Whether it’s Santa or Mom and Dad who are filling up the stockings this year, it’s always fun to leave one out. It’s the ideal place for smaller gifts to be placed, and – as any savvy teenager knows – the best way to enjoy some bonus presents too. So, if you’re the parent of a teen who’s hoping for a full stocking on Christmas morning, what kinds of gifts can you find for them? Here are some ideas.
As your children get older, the personal hygiene routine will definitely be changing, so adding some lovely smelling perfume, deodorant, bubble bath, facial scrubs, or other gorgeous things that will help them along is definitely a good idea. Toiletries can be used throughout the year too, so once they get into the swing of deodorizing – even shaving – then their Christmas stocking filler can turn into a very useful gift indeed. If you choose to give them a one-off gift such as a bath bomb or face mask, these can be ideal for allowing your teenager to wind down and relax – with schoolwork getting harder and exams always looming, they can probably do with some time out.
Chocolate is the perfect stocking filler for anyone, young or old, but it works especially well for teenagers. Not only is chocolate a tasty treat, something that many people find rather a comfort if they are looking for a way to chill out and de-stress, but it is also scientifically proven to boost the mood. It releases endorphins into the brain, and endorphins trigger a positive, happy feeling throughout the body. No wonder we all love chocolate so much.
A phone case is another superb present for a teenager (or anyone with a smartphone, come to that). Whether you bought the phone for them, or they saved and saved and bought it for themselves, these devices do not come cheap – they need to be protected. Giving your child a personalized case for their cell phone can save a lot of money and a lot of distress should something happen to the phone. Plus, it’s huge fun – you can personalize these cases with anything from an image of their favorite pop star to them and their friends or anything else you can think of.
Popping a magazine subscription into the stocking will always be appreciated. Magazines are another way to relax – and a good way to get away from homework and exam revision for a little while. There are so many magazines to choose from that you should easily be able to find one that links in with your teen’s hobbies or preferences. If you’re not sure which magazine to subscribe to, you can get a voucher so that the recipient can choose for themselves. Either way, getting a new magazine through the door each month is something to look forward to. You can renew it each year, and that’s one present sorted for next Christmas already.
Teenagers love their music, and the amount they spend on it can soon add up. That’s why a voucher for iTunes, for example, can really help them out. They can download all the music that they’ve wanted for a while, without spending a penny of their own money (or using your account to buy their tunes!).
A lovely-looking stationery set, perhaps with a good fountain pen and ink, some good paper, and envelopes is a great thing to have. It’s not often we need to write a letter (rather than an email or text), but when we do, isn’t it great to have some nice stationery to do it with? It makes all the difference. If your teen is starting to look for work, a hand-written letter might be an interesting way to capture an employer’s attention. Alternatively, those pages could be put to good use writing thank you notes once Christmas is over.
An Endangered Animal
Not literally, of course, but it is possible to sponsor endangered animals such as elephants and snow leopards, for example. In return for your cash, you receive a variety of different items, including soft toys, keyrings, stickers, and updates on the creatures themselves. So, your teen can feel good that there is something out there benefiting from a gift from you to them.
If your teenager wants to get on in the world of business or is interested in IT in any way, perhaps is just very creative, giving them their own website to design and play with – to do whatever they want with – is a great idea. They might want to create an eCommerce store or write their own blog, or perhaps they’ll speak with an expert such as Inspry Web App Developers to design something that they and others can use to make life easier. And it would all come from a simple Christmas gift from you.