15 Valentine's Day Gifts for Teens That Are Cool, Not Cheesy

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What’s the over-under on your teen having the kind of esteem-inducing, heart-warming February 14th worthy of a ‘90s teen romcom? Yep, the odds aren’t great, because a) hormones, b) social media FOMO and c) the Pyrrhic efforts of the human heart. Well, at least you can give them a happy moment or two by gifting one of these thoughtful and fun Valentine’s Day gifts for teens. We’ve culled the best items from Tik Tok and Instagram and even off-line hobbies, and these are sure to please, with a wide range of items for $20 (hello, Selena Gomez’s lip gloss). After all, if the key to communicating with kids is meeting them where they’re at, we wager that place is a box of chocolate-chip cookies?

Valentine's Gifts for Teens at a Glance

67 Best Gifts for Teens That Are Actually Cool, According to Real High Schoolers

valentines-gifts-for-teens: resin rings with sparkly stones

For Bling Lovers

1.   Bonbonwhims Resin Ring


A heart-shaped sparkly stone is set in a colorful floral resin ring, made by this AAPI-owned brand that hit big on Instagram soon after it launched in 2020. Anything from the line is sure to be a hit, since everything is playful and sported by celebs including Ariana Grande.

Valentine's gifts for teens: JBL wireless over-ear headphones
Urban Outfitters

For Music Thumpers

2. JBL Wireless Headphones


Love: 40-hour charge, foldable design

Large over-ear headphones are the listening option of choice for discerning teens today—and this pair, with cushy ear pillows and the capability to seamlessly take phone call via Bluetooth, are high-quality option. They’re available in white or soft pink colorways.

valentines gifts for teens heatless curling

For Long Hairs

3. Kitsch Heatless Curling Set


Love: Easy to use, time-efficient

Instead of spending precious morning minutes on using a curling iron to get those mermaid waves just right, a teen will appreciate wrapping this silky band and two scrunchies into her damp hair before bed. In the morning, voila! The thin foam bands have created flowing waves without heat damage.

valentines gifts for teens bouqs

For Plant Lovers

4. Bouqs Desert Love


Love: Two-plant set, easy to grow

Want to give your teen a reminder you love them? Send them this Hoya succulent plant set, which needs next to no water to survive and takes up hardly any space. We love the idea of ordering this to be delivered the day before Valentine’s Day, in case your little romantic wants to re-gift one of the plants to their crush on V-Day itself.

valentines gifts for teens lip gloss

For Beauty Buffs

5.   Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez Lip Gloss

Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez

Love: Sheer color, mess-free applicator

Selena Gomez. TikTok love. Shiny-bright colors. Add all this together in lip gloss formulations that are sheer enough to be age-appropriate and light enough to glow up a person’s lips instead of turning them into a sticky mess, and you’ve got a makeup product that a teen would love even if it didn’t have a famous name attached.

Valentine's gifts for teens: Sports t-shirt
Dick's Sporting Goods

For Sports Fans

6. Nike 49ers T-Shirt


Love: Ties into playoff mania, screen printed

Is he or she a fanatical fan, able to rattle off statistics and team gossip like a sportscaster? They’ll appreciate a T-shirt to wear on game day—especially during playoff season.

Size range: S to XL

Valentine's gifts for teens: Milk Bar tin of assorted cookies
Milk Bar Store

For Sweets Snackers

7.   Milk Bar Assorted Cookie Tin

Milk Bar

Love: Big cookies, a repurposing tin

Fruity, corny, chewy, crispy, fudgy, and salty-sweet flavors are all part of the mix in this giftable tin of six different, individually wrapped cookies. Warning—you’re liable to give them the habit of asking for chocolate confetti cookies by name.

valentines gifts for teens heart

For the Interior Decorator

8. Neon Heart Decoration


Love: Compact size, safe acrylic construction

This 9-by-11.8-inch plug-in glowing heart is available in nine colors, to suit every room décor without overpowering it. It lets teens get into the whole “neon décor” trend without the safety risks of neon gas and glass construction, since this acrylic tubing and LED lights are a sturdy, low electricity option.

Valentine's gifts for teens: Stanley cup with a straw

For Iced Coffee Drinkers

9. Stanley Tumbler


Love: 7 colors, 40 oz. capacity

This is a Tik Tok craze you can get behind: the Stanley tumbler lets a teen sip coffee, an energy drink or just plain water with a resealable straw top and a special design that fits in any car’s cupholder.

valentines gifts for teens nebula device 1

For Astronomy Fans

10. BlissLights Nebula Lamp


Love: Changing RGB background, Bluetooth compatible

Control this shifting outer-space night light using a compatible phone app or the device’s own simple buttons. With customizable brightness, spinning visuals and light effects, this lamp is like gifting a room-sized planetarium light show.

Valentine's gifts for teens: Set of pink ombre press-on nails

For the Nail Artist

11. Claire’s Squareletto Faux Nail Set


Love: Nail glue and applicator included, trendy shape

What’s better than a fresh manicure to a teen? A fresh manicure that’s on-trend and super unique, such as these squared-off talons. The multiple pink hues and heart designs nod to Valentine’s Day but are classically cute enough to wear any time.

Valentine's gifts for teens: Athleta leggings

For the Workout Buff

12. Athleta Elation Tight


Love: Buttery soft, double as pants

These highly engineered leggings (no side seams for a flattering fit) have a matte finish that allows them to double as everyday pants…and the ultra-high-rise waist means there’s no chance of exposure, even when she’s wearing one of her favorite baby tees.

valentines-gifts-for-teens: heart-shaped mirror with lights
PB Teen

For the Primpers

13. PB Teen Marquee Mirror

PB Teen

Love: Flattering light, convenient on-off switch

This 27-inch-wide heart will fit over any dresser or bookcase to give your teen a convenient place to style their hair, experiment with makeup and examine their smile in every single angle. And the circle of lights makes them look their best, just like those YouTube makeup tutorial makers’ ring lights.

Valentine's gifts for teens: cellophane-wrapped chocolate cookie gift set
Levain Bakery

For the Chocolate Addict

14. Levain Bakery Chocolate Lovers Assortment

Levain Bakery

Love: Two types of rich chocolate cookies, ribboned cellophane packaging

If they are all about chocolate all the time, give them this boxed set of four classic chocolate chip cookies chock full of chips and four chewy, almost brownie-like cookies. And they don’t have to eat them all at once—after opening, they can be stored in an airtight container for a week.

valentines gifts for teens: A round waffle maker and a heart-shaped waffle

For On-the-Go Breakfasters

15. Dash Mini Waffle Maker


Love: Surprise breakfast love, easy to use

Be the kind of parent who wakes the kids up with a special Valentine’s Day breakfast (because even the most grizzled kit is going to smile munching a 6.4-inch heart that Mom made). We bet they’ll like the crispy waffles so much, they’ll even be willing to use this heats-in-minutes waffle iron themselves. Bonus: This comes in a dozen colors, including a funny goth skull-and-crossbones pattern that leaves an imprint on the waffle.

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dana dickey

Senior Editor

Dana Dickey is a PureWow Senior Editor, and during more than a decade in digital media, she has scoped out and tested top products and services across the lifestyle space...