While they’re probably cynical about Father Christmas by the tween years, even if they don’t have younger siblings, many would probably still like to have a Christmas stocking. Mine held off telling me he knew for a while, because he wanted to still have one. If you want to keep the magic of Christmas a bit longer, why not try some of these Christmas stocking fillers for tweens and teens.
With older children usually comes more expense. They’re wise to second hand, and have moved onto more expensive technology and interests. But if you’re working to a budget, keep that in mind.
Tips for more thrifty gift buying
(including stocking fillers)
- Buy in the January sales, or through the year
- Link up with family and friends with similar age children to buy in bulk and get better deals
- Shop around – try discount stores for trendy alternatives, or places like TK Maxx.
- Look for cheaper alternatives. These are stocking gifts after all, they’re not meant to be the main present.
- Try homemade – if you’re crafty
- Use loyalty points – save them through the year, then spend them before Christmas.
- Don’t feel you have to add as many stocking stuffers as you may have done when they were younger. You can always fill it out with an orange, chocolate coins, candy cane and any other traditional Christmas items Santa would have delivered each year.
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Tips for stocking fillers for tweens and teens
Anything phone oriented:
Pop socket / phone grip – you can get personalised one of these or just choose a design
Phone cleaner – some of them are quite fun, we’ve found ball shaped ones in the past.
Waterproof phone case – useful for holidays.
Gloves (with phone touch fingers) – check reviews or ask friends kids which they have to make sure they’ll work.
Japanese sweets/their favourite chocolate – anything Japanese kitsch style tends to go down well, whether it’s sweets, stationery or clothing. So pick something yours will like.
Mini flying discs – these are fun, but depending on size of the stocking you could also opt for different types of frisbee, flying disc* or ball.
Socks – try these pizza socks*, just a cute pair.
Lottery scratch card
Make up – lipgloss or carmex/burts bees is safe bet for lip care
Nice biro pen / space pen
Highlighter pens – I don’t know what it is about these, but even my son loves a nice set of highlighters.
Tangle teezer hair brush
Hair putty/clay or gel
Sustainable pin badges – let them state their beliefs and allegiance, or just get creative with this choice of pins.
Sunglasses – look out for 2 for 1 offers at the end of the summer. They might not be designer, but there’s a variety of new brands with recycled sunglasses popping up, that would be great for teens.
Fun card games
Wax melts or mini candles
What other ideas would you include for stocking fillers for older children?