Stuff packs are minor expansion packs for The Sims 2 that add new items, clothing, and furniture to the game without implementing any significant changes to gameplay.
The Sims 2: Holiday Party Pack (known as The Sims 2: Christmas Party Pack in PAL regions) is considered as the pilot release of stuff packs for The Sims 2. It offers only the new content made available in the 2005 version of the Holiday Edition to players who already owned a copy of the core game. The content from this pack is expanded with twenty new additional items in the third stuff pack The Sims 2: Happy Holiday Stuff. It includes things like Christmas, Hannukah, Halloween, New Year, and Baby New Year. It includes 45 items.
The Sims 2: Family Fun Stuff is the first release officially published under The Sims 2 "stuff pack" line of products, and was released on April 13, 2006 for PC and on April 30, 2007 for Mac. This pack adds gameplay elements introduced in previous expansion packs and mainly focuses on objects for Sim children's bedrooms including medieval and underwater themed bedroom sets. Also included is a nautical themed living room set. New outfits and costumes are available for every age group. The Sims 2: Family Fun Stuff also includes three new pre-made houses and several new songs under the "Pop" category performed by the band Barenaked Ladies. It includes 42 items and is the only stuff pack with an available update patch. Children's fancy dress items are also available.
The Sims 2: Glamour Life Stuff is the second "stuff pack" for The Sims 2. It was officially announced on July 13, 2006 and was released on August 31, 2006. As the title suggests, this pack focuses on "the glamorous life", and adds a series of new objects, clothing, and wall/floor textures relating to the glamorous lifestyle. The pack also includes two pre-made houses. It includes 33 items.
The Sims 2: Happy Holiday Stuff (The Sims 2: Festive Holiday Stuff in PAL regions) is an official "stuff pack" that re-packages the content from The Sims 2: Holiday Party Pack with twenty new additional items. It is considered the third "stuff pack" and is available for sale from major video game outlets (unlike Holiday Party Pack, which was only available for purchase via Electronic Arts's online store in the US and as a retail version in the Asia Pacific region). Happy Holiday Stuff adds additional holiday themed content to the game, and was released on November 7, 2006.
A revised edition of The Sims 2: Holiday Edition was released simultaneously with Happy Holiday Stuff; containing the original The Sims 2 game and the Happy Holiday Stuff expansion in one bundle, similar to that of The Sims 2: Holiday Edition released in 2005.
On October 24, 2006, EA announced a special mini version of this pack titled The Sims 2: Happy Holiday Mini Pack. The mini pack was targeted specially at owners of the previous releases of Holiday Edition and Holiday Party Pack and includes the twenty new items not included in those releases.
The Happy Holiday Stuff pack is the only The Sims 2 game or expansion that does not use a key to unlock the installation. It includes 63 items including 18 new items from The Sims 2: Happy Holiday Mini Pack.
The Sims 2: Celebration! Stuff is the fourth "stuff pack" to be released by EA. The first official confirmation of the Celebration Stuff Pack came in the form of a flyer that was shipped with The Sims 2 expansion pack. The game was released on April 3, 2007 and features new collections of furniture and outfits for weddings and fiestas. The pack also includes two pre-made houses. It includes 54 items. Celebration! Stuff is incorporated into The Sims 2: Double Deluxe.
The Sims 2: H&M Fashion Stuff (known as The Sims 2: Fashion Stuff in PAL regions) is the fifth stuff pack for The Sims 2 video game. It was officially released on June 5, 2007. It is the first "Stuff Pack" to feature a real life company. It includes 60 new items and 3 new pre-made H&M branded retail outlets. EA also introduced an online fashion runway, where users could design their own outfits and enter a competition. Players can also create their own H&M Stores.
The Sims 2: Teen Style Stuff was released on November 5, 2007 in North America and on November 6, 2007 in Australia as the sixth stuff pack. The pack includes items pertaining to teenage cliques: "Goth", "Thrasher" and "Socialite". It also includes two pre-made houses and music for the metal radio station which includes songs from Plain White T's, Flyleaf, Machine Head and many more. It includes 60 items.
The Sims 2: Kitchen & Bath Interior Design Stuff is the seventh stuff pack for The Sims 2 video game. It was released on April 15, 2008 in North America, and on April 18, 2008 in Europe. The pack includes new kitchen and bathroom items such as new kitchen appliances, sinks, counters, showers and toilets. This pack also includes a romantic loft and a stylish house and some Latin music in the Salsa radio station. It includes 103 items.
The Sims 2: IKEA Home Stuff is the eighth stuff pack for The Sims 2 video game. It was released on June 24, 2008 in North America, June 25, 2008 in Australia and on June 26, 2008 in Europe. The pack includes all new furniture and decoration from Swedish furniture chain IKEA, primarily focusing on living rooms, bedrooms and home offices. It is the second stuff pack to feature products of a real-world company, the first being H&M (also Swedish) with The Sims 2: H&M Fashion Stuff. The pack was the second most sold game in Sweden for two consecutive weeks. It includes 76 items.
The Sims 2: Mansion & Garden Stuff is the ninth and final stuff pack for The Sims 2 and was labeled as EP9. It was released in North America on November 17, 2008. It was released in Europe and Australia on November 21, 2008. The pack includes exclusive decoration for gardens like flowers, bushes, statues, and giant mushrooms, as well as featuring new roof types. Three decoration styles are included: Moroccan, Art Deco, and Second Empire.
There are also three pre-made houses (For each new style), two community lots, new things and new music in rap music station. There are also some expansion features like the roof angle adjuster in the game's Build Mode (previously only available in command line format in the cheat console), the Architecture menu in the Build Mode, some new interactions, solar panels and wind turbines and a new tile cheat code. It includes 99 items.
The stuff pack was EA's last game production to support Windows 98, Windows ME, and Windows 2000. Games to be released after November 17, 2008 continued to produce of EA's PC games would later only support Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Mac OS X.