Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Tween Boys

Gadgets, toys, and other fun stuff for a boys Christmas stocking

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Shopping for a tween boy this holiday season? Need a few ideas for fun stocking stuffers? If you have a preteen in the home, stocking stuffers are a must, and these little presents are sometimes even more useful and fun than the bigger gifts might be. If you need ideas for a few stocking stuffers for the boys in your life these ideas will get you started. When shopping for stocking stuffers, be sure to think about all the things your tween likes to do with his day. If he's into biking, a pair of biking gloves might be a great stocking stuffer item. If your son loves going to the movies, a gift card to the local movie theater would be a welcome gift.

If you want to save money, shop for deals all year long to take advantage of sales and discounts, and to get a head start on your holiday shopping.

Just remember, when it comes to buying stocking stuffers for tween goys, or anyone for that matter, you don't have to spend a fortune. In other words, sometimes the items most coveted during the holidays are also the least expensive. You can even add to the suspense of the day by making sure that each stocking stuffer is separately wrapped or packaged.

For Boys Who Care About What They Wear

Tween boys can go either way, some really want to pick out their own clothes and others remain oblivious to the clothing world and expect the clothing fairy to just deliver clothes into their closet. Stocking stuffers for these lads may include:

  • Sunglasses
  • Socks
  • A pair of slippers
  • A baseball hat
  • A wallet or a money clip
  • A keychain or sports clip

For Boys Into Techie Gadgets

You can never go wrong with electronics or new-fangled gadgets, boys of all ages love having them and using them, some suggestions include:

  • A mini-LED flashlight
  • A new pair of earbuds
  • An iTunes gift card
  • A DVD of a movie you saw together
  • A phone case
  • A small Polaroid camera

For Boys Who Like to Go Hiking or Adventuring

Are you shopping for a Boy Scout or a boy who enjoys hiking and the great outdoors, then pick up some stocking stuffers to caters to their outdoorsy nature:

  • A water bottle
  • A compass
  • Lip balm or Chapstick
  • Mini binoculars
  • A whistle
  • A small pocket knife
  • A book about camping or outdoor activities
  • Beef jerky or other trail snacks
  • Hand warmers and toe warmers for cold winter weather

For the Bookworm or Game Lover

If the boy you are shopping for seems to always have their head buried in a book or is the gaming type, you might want to consider stuffers like paperback books from their favorite series, young adult books that are charting on the best-seller list, or the essential handbook to the boy's favorite games. Some other stocking stuffer suggestions include:

  • Comic books or a graphic novel
  • Mad Libs notebooks
  • A copy of his favorite magazine
  • Guidebooks on game strategies for favorite games
  • A joke book
  • Small magnetic board games or travel games
  • A deck of playing cards
  • A deck of trading cards or deck-building games

For Boys That Love Science

Science is not just for school, some boys live and breathe science in and out of the classroom. For your budding scientist buddy, you might want to consider these fine gifts:

  • Glow-in-the-dark decorations for his room (space, for example)
  • A geode
  • A mini ant farm
  • Balsa toy airplane kit
  • A kaleidoscope
  • Sea Monkeys

For Boys Who Enjoy Playing Sports or Spectating

Many tween-age boys have a favorite sport by now, either one that they play regularly on a league or in school or that they are a fan of like the NFL or major league baseball. Good stocking stuffers for these boys can include:

  • Yo-Yos, spin tops, Frisbee, mini pinball games, noise putty, or a Slinky
  • Rubber balls, mini sport balls
  • An air freshener for his room or school locker
  • Tickets to an upcoming concert or sporting event
  • Pennants or other sporting gear from his favorite team

For the Boy Who Has Everything

If you are at a loss as to what to get a boy who seems to have every conceivable thing under the sun, there are few items that always seem to please, these include:

  • Pez dispenser or refill candies
  • Gum, candy canes, chocolates, mints, or other candy
  • Gag gifts like a whoopee cushion, fart in a can, and more
  • Toiletries like soap, cologne, and toothpaste and a new toothbrush
  • A personalized ornament
  • Gift card to his favorite restaurant