Cheap Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Tween Girls

Christmas stockings hanging over fireplace

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If the holidays have already busted your budget, you may be tempted to forget about stuffing your tween's stocking this year. Fortunately, there are numerous cheap stocking stuffer ideas for tween girls, many of them easily found at area dollar stores, department stores, or drug stores.

A great stocking stuffer doesn't have to cost a lot; it just has to be appreciated. When thinking about cheap stocking stuffer ideas, remember the child's hobbies and interests.

Cheap Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Preteen Girls

Many hobbies, like crafting, reading, and collecting, can offer up numerous ideas that cost next to nothing. In addition, these cheap stocking stuffer ideas for preteen girls will thrill most tweens (although tween boys might prefer other ideas), and will not demand a lot from your wallet.

Toiletries

  • Hand lotion, soap, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, body scrub
  • Toiletry bag
  • Comb and hairbrush set
  • Barrettes, ponytail holders, scrunchies, headbands, ribbons
  • A nail file
  • Perfume samples (you can find these at department stores)
  • Lip gloss
  • A jewelry cleaning kit
  • Individual novelty facial tissues
  • A mini manicure or pedicure set
  • Soap leaves
  • Sachets for her closet, drawers, or her school locker

Crafts and Creative Arts

  • A small crafting kit
  • A small art set
  • A set of personalized pens or pencils
  • A journal or diary with a matching pen

Snacks

  • An over-sized candy bar
  • Traditional stocking stuffers such as nuts or an orange to put in the stocking toe
  • Gum
  • A small tin of mints

Accessories

  • A small change purse
  • Socks, both everyday socks and fun, holiday or seasonal socks
  • A pair of stretchable, one-size-fits-all knit gloves
  • Zipper pulls for her jackets or backpack
  • A pretty scarf
  • A pair of leg warmers (they're back!)
  • A new pair of earbuds (prices will vary widely)
  • Costume jewelry
  • A holder for her cell phone or iPod

Entertainment

  • A copy of her favorite girl's magazine such as Girl's Life or American Girl
  • A deck of playing cards
  • An iTunes Gift Card
  • A paperback book ("Harry Potter," "Nancy Drew," "American Girl" series)
  • Small, magnetic travel games
  • Gift certificate to the local skating rink, bowling alley, or movie theater

Miscellaneous

  • A gift card to her favorite store
  • A personalized mug (for tea or hot cocoa)
  • Sea Monkeys
  • A Magic 8 Ball
  • A can of Silly String
  • A small novelty toy such as a Slinky, a Yo-Yo, or Silly Putty
  • A personalized bookmark

Origin of the Christmas Stocking Tradition

A stocking is hung on Christmas Eve for Santa Claus (Father Christmas or Saint Nicholas) to leave small treats, toys, candy, fruit, or coins. Tradition in Western culture dictates that if a child is naughty throughout the year, they will only receive a piece of coal.

This old tradition is thought to originate from the life of Saint Nicholas about 2,000 years ago. The legend is that three young girls needed money to get married, but their father did not have any. Their father would not accept charity, so at night, Saint Nicholas threw three bags of gold into an open window of their house. Some versions of the story state that the gold fell into a stocking, another version said the family had hung their stocking by the fireplace to dry and the gold was thrown into the stockings. In all versions of the story, the girls were able to get married.