Never in the history of youthdom has a tween or teen ever wished for a practical gift in their Christmas stocking. While sensible gifts like underwear and gloves may serve an annual tradition under the Christmas tree, holiday stockings are a place for joyous and fun gifts like card games and festive candies.
That’s not to say that teens wouldn’t appreciate a quirky pair of socks, an Amazon gift card or new phone charger tucked inside. But, as an add-on to some of the more serious, under-the-tree presents, stocking stuffers for teens should be more about amusement and novelty.
If you’re on the hunt for the best stocking stuffers for your teenager, consider this guide a head start. No matter their interests, this list of small gifts is sure to impress.
Best stocking stuffers for teen boys
Candy lovers will rejoice over this pack of blue raspberry and watermelon lollipops, and you'll also love the fact that the brand is known for using significantly less sugar than other leading candy brands. Case in point? Each lollipop has just 1g of sugar and is sweetened with Stevia. But trust us, they still taste amazing.
Who doesn’t love fun socks? With these customizable ones, you can add a photo of your teen, their pet and more to make a unique accessory they’re sure to love. They also come in eight colors, so you can find something they’ll totally dig.
Deodorant may be a practical gift, but this mistletoe-scented option adds fun to the mundane. Plus, a gift that helps your teen smell nice is a gift for everyone.
Pizza is one of our love languages, and we’re pretty sure the teen in your life will also dig this colorful ornament that represents one of the tastiest food groups around. The glass ornament is hand-painted and has a touch of glitter so it’ll shimmer underneath the Christmas tree.
Slim, sleek, stylish and smart, this sophisticated wallet not only keeps your teens cash and cards organized but also wards off identity thieves with RFID blocking technology.
Calling all online gamers! Any teen with a Steam account will be stoked to find one of these gift cards in their stocking. Available in multiple denominations, the card gives gamers the option to pick their next adventure and download a plethora of online games. Plus, you don't have to worry about buying a game that's not exactly their speed.
Whether they put water or coffee in it, this tumbler is perfect for teens who are constantly on the go. It holds a drink's temperature for hours on end and is dishwasher-safe, so it makes cleanup a breeze. Comes in nine colors. Oh, did we mention that you can customize it with an initial or a logo?
If you’re shopping for a teen who is a budding home chef, this adorable mini olive oil will be a hit this holiday season. While we recommend the classic olive oil option, the brand also has flavored minis, including chili- and lemon-infused olive oils.
If they're big into fingerboarding or love everything to do with skateboarding, they'll love this mini skatepark. We can't handle the shorts that come with it (for their fingers, of course).
Whether they love to prep with a pre-workout smoothie before hitting the gym or indulge in a protein shake post-gym, they can enjoy both with this blender bottle that also reps their favorite team.
Your teen may not have inherited your pitch-perfect sound, but you can still pass on the gift of music with a Spotify Premium Gift Card. No ads, no interruptions, just endless tunes that you’ve never heard before.
Best stocking stuffers for teen girls
If they can't get enough of the viral plush that has taken social media by storm, gift them with miniature versions that are affordable and feature familiar characters such as Stitch dressed as Elvis and Hello Kitty.
For the avid runner or the teen in your life who added a Hot Girl Walk to their daily routine, consider gifting them with this anti-chafe stick that will help calm inflamed skin surrounding the thighs or arms. "I have thick legs that rub when walking and this product has been a life saver," said one reviewer, adding that "there's no sticky residue, no odor, dries very quickly and lasts pretty long."
As durable as they are hilarious, these vinyl meme stickers are perfect for your teen's water bottle, laptop, skateboard, bike, bumper and more.
Odds are, your teen never remembers to get new razors before theirs are gone, so they'll appreciate this subscription kit that will help them restock each month. The Billie Razor Starter Kit comes with a razor, two blades and a magnetic holder that secures the razor in the shower — and they'll receive four new blades whenever they run out. Users can also opt to add shaving cream or a bar of soap to their monthly refills as well, meaning they never have to go without their must-have products.
For a quick and easy manicure that they can do from the comfort of their couch, stuff these press-on nails in their stocking. For just $10, this set comes with 42 nails to press-on and re-do, should they become ruined.
They're also available in different lengths, from short, mid and long nails, as well as a number of different solid colors, patterns and designs.
Creating the natural look takes a professional touch or a professional brush in this case. This brush set comes equipped with five large brushes for broad strokes and 11 smaller brushes for more detailed eye work.
A girl can never have too many hair accessories. That’s why this hair accessory gift set is perfect for the teen who can’t seem to keep track of her scrunchies or satisfy her accessory appetite.
As temperatures drop, a hair mask can work magic on split ends and damaged strands. Offered in a stocking-stuffer sized bottle, this hair mask is a great add for the teen who loves her locks.
Whether your teen’s hair is ultra-curly or super straight, a wide-tooth comb is essential for gently getting tangles out without damaging hair. Comes in blush marble and works great on both wet or dry hair.
Looking for a slightly subtle festive set of earrings? You'll love this trio from Hello Franki, a tween and teen-focused line from popular brand, Francesca's.
With two sets of stars and a gold round stud pair, they'll be set no matter how many ear piercings they have.
Claw clips from the ‘90s have made a big comeback. And while your teen may be cursing you for not saving all of your clips from back in the day, you can gift them this cute butterfly claw clip, so they have one of their own.
Any teen with a sweet tooth will be psyched to dig into this box of cake-inspired treats that features nine chocolate cake truffles. Maybe if you play your cards right, they’ll also let you give them a try — but no promises, because they’re pretty tempting.
This snazzy lip scrub will gently exfoliate your teen’s dry or chapped winter lips. It comes in a variety of delicious flavors for your choosing.
These cold brew bags are made for Gen Z by Gen Z influencer Emma Chamberlain. To brew, your teen just needs to combine one cold brew bag with four cups of water. When they wake up the next morning, they can enjoy delicious sipping with notes of vanilla and roasted nuts.
These playful daisy earrings are great (if she has pierced ears) because they can be worn in multiple ways — with the daisy charms, without the daisy charms so they're just hoops or she can swap the daisy in with another charm.
These playful pompom clips will look good whether she's wearing a few of them at a time to make a statement or just one, for a casual school day.
If they can't seem to get enough of the Western styles gracing their social media platforms (coastal cowgirl, cowgirl Barbie, etc.), gift them with this porcelain catch-all tray that can serve as a jewelry tray, place to store their keys, other essentials, and more.
We see many self-care nights in your teenager’s future with this cooling gel mask and weighted eye pillow set. For cooling effects, the gel mask can be placed in the freezer and worn to help soothe puffy eyes, the brand says. For warmth, heat up the weighted eye pillow in the microwave. Reviewers rave about the lavender scent of the masks, noting that it’s subtle and not overpowering.
If they haven't yet hopped on the Stanley hype, gift them with this tumbler from the brand that holds 14 ounces of their favorite drink. Available in eight colors, it features the same qualities of the brand's hugely viral water bottle, including the double-wall vacuum insulation to keep drinks hot or cold for hours on end.
Major cuteness alert! These gentle, reusable skin cleansing cloths are perfect for sensitive skin and great for the environment, too. The holiday set is designed to look like a snowman (adorable, right?) and each mini mitty can help remove makeup or apply skin care products with ease.
If Starbucks and Dunkin’ are their morning go-to’s, help them save a bit of money and take their coffee on-the-go with this reusable glass. With a wooden lid and a glass straw, this cup is easy to wash and features a fun smiley-faced design.
If the teen in your life has caught the travel bug, a personalized passport holder is a fun way to encourage their adventurous spirit. This affordable option comes in two colors — teal and gray — and can be customized with a name or initial in one of multiple fonts.
This abstract face mobile will pass the "cool" test, and can find a home above her desk or vanity. It's a MoMA exclusive, which may be a helpful fact to drop if she falls into the artsy camp.
They'll have a whale of a time during their skin care routine with these aquatic-shaped eye patches, designed to rejuvenate skin underneath the eyes. With 15 pairs of gel patches, they can be used to repair the effects of pulling all-nighters or early morning sports practices. "When I take them off, the area under my eyes is wonderfully illuminated and moisturized," said one reviewer.
This initial necklace looks way more expensive than it is — and right now it's on deep sale! She can easily layer it with the rest of her everyday accessories.
A splurge-worthy stocking stuffer, the Baggu Crescent will soon become their favorite bag to serve as a personal item on a plane, tote on day trips or simply accompany them as a cute accessory to match their outfit while shopping.
It's "black hole" ability to hold anything and everything you need, from your phone and e-reader to headphones and water bottles makes it a must-have bag.
As a teen, a nameplate necklace was one of my favorite accessories. Personalize the gift a bit further with a genuine Swarovski birthstone gem.
Best book and game stocking stuffers
This mini Uno deck is small enough that they can bring it along for road trips, airplane rides or free periods. "They were definitely hilarious to play with, since it's hard to see how many cards someone has if they can hide their whole hand in...well, their hand," one reviewer said.
Whether your teen cannot wait for the next season of this Netflix series or would prefer to read the book before their weekend binge session, you can gift them the novel that started it all.
If they love playing classic card games like garbage, solitaire, speed and others, gift them with this whimsical set of playing cards inspired by Disney character Mickey Mouse.
TV and film buffs will find plenty of inspiration in this new book that includes a list of 200+ of the best shows ever made to help them decide what to binge watch next. It also does a deep dive into the evolution of TV, highlights several classic shows and offers insight into the TV streaming wars.
Despite popular opinion, Bagel Bites are not a food group and a home-cooked meal is not Easy Mac. This introductory cookbook offers 100 easy recipes that require actual ingredients from an actual store. Your teen will marvel at what happens when they mix milk and eggs. Call it STEM, call it food science or just call it breakfast.
If they don’t know how to solve a Rubik’s cube, winter break is the perfect time to wrestle with this classic brain game. The coach cube features peeling stickers that your teen can remove as they improve their Rubik’s cube game.
For some screen-free time that allows them to create a DIY postcard of one of their favorite cities or one that they've always wanted to visit, gift them with this miniature Lego set that includes 277 pieces and an instruction booklet.
If they always have their nose in a book, you can make sure they never lose their place with this magnetic leather bookmark, which can be strapped on the page-turner they're currently devouring. You can choose to customize it with their initials or a nickname for an additional cost.
Teens can make all the mouthwatering dishes that they’ve been swooning over on TikTok with this book. It features recipes from over 40 TikTok chefs, creators and foodies, and will have your teen cooking on their own in no time.
Start their year off on the right foot (or help them become better with their time management skills) with this 2024 Moleskine planner in a red that is sure to provide some holiday cheer in these gloomy winter months.
Phones obviously have games on them, but now the phone is the game itself? Mind blown. That’s what happens in this interactive battle of devices. Pull a card and use your phone to out emoji, out text or out with your competitors. Best used with cellular phones, but if you try to play with a rotary, please have your more tech- savvy friends text me a picture.
Still zany enough to play with their peers yet appropriate enough to play with their siblings, this family edition of Cards Against Humanity provides a fun game night, no matter who's in attendance. "I bought this for my 16 year old brother to play with the fam! It’s a hit!," said one reviewer.
Bring a little bit of the competition to their football watch party with these bingo cards. Keep track of every fumble or first down or overtime in order to secure a bingo.
Best tech stocking stuffers
Earbuds are a bit like socks — we're constantly losing them — so it always helps to have a backup set on hand. This affordable option from Skullcandy lets you adjust the volume and block out the outside world with its noise-isolating ear gels. Not bad for $8!
This miniature version of the famous light-up board is a fun way to play without taking up too much room in a teen's room. They can come up with their own designs or use a template.
iPhone 15 users are likely excited to deck out their devices with a new case, and there are plenty of flashy options available. If you know a guy or girl that likes to keep things sleek and simple, this lightweight case from Jiunai is a perfect option.
It may be hard to believe, but disposable cameras are back! Whether they use them to capture the rest of their winter break or take on a vacation with them, they'll have a scrapbook that looks similar to yours did when you were younger. Reviewers love them because they're easy to use and easy to develop as well.
So long, cable chaos! This magnetic cord organizer helps keep all your chargers nice and organized so they're ready when you need them. It comes in four colors (two pretty pastels and two nice neutrals) and has 2,000+ five-star ratings on Amazon!
Talk about a throwback! Teens will be entertained by a Tamagotchi if for no other reason than the novelty of it being a “relic”. Challenge them to keep at alive at least until dinnertime.
Just because this speaker is small in size doesn't mean it compromises in sound. Said to be both water- and dust-proof, this speaker is designed to clip onto a backpack or tote bag so they can bring it to the beach, basketball court or out on the water. "I love how practical it is and the sound quality is amazing," said one reviewer.
Help your teen keep those pearly whites ultra pearly with this electric toothbrush. The toothbrush comes with eight brush heads and features wireless charging, and whitening mode to remove those stubborn frappuccino stains.
Save the shock for their stocking with these wireless earbuds Sony created in collaboration with Olivia Rodrigo. Available in four colors, black, white, blue and a purple synonymous with the singer's album colors.
The brand included two custom EQs (equalizers) that provide special optics when listening to either of Rodrigo's albums, offering enhanced sound settings that can be controlled via the Sony Headphones Connect app.