Stocking Stuffers for Teenagers and College Students


I have been buying stocking stuffers for teenagers and college students for over 10 years. I have bought every stocking stuffer known to man and have figured out which ones the kids like and which ones they don't. We have also started a few family traditions, like 2 of the kids want a baggette in their stockings every year. Weird, I know, but we have an amazing bread bakery near us and my kids want their own baggettes for Christmas!!

Read on for my best stocking stuffer ideas for teenagers and college students!


Need even more ideas? Christmas Gifts for Everyone on Your List


This post contains affiliate links, which means if you click on a link and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. For more information, see the full disclosure in the foot bar.  

My family and kids love the Bananagrams game. We play it a lot over the Christmas holidays. It is a great stocking stuffer because, well, it fits in a stocking and your college student can easily pack it to take back to school. 




Give them gloves they won't have to remove to text – these touchscreen gloves! They are so reasonably priced you can buy them for the whole family. They come in S-XL and in a variety of colors. I just bought a whole mess of them for myself and as stocking stuffers. 

Are you (or they) nostalgic for their Lego days? These cute Lego ornaments are fun to quickly put together and hang on the tree to commemorate the year.
Everyone needs lip balm and they need one for their desk, their purse, their car, their bathroom drawer, their coat pocket…..



A Tile Bluetooth Tracker because “Where did I put my keys?” 




A 4 in 1 Pocket Screwdriver is a great thing for a college student to have in their dorm room.




Give them a Christmas Mad Libs book for some silly fun with family and friends. 




It is much easier to keep a good grip on a phone with a finger ring stand. It can also be used to prop up the phone. 

Monogram luggage tags by Zazzle. Are they doing a semester abroad or going with the choir to contest? A luggage tag that will help their bag stand out is a must. 

Speaking of travel, how about a passport holder? Nordstrom has a large selection for both guys and gals.

 Travel kits are great to have to throw in your luggage especially for quick trips to grandma's or other holiday travel.





Pretty journals will fit right in a stocking.


I am all about Bombas Socks. Our whole family wears them. They have awesome no-slip no shows, calf socks, ski socks, and even these Sesame Street 50th Anniversary socks for both guys and girls. 

They think they don't need a flashlight because they have one in their phone, but I get my kids flashlights anyway for their bedside tables and glove compartments for emergencies. A small powerful light can come in super handy.

A nail polish set like this one from Deborah Libman and a spa gift card will put her over the moon.


The girls will love a soak in the tub on a winter day with a fragrant bath bomb.





If they are going to be instagram presentable, they need proper lighting for their selfies. This USB rechargeable selfie ring fits on a phone or computer to brighten up any photo or video.

Great shaving kits like this one from Kiehl's are always appreciated.




An ice scraper is a necessity in some areas especially if they have to park outside. This very reasonably priced one will slide right down in their stockings and will replace the one they lost or broke last year. It comes in a variety of colors.

A laptop keyboard lamp makes working in a dark room easier – great for not disturbing a sleeping roommate.

A wet brush is by far the best way to detangle wet hair. Anyone with long or hard to untangle hair will appreciate one of these.

An ornament to commemorate the year or a special event in their lives is a fun and special gift. And you can now get Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments on Amazon – how cool is that?

What are your ideas for stocking stuffers for teenagers and college students? Comment below.



Join the Community
Join the Almost Empty Nest Community and receive FREE ACCESS to the Almost Empty Nest Printables Library. The Printables Library includes every printable on Almost Empty Nest - A Year of Care Package Printables, Gift Tags, College Preparation Checklists, Additional Care Package Printables (Birthday, March Madness, the Super Bowl), Bible Verse printables and more.
Click Here

If your prefer not to join, you may purchase the printables through the same link above.