Stocking Stuffers for Teen Boys

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by SRL, Dec 12, 2011.

  1. SRL

    SRL Active Member

    My boys want cash to put towards items that are beyond out budget this year. Can you help me think of some inexpensive gifts or stocking stuffers to make gift opening fun for them?
  2. InsaneCdn

    InsaneCdn Well-Known Member

    Some idea of interests would help... are these computer geeks, or grease monkeys, or musicians, or... ??
  3. AnnieO

    AnnieO Shooting from the Hip

    Scratch off lottery tickets, a Matchbox car that is their favorite (Jett found Grandpa a perfect one), roll a bill up like those supermarket horoscopes you used to see & tie it with a ribbon.

    Oranges & apples, nuts if they can have them.

    Writing utensils, erasers... a teensy stuffed animal with personality (such as the ones with the huge eyes)...
  4. Hound dog

    Hound dog Nana's are Beautiful

    Cologne toothbrushes bodywash deodorant a wallet hat gloves hand/foot warmers (great if they're out in the weather) ice scraper for their cars........

    Can you tell I have a hard time with the males? lol
  5. AnnieO

    AnnieO Shooting from the Hip

    Teen guys are so much easier than teen girls...
  6. InsaneCdn

    InsaneCdn Well-Known Member

    Well - maybe YOUR teen girl just happens to be really hard to shop for????

    When it comes to small stuff - K2 (girl) is 100x easier to shop for than K1 (boy)!
  7. AnnieO

    AnnieO Shooting from the Hip


    Onyxx = money, Jett = video games.

    As noted above, money's not as fun to unwrap...
  8. SRL

    SRL Active Member

    I can think of tons of ideas for my daughter as she likes beauty supplies, nail polish, hair stuff, etc.

    Both boys are musicians.

  9. AnnieO

    AnnieO Shooting from the Hip


    What do they play? A box of guitar picks, drumsticks, a gift card to a local music store...
  10. Signorina

    Signorina Guest

    My boys get deodorant, new earbuds (always need a spare-tj maxx has good ones for $5) iPod skins or cases (tj maxx) candy & gum, chapstick, bodywash/shampoo combo (Suave, axe or gilette) ,iTunes gc, hats, gloves, pens, pencils, flash drives or blank discs, 6-1 screwdrivers, funny band aids (sponge bob our duct tape etc) - whatever I find that fills it up and is useful for the price.
  11. DammitJanet

    DammitJanet Well-Known Member Staff Member

    All these sound great. I always got new toothbrushes too. gift cards to local places like sonic or mcdonalds, whatevers close by. The ear buds are a great idea. I dont know which player they have so make sure before you buy the iTunes card. card to Amazon! You can buy anything on there!
  12. SomewhereOutThere

    SomewhereOutThere Well-Known Member

    A gift card to download music? Their favorite snack...protein bar or whatever? Also we buy any necessities that the boys may not buy for themselves but use, like chap stick (they are always asking for ours) etc.
  13. ThreeShadows

    ThreeShadows Quid me anxia?

    Duck tape, gag gifts, one year I found "wash your sins away" soap with a picture of a nun on the wrapper and "boys are stinky" bubble bath, Lindt chocolates and Pepperidge Farm cookies.
  14. InsaneCdn

    InsaneCdn Well-Known Member

    A mini tuner/metronome - the kind you can drop into an instrument case (my kids would love to have 3 or 4 each... one in every room that they practice in!)

    A new instrument cleaning kit (after a while, they do get yucky)

    Music-themed post-it notes (really tiny ones - for use on musical scores)

    Little doo-hickies (have NO idea what they are called) that can clip a music book OPEN

    Magnifying glass (for reading small-print)

    Very soft-lead mechanical pencils - for writing on music (doesn't damage paper like harder leads)
    And a really soft eraser to go with that
  15. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    Aftershave, nail clippers, coupons/GCs to places they like to go.....along with the other great ideas here.
  16. HaoZi

    HaoZi Guest

    What kind of music? There's gift cards to local music shops (to buy things for their instruments or repair them), blank music sheets for writing their own, gift card to an electronics store so they can record their music, a new pedal or mic if that's their thing, new cords for their sets, a set of drumsticks or custom made guitar picks...

    Can you tell I bummed around a few musicians in my time?
  17. susiestar

    susiestar Roll With It

    Bg Lots here has a LOT of earbuds for around $5, incl the brands that are $10-$15 at Walmart and other stores. I found really cute erasers at Dollar Tree - esp a 2 pack of ones that look like the arrow keys or the delete, home, end keys of the computer keyboard, those giant novelty pens/pencils, a necklace of blinking xmas lights (better early gift so they can enjoy it for a few days), etc...

    Think back to when they were little. Did they have a favorite card game, like pickup sticks, etc....? I have often found that those are far cheaper now than they were back then, plus they bring back fun memories.

    In our family books are always a great gift - but they have to be opened LAST or nothing else gets opened because the person is reading, lol!

    Consider a fun mug, esp the newer ones that look like paper coffee cups (look for ones made of plastic and not ceramic so they don't break as easy), or the reusable plastic cups with straws that look like fast food cups.

    Do they have a favorite college or sports team? Look for things with that logo.

    Think about gift certs for an outing with mom or dad. To a movie, for ice cream, to a bookstore, whatever they enjoy doing.

    Check for classes at local craft/hobby stores and community centers/arts centers. A certificate for a class or set of classes is a great gift.

    Look for a higher end version of the axe type products. It can be a way to get them away from the super strong smelling products an can be a nice indulgence also. Bath and Body Works has a CO BIgelow line that is nice and has several choices in the men's products. If they have a favorite scent consider getting the essential oil or a container of the scent and some unscented shampoo, lotion, etc.... and scenting it yourself (affordable option when some of the prices of those things are super high - plus you have some control over how strong the scent is and of the quality of the base product - esp important if there are allergies. We do this because so many of the products make eczema and my migraines act up).

    What were their favorite treats when they were little? A brand of chocolate or cookie could bring back fun memories.

    Consider giving a note telling them of some favorite memories of the 2 of you, or telling them how proud you are of them and who they are growing up to be. Include ONLY good stuff, no "but when you XXXX" after you say the positive thing. This can mean a lot, esp to a difficult child.
  18. mstang67chic

    mstang67chic Going Green

    Batteries are always a good one....difficult child would go through them by the pound. Favorite shampoos, cologne, gel, etc. Card games, little pocket books - Barnes & Noble has a good selection. I got my brother one called Thoughts From the Commode.

    Favorite candy or gum, gift cards.....I'll look in that aisle that has all of the AS SEEN ON TV gadgets. Sometimes you can find good ideas there too.
  19. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    Oh- you reminded me of something, stang- my difficult child (although younger at the time would probably still like this) enjoyed those small desk calendars that were also some sort of 'activity'. For instance, my son like the origami type so he could 'fiddle' with it while in his bedroom listening to music. Of course, they have ones with cartoons/jokes, and other things, too, depending on what they are interested in- trivial facts, sports, whatever. Also, a subscription to a men's magazine (like exercising or whatever, not porn), and put the receipt or order form in the stocking so he'll know he'll be getting it.
  20. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    Great ideas!