The Holidays are coming…

So, I’ve been a very, very busy child life specialist lately.  It’s been too long since I’ve posted on the blog and I must admit that I’ve really missed it.  We host a patient reunion for our families each year in October and it is the biggest event that I coordinate.  Between that, Halloween, an awesome conference (that I’ll blog about later), and general workiness, I’ve been sprinting through the past few weeks.  And now, with the fast approach of Thanksgiving and members of the community calling about Toy Drives, it is clear that The Holidays Are Coming!  It is a joyous, crazy, awesome, stressful, miraculous time to work in a children’s hospital as a child life specialist.  So, as a little gift to you, I’m posting about  three of my wish lists that I give to groups that want to donate to the hospital.  Today’s list is:

50 stocking stuffers
Stocking Stuffers for All Ages


  • Rattles (and wrist rattles)
  • Teethers
  • Shakers
  • Linking rings
  • Small board books
  • Soft ball or O-balls
  • Cute socks
  • Lovey size blanket
  • Small soft stuffed animal


  • Little People figures
  • Board books
  • Animal figures
  • Dinosaurs
  • Small cars/trains
  • Playdough
  • Pinwheels
  • Rubber ducks and bath toys
  • Noisemakers (whistles, maracas, giggletubes)
  • Glitter wands
  • Stickers
  • No-spill bubble tumblers

School Age:

  • Slinky
  • Mini size classic toys/games (Mr. Potato Head, Etch-A-Sketch)
  • Uno cards
  • Small puzzles
  • Silly straws
  • Kaleidoscopes
  • Magnifying glass
  • Silly putty
  • Wind up toys
  • Small toy sets (mini Lego, figurines, etc.)
  • Joke books
  • Mad Libs


  • iTunes gift cards
  • Fun colored socks
  • Puzzle books
  • Rubix cube
  • Travel size games
  • Nail polish and accessories (files, stickers, jewels, etc.)
  • Lip glosses
  • Hair accessories
  • “Difficult” coloring books (geometric designs, patterns)
  • Hacky sacks
  • Stress/squeeze balls
  • Small Nerf toys
  • Yo-yo
  • Small flashlights or book light
  • Playing cards
  • Origami paper
  • Gel pens, thin markers, colored sharpies
  • Key chains

Let me know what fun things you have on your wish lists this year!


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