Best Stocking Stuffers for Boys 2023 (No Junk Allowed!)

I love seeing the kids’ faces light up when they see their stockings filled! And it’s fun to fill them because you get a bit more freedom when choosing items.

So, today I have creative stocking stuffers for boys that both they AND you will love! So many of us are drowning in stuff, and toys are a big part of that. So, in this post, you’ll find a good mix of practical, cool, and fun items that don’t just take up space.

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Stocking Stuffer Ideas Boys & Teens Will Love!

Useful Stocking Stuffer Ideas

First, we all love gifts that are practical and helpful. So, let’s start here!

Useful stocking stuffers for boys

Garments for Winter – With winter coming, gloves, mittens, and winter hats all fit nicely into a stocking.

Food – Oranges are traditional, or insert a high-quality treat into the bottom for an extra surprise.

Swimming Goggles – Will your child need new goggles this year? Or perhaps swim lessons are on the schedule? Make sure they have swim goggles ready to go!

Socks and Underwear – While these are never the most fun, they are always very much needed! Find popular Hanes boxer briefs HERE >> and Star Wars socks HERE>>

Books – Great books are both fun and help kids with learning. Popular boy series include the Dog Man books, Trapped in a Video Game, and Percy Jackson.

Face masks – Thanks to Covid, having a few face masks around is still handy. My kids prefer the cool ones with images and design.

Christmas Coupons – For a fun way to promote experiences over stuff, try this free coupon printable for kids, or specific Christmas coupons!

Cooking Tools – As kids grow, they can help in the kitchen more. So, get them their own set of baking essentials, safer kid knives to use, or an apron that keeps them stay clean.

A Wallet – Giving a fun wallet allows boys to take their money with them. (And opens up important conversations about handling money.)

Blue Light Glasses – Kids spend a lot of time staring at screens these days. Save their eyes with blue light glasses! They help with glare and eye strain, plus the kids feel super cool.

For more practical items, see my huge list of non-toy gift ideas HERE>>

Cheap Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Boys

Next, these affordable stocking stuffers for boys are $5-$7 and under – great for any budget!

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Sunglasses – Kids need eye protection just like adults! Try these sunglasses for under $6.

A Toothbrush and Toothpaste – Restock their supplies with a fun electric toothbrush that helps them keep their teeth cavity-free.

Chapstick – Even boys need a little lip love in the winter. Chapstick makes for a super cheap, yet useful filler.

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Would You Rather Eww EditionThis fun book will entertain kids for hours. (Try these free would you rather kids questions too!)

Gum – Most kids go crazy over a fun flavor of gum. It’s an easy win for something that’s so cheap!

A Deck of Playing Cards – It’s simple, but a deck of cards provides endless entertainment once you learn a few games.

Poncho – If you have a boy that loves being outdoors, then consider using a poncho as one of your boys stocking stuffers.

A Dart Refill – If your kids love their dart guns, a refill of darts will be much appreciated! If they get a little bit crazy, these clear safety glasses are a good option too.

*Looking for girls too? Don’t miss the list of girls stocking stuffers HERE>>

Cool Stocking Stuffers for Boys (5-12 Year Olds)

Next, these are the most fun and unique items on the list!

Cool boys stocking stuffer ideas

Comics – Any comic lovers would love to find one or two exciting comics in their stockings.

A HeadlampLED Headlamps can be used to help parents, go camping, or are just super fun to wear around in the dark.

A Magic Kit – Help your boy wow others with a set of wondrous card and magic tricks.

Desktop Basketball – When your kiddo needs a break from homework, this desktop basketball goal will do the trick.

Small Lego Sets – You can find small sets of Legos at most stores to stick in boys stockings. This Space Satellite one is 36 pieces.

Walkie Talkies – Most kids adore walkie talkies and they can be fun when picking up your child from school too. See quality walkie talkies here >>

Duct TapeTextured, colorful, and checkered duct tape is something that boys can use AND have fun with!

Secret Agent Pens – These fun invisible ink pens help your boy feel like a mystery solver.

A Hat A fun ball cap keeps the sun out of their eyes and shows off their favorite things.

*For a way to help narrow it down, try this free Santa wishlist for kids!

Games for Your Boys Stocking Stuffers

Card and travel-sized games are a great size for a boys stocking stuffer. Plus, they pack lots of fun!

games for stocking fillers

Sushi GoSushi Go is compact and is a fun game of strategy and probability.

Uno – This classic game has a Minecraft version and a Super Mario so you can customize it to your child’s interests.

Exploding Kittens – My kids are obsessed with this fun Russian roulette-style game. *Game of the Year Award Winner.

Travel YahtzeeThis family-friendly game can be taken on trips and in the car to play anywhere!

Five Crowns Card GameThis rummy style game has a rotating wild card to keep things interesting.

Travel Sized Chess BoardThis smaller chess board is one that your child can take with you and play anywhere. Perfect for any chess lover!

*These also make great gifts for your Christmas Eve Box!

Fun Curiosity & Learning Stocking Stuffers

Next, these boys stocking stuffer ideas help develop a sense of growth.

learning and exploring stocking stuffer ideas for boys

Binoculars – Watch for birds and other wildlife on your nature walks with these cool binoculars.

A Survival Watch – Tactical survival watches are fun kids gifts for camping, fishing, and hunting. Many of them have a flint fire starter, whistle, compass, and scraper. See this cool wristband here.

A Harmonica – If you have a musically inclined child, or you want to give him more exposure to music, a harmonica is easy to stick in!

Desk Supplies – As your boy grows, office supplies can help keep him engaged with homework and projects. This panda stapler is fun, as are these cool sports pencils. Other ideas include brightly colored post-it notes and a small desk organizer.

Bookmarks – Help your kiddo find his spot when reading with designed bookmarks. Or if you ever argue with him about how much time he really spent reading, consider these awesome digital time bookmarks. (Find free bookmarks to color here too!)

Weird But True Book – My son adores the Weird But True Books and could spend hours telling me about the weird stuff he finds.

A Cool Watch – Help kids learn analog time and be on time for things with their own fancy watch.

Stocking Stuffers to Be Active

These stocking stuffers for boys are either good for movement or for sensory.

get active with these gifts

Pop Fidget Toys – I don’t know what it is about these, but my kids LOVE THEM. It does keep their hands busy.

A Bicycle Bell – We love hitting the trails on our bikes, but the kids would much rather have bells to alert others than have to yell.

Sport Supplies – If you have a baseball player, it’s a great time to give a set of batting gloves for when he’ll need them. Extra high socks for soccer kids work here too, or anything else small your sports player could need in the future.

A Fitness TrackerA tracker for his steps motivates him to keep moving in a fun way!

Paper Airplane Squadron – Boys that enjoy working with their hands can create these airplanes. They will have a blast flying and chasing them.

*For more help getting kids outside, see this list of outdoor gifts boys love.

Art & Creativity Stocking Fillers

Next, foster imagination with one of these stocking stuffers for boys!

Art boys stocking stuffer fillers

A Kids CameraAllow kids to take pictures of the things they love while exploring their creative side.

A Sketchpad or Drawing Book – Drawing pads and sketch books make for an open-ended way for your child to get imaginative. We love Art Hub for Kids for free tutorials.

Fun writing and drawing utensils – Invest in cool crayons, markers, or colored pencils, to keep your boy creating fun things with his mind.

Modeling clay – All sensory items make great stocking stuffers for boys! They’ll love this modeling clay, or try play-doh, or slime.

*Don’t forget to make your holiday bucket list together too!

Boys Stocking Stuffers for Gamers

Next, my 9 year old recently described himself as a “gamer,” So, here are some great items for those game-obsessed boys in your life.

Stocking stuffers for gamers in 2022: boy tween 9, 11 and 12 year olds

Minecraft Books – For the Minecraft lover, books are a wonderful way to help your boy enjoy the game while building his reading skills. See the Minecraft Graphic Novel HERE, Diary of a Minecraft Zombie book, and a fun Minecraft Notebook HERE >>

Gaming HeadsetThis gaming headset comes with a microphone and is compatible with PS4 PS5 Xbox One and the PC Laptop.

Fun Gamer Socks – These “I’m gaming, do not disturb socks” will be loved by your little gamer.

Fortnite T-Shirt – Let your boy wear his favorite game with pride. See the t-shirt HERE>>

Gamer Sign – This fun gamer sign is the perfect decorative addition to your child’s bedroom, and is a great size to stick in a stocking.

Stocking Stuffers for Teen Boys (13+)

And finally, these teenage stocking fillers are perfect for tweens and teens that can be hard to shop for!

Stocking stuffers for teen boys, teenage ideas in 2021

Rubik’s CubeThe Rubik’s cube is the ultimate mind tester. Get him one to keep him busy over the holiday break.

Ball Deodorizers – Teenage boys can get a little stinky. Help them out by giving these balls that act as secret odor attackers.

Beef JerkyBeef jerky is the ultimate boy snack and an easy addition to any stocking.

Mints – Older boys can be more conscious of their breath (around the ladies). Help him out with a box of mints.

A Tumbler or Mug – Make it easy for your boy to drink on the go with a sturdy tumbler. Or give him a personalized mug so he knows which one is his at home.

The Driving Book: Everything New Drivers Need to Know But Don’t Know to Ask – If your teenage boy is getting ready to drive, this book could prove very useful!

Mini Fan – In the hot months, your teenager will thank you for having something handy that keeps him cool. A mini fan is especially helpful if your teen works outside or plays outdoor sports.

A Pocket Knife – A pocket knife is super handy, and something a responsible older teenager would use. This Swiss Army Pocket Knife has everything!

A Gift Card – A lot of teen boys are HARD to shop for. If yours is one of them, stick in a gift card to their favorite store and call it a day. He’ll love it and you’ll save time and frustration.

For more ideas for teenage boys, check out Boys Easter Baskets for an entire section! – Many apply at Christmas too!

Need more ideas? Check out the short video!

Here’s what I bought my almost 10-year-old boy this year!

Note: These gift ideas are for informational purposes only. I am not a healthcare or safety expert. So, do your own research.

To Consider With Kids Stocking Fillers

Stocking stuffers and fillers boys love, teens too

I hope you found this list helpful! If you are still struggling to find stocking stuffers for your boy, leave a comment before and I’ll help with ideas!

Now, what are your favorite boys stocking fillers? I’d love to know!

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  1. Great list! I’ve added at least 6 things to my list thanks to your tips.

    1. Lea, I’m so glad the stocking stuffer ideas were helpful!

  2. Sarah A Nichols says:

    Thank you for having this list as I do need fun and creative ideas for my soon-to- be-teenage son (WOW!). I was pleasantly surprised by the cooking suggestion as I was thinking of getting some cooking lessons. Thanks!

    1. Sarah, I’m so glad you enjoyed the list! Boys are so hard to shop for sometimes!

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