The best stocking stuffers for tweens and teens, items they will really use and love. Stocking stuffer ideas created and approved by my tween and teens.
One of Santa’s favorite things to put together each holiday season is stocking stuffers. Often, stockings go overlooked, but I think that this is the most fun thing to open every Christmas morning.
Our Christmas tradition is that the kids can look through their stockings while mom and dad wipe the sleep from their eyes, get the coffee going, the mimosas poured, and the oven preheating for cinnamon rolls. Once those things have been accomplished, the gift opening can commence. The stockings buy us some valuable time.
As my kids have gotten older, their stockings have gotten more fun. Let’s be honest, Christmas gifts aren’t as fun when your kids move out of the toy phase. I loved buying my kids toys and the gifts around the tree were big and colorful. Now there is a lot less around the tree, mostly black and metallic, and come in small, expensive packages.
But stockings are where you can have some fun. Throw in some practical – socks, toothbrushes, and chapstick. But then put some silly and fun things – whoopee cushions, games, and gel pens.
“Santa” thinks that putting together stockings is the most fun thing to shop for and the kids seem to enjoy rifling through them Christmas morning.
Best Stocking Stuffers for Tweens and Teens //
These are things that my kids use and love. Plus, all can be ordered from Amazon, so you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your couch to get these things.
Spot it – I think that we have every Spot It game they have ever made. My kids have been playing it for years and years. It’s perfect to keep in the car for a road trip. Littler guys love this as much as older ones do.
Rainbow Dice – Dice games are all the rage right now. Rainbow dice are always going to be a winner. We love anything rainbow around here.
Power Bank – We all have these for travel days. The kids take a lot of photos and videos and by the end of the day they are on reserve power. Having one of these in our backpack has saved the day more than once.
Mad Libs – I bought these last year as an afterthought and it was one of the most popular gifts from Christmas 2017. I also discovered that I needed to teach my kids what an adverb was.
Beauty Blender Holder – I thought that this was an egg cup, but it holds your beauty blender. This was a request from my daughter this year.
Pyramid Speed Cube – My boys love a Rubik’s Cube and this pyramid shape is fun to add to the collection.
Kitty Cat Hair Band – Keep your hair out of your face when you are washing looking adorable. Ava wears this when she is washing her face and putting on her makeup. (Calm down dad, it’s just a little mascara and lip gloss.)
Screen Wipes – I can’t even tell you how many of these we go through. We are all a little particular about fingerprints on our phone screens and especially on the camera. These are like wet wipes and we have them in every bag.
Nail Art Kit – Nail art is here to stay and this a fun kit. Lots of jewels, tools, and stickers.
Water Bottle Cord – My kids don’t go anywhere without their HydroFlasks, and these braided cords attach them to their backpacks.
Mad Gab – Another fun game that is small enough to fit in a backpack or in the car. Perfect for travel days.
Rainbow Playing Cards – We have a few sets of these. We play a lot of card games and I love the sturdy box for these cards.
Whoopie Cushions – Because getting someone with a whoopie cushion is never not amusing.
Erasable Pens – Clay’s teacher turned me onto these pens and now I will only use them. These actually work and don’t tear your paper.
Sport Ear Buds – These are on the pricier side for a stocking stuffer, but these are really great earbuds for the runners in your life.
Hand Grip – My dad uses one of these every day I thought that it was funny that William asked me to buy him one.
Stainless Water Bottle – These come in a million colors and fit nicely into a purse. Ava in particular likes this one for school. They have a refill station so all the girls have cute water bottles.
Holographic Nail Polish – Holo anything, but halo nails are super fun.
Tangle Teezer – These brushes really do work and take the fight out of hair brushing. We prefer the ones with the handle.
Unicorn Gold Poo Spray – When you gotta go, you gotta go. A little spray goes a long way. This is purse and backpack size. I also love the name puns for the scents.
Phone Wallet – We need to show our IDs every time we come and go so having them attached to phones means less forgetting them. Same goes for school ID and bus passes. They never forget their phones, but often their wallets. These have significantly reduced the amount of begging the gate guards to let us get home.
Tangles – I give these to every kid I know. True story, if you have a child having a hard focusing or fidgeting doing homework, have them put it in their non-dominant hand. It’s magic. I learned this trick at a parenting workshop and it never fails me.
Beadeez! Balls – Ava is obsessed with these things. She loves them so much.
Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty – Also an Ava obsession. She saves her babysitting money and buys these all the time.
Sneaker Balls – Put these in your kid’s sneakers and the smell disappears. Great for gym bags. Will keeps them in his running shoes and cleats.
Multi-Port Car Charger – The charger real estate is a commodity, so getting a USB with two ports means less fighting with brothers and sisters in the back seat. This is actually a gift for you.
Retro Handheld Football Game – This was a sleeper hit of 2017. My kids were amazed that their dad actually played with this as a kid.
Case Mate Phone Strap – Straps and Popsockets actually help with phones not being dropped which means less cracked screens. Once we put these on the phones, we had a lot less accidents.
PopSockets – Same as above, these also act as a stand if you are watching a show or movie on your phone.
Apple Watch Straps – It’s fun to change your strap to match your outfits.
Rainbow Toothbrushes – Is it really Christmas if you don’t get a toothbrush in your stocking?
Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask – Ava loves a face mask and this one is crazy. You can feel and hear it bubbling on your face.
Silicon Mud Mask Brushes – This makes spa night less messy. Using a brush means less mud on your hands which means less mud in your bathroom.
CortiBalm – I have tried every lip balm on the market for my kids. They all get really chapped lips and this is the best one we’ve ever used. We have them in every backpack, car, and purse.
Selfie Ring Light – If I teach my kids one thing, it is to make sure they are taking pictures of themselves in good light. This selfie ring is ridiculous, but it works.
Star Wars Pencil Case – Clay is a big Star Wars fan so I bought him this pencil case and he loves it. I like that it isn’t flimsy plastic and has lasted a really long time.
Loaded Questions – Another fun game to throw in your bag. We love this one, and have had some great conversations because of it.
There you go! These are the best stocking stuffers for tweens and teens. These stocking stuffer ideas were created and approved by my tween and teens. Have something else you add to your stocking every year? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.
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