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.
We originally wrote this post in 2018, and we (my now 17 and 15 year old wrote this with me) updated it for 2020. We tried to pick items that were in stock and would make it in time for holiday delivery.
If you want to just head to my Amazon store, click on the links below. I curated my favorite items into a one-stop-shop.
- Screen Wipes – I can’t even tell you how many of these we go through. I buy a ton of these and put a couple of handfuls in each stocking.
- Pootanicals – When you gotta go, you gotta go. A little spray goes a long way.
- Tangle Fidget Toy – If you have a child having a hard focusing or fidgeting doing homework, have them put one in their non-dominant hand. It’s magic. I learned this trick at a parenting workshop and it never fails me.
- Kitpas – These are Japanese crayons that can draw on almost any surface and also wipe off completely clean. They are so cool.
- Jade Roller – I appreciate our teen girls’ commitment to skincare. These work wonders to get rid of a puffy eye.
- Whoopie Cushions – Because getting someone with a whoopie cushion is never not amusing.
- 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.
- Essential Oils – To go with the diffuser that they are getting. A set like this lets them mix and match and create their own scents.
- Uno – We do not take a trip without a deck of Uno cards, I like this set because of the metal case. A big Hester family favorite.
- Tenzi – Another super fun game. We love this game because there are a million variations of play. We took this on a lot of our travels too because it’s small and easy to carry.
- 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. Best pens ever.
- Mighty Patch – Kids these days don’t even know how lucky they are with these zit stickers. They are magical for calming down a pimple quickly. You can even wear them under makeup.
- Tangle Teezer – These brushes really do work and take the fight out of hair brushing. We prefer the ones with the handle.
- 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. I know they are more expensive than Chapstick, but it’s the only thing that can take a Massachusetts winter.
- Metal Straws – Save the turtles! We love a straw and have made the switch to all metal straws. I like this case and that it has a brush, which is really important for smoothie drinking.
- Christmas Light Phone Charger – This is adorable and super festive. Even your phone gets a set of twinkle lights.
- Mud Mask – We really care about our pores here, and love a good mask. You can’t go wrong with a simple clay mask.
- Insulated Mug – My kids like a hot drink as much as I do. These are an affordable version of the Yeti mug. I don’t get *quite* as mad when these don’t make it back home from school.
- Bio-Oil – We love the way this moisturizer smells and this is the cutest little jar. This is the gel version of the oil that we use all the time.
- Face Scrubber – Who wouldn’t want to wash their face with this adorable little sponge?
- Silicone Face Mask Brush – Using a brush is a much better way to apply a messy face mask. So much less mess and a better application on the skin. We like silicone because it cleans completely.
- Tweezers – I really worry that teens these days aren’t going to be funny because they did not have to endure an ugly/awkward phase. their brow game is too strong. But if my daughter loses my Tweezermans one more time, it’s not going to be pretty. These are good tweezers without the price tag.
- Smencils – Smelly pencils. I usually buy these at Paper Source, I was very happy to find them on Amazon.
- Hair Clips – A cute assortment of clips and pins.
- Milk Frother – My kids love hot chocolate and I have a feeling when they become addicted to coffee like their parents, they will like a latte as well. We have a milk steamer, but this is a good alternative if you don’t.
- Flexi Puzzle – Forever and always a puzzle that they play with whenever they see it.
- Nail Dry Drops – These are magic. A couple of drops and one minute and your nails are good to go.
- Tea Bags – Ava makes herself a cup of tea every evening. I like to splurge on some fancier teas for the holidays for her.
- USB Car Charger – You can never have enough of these.
- Table Topics – I have learned so much about everyone in my family because of these cards. These also make a great hostess gift, they have all different themes.
- 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. Also, am a sucker for rainbow anything.
- Lacrosse Balls – We have buckets of these next to the bounce back and I feel like buy new balls every time I go to the lax store.
- Leatherman – My husband always has one of these in his pocket. This is a smaller version.
- Reindeer Farts – Because all teens think that toots are funny.
- Cable Clips – These are pretty handy, we have them on our nightstands so our cords don’t slip and fall. I also have them on my desk for random cord organization.
- Wooden Puzzles – They all like to still do these small puzzles. I leave them on the coffee table or in a basket in the kitchen and they play with them while they are watching TV or standing around.
- Bath Salt Packets – Will runs a lot and is always sore. Ava and Clay like a relaxing bath. These packets of salt soak are great for both. I like the packets because they are less mess in my bathroom.
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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