The Best Gifts for Teens to Explore New Interests

From headphones, blankets, candles, and more, these gifts are useful and unique

We independently research, test, review, and recommend the best products—learn more about our process. If you buy something through our links, we may earn a commission.

Commerce Photo Composite

Verywell Family / Amelia Manley

Teens are always up to date on the latest gadgets and fashion trends, so shopping for a cool gift for them is fun. The best gifts for teens are things they can use that they may not have thought about themselves. These could be accessories for their smartphones or laptops, things that will make them or their rooms more comfortable, or games or other gifts that allow them to express their creativity and individuality.

Reviewed & Approved

The Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones feature award-winning sound, a cool, sleek design, and up to 40 hours of battery life.  For a budget-friendly option, we recommend the Tryone Gooseneck Tablet Stand.

Encouraging your kids to express themselves is critical during these difficult years, so gifts that help them do this are great options. We carefully considered design, value, trends, any additional features, and age recommendations when reviewing products.

Here are the best gifts for teens with any interests and hobbies.

Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

Beats Solo3

Amazon

The Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones earn a top spot on our list because these wireless headphones feature award-winning sound, a cool, sleek design, and up to 40 hours of battery life. The on-ear controls make it easy to control music, take calls, and use Siri. Plus, the headphones are adjustable and foldable, so your teen can find the best fit wherever they go.

Tryone Gooseneck Tablet Stand

Tryone Gooseneck Tablet Stand

Courtesy of Amazon

Whether they want to play with their Nintendo Switch, watch videos, or read a book, teens can use this clever tablet stand to secure their tablet to their desk, headboard, or nightstand for hands-free viewing. The flexible gooseneck arm makes it easy to adjust and get the right angle, while the durable base clamp holds it tightly in place.

Nintendo Switch Lite

Nintendo Switch Lite

Amazon

For gaming on the go, meet the Nintendo Switch Lite. Similar to the Nintendo Switch, the Lite is smaller and more portable. The Lite features a built-in plus control pad and fully integrated controls for games that are also compatible with the Switch.

UGG Genuine Shearling Slipper

UGG Shearling Slipper

Courtesy of Nordstrom

Whether they’re at home or in a dorm room, teens will appreciate the comfort and warmth of these cozy slippers. Made with a soft, genuine shearling lining, they have a durable, sturdy sole that also makes them suitable for outdoor wear.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Camera + Film Pack

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Camera + Film Pack

Amazon

Watch your picture come to life with the press of a button on this adorable mini camera. The camera comes with a case, four color closeup filter lens, mini photo album, and much more. Choose from five different colors and have fun taking dozens of pictures.

BaubleBar Block It Out IPhone Case

BaubleBar Block It Out IPhone Case

Courtesy of BaubleBar

For an iPhone case that can be personalized, you’ll want to check this one out from BaubleBar. Whether you go with your initials or name, this handmade iPhone case can fit up to 12 characters. The letters are raised and acrylic, providing you with a 3D effect.

PopSockets PopWallet Swappable and Repositionable Wallet

PopSockets PopWallet Swappable and Repositionable Wallet

Amazon

PopSockets make it easy to hold on to a phone and this one, which has a wallet attached, is even more useful. The PopWallet can fit up to three cards or a few folded bills. For anyone wanting to switch up their style, the wallet and socket are easily changeable with one of the numerous colors and prints.

Yes4All Wobble Balance Board

Yes4All Wooden Wobble Balance Board

Courtesy of Amazon

This wobble balance board is a simple, easy way for teens to improve their coordination and build core strength at home. Lightweight and easy to carry, it can be used indoors or outside for balance moves, stretching, and strengthening workouts.

Fjallraven Kanken Classic Backpack

Fjallraven Kanken Classic Backpack

Courtesy of Amazon

The stylish yet practical Fjällräven Kanken backpack is a hit among teens of all ages, from middle schoolers to college kids. Available in a wide range of both fun and basic colors, it’s durable, water resistant, and fits many laptops.

Danfi Audio DF Record Player Bluetooth Turntable

Danfi Audio DF Record Player Bluetooth Turntable

Amazon

Your teen can stream their favorite songs on their phone or tablet thanks to this record player’s Bluetooth option. Or, if they decide to use the turntable, they can buy records in three different sizes. There’s also an auto-stop button that prevents the record from being scratched.

flybold Slackline Kit

4.6
flybold Slackline Kit

Amazon

If your teen is into outdoor activities (or you want them to be), slacklines are all the rage with the younger set. These kits can be set up in the backyard where your kid can master the art of balance as they try to walk across the slackline. Think of it as tight roping, but with a wider base. This kit will give your teen everything they need to get from Point A to Point B while also getting in some fitness, making it our top pick.

The kit is also equipped with safety features for beginners, which our tester loves. The slackline is wider than normal for first-time users and uses high-quality materials that are stretchy and sturdy. Our tester reported that setup was a breeze after reading through the instructions, but take note that you have to be cautious when dismantling the line due to high tension.

What Our Testers Say

"My children had a blast with the Flybold Slackline Kit. It’s a deceptively simple solo activity that just about anyone can try, and every friend who came by wanted a turn."—Sarah Vanbuskirk, Product Tester

Apple AirPods with Wired Charging Case

apple-airpods

Courtesy of Best Buy 

For gadget gurus and music lovers, you can’t go wrong with a pair of AirPods. They come with a charging case, and as of 2019, they feature hands-free access to Siri using just your voice.

Magnoloran LED Photo String Lights

 Magnoloran Photo String Lights

Magnoloran

String lights are a must-have item for many teen’s rooms, and this set allows them to also show off their favorite photos, cards, or artwork in a unique way. They run on 3AA batteries, so teens don’t have to worry about their display being near an outlet.

HUANUO Lap Desk

HUANUO Lap Desk

Courtesy of Amazon

Whether they want to binge-watch in bed or have a comfy place to do their homework, teens will love this convenient lap desk. It features slots for your phone and tablet, as well as a mousepad, cushioned wrist pillow, and handle for easy carrying.

CASOFU Throw Blanket

CASOFU Throw Blanket

Amazon

Wrap yourself nice and cozy like a burrito (literally!) with this super soft and warm throw blanket from Casofu. Made with flannel fabric, this blanket is available in four different size options: 47 inches, 60 inches, 71 inches, and 80 inches. When it needs a wash, simply toss it in the washing machine and then tumble dry on low.

Shalac Claw Clips for Thick Hair

Shalac Claw Clips for Thick Hair

Amazon

If your teen has thick hair, you’ll definitely want to consider these as a gift. Designed with durable plastics and non-slip materials, these hair clips are sure to stay secure all day long.

Nintendo Switch

4.5
Nintendo Switch

Amazon

The Nintendo Switch makes for the perfect gift for teens who love gaming. This must-have console is the first of its kind: conveniently, it can be docked to a TV for at-home play or taken out as a handheld console for travel.

The Switch has a vast array of games (which is rare for a new console), and its versatile Joy-Con controllers—each of which has face buttons, shoulder buttons, an analog stick, and motion-sensor technology—can be used separately for multiplayer games. The Nintendo Switch has a 6.2-inch capacitive touchscreen, and the box comes with the console, dock, neon blue and neon red Joy-Con controllers and accessories, an HDMI cable, and AC adapter.   

Brooklinen Silk Scrunchie Set

Brooklinen Silk Scrunchie Set

Brooklinen

Protect your teen's hair with Slip Silk scrunchies. The classic ’80s hair accessory has made a comeback in a big way and adds a fun element to any ponytail. These scrunchies are specifically crafted to avoid creasing and pulling. They're soft and washable and come in multiple colors and sizes, suitable for every hair type and length.

Not Parent Approved Card Game

Not Parent Approved Card Game

Courtesy of Amazon

Dubbed an “inappropriately appropriate game for mischief-makers,” this card game will have teens looking forward to family game night. Recommended for ages 8 and up, it’s fun, easy to learn, and the perfect way to convince teens to unplug and get off their phones.

Hyodream 3D Moon Lamp

Hyodream 3D Moon Lamp

Amazon

Liven up their space with this moon lamp designed to mimic the surface of the moon. With the included remote control, teens can switch between seven colors and 16 brightness modes, perfect for setting any mood. With its wooden stand, this moon lamp can be displayed on a shelf or a desk. It is an interesting decor piece or night light for all ages.

BONAOK Wireless Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone

bluetooth microphone

BONAOK

Great for sleepovers or nights in with family and friends, this microphone will have teens discovering their inner rock star. They can simply connect their phone to the singing app using Bluetooth and then pick from thousands of karaoke songs.

FORVR Mini Candle Gift Set

FORVR Mini Candle Gift Set

Courtesy of Sephora

Candles are a great go-to gift for teens, but what sets apart this candle set from this Black-owned business is that you’re getting a variety of scents. From warm and spicy to floral, you can burn these candles for no more than four hours at a time and put it out by simply placing the lid on top of the candle flame to put it out.

Travel Stub Diary

Travel Stub Diary

 Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

For the explorer at heart, this diary comes with clear sleeves to store and protect mementos and memorabilia—including postcards, ticket stubs, photos, and maps. There’s also space in the margins to write down trip details and highlights.

YNAB You Need a Budget App

YNAB You Need a Budget App

YNAB

Finances aren't exactly the topic most teens think about, but they absolutely should learn and know the basics of money. A subscription to an app like You Need a Budget provides them access to financial pros and budgeting advice. This is really helpful for teens who have their first job or who may be heading off to college soon.

YnM Weighted Blanket

YnM Weighted Blanket.

Amazon

According to the Cleveland Clinic, using weighted blankets at nighttime may help lower anxiety and reduce sleeplessness. If your teen has anxiety or is feeling particularly stressed, a weighted blanket could help them relax.

This popular, affordable weighted blanket comes in a variety of weights, colors, and sizes, so it’s easy to find one that’s perfect for your teen.

Wekapo Air Lounger Sofa

4.4
Wekapo Air Lounger Sofa

Courtesy of Amazon

These lightweight loungers are ideal for chilling in the back yard, on the beach, or at a campsite. You just wave it around a few times and it’ll fill with air, and it’s just as easy to collapse and pack up.

LEGO Creator Botanical Collection Bird of Paradise

LEGO Bird of Paradise

Courtesy of LEGO

If you’re looking for a gift that will spark creativity and creation, then you’ve come to the right place. Once finished, this LEGO set creates a beautiful botanical garden flower plant that’s adjustable. It’s a project that will take time since it has more than 1,000 pieces, but it provides a meaningful connection to art and creation.

The Comfy Oversized Microfiber Blanket

The Comfy Oversized Microfiber Blanket

Amazon

Tired of seeing your teen wear their wrapped blanket around the house? Check out this wearable blanket from The Comfy. It’s oversized, so one size fits all, and features a large pocket for a phone, snacks, or other items. The best part? It’s also machine washable.

Spikeball 3 Ball Kit

5
Spikeball

Courtesy of Spikeball

Teens will love playing this athletic game that’s a mix between volleyball, tennis, and basketball. The Spikeball set is lightweight and portable, making it ideal for teens to take wherever they go. This set comes with three softballs, a net with collapsible legs, a drawstring bag for easy storage, and an instruction book. As an added bonus, teens can connect for free to the Spikeball community for tutorials, or they can download the app so they can find pickup games for any time fun. 

Spikeball is accessible to all fitness levels and all ages, which our tester loved. The rules are easy to follow, but also malleable to be super competitive or more low-key and chill, making this perfect for all teens.

What Our Testers Say

"I loved that you can play it for 5 minutes or an hour, and it’s still fun. It’s perfect for blowing off steam and can be taken just about anywhere and played on multiple surfaces."—Sarah Vanbuskirk, Product Tester

GMYLE AirPod Case

GMYLE AirPod Case

Amazon

AirPods are pretty expensive, so if your teen has a pair, consider gifting them this sturdy case. The silicone casing protects the actual cover, while still allowing access to the charging port. There's even a carabiner so it can be strapped to the inside of a backpack or pocket. With more than 30 colors to choose from, there's something for every style.

Yogibo Max Bean Bag Chair

4.5
Yogibo Bean Bag

Courtesy of Yogibo

If you want to splurge on a gift for your teen, look to a functional bean bag that doubles as adorable room decor. However, our product tester noted that this is no ordinary bean bag. It functions as a chair, recliner, bed, or even a couch. It'll form to your body as you sit or lay for the most comfortable experience without uncomfortable pressure points. Choose from more than a dozen colors to sit your teen's bedroom or dorm room. We love that the cover is washable, so they can enjoy this pick for years and years to come.

FLOWER by Drew Blue Light Computer Glasses

Drew Barrymore Flower Blue Light

Walmart

If you can't pull your teenager away from screens, gift them these stylish Blue Light glasses to protect their eyes. These circular frames are part of Drew Barrymore's Flower Beauty collection and feature unique and flattering frames for all ages and face shapes.

These non-prescription glasses are designed to protect your eyes from a percentage of blue-light rays when looking at digital screens. Specially suited for online learners, your teen can protect her eyes and look fashionable at the same time.

Big Potato Games Mean Girls Party Game

Big Potato Games Mean Girls Party Game

Target

Mean Girls is a classic teen movie, so a game inspired by the infamous burn book is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Ideal for ages 14 and up, the party game asks players to answer questions about each other anonymously.

The game, which can accommodate 4-8 players, includes 100 cards, 7 cardboard mats, 2 answer pads, and 1 scoresheet. At the end of each round, each player gets to pick an answer they want to reveal to the group—and if you pick yours, you'll be making your own confession.

Kodak Zink Smile Instant Print Digital Camera

Kodak Smile Instant Camera

Courtesy of Amazon

This Kodak camera combines the gratification of instant pics but with a bit of a retro look. The camera features automatic focus, flash, and the viewfinder makes it easy to snap the best pic. Not only can photos be shared, but they can also be printed out. There's even the option to print two photos on a single sheet. The printed pictures have a sticky back, and there's even the option to add a border or filter.

Now in Books Book Club

Now in Book Monthly Book Club

Now in Books

A gift that keeps on giving month after month is sure to please anyone. A Now in Books subscription gifts your favorite teen newly released novels. The book titles will vary, but each box also includes activities, discussion topics, and even a curated playlist that corresponds to the theme of the book. You can choose from several delivery options.

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer

4.1
Revlon One Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer

 Amazon

For the beauty and haircare-loving teen in your life, gift them an easy-to-use hair tool that they will cherish for years. The Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer allows you to dry and smooth your hair quickly. Teens can brush through their hair for a voluminous look right out of the shower. This is a great hairdryer for teens just beginning to style their own hair, with three different heat and speed settings, plus a cooling option. 

Ranch 23 inch Professional Wooden Concert Ukulele

Ranch 23 inch Professional Wooden Concert Ukulele

Amazon

This affordable wooden ukulele is actually quite comparable to pricier counterparts. We love that the kit comes with many extras, such as a neck strap, digital tuner, padded carrying bag, and microfiber polishing cloth. The company, Ranch, also offers free online video lessons, with the final one teaching "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," a song made popular by the late Hawaiian musical icon (and ukulele player) Israel Kamakawiwoʻole.

Kunodi Outdoor Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

 Kunodi Outdoor Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Kunodi's bluetooth speaker is tiny, but mighty and you'll love the wallet-friendly price. It easily fits into the palm of a hand and seamlessly connects to various devices. You can take it on the go and attach to a backpack or handlebars (thanks to the carabiner). You can even store it in your bathroom: There's a suction cup mount, as the waterproof design makes it perfect for listening to music in the shower.

Glossier The Essential Edit

Glossier The Essentials Edit

Glossier

Whether your teen loves makeup or just began experimenting, a skincare and makeup set like this one from Glossier provides essentials she can use everyday. The Essential Edit includes a milk jelly cleanser, priming moisturizer, lip balm, brow gel, and mascara for very simple makeup focused on glowy and hydrated skin. The trial sizes make it easy to determine what your teen likes before spending the dough on a full-sized product.

hOmeLabs Sunrise Alarm Clock

HomeLabs Sunrise Alarm Clock

Amazon

There's a likelihood your teen uses their phone as an alarm, but this alarm clock will surely change that. It's cute, sleek, can fit on any night stand, and the functions are useful. The LED light gradually brightens over 30 minutes to arise any sleeper, and the timer dims the room when it's time to get some Z's. The clock also plays soothing nature sounds.

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World

Women in Science

Amazon

Spark an interest in science with this STEM-inspired book that highlights 50 great women who have pioneered their way into the fields of math, science, engineering, and more. With women such as Jane Goodall and Katherine Johnson, teens are bound to find one (if not all) trailblazing woman to idolize.

Homall Gaming Chair Office Chair

Homall Game Chair

Courtesy of Amazon

The gamer in your life will absolutely appreciate Homall's gaming chair that's built for function. The foam fits the body comfortably, and there's the ever important headrest and lumbar support. Also, the seat has a tilt back function that can be adjusted between 90 to 150 degrees. We like that the casters move easily on hardwood floors or carpeting.

Masterclass Virtual Cooking Class

MasterClass

MasterClass

A Masterclass membership is a great option if you want to expose your teen to learning that's fun and appeals to a wide variety of interests. The online classroom provides access to pros and tastemakers like chefs, producers, writers, and more. There are writing classes, cooking demos, and pretty much everything. The virtual classes can be viewed at leisure and your teen is sure to learn a lot.

Anker Nebula Capsule

4.1
Anker Nebula Capsule

Amazon

For the serious cinema buff in your life, the Nebula Capsule Smart Mini-Projector is the perfect splurge-worthy gift to create a home theater. Though it has an array of cutting-edge features, it’s small enough to fit in your hand. The Nebula Mini-Projector is able to play content from a streaming app (Netflix, Hulu, etc.) or mirror whatever’s playing on a phone screen. And thanks to its omnidirectional speakers and advanced IntelliBright algorithms, the sound and picture quality rival that of a movie theater.

Miady 2-Pack Dual USB Portable Charger

Miady 10000mAh Dual USB Portable Charger

Amazon

"I forgot to charge my phone." That's no longer an excuse if you gift your teen this portable charger. The slim device easily fits in any backpack, purse, or even some pockets. The USB charger juices some phones up to three times, so even when your kid isn't near an outlet, they can stay with a full battery. Even better, you don't just get one, but two chargers in the pack.

Snap Circuits Teach Tech Mech 5 Mechanical Coding Robot

Snap Circuits Teach Tech Mech 5 Mechanical Coding Robot

Amazon

A great STEM toy combines the love of play with education. Teens will enjoy hours of fun with Snap Circuits' coding robot, which teaches basic coding skills and engineering. Once the robot is constructed, they can watch it throw, lift, kick, and even draw. Though it's geared toward kids ages 10 and up, older teens and even adults who are curious about coding will also enjoy this.

Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen)

4.1
Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen)

Best Buy

The Amazon Echo Dot can help teens with various day-to-day tasks (think: texting friends, tracking the latest trends, or tuning into their favorite songs). After a day full of all these things, the Echo Dot can even turn off the lights with a simple voice command, and features an easy-to-program alarm clock, improved sound, and a new design.

Mpow 059 Bluetooth Headphones

3.8
Mpow 059 Bluetooth Headphones

Courtesy of Amazon

While these aren't the super expensive brand of headphones, they're still high on function. These can play music for up to 13 hours wirelessly, so they won't need to charge them all the time. The headphones can also be used to make and answer calls, plus they have Bluetooth capability.

Minted Heart Snapshot Mix Hues Photo Art

minted-frame

Minted

Imagine this: You or your teen have digital photos languishing in the cloud or on your hard drive. In just 10 days or less, Minted will transform your fave pics into a gorgeous piece of art complete with a frame of your choosing, although unframed is also an option. It comes in six different square sizes, plus frame choices include brushed silver, champagne silver, matte brass, and classic options like black and gilded wood.

642 Things to Draw: Inspirational Sketchbook to Entertain and Provoke the Imagination

642 Things to Draw: Inspirational Sketchbook to Entertain and Provoke the Imagination

Amazon

For artistic teens, why not gift them a creative outlet for self-expression? The 642 Things to Draw journal is filled with 304 pages of ideas. It’s got everything from the ridiculously simple—like a cupcake—to things that will take a bit more artistic know-how—like the Northern Lights. Packed with plenty of blank space for teens to stretch their creative legs and hundreds of drawing prompts, this journal is the perfect home for everything from doodles to masterpieces. 

Uncommon Goods Long Distance Friendship Lamp

Uncommon Goods Long Distance Friendship Lamp

Uncommon Goods

For your teen who's missing a friend far away, there's no better present than this Long Distance Friendship Lamp. Buy a pair of lamps, one for your teen and one to send to their friend. When your teen touches the lamp, the corresponding lamp, whether it's a few blocks away or across the world, emits a glow. The light can stay illuminated from 30 minutes to up to 24 hours and is a great way to let someone know you're thinking about them.

Uncommon Goods Magnetic Notebook

Uncommon Goods Magnetic Notebook

Uncommon Goods

Sure, your teen probably has digital notes, but nothing beats a good 'ol notebook. However, this one from Uncommon Goods combines the convenience of being able to remove and rearrange the pages. We like that the magnetic pages snap in and out of the spine. This is great for your young creative who wants to organize any notes, doodles, or ideas.

Speks Magnetic Balls

Speks Magnetic Balls

Courtesy of Speks

Originally designed for stressed-out executives, Speks are minuscule ball magnets that come in sets of 512. Note that because of their 2.5 millimeter size, they are only officially recommended for children older than 14. With inspiration from the manual or their imaginations, teens will love squishing, rolling, or piling their Speks into shapes like cubes, hexagons, cylinders, chains, and more. These can provide hours of fun or a form of relaxation. Speks are easy to lose, so buy an extra set to avoid the inevitable disappointment when the first few go astray under your teen's bed or the couch.

UGG Fluff Yeah Genuine Shearling Slingback Sandal

Ugg Women's Fluff Yeah Slide

Nordstrom

These Ugg Shearling sandals are stylish and comfortable for walking around the house or running errands. Teens will love the variety of colors they offer, from pink rose and burnt olive to black and natural. These slippers are guaranteed to make teens feel luxurious and cozy while still keeping up with the trends, and the sandal style makes this choice more versatile than warmer options that cover the whole foot.

Umbra Hangit Display-DIY Frames Collage Set

 Umbra Hangit Display

Amazon

The Umbra Hangit Photo Display design gives teens the freedom to create a picture collage with shots in all standard sizes in both a vertical or horizontal arrangement. The accent is easy to install and comes with everything needed to assemble it on the wall. The gift makes it easy to showcase all of your teen's favorite moments, including ones with you.

Frigidaire Portable Retro Mini Fridge

frigidaire mini retro fridge

Home Depot

No need to wait for college to gift your teen a fridge for their room. This pint-size, retro-style Frigidaire holds up to six cans or four one-liter bottles; plus, it's also a great place to stash small snacks or beauty products like gel eye masks. It comes in fun colors like blue, red, and pink, and has a quiet motor that makes it ideal for a bedroom. This can also be used on road trips as the mini fridge plugs into a 12V car adapter.

Hydro Flask Stainless Steel Water Bottle

4.7
Hydro Flask

Courtesy of Dick's Sporting Goods

Thanks to this BPA-free bottle's double insulation, hot drinks stay hot for up to 12 hours and cold ones keep cool (even ice remains solid!) for up to 24 hours. The Hydro Flask water bottle has a handy loop to keep it securely attached to a backpack. While the standard cap will work for most, if your teen is active, consider buying the sport cap that makes it easy to stay hydrated without missing a beat.

Fjallraven Kanken Backpack

Fjallraven Kanken Backpack

Urban Outfitters

The Swedish company Fjällräven is known for making rugged bags with a clean, minimalist design. The Kanken backpacks are ergonomically designed to handle several textbooks, and this one also has a padded sleeve for a small laptop. Other handy details include easily accessible pockets on both the front and sides, padded shoulder straps, and a top handle. Eco-minded families can also feel good knowing the company supports conservation projects and uses sustainably produced fabrics.

Uncommon Goods Game of Phones

game-of-phones

Courtesy of Uncommon Goods 

As much as you may try to encourage screen-free time, teens will inevitably be glued to their phones. But that doesn't have to be a bad thing. Game of Phones is a game that tests who can use their mobile devices the best and the fastest. Users have to draw one of 150 cards and then create an emoji or find the best Google image to match the prompt. This is a game best played with three or more people, so it's perfect for game night with friends or family time.

Threads Elastic Card Holder

Threads Elastic Card Holder

Amazon

Whether your teen just got their driver's license, first credit card, or first babysitting job, they will need somewhere to store cash and cards. Threads makes slim elastic wallets that fit easily into a purse or pocket. The wallet expands and contracts to fit everything you need, then keep it secure and protected.

Teens can easily attach their keys or gym passes to the attachment for easy access on the go. While the design is made to be minimalistic, this wallet comes in various colors and patterns for your teen to pick from.

JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker

JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Amazon

For a truly amazing listening experience, it doesn't get any better than JBL's bluetooth speaker. This can be used at home or while on the go as it has 12 hours of playtime. Besides the crisp audio and easy connectivity, the device is also waterproof, so no worries if it gets a few splashes while near the pool or on the beach. Also, it comes in tons of colors and even camo.

Uncommon Goods Tabletop Cornhole

Uncommon Goods Tabletop Cornhole

Uncommon Goods

This tabletop version of the popular lawn activity is a fun, uncomplicated choice for family game night, but it's also cool enough to lure teens from their devices. The colorful cornhole board is 3 feet long and comes with launchers and a wrench for adjusting them (to make it easier or harder), eight mini beanbags, four score pegs, and felt feet to prevent scratching.

Isabelle Store Multi Pocket Crossbody Bag

Cross Body Bag

Amazon

As your teens grows up, they're likely going to have more stuff to hold onto, including a cell phone, wallet, chapstick, and more. This crossbody bag is the perfect size to hold all necessary gear without weighing your teen down or feeling obtrusive. What's more, it comes in 26 colors, so you are sure to find something to suit their personality.

Snif collection 3 bundle kit

Snif collection 3 bundle kit

Snif

Buying perfume can be a gamble, but you can help your teen find a signature scent with this bundle kit from Snif. Teens receive three unique scents in trendy minimalist bottles to test and try for different occasions and moods. Then, they can choose to keep one, two, or three of the scents, and you only pay for what you keep. This way, there's no risk in choosing the wrong smell and they can pick their favorites.

eCreamery Personalized Bundle

eCreamery Personalized Bundle

eCreamery

With eCreamery, you can send a personalized ice cream bundle right to your teen's door, making this perfect for family and friends that live in a different city or state. Pick from four curated collections featuring delicious fan-favorite flavors, or create your own to fit your recipient's tastes. Then, personalize the carton with a custom message or family photo they can cherish long after the dessert is done.

Creative Lettering and Beyond: Inspiring tips, techniques, and ideas for hand lettering your way to beautiful works of art

Creative Writing and Beyond

Amazon

For the creative-at-heart, this book will take a teen's talents to an entirely new level. Watch along as artists walk through the engaging world of hand lettering and typography. Through interactive, step-by-step instruction, teens will be inspired to finish a variety of fun projects, including hand-rendered phrases, digitally enhanced notecards, and application on linens, mugs, gifts, and more.

INSMY IPX7 Waterproof Shower Bluetooth Speaker

INSMY IPX7 Waterproof Shower Bluetooth Speaker

Amazon

Rock out in the shower and beyond with this waterproof Bluetooth speaker from INSMY. Simply connect your smartphone or other device to listen to your favorite music wirelessly at the pool, in your room, or at a friend's house. The small size makes this perfect for bringing on trips or sleepovers, and it comes in six stylish colors sure to impress any teen. At such an affordable price, this speaker is a no-brainer essential to have around.

Flymiro Tri-Fold Lighted Vanity Makeup Mirror

4.3
Flymiro Tri-Fold Lighted Vanity Makeup Mirror

Amazon

Teens can get ready in style with this lighted vanity mirror, ideal for perfecting a makeup look, applying skincare, or taking mirror selfies. The mirror has three different magnifications for getting up close and personal to your skin and folds up for easy storage. The built-in light ensures flawless mascara application each time, and the stand comes in six different colors to match her room, from green to rose gold.

PopSockets Collapsible Grip & Stand

PopSockets

Amazon

PopSockets are a fun and easy gift that make it easier to text, watch videos, and snap photos. The collapsible grip sticks to the back of your device and can be repositioned for a better fit. Just expand it to use, and when you're done, push it back in so it lays flat against the back of your phone. 

Rael Discovery Set

Rael Discovery Set

Rael

Support your teen through puberty with a functional gift in the form of menstrual products. This discovery set includes pads, liners, tampons, a heating patch for cramps, and patches for treating hormonal pimples. Once she chooses which products she loves, you can subscribe and save money. All of Rael's products are made without harsh chemicals and with the environment in mind. They also offer a bundle specifically for first periods that make the transition a bit easier for teens.

ZOYA Nail Polish Quad

Zoya Nail Polish Quad

Amazon

This top-rated kit includes four full-sized nail polish shades that leave a high-shine finish. The vibrant colors will add a bright pop of color to any outfit, and they're versatile enough to use throughout the year. This set comes packaged in a sleek black box that is perfect for gifting.

Gennissy Mni Landscape Air Humidifier Essential Oil Diffuser

Gennissy Mni Landscape Air Humidifier Essential Oil Diffuser

Amazon

Add a functional yet adorable piece of decor to your teen's room with this essential oil diffuser. The trendy pick or green diffuser features a super cute scene with plants, a bunny, and a mushroom that add interest to your teen's nightstand or dresser. Add in your favorite essential oil for a room fragrance that promotes sleep, relaxation, or energy, depending on the oil. Also, teens can switch between seven different color lights to fit their current mood.

S'well Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Swell Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Swell

S'well's stainless steel bottles are designed to keep drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot for 12 hours, perfect for transporting coffee or staying hydrated during sports. The sleek design ensures that it fits in cup holders or backpack pockets for taking to school or on road trips.

The great thing about S'well insulated bottles is that they come in dozens of different colors and patterns, so your teen is bound to find one they like, including marble, wood, rose, and more. They can also be personalized with your teen's name for a more custom gift.

The Sill DIY Terrarium Kit

DIY Terrarium Kit

The Sill

More suitable for older teens, this DIY Succulent Terrarium Kit has everything they need to start introducing live plants to their routines. Challenge your teen to take care of their own succulents, which luckily are very low-maintenance and a great option for beginners. Teens will love assembling their plants in the included sand and lava rocks.

Directions from the female-founded company, The Sill, offer advice on arranging your terrarium, plus tips to keep them alive and growing as long as possible. Once they are complete, a terrarium makes a beautiful and unique decor piece for your teen's bookshelf or bedside table, where they can watch their new plants grow.

Etsy Zodiac Necklace

Etsy Zodiac Necklace

Etsy

While all teens have different tastes when it comes to jewelry, this dainty zodiac necklace proves simple enough to fit all styles, and it doesn't break the bank. Choose between gold, rose gold, or sterling silver, depending on which your teen wears more. Choosing their zodiac signs makes this gift feel more personal, and you can even choose your necklace length to ensure it fits teens of all ages and sizes.

SEI Tumble Dye Classic Tie Dye Kit, Pack of 8

SEI Tumble Dye Craft & Fabric Tie-Dye Kit

Amazon

Perfect for a gift the whole family can enjoy together, this tie-dye kit is great for getting outside in the summertime and fostering your teen's creative side. Teens can choose from eight different colors to make their perfect design on up to 32 T-shirts, as well as sweatshirts, bandanas, or even socks. The paints are water-based, non-toxic, washable, and pre-mixed for a simple DIY project at home to produce items teens can wear again and again.

Williams Sonoma DIY Sushi Kit

Williams Sonoma DIY Sushi Kit

Williams Sonoma

Whether your teen loves helping you in the kitchen or wants to learn how to master a new cuisine, this DIY Sushi Kit from Williams Sonoma is perfect. The kit includes everything needed to craft eight rolls of six pieces each, hand-rolled with a bamboo mat. It lets you combine ingredients easily to create sushi rice, then grab your favorite sushi fillings and roll away.

This could be a great activity for the whole family, resulting in a delicious dinner. The included instructions also offer information on sushi etiquette and Japanese culture, so you can cook and learn simultaneously.

Final Verdict

The Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones will become a teen's favorite new accessory. These wireless headphones feature award-winning sound and up to 40 hours of battery life. There's also the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Camera + Film Pack, which comes with a case, four color closeup filter lens, mini photo album, and much more. 

How We Selected the Best Gifts for Teens

We chose the best gifts for teens by researching reviews from customers and competitors, while studying the design and features of nearly 100 products on the market. We considered ease of use, design, size, features, and value when reviewing products. We also spoke with Chuck English, Virginia STEM Coordinator at the Science Museum of Virginia, for additional information. And, we monitored shopping trends to bring you the best, and most up-to-date, offerings on gifts for teens.

What to Look for in Gifts for Teens

Up-to-Date Tech and Accessories

Between a smartphone, laptop, tablet, and video game console, chances are your teen has lots of technology they use on a daily basis. Teens will welcome and appreciate fun accessories or gifts that make their tech easier or more enjoyable, like headphones, speakers and stands. You also can't go wrong with a new piece of tech, especially one they can use to interact with their friends.

Cozy Comfort

There's nothing better at the end of a busy day filled with school and extracurriculars than having something cozy to slip on or somewhere comfortable to curl up. To that end, gifts that prioritize warmth and comfort around the house are always crowd-pleasers. Since growth spurts are common during the teenage years, opt for something like slippers, a blanket or a comfy chair that your teen won't grow out of too quickly.

Creative Outlets

Encouraging your kids to express themselves is critical during these difficult years, so gifts that help them do this are great options. Indeed, motivating them to try new things and discover hidden talents can help them build confidence.

For example, if you want an educational gift, Chuck English, Virginia STEM Coordinator at the Science Museum of Virginia, recommends looking for something that encourages exploration. “They should lead me to a sense of curiosity where I want to learn more,” he says. Whether it’s music or astronomy, a great educational gift can be the gateway to an entirely new passion.

Why Trust Verywell Family

Christine Luff is a freelance writer who covers fitness, health, parenting, and other topics. She’s also mom to a 13-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son, as well as an aunt to eight teenage nieces and nephews. When shopping for teens, she sometimes opts for gift cards, but prefers to research and seek out the perfect presents.   

1 Source
Verywell Family uses only high-quality sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts within our articles. Read our editorial process to learn more about how we fact-check and keep our content accurate, reliable, and trustworthy.
  1. Cleveland Clinic. Can weighted blankets banish nighttime anxiety? What to know before you buy.