Amy Umble writes about family issues and kid-friendly events.
Stocking stuffers for teen guys
Stockings have always been a big deal in my family. Often, they’re even better than any of the big gifts. When I was a child, they were filled with cassette tapes (I still remember the year I got “Joshua Tree” by U2 in my stocking, best stocking stuffer ever), candy, small toys and a gift card. And when my guys were small, I loved shopping for their stockings. Now that they’re teens, I find the stockings to be the most challenging part of the holidays. I rack my brain repeatedly.
Knowing how hard finding stocking stuffers for teen boys is, I’m sharing my list with you. And if you have any ideas, please share them with me. Together, we might just come up with the best stockings yet.
Some ideas: sunglasses, key chain, gloves, ear buds, cologne, a Magic 8 ball (I did this last year, and it was a hit. Also, the ball predicted the Redskins would have a mediocre season, which seems to be accurate), iTunes gift card, chapstick, candy, an atlas (my younger son loves maps, so he gets a new atlas each year), a book (my sons aren’t big readers, but I picked up a copy of “Moneyball,” which happens to be my younger son’s favorite movie), socks.
My son also loves change–he likes to go to Coinstar once a month to turn his change into bills. So I made him this. Here is a downloadable bag topper file, so you can print one out and make your pocket change into a festive stocking stuffer.
Here are some ideas I found of stocking stuffers you can order online:
Pick Punch: At $25, this might be a bit pricey for a stocking stuffer, but its coolness factor could mean you can get away with fewer stuffers. This gadget is basically like a hole punch in the shape of a guitar pick, and the product description says it can cut picks out of thick materials like old credit cards or unused gym membership badges.
Nose Pencil Sharpener: Something that’s functional and fun, if not a little bit gross. It costs $1.69 at Retroplanet.com. You can find a lot more gag-type stocking stuffers at the website
Drumstick pencils, $12, are pretty much what they sound like–pencils shaped like drumsticks, perfect for your favorite teen drummer.
Or how about a bacon wallet? My teenage sons could eat bacon 50 times a day, if I’d let them. So this could be perfect, for $12.
While we’re on the bacon theme, there’s also bacon frosting, $8. Which combines my younger son’s two favorite foods.
Or Like and Dislike stamps for the Facebook fan in your life, $14.
Coal Soap: For the past few years, I’ve been tempted to pick up one of those bags of coal-shaped bubble gum the stores all sell at Christmas time. But for the fourth year in a row, my son is still wearing braces. This soap, at $12, is a good substitute.