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July 16, 2022

Best gifts for teenagers

What are the best gifts for teenagers? 

Teenagers are notoriously fickle creatures, and choosing a gift for one can be a daunting task. Picking the right present can quickly win you favor with the teen in your life — it’s all about knowing what’s popular with the age group. 

 

Some teens are really into games and gadgets and are glued to their screens 24/7, while others prefer playing outdoors. Maybe clothes and makeup are more their thing, and you can always outfit their bedroom with items they’ll appreciate. Giving a teen a gift they’re into is a great way to show them you care. 

Games and electronics 

Video games

Horizon Forbidden West

Horizon Forbidden West

This highly anticipated sequel builds on all the excitement and intrigue that made Horizon Zero Dawn such a surprise smash. Gamers again assume the role of brave Aloy as she further explores her beautiful and dangerous world, meeting new friends and battling more fearsome robotic creatures. It’s a terrific game to behold and get lost in for teens and adults alike.

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Nintendo Switch Lite

Nintendo Switch Lite

This smaller version of the Nintendo Switch is ideal for solo gaming on the go or playing online with friends. While the Lite only welcomes titles that are compatible with handheld mode, there are plenty of popular options available including Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Animal Crossing: New Horizons. It comes at a lower price than the main console and is also offered in a few stylish colors.

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Life is Strange True Colors

Life is Strange: True Colors

With incredible storytelling and compelling gameplay, the latest in the popular Life Is Strange series is a great game for teenagers, even those who don’t love video games. Inclusive and immersive, True Colors expands on previous titles with improved graphics, more realistic characters, and authentic tension. Gamers play as Alex Chen, a 21-year-old Asian American who has to adjust to a new town while dealing with her supernatural powers.

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

Finding the right game for a teen can be tricky, especially if they have varied tastes. That’s why it’s worth it to subscribe to Xbox’s Game Pass Ultimate streaming service, which offers a vast catalog of titles from which to choose. These games can be played across several devices, including tablets and phones. The service also includes discounts and access to new games the day they drop.

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Toys and games

LEGO Star Wars The Mandalorian Imperial Light Cruiser

LEGO Star Wars: The Mandalorian Imperial Light Cruiser

Lego sets branch into all corners of pop culture, including the vast Star Wars galaxy. This larger build inspired by the second season finale of The Mandalorian comprises over 1,300 pieces and six minifigs, including Mando, Moff Gideon, and of course, the Child. It’s a great way to engage younger teens and foster creativity, problem-solving, and patience.

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Throw Throw Burrito by Exploding Kittens

Throw Throw Burrito by Exploding Kittens

This family-friendly game welcomes kids and adults but is particularly fun for teens who want something silly and active. The simple goal involves collecting cards, but it incorporates a fun element: a soft burrito that must be thrown at the opponents in order to win.

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Mindfulness Coloring Book for Teens

Mindfulness Coloring Book for Teens

One way to practice staying in the moment and escaping from screens and noise is through coloring. This book is directed at teens with a focus on calming anxiety and grounding. There are both simple and complex designs to color, and each is on a single page so they can be removed and displayed.

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Totem The Feel Good Game

Totem: The Feel Good Game

Not all games should be chaotic and competitive. Increasingly, mindfulness games like Totem call for players to stay in the moment and build relationships. This simple and colorful card game fosters thoughtful conversations, helping develop bonds between family, friends, and even colleagues. For teenagers in particular who have trouble expressing themselves, this game can be invaluable for growth and expression. 

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Eldritch Horror Board Game

Eldritch Horror Board Game

Teens (and more than a few adults) are sure to embrace this immersive, cooperative board game that involves dimensional portals, ravenous monsters, and a ticking doomsday clock. Inspired by the stories of H.P. Lovecraft, this game calls for strategy, teamwork, and imagination as they work to save the planet from destruction. While your teenager may be able to wrap up a game in a couple hours, it’s best enjoyed over a longer period and with a big group of people. 

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Outdoor games

Kan Jam Original

Kan Jam Original

This popular outdoor game is a staple in the yard, on the beach, or at the park. It’s simple yet difficult, as two teams compete to land a frisbee into a large barrel. While it may be hard to hit from a distance, teammates can assist and redirect the frisbee at the last moment, making this active game one that involves a fair amount of cooperation and finesse.

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Spikeball

Spikeball

This game played by two to four people is made for the outdoors, particularly on soft surfaces like sand. That’s because they may need to dive to keep the ball afloat in this competition that blends volleyball and the popular kids’ pastime foursquare.

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Entertainment

JBL Clip 4

JBL Clip 4

JBL offers some of the best portable Bluetooth speakers available, with crisp sound built into a colorful and durable shell. This lightweight speaker boasts a 10-hour battery as well as waterproof and dustproof construction. Another appeal is in the name: it features a sturdy clip so they can hook up their speaker to a backpack or whatever is handy.

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Fire HD 10 Tablet

Fire HD 10 Tablet

The Fire tablet is designed for entertainment — perfect for a teen who enjoys streaming, browsing, and connecting online. This latest model features a 12-hour battery, colorful frame, and a bright, intimate 10-inch display. Teens have access to popular streaming services, social media apps, and games. It also offers school-related apps for those teens who need to write, email, and create online as well.

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Philips Hue Ambiance Strip Lights

Philips Hue Ambiance Strip Lights

Strip lights have become more popular over the last five years, as they’re a simple way to drastically alter the look and feel of a space. This high-end option by Philips extends up to 33 feet and allows teens to customize their room when and how they want to. Not only are there millions of color combinations possible, but the lights can be programmed so they suit their needs across the day, from a sunrise in the morning to dimmed, warm light at night.

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Kids

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Kids

Encourage a teen to read with a convenient and equipped e-reader by Amazon. This special Paperwhite edition is geared toward young readers: it includes a one-year subscription to Amazon Kids that offers access to thousands of titles, including audiobooks. It also comes loaded with popular young adult fantasy series, including Harry Potter and Artemis Fowl.

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Apparel 

Shoes

Nike Men’s Air Force 1 07 Shoes

Nike Men’s Air Force 1 ‘07 Shoes

You’ll find these sneakers on teenagers’ must-have lists around the world. They come in several colors and sizes to suit a variety of teens. The midsole cushioning and flexible collar make them comfortable to wear all day. 

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Dr. Martens Jadon Leather Platform Boot

Dr. Martens Jadon Leather Platform Boot

Since they’re constantly designing new styles like these platform boots, Dr. Martens will never stop being trendy. They’re made with 100% leather that perfectly molds to your foot as it breaks in. Also, they feature the classic bouncing air-cushioned soles for comfort and slip resistance. 

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Crocs Unisex Adult Classic Clog

Crocs Unisex Adult Classic Clog

Crocs are still in style and perhaps trendier than ever. These lightweight and breathable shoes come in an abundance of colors and designs and are ventilated to shed water or debris. Teens will love making them their own by decorating them with charms. 

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Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed Sandals

Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed Sandals

Whether they are dressing up or down, Birkenstocks somehow manage to match every outfit perfectly. With an additional layer of foam, these sandals keep feet comfortable all day long. Plus, the adjustable straps ensure they find the perfect fit for their foot. 

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Clothes

Patagonia Classic Retro-X Fleece Jacket

Patagonia Classic Retro-X Fleece Jacket

In case you hadn’t heard, retro is totally back in style. This plush fleece is available in several designs and is windproof, thanks to the barrier bonded between the lining and exterior. It also features a moisture-wicking mesh liner to keep them dry. 

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Champion Men's Powerblend Fleece Crew

Champion Men's Powerblend Fleece Crew

Champion is experiencing a resurgence, making this affordable crewneck sweatshirt a highly sought-after piece of apparel. The soft fleece is not too thick and not too thin — it’s just right. Also, the wider-than-standard rib cuffs and hem provide a better fit than previous options. 

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Aviator Nation 5 Stripe Sweatpant

Aviator Nation 5 Stripe Sweatpant

These five-stripe sweatpants are giving all the colorful, retro vibes a teenager wants. They’re made in the USA and feature an elastic waist with an interior drawstring. For a matching look,  you can also pick up the coordinating zippered hoodie for them. 

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More To Come Leilah Buttoned Cardigan

More To Come Leilah Buttoned Cardigan

Cardigans are no longer just an added layer over a cami or dress — now they can be worn as a shirt. This periwinkle cardigan has a front button closure and is hand-wash only. It’s made of an acrylic and polyamide blend. 

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Bags

SoJourner Holographic Rave Fanny Pack

SoJourner Holographic Rave Fanny Pack

While fanny packs have always been convenient, now they’re stylish, too. This holographic bag features a water-resistant exterior, heavy-duty buckle, rainbow zipper teeth, a hidden back pocket, and a main pocket large enough to fit any smartphone. With reinforced double stitching, it’s also durable enough to hold just about anything. 

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Nike Hayward 2.0 Backpack

Nike Hayward 2.0 Backpack

Whether they’re going to school, sports practice, or on vacation, this roomy backpack has enough space to fit everything. It features padded, adjustable straps and several pockets of all sizes. Plus, the durable polyester shell has a dense weave for added durability. 

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Poolside The Stella Crochet Tote

Poolside The Stella Crochet Tote

Made in Morocco, this crochet tote has a woven raffia exterior and lining with an open top. Since the leather straps are 7.5 inches long, they’ll be able to carry the tote by hand or fit it over their shoulder. 

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Jewelry

Kate Spade Gold-Tone Crystal Social Butterfly Station Bracelet

Kate Spade Gold-Tone Crystal Social Butterfly Station Bracelet

This simple and delicate station bracelet is a thoughtful gift for any teenager. It features a thin, gold-toned strand lined with two-faced crystal and gold-toned butterflies. The length is about seven inches with a 1.5-inch extender and a lobster clasp closure. 

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Lucky Brand Silver-Tone Black Leather Crystal Choker Necklace

Lucky Brand Silver-Tone Black Leather Crystal Choker Necklace

This choker necklace is 12.5 inches long with a two-inch extender, which should fit most people. It’s made using black leather with a silver-toned mixed metal crystal pendant. 

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Madewell Women's Chunky Small Hoop Earrings

Madewell Women's Chunky Small Hoop Earrings

Available in gold or silver-plated brass, these hoop earrings are the perfect accessory to top off any outfit. They’re nickel-safe and made of 10% pre-consumer recycled brass casting. If they get dingy, just wipe them clean with a soft cloth. Also, since sterling silver is naturally soft, they can bend them to fit their ear. 

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Accessories

Carhartt Men's Knit Cuffed Beanie

Carhartt Men's Knit Cuffed Beanie

There’s a high probability you’ve seen this classic Carhartt beanie on the heads of teenagers and celebrities everywhere, and for good reason. Not only is it stylish, it’s also comfortable and keeps their head warm without overheating. Made of 100% acrylic, it’s stretchable and the right size for most people. 

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Kitsch Scrunchies for Hair

Kitsch Scrunchies for Hair

Scrunchies aren’t just a tool to hold hair back, they’re also a cute fashion accessory capable of elevating any outfit. This pack of five scrunchies is available in various colors and textures, such as satin, velvet, or matte. 

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Bombas Men’s Originals Calf Socks

Bombas Men’s Originals Calf Socks

While socks aren’t usually the most exciting gift for people, especially teenagers, these Bombas calf socks are an exception. They’re made of extra-long staple cotton, which is both durable and soft and has a cushioned footbed to offer support and comfort. As a bonus, they have a seamless toe with no bothersome bump. 

Sold by Dick’s Sporting Goods

Adidas Women's Color Wash Bucket Hat

Adidas Women's Color Wash Bucket Hat

Available in several colors, this adorable bucket hat might be the most wanted item on your teenagers’ list. Each hat features a unique tie-dye design and an embroidered logo that won’t peel or fade. Plus, all cotton Adidas products support sustainable cotton farming. 

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Bedroom decor  

Bedding 

Fishers Finery 100% Pure Mulberry Silk Pillowcase

Fishers Finery 100% Pure Mulberry Silk Pillowcase 

While silk pillowcases may seem a little lavish for a teen bedroom, they’ve become a nighttime staple for the beauty-obsessed teen who doesn’t want to wake up with frizzy hair. This 100% silk pillowcase reduces hair damage and comes in a choice of colors and sizes. 

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Etta Avenue Teen Gretchen Cotton Pillow Cover & Insert

Etta Avenue Teen Gretchen Cotton Pillow Cover & Insert

This eye-catching throw pillow is perfect to toss on a bed, chair, or floor. The open and closed eye motif is fun and chic. This is the gift for the teen who loves the color pink and winky emojis.  

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Mercer41 Ciacelli Square Faux Fur Pillow Cover & Insert

Mercer41 Ciacelli Square Faux Fur Pillow Cover & Insert

A furry pillow is a welcome gift, and this one is durable enough to be thrown onto the floor or around the room. The pink shag is glamorous and the faux fur also comes in neutral colors. The fur is long and fluffy and also a hit with furry friends. 

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Chanasya Faux Fur Throw Blanket

Chanasya Faux Fur Throw Blanket

There’s nothing quite like being wrapped up in a fuzzy fleece blanket. The teen in your life may never leave their bedroom again after you gift them this cozy, mega-soft throw blanket. It comes in over a dozen colors.  

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Furnishings  

Hobed Life Cozy Fur Backrest

Hobed Life Cozy Fur Backrest 

This comfy reading pillow provides a backrest and arm support while reading or scrolling in bed. The swirl of pastel fur is fun and incredibly soft and fluffy. Throw in a pair of fuzzy slippers for a bonus gift. 

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Earthlings Sitting Indoor Plant Pot

Earthlings Sitting Indoor Plant Pot

This adorable planter is perfect for a windowsill succulent or other low-maintenance indoor plant. If they don’t have a green thumb, teens can also stash pens and pencils in the cute container. 

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Dakota Fields Psychedelic Sun Hanging Tapestry

Dakota Fields Psychedelic Sun Hanging Tapestry

A wall tapestry that can double as a bedspread, this black-and-white, sun-and-moon design is a popular gift for teens. It’s easy to hang on the wall and the heavy fabric is machine-washable. Your teen can even take it out into daylight and use it as a picnic blanket. 

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BeKind Good Vibes Scented Candle Set

BeKind Good Vibes Scented Candle Set

For good vibes only, this set of yummy-smelling candles will dispel any bad mood. They’re made from 100% soy wax so they won’t emit black smoke. Plus, the packaging is cute and the candles come in different scents.

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Beauty and personal care

Skincare 

Mario Badescu Acne Starter Regimen Kit

Mario Badescu Acne Starter Regimen Kit

A skincare line that’s majorly trending among teens, this starter kit is the holy grail for acne-prone skin. All Mario Badescu products are gentle, effective, and smell great. Plus, they’re vegan and cruelty-free. 

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Beauty by Earth Self-Tanner Tanning Lotion

Beauty by Earth Self-Tanner Tanning Lotion

For building a natural glow, this self-tanning lotion is formulated with safe and organic ingredients. It won’t leave skin orangey but skin-kissed. Plus, it can be used on the face without causing breakouts.  

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Kitsch Ice Roller

Kitsch Ice Roller 

This ice roller soothes puffiness and inflammation. The cute design can be stashed in the freezer for cooling relief for headaches or just to smooth out under-eye puffs in the morning after staying up too late. 

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Makeup 

Urban Decay 24-7 Moondust Eyeshadow

Urban Decay 24/7 Moondust Eyeshadow 

For an eye glitter that’s easy to apply and won’t leave a mess like loose glitter, this high-performance powder offers a lunar sparkle. It can be applied wet with a brush, too. 

Sold by Sephora and Amazon

Buxom Full-On Plumping Lip Polish Gloss

Buxom Full-On Plumping Lip Polish Gloss

For a filler-free lip boost, this mega-popular gloss plumps the lips with a tingly mint sensation. No filter is necessary with its high-shine finish and plumping action. 

Sold by Sephora and Ulta

Unicorn Snot Holographic Body Glitter Gel

Unicorn Snot Holographic Body Glitter Gel 

This long-wear body glitter will last through a concert or dance. The gel formula is easy to use on any part of the body or face that yearns to sparkle. The glitter is biodegradable for the eco-minded teen and the formula is safe for the skin.

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Nails

Kiss Goldfinger Gel Glam Full Cover Press-On Nails

Kiss Goldfinger Gel Glam Full Cover Press-On Nails

For a gel manicure without the fuss and expense, these press-on nails last up to a week and have gel-like finishes in a range of eye-popping colors and nail art. The press-ons are long and look like the real thing.

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Sally Hansen Salon Pro Gel Starter Kit

Sally Hansen Salon Pro Gel Starter Kit

This basic setup for a gel manicure is easy to use and includes all your teen needs to get started, including an LED lamp. Throw in a set of colorful gel nail polishes to score extra points. 

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Ana Sanchez, Anthony Marcusa and Bre Richey write for BestReviews. BestReviews has helped millions of consumers simplify their purchasing decisions, saving them time and money.

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