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68 Gifts for Teens That Are Actually Cool

Whether you're shopping for gifts for teen girls or boys, our guide has you covered.

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The best gifts for teens

Teenagers are notoriously hard to shop for. Sure, you might be a master of buying gifts for toddlers, gifts for Harry Potter fans, and gifts for tween boys, but gifts for teens pose a totally different challenge. Teenagers are connoisseurs of the cool, and as an adult you’re probably automatically out of touch.

If you’re hunting for the perfect gift ideas for kids in their teens, you’re in luck. We consulted picky teenagers to uncover the most-wanted presents for birthdays, Christmas, Hanukkah, and everything in between. The budget starts at ten bucks and climbs (you didn’t think Converse platform sneakers came cheap, did you?). Speaking of budget, check out these cheap Christmas gifts that won’t break the bank.

This guide to the best gifts for teens includes a mix of the new, the edgy, the yummy, the original, and the totally comforting. Whether you’re shopping for gifts for boys, gifts for girls, or unisex Christmas toys, you’ll find something for every teen here.

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Dippin' Daisys Scout Top Via Dippindaisys Ecommvia dippindaisys.com

Dippin’ Daisys Scout Top

Best for: matching loungewear sets

Matchy-matchy is the trend wave to ride this season, and this Scout top makes it easy to snuggle up in style. The Scout long sleeve crop top henley has a loose fit, comes in four lovable colors on waffle crochet fabric, and is offered in an extended size range of XS through 3X. Plus, it’s American-made and matches the also-gorgeous cozy comfort shorts.

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Peta And Jain Molly Sunglasses Via Petaandjain Ecommvia petaandjain.com

Peta and Jain Molly Sunglasses

Best for: vintage style lovers

These fun, retro-style sunglasses ooze cool kid vibes thanks to their round shape and metal frame. Choose from a black frame with smoke lenses or a gold frame with green lenses. Either way, you’ll transport the teen on your list to a cooler, carefree era. Here are more affordable sunglasses that look expensive.

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The Motley Merino Wool Mittensvia nordstrom.com

The Motley Merino Wool Mittens

Best for: colder climates

Cheeky brand SH*T THAT I KNIT will have texting teens rejoicing with these super-soft merino wool mittens that feature sneaky built-in holes for the index finger and thumb, so hands stay toasty even as they Snapchat. The chic mittens—teen-tested and approved, are handmade by women artisans in Lima, Peru, who knit from home, taking care of their families while they earn a living. Now that’s a gift that gives back!

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Terra Ties Hair Ties Via Amazon Ecommvia amazon.com

Terra Ties Hair Ties

Best for: Earth-friendly hair

Tell her to forget her old landfill-clogging hair ties and switch to these fully biodegradable elastics that offer all the strength and hold of classic ponytail holders. They’re plastic-free and come with 27 easy-to-love black hair ties in one affordable package that makes an excellent stocking stuffer or item for a best friend gift exchange.

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Etica Marie Puff Sleeve Sweatshirt Via Eticadenim Ecommvia eticadenim.com

Etica Marie Puff Sleeve Sweatshirt

Best for: elevated comfort

Strong shoulders and volume-accented sleeves make this feminine take on the classic sweatshirt a surefire win. Each piece is made with a blend of recycled and native cotton that benefits the Better Cotton Initiative, and that’s a gift that gives back.

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Hat Attack Cashmere Slouchy Beanie Via Hatattack Ecommvia madebymary.com

Hat Attack Cashmere Slouchy Beanie

Best for: teens living in chilly climates

Your teen wear this timeless winter accessory for years to come thanks to the universally-appealing color, incredibly soft cashmere, and cozy style that is a perennial favorite. Whether it’s worn cuffed or uncuffed, it’s a style statement they’ll thank you for endlessly—and you’ll feel good about them actually wearing a hat for a change. Now if you could just get them to wear a winter coat

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Made By Mary 50mm Hoop Earrings Via Madebymary Ecommvia madebymary.com

Made by Mary Hoop Earrings

Best for: ’90s style lovers

Available in both gold and silver-tone metal that won’t irritate delicate skin, these classic hoops are the go-to accessories she’ll reach for every day. This ’90s throwback works well with her best jeans and classic dresses, and adds just the right amount of fun to a casual leggings-and-tee look.

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Evolvh Curls Discovery Kit Via Evolvh Ecommvia evolvh.com

Evolvh Curls Discovery Kit

Best for: righteous natural hair that doesn’t quit

The best curly hair products help her embrace her natural hair texture and make the most of her gorgeous waves, coils, and ringlets with this all-she-needs set that includes hydration, shine, and maintenance essentials. She’ll use it daily as her favorite hair products.

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Tini Lux Mini Trendsetter Hoops Via Tinilux Ecommvia tinilux.com

Tini Lux Mini Trendsetter Hoops

Best for: wearing on repeat

She’ll wear these oval infinity hoops every single day and wonder how she ever styled her favorite outfits without them. They’re safe for sensitive ears thanks to biocompatible titanium and come in either gold or silvertone metal. They also won’t tarnish, and that’s a major win for affordable jewelry.

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The Hair Edit French Twist Clip Via Ulta Ecommvia ulta.com

The Hair Edit French Twist Clip

Best for: the one who always rocks an up-do

This simple-yet-sophisticated clip latches on easily to all hair types and helps create effortless updo hairstyles she’ll be proud to show off. Plus, it’s an under-$10 item that is easy to add onto a larger gift or throw in a stocking without breaking the bank.

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Amateras Everyday Hoodie Via Amateras Japan Ecommvia amateras-japan.com

Amateras Everyday Hoodie

Best for: the one who shares her clothes

This rich brown hoodie feels smoother than a hot chocolate on a cold day and is designed as a unisex piece that can be passed around the family (or friends group) with ease. It comes in sizes small through XL and is best worn slightly oversized.

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Oneplus Buds Pro Wireless Earbuds Via Amazon Ecommvia amazon.com

OnePlus Buds Pro Wireless Earbuds

Best for: the tech-obsessed teen

If they’re constantly glued to a little screen, chances are they’ll love receiving a set of OnePlus Buds Pro wireless earbuds. They offer smart, adaptive noise cancellation, easy carrying, Bluetooth connectivity, and thousands of positive Amazon reviews that will make you feel good about adding this tech gift to your cart.

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Peta And Jain Akira Bag Via Petaandjain Ecommvia petaandjain.com

Peta and Jain Akira Bag

Best for: seasonless style

This buttery-soft black bag is one she’ll wear year-round with a smile. It holds all the essentials, snaps closed with a magnetic frame, and is made of vegan materials you’ll both feel good about.

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Wet N Wild Cotton Candy Clouds Palette Via Ulta Ecommvia ulta.com

Wet n Wild Cotton Candy Clouds Palette

Best for: The beauty influencer

With adorable packaging featuring Sanrio’s Little Twin Stars, your teen will look just as good applying her makeup as wearing it. The palette features 15 wearable hues that are a beautiful collection of mattes, shimmers, and glittery hues that can be layered to create looks as unique as she is.

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Retrospec Comstock Ski & Snowboard Helmet Via Retrospec Ecommvia retrospec.com

Retrospec Comstock Ski & Snowboard Helmet

Best for: Snow bunnies

They’ll be the most stylish skier or snowboarder on the slopes with this all-in-one helmet. It’s insulated and breathable, so they’ll never get cold or sweaty, plus it converts to a skateboard or cycling helmet. You’ll love that it has an protective ABS exterior to protect their noggin. It’s available in a choice of nine colors.

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Unicorn Pillow Cub Via Pillowcube Ecomm .jpg Copy Ecommvia pillowcube.com

Unicorn Pillow Cub

Best for: Side sleepers

One of the best pillows for side sleepers, Pillow Cube introduced these adorable creature-shaped pillows for the younger set. The pillow folds in half, which makes it great for road trips—but don’t worry, there’s a no-fold middle that keeps it flat once it’s unfolded for a better night’s sleep.

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Giant Moon Over The Ocean Yeti Rambler Tumbler Decalvia walmart.com

It’s a Skin Giant Moon Over the Ocean Yeti Rambler Tumbler Decal

Best for: Environmentally conscious teens

If your teens tote a giant Yeti tumbler wherever they go (a great way to cut down on waste from plastic water bottles), they’ll appreciate this vinyl decal. It’s the perfect gift for coffee lovers. They can stick one on their cup when the mood strikes. It’s a Skin makes skins for other products, too, including Hydro Flasks, smartphones, laptops, and more.

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Converse Canvas Platform Chuck Taylor All Star Sneakersvia converse.com

Converse Canvas Platform Chuck Taylor All Star Sneakers

Best for: Traditionalists who love a trendy twist

The classic Chuck Taylor gets some height, which gives jeans an edgier look. This hot seller will give your kid street cred and school style. These kicks are a great gift for a girlfriend too.

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Dylan's Candy Bar Bash Cakevia dylanscandybar.com

Dylan’s Candy Bar Bash Cake

Best for: Chocoholics

Childhood piñatas have nothing on this chocolate treat. It holds eight ounces of mini milk-chocolate-covered pretzels and comes with a little mallet to break up the treasure. It’s also a fun best friend gift.

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Kodak Luma 150 Ultra Mini Pocket Pico Projectorvia amazon.com

Kodak Luma 150 Ultra Mini Pocket Pico Projector

Best for: Screen junkies

Give your Netflix bingers something to really stare at with this mini projector, which connects to an Apple or Android phone. It features a built-in, rechargeable battery and speaker. Bonus: It’s compatible with most devices and gaming consoles. Looking for gifts for a brother instead? This is just the thing to have him calling you the best sibling ever.

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Beats By Dr. Dre Solo Pro Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphonesvia bestbuy.com

Beats by Dr. Dre Solo Pro Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Best for: The teen who keeps asking for privacy

Teens retreat when they can, and these tune out the world. This tech gift comes in three colors and offers the option of listening without noise cancelling.

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Domino's Pizza Gift Cardvia amazon.com

Domino’s Pizza Gift Card

Best for: The teen who’s always hungry

Sometimes the smartest gifts for teens are those that let teens gift themselves. If you have big eaters on your hands, give them a card that’ll let them order their faves whenever they want. It’s fairly inexpensive—the perfect secret Santa gift idea.

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Rowan Female Symbol Studsvia heyrowan.com

Rowan Female Symbol Studs

Best for: The feminist

Go for an understated sort of girl power with these earrings. Rowan’s hypoallergenic posts may be small, but they make a big statement. They make great gifts for sisters-in-law who are proud of their femininity.

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Jbl Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speakervia amazon.com

JBL Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Best for: Shower singers

This portable, clip-on speaker is one of the best gifts for teens who like to belt it out in the shower. It also amps up music playlists on road trips, at parties, or at the pool or beach. It’s the sort of white elephant gift anyone would love, and so will your teen.

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Squishmallow Plush Anya The Caticorn Mermaidvia amazon.com

Squishmallow Plush Anya the Caticorn Mermaid

Best for: The teen who refuses to give up stuffed animals

Teenagers are still softies, and they need a good cuddle from time to time. If you know a teen who’s still into stuffed animals, this is an adorable pick. It doubles as a fantastic cat lover gift!

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Lovful Tie Dye Socksvia amazon.com

Lovful Tie-Dye Socks

Best for: Young hippies

The teen years are for tie-dye. These socks—sold in a pack of five—go with sneakers or boots. They’re fun gifts for a sister too.

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Hp Sprocket Select Portable Instant Photo Printervia amazon.com

HP Sprocket Select Portable Instant Photo Printer

Best for: Photographers

On the hunt for gifts for teens who photograph every moment of their lives? This compact printer spews out 2.3-by-3.4-inch pictures on sticky-backed paper—right from an Apple or Android device. This small gift will have a huge following.

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Pura Vida Bitty Opal Chokervia puravidabracelets.com

Pura Vida Bitty Opal Choker

Best for: Socially conscious fashionistas

This dainty brass necklace features rose gold plating and a small opal. When it comes to gifts that give back, this is a top option. Founded in Costa Rica, Pura Vida provides jobs for artisans worldwide and protects the environment. Plus, products are packaged in biodegradable bags.

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Bluma Project Alys Braceletvia blumaproject.com

Bluma Project Alys Bracelet

Best for: The accessory lover with a conscience

Hand-beaded by artisans in Guatemala, this bracelet extends to fit from teen to adult years (making it a great gift for Grandma as well). Based in Brooklyn, the Bluma Project honors age-old crafting traditions.

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Shein Soft Solid Flannel Lounge Setvia shein.com

Shein Soft Solid Flannel Lounge Set

Best for: Trendsetters

Gifts for teens don’t have to cost a ton to be trendy. Shein has the latest trends for less, so you can stick to a strict budget. This thick crop tank with pants is a clean retreat after a stressful day.

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Lime Crime Unicorn Hair Semi Permanent Hair Dyevia amazon.com

Lime Crime Unicorn Hair Semi-Permanent Hair Dye

Best for: The young and the restless—and experimental

Teens want to express themselves, and this temporary hair dye will help them express their identity without committing to a permanent change. This bleach-free, vegan, and cruelty-free dye is available in 19 shades. In the market for a gifts for your wife as well? This hair dye is a surprising and fun pick.

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Meloway Your Way Mascaravia urbanoutfitters.com

Meloway Your Way Mascara

Best for: Makeup mavens

This volumizing vegan mascara is made with all-the-rage argan oil and comes in young colors: Cherry Cola (deep burgundy) and Mint Crème (bright mint green). It’s teen tested and approved.

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Sterling Forever When Stars Align Constellation Necklacevia sterlingforever.com

Sterling Forever When Stars Align Constellation Necklace

Best for: Astrology followers

Astrology gifts are always a win. The adjustable (16- to 18-inch) zodiac necklace is available in gold- or silver-plated brass, each with cubic zirconia stones representing your teen’s zodiac sign. An added bonus: It comes with a lifetime guarantee.

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Aviator Nation Stripe Sweatpantsvia nordstrom.com

Aviator Nation Stripe Sweatpants

Best for: Retro fans

They may look vintage, but these sweats come from a new, 1970s-inspired, California-made brand with a cool vibe and flagship stores in places like Malibu and San Francisco. They’re not overly bold, but the stripes make a statement.

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Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tintvia sephora.com

Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tint

Best for: Beauty addicts

This just-bitten pink stain was formulated to look good on every skin tone. It’s lightweight and sheer—just enough and never too much. It’s a luxe stocking stuffer for women of all ages.

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Alex And Ani Rose Gold Paw Prints Of Love Gemstone Charm Bangle Braceletvia walmart.com

Alex and Ani Rose Gold Paw Prints of Love Gemstone Charm Bangle Bracelet

Best for: Dog and cat owners

Iconic brand Alex and Ani have created a bangle that looks both carefree and stylish. If you’re shopping gifts for dog lovers, this one can’t be beat.

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Axe Phoenix Holiday Gift Setvia walmart.com

Axe Phoenix Holiday Gift Set

Best for: Boys with a certain eau de teenager

Say what you will about Axe body spray, but it does a good job covering teen boys’ smells, especially after a sweaty sports game. The four-piece set includes body wash, shampoo, and two body sprays.

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Oreo Limited Edition Nba Dynasty Sandwich Cookiesvia walmart.com

Oreo Limited Edition NBA Dynasty Sandwich Cookies

Best for: Basketball fans

Celebrate hoop legends with these cookies, stamped with the logo of one of six teams. (Designs vary per pack.) It’s a cute stocking stuffer for teens who live for the game.

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Lululemon Cool Racerback Short Tank Topvia lululemon.com

Lululemon Cool Racerback Short Tank Top

Best for: Yogis

Sold in 18 different colors so you can find the one that best fits your teen’s aesthetic, this racerback tank is a great gift for the yoga enthusiast or athlete in your house. Buy multiples and give one as a gift for Mom.

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vineyard vines whale logo long sleeve harbor performance teevia vineyardvines.com

Vineyard Vines Whale Logo Long-Sleeve Harbor Performance Tee

Best for: The outdoorsman

This long-sleeved shirt isn’t just comfy—though it is comfy, thanks to prewashing that makes it feel worn in. It’s also a UPF 30+ sun blocker. It’s a great gift for teens who hike, bike, or otherwise spend time outdoors.

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Kitchenaid Cordless Hand Mixervia bedbathandbeyond.com

KitchenAid Cordless Hand Mixer

Best for: Bakers in the making

This small but strong model can easily whip fresh cream to top hot cocoa, beat meringue for snowy Baked Alaska (a festive dessert kids love), and handle most any cake batter. The product’s claim to fame: It can make 200 cookies on a 10-hour charge. You might be tempted to give this as a hostess gift, but grab the youthful Blue Velvet shade for your favorite teen baker in training.

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Drybar The Baby Brush Crush Mini Heated Straightening Brushvia target.com

Drybar The Baby Brush Crush Mini Heated Straightening Brush

Best for: Teens with bangs and short hair

This sunny yellow tool is a straightening iron and paddle brush in one. It helps reduce frizz and makes hair look smoother and shinier.

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Oakley Gascan Cobalt Frame Polarized Sunglassesvia walmart.com

Oakley Gascan Cobalt Frame Polarized Sunglasses

Best for: Young Tom Cruise types

Who is the cool kid without a pair of killer shades? These offer a black frame with black lenses. They make good gifts for husbands too.

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Lapac Green Leaf Laptop Sleeve Bagvia amazon.com

Lapac Green Leaf Laptop Sleeve Bag

Best for: Students who commute with their laptops

Neoprene (used to make surfers’ wet suits) is the very best for protecting expensive laptops. While this sleeve comes in more than 20 designs, we love this soothing leaf pattern. (The honeycomb design is another favorite.)

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The Mindfulness Journal For Teensvia amazon.com

The Mindfulness Journal for Teens

Best for: Teens with anxiety

With breathing exercises, writing prompts, and simple meditations, this journal helps teens manage stress and stay in the moment. Know a teen who needs to relax and reduce anxiety? This is the gift for her or him.

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Vans Unisex Slip On Core Classicsvia amazon.com

Vans Unisex Slip-On Core Classics

Best for: The sk8er boi and girl

The skater shoe is an icon now. This classic style comes in a variety of colors, so you can choose whichever best fits your teen.

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Adidas Ultraboost 4.0 Dna Shoesvia adidas.com

Adidas Ultraboost 4.0 DNA Shoes

Best for: Runners

Remember how it felt to lace up and fly down the street? This is the best new footwear for that goal. Adidas makes a version of the shoe for men and women, making this a suitable gift for a boyfriend, girlfriend, and of course, the teen in your life.

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Hollister Oversized Hoodievia hollisterco.com

Hollister Oversized Hoodie

Best for: Guys who live in sweats

The hoodie from teen-favorite brand Hollister is a super-soft option for days when sweats reign. It comes in a range of colors.

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A La Mode Ice Cream Kid At Heart Bundlevia goldbelly.com

A La Mode Ice Cream Kid at Heart Bundle

Best for: Nut-free kids who dig ice cream

The ice cream paradise on Manhattan’s Upper East Side may be out of reach for most teens, but thankfully, there’s online ordering. The flavors are divine, and teens with nut allergies will rejoice: The ice cream is nut free. We like the Kid at Heart bundle, which includes pints, cups, and bars. Side note: This is also a stellar gift for fathers-in-law or anyone else whose idea of a perfect present is food.

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Spotify Gift Cardvia amazon.com

Spotify Gift Card

Best for: Wannabe rock stars

Spotify is like having access to the biggest record store in the world. Give your music-loving teen access to a year’s worth of Spotify Premium (read: no ads) with this gift card.

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Tulip One Step Tie Dye Kitvia michaels.com

Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit

Best for: Crafty teens

If your teen has been feeling particularly groovy (or crafty) this year, a tie-dye kit is a great stocking stuffer idea. This one includes purple, fuchsia, turquoise, lime, and yellow dyes—though other colors are available—that are permanent and color-fast, so they won’t fade in the wash. It comes with protective gloves, 40 rubber bands, and an instruction guide.

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National Audubon Society Gift Membershipvia act.audubon.org

National Audubon Society Gift Membership

Best for: Nature lovers

A walk outdoors, long or short, stops life’s constant clock, lifts the spirit, and clears the mind. This gift holds the promise of exploring peaceful trails solo or with family. Twenty-three state programs, 41 centers, more than 450 local chapters, and tons of hikes and events offer your teen a chance to see turtles, foxes, muskrats, bunnies, frogs, ocean life, and, naturally, birds.

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Popcornopolis Gourmet Popcorn Snacks Variety Packvia amazon.com

Popcornopolis Gourmet Popcorn Snacks Variety Pack

Best for: Board gamers

Set up the Monopoly board and bring on the gourmet popcorn. This is a snack fit for fans of classic board games. The snack pack Includes 12 kinds of popcorn, including flavors like cheddar cheese, caramel, and kettle corn.

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Noodle And Boo Lavender Essential Gift Setvia target.com

Noodle & Boo Lavender Essential Gift Set

Best for: Beauty queens

It’s no secret that teen girls have long loved using baby products to pamper their skin and leave it smelling fresh. This brand is a fave with celebs and will gently moisturize with a soft scent.

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Havaianas Disney Slim villains flip flopsvia havaianas.com

Havaianas Disney Slim Villains Flip-Flops

Best for: Beach-bound Disney fans

Anyone who has ever worn this brand knows its flip-flops are springy, comfortable, and flattering to the feet. This bold pair, featuring a princess and her nemesis, is one of the best Disney gifts around.

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Xqxa Laptop Backpackvia amazon.com

XQXA Laptop Backpack

Best for: Hikers who love tech

Teens are always tethered to technology, which is why this multitasking backpack is such a great gift. It’s suitable for school—it has a laptop compartment and built-in USB port and headphone jack—but works well for hiking and travel too.

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Jars By Dani Fudge Brownie Jarsvia goldbelly.com

Jars by Dani Fudge Brownie Jars

Best for: Teens who like to treat themselves

Jars by Dani ships its Instagram-famous hand-layered cake jars nationwide. The brownie jars are filled with chocolate mousse, fudge brownie, whipped cream, chocolate chips, and sprinkles. Each jar serves one to two people and weighs about eight ounces. If you’re a do-it-yourself kind of gift-giver, consider these brownie jars your inspiration. They make great DIY Christmas gifts from the home baker.

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Ugg Fluff Yeah Genuine Shearling Slingback Sandalvia nordstrom.com

Ugg Fluff Yeah Genuine Shearling Slingback Sandal

Best for: Creature comfort seekers

Uggs still rule, but these cushy slippers offer a modern update on the classic boot. They come in a rainbow of colors, including Ribbon Red, Charcoal, Chestnut, and Violet Night Marble. These will walk away fast, so snag ’em now.

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Subway Gift Card Packvia walmart.com

Subway Gift Card Pack

Best for: Kids with an appetite.

Hungry teens like Subway—the toasted bread, the custom veggie toppings, the grilled chicken, the special dressings… You’re on a roll when you give a teen this multipack.

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Unhide Marshmallow Blanketvia unhide.us

UnHide Marshmallow Blanket

Best for: Comfort seekers

This super-soft, queen-size blanket is the deluxe new cuddle for chilly nights. Not only is it an eco-friendly gift—it’s made from 90 percent recycled materials—but each purchase of the faux fur Marshmallow helps the Humane Society with its mission to stop animal cruelty. Your teen probably won’t ask, but we’ll answer anyway: It’s machine washable.

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Birkenstock Mens Zermatt Shearling Clog Slippersvia macys.com

Birkenstock Men’s Zermatt Shearling Clog Slippers

Best for: Guys who crave coziness

Don’t be surprised to see your teen guy slipping out to the store or Starbucks in these—they’re just that comfortable and warm. All footwear should feel this good.

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Strap Its Bra With Metallic Shimmer Strapsvia strap-its.com

Strap-Its Bra with Metallic Shimmer Straps

Best for: Bra-shinistas

If her bra straps are going to show (and let’s be honest: they will), they should be stylish. This perfect holiday accessory comes in a variety of styles and gives you the choice between two one-size-fits-all bras: regular or plus-sized. There’s an option with interchangeable straps if your teen likes to experiment.

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Smeg Dolce And Gabbana Blendervia williams-sonoma.com

Smeg Dolce & Gabbana Blender

Best for: The future chef

If you’ve got cash to spend and a teen with expensive taste, this is a strikingly beautiful kitchen appliance for a budding chef. It features a Sicilian design from the famous fashion designer. Can’t reason spending that much on a teenager? This is makes for a thoughtful gift for dads and moms who whip up a healthy shake every morning.

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Diptyque Eau Des Sens Hair Mistvia nordstrom.com

Diptyque Eau des Sens Hair Mist

Best for: Beauty seekers

The holidays are the time to splurge on luxurious gifts for teens—the sort of items they wouldn’t (or couldn’t) buy for themselves. Since practically forever, teen girls have wanted their hair to smell delicious. This secret weapon, made by a legendary French brand, does the trick.

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The North Face 1996 Retro Nuptse Puffer Jacketvia urbanoutfitters.com

The North Face 1996 Retro Nuptse Puffer Jacket

Best for: Chilly teens looking to bundle up

The North Face brought back the classic 1996-version Nuptse jacket. It’s ultra warm, with a packable hood, water-repellent nylon, and down fill in a boxy silhouette. In the mood for more shopping? Browse these last-minute Christmas gifts.

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Farm Rio Striped Scarf Crocheted Shortsvia saksfifthavenue.com

Farm Rio Striped Scarf Crocheted Shorts

Best for: Playful teens who think outside the box

Granny square crocheted ponchos from the ’70s are back. These crocheted shorts are a fun twist on the trend, with bold colors, a drawstring waist, and tassel pulls. They’re a great statement piece for sleep or summer wear.

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Smoko Pearl Boba Tea Limited Edition Plush Slidesvia smokonow.com

Smoko Pearl Boba Tea Limited Edition Plush Slides

Best for: The slumber party host

Ditch the gag gifts they’ll never use. Instead, focus on gifts for teens that earn laughs while filling a need—like these adorable and practical slippers. A pampering little luxury, these slippers are a big hit with teens. They run small, so half sizes should round up to the next size.

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Return To Tiffany Blue Double Heart Tag Pendantvia tiffany.com

Return to Tiffany Blue Double Heart Tag Pendant

Best for: The jewelry collector

Nothing surprises quite like a Tiffany box. Any teen would love this pendant with two heart tags, one of which is the iconic Tiffany blue. The necklace is sterling silver, and the chain is 17.5 inches long.

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Alice Garbarini Hurley
Alice is a style and consumer writer and essayist who thrives in a world of beauty, fashion, dining, travel, home design, and nature, especially by the sea. She has blogged almost daily since 2010. Alice graduated from Douglass College at Rutgers University with a B.A. in journalism and women’s studies and writes for top national magazines.