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We all know that shopping for a middle or high schooler can be tricky — especially during the holidays when it seems like everyone has good gift ideas but you!
This year, forget gift cards and video games and opt for one of these gifts for teens instead. We know you'll find a winner in this list of not-so-boring stuff — it's all made just for them! Whether your teenager is into sports or makeup, this list has a gift for everyone.
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- Bestselling gifts for teens
- Best tech gifts for teens
- Best clothing and jewelry gifts for teens
- Best home gifts for teens
- Best beauty and grooming gifts for teens
- Best book gifts for teens
- Best games for teens
- Best unique gifts for teens
Don’t forget to check out Shop TODAY’s 2020 Gift Guide to find the perfect present for everyone on your list!
Bestselling gifts from this article:
- Amazon The Screaming Goat (Book & Figure), $7.18
- Amazon Elago Charging Hub, $24.99
- Amazon Make Your Own Beauty Masks, $15.34
- Amazon Blue Speed Racer Boomerang, $16.95
- UncommonGoods 100 Movies Scratch Off Poster, $15.00
Bestselling gifts for teens
This miniature goat figurine is a great small gift for teens of all ages. The toy actually screams like a goat (cue the laughter!) and it even comes with a little book full of fun facts.
Know a teen who has a serious case of wanderlust? This scratch-off map will allow them to proudly display all of the places they visit, right on their wall.
This easy-to-use boomerang is perfect for everyone from age 10 to 70. It even comes with a handy 24-page manual on how to throw a boomerang.
Ditch the cord or upgrade your old wireless earbuds with these Apple AirPods Pro. The new style has noise-canceling capabilities and easily connects to your Bluetooth.
A little self-care is needed every once in a while! This book is full of different ways to make natural DIY face masks at home with ingredients that can be found in your own pantry.
Best tech gifts for teens
Nintendo managed to make everyone’s favorite handheld gaming device even smaller with the Nintendo Switch Lite. It’s compatible with all of the physical and digital Nintendo Switch games.
Teenagers can be messy but this charging hub is a great way to help your kid stay organized and keep all of their technology in one place.
Since it's likely that they have a cellphone by this age, they'll totally love a new phone case this holiday season. This one from Sonix even glows in the dark!
4. Echo Buds
Echo Buds are another great option for wireless earbuds — and they're slightly cheaper than the AirPods.
5. Echo Dot
The new Echo Dot is a perfect addition to any teen's nightstand. The device now has an LED display that will show you the time, temperature or even a countdown timer. The Echo Dot also has an awesome speaker and is Alexa enabled.
Any millennial obsessed with Instagram will also be obsessed with this camera that prints out Polaroid-style photos. The bundle includes all the accessories any teen photographer will need!
I know we said no boring gifts, but if your teen will only settle for something they can pick out themselves, Amazon's gift card superstore is an easy way to cross a few different gifts off your list. From Whole Foods (for the broke college kid) to Sephora (for the beauty-obsessed) to Game Stop and even Uber, they have them all.
8. Away Luggage
A sleek and new suitcase makes for a great gift for the teen who has aspirations to travel! Not only is the Away luggage carry-on bag spacious and convenient, it has a removable battery charger so that they can plug their phone in and not worry about their precious phone running out of juice.
Best clothing and jewelry gifts for teens
These fun, lightweight tassel earrings are the perfect way for your teenager to add a bit of flair to any outfit.
Everyone needs a good set of tech gloves for the winter so they can get through the cold weather and simultaneously scroll through Instagram. It'll easily become a new winter staple.
These adorable socks will put a smile on his or her face every time they are worn.
Kendra Scott has a large variety of necklaces that any teenager (or adult!) would love. This Jae Star gold pendant necklace is simple but unique.
Both fashion-forward and understated, this necklace is great for the budding style icon.
Scrunchies are all the rage this year! There are endless different sets to choose from in this selection from Urban Outfitters — and each package comes with four unique styles.
These trendy and classic unisex slip-ons are a wardrobe staple for all teens. Added bonus: They're extremely comfortable!
A good duffle bag is perfect for the teen who's always going to extracurricular activities and crashing at their friend's house.
Best home gifts for teens
What teenager wouldn't love a moon lamp in their bedroom? It includes 16 LED colors and five light modes that can be changed based on your mood.
For the foodie who celebrates Taco Tuesday every day of the week, these beastly holders are perfect.
Teenagers love redecorating their bedrooms again and again (and again), so this set of string lights will add the perfect touch to any room.
If they're obsessed with bubble tea, then they'll totally love receiving this fun DIY kit from UncommonGoods this holiday season. It comes with two tea flavors — classic black and rooibos chai — tapioca pearls, and two reusable stainless steel straws.
Karaoke night is always a good idea, and this wireless karaoke microphone is going to be the device that makes it all happen. All they need to do is just connect their phone with cable or Bluetooth, and then open the singing APP on their phone to sing along.
This stainless steel and vacuum-insulated water bottle has become all the rage with teens this year. The brand promises to keep beverages cold for 24 hours and warm for 12. It also has a lifetime guarantee.
He or she will love being wrapped up like a burrito in this fun blanket.
Perfect for the nap queen or king! This portable pillow can be easily put on your hand or elbow to make a quick siesta so much more comfortable.
This is for the teen who always wishes she had fins rather than feet.
Your teen will love seeing his or her name in lights! They can switch out the letters to write whatever inspirational message strikes their fancy.
Does your high schooler crave a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich in the morning? With this handy maker, delicious and hot breakfast sandwiches can be ready in less than five minutes!
Best beauty and grooming gifts for teens
It's never too early to get them to care about their skin care routine. This top-rated set from Glossier includes a pH-balanced jelly cleanser, a lightweight moisturizer and a skin salve packed with antioxidants.
Want glamorous waves? This curling wand boasts more than 11,000 five-star reviews on Amazon and is a personal favorite!
Urban Decay is famous for its highly pigmented eye shadow palettes and the brand just launched this new one with warm honey tones. Plus, it's currently on sale at Nordstrom.com.
This hair iron will let your teen try out smooth hairstyles.
If he's ready for his first shave, this kit is for him! The set comes with pre-shave oil, shaving cream, after-shave balm and a handy shaving brush. All he'll need is a good razor.
Getting that perfect blowout at home can be quite the challenge, but with this Revlon Hot Air Brush, your teen can achieve sleek, voluminous hair in less than 12 minutes!
Best book gifts for teens
"Dragon Hoops" is great for sports lovers. It's about a high school basketball team trying to bring themselves to their ultimate goal: a victory at the championships.
"Everything Sad Is Untrue" is a groundbreaking autobiography about a young refugee who takes a stand for how he believes the world should be.
This book, written by Candice Iloh, is all about a young woman leaving home for the first time to attend a historically black college and her journey along the way.
In "Cemetery Boys" a transgender boy is determined to prove his gender to his traditional Latinx family while he sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin to set it free.
"The Ravens" is a thrilling and dark contemporary fantasy novel about a sorority of witches and two girls caught up in a world of magic and betrayals.
New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu released the final book in her "Legend" series — "Rebel." The suspenseful plot will keep the reader's pages turning!
The teenage classic comes to life in this companion piece to the hit Broadway musical.
Zap! Pop! Once your artistic teen whips up some cool comic drawings, slip it into the mail. The print-ready artwork will be made into a professionally-bound comic book.
Best games for teens
People can't stop raving about Codenames! The social card game with over 13,500 reviews on Amazon is all about working together and is a great way to incorporate teamwork into your teen's life.
This Goat Yoga Party Game is a silly activity that will have your teen and their friends howling for hours on end!
Catan is an addicting game based on a strategy that will have the whole group entertained for hours on end.
With endless combinations of silly cards, this game will keep teenagers occupied and giggling for hours. It is recommended for teenagers older than 17.
Best unique gifts for teens
These little pop sockets are super convenient for teens (or even adults!) who are constantly on their phones...and who have a tendency to drop them. It also contains a refillable lip balm, so they won't be worrying about chapped lips this winter.
From dreamy truffles to an assortment of salty-sweet cookies, this sugary sampling from Milk Bar is right up any dessert aficionado's alley.
Your face may be covered with PPE nowadays, but that doesn't mean you can't light up a room. This face mask is equipped to put on a light show with 11 different settings and seven color options. Its satin lining also makes it extra comfortable to wear!
Artsy teens can practice the Japanese dyeing technique of shibori at home with this easy-to-use kit.
If they love watching classic movies, then they'll totally enjoy this 100 movies scratch-off poster board.
This lightweight skateboard is perfect for riders of all levels of expertise.
Still looking for the perfect gift? Be sure to check out Shop TODAY’s 2020 Gift Guide to shop for everyone on your list, including:
- Holiday pajamas for the whole family
- The best hostess gifts for every party
- Gifts for every woman you know
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This gift guide was originally published on Nov. 16, 2017.