The holidays will be here before you know it so it’s time to start thinking about gift shopping (if you aren’t already in the thick of it). I’ve heard people complain about shopping for teenagers, but honestly, they are not nearly as difficult to buy gifts for as you might imagine. My teens always provide me with long wish lists, but they tend to forget about stocking stuffers. And buying stocking stuffers for teens is one of my favorite parts of holiday shopping.
Think about it; most stocking stuffers are low cost and you don’t even have to wrap them. You can throw little treats and surprises in their stockings that are guaranteed to make them smile. If you are completely lost and need some inspiration, check out these ideas for the best stocking stuffers for teens! I promise you will find something for every teen on your holiday list!
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Useful stocking stuffers for teens
This wallet ninja multitool is the perfect stocking stuffer for teens. It is the size of a credit card, but includes 18 tools and is approved to carry on flights.
Almost every teen would love to have their own travel coffee mug or reusable water bottle. This Hydroflask does double duty because it can hold hot or cold liquids. Plus, it comes in a variety of colors and sizes.
Some other “useful to have” items for teens are a small flashlight, a pocket knife and this cool tactical pen. It has 12 tools, including a compass, whistle and glass breaker, yet it is small enough to fit in your teen’s pocket.
Food is always a good choice
When I need one or two more things to put in my teen’s stockings, I turn to food every time. If your teenager has a favorite snack, throw it in there. If you need ideas, beef jerky and trail mix are usually a hit with teenagers. Plus, I love that they come in small packages so they are easy for your kids to throw in a purse or backpack and take with them on the go.
Stocking stuffer for teens who like to read and write
My daughter is a total bookworm and she can’t stop raving about this booklight. It is flexible, rechargeable, comes in a variety of colors and has three levels of brightness.
Remember Mad Libs? Well, they are back and they even have a holiday edition!
Gifts for creative teens
Let your teen express themselves with this temporary hair chalk. Don’t worry, it washes right out!
Or maybe your teen wants to experiment with tattoos instead. These temporary tattoo markers come in 8 colors and last about a day.
This 30 pack of acrylic paint pens is perfect for a budding artist. They can be used on rocks, ceramics, wood, glass or fabric.
Stocking stuffers for gamers
Stocking stuffers for teens to use in school
I know it’s normally kinda lame to buy them school supplies as a gift, but these are so fun that your kids won’t mind! The holiday Smencils come in five scents and are so cute that they will make your kids look forward to going back to school after winter break.
Gifts to make them laugh
Slingshot rubber chickens. Need I say more?
How about a zombie plant? It “plays dead” when you touch it, but then “comes back to life.”
Stocking stuffers for athletes
Here are four stocking stuffers that your your sporty teen absolutely needs!
Deoderizer balls are a must-have for stinky shoes and gym bags. Anti-chafe balm will protect your teen’s skin without clogging pores. Biofreeze will help ease aching muscles. Lastly, Gatorade Chews will give them the extra energy they need to get through long practices.
For even more gift ideas for sporty kids, check out this article. They won’t all fit in a stocking, but there are lots of great ideas in there!
Gifts for a cause
When you buy a 4Ocean bracelet, you help a great cause. Each one that is purchased funds the removal of one pound of waste from the ocean.
Lokai bracelets also donate a portion of their proceeds to charity. Each bracelet is for a different organization, so choose one you think your teen would like to support. Some recent charities include the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Pride movement and the Humane Society.
Stocking stuffers for new drivers
The Driving Book is small enough to easily fit in the glove compartment of the car and is chock full of useful information. Their tag line is “Everything that new drivers need to know but don’t know to ask”. The book covers changing a tire, driving in bad weather and many other scenarios your teen driver might face.
Personal care gifts
I’m a mean mom who has been know to slip some basic hygiene items in my kids’ stocking (they don’t call me the evil mommy for nothing) I mean, everyone could use toothpaste, deoderant and razors, right?
Stocking stuffers every teen would like
Burt’s Bees is argueably the best chapstickon the planet. I like this 4 pack because you can split it up if you have more than one kid.
Everyone could use a classic pair of sunglasses.
Did you find a few stocking stuffers for your teen? I would love to hear what you liked from the list! Comment below and let me know!
if you are looking for fun things to do with your teen during the holiday season, check out this article. It features six holiday traditions for you and your teen to start doing together.
For a few more ideas, check out this article about gifts for every kid on your list!
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