The best stocking stuffers for teens are items that they 1) won’t roll their eyes at, and 2) might actually cause them to crack a (brief) smile. Holiday shopping for the over 13/under 19 set can be a challenge. It’s hard to find gifts that are fun, affordable, and won’t end up shoved under the dark recesses of their beds, never to be seen again.
Thankfully, the internet powers know that while teens can be picky, they also quietly appreciate having a stocking chock-full of goodies to open. While most have moved past the simple joys of toddler tchotchkes from the toy aisle, there are still plenty of options that might garner a mumbled “thank you,” or maybe even a quick side hug. And since none of us actually know what is currently considered trendy, there are helpful product ratings and reviews to help guide our mature, out-of-touch brains.
We’ve rounded up the best options to fill any teen’s stocking this year, no matter how disinterested they are in family time under the tree. And while we can’t make them appreciate the most wonderful time of the year, we can at least help you look like a cool mom, not a regular mom.
Best Stocking Stuffers For Teens
Every slouchy teen needs an equally slouchy beanie. Thankfully they serve a dual purpose of being trendy and practical and will help keep heads warm all winter. Carhartt knit hats are perfectly cozy and with over forty different colors available, there’s a choice for everyone.
Few things are more satisfying that popping bubble wrap, and with this calendar, teens get to pop a bubble every day. Reviewer Kim says, “I’ve a niece that loves to pop bubble wrap so when I found this last year I knew she had to have it. She really enjoyed it and used the stickers that went with it. It was one of her Christmas gifts request this year—that’s better than a five star rating!”
Offering ten hours of playtime and a waterproof design, teens can take their music anywhere with this portable speaker. It only needs Bluetooth for set-up and can be hooked to almost anything with its attached carabiner clip.
When it comes to filling their stocking, add in some stone bracelets that can be used with or without essential oils to help teens find their zen (here’s hoping). Reviewer Mrs. Williams gives then 5 stars and says, “Great quality bracelets. The beads are gorgeous and the bracelets are very well made.”
The way to every teen’s heart is through their stomach, and the more candy, the better. This mix pack comes with 18 full-size varieties of Skittles and Starburst in original, sour, mixed berry, and faveREDS flavors.
Teens can line their ceiling with these self adhesive, 32.8-foot long LED lights. It’s easy to switch between colors thanks to a handy remote, and the brightness can be adjusted when it’s time to start winding down.
No one wants to get stuck with a dead phone, especially teens. This slim, portable charger easily fits into a pocket and is compatible with MacBooks, iPhones, Androids, and tablets.
It can be challenging for teens to willingly participate in family game night, but Tenzi makes it fun for everyone. Bright colors and a competitive premise may actually pique your kiddo’s interest, especially if there’s a possibility of beating you at a game (hey, we’ll take it).
Yes, AirPods are an expensive stocking stuffer. Yes, we understand you are balking at the price for small pieces of plastic that may get lost. But they’re also on many teens wish lists this holiday season, and will definitely net you a few brownie points. Plus there’s few excuses for a teen not to do chores if they can have these in their ears while cleaning the bathroom.
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Teens are looking to carry as few items as possible, so keep things streamlined with a simple leather keychain. A clip closure makes it easy to attach, and the small size means it won’t take up much room.
Eye care looks cool with a pair of these polarized sunglasses. With a UV 400 protection layer, their grip coating ensures no slippage or bouncing, no matter how sweaty they get.
Encourage teens to try something new with this gold pocket drone. It’s small a lightweight enough to be used both indoors or out, and comes with a remote control. Reviewer Kris says, “I’ve bought about a dozen or more different micro drones over the last two years and would put this one at the top of the pack.”
It’s a running joke about how much teenagers eat, and now they can roll up in their favorite foods. Choose the original soft flannel burrito blanket, or pick the waffle or pizza styles. No matter what version, they’ll love how warm and oversized it is.
This swappable aluminum PopTop is the perfect stocking stuffer for any teen glued to his phone. It offers a secure grip designed for one-handed texting, selfie snapping, and video taking.
Teens today are carrying around their phones, driver’s license, a payment card, and not much else. So having a sleek wallet that won’t take up much room is important. This durable carbon wallet fits the bill with a lightweight design, and choice of nine different colors.
We don’t care how old or mature you are – practical jokes are always funny. Encourage teens to trick their friends and siblings with this annoying hidden cat prank. Just make sure they don’t use it at your house.
Have you seen a teen boy recently who wasn’t wearing slides? Yeah, us either. This wardrobe staple needs to be replaced periodically, so slipping a pair into his stocking is always a win. Plus adidas offers over thirty different styles to choose from, so they can stand out while still fitting in.
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From water bottles to tablets to sports gear, vinyl stickers are everywhere. This pack comes with 100 different patterns for under ten bucks, so your teen can choose the few they are willing to use, and pass some along to friends. The stickers handle being washed over and over, and don’t leave a sticky film when removed, so teens can change them out as often as they’d like.
Wear ’em in your hair, wear ’em on your wrist, scrunchies are are everywhere. Choose this pack that comes with fifteen assorted styles in 100% cotton, plus a cute gift bag.
The popularity of fanny packs continues, and this bag offers plenty of room for any teen’s gear. An adjustable waist strap allows it to be worn a few different ways, and the colors reflect when hit with light.
Bursting with natural ingredients, this pack includes Pink Grapefruit, Mango, Coconut & Pear, and Pomegranate flavors. Perfectly pocket sized, it will help keep lips hydrated enough for endless selfies.
This 12 pack of facial masks will be the stocking stuffer she can use all year. Made with ingredients like Shea Butter, Aloe, Tea Tree, and Peppermint, each mask helps calm and hydrate finicky teen skin.
Make every day a spa day with some fluffy, furry house slippers. Comfortable and warm, they have memory foam insoles and are available in a dozen cute colors.
The tie dye trend is still going strong, so a few pairs of these cotton socks will be a hit with any teen. Amazon reviewer Samantha Sumpter says, “They look just like the photo — very bright, cute, comfortable and shockingly good quality. One of my favorite amazon purchases to date!”
Help your teen keep all their dangly bangles and necklaces organized with a jewelry stand. The tiered design helps all the pieces stay untangled and easy to reach. And a small accessory tray at the bottom is the perfect spot for any extra rings or earrings.
If your teen always has a hair elastic around her wrist, it’s time to upgrade. TELETIES hold hair back with less damage without sacrificing grip, and when worn on the wrist, won’t restrict circulation (and they look cute, too!). Choose from small or large sizes depending on hair texture and thickness, or mix and match both. While there are a bunch of cute styles available on Amazon, there are tons more — including seasonal and holiday collections — on the TELETIES website.