In need of some GIFT IDEAS FOR TEENAGERS?? We’ve got you covered! As you probably know, ‘Or so she says…’ has a fun series called “She Picks!” where we research products and pick out the best ones to share with you. These recommended gift ideas for teenagers are picks from the series, from the past years. Hope they help you a ton!!!
Gift Ideas for Teenagers
My teenage boys would have a blast with these swords! The Cold Steel Hand and a Half Training Sword are definitely an upgrade from Nerf swords. They are top rated and from the sounds of it, they deserve it. This sword resembles a live blade in weight and size but they will not crack or spliter like wood. The best part of it all as a training sword they minimize the danger of a serious injury.
My little sister literally never carries a purse because she has one of these babies. Thread Wallets are easily attached to a lanyard or keys and are perfect for those new drivers. They come in various styles great for any teen and for you worry-warts, she promises that your cards won’t fall out.
Bundle this gift with: one of these cute lanyards and even add in your favorite soda shop gift card (Swig, Fiz, Sodalicious etc.). And, if you are feeling extra generous, a Tile is great for those 16 year olds prone to losing their keys.
Bundle this gift with: a Stranger Things t-shirt or a box of Eggos!
This Calligraphy Pen Set is perfect for all those artist you know. It comes with two colored cartridges that are refillable or pair it with this packet of twelve refill cartridges.
Bundle this gift with: this Learn Calligraphy Book or this top rated Calligraphy Paper. My girls are big artist and one thing they love to use lately is a clipboard. These Floral Clipboards are super cute!
My 16 year old constantly has at least one earphone in at all times blasting his music. This VicTsing shower speaker would be a perfect for music-loving teens. It is one of Amazon’s best-sellers and is easily connected to your phone through bluetooth to play all of your favorite songs, you can also introduce them to the free phone chat line> where you will save some money yourself as well.
Bundle this gift with: A few bottles of 3 in 1 Nivea Men’s Body Wash!
I feel like this hilarious Allergic to Mornings t-shirt is perfect for every teen out there.
If they’re going to take selfies, they might as well look good, right?!? … kids and their selfies… This Auxiwa Clip-on Selfie Light easily clips on the phone, has 3 light settings, and is rechargeable! Reviewers love the flattering light and parents will love the price. 😉
Teens love decorating their room and these Clip String Lights are a super cool way to jazz up any room… plus, it’s not expensive at all! It’s a fun way for them to display pictures of family and friends, favorite quotes, reminders, etc.
A boy’s teenage years are all about his journey to manhood, and every “man” needs a good multitool. This Gerber Suspension Multi-Plier is one of the top-rated multitools on Amazon AND it comes with a lifetime warranty! It folds down to make it only about 4″ long and is packed with 15 different handy tools.
Bundle this gift with: This book The Manual to Manhood: How to Cook the Perfect Steak, Change a Tire, Impress a Girl & 97 Other Skills You Need to Survive looks hilarious and actually helpful! You could also throw in some of my favorite gum: Trident Mint Bliss Sugar-Free Gum.
Have your teen throw out their old cardboard, over-the-door basketball hoop and get them this one! The SKLZ Pro Mini XL Basketball Hoop is the real deal. With an extra large, sturdy backboard and a steel, spring-action rim, this thing was made specifically with rambunctious teens in mind!
Bundle this gift with: The hoop comes with a ball, but some reviewers purchased this SKLZ Pro Mini Swish Foam Ball as well hoping to minimize any damage that might come to any nearby lamps or vases. 😉 You could also get your teen tickets to see one of their favorite basketball team’s games!
If you’ve got a budding artist on your hands, you’ll want to check out these Colore Watercolor Pencils. Basically, these are really high quality colored pencils that can be used both dry and wet. The artist can create a beautifully colored drawing and then blend and spread the colors with the included water brush or a damp sponge. Your teen will LOVE getting creative with this unique set!
Bundle this gift with: These Canson Watercolor Paper Pads would make the perfect canvas for their artwork. Also, this Ohuhu Electric Pencil Sharpener is top-rated, battery AND USB powered, and has a full year warranty; pretty good for a pencil sharpener!
This Nail Art 20 Piece Kit is an awesome gift for teens into cosmetology. It comes with basically everything they would need to create amazing-looking nails! This kit has great reviews and comes with a FREE nail art ebook!
Bundle this gift with: This SHANY Nail Art Set includes 24 nail polishes and is top-rated AND affordable. For more nail art ideas, get them this DIY Nail Art Book. One of these cool Tweexy Wearable Nail Polish Holders would be fun, too!
I laughed out loud when I found this pick; the Sonic Bomb Loud Dual Alarm Clock with Bed Shaker! The Sonic Bomb, AKA The Bomb, is perfect for those teens that are known for sleeping in until noon or pushing the snooze button a million times. “At 113db, this dual alarm is sure to rattle your windows and force your eyes open. And if that doesn’t put your feet on the floor, the pulsating alert lights and Super Shaker bed vibrating unit will.” If the sound is a little much for neighboring sleepers, your teen can just switch off the sound and wake to the powerful bed shaker. You’ve got to read some of the reviews on this baby! 🙂
Bundle this gift with: A funny graphic tee is always a safe bet with a teen; here are some of my favorites: Guess What? Chicken Butt Graphic T-Shirt, Blittzen Mens T-shirt Newton’s 1st Law T-Shirt, I’m Not Arguing Just Explaining Why I’m Right T-Shirt.
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I recently stumbled upon these Create 365 Happy Planners; I immediately fell in love!! These beauties are NOT your average day planners. They are GORGEOUS, have awesome layouts, and are made to be personalized! Teens LOVE personalization! They come in a few different sizes- mini, regular, and big. There are also some seriously adorable accessories available to go with the planners such as stickers, washi tape, snap-in folders, extension packs, snap-close covers, sticky notes, etc.
Bundle this gift with: Any of these Happy Planner accessories would be a perfect addition to these fun planners!
The Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer is such a fun gift for teens! This little gadget can easily print out any picture straight from your teen’s mobile phone or tablet! Compatible with iOS & Android Devices, the Polaroid printer prints 2×3” full-color photos that feature a peel-back, sticky backing; perfect for lockers, journals, or mini photo albums.
Bundle this gift with: Make sure to get them some extra Polaroid 2×3 inch Premium ZINK Photo Paper!
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For the teenage bookworm in your life… look how fun these bookmarks are! The MyBookmark Crazy Bookmarks are handmade with polymer clay and hand painted. WHOA! There are lots of really cool options to choose from!
Bundle this gift with: These trendy Mermaid Tail Blankets would be fun, and of course you need to pair a bookmark with a great book! I consulted some real-life teenagers and here are a few of their top book picks: In Between, Cinder, Unbroken, I Am Number Four, Brown Girl Dreaming, The Selection.
Teenagers can be hard to shop for, but if there’s one thing that’s for sure it’s that they love taking pictures with their friends. I would have LOVED to have this FujiFilm Instax Mini 8 camera in high school! Not only is it cute, but it also prints the pictures they snap ON THE SPOT. The photos come out the perfect size for displaying in your teenager’s locker, too!
Bundle this gift with: grab them some extra Fujifilm Instax Mini Instant Film or this 7 in 1 Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera Accessories Bundle that allows them to really personalize their photos and prints!
Teenagers love their music, and they love it loud. This Svance Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Water Dancing LED Fountain gets great reviews on Amazon for exactly that. It’s compatible with almost any phone or music device, has a rechargeable battery, and 360 degree sound. The dancing water fountain inside moves and grooves to their music and the colorful LEDs make for an awesome display.
Bundle this gift with: An iTunes or Google Play gift card for adding to their music collection would be perfect. You can also never go wrong with a huge pack of gum! -Try this Five Sugar Free Gum. Or, if you really want to win them over, get them tickets to an upcoming concert for a band they love!
One thing teenagers love is their room. I remember my mom always let my siblings and I decorate our rooms exactly how we wanted and I loved that! (I may or may not have had black and white checkered floors in there at one point… :)) This Big Joe Original Bean Bag Chair would make a great addition to any teenager’s room and give them a great place to lounge and do all that “homework” on Facebook and Instagram trying to buy Instagram followers.
Bundle this gift with: a book with awesome reviews like Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, The Selection, or Wonder, and a Mighty Bright XtraFlex2 Book Light. Or, if you don’t think you could get them to read a book if you paid them to, get them these UrbanEars Plattan Headphones. They come in some awesome colors!
Looking good is always up there on the priority list for teenage girls! I love these Ikee Design Acrylic Jewelry & Cosmetic Storage Display Boxes that will at least put them a step in the right direction to keeping their bathroom clean and organized. 😉 With 1,175 five-star reviews I think I might need to get one of these for myself this Christmas!
Bundle this gift with: some trendy “minimalist” jewelry like this Personalized UNITY LINK Necklace, Gold Bar Necklace, or Dainty Arrow Bracelet. These Midi Rings/Stacking Rings are also pretty popular right now and quite affordable! is a make-up set full of popular Sephora products that is great for teens just starting to figure out what they like. Also, a girl can never have too much nail polish! Check out this SuperstarsAllure & butter London Nail Lacquer Set.
For the teenage boys, you’ve got to consider these Rev Cars by Wow Wee. (Apparently, adult men get WAY into these, too!) This REV set includes two cars that you control with your smart phone or tablet. Basically, you can have battles with yourself (the other car will control itself automatically) or have another player pair up to the other car and you can battle them. The cars keep track of the damage and determine a winner. Up to 16 different players can enter the game at a time!
Bundle this gift with: These cars would make a great gift on their own, but it you’re looking to spend a little bit more, take a look at the WowWee REV Smart Ramp that’ll make the car battles a lot more interesting!
Teenagers love selfies! And this Mpow iSnap X Extendable Selfie Stick get AMAZING reviews. It has a built-in Bluetooth remote control and a 270-degree adjustable head. It folds down to only 7.1 inches and extends to 31.5 inches which is perfect for those group shots! It comes in black, blue, or pink.
Bundle this gift with: an Anker Mini Portable Charger; it fits perfectly in a purse or backpack and charges their phone on the go! Or, get them some of my favorite Sephora beauty picks: this or a Sugar Lip Treatment or Perfume SamplerColonge Sampler (a great one for teenagers who haven’t quite found “their scent”)
I don’t know if you’ve heard, but plaid is the new black this season… 😉 I’m not sure I even knew that, but I do know that these plaid blanket scarves are blowing up Pinterest! This Neil Link Soft Plaid Blanket Scarf is a much more affordable version of some of the others I’ve seen, and Pinterest is full of cute ideas of how to wear them.
Bundle this gift with: Curling wands are also all the rage these days. I’ve heard some teenagers say that NuMe Curling Wands are what “pretty much every girl wants” but if you can’t stomach the hefty price tag, try the Remington Pearl Digital Ceramic Curling Wand. It gets great reviews on Amazon and won’t drop a bomb on your budget. For an affordable addition that any girl would love try some SWEET PEA or A THOUSAND WISHES Body Lotion from Bath & Body Works – two of their most popular scents!
This little beauty is a Polaroid Cube Lifestyle Action Video Camera. This fun little camera mounts magnetically or with a clip to multiple surfaces to capture all of your teenager’s adventures. Reviewers love it for their bikes, golf clubs, cars, boats, helmets, drones, or for passing around at parties. It takes still photos with it’s 6MP camera and records HD videos. Polaroid also sells a bunch of fun accessories for this baby that you can purchase based on what you want to use it for.
Alright, so I’ve never heard of this thing. But, where have I been?!? Definitely not in high school. Over a thousand awesome reviews and highly suggested to me… the Ultimate Ears Boom Wireless Bluetooth Speaker. It’s a portable, little 360 degree speaker, that plays music from your phone or device, allows you to adjust volume, or even answer phone calls from up to 50 feet away… wirelessly! It’s also water resistant and has a 15 hour battery life. Super hot gift this year!! If the Boom is over your budget, the Mini Boom is half the price, although smaller and without the water-resistant feature.
Bundle this gift with: an Amazon gift card to buy some new music!
This made me laugh, cause I’ve totally seen this thing and it’s awesome… I would have never guessed that it’s ‘something everyone is obsessed with’… the 93″ Teddy Bear at Costco! Everyone = teenagers. Have you seen that?!? It’s huge! I couldn’t find it on Costco’s site anymore, but they have the same one on Amazon… and look, this lady is totally going to make out with it. That’s how great it is.
With teenage boys around, I would imagine it couldn’t be too hard to find empty 2 liters. And, THIS is exactly what they could be used for… the Aquapod Bottle Launcher. This is called the most exciting and safest bottle launcher ever, and reviewers love it!
Okay, you know how when you scrape the ice off your car, you freeze your hand off, then you’re driving with no hand, and you crash and kill yourself? It’s the worst. I’m loving this invention… so glad Madi told me about it! I just ordered one for each car. It’s an ice scraper with a mitten attached. Hello, where has this been all my life? This Columbia Ice Scraper got the best reviews. Although, I’m kinda digging this Zebra Striped one. Fun ways to bundle this gift: I love this citrus air freshener for cars (top rated and best selling!), and this 4-pack of Eclipse Big E Gum to store in car cup holders.
Lots of teens love to read, so a book is a fantastic option. Madi loved reading The Books of Bayern series. My little brother, who’s 15, loved Ender’s Game. P.S. My husband and boys loved the movie! So, if your teen hasn’t seen it, maybe the book with movie tickets would be a fun gift. Fun ways to bundle this gift: a big tub of licorice (Red Vines!) and a comfy cuddle-blanket (I love the NAP blankets from Brookestone!)
I love this 5 Year Journal too! I talk about it all the time. It’s a fun, quick, and easy way to record thoughts from you life, over the years. Every day, there is a writing prompt and a space to write a sentence or two. Underneath, there are spaces for the next four years, for the SAME question. So, each year you start the journal over and you get to see how your answers have changed. Fun, huh!?!
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