Teens: They basically rule the world when it comes to music, trends, pop culture — pretty much everything. And for that reason, gift shopping for teenagers can be quite tricky. Plus, it can be difficult figuring out what’s cool enough but still ranks age-appropriate.
To help you out, this gift guide has ideas for every teen with picks ranging from beauty products to comic books. We’ve got you covered.
1. Elago 3-in-1 Charging Hub
She’ll keep all of her devices charged and at the read with this super-convenient charging hub.
Its space-saving design still offers enough room to house an iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods, and a series of separately sold chargers that plug in through the back for a clean display.
2. Polaroid Originals OneStep+
For the last several years, the popular Fujifilm instant cameras have topped lists of the best Christmas gifts. But SPY’s e-commerce editor and photography expert Tyler Schoeber swears by this Polaroid camera.
Because while cheap instant cameras like the Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 still make great gifts, the Polaroid OneStep has so much more to love.
Instead of printing those itty-bitty photo strips, the OneStep prints on classic instant Polaroid photo prints. Plus, it has a ton of nifty features like double-exposure photos and a portrait lens.
That’s why it’s one of our top gift ideas for photography buffs, social media savvy teens and old-fashioned Baby Boomers alike.
3. Galaxy Moon Lamp
What teenager wouldn’t love a moon lamp in their bedroom?
Meet the Camila 3D Moon Lamp Galaxy! It includes 16 LED colors and five light modes that can be changed based on your mood.
A remarkable display piece for any teen space lovers! This galaxy lamp is the perfect gift for both teenagers and adults with each and every lamp crafted individually, taking an incredible 26 hours to 3D print using NASA satellite images.
It is an exciting experience to operate the galaxy moon lamp with just one touch or by remote control.
4. Actual Handwriting Bracelet
Turn your handwriting sample into a beautiful, meaningful necklace!
Write out a note to your loved one, snap a pic, and send it along with your order, and this maker will turn it into a bracelet they’ll never want to take off.
If you are on the hunt for a thoughtful gift for a loved one, this would be a wonderful piece to present them with.
5. Herschel Supply Co. Miller Backpack
When it comes to buying backpacks, you can never go wrong with Herschel Supply Co. The Canadian brand has consistently churned out some of our favorite bags over the years, and their lastest Miller bag proves Herschel hasn’t lost its step.
The exterior is clean and simple, with a large main pocket for storing books, a 15″ laptop and other large items, while the front zippered pocket is sizeable enough to stow daily essentials.
The Miller comes in an array of attractive and clean-looking colors, though this Navy with the white accent is our favorite.
6. Personalized Name Earrings
A dainty accessory like this one can be worn every day and would be something she’d treasure forever. Pick between sterling silver, gold, or rose gold.
This personalized name earring makes the most perfect gift for so many occasions, weddings, birthdays or as the perfect staple in your teen girls’ jewelry collection.
7. The Comfy — Oversized Wearable Blanket
LOVED BY ALL TEENS- your teens with love slipping on this cozy wearable blanket! It’s perfect for staying warm around the home, watching tv, playing video games, at sporting events, school, camping, sleeping, reading & much more.
The oversized blanket hoodie comes in kids’ sizes too! It’s the best thing to snuggle in after watching hours of Christmas movies.
8. Apple iPhone 11
You will not be surprised to hear that an iPhone is at the top of many teens’ wish lists. And while the iPhone 12 is officially available for purchasing, the iPhone 11 is still a teen favorite. “It has an amazing camera which is good for taking photos for social media,” says Sophia Grace, a 17-year-old singer with more than 3 million YouTube subscribers, of the 11. “It has lots of new features that other iPhones don’t have.”
9. Nintendo Switch Lite — Best tech gift for teens
The ultimate device that gamers are hoping to see under the tree this season, the Nintendo Switch Lite offers the ease of portable, handheld gaming while on the go with a sleek, lightweight design and fully integrated controls.
It’s compatible with all of the physical and digital Nintendo Switch games.
10. Herschel Supply Co. Duffle Bag
A good duffle bag is perfect for the teen who’s always going to extracurricular activities and crashing at their friend’s house.
The Herschel duffle bag is an ideal weekender that features plenty of storage, including the convenient signature shoe compartment.
11. LARQ Self-Cleaning Water Bottle
Frequent travelers know that keeping a water bottle on hand is always a smart move, but finding a good spot to fill up with filtered H2O while in transit can be tricky.
This USB-rechargeable water bottle from LARQ is not only insulated, but it uses an internal UV-C LED light that activates every 2 hours to purify the water and eliminate up to 99.99% of contaminants.
12. Minipresso GR Portable Espresso Machine
They can make espresso anywhere, any time, thanks to this portable espresso machine.
Simple to operate! Add ground coffee to the filter basket with the help of the integrated scoop. Apply slight pressure to level the grind. Add hot water into the water tank. Finally unlock from its travel position the piston and pump a few strokes to pressurize and extract perfect espresso with generous crema.
13. Ivy Vine String Lights
Teenagers love redecorating their bedrooms again and again (and again), so this set of string lights will add the perfect touch to any room.
Make their space feel vibrant and vital when illuminated this natural-looking faux hanging vine with integrated string lights. Hang from the ceiling, wrap around columns and banisters or arrange with potted plants for a refreshing display.
Remote controlled with eight animation settings. Powers on via USB cable.
14. Everlasting Comfort Neck Pillow and Sleep Mask Set
Perfect for the nap queen or king!
This comfy neck pillow and eye mask travel set was designed with convenience and relaxation in mind; the pillow features gel-infused memory foam that enhances comfort for both the head and neck. The ultra-plush velour cover also feels serenely soothing on the skin.
There’s even a cellphone pocket designed into the pillow to safely store an iPhone when escaping to dreamland.
15. Dr. Martens Jadon Boot
Chamberlain says her style changes day to day, but these Dr.Martens are a staple for her. “They give me a rockstar feeling, like I could stomp on a drum set with my boots if I wanted to,” she says. She also prefers this platform pair to the flat version. “My first pair was shorter; I don’t know what I was thinking because these platform ones are life-changing,” she says. “I only wear platforms now. They’re so comfortable, too, once you break them in. They take every outfit from That’s cool to Whoa, look at her.”
These boots are also a favorite of actress and singer Dove Cameron, who the teen on your list probably follows.