Santa's list: great stocking stuffers for teenagers

Younger kids are fairly easy to shop for and, let’s face it, aren't too picky – if Santa brought it, they love it. Teenagers, on the other hand, are an entirely different story and pleasing them can be a real challenge. Here are several stocking stuffers your teen is sure to appreciate and that won’t be looked at once and then tossed on the floor of their room, or worse, shoved under their bed never to be seen again!

Even if we don’t want our kids packing in too much sugar, we can’t omit treats and sweets completely. If Santa needs to fill multiple stockings, a 12-pack of Bits and Bites (Original Flavour, $8.11) makes a great stocking stuffer. If you’re looking for something sweeter, a 48-pack of Midgees Tootsie Roll Pops (assorted flavours, $10.59) can go a long way. Staples also carries a decent selection of chewing gum; you can pick up a 3-pack of Wild Strawberry + Tangy Citrus Trident Layers for $3.91. Sugar-free!



 

For the art-loving teenager, Crayola Erasable Coloured Pencils (12/pack, $4.59) should fit nicely in their stocking. Or, if you’re shopping for teenagers who prefer to express themselves through writing, they’re bound to put a Winnable Executive Journal ($10.99 ) to good use. The journal has a durable leather-like hard cover and includes 152 lined pages.



Teenagers are forever redecorating their rooms – posters and photos come down just as often as they go up. Unfortunately, that can mean a lot of wear and tear on the poor old walls. To help save the paint and to prevent hundreds of holes in the walls, get some Staples Reusable Adhesive Putty ($2.66) to go in your kids’ stocking – it’s reusable, won’t damage the walls, and will stick to any clean, dry surface.



Flash drives make great stocking stuffers and come in an endless variety of colours and characters making it easy to find one that matches the personality and interests of the teenager you’re shopping for. A couple of options that could appeal to teens include the series of Family Guy Flash Drives (8 GB, $12.97-$19.98) and the Bird House/Tony Hawk SkateDrove Flash Drives (4 GB, $9.97).

      

Help your teen protect her tech by putting a Toddy Gear Microfiber Cleaning Cloth ($9.93) in her stocking. This 5x7-inch cloth is made of 100% premium microfiber and is double-sided: the plush side is to clean the screen of your kid’s device, while the silky side will polish it. You can also consider picking up a pack of Fellowes WriteRight Universal Screen Protectors (5/pack, $14.99) to go in your teenager’s stocking. These screen protectors will save your kids’ devices from scratches, are compatible with touchscreens, and easy to apply to most screens up to 3x4.125-inches.



And last but not least on our list of awesome stocking stuffers for teens is the Staples Stylus for Tablets/Smartphones ($9.99). It features a smooth rubber tip and a pen-style pocket clip for convenient portability. The stylus will work with all touchscreen devices.



Christmas is nearly here! How close are you to being done your Christmas shopping? Leave a comment to share you panic (or to boast and brag!). If you’re still hunting for other great gift ideas, check out the following:

Santa’s list: great stocking stuffers for Mom

Santa’s list: great stocking stuffers for Dad

Picking the Perfect Gift: e-Reader, Tablet, or Laptop?

For the music aficionado: 7 gifts that totally rock

10 Great Tech Gifts for the Holidays – 2012

Tech Toys for Thirty Dollars or Less

Rhonda Callow is an award-winning freelance blogger and editor who has worked with numerous leading high-tech companies. She also helps companies with their public relations and social media management. Rhonda is a photography enthusiast and enjoys camping and hiking with her family during her free time. You can follow Rhonda on Twitter (@rhondacallow) or contact her at [email protected]

By Rhonda

December 08, 2012