These scented colored pencils are a fantastic stocking stuffer idea. Made from recycled newspaper, each one in the ten-pack is individually packaged. Come to think of it, they'd be great for an advent calendar, too. A pencil a day!
The scents are scrumptious -- my favorites are root beer and cinnamon. There's also a "holiday scents" pack, but they're regular pencils, not colored. I bought mine at Stubby Pencil Studio, but they're available at many online retailers.
No -- at least I hope it isn't! Instead of buying whatever lead-tainted, plastic stuff that's available at TRU or Target, I'm advocating a more thoughtful use of your toy dollar. I try to find things that are a little more open-ended; a little off the beaten path.
For the record, we do have plastic, battery-operated character toys in our house. I've even bought a few myself. So I'm not judging. I just want to share my fabulous finds!