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It’s high time we filed “shopping for teenagers” under our list of “Hardest Things to Do.” (Up there with our taxes and holding a plank for one minute.) Whether your 14-year-old is into technology or theater, sports or sleeping, food or fashion, it always feels like a crapshoot. Well, here’s to hoping you can finally throw away the gift receipt because these ideas might just pass the test.

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The Grommet

Color-Changing Lip Tint

She’ll love these sheer, magic-changing colors. 

Sassy Lips ($25)


Herschel Backpack

Time to upgrade their five-year-old Jansport.

Herschel ($60)

Urban Outfitters

Instant Print Camera

The Polaroid instant camera is back (and so much more original than their iPhone).

Polaroid ($100)

Foody Direct

Edible Cookie Dough

TBH, we kind of want this too.

Edoughble ($50)

Pura Vida

Pura Vida Bracelets

The latest craze in the jewelry game is piling on as many of these that can fit. 

Pura Vida ($8)


Pizza Portable Charger

She’ll love the kitschy shape. You’ll love that her phone is always charged.

Wattzup ($40)


Sherpa Corduroy Jacket

An outerwear option she might actually want to wear.

Topshop ($125)

The Grommet

DIY Bluetooth Speaker

This speaker comes fully disassembled so your budding genius can figure out how to put it together and maybe learn a lesson in the beauties of hard work. (OK, maybe that’s a stretch.)

Bose Build ($149)


Holographic Highlighter

All the rage right now, but just be sure to give her a quick lesson on “less is more.”

Milk ($28)


Chelsea Booties

Hint: They’re also waterproof.

Blondo ($150)


Call of Duty: WWII

Pre-order it now and win the holiday season.

Activision ($60)

Bauble Bar

Bow-Tie Choker

A cute option that doesn’t seem too grown-up.

Bauble Bar ($8)


Relief Toy

Consider this the new fidget spinner.

Elecsum ($3)

Urban Outfitters

Faux-Fur-Lined Flannel

Super warm, super cool.

Urban Outfitters ($80)


Beauty Subscription Box

Targeted to help the skin issues that most teen girls face, while also allowing her to experiment with eyeliner.

Forever Youthful (from $20/month)

Uncommon Goods

Cinema Lightbox

Comes with the full alphabet to cater to their every whim.

Uncommon Goods ($50)


Fuzzy Socks

Exciting? Not really. Will they wear them? Heck yes.

Real Essentials ($20)


Vans Hi-Tops

Sleek sneaks with a retro vibe.

Vans ($90)


S’well Water Bottle

Maybe this iridescent reusable bottle will inspire them to drink more water.

S’well ($42)


Wireless Headphones

For on-the-go streaming.

Beats ($300)


What Do You Meme?

A hilarious game that will put their constant social media scrolling to good use.

Urban Outfitters ($30)


Mermaid Makeup Brush

A pretty set that will give them major shelfie cred.

Coshine ($12)


Electronic Dart Board

Help their aim without damaging your walls.

Viper ($56)


Succulent Set

An easy-to-care-for living thing for their bedroom. 

Revolution Design House ($72)


Money Maze

For the truly impossible kid: Fill this puzzle with cash that is locked inside until the riddle is solved.

Great Life ($9)

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