67 Gifts for Teens That Are Actually Cool, According to Real Gen Z-ers

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Finding a gift your favorite teen won’t roll their eyes at can feel like an impossible assignment. Birthdays, holidays, graduation, just because—no matter the occasion, we’re always scratching our heads a little. (Hey, the teen brain is a mystery, OK?) That’s why we went straight to the experts—high schoolers themselves—and quizzed them about their wishlists. The result? Dozens of gifts for teens that are practically guaranteed to delight (yes, really). Whether the 13-year-old you’re shopping for is into Harry Potter or the high schooler on your list is into skincare, PureWow editors combed through hundreds of products to winnow down the selection to 67 deserving items. Plus, we've got gift ideas for tweens, Swifties and stocking stuffers for all ages.

The Top 10 Gifts for Teens at a Glance


For the Teen on the Go

lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag

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Hydration Station

Stanley Adventure Quencher

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Super for Active Types

GlowCity Light-Up Basketball

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For the Crafter

Friendship Bracelet Kit

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Great for Room Fixer-Uppers

Suddus Fairy Lights

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How We Chose the Best Gifts for Teens

We asked 54 teenagers between the ages of 13 to 19 about their most-wanted items. (And when teens couldn't be bothered to talk to us, we consulted that contemporary consumerist oracle, TikTok.) Here's what we learned: It all comes down to quality, style and cool factor. In other words? Anything that makes them stand out. After gathering the intel, we scoured the internet for popular and highly rated products, choosing best sellers, editor-tested items and picks that reflected the year’s biggest trends. (Hi, Barbie.) Other things we considered included return policies, personalization, age range and value for the dollar.

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For the Teen on the Go

1. lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag


  • Return Policy: within 30 days

No matter your teen’s age, they will love the ubiquitous and stylish lululemon belt bag. It’s available in a ton of colorways, including gender-neutral tones, with an adjustable strap and interior pockets. With a one-liter capacity, this bag can pack away quite a bit, but some buyers have noted that it can feel small. So if your teen wants to tote more than just the essentials, think about sizing up. The water-repellent fabric, made from recycled materials, makes it an ideal accessory for active lifestyles.

Hydration Station

2. Stanley Adventure Quencher


  • Return Policy: free returns

One PureWow editor’s teenage cousin reported that the Stanley cup remains a hot-ticket item. The Adventure Quencher, with its five-cup capacity and ability to keep drinks at optimal temperatures (two days iced, 11 hours cold and seven hours hot) will keep your teen sipping in style all day long. It’s also dishwasher safe (always a plus) and is available in several colors, including rose gold and grapefruit pink.

Super for Active Types

3. GlowCity Light-Up Basketball


  • Return Policy: free returns

This regulation-size and -weight basketball has two LED lights which make the entire ball glow upon impact. For shooting hoops after all the schoolwork is done, this will be a welcome way to blow off steam during the darker months. The ball’s glow dims automatically when it’s not in use, and it comes with a spare set of batteries to keep the ball bouncing brightly after the 30 hours of the pre-installed batteries elapse.

For the Crafter

4. Friendship Bracelet Kit


  • Return Policy: 30 days

Everyone went bonkers for friendship bracelets this year, so now’s the time to replenish your teen’s stash. This affordable kit packs in 1,200 glass beads, including the entire alphabet and 24 different colors. Cord is included, but you’ll have to supply other materials for rings, earrings and key chains.

Great for Room Fixer-Uppers

5. Suddus Fairy Lights


  • Return Policy: free returns

One tenth grader told us she’s currently in the process of revamping her childhood bedroom, which inspired her to ask for a set of fairy lights from her parents. The flexible wires make it easy to place them around picture frames, mirrors or other decor for a pretty effect (that won’t ruin your walls). This particular set offers a plethora of fun color options and a handy remote control. The latter controls the multiple modes and brightness levels for your teen to customize to their liking.

Great for Astrology Enthusiasts

6. Birthdate Co. Birthstone Ring

Birthdate Co.

  • Return Policy: no returns

The only thing better than pretty jewelry is meaningful jewelry, and Birthdate Co.’s Birthstone Ring checks both boxes. The sterling silver piece is coated in 14k gold and features 15 hand-set gemstones. Three marquise cut birthstone gems represent the past, present and future, while the white accent stones evoke images of the stars. Each ring is handmade by a family-run caster, lending each one a unique look and feel. To ensure the ring stays brilliant, it’s recommended to take it off when exercising, swimming and bathing.

Great for the Teen Who Loves to Lounge

7. Aerie LumberJane Waffle Polo Sweatshirt


  • Return Policy: return anytime to an Aerie store or via shipping
  • Size Range: XXS to XXL

They’ll want to cozy up day and night in this waffle-knit pullover that’s just the right level of oversize. The high-low hem is perfect for pairing with their favorite leggings, and that polo collar is a majorly trendy upgrade from a classic henley.

Game-Changer for the Napper

8. The Plufl Human Dog Bed


  • Return Policy: 30 days

Best nap of their life, coming right up. The TikTok-favorite “human dog bed” has a memory and orthopedic foam base and super-soft (machine-washable!) cover for mid-day naps. (Because naps are the best study break.) It also folds up for easy storage.

Great for Sensitive Complexions

9. Solawave Bye Acne Spot Treatment


  • Return Policy: 30-day return window in store or by mail

The teen years are rife with angst and...acne. Face it: It’s kind of a 15-year-old’s worst nightmare to wake up with a giant red zit on school picture day. (Us too, honestly.) This handy little acne spot treatment by Solawave can help treat sensitive skin. It delivers red and blue light therapy to affected areas. Blue light therapy can help fight acne-causing bacteria and reduce sebum production, while red light works to reduce inflammation, correct hyperpigmentation and brighten complexions. The tool is also easy to use. Simply hold it over the breakout and set the automatic timer. (P.S. Use code RED35 to score an extra 35 percent off for alimited time.)

Great for Music Lovers

10. JBL Flip 5 Speaker


  • Return Policy: 30 days

“I’m asking for this portable speaker so I can use it to blast music while I shower, or in the basement when my friends come over. I like that it has 12 hours of playtime per charge because I’m horrible about remembering to plug things in,” one 18-year-old tells us. It comes with a convenient wrist strap for easy toting on the go. To crank up the volume, you can also pair it with another JBL speaker that has PartyBoost compatibility for a stereo effect. Reviewers say it’s impressively durable, too (including waterproof), just in case your teen isn’t exactly known for being careful.

Most Flattering Pants

11. Vuori Performance Joggers


  • Return Policy: 120 days
  • Size Range: XXS to XXL

Whether your teen is tall or petite, chances are a pair of Vuori joggers will fit them well. (Just ask our 5’2’’ beauty director, who raves about them.) The performance jogger comes in a swath of colors with inclusive sizing. The tapered leg lends a sleek look without being clingy. Bonus—the pants are made from recycled materials.

For the Sneakerhead

12. Nike Dunk Sneakers


  • Return Policy: 60 days
  • Size Range: men’s US 6 to 15 (women’s US 7.5 to 16.5)

Skateboarders, basketballers and basically every teenage boy can’t get enough of the iconic ‘80s Nike Dunks, according to one PureWow editor’s teenage brother. It retains all the classic details of its glory days, with the vintage look and low-cut collar. The grippy soles make it an all-purpose shoe, whether they’re walking to school, practicing ollies or have a pickup game on the courts.

For the Eco-Friendly Fashionista

13. Coach Leather Ergo Bag


  • Return Policy: within 30 days

Coach may have long been your mother's favorite purse brand (and for good reason), but the heritage leather label has had quite the resurgence amongst the youngsters over the past few years. You can thank initiatives like Coachtopia, for one, a line that speaks to the Gen Z preference for circular and sustainable style by using recycled materials and waste-reducing production practices. On that note, your favorite eco-friendly fashionista will adore this piece from the line. In addition to its cool checkerboard pattern (yes, the '00s pop punk vibes are so back), this little shoulder bag is notable for its patchwork construction, which gives new life to scrap leather. We also think they'll love the cute, retro shape and unique resin hangtag made with recycled plastic.

Ideal for the Skincare-Obsessed

14. Chefman Portable Mirrored Personal Fridge


  • Return Policy: 30 days

High school senior Bella has her eye on something beauty related. "I think that a mini-cosmetic makeup fridge is this year's must-have for teen girls," she says. "Not only can you keep all of your products in there, but there is also even some room to hide some chocolates!" This desk-sized one (its footprint is only 7 by 9.5 inches) comes with a sleek mirror front to check your makeup before that next Zoom session. Plus, it holds more than just a few treats: There’s room for up to six 12-ounce cans. At the flick of a switch, it becomes a fridge for makeup and cold drinks, or a place to warm your coffee.

Most Sought-After Shoe

15. Birkenstock Boston Clogs


  • Return Policy: 365-day return window, including drop-off at Whole Foods
  • Size Range: women’s US 5 to 12

This shoe is arguably just odd-looking enough to take our teen nation by storm, as TikToks and trend watchers attest. So when 18-year-old Peter had to have a pair to take to college in upstate New York, our only comment was “hope you have some thick wool socks.” The oiled leather uppers and signature molded Birkenstock footbed should keep him comfy on those hikes to class.

Super for Sports Fans

16. Hot Box Cards Subscription Box

Hot Box Cards

  • Return Policy: contact seller for returns

Sports card collectibles are a whole thing, with TikToks devoted to starting and growing a collection. Stoke your young friend's fandom—along with educating them about markets and the collectible economy—with this monthly box that contains three autograph/memorabilia cards, three unopened packs and 50 bonus cards. There is also a monthly special themed item, and you can choose between football or baseball. Just mention your teen’s favorite team.

Great for the Organizationally Challenged

17. Herschel Roy Wallet

Herschel Supply Company

  • Return Policy: 30-day return window

“I got my 14-year-old this wallet and it was a hit,” says one Los Angeles-based mom. “He liked the camo print, and I liked that it wasn’t so expensive that if his underdeveloped pre-frontal cortex lost it, it would be a tragedy.” This simple folded wallet is a classic and is popular for hipsters of all ages, with six card slots and a money sleeve. Plus, there’s a built-in radio frequency identification (RFID) blocking liner to protect card data, so you’ll have more chance of your young guy keeping their identification, a debit card and cash handy.

Ideal for the Jogger

18. She’s Birdie Personal Safety Alarm

She's Birdie

  • Return Policy: free returns

This one is a gift for your favorite teen and really, the whole family, since it sounds a blistering alarm and flashes a strobe light when activated, thereby giving everyone peace of mind. And it works for 40 continuous minutes, so you can feel safe in the knowledge this siren has their back on close calls.

Shades for the Fashionista

19. Kate Spade Paisleigh Sunglasses

Kate Spade

  • Return Policy: 30 days

Playful, trendy and colorful Kate Spade always has just the right accessory for the occasion. These cat-eye sunglasses are no exception. Available in cream/green and patterned navy, they cut a charming (and retro) figure.

For the Teen in Their Grunge Era

20. Dr. Martens 1460 Lace-Up Boots

Dr. Martens

  • Return Policy: 30 days
  • Size Range: women’s US 5 to 12, men’s US 6 to 16

In case you totally missed it, soft goth is trending. If your teen is having a Wednesday (or Pugsley) Addams phase, then a pair of Dr. Martens is absolutely essential. Opt for the Service Boots, which feature the original 1460 design. Chunky, slip-resistant lug soles, moisture-wicking memory foam and the iconic yellow stitching ensure these shoes are as functional as they are fashionable. 

For the Budding Photographer

21. Fujifilm Instax Mini 12 Camera


  • Return Policy: free returns

Film photography is enjoying an unprecedented popularity, and it’s the instant cameras that deliver the old-school vibe with the necessary dose of 21st-century instant gratification. “The picture quality is pretty crisp and I think the joy of the Instax camera is that it all looks a bit retro. Bonus: It’s incredibly easy to use,” raves PureWow’s Senior Director of Special Projects and Royals, Rachel Bowie. The Fujifilm Instax line packs in the value, with affordable film (that produces great colors) and cute camera designs. The Mini 12 is a portable delight that your teen will always want to have in their bag to document moments with friends.

Great for Sports Party Hosts

22. AuKing Mini Projector


  • Return Policy: free returns

“I’m asking for a movie projector this year so I can have my friends over for football Sundays. When it’s nice out, we can watch the game on the garage door, or project it onto the whole basement wall if it gets cold out,” says one 17-year-old. The projector is compatible with many devices, including smartphones and USB drives, and has dual stereo speakers. It can project up to 200 inches, which means it’ll make for some pretty epic movie nights.

For the Beachgoer

23. Nomadix Original Towel


  • Return Policy: 30 days

The Nomadix towels are self-proclaimed as “The Only Towel You Need,” and based on one editor’s testing, that’s true. After a day at the beach, PureWow’s Associate SEO Editor, Marissa Wu, found that the towel lived up to all its claims. It’s super compact and easy to travel with, repelled sand and was incredibly absorbent. At the end of the day, it still smelled fresh instead of carrying the whiff of salty, dirty sand. The towel is a great stocking stuffer for the teen who practically lives at the beach.

The Cellphone Standout

24. Motorola Razr+


  • Return Policy: 30 days

If Gen Z is all about originality, the Motorola Razr+ will definitely help them stand out. The reimagined flip phone makes the style look cool. The large screen folds in half, giving the phone freestanding capabilities. Plus, the size means you can access tons of apps without having to open the phone. It also kicks the experience up a notch with Dolby sound (that’s the stuff you get in the movie theater).

For the School Supply Lover

25. Sakura Retractable Gelly Roll Pens


  • Return Policy: free returns

For the teen who has a pencil pouch stuffed with only the best gelly roll pens for the *optimal* note-taking experience, the new (retractable!) Gelly Roll pens will be a must-have addition. They come in 12 colors with three effects (metallic, white, stardust) and will write on matte or glossy paper. Who said taking notes couldn’t be fun?

For the Fitness Buff

26. Samsung Galaxy Watch6


  • Return Policy: 14 days

What better gift for a gym rat (or athlete) than a smart watch? The new Samsung Galaxy Watch6 has all the bells and whistles you might expect: 40 hours of battery life, fitness tracking on over 90 exercises, heart monitoring capabilities and even sleep coaching. The display is large and durable, with water resistance up to 164 feet. The device synchs with other Galaxy devices so you can call, text, play music access your phone camera and more.

The Celeb-Favorite Jewelry Accessory

27. Rellery Poppy Necklace


  • Return Policy: 14 days, no returns on custom pieces

If Mabel Mora deems this worthy of being on permanent rotation in her wardrobe, then you can rest assured that your teen will love it just as much. After all, who doesn’t want to emulate the ever-fashionable Selena Gomez? Rellery’s poppy necklace comes in 18k gold vermeil or sterling silver with a delicate engraving of the flower, said to represent imagination and strength of character.

For the Runner

28. lululemon Hotty Hot Shorts


  • Return Policy: 30 days
  • Size Range: US 0 to 14

For athletes (and champions of athleisure), lululemon’s Hotty Hot Shorts fit both bills. They’re lightweight, quick drying and sweat wicking, making them ideal shorts for long runs and intense workouts. This high-waist pair also come in tons of fun colors with a functional pocket and adjustable waistband. So, whether they throw them on for a workout or to plop on the couch for a movie night with friends, one thing’s for sure—they’ll look exceptionally cool while doing it.  

For the Frequent Traveler

29. Free People Classic Crew Sweatshirt

Original Retro Brand

  • Return Policy: 30 days
  • Size Range: XS to XL

From Paris to Oakland, Copenhagen to Brooklyn, these slouchy cotton sweatshirts promise a comfy journey through airports to their next destination. Other locales include Philadelphia, Nashville, Savannah, Ibiza and Positano.

For the Candle Lover

30. Notes Sustainable Candle Kit


  • Return Policy: 30 days

Candles are fun, but what’s an avid collector to do with all the jars that inevitably pile up? Meet Notes. Buy a starter kit, which includes a reusable glass jar and silicone insert, plus two candle refills. One PureWow editor tested it out and loved the ease of assembly, range of scents (like vanilla and pepperwood, plumeria, citrus and violet) and the natural wax blend (soy, rice bran, beeswax).

Super for the Aspiring Painter

31. Meeden 142-Piece Deluxe Artist Painting Set

  • Return Policy: 30 days

Whether they’re a doodler or take extreme pride in their art class, they’ll love this set. It’s loaded with painting essentials (142 pieces, to be exact), from a variety of brushes to boatloads of watercolor and gouache paint, an adjustable wooden easel and myriad other accessories.

Great for Group Gamers

32. HyperX Cloud Alpha S Gaming Headset


  • Return Policy: free returns

Any avid Fortnite player will tell you the best part of the game is being able to talk to other players. This comfortable gaming headset offers surround sound to make the experience that much more immersive, and the tough aluminum construction stands up to frequent gaming. Just know that he might never leave the game room once he opens this gift.

For the Teen Who Loves Playing with Makeup

33. Sephora Fresh Face Makeup Kit


  • Return Policy: 30 days for refund, up to 60 days for store credit

This fun eight-piece makeup set combines some of the best-selling products from all their favorites brands, like Rare Beauty’s liquid blush, bronzing drops from Drunk Elephant, a luxe cream eye pencil by Huda Beauty and Tarte’s beloved Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara.

For the Environmentalist

34. Earth Rangers Wildlife Adoption Kit

Earth Rangers

  • Return Policy: 30-day return policy

When you adopt an animal at Earth Rangers, you fund conservation efforts and research to protect them. For example, adopting a polar bear helps to support work conducted at the University of Alberta in Canada, where researchers are studying polar bears in the Beaufort Sea. Other popular adoptions include the Harbor Seal and Common Loon.

For the Teen Who’s Always Cold

35. Athleta Girl Downtime Pants


  • Return Policy: 30 days
  • Size Range: XS to XXL

These best-selling pants were designed for lounging and unwinding, but with the sweat-wicking tech jersey material, she could easily rock these for after-school gymnastics or weekend yoga. And if you really want to be on her good side, add this matching ruched top ($39) to her gift to make it a complete set.

For the Budding Perfume Aficionado

36. Ariana Grande Cloud Eau de Parfum

Ariana Grande

  • Return Policy: 90 days

Aside from being one of pop music’s most successful acts, Ariana Grande is also known as a successful celebrity perfumer. One of her biggest hits is her Cloud Eau de Parfum, a warm and spicy scent with top notes of lavender, pear and bergamot underlined with a base of musk and creamy blonde woods.

Fashionably Convenient Phone Case

37. Bandolier Hailey Crossbody


  • Return Policy: 30 days

It’s no secret Bandolier is a celeb-favorite accessory, loved by the likes of Blake Lively, Zooey Deschanel, Selena Gomez, Oprah and even Taylor Swift. One of the most popular styles is the Hailey Crossbody, with an adjustable, detachable strap and button-snap card holder. It comes in a variety of colors including black, red and floral. Teens will love the ease of having their phone, money and keys on something way cooler than a lanyard and less bulky than a bag.

For Self-Care Sundays

38. Laguna Moon Bath Bombs Gift Set

Laguna Moon

  • Return Policy: 30 days

There’s nothing like a nice bath and a book on Self Care Sunday. Gift your teen a set of six handmade bath bombs—perfect as stocking stuffers. The bath bombs come in a variety of scents and are made with coconut oil and shea butter. Plus, the eco-friendly packaging uses absolutely no plastic.

For the Jewelry Collectors

39. Mele and Co Ivy Jewelry Box & Stand

Mele and Co

  • Return Policy: 30 days, $5 restocking fee

Minimalist with a dash of boho-chic, this elegant jewelry organizer has a pull-out drawer, eight compartments and parallel standing bars to store necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings and other pieces. Say goodbye to the tangled clump on the vanity.

The Cute Nightstand Accessory

40. Uneede Bunny Lamp


  • Return Policy: 90 days

Whoever said cute animals were for babies has obviously never met the internet’s favorite cat, Pusheen. Super cute, super plush, all the rage. Thus, these cute animal lamps are sure to garner plenty of “OMG so cute!” exclamations from your teen. Because no matter how “grown up” we are, when faced with chubby animals, something just makes us melt. These adorable lamps come in a variety of animal incarnations, including a bunny, chick, duck and dino. The light will emit a soft, warm glow and is touch-activated. Depending on the animal you choose, other features include timers, brightness levels and a rechargeable battery.

Super for Skater Wannabes

41. Magneto Cruiser Longboard


  • Return Policy: free returns

Your adventurous teen will have a blast cruising down the street on this 9-inch wide, 44-inch long longboard made in California. It has nice, thick, grippy wheels that can handle rough roads and a maple core for stiff durability. Get them a helmet ($39), too, while you’re at it.

For the Face Shave Newbie

42. Philips Norelco Wet/Dry Electric Shaver

Philips Norelco

  • Return Policy: 30 days

Whether you want to help him step up his personal grooming routine or send a little nudge that you’re really hoping he gets rid of his wispy “mustache,” this pivoting-head shaver should do the trick. It's got little extras such as a pop-up sideburn trimmer and allows him to shave dry or wet with foam or gel, so he can experiment with his grooming regimen.

For the Mobile Gamer

43. Nintendo Switch


  • Return Policy: free returns

Nintendo Switch's popularity has soared, in part thanks to the console's easy portability. It’s a perennial favorite for kids who want to game while being chauferred by their parents or waiting at the bus stop—because playing Mario Kart 8 seems like a way better deal than reading To Kill a Mockingbird to a 9th grader. It supports three play styles—TV mode, tabletop and handheld—with detachable controllers and a battery that can last up to nine hours. Of course, it’s also compatible with all the iconic Nintendo games.

Comfy and Cool

44. Crocs Classic Clogs


  • Return Policy: 45 days
  • Size Range: women’s US 6 to 12, men’s US 4 to 13

It feels like all the cool kids are wearing Crocs these days, you can’t go wrong with the brand’s classic clogs as a stocking stuffer. Choose from 28 colors, ranging from black to all shades of pink and blue. These iconic shoes are known for being super comfortable, plus, you can accessorize them with charms for a personal touch.

For the Teen with Perpetually Dry Hands

45. Evolve Together Hand Cream

Evolve Together

  • Return Policy: no returns on personal care items

Evolve Together’s hand cream set delivers three refreshing scents in hydrating, quick-absorbing formulas. Included are Havana (cardamom), Monaco (rose) and Provence (lavender). The hand creams are formulated with glycerin and vitamins B/C/E, and the packaing is biodegradable or recyclable. Great for teens who want to keep a little tube of lotion in their bag. After all, few things are worse than chapped hands.

Fun for Future Hairstylists

46. Mermade Hair 32mm PRO Waver


  • Return Policy: $5 restocking fee for mailed returns, free for store returns

Relax, crimpers aren’t making a comeback (at least not yet). But this similar-looking device has gotten really popular among teens. In fact, three of the girls we spoke to said they’re hoping to receive a hair waver this year—and this one heats in a mere 60 seconds. As one former editor attests, the Mermade gave her hair, which normally doesn’t hold any shape, all-day waves in about ten minutes, and even withstood an evening workout.

For the Avid Phone Photographer

47. Fujifilm Instax Smartphone Printer


  • Return Policy: 30 days

Instax’s smartphone printer will allow your teen to print any photos off their phone. The company makes three models to accommodate different sizes of film (mini, square, wide). Printing requires connection via the Instax App, which also gives access to InstaxAiR, which allows the photographer to add shapes and doodles to their image before printing.

Hair Repair

48. Function of Beauty Haircare Subscription

Function of Beauty

  • Return Policy: no returns

One PureWow editor put Function of Beauty’s custom hair care line to the test, and the results didn’t disappoint. She found the formulas to be effective and a good value vis-à-vis competitor brands, with refreshing scent options and sustainability commitments a plus. The products are suitable for all hair types, and Function of Beauty also offers formulas specifically tailored to color-treated hair. So, this is a great gift for the teen who’s dying their hair every other week.

Ideal for Art Lovers

49. Cool to Be Kind Art Print

Rhianna Marie Chan

  • Return Policy: return requests within 60 days

Apparently, room decor is a major theme this year, because one junior told us she’s also looking to revamp her bedroom with a few wish list items. She sent us a link to this art print in particular, saying, “I just love the font and the message behind it.” Indeed, we could all use the reminder these days. This particular print is available in five sizes and printed on cotton archival paper. Just add a pretty frame and it’s good to go into the gift pile.

Popular with Clear Skin Experimenters

50. Starface Pimple Patches (Pack of 32)


  • Return Policy: returns not accepted

“My favorite YouTuber, Brooke Miccio, has talked about these pimple patches a few times and I’m curious to see if they actually work. Fingers crossed I get them as a stocking stuffer,” says one 15-year-old we asked. The fun shape and color makes the patch feel more playful than medicinal and could fly under the radar as just a fun face sticker. It works to absorb fluid and reduce size and inflammation overnight. (Plus, we love this brand’s messaging about ending the stigma around acne, too.)

For the Teen with the Smile

51. Hum By Colgate Smart Battery Toothbrush Kit

Hum by Colgate

  • Return Policy: free returns

Teens are raving on TikTok about this device, which not only cleans your teeth, but also pairs with an app to show where you need to brush better. This electric brush is powered by batteries so there’s no need to keep it charged up, and even comes with a travel case so she doesn’t have to bring that free toothbrush she got from the dentist on her next trip. When shopping, keep in mind that some reviewers found the bristles to be soft. While not necessarily a bad thing, it can be a downside if you prefer something firmer.

Perfect for Art Therapy Practitioners

52. Baisite DIY Paint by Numbers Kit


  • Refund Policy: 30 days

Behold, the ideal gift for any high schooler with a creative side. A 14-year-old tells us that she used to love paint-by-numbers when she was little, and she just started to get back into them. “Painting really helps me relax,” she explains. And since you just have to fill in the spaces with their corresponding colors, these cotton-and-linen canvases are great for aspiring artists looking to build their confidence. Choose from 22 different canvases, including flowers, landscapes and surreal art. Each kit includes paints, brushes and a guide to help them create the masterpiece.

For the Music and Podcast Aficionado

53. Bose QuietComfort Headphones


  • Return Policy: 30 days

Bose’s noise-cancelling headphones come with all the bells and whistles your teen needs to get lost in the music (or the podcast). That means 30-foot Bluetooth range, hi-fi audio with great bass and a battery that lasts up to 22 hours. The customizable audio settings allow the wearer to set the bass, treble and mid-range to their preferences or choose from pre-set modes. Quiet mode cancels outside noise, while aware mode lets the wearer hear their surroundings.

For the One Who Likes to Leave a Note

54. Paper Culture Classic Monogram Stationery

Paper Culture

  • Return Policy: no returns

Another teen girl we spoke to said she’d love to receive stationery. Sure, you could fill her writing desk with sets from Rifle Paper Co. (not that anyone is complaining). Or, you could indoctrinate your teen on the joys of monogrammed stationery. (Because even Taylor Swift can’t resist a good letterhead.) Paper Culture’s classic monogram option is printed on recycled paper and available in multiple colorways, trims and papers—envelopes included. Throw in a fountain pen and the gift is complete.

Ideal for Ear Stack Wearers

55. Studs Mini Pavé Huggie


  • Return Policy: 21-day return/exchange window

When asked what she’s eyeing, one 17-year-old immediately pulled up the image of these classic huggies on her phone. “I just got my second holes pierced so I have to wait a couple of months, but I can’t wait to put cool little hoops like this in them,” she says. The Max Pavé Huggie earring features a a row of glittering white stones in a 14k gold hoop, perfect for stacking with other jewelry.

Splurge for Computer Lovers

56. Apple MacBook Air


  • Return Policy: 15 days

Sure, lots of students have access to school computers these days. But most don’t allow them to access the important stuff—like Netflix and Hulu. Hook them up with a MacBook Air so they can watch TV from the comfort of their own bed and also use it for non-schoolwork-related internet needs (you know, like researching new ways to be embarrassed by you). Plus, Macs are known to be long-lasting, so if they take good care of it, it just might last them through college.

Great for the Budding Musician

57. Yamahas FD01S Guitar


  • Return Policy: 30 days

So, your teen has decided they want to start a band. Or, at least, start playing an instrument. The Yamaha FD01S is a good intermediate pick, but also a good first guitar that can grow with the player. Buyers have noted that it’s good value for the money, marrying sound and build quality with a reasonable price.

Super for Audio Enthusiasts

58. Spotify Premium Pass


  • Return Policy: not eligible for return

It’s rough out there when every third song is interrupted with an ad, so we’re not surprised that two freshmen mentioned wanting Spotify Premium. This card is redeemable for a full year of the streaming service, which means your music aficionado can jam out without fear of interruption.

Fun for AirPods Users

59. Kate Spade New York Glitter Air Pods Case

Kate Spade New York

  • Return Policy: 30 days

Multiple high schoolers told us that they wanted a case for their AirPods, making it a foolproof option if you’re stumped on what to get your trendy cousin for their birthday. One teen we asked was partial to this glittery option with its dog clip key ring and magnetic closure, but Nordstrom and Urban Outfitters also carry a ton of different styles to choose from.

Ideal for Harry Potter Fans

60. Harry Potter Super Storage Lapdesk

Pottery Barn

  • Return Policy: 30-day return window

This portable laptop desk has something(s) extra. It's large (17 inches by 13 inches) and 4.5-inch thick. It includes three inner compartments easily accessed by the sliding surface and the carvings pay homage to the four Hogwarts houses. A pencil lip keeps everything from sliding off. It's enough to keep your giftee's nose out of their novels and into their studies.

For the Skateboarder

61. Razor RipStik Caster Board


  • Return Policy: free returns

The flexible deck on this skateboard has slip-resistant pivoting decking and 76mm urethane wheels with precision sealed bearings that result in smooth riding. Net result: Riders carve better and faster than ever before (but newbies can have a gentle ride, too). Just be sure to gift a helmet ($30).

For the Beauty Newbie

62. Petite ‘n Pretty Sparkle Squad Subscription Box

Petite 'n Pretty

  • Return Policy: 30 days

For tweens and new teenagers, Petite ‘n Pretty’s makeup line is a great (and safe) introduction into the world of beauty. The products are pediatrician-approved and dermatologist-tested, ranging from lip gloss and deodorant to eye palettes and face wash. The subscription boxes include a variety of products and accessories in fun packaging.

Great for the YouTuber

63. Lume Cube Mobile Creator Kit 2.0

Lume Cube

  • Return Policy: 30 days

For your budding YouTuber or TikTok star, a great mobile setup is a must. Lume Cube’s highly rated Mobile Creator Kit packs up the essentials for great content into a handy travel case. Included are a compact, telescoping tripod, Bluetooth remote, various cold shoe mounts, a microphone and creator light. Whether they're filming makeup tutorials or daredevil hikes, this setup will help them do both.

Great for the Fragrance Lover

64. Boy Smells Discovery Set

Boy Smells

  • Return Policy: returns not accepted after opened

This set of fine fragrances from this Los Angeles-based perfume and candle company is gender-neutral, so you need not worry about the scent being overly flowery or woodsy or citrusy for your giftee, since there are notes of all of that in these little vials. In the box are six scents, ranging from Flor De La Virgen (Sicilian pomelo, jasmine, musk) to Hinoki Fantôme (cedarwood, hinoki, fir).

For the House DJ

65. Crosley Cruiser Record Player


  • Return Policy: 30 days

Vinyl has never been more colorful, thanks to Crosley’s slew of happy-hued record players. For the teen with the budding collection (how could they not pick up every new Taylor Swift release?), they’re going to want this portable version. It’s got Bluetooth connection, plays three speeds, offers pitch control and has built-in speakers. Great for toting to a friend’s house or adding a pop of color to their room décor.  

Bullseye for Book Lovers

66. Book of the Month Subscription

Book of the Month

  • Return Policy: subscription can be paused, wrong or misprinted books replaced

Shopping for a bookworm? You can’t go wrong with a Book of the Month subscription. Each month, she’ll get to choose one of five just-released YA titles to be sent her way. And if none sound appealing, she can always surf through past months’ offerings.

Best Hanukkah Gift

67. Mamaleh Mensch Necklace


  • Return Policy: 30 days

“Talk Yiddish to me” is the motto from Mamaleh, a Jewish-inspired jewelry line that's taking Old-World traditions and turning them on their head with trendy, fun and inclusive designs. There are other Yiddish baubles, like “chutzpah” and “yente,” but this one in particular caught our eyes as a cheeky gift for the teens we’d love to hold the door for us—what a mensch! (We’ve seen both men and women rock the look.)

What’s the Best Way to Shop for a Teenager?

Just like with grown-ups, the key here is to focus on your giftee's activities and interests. If your niece goes from the classroom to practice, scoop up lululemon's viral Align top. Or, if they've been tapping into their artsy side, why not get them an easel set? After all, it's not about how much you spend—it's about whether it aligns with their personality. And before you get too stressed out by buying something your giftee won't like, remember, most gifts are returnable—so we included each item's return window in the description. Because really, what's more valuable than teaching a teenager that sometimes, you might just have to drop something off at UPS with a pre-paid label in order to get what you really want? That sort of lesson, we'd argue, may be the real gift.

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