Every year I rack my brain trying to figure out what to put in the Teen's stocking! Now that the simple days of Hot Wheels are over, it's much harder anticipating what might please him. Sure, I could give Junior candy, but he gets enough sweets in the course of a day. So after much thought, here's my list 10 things my teenage boy will probably find in his stocking come Christmas morning:
|What can you put in a teenage boy's stocking that won't make him roll his eyes?|
- A $5 Dunkin Donuts gift card. The DD is walkable from school and home. As my son becomes more independent, he likes to go with his friends for a hot chocolate and/or a doughnut every once in a while. And I like the fact that the cards are refillable, so HE can add money when it runs out.
- Deodorant and body wash. This is a hint as well as a gift. Teen boys smell...funky. Axe seems to be the brand that all the kids in the locker room are wearing and I have actually smelled it on the boy, so I feel confident he'll actually use it.
Smelling like Axe is better than smelling like sweat.
- A phone charger. For some reason, these disappear around my house, especially now that Little Sister has an iPod Touch. Junior could use another charger that he can hide in his room away from Lily.
- Socks. Sounds lame, right? Except that in my house, NO ONE wants to match socks, so these are somewhat of a commodity around here. White socks are apparently too confusing to match (the tops are different, the lengths are different, etc.). Some novelty socks will be appreciated and are EASY to match. Maybe then he'll stop stealing his little sister's “Hello Kitty” socks (I kid you not)!
- Dove Dark Chocolate. If I'm going to give him a little candy, it's going to be the antioxidant-rich dark chocolate he loves.
Research says dark chocolate is healthy. Who am I to argue?
- Post-It Notes. Now that he's in high school, the teen goes through these sticky notes like they're water. Giving him his own stash will eliminate a lot of “MOM! WHERE ARE MY POST-IT NOTES?” yelling.
- Texting Gloves. He knows he's going to lose at least 5 pair of gloves; I know it's more likely going to be 10. A few of these from our local Dollar Store will go a long way. The trick is to buy them in in the same color so when he loses one, it's no big deal. Again, it should save us some pain this winter.
Texting gloves are great for a teenage boy!
- A Game Stop gift card. Since the kid is living online these days, I know he's going to use this. They're available starting at $10 and I know he's got others left over from birthdays, so alone or put together, he should be able to buy something he wants.
- A “League Of Legends” poster. He plays this with his friends, so I think it's time to take down some of the sports posters the kid hasn't looked at in a year (despite them adorning the walls of his room) and replace at least one with something relevant to him.
Sometimes, I think he lives in a virtual world...
- Hand Sanitizer. Another essential that gets lost or (thankfully) used up, keychains of this stuff may allow us to dodge a sick day or two.
All of these items are fairly inexpensive, useful and won't clutter his room with stuff I have to dust or things he'll look at once and never pick up again. And if I buy enough of them, it may make my weekly shopping a little easier as well.
Teens are notoriously capricious, but I think I may earn a smile from my Boy with these items. Santa is being practical this year, Kid!
What's going in YOUR teen boy's stocking?