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The Best Stocking Fillers for Older Kids and Teens

Published: 3rd December 2019

Stars of the Breakfast Club movie - Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall - with photoshopped Christmas hats on

When you have older kids and teenagers, the main Christmas present is a piece of cake. It’s the fiddly little ones that are the problem. Don’t worry, help is at hand. Here’s So here’s our list of the The Best Stocking Fillers for Older Kids and Teens.

 

 

The trouble with having teenage kids at Christmas is the little presents. You know the ones that go in the stockings that us Dads put at the end of their beds on Christmas Eve and then strut around like superheroes despite not having bought ANY of the contents

 

And the stocking filler has to be right so that the difficult teen/parent relationship is not harmed in any way. Buy things that remind them you still think they’re babies and they’ll be insulted. But if you buy things that remind you that they don’t need you any more, you’ll start to cry.

 

So you need gifts that are cool, funny, useful and preferably a variety of different shapes…Well here at KidRated we’ve talked to Mums, Dads and our reviewers and the result is this list of nearly 50 of the best stocking filler presents for older kids and teens. You’re welcome!

 

THINGS FOR TECH HEADS

 

Amazon Fire TV Stick

 

Teenagers like watching TV but obviously this being the 21st century it’s not enough to have three boring channels. They want everything they can get their hands on and more. So the Amazon Fire TV Stick is great. They can watch everything that’s available online through Amazon Prime or Netflix or any other website. Simply plug it into the HDMI port on your television and its good to go.

Amazon Fire Stick

Amazon Fire Stick

 

Flexible Smartphone Holder

 

We’re not saying teenagers are lazy but if there were, then this would come in handy. A functional designed flexible Smartphone holder can be clipped onto most surfaces and leaves there hands free for… whatever it is teenagers do.

 

Personalised Neon Letter Light

Lazy Arm Smartphone Holder

 

Smartphone Projector

 

Smartphone Projectors were all the rage a couple of years ago but let’s face it they were just a bit of cardboard with a magnifying glass and the end result was pretty crap. Now for just a tenner more you can buy an LED pocket projector which hooks up to a phone and/or a laptop, perfect for those sleepovers where they can all watch those horror films that will keep them and therefore you up for the next few months.

 

Personalised Neon Letter Light

Go Dee Portable projector

 

Mini Portable Power Bank

 

 

Sometimes the best stocking fillers for teenagers are the ones that benifit you. And this is definitely more a gift for you than them. But make all the right noises and they won’t notice. You may have noticed teenagers use their phones – a lot – and they always have enough power to chat to their mates but never enough to call you and tell you where they are. So, give them one of these and then force them to charge it before they go out on pain of a grounding.

mini power bank

Mini Portable Power Bank

 

Panasonic Ergofit Headphones

 

To a teenager, your voice is whiny and irritating and is constantly saying things like” Please can you take out the rubbish?”, “Could you help with the washing up?” and “Why are you rolling your eyes at me?”

So, to protect their sensitive ears they love to constantly wear headphones. And, as headphones regularly snag, break and go missing – headphones make an ideal gift.

 

And these headphones are absolutely brilliant. BUY THEM!

Not only is the sound awesome but as they’re under a tenner they’re an absolute steal. They come in a variety of colours as well, so if you buy the wrong ones (which you will because you’re a parent and therefore an idiot) you can easily swap them.

 

Panasonic RP-HJE125E-K Ergofit In Ear Wired Earphones

Best budget headphones by a mile

 

 

Cleaning Kit for Headphones

 

Headphones get dirty and headphones that are worn ALL the time get really dirty. So get them a cleaning kit. A word of warning though – don’t be in the room when they use it. Fluff covered-wax is not a pretty sight.

 

Bluetooth in-ear Headphone Cleaning Kit

Cleaning Kit for headphones and Air Pods

 

Animal Bites Cable Protector

 

Are you constantly buying your kids new leads and cables because they break and fray? Well these cool little Cable Bites will hopefully put an end to that or at the very least extend the cable’s life.

 

What’s more, they come in these cool animal designs that look as though an animal is biting the phone. We thought they might be dismissed as being too babyish, but a 17-year old loved them, so they’re on the list.

 

Animal Bites Cable protector

Cable Protectors

 

 

STUFF THEY’LL EAT

 

Chili Sauces – Nando’s Selection

 

For some reason kids love trying stuff that will burn their mouths, and if your kids love Nando’s then chances are they’ve tested their resistance to its various hot sauces. So now you can bring all the fun of that pain and discomfort into your home by buying a gift set of chilli sauces just for them.

 

Nando's Peri-Peri Assorted Sauce Selection Hot, Medium, Lemon & Herb, Salt, Perinase & More Nandos 125g Sauce (Pack of 3 Flavours)

Nando’s Peri-Peri Assorted Sauce Selection

 

Terry’s Chocolate Orange

 

Chocolate! Without doubt one of the best stocking fillers. Kids and teens of all ages not only find chocolate oranges tasty, they also find them fun because they have to smash it on a hard surface to get it to break into segments. Also these segments are easy for a grown up to steal if that’s the sort of parent you are. I am – so that’s why it’s on the list.

 

 

Terry's Chocolate Orange Milk Chocolate Box (Pack of 3)

Terry’s Chocolate Orange

 

Percy Pigs (Original and Vegan)

 

Arguably the best thing Marks and Spencer have ever produced. Originally Percy Pig sweets contained real pig in the form of pork gelatin, as opposed to pectin, a common vegetarian alternative. Then in 2011 Veggie Percy was launched, which replaced the animal products with beeswax and pea protein. Basically they’re delicious and loved by everyone.

 

Percy Pigs

Marks & Spencer’s finest hour

 

Gumball Candy Vending Machine

 

With actual coins becoming a rarity – these sweet or candy dispensers will soon be considered nostalgic. In the meantime though they’re quite good fun and can sit on a desk providing some much needed tooth-rotting encouragement as your kids pretend to do their homework.

 

Gumball Vending Machine Dispenser

Gumball Vending Machine Dispenser

 

Personalised Jars: Marmite & Nutella

 

With their slogan, “you’ll either love it or hate it” Marmite have cleverly become a brand that exudes a stylish sort of cool. The logo itself looks great on pretty much anything so you might want to get your kids a T-shirt or mug. We suggest going one better and getting them a personalised jar. If they love it then it’s great and if they hate it then it’s funny – sort of.

 

A Personalised Marmite Jar

A not-yet personalised Marmite jar

Oh and don’t forget Nutella do one as well….

 

A Nutella jar waiting to have your name put on it

A soon-to-be personalised Nutella jar

 

CAMERAS

 

 

Nearly every parent who got back to us with stocking filler ideas mentioned a camera. We may think of older kids and teens as selfie-obsessed phone addicts, but it would seem many love the idea of looking at the world through a different lens. So with that in mind…..

 

Clip-On Camera Phone Lenses

 

Ok, nothing is going to replace the camera phone – with it’s built in digital features it’s pretty much all your kids need to record those precious memories. But that doesn’t mean they still can’t have fun by accessorising it.

This three-in-one lens kit contains a fisheye lens, a macro lens (for extreme close-ups) and a wide-angle lens. It simply clips over the phone and of you go.

 

Boxed 3-in-1 Smartphone Camera Lens Set

Swipe 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Set

 

Analogue Camera

 

The Lomography Simple Use Film Camera is pre-loaded with “funky film” and comes with Color Gel flash filters which allows users to change the colour negative of the pictures they take and add effects. It should definitely be well received and, who knows, it might even spark an interest in photography.

 

 

Simple Use Reusable Film Camera Color Negative 400

Simple Use Reusable Film Camera

 

 

Instax Mini Camera

 

Nudging the £60 mark really prices this gift out of the stocking and under the tree, but so many people mentioned it we relented and put it in.

 

Basically it’s a lightweight, small plastic camera that produces instant credit card size photos. There’s a built-in flash & automatic exposure control, a close-up lens attachment and of course an all-important selfie mirror.

 

 

Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera with Built-In Flash & Hand Strap

Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera

 

 

 

BEDROOM BITS

 

 

Led Strip Lighting

 

Somethings are just cool, no matter how old you are. We’ve seen these LED strip lights both in toddler’s room and student digs. Available in colours that flash, change and are dimmable, they easily stick to the edge of the walls, immediately pimping up the room. Plus they’re more energy-efficient and have a longer lifespan so you can trick your kids into helping you save money.

 

Colour changing LED strip light

LED strip light

 

 

Incense Sticks and Holder

 

You may have strong opinions about agreeing to have anything that’s deliberately burning in the bedroom of your older kid or teenager, but, if they’re mature enough to handle it and everything is safe, we’re hearing incense burners are well received.

 

Sandalwood Incense Holder and sticks

Incense Holder and Sticks

 

Celebrity Candles

 

See our remarks above about fire in bedrooms. But again, if you think your kids are responsible enough to handle a naked flame in their room then we think these are pretty cool and funny.

My Sainted Aunt basically does any famous person you can think of in the style of a religious candle. Have a browse. They often have a BOGOF (buy one, get one free) deal going on. So get one for yourself whilst you’re at it.

 

 

Celebrity Candles by My Sainted Aunt including prince philip, Harry Styles, Dominic Cummings, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Rik Mayall, Boris Johnson, Kier Starmer, Christopher Biggins, Kathy Burke, John Boyega, Oprah Winfrey, Joe Lycett, Queer Eye

Celebrity Candles by My Sainted Aunt

 

Pot Plants (No, not that sort!)

 

A plant smacks of responsibility because if not looked after it will literally die. So the implicit message in this present is – “So you think you’re a grown-up? Well keep this thing alive like we’ve managed to do with you and then we’ll talk.”

On the plus side, plants help purify the air , by absorbing harmful gases through the pores in their leaves and filtering and cleaning the air. And they also add a nice touch of decor and bright energy to a teenager’s ‘den’.

 

 

a selection of indoor plants for a bedroom

A selection of indoor plants

 

Scratch Map

 

This is what is known as a twofer – because it contains two items for the price of one. So, not only is it an educational aid, it’s also a fun poster.

 

Each country is covered in a thin removable layer made of that scratch card stuff. So they can remove it when they’ve visited that place. Or, come up with their own reasons to scratch it off.

 

Global Walkabout Scratch Off Map with Flags

Scratch Off Map with Flags

 

 

A Neon Letter

 

A neon sign can look awful or, depending on your hunger and intoxication levels, a thing of beauty – think kebab shop at 2am. That said, you probably wouldn’t want a huge neon sign in your house would you? Ahh, but your kids would. After all there’s nothing cooler than your name in lights…and neon lights at that.

Well the bad news is a neon sign will definitely bust your stocking filler budget. But the good news is a single initial letter is actually pretty reasonable.

 

So buy one of these instead and save yourself a bob or two.

 

 

Personalised Neon Letter Light

The letter R but in neon

 

 

Tiny Riot Artwork

 

Brighten up those teenage walls with some cool and quirky artwork. Tiny Riot have some great prints suitable for kids of all ages and especially for the fashion conscious teen.

We recommend the Hide Collection which features recognisable characters in camouflage. Plus the Icons range which takes well known faces from the world of pop and puts a clever postage stamp spin on them.

 

Don’t forget KidRated have an exclusive offer with Tiny Riot so make sure you use our code and get your discount. Click here for more details.

 

Tiny Riot Icons and Hide Range featuring Charlie Brown, Freddie Mercury, David Bowie, Madonna, Pink Panther and George Michael

Tiny Riot Icons and Hide Range

 

 

 

DRIVING LESSONS

 

A Trip To Young Driver

 

Young Driver is the UK’s largest under-17 driving school. With more than 70 venues all over the country their dedicated team of instructors have helped more than 750,000 young people enjoy the buzz of driving.

 

  • Aged 10-17? You’ll be in a brand new Vauxhall Corsa where you’ll learn to drive, change gear, steer, reverse, park and most importantly, brake. All the essentials for driving confidently on the road.

 

  • Aged 5-10? They’ll put you in a special two-seater electric Firefly cars, that handle just like the real thing.

 

 

 

CARDS AND VOUCHERS

 

Back in the day book tokens were all the rage and now pretty much all the big brands do some sort of voucher/token thingy.

 

According to the teenagers we spoke to, you’ll get Brownie Points if you buy them one of the following cards pictured below that allow them to redeem at the following places:

 

Uber, Itunes, Amazon & Spotify Premium Cards

 

great vouchers and gift tokens for teenagers and older kids

Popular vouchers and gift cards

 

 

 

SMELLY STUFF, MAKE-UP AND GROOMING KITS

 

First the bad news – teenagers tend to smell, especially teenage boys. Now the good news – they want to smell nice which means buying them aftershave, perfumes and general grooming stuff is a no-brainer.

 

Not only that, but because you wear this stuff you’re tacitly acknowledging them as equals. They’re not of course – you’re in charge,  you rule the house with a rod of iron and your word is law. Never, EVER forget that.

 

CK One

 

CK One is considered to be a unisex fragrance which is great because not only will you have bought a great present you’ve also shown your teenage kids that you’re completely up to speed with issues like ‘gender fluidity’.

 

I should point out there’s a lot more to it than smelly stuff that teenagers of both sexes can wear but hey, baby steps. You’re on the right track now go and Google the rest.

CK One Fragrance

CK One Fragrance

 

Anything From MAC

 

Ever since Madonna wore their lipstick and RuPaul became the face of their Viva Glam Campaign, MAC has been shorthand for cool, luxurious and ethical. If your teenager wears make-up then an item from one of their ranges should be met with appreciative noises and who knows, maybe even a hug,

 

 LIP CONDITIONER an emollient-based balm that conditions lips

A posh Lip Conditioner!

 

Nail Polish

 

“Essie is the go-to nail polish brand for beauty lovers, celebrities and fashion icons around the world, and is centre stage on runways around the world offering highly anticipated colour collections that drive trends season after season.”

 

Not my words people but the words of the Superdrug website, and who am I to argue. They don’t tell me how bogle in a cage on a podium so I won’t tell them how to write content.

Anyway, I am reliably informed by several parents and teenagers, that nail polish is always gratefully received. Looks a bugger to wrap though doesn’t it?

 

picture of essie 50 Bordeaux Dark Red Nail Polish

essie 50 Bordeaux Dark Red Nail Polish

 

Glossier Skincare

 

With prices closer to the £50 mark, Glossier Skincare sets could easily find themselves out of the stocking and under the tree. However, a brief visit to their website and you can find some bargains plus I was told “EVERYONE loves ANYTHING from Glossier.”

 

A full Glossier skincare routine, in miniature sizes.

A full Glossier skincare routine, in miniature sizes.

 

Neal’s Yard Gift Bags

 

Founded back in 1981, regular visitors to London’s Covent Garden will almost certainly have visited Neal’s Yard and if you went with a parent (or big sister) chances are you’ve had a browse around the shop.

 

Back then it was a tiny business specialising in cosmetics, skin care products, and essential oils. Now it’s an international giant selling to the Far East and the US. However, its remedies are still affordable and they remain proud of their organic credentials, which means teenagers will probably have heard of them and alread bought some of their things.

 

Neal's Yard Remedies Relax Prepare for Bed Skincare Gift Set

Neal’s Yard Remedies Relax Prepare for Bed Skincare Gift Set

 

Lynx Gift Set

 

Not much really to say about a Lynx Gift set except it’s pretty much like giving your wife flowersIt – never a bad idea and always well received.

 

Now I confess I don’t exactly know what Lynx is supposed to smell of but I do know that for teenagers it’s like catnip. They get all dopey and glassy-eyed when they see it and for weeks afterwards you can smell them coming a mile off.

 

So don’t knock it – it works. Plus it’s deceptively large, so looks more expensive than it is.

 

Any advertising slogan that yells at teenagers to “Stay Clean” is alright in our book

 

Their Nibs PJs

 

Their Nibs creates beautiful vintage inspired clothes families. Our partnership goes back over the life of this site and we’ve never been disappointed.

 

As most of this year has been spent in leisure wear or pyjamas, their PJs seem to be the obvious thing to highlight BUT as you’re special we’re giving you a special code that will get you 20% off anything you buy on the site. Merry Christmas indeed!

 

Just quote the discount code “KIDRATED 20” when you buy to get 20% off.

SHOP NOW

 

 

 

 

Shaving & Hair Kits

 

If I had any advice for teenagers about shaving it would be – wait for as long as possible. It’s a massive pain in the backside.

 

However, several parents pointed out that a decent shaving kit isn’t that expensive and means your kids won’t be nicking and blunting your razors.

 

Harry’s combine simple design with quality and their foams, gels and basic hair and face products are pretty good as well. I still say “grow a beard” and save yourself time and money, but if your kids are disappearing under a tsunami of bum-fluff then this stocking filler is for them.

 

Limited edition Harry's Christmas gift set

Harry’s Truman Gift Set

 

 

 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

The following is a random selection of stocking filler ideas from KidRated’s Instagram and Twitter followers. A big thanks to all those who got in touch. We hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

 

Playing Cards

 

Buying a pack of cards and teaching them a couple of games to play with their mates is a nice bonding process and a very easy gift. Buy regular or go get them personalised – but not with a picture of them as a toddler.

 

Personalised Playing Cards, printed with your image on the back, perfect stocking filler idea

If you pick the right photo these will go down really well…if!

Carhartt Unisex Wallet

 

With everyone paying via phones I would have thought wallets would be considered as redundant as CD Walkmans, Quibi and Lawrence Fox’s agent. But these devices for carrying your hard earned money are still very popular amongst ‘da yout.’

 

Cheaper models are definitely available.

Carhartt Wallet Unisex Camo Tree Green Camouflage

Unisex Wallet – surely soon to be obsolete

 

 

Casio Watch

 

You may have thought with the arrival of smart watches, an old-school looking Casio digital watch would be the last thing your kids want. Well think again codgers – Casios are still very much cool and happening.

 

With prices starting at £50 and going up to £850, the G-Shock and Baby-G models are definitely out of consideration. However, a good old no-frills Casio F-91W-1XY is still popular and will only set you back £20.

 

A great stocking filler - the classic Casio F-91W-1XY digital watch

A classic Casio

Scratch Cards

 

Ok yes, it is technically gambling and I don’t condone that. But if your kids are over 16 I call it a bit of annual harmless fun.

 

At the end of the day you know your children. If you’re comfortable with them playing a scratch card this is a really easy stocking filler with the added bonus that they might actually win and then you can confiscate their winnings.

 

On the flip side please don’t try and blame us if they develop a huge gambling habit and pawn your TV, cutlery and jewellery. It was just a suggestion….

 

Bath Noodles

 

 

I think we all agree that there’s only one thing better than eating ramen and that’s sitting in a massive tub of it. Am I right?

 

Well if your kids think the same, get them these. They’re 100% natural, vegan and claim to both exfoliate and moisturise the skin. Good luck!

 

 

100% natural, vegan bath noodles

Bath Noodles – Yup you heard.

 

Emotional First Aid Kit

 

Because it was so long ago, we often forget how stressful life was as a teenager.

 

This first aid kit focuses on mental health instead of physical health and contains wise emergency advice for 20 key psychological situations, including: Friendship, Love, Sex, Work and Self.

 

 

 

 

an emotional kit for some of life’s most challenging psychological situations.

An Emotional First Aid Kit

 

Misogynists Tears Mug

 

Drinking the tears of your enemy has become one of the most popular ‘burns’ on social media and if you have a young feminist under your roof we think they’ll especially like this.

 

And if you think I would be stupid enough to make a joke about making sure she washes it up afterwards and leaves that kitchen nice and tidy – you’ve badly misjudged me.

 

Misogynists Tears Mug

Misogynists Tears Mug

 

Their Nibs PJs

 

Their Nibs creates beautiful vintage inspired clothes families. Our partnership goes back over the life of this site and we’ve never been disappointed.

 

As most of this year has been spent in leisure wear or pyjamas, their PJs seem to be the obvious thing to highlight BUT as you’re special we’re giving you a special code that will get you 20% off anything you buy on the site. Merry Christmas indeed!

 

Just quote the discount code “KIDRATED 20” when you buy to get 20% off.

SHOP NOW

 

 

A BIG THANKS TO ALL THE PARENTS AND KIDS WHO CONTRIBUTED

 

 

 

 

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