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33 gifts that your 17-year-old will actually get excited about

From tech to beauty, they're bound to love these picks.
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Teens don't always tell their parents exactly what they want, which can make finding the perfect gift a struggle. Rather than wrapping up a pair of socks or something basic, find something your teen will squeal in excitement over.

Teens like to stay up-to-date with the latest trends but you don't have to settle on practical gifts this year. Shop TODAY put together your go-to gift guide for the 17-year-old in your life, so you can take the stress out of shopping, and instead, pick out a gift they're sure to love.

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Best clothing and accessory gifts

Old Navy Cozy Faux-Fur Cross-Strap Slippers

Fuzzy slippers are a timeless gift — and for good reason! These slippers are perfect for any 17-year-old who enjoys lounging around the house.

Ododos Unisex Mini Belt Bag

Belt bags are all over TikTok, and your teen has likely seen this bestselling Amazon option pop up in a few videos on the app. They can use it to tote along their essentials when heading to the store, to a school sports game or to hang with friends. This trendy gift is sure to garner you some cool parent points.

Hanes Beefy Henley Shirt

Combine style and comfort with this henley shirt. The three-button closure allows them to adjust it to fit their needs. It's also available in a variety of colors, so you can choose their favorite shade.

Champion Fleece Pullover Hoodie

A reliable hoodie is essential for every teen's closet. This pullover hoodie was designed with fleece for added comfort and warmth and also comes in 25 different colors to pick from.

Maysie Black Flatform Loafers

Your young fashionista likely has been pining for a pair of chunky loafers for a while now, so she'll be delighted when you surprise her with this trendy pair. They come in multiple colors, and the brand says that they have a cushioned insole for added comfort.

Wild Fable Double Laser Cut Adjustable Western Grommet Belt

A belt is both a practical and stylish accessory must-have. This double-prong belt was made to help hold pants in place, while the square design is for added chicness.

RockDove Memory Foam Slippers

After a long day, your 17-year-old will look forward to sliding their feet into these. The slippers were made with memory foam for extra comfort and support. A waffle-knit design was also added for breathability.

Under Armour Charged Assert 9 Running Shoes

The right shoe can make all the difference during a workout. These sneakers were designed to provide both comfort and support, and they even come in a variety of colors.

Herschel Nova Mini Backpack

Perfect for storage and style, this mini backpack comes in a variety of colors including red, purple and black. Your teen can store their personal belongings in this mini version of a backpack and carry it with them wherever they go.

ARW Minimalist Wallet

Rather than go for a traditional wallet, surprise your friend or loved one with a long-lasting alternative. This carbon fiber wallet was designed to be scratch-proof and durable. The design features storage for their cards and a clip to hold things like money. It also touts RFID-blocking technology to help keep their card information safe.

Urban Outfitters Blake Butterfly Post and Hoop Earring Set

They can never have too many accessories. Surprise your teen with a three-pack of earrings that feature both studs and hoops. This set also comes in black and pink.

Best tech gifts

Yootech Wireless Charger

Eliminate the need for pesky wires with this charging pad that they can use to charge anything from their phone to their AirPods.

OontZ Angle 3 Bluetooth Speaker

For the music junkie, this portable speaker will help keep the tunes flowing for hours (it will last up to 14 hours on a full charge, according to the brand). This shopper-loved option comes in nine colors and has over 135,000 verified five-star ratings.

Etsy Personalized Earbud Case

Help keep their belongings safe with a custom case. It was designed to store their headphones and can be personalized with their name.

Elago Airpods Hanging Case

Give your loved one or friend a stylish case to keep their headphones safe. This case was made out of silicone and comes in different colors to suit their taste. It also comes with a clip for easier carrying.

Amazon Echo Dot

Gift your 17-year-old a Bluetooth speaker that does more. This smart speaker has the ability to play music from most streaming services and can even make hands-free calls.

Roku Premiere Streaming Media Player

Give your teen the ability to stream their favorite shows from the comfort of their bedroom. This media player gives them the option to download apps and enjoy their favorite movies and television shows in 4K.

Best beauty gifts

Bubble Come Clean Detox Clay Mask

Bubble's skin care products were created with teens in mind. And your 17-year-old will be able to turn any school night into a spa night with this mask. It's designed to pull out impurities and clear congestion without drying out their skin.

Sephora Favorites Sparkly Clean Makeup Set

If your teen is getting the hang of their makeup routine but still likes that fresh-faced look, get them this set, which is filled with bestselling Clean at Sephora products from brands like Illia, Milk Makeup, Saie and more.

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Master Eye Collection

For the makeup lover in your life, a reliable set of brushes is essential. This variety collection comes with eight brushes that aim to help your teen create the perfect look.

Best gamer gifts

Hestia Goods Switch Carrying Case

Whether they're on the go or are done gaming for the day, give your teen something they can store their tech in. This carrying case was designed to take on the go and features multiple pockets and storage for chargers and a Nintendo Switch.

Bengoo G9000 Stereo Gaming Headset

Gamers typically enjoy chatting with their friends as they play. This headset was made to cancel out background noise, so your 17-year-old can focus on their game. It was also made to be compatible with most gaming systems.

The Crew Furniture Classic Video Rocker

Is your 17-year-old obsessed with gaming? They may love this rocker-style chair, which aims to provide comfort for long periods of time while they game. It's also made of faux leather and polyurethane foam for added comfort.

Etsy Gamer Socks

For the teen who can appreciate a good joke, they may get a chuckle out of these. The socks can be customized to say whatever you want or stick with the classic "Do not disturb, I'm gaming."

Uncommon Goods Game of Phones

A fun game is perfect for the one who loves hosting game nights. This scavenger hunt-inspired game requires the use of your phone as you compete to complete all the tasks before everyone else.

Best gift for foodies

Baked By Melissa You're Doing Great Cupcakes

Every teen loves a good snack. Send them some encouraging treats from wherever you are with this set of 25 bite-sized cupcakes. It comes with flavors like red velvet, birthday cake, cookies and cream and more.

Best home gifts

Izoomi Purple Wall Collage Kit

Creating monochromatic wall collages is a TikTok trend that's stuck around. This kit comes with everything they need to achieve their desired aesthetic. Options are available in blue, pink, black and white, neutral and boho styles.

Mini Terrariums DIY Kit

This set allows users to make three miniature terrariums in geometric containers that they can display anywhere they'd like. The roll-up felt pieces create fake succulent “plants” that never need water, making them totally hassle-free.

Main Event Felt Letter Board

Every teen should have a customizable piece of decor! This letter board comes with letters to create a variety of sayings.

Animal Succulent Planters

Plant lovers are sure to appreciate these adorable animal-themed pots. There are three set options to choose from that feature cows, pigs, penguins and more.

Etsy Flower Monogram Journal

Whether they're jotting down their dreams or coming up with their next big story, add some personalization to their next journal.

Geo Moon Light

This moon-shaped light is great for taking the decor in any room up a notch.

Best sports gift

Uncommon Goods Playful Sports Mug

Turn mealtime into a sport with an interactive mug. Whether they're tossing marshmallows into the basket or shooting hoops with their cereal, your teen will definitely appreciate this cute find.

Don’t forget to check out Shop TODAY’s other gift guides to find the perfect present for every teen on your list including 11-year-olds, 12-year-olds, 13-year-olds, 14-year-olds, 15-year-olds, 16-year-olds, 18-year-olds and 19-year-olds.