Tweens are at that awkward age where they don’t like getting action figures and toy cars anymore, but they’re not really old enough to enjoy grown up gifts, either. I have two tweens this Christmas, so I’ve done a lot of digging to find the best stocking stuffers for tweens. Fortunately, there’s a lot out there for them if you know where to look!
I try to buy stocking stuffers throughout the year, just because I hate doing last minute shopping. However, all of the best stocking stuffers for tweens featured on this list are easily found on Amazon, so even if you prefer to shop a little later in the year, they’re available.
Best Stocking Stuffers for Tweens
Honestly, I don’t get the appeal of this game, but my kiddos are obsessed with it. Basically, there are a bunch of jelly beans that look the same, but have good and bad flavors. For example, green could be mint or it could be grass clippings. With such lovely flavors as Vomit, Dog Food, and Boogers, who could resist. Gag. (but trust me, this will be the ultimate hit for your tween, especially if they watch EthanTube)
Like Post-It Notes, these are perfect for writing a note, but the rainbow colors tucked away under the surface make notes extra interesting. This is a fun little thing to tuck into your tween’s stocking for them to use.
If you’ve never played Mad Libs before, you’re in for a treat. These are stories with blanks that need to be filled in, but the trick is not to tell anyone the context. So random people will be asked to give an adjective or a noun, which is used to fill in the blanks. The final story is hilarious and always appeals to that weird tween sense of humor. My boys love these! Best of all, there are mutiple Christmas ones, so you can give each kid a different booklet.
Like a GoPro for kids, this camera can be used to take action shots of sports, stunts, and more. It will really appeal to your tween who loves to try new things outdoors and longs to video everything. Just don’t be surprised if you see videos of your butt at the stove (or set some boundaries along with the gift) on YouTube, as your child skates past you.
You really can’t go wrong with anything related to jokes when it comes to those tweens, so this book (which is small enough to fit in a stocking) is the perfect stocking stuffer for kids. Just expect to hear an awful lot of jokes in the next few weeks.
These things are great for relaxation and really, there’s no age that they aren’t suited to. I love them myself. The dribbling bubbles are just so mesmerizing. You may even want to get an extra for yourself.
Remember how you went bonkers for Tamagotchi back in the day? This is a similar pet, but it’s far more interactive. These little critters actually grab things, like your hand and will make little noises. Fun, right? Your kids will think so anyway! And they’ll appreciate this far more than a 90’s toy. Also, they come in tons of styles, from monkey and sloth to cute unicorns.
Okay, this one is a bit on the expensive side for a stocking stuffer, but it is also something that your tween will die for. A pen that draws in 3D. Really! It uses plastic filaments as the ink and you can turn out all kinds of neat sculptures. For the budding artist in your family, this is an amazing gift that will be much appreciated.
For the kid who dreams of being a spy, these watches are a fun gift that will keep them entertained for ages. You can split the watches up if you have two kids and put one in each stocking, so they can talk to each other. Fun galore!
There are a gazillion versions of silly putty out there now, but my boys still enjoy glow in the dark putty best. It’s a tiny gift that tucks away easily into a stocking, especially if removed from the packaging. I gave my kids these last year and they were a HUGE hit. I definitely recommend silly putty as a stocking stuffer.
The best stocking stuffers for tweens range from simple (like the silly putty!) to the tech advanced. Rest assured, you’ll find plenty of other options once you start looking!