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45 unique stocking stuffers for teens that'll be better than what's under the tree

From a Yeti water bottle to a Spotify gift card, your teen will love these finds.
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Never in the history of teenagerdom has a tween or teen ever wished for a pair of sensible school shoes to be wrapped up under the Christmas tree. Their current shoes may be tattered and even a half size too small, but practical gifts should not take up valuable present real estate under the tree. Tree space is reserved for bicycles, a new pet or, if you have one heck of a tree, a brand-new car! Everyone knows that practical gifts are reserved for the oversized sock hung by the chimney with care.

Stockings may be the holiday destination space for all things sensible, but that doesn’t mean sense can’t be sassy and sassy can’t be smart.

Here are a few sensibly savvy stocking stuffers for the teen in your house.

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Best stocking stuffers for teen boys

Gillette Fusion5 Men's Razor

Ideally, stockings should have an equal mix of fun and functional items, and razors are always a crowd pleaser. Gillette's Fusion5 razor has five anti-friction blades, a precision trimmer on the back and an ergonomic handle. It's also compatible with several Gillette 5-blade razor refills.

The Art of Shaving Sandalwood Shaving Cream

What good is a razor without a bit of shaving cream? This soothing option is ideal for sensitive skin and is formulated with coconut acid and essential oils that help protect skin from irritation and razor burn. It also a nice fresh scent!

Old World Christmas Pizza Ornament

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.

SmartSweets Lollipops

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

My Face Socks Custom Socks

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.

Old Navy Star Wars Dark Side Socks

Three pairs of soft and stretchy socks guaranteed, access to The Force ... possible.

Philips Norelco OneBlade Trimmer and Shaver

For your teen boy that really needs to shave, or for the one who just thinks he needs to, this razor is great for stubble, for beards and possibly even peach fuzz.

Lanyani Mens Minimalist Slim Wallet Bifold

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.

Spotify Premium Gift Card

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.

Steam Gift Card

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.

Best stocking stuffers for teen girls

Billie Razor Starter Kit

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.

Asutra Sleep Mask

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.

Holler and Glow Avo Good Day Foot Mask

Perfect for the gal or guy who loves to pamper themselves, this hydrating foot mask is formulated with nourishing ingredients like avocado oil, grape extract and hyaluronic acid and gives tired tootsies a welcome dose of moisture in just 15-20 minutes.

eos Natural Organic Vanilla Bean Lip Balm Sticks (Set of 4)

With winter rapidly approaching, lip balm is one of the beauty essentials teens will want to keep handy at all times and this set comes with four natural vanilla bean-flavored sticks so they can keep one at home, one in their car, one in their locker and one in their backpack.

Kiss Masterpiece False Nails

Help the teen in your life nail her manicure game with these easy-to-apply false nails that can last for up to seven days. The set comes with 30 nails and includes 12 accent nails with jewel detailing. It also has everything you need to get a salon-worthy mani, including pink gel glue, a mini file and a manicure stick.

Take My Face Off The Mitty Snowman (Set of 2)

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.

The Hair Edit Untangle and Glide Comb

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.

Bestope Makeup Brushes

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.

NCLA Watermelon Lip Scrub

This snazzy lip scrub will gently exfoliate your teen's dry or chapped winter lips. Comes in a variety of delicious flavors.

Nails Inc. Sweet Nail Candy Nail Polish Quad

Festive holiday nail polish that smells like peppermint? We're sold! This limited-edition set from Nails Inc. includes four cruelty-free, candy-inspired polishes in the following shades: Sugar House Lane (a pale pink), Treat Street (a neon pink), Noel Street (a festive red) and Peppermint Place (a dark red). They also have ergonomic brushes to help create a precise manicure at home!

Loft Heart Hair Clip

Teens will instantly crush on this heart hair clip that's equal parts sweet and sassy. The gold clip has structured detailing on the trim and is easy enough to toss in a stocking or small gift bag. Honestly, we're also adding this one to our holiday wish list.

Altar'd State Butterfly Claw Clip

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.

Godiva Assorted Cake Truffles

Any teen with a sweet tooth will be psyched to dig in to 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.

YETI Rambler Tumbler

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?

Personalized Leatherette Passport Holder

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.

Birchbox

A Birchbox subscription is the gift that keeps on coming month after month. Each month, your girl will receive a beauty box specifically catered to her likes and wants. From fragrances to hair care and skin care, each box contains professional caliber products your teen will love to sample and style.

A Sticker Shop Funny Meme Vinyl Stickers Pack

As durable as they are hilarious, these vinyl meme stickers are perfect for your teen's water bottle, laptop, skateboard, bike, bumper and more.

MyNameNecklace Personalized Name Necklace

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

You: A Novel

Whether your teen cannot wait for the upcoming 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.

As Cooked on TikTok

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.

The How-To Cookbook for Teens: 100 Easy Recipes to Learn the Basics

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.

Rotten Tomatoes: The Ultimate Binge Guide

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.

World's Smallest Uno

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.

Football Bingo

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.

Teenie Nee Doh

Gift them with these Teenie Nee Doh stress balls that they can pack in their school bag, sports duffel or carry-on to help relieve a little stress wherever they are.

Leather Magnetic Bookmark

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.

The Crystal Grid Deck

These Tarot cards are said to use the power of crystals to help users tap into their intuition and move their intentions forward.

Ticket Stub Diary

From the ticket stub to the first football game of freshman year, to the stub from senior year’s winter formal, this unique diary keeps those special stubs safe and leaves your teen space to write in those noteworthy high school moments.

Game of Phones

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.

Best tech stocking stuffers

JBL Go 3 Miniature Wireless Speaker

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.

AquaSonic VIBE Series Ultra Whitening Electric Toothbrush

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.

Casetify Olivia Rodrigo Sour Phone Case

The teen who just got their driver's license has been appropriately blasting Olivia Rodrigo through their car radio, will love this phone case that will show off their devotion to the singer. According to the brand, it will help protect their phone from falls and drops.

ZAGG Gear4 Havana Case

Early adopters of the new iPhone 13 are likely excited to deck out their new device with a new case, and there are plenty of flashy options available. If you know a guy that likes to keep things sleek and simple, this lightweight case from ZAGG is a perfect option. It's also wireless charging compatible!

Skullcandy Jib Wired Earbuds

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 $9!

Smartish Cable Wrangler

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 nearly 1,000 five-star ratings on Amazon!