Are you looking for some simple stocking stuffers for tween boys (ages 9-12)?
Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Boys – especially tween-aged boys – love the gross and disgusting. Anything that falls along those lines is a hit.
I have found that Flarp (also called Noise Putty) is a great gift for tween boys. Flarp is noise putty that makes flatulant noises when squeezed. It can be found at Wal-Mart for around $1.
In addition, tween boys tend to love anything that deals with (to put it indelicately) boogers, snot, burping or farting. Find something – anything – that deals with one of those bodily functions and you’ll have a hit.
Most boys love Legos to build and create with. There are several small Lego sets available – from Star Wars to Indiana Jones for under $10.
If your tween boy is into building, fixing and construction – a few small hand tools of their own can be a great choice for stocking stuffers. Screwdrivers, a tape measure, or a small hammer are great choices.
Small flashlights – with batteries – are great for boys who love to explore, or even read in bed. Wind up LED flashlights require no batteries and can be bought for less than $10 at stores like Wal-Mart, Target or Walgreens.
Card games like Uno, Go Fish, War or just a plain deck of cards are great to have on hand and can keep a tween boy entertained. They are inexpensive (less than $5) and small enough for a stocking.
Small, handheld video games are a big hit for tween boys. Whether it’s Sudoku or Solitaire, skateboarding or fishing, an electronic game can be found to provide fun and entertainment for any taste. Most electronic games can be found for $20 or less. I have found some small ones at Wal-Mart for $1 each.
What growing boy doesn’t love food? I know my 11-year-old lives and breathes for what and when he will be able to eat next. A stocking stuffed with a few favorite treats – like beef jerky, candy bars, snack crackers, or Oreos – is sure to please.
A candy cane or a package of M&Ms also seem to please in my house.
What’s your tween’s favorite super hero? Be sure to find out because a few issues of his favorite’s adventures will definitely bring a smile – and some silent reading – on Christmas morning.
Practical, but not a tween’s favorites
Okay, so these things won’t be favorites for your tween boy, but they’ll fill the stocking and provide a few items that are necessary.
Gloves seems to be constantly lost around my house. An extra pair of gloves stuck into the stocking will keep hands warm for the winter.
My kids have come to expect a new toothbrush and a tube of toothpaste in their stockings. They aren’t the most fun thing to receive, but they serve a purpose.
Tween boys aren’t hard to buy for – if you know what they like. Try one or more of these ideas and you’re sure to please your tween.