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The best gifts for 17-year-olds for 2021

From tech to beauty, they're sure 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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Gifts for 17-year-old girls

1. 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.

2. J.Crew Fuzzy Slippers

Fuzzy slippers are one of the hottest gifts this season — and for good reason! Since we're spending so much time at home, these slippers are perfect for any 17-year old.

3. 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.

4. Topshop Rosa Biker Jacket

Surprise your friend or loved one with a trendy faux leather jacket. Black is perfect for pairing with most outfits, and this jacket was also made to be worn most seasons.

5. Icon Post and Hoop Earring Set

You can never have too many accessories. Surprise your teen with a three-pack of earrings that feature both studs and hoops.

6. 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.

7. Urban Outfitters Square Double-Prong 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.

8. 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.

9. Origins Cleansing and Radiance-Boosting Trio

It's important to develop a great skin care regime, and this pack can assist your loved one in refreshing and revitalizing their appearance. Included in the set are an eye cream, moisturizer and cleanser.

10. 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.

11. Anthropologie Tutti Pot

Plant lovers are sure to appreciate these fruit-themed pots. Choose the size that best fits for their room, or get the whole set for pretty pops of color.

12. 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.

13. Pyramid Display Ring Holder

Give your loved one a place to house their jewelry with this beautiful display. Not only is it perfect for storage, it also looks adorable on any dresser or side table.

14. Geo Moon Light

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

Gifts for 17-year-old boys

1. The Crew Furniture Classic Video Rocker

Is your 17-year-old obsessed with gaming? They may love this rocker styled 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.

2. 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."

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. Shevrov SV Carbon Fiber 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 aims to be durable. The design features storage for their cards and a clip to hold things like money.

9. 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.

10. Under Armour Charged Asset 8 Sneaker

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

11. Amazon Echo Dot

Gift your 17-year-old with 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.

12. 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.

13. Runmus 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.

14. 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.

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