Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Tween Boys

Gadgets, toys, and other fun stuff for a boy's Christmas stocking

Tween boy stocking stuffers

The Spruce / Margot Cavin

Stocking stuffers are a must for the tween in the home, and these little presents are sometimes even more useful and fun than the bigger gifts. When shopping for stocking stuffers, think about all the things that 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. However, when it comes to buying stocking stuffers for tween boys (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 the Fashion-Forward

Some tweens really want to pick out their own clothes, while others remain oblivious to the clothing world and expect the clothing fairy to just deliver clothes into their closet. For either, stocking stuffers for these lads may include:

  • Sunglasses
  • Socks
  • Slippers
  • Baseball hat
  • Wallet or a money clip
  • Keychain or sports clip

For Boys Into Techie Gadgets

You can never go wrong with electronics or new-fangled gadgets for tween boys:

  • Mini-LED flashlight
  • New pair of earbuds
  • iTunes gift card
  • DVD of a movie you saw together
  • Phone case
  • Small Polaroid camera

For the Adventurous

If you're 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:

  • Water bottle
  • Compass
  • Lip balm or Chapstick
  • Mini binoculars
  • Whistle
  • Small pocket knife
  • 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
  • Joke book
  • Small magnetic board games or travel games
  • Deck of playing cards
  • 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, too. For your budding scientist buddy, you might want to consider these fine gifts:

  • Glow-in-the-dark decorations for his room
  • Geode
  • Mini ant farm
  • Balsa toy airplane kit
  • Kaleidoscope
  • Sea Monkeys

For Athletes and Sports-Lovers

Many tween-age boys have a favorite sport that they play regularly or that they are a fan of, such as an NFL or MLB team. Good stocking stuffers for these boys can include:

  • Yo-yos, spin tops, Frisbee, mini pinball games, noise putty, or a Slinky
  • Rubber balls or mini sport balls
  • 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:

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