While visions of sugar plums dance in their heads, you can hop on the laptop to fill your kids’ stockings with the cutest handmade gifts, courtesy of super-talented D.C.-based Etsy crafters. From scrumptious felt play food to funky dress-up props, these cool mini-gifts give those presents made by Santa’s elves a serious run for their money.

Artistic License

If kiddo's art wall is running out of space, here's an idea: Transform them into practical items like this pillowcase. How it works? You email a photo of your little one's masterpiece to the Etsy vendor, who works her magic and does the rest. FYI: It takes a few weeks for production and delivery, so come Christmas morning let your tyke's gift be the creative process of picking out the artwork and helping choose the medium (there are also dresses, blankets, pouf cubes, and capes!).

Custom Decorative Pillowcase, $78
Etsy Vendor: MiraJeanDesigns
Handmade in Arlington, Va.

What are your favorite things to stuff in your kids stockings? Tell us in the Comments section below. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady

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