90 Stocking Stuffers for Teens and College Students They Will Love

When your older kid lumbers into the family room on Christmas morning, takes their stocking down from the mantle, and looks inside, you might catch a glimpse of their little kid self. Here are favorite stocking stuffers for teens, college kids, and young adults.

We are a reader-supported site and receive small amounts of compensation from purchases made through some of the links on this page. 

Stocking stuffers for teens and college kids (2021)

1. Earbuds

These earbuds are the top-rated ones for under $100 and would be a perfect gift for your teen’s stocking. They are waterproof, block out 80% of outside noise, and keep their charge for 30 hours.


2. Left Center Right

A game is a stocking stuffer idea that your teen will love to open and play with throughout the holidays. Left, Center, Right is a wildly popular game and appropriate for all age groups.

left center right

3. Notecards

Personalized notecards may be the inspiration our teens need to write thank-you notes. We love this modern look but there are dozens to choose from.

initial note card

4. Hair Clip

Hair clips are very popular among teens and college girls for an easy and comfortable way to hold hair up. The long shape of these clips makes them great stocking stuffers.

hair clip

5. Hydro Flask Water Bottle

Hydro Flask water bottles are so useful for long school days because they keep cold drinks cold for 24 hours and hot drinks hot for 12 hours. Both teens and parents love this brand.

EVERYTHING ships free with coupon code FREESHIP


6. Portable Battery Charger

A portable charger is always useful for being on the go. This is one of the slimmest and lightest portable chargers and works with almost all phones and tablets.

Anker portable battery charger

7. Curling Wand 

Curling wands make curling hair easy and efficient. This curling wand creates beautiful beach waves and offers ten heat settings.

curling wand

8. Phone Pocket

This lycra pocket adheres to phones and is a perfect way to store cards or a few bills, eliminating the need for a bulky wallet. Comes in a pack of 2.

phone pocket

9. Phone Holder for Bike

The Vibrelli phone mount is an incredibly popular small gift or stocking stuffer that any of your bike-riding teens would appreciate.

bike phone mount

10. Engraved Letter Necklace

We think this delicate and well-priced necklace with a single engraved letter is lovely and something your daughter would be excited to discover in her Christmas stocking. Made of gold-plated brass, it’s also available with pave cubic zirconia. This is a lovely Christmas gift.

letter heart pendant

11. OOMBRA Bra

This comfortable bra for your daughter was developed by a pediatrician when she realized what her young patients needed. Available in multiple colors and prints with two strap styles, the OOMBRA comes in six sizes. Underwear, socks, t-shirts, bras are all practical stocking stuffers.


12. Lokai Bracelets

We think these simple bead bracelets are so lovely but when we read about the founder’s story and saw how many bracelets he created to honor and contribute to worthy charities, we are even more excited to feature them on this stocking stuffer list.

Use codeword GFFamilyandFriends on checkout for 20% off as we are Ambassadors.

lokai bracelets

13. Leather Driving Gloves

It’s difficult to find cold-weather gear that our teens will actually wear even if they’re freezing! These gloves are made from real leather and have a soft fleece lining. They are well-priced and are pretty perfect for stocking stuffers.

leather gloves

14. Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die Alone

We love this slender book of wit and wisdom, written and illustrated by our amazingly-talented friend, Becky Blades, before her eldest daughter left for college. It includes everything you’ll want your own teen daughter to know about living her best life, away from home, and her mom to coach her along the way.

Do Your Laundry

15. Scuncis

Scuncis are a favorite way to pull hair off faces and into ponytails. Now, with teens and adult women wearing their hair in buns on the top of their heads, scuncis are also useful to scoop up hair for a quick top-of-head style.


16. Allbirds Socks

Socks are always some of the best stocking stuffers and, if you can treat your kiddos to an amazing pair from Allbirds, they will think of you whenever they wear them. Here they are in festive red but check out the other colors and styles — from no-shows to tube socks for men and women.

Made from eucalyptus fiber and ZQ Merino wool, these are unlike any socks your teen will have ever worn before.

NEW – $15 off code: SDMKTGPERF-HOLIDAYS21 with guarantee shipping by 12/24! (If order is placed by 12/21.) Deadline 12/21 for offer. 

Allbirds socks

17. Frother

When your teen finishes off their coffee or hot cocoa with this handy frother, they can create a customized hot drink at home rather than heading to Starbucks for a more expensive one. The utility, and thin shape of this device, make it a great stocking stuffer.


18. Bath Bombs

This is an especially nice gift for college daughters who will be thrilled to have a chance to take a real bath at home if they’ve been sharing the communal showers at school. Each bath bomb is filled with a different scent.

19. Reusable Coffee Cup

Think of all the millions of Starbucks coffee cups disposed of each day and now, think about how much better it would be for the planet to use reusable cups and mugs, instead. These come in multiple colors and sizes, all dishwasher safe. These make great gifts.

reusable coffee cup

20. Birdie Personal Alarm

This small alarm can be clipped onto a backpack or keychain and, when activated, has a very loud siren and strobe light. The audible alarm can be used multiple times and the battery for the light is replaceable after 40 continuous hours of use. Available in five colors.

birdie alarm

21. Mario Badescu Facial Mist

This is a must-have for many teen girls who prefer to mist their faces rather than use a heavier moisturizer.

facial mist

22. Tile Pro

Our sons rely on Tile tracking devices to be able to find their keys as they are running out the door. They will never be late again. They operate in a 400-foot range and are waterproof. Comes with a one-year replaceable battery.

tile pro

23. Apple AirPods Case Cover

Are your kids getting Apple AirPods Pros for their big holiday gift this year? Consider one of these inexpensive silicone covers that will help protect this expensive bit of tech from scratches and damage.

Air Pods Pro cover

24. Lip “Sleeping Mask”

Rich in Vitamin C and anti-oxidants, this wildly popular overnight lip treatment leaves lips soft and smooth. Available in berry, grapefruit, vanilla, or apple-lime formulas.

lip treatment

25. Hedgehog Reusable Dryer Balls

Doing laundry is much more fun when adding these adorable hedgehogs to the dryer — reduces static and eliminates wrinkles.

hedgehog dryer balls

26. Jack Black Lip Balm

We are big fans of these lip balms — they have an SPF of 25 and an assortment of pleasing scents. This is a wildly popular cosmetics brand for guys (but great for everyone) and they have lots of other fabulous products and gift sets that are perfect for stocking stuffers.

lip balms

27. Dino Cell Phone Holder

With this adorable mini dino, your teen will have a space to rest their cell phone to Face Time with you! They can watch their phones without having to hold them upright. Phones can rest vertically or horizontally and the dino is available in a dozen different colors.

cell phone dino

28. Sugar Lip Balm

Sugar is one of our favorite makeup brands and this luscious lip gloss in Rose, with an SPF 15, looks irresistible. This is a top G&F pick for teenage girls.

Sugar lip balm

29. Question-a-Day Journal

For your thoughtful teen, this journal will be a way for them to create a record of five years of their lives all just by answering one question a day.


30. Stainless Steel Straws 

Plastic straws, like plastic water bottles, are sources of waste and pollution. Here is a set of 4 reusable straws that come with a cleaning brush, too.

stainless straws

31. Field Notes Memo Books: National Park Series 

If your teen prefers paper and pen as a way to stay organized when taking notes, here is a trendy brand with loads of different styles to pop in their stocking. We are kind of in love with this National Park Series with iconic covers representing 18 parks.

field notes National Parks

32. Journaling Pens

Discovering a new rainbow pack of pens in a stocking on Christmas morning will be a thrill for any of your artistic teens who love to journal.

journaling pens

33. Pura Vida Bracelets 

These trendy bracelets are made by artisans all over the world and it’s easy to find designs in your daughter’s favorite colors, including her school’s colors. There are countless cute jewelry pieces on the Pura Vida site so look around to discover just what your teenager will love.

Through sales of their charity collection, Pura Vida has donated over $3.8 million to 200+ non-profits.

Pura Vida Bracelets

34. Carhartt Watch Hat 

These versatile acrylic unisex beanie hats come in dozens of colors and are perfect to keep in a pocket of a jacket for those truly frigid days ahead. 

Carhartt hat

35. Moleskin Limited Edition Harry Potter Notebook

Moleskin makes wonderful notebooks and the limited edition ones, like this Harry Potter notebook, make perfect stocking stuffers.

Harry Potter notebook

36. Paper Airplane Book

We all remember making paper airplanes out of lined notepaper. Here’s a slender book with 69 planes to fold and send off into the air. What a wonderful, nostalgic, way to spend Christmas — folding and flying your own little planes.

paper airplane book

37. Avocado Slicer

For your avocado-loving teens, this all-in-one tool splits, slices and pits avocados.

avocado slicer

38. Taco, Goat, Cheese Pizza Card Game

This super-popular card game is easy to learn and can be played in just 10-15 minutes. How can anyone pass up this game if only to find out how “taco, goat, cheese pizza” are related???

taco goat cheese pizza

39. Mini Notepad Eye Shadows

Such a cute makeup gift that your daughter would love to take with her when she travels or to use at home. Available in eight different hues.


40. Hand Warmers

If your teen is in college in cold country, these will be a little bit of luxury to slip into gloves or boots on days when they have to trudge through the snow to get to class.

HotHands hand warmers
41. 10 Ft Charging Cable

If you have a teen in college (or soon to be going) a long charger cord may be the single most useful gift you can give them. They can have their phone plugged in and charging overnight yet still keep it close enough to their dorm bed to use as an alarm.

charging cable

42. Burt’s Bees Gift Set

Burt’s Bees are a universally-beloved brand and we think these three products — body lotion, hand cream, and lip balm — are things that anyone would love to receive.

Burt's bees gift set

43. Ninja Outdoorsman 11 in 1 Stainless Steel Tool

You never really know when you’re going to need a Can or Beer Bottle Opener, Cutting Edge, Flat Screwdriver, Ruler, 4 Position Wrench, Butterfly Screw Wrench, Saw Blade, Direction Ancillary Indication (Water Compass), 2 Position Wrench, Keychain, or lanyard Hole (Amazon.) Fits inside a wallet. Your teen boys will love this!

ninja wallet tool

44. Fuzzy Socks

These chenille socks by UGG are incredibly soft and come in eight colors. They would be perfect to wear with boots for a toasty warm fit or just to pad around indoors to avoid that cold floor feeling.

UGG socks

45. Crazy Aaron’s Liquid Glass

This might remind your grown-up kid of the silly putty of their childhood. This improbable stretchy “liquid glass” will serve them well as both a toy and stress reducer.

Thinking putty

46. Rubik’s Cube

A classic toy that is mesmerizing for tweens, teens, or young adults.

Rubik's cube

47. Crossbody Phone Bag

This slender, crossbody phone case bag is a practical and trendy solution for any teen who always has their phone in their hand. It comes with straps of two lengths, has two pockets for storing cards, cash, or keys and the phone can be used without taking it out of the bag. Available in 37 colors.

crossbody bag

If you are looking to splurge for your daughter, take a look at the Bandolier cross-body phone case bags.  They are stylish and, like the less expensive one above, serve a very practical purpose.

48. Nail Polish

OPI is one of our favorite brands of nail polish and this duo set of base and topcoat Infinite Shine will extend the life of her manicure during the busy holiday season.

opt infinite shine nail polish

49. Bluetooth Speaker

This Bluetooth speaker is well-priced and gets great reviews. It runs for more than 10 hours on a single charge and is waterproof. Asking your teen to share their music with you and talk about the musicians they admire would be a meaningful and fun way to spend time together this holiday season.

bluetooth speaker

50. Selfie Ring Light

Being able to create better lighting for selfies or FaceTiming will be a breeze with this phone holder and ring light. It comes with 3 color LED lights and bendable arms with a clamp that makes it a versatile light source.

selfie ring light

51. Wallet

We think that these slim Herschel wallets are pretty perfect for guys and, if you add a few bills or a gift card to a favorite store or place to eat, this may be your son’s best Christmas gift of all! Available in several different styles and numerous colors.

Herschel wallet

52. Mane Club Hair Mask

Mane Club has lots of well-priced hair products and their masks have found themselves on some “best-of lists.” This one, Cry Baby, is the most popular. Take a look at some of the other things while you are on the site.

cry baby hair mask

53. Sunglasses

Sunglasses are always useful and Amazon has inexpensive ones that are on-trend.

solos sunglasses

54. Notes to Self Socks

We love these socks with positive words of affirmation on each pair.

notes to self

More stocking stuffers for teens


Lip balm

Candy, gum, breath mints


Travel size toothbrush, shampoo, Kleenex, Advil, hand lotion



Deck of cards, UNO


Razor blades

Beef jerky


Hot wheels

Phone case

Head lamp

Stress or Koosh ball


Hand sanitizer

Laundry stain stick

Gloves, mittens

Measuring spoons, kitchen gadgets

Hair ties




Flip flops



Post It Notes

Silly String




Nail and cuticle oil

And finally, add some candy and an orange or apple for the toe!

You Might Also Want to Read: 

2021 Holiday Gift Guide: Presents Under $25 

Photo credit: Andrew Malone

When your older kid lumbers into the family room on Christmas morning, takes their stocking down from the mantle and looks inside, they begin to resemble their little kid self. Here are our favorite new and traditional stocking stuffers for teens, college kids and young adults. #stocking #stockingstufferideas #stockingstuffers #teens #collegeideas #giftideas #giftguide

About Grown and Flown

Mary Dell Harrington and Lisa (Endlich) Heffernan are the co-founders of Grown and Flown the #1 site for parents of teens, college students and young adults, reaching millions of parents every month. They are writers (Lisa is a New York Times bestselling author), moms, wives and friends. They started the Grown and Flown Parents Facebook Group and are co-authors of Grown and Flown: How to Support Your Teen, Stay Close as a Family, and Raise Independent Adults (Flatiron Books) now in paperback.

Read more posts by Grown and Flown

Don't miss out!
Want more like this? Get updates straight to your inbox.