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Stocking Stuffers for Kids and Teens

by Jennifer Garry

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Personally, I think stocking stuffers are some of the most fun gifts to buy. Less pressure and smaller scale than traditional gifts, they leave room for fun, sometimes quirky surprises.

This list of stocking stuffer ideas features everything from book-related apparel and accessories that support literacy programs around the world to innovative, adorable mini books that your loved ones are sure to adore.

  • Random Minis: Dear Martin

    by Nic Stone

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    This pocket-sized edition of Nic Stone's Dear Martin is perfect for teens. Justyce is a good kid — an honor student on his way to an Ivy League college. But despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he finds himself being caught between two worlds — unsure of where he belongs. He begins writing a journal to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to see if his teachings still hold true in this compelling and important read that tackles racial injustice.

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  • Penguin Minis: Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances

    by John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson

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    Perfect for a snowy winter's night, this adorable Penguin Mini features three interconnected love stories from adored YA authors John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle. Eager readers will be thrilled to cozy up with these tales of holiday magic in one hand and a mug of hot cocoa in the other.

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  • Kids' The Monster at the End of This Book (Sesame Street) T-Shirt

    Do your kids heed Grover’s warnings? Or do they keep turning pages in the beloved classic, The Monster at the End of This Book? This silly shirt will delight little fans of Grover and the whole Sesame Street cast — sized for kids two to six years old.

  • Matilda Enamel Pin

    Take one of our favorite Roald Dahl creations everywhere with this Matilda pin. Created from Quentin Blake’s iconic and classic artwork, a new generation can discover the story of the telekinetic girl who loves to read.

  • Harry Potter Characters Playing Cards

    Add some fun to your card games with this deck featuring Harry Potter and friends. With illustrations from Mary GrandPré, the original illustrator of the U.S. editions of the Harry Potter books, these beautiful cards will brighten up your kids’ set.

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar Kids' Face Mask (Adjustable)

    This kids face mask is both comfy and adjustable. Your kids may not love having to wear a mask, but they can enjoy it a bit more with the cheerful design featuring The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

  • Penguin Minis: John Green Box Set

    by John Green

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    The ultimate gift for John Green lovers! This mini boxed set features the complete Penguin Minis editions of four modern classics by the bestselling YA author: Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, and The Fault in Our Stars. The revolutionary landscape design and ultra-thin paper make it easy to hold these books in one hand without sacrificing readability.

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  • Book Nerd Pride Mug

    Calling all fellow book nerds! This colorful design will show off readers’ book pride, whether they’re drinking hot cocoa or a strong cup of coffee.

  • Baby Sesame Street Bookmobile Bodysuit

    Even the littlest readers can show off their love of Sesame Street with this baby bodysuit — made for babies & toddlers ages six to 24 months.

  • Mo Willems Baby Rattle Socks (2-Pack)

    Tiny socks for tiny toes! These Mo Willems-inspired socks are perfect for babies 0 – 12 months. Featuring characters from the Elephant and Piggie and Pigeon series, these rattle socks make great stocking stuffers.

  • The Child Star Wars READ Unisex 3/4-Sleeve Raglan

    Are your kids obsessed with The Mandalorian and The Child, more commonly referred to as Baby Yoda? This shirt is perfect for tweens and teens, and will fold up nicely for a Christmas morning stocking surprise!

  • Where the Wild Things Are Kids' Tote Bag

    The cover of this classic children’s book, Where the Wild Things Are, has been added to a kids’ tote bag so your child can always carry this heartwarming tale with them. “We’ll eat you up – we love you so.”

  • Baby Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Bodysuit

    Introduce your babies & toddlers to the magical world of Harry Potter at a young age with this Sorcerer’s Stone bodysuit.

  • Kids' The Snowy Day T-Shirt

    The classic story of Peter discovering a snowy day has been captivating readers for over 50 years. Share the charm of this story with your little readers by gifting them this shirt, for kids ages two to six years old.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in 2019 and updated in 2020.