When your children are little you can think of a million and one things to put in their Christmas stocking. As they get older it gets more and more difficult. Until one day you find that buying stocking fillers for teenage boys is Mission Impossible and you have ALL the stress. Or is that just me?
The trouble is with most stocking filler suggestions is that they are ‘fun’ or some naff item that they will laugh at on Christmas day and never ever look at again.
So I went on a stocking hunt so you don’t have to!
Here are some ideas for stocking fillers for teenage boys.
- Face wash
I’ve found two excellent products for sorting out that problem teenage skin. Liz Earle Men’s Face & Body Wash is great for every day use and Biore Charcoal Pore Minimiser is just the ticket for those ‘sweated for two days and didn’t wash and now regretting it’ days.
- Key ring
You never ever grow out of Lego. Fact. I love this Lego The Flash keyring so much it might not make it to his stocking . . .
The trouble with the teenage years is that they’re so busy reading everything on Facebook they rarely have time for proper books any more, which makes me very sad. However this Tim Peake picture-led book of images from outer space might just be the book to bridge that gap!
I don’t care how old they are, boys like toys. My husband is in his 40s and I swear if you put Lego in his Christmas present pile he would be a happy bunny.
This Moonball isn’t just a bouncy ball, it’s a ball with “gravity defying bounce”. I can hear the ornaments being broken from here.
- Cereal bowl
My teenager probably eats his own body weight in cereal so it’s only fitting he gets his own personal bowl. Depending on their taste there are plenty to choose from but I love this Harry Potter house captain bowl.
- Tree decoration
It’s a tradition in our house that every year Santa brings a decoration for each of the children to hand on the tree. Finding a suitable one for a teenage boy is very very tough. But I love this silver-dipped antler tree decoration from Marks & Spencer. It’s perfect.
- Bed socks
I am fed up of having to try to wash the soles of white socks that my boy wears around the house as slippers. “GET. THEM. OFF” I yell to no avail. I think he hears “they make excellent slipper replacements don’t they?” Obviously they have to be cool though; these Fat Face bed socks fit the bill.
- Funky gum shield case
For sport boys. And mums who are grossed out every time they fish around in a tracksuit trouser pocket and come upon a wet, icky gum shield.
- Something personalised
If your boy has a hobby I love the idea of buying something personalised. These personalised drumsticks are perfect.
- Shower gel/deodorant
Because teenage boys smell, so better their room reeks of Lynx or something similar than two-day old boy sweat. Trust me on this.
- Anything with facts in
Boys turn into men and the love of facts starts young! So any book relating to their hobby/passion with cold, hard facts in will get those teenage heads back into the pages of a book again. For us it’s going to be the World Rugby Records.
I hope these help!
Many thanks to Rachel Lucas, Tattooed Mummy, Seismic Shed and Michelle over on Twitter for their input on this when I was bemoaning the fact that I didn’t know what to put in my teenager’s stocking last night!