used stockings as a place to pile on more sweet treats, more toys—just more, more, more.

Now we use our stockings to add a little bit of healthy back to the festivities, specifically by promoting healthy teeth habits by following guidelines from the American Dental Association.

After doing some research into what the ACA recommends for keeping teeth healthy during the holiday season, we’ve switched up our stocking game to help set up our little ones for a lifetime of healthy teeth habits.


5 Smart Stocking Stuffer Traditions to Start With Your Kids This Year


1. Red and Green Apples

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The holidays are known for sweet treats. At almost every party, gathering, or gift-giving session, you’re pretty much guaranteed to see cookies, cakes, and candies.

When it comes to sweets to include in your kids’ stockings, fruits make a great choice for a healthy diet and healthy teeth. They are high in water and fiber, which balances the sugars they contain and actually help to clean the teeth.

We like to go with a red and a green apple—festive AND healthful! 


2. Almonds

To help keep those sweets in moderation, we also like to include a non-sweet treat in our kids’ stockings. Almonds are a favorite of ours. They have a plethora of health benefits, including ones that may help support tooth health.

Keep it fun by putting them in a festive holiday bag for healthy snacking all morning long.

3. New Water Bottle

Water is the go-to beverage in our house all year round, but we like to up the intake even more during the holiday season.

Including a new water bottle in your little ones’ stockings will help encourage them to drink up. Water is also (hands-down) the most tooth-friendly beverage available, which makes one more great reason to work it in as much as possible.


4. New Toothbrushes and Toothpaste

Tooth health is super important to us. To help our kiddos keep up on brushing twice daily, we like to include fun new toothbrushes and a fresh tube of fluoride toothpaste in their stockings.

It sounds super nerdy, but they love rushing to the bathroom to use their new toothbrushes almost as soon as they see them. You can keep it fun with a toothbrush that features their favorite character or animal. Just make sure to always look for products that have the ADA Seal of Acceptance (see above) to make sure you’re giving your kids’ teeth the absolute best.


5. Fun Dental Floss

Cleaning between your teeth daily is a MUST for great tooth health, but sometimes it can be super tricky when you’re dealing with young kids.

Keep flossing fun by purchasing flossers in bright, bold colors. For bonus points you can put them in festive holiday baggies.



After the holiday festivities is the perfect time for a visit to the dentist, which you and your kiddos should be doing regularly. For more information on how to promote healthy teeth habits—during the holidays and all year round—make sure to visit the ADA’s website.


What do you do to help your little ones have a fun and healthy holiday season? 



This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Dental Association.

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  • Reply Krystal Butherus

    Fruits , nuts and toothbrushes are all great, healthy ideas. We may have to start adding those in the stockings this year.

    December 1, 2017 at 4:42 pm
  • Reply Laura @ MommyDearest

    We’ve always done toothbrushes, but I never thought to add toothpaste and floss, I love the idea of fruits and nuts. We may need to add those this year too.

    December 1, 2017 at 7:21 pm
  • Reply Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh

    These are all great stocking stuffer ideas. I usually just buy small toys, candy, fun socks, etc.

    December 1, 2017 at 7:49 pm
  • Reply Laura @ MommyDearest

    My stocking stuffer last year was an electric toothbrush. It was seriously the best thing ever. Hopefully this year I’ll get new heads!

    December 1, 2017 at 8:47 pm
  • Reply Angela Tolsma

    My stocking stuffer last year was an electric toothbrush. It was seriously the best thing ever. Hopefully this year I’ll get new heads!

    December 1, 2017 at 8:48 pm
  • Reply Karen Morse

    These are brilliant stocking stuffers. It’s good to think about your child’s health this Christmas especially since they’ll be exposed to so many desserts and sweet treats.

    December 2, 2017 at 2:08 am
  • Reply brianne

    These are such great ideas for stocking stuffers. I always do toothbrushes too!

    December 2, 2017 at 3:46 am
  • Reply Kristina

    My parents always did an apple and an orange in our stockings when I was little. We do a new toothbrush and their own toothpaste tube and fun new bath toys as some stocking stuffers too.

    December 2, 2017 at 6:04 am
  • Reply Jessica Joachim

    These are such cute ideas! I love giving healthier options and think my daughter would really love some of these ideas as well.

    December 2, 2017 at 5:32 pm
  • Reply kimberly lewis

    I have never done toothbrushes before but it’s a great thing to think about doing!

    December 2, 2017 at 8:57 pm
  • Reply Terri Steffes

    We apply the make it, bake it, sew it, grow it to our stockings gifts. It is so much fun! Of course we are all adults, so that makes a big difference.

    December 2, 2017 at 9:09 pm
  • Reply Cindy Ingalls

    The toothbrushes and flossers are perfection, especially at the holidays. With all the sweet treats we all consume, we need to be even more vigilant at the holidays with our oral care.

    December 4, 2017 at 4:26 am
  • Reply Keki Cannon

    I am always struggling to find what to put in the stockings and practical items is a great idea, especially for my teen. thanks!

    December 4, 2017 at 11:30 am
  • Reply Jessica T

    I love doing things like this for stockings. I always give toothbrushes, the kids actually get really excited.

    December 4, 2017 at 3:50 pm
  • Reply Ayana Pitterson

    This is exactly what Christmas stockings should be about. We have definitely tried to move away from adding additional gifts to the stockings, but things that they actually need. Great ideas here.

    Thrifting Diva

    December 4, 2017 at 5:02 pm
  • Reply Toughcookiemommy

    I really love these stocking stuffer ideas. I always struggle with finding just the right little gifts and trinkets to put in the kids’ stockings.

    December 9, 2017 at 4:28 am
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