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We all know that shopping for a middle- or high-schooler can be tricky.
Gift cards and video games have been the usual go-to presents for years. But why not show how gift-savvy you are by opting instead for one of these gifts for teens. 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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- Best tech gifts for teens
- Best clothing & jewelry gifts for teens
- Best home gifts for teens
- Best beauty & 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 2021 Gift Guide to find the perfect present for everyone on your list!
Best tech gifts for teens
A portable Bluetooth speaker is a perfect way for your teen to rock out to their most favorite jam, or mope to their most melancholy music.
Organization meets cute and collective charge with this 3-in-1 winner from Urban Outfitters. Your teen can keep their iPhone, Apple watch, and AirPods close together and fully charged with this one-stop power shop.
You may think your teens video game is on silent, but really you are just experiencing the blessing of this surround-sound gaming headset. It's compatible with a variety of gaming devices and features a detachable microphone.
Good lighting is crucial for your teen’s next virtual e-learning day, but it’s also essential for their upcoming selfie sesh. This ring light features a tripod, adjustable color temperature and LED-quality brightness.
You know your teen wants a video game this year, but what video game? This video game. This one right here. Your teen can build their all-star team featuring players from today and legends from before. Let your teen take a shot at answering the age-old question, "LeBron or Jordan?”
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.
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.
Not only are these shades stylish, they also provide audio directly into your ear without anyone else around you able to hear it.
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.
Best clothing & jewelry gifts for teens
Finally an accessory that’s perfect for the indoor and outdoor girl! Soft and cozy, this blanket scarf has endless styling and lounging possibilities. Your teen will love exploring them all!
Screen time can be a hard time on your teen's eyes. Give the gift of fashion-forward eye protection with these blue-light filtering glasses. Featuring screen vision, these glasses not only filter out harmful blue light, they also reduce eye strain. Available in black and turquoise.
Your teen may drive a sensible sedan, but they will look like the coolest trucker on the interstate with this gender-neutral trucker hat.
Birkenstock is back, baby. Same reliable and comfy sandal, now available in a variety of colors and materials. Good for the beach, a Dave Matthews Band concert or for a visit to the local spa. Your teen will wear these sandals everywhere!
The shoe that goes with everything. Converse Chucks are the shoe for nearly every occasion. Perfect for class and stylish enough for prom, your teen will wear their Chucks everywhere!
You can't go wrong with a classic graphic tee that pays tribute to the '60s.
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.
These trendy and classic unisex slip-ons are a wardrobe staple for all teens. Added bonus: They're extremely comfortable!
A good duffel 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
The traditional flower arrangement is a classic, but a succulent delivery is so on brand for your teen. Each gift box includes one potted and pretty succulent. Perfect for sprucing up your teen's bedroom!
Another suggestion from my teenage cousin Anna. She not only swears to the level of comfiness of this blanket but also insists it’s beneficial for her sleep.
Organization made constructively vs. destructively. No holes in your walls and no lost school iPads. Perfect for the teen who has a place for everything, or for the teen who should.
Is that your teen on a Hawaiian getaway? Nope! Don’t panic, that’s just your teen posing in front of their Balkwan Sunset Lamp. Let your team enjoy the relaxing sunset ambiance from the comfort of their own room.
Like I said, teens are into comfy and cozy. They are also into cute and sweetly scented pillows. This adorable sloth cuddles like a champion and smells like a strawberry. Perfect complement to any teen's bedroom and an ideal companion for road trips.
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.
Teenagers love redecorating their bedrooms again and again (and again), so this set of string lights will add the perfect touch to any room.
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 connect their phone with cable or Bluetooth, then open the singing app on their phone to sing along.
He or she will love being wrapped up like a burrito in this fun blanket.
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.
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.
Best beauty and grooming gifts for teens
The perfect gift for your teens' next Netflix binge fest or for a slumber party with their BFFs.
I have heard of Build-a-Bear, but build a bath? Your teen will be like a bath scientist as they tinker and mix up a variety of ingredients to build their perfect and custom bath experience.
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 5-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 fun, futuristic tones.
This hair iron will let your teen try out smooth hairstyles.
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!
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 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 this final book in her Legend series. 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
When I was a kid, we called this wallball, and instead of a round net, we tossed the ball at the wall. I would probably get injured playing either game these days, but they both still sound super fun.
Gender equality is just one deck of cards away when you play Queeng. The first multi-ethnic deck of cards where men and women are equal. Your teen can enjoy all their favorite card games while being inclusive and embracing diversity.
A techy take on an old classic. If your teen is into games of skill, wits, and speed this is the stocking stuffer for them. Your teen can use the accompanying mobile app to keep track of solving stats and speed of play.
This gift falls under the category “Fun at any age.” My son who is 2 loves it, my cousin who is 17 has it, and my grandma who is 97 asked for it for Christmas.
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.
Catan is an addicting game based on a strategy that will have the whole group entertained for hours on end.
Best unique gifts for teens
The teenagers in my world forget everything. Backpacks, car keys and, more often than not, their IDs. It's pretty hard for a teen to lose something that’s glued to their phone, which is more often than not glued to their hand. Problem solved!
If your teen has a sweet tooth and loves surprises, you can’t go wrong with a monthly ice cream subscription. Each delivery will include either 5 to 6 pints of ice cream, or 6-24 ice cream sandwiches from some of the tastiest creameries around.
Take your teen's homework desk or gaming center to the next level with the Mojo Solo Cube. Your child can go from sit to stand with a click of the button. As someone who has a standing date with her chiropractor, it’s never too early to star good sit to stand practices.
This gift is a winner for the whole household. Teen feeds their Chipotle fix, Mom and Dad don’t have to make dinner. #win.
Great for the teen who loves to sketch, doodle or, if they are like me, brush up on their calligraphy.
Everyone loves a handmade gift, especially if that homemade gift is made by someone who knows what they are doing. Support small businesses and let your teen pay a visit to their favorite Etsy shop!
These little pop sockets are super convenient for teens (or even adults!) who are constantly on their phones ... and have a tendency to drop them. It also contains a refillable lip balm so they won't be worrying about chapped lips.
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 five different settings and seven color options.
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.
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 comes with a little book full of fun facts.
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.
A sleek and new suitcase makes for a great gift for the teen who has aspirations to travel (when they can)! 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.
Still looking for the perfect gift? Be sure to check out Shop TODAY’s 2021 Gift Guide to shop for everyone on your list, including:
- 28 gifts for the dad who has everything
- 19 cutting-edge tech gifts and gadgets for kids of all ages
- 23 unique gifts for husbands who are hard to shop for
- 48 kitchen gadget gifts for the home chef
This gift guide was originally published on Nov. 16, 2017.