Cheap Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Tween Girls

Christmas stockings hanging over fireplace
Adam Hester/Blend Images/Getty Images

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.

Remember, 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 your child's hobbies and interests. Many hobbies, including 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 this list), and won't demand a lot from your wallet.

Cheap Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Preteen Girls

  • Mini-toiletries such as hand lotion, soap, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, body scrub, etc.
  • A pretty toiletry bag
  • Lip gloss
  • A copy of her favorite girl's magazine such as Girl's Life or American Girl
  • A journal or diary with a matching pen
  • A small change purse
  • A gift card to her favorite store
  • A personalized mug (for tea or hot cocoa)
  • A deck of playing cards
  • An over-sized candy bar (her favorite candy bar, of course)
  • A holder for her cell phone or iPod
  • An iTunes Gift Card
  • Zipper pulls for her jackets or backpack
  • Comb and hairbrush set
  • Sea Monkeys
  • Hair accessories such as barrettes, ponytail holders, scrunchies, headbands, ribbons, etc.
  • Socks, both everyday socks and fun, holiday or seasonal socks
  • A pair of stretchable, one-size-fits-all knit gloves
  • A nail file
  • A paperback book (Harry Potter, Nancy Drew, American Girl series, etc.)
  • Traditional stocking stuffers such as nuts or an orange to put in the stocking toe
  • Gum
  • A pretty scarf
  • A pair of leg warmers (yes, they're back!)
  • A Magic 8 Ball
  • A can of Silly String (for outdoor use)
  • Perfume samples (you can find these at department stores)
  • A small crafting kit
  • A new pair of earbuds (prices will vary widely)
  • A small novelty toy such as a Slinky, a Yo-Yo or Silly Putty
  • A jewelry cleaning kit
  • Individual novelty facial tissues
  • A personalized bookmark
  • A mini manicure or pedicure set
  • Soap leaves
  • Costume jewelry
  • A small art set
  • Sachets for her closet, drawers or her school locker
  • A set of personalized pens or pencils
  • Small, magnetic travel games
  • Gift certificate to the local skating rink or bowling alley
  • A small tin of mints