When we were teenagers, we’d be happy with a Tamagotchi and a handful of Reese’s in our stocking. Today, it’s a totally different gifting strategy. While we’ll most definitely still put some random toiletries in there (they can never have too much deodorant and toothpaste), we’re upping the game with actual presents, pre-vetted by Gen Z. Here are 25 of the best stocking stuffers for teens, as told by teens.
The 25 Best Stocking Stuffers for Teens, According to Actual Teens
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“The iPhone takes nice pictures, but these old-school instant film cameras are way more fun. It can get annoying to scroll through Instagram anyway. Oh, and I’ll put my favorite ones on the wall behind my bed with these cool picture-hanging string lights.” —Amanda L., 17
“Kids in my class are always dropping their AirPods and losing the case in their backpack. I just want a keychain case so I can find them easily between classes.” —Jake B., 13
“Hair clips are so easy. They make my hair look presentable, no matter how late I am.” —Kim Z., 17
“We all know about strawgate. I definitely don’t want to contribute to plastic waste in the ocean, but I can’t drink an iced coffee without one. I want this reusable set that I can always have with me.” —Kenzie H., 18
“I go to school in New York, so I’m walking to and from class outside in the cold every day. I already have one of these hats in orange, but I want a different color this year that goes with more things. It’s so warm and I like the way it fits.” —Brian Q., 19
“I just recently got into skin care, and I’ve been loving this matcha cleanser from Milk Makeup. It comes in a stick, so I never have to worry about it spilling if I want to bring it to school or if I’m staying over a friend’s house. And it gets really bubbly, which makes me feel like it’s doing a good job.” —Olivia F., 15
“I meditate and practice yoga. The one thing my room doesn’t have that my yoga studio does? An essential oil diffuser. This set has a scent for energy and one for sleep, which will be great for practicing first thing in the morning or to wind down before bed.” —Nellie I., 17
“I love shopping at Urban Outfitters, Free People and Anthropologie, but this new clothing rental service has a lot of the same things that I can wear on a rotating basis. And it’s more sustainable!” —Clare M., 18
While a skateboard is too large to fit in a stocking, we've included this gift request since, technically, it also has to do with feet...just like a stocking. “I wouldn’t hate if I got this electric skateboard. It goes up to 12 miles per hour, so it would make getting around campus fun (and quick).” —Michael P., 18
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