Your #1 most requested gift guide category? Teens! This gift guide includes 76 options — and 39 of those are $20 or under. Lots of great stocking stuffers too.
My own teens were a huge help figuring out what to put on this list. There’s something here for every type of teen you can think of. I’ve got all the Breakfast Club stereotypes covered, and a whole bunch more as well. Shopping for Tweens? There are quite a few items on this list that I know tweens would love as well.
Let’s get started.
76 Top Gift Ideas for Teens
Old-School Label Maker, $12.
No plug. No batteries. Just a tool, some tape, and rad raised lettering that you can stick on jars or books or your phone case. We have a couple of these and they are irresistible to teens and tweens. Heads up: It comes pre-loaded with one roll, but you’re going to want more label tape.
Dotted Moon Threader Earrings, $28
So sweet and delicate! And Madewell is having lots of holidays sales (at the time of this posting, you can get 40% off!)
JLab – Go Air Sport True Wireless Earbuds, $29
These are beloved by Design Mom Readers! Great quality at a great price. And they’re comfortable! Available in 3 colors. If you have small ears, try this set.
Frixion Erasable Pens, $20
All the French kids use these at school. Truly erasable! And refillable. Another Euro option: Try these metal tipped fountain pens, fill them with erasable ink, and use these to erase them.
Herschel Supply Co. Novel Duffle Bag, $96
Teens are often on the move — sleepovers and team travel and visits to cousins. A good duffle bag is ideal.
Kelty Campgound 3-Piece Car Camping Kit, $43 (markd down from $79!)
Having a sleeping bag handy feels like an adventure is right around the corner.
Photo Clip Lights, $14
These are so great! You get a string of 50 clips — and the clips are the lights. Perfect for hanging up polaroid pics, postcards, drawings, tarot cards, or whatever your teens prefer to hang on their walls.
Countertop Pebble Ice Maker, $169
These used to be like $500, so it’s nice to see a big price drop And HELLO pebble ice.
Taotree Fineliner 24-Color Pen Set, $9
In 0.38 mm for a fine line. This is a set of 24 colors. Perfect for journaling, and based on reviews, these are beloved.
Bendable Magnetic Pick-Up Tool, $10
I didn’t understand what this was when I first saw the image, but when I read the description I thought it was awesome. It’s basically a strong telescoping magnet to help you grab things that have gotten out of reach. Such a cool stocking stuffer. Maybe for your husband or brother too. (Also: great reviews!)
Vintage Typewriter, prices vary.
Ebay is a treasure trove of old school typewriters, and so many of them are super charming. Read the descriptions carefully to make sure you’re buying a working model. Some plug in, others are completely manual. I’ve found that this low-tech stuff is super interesting to Gen Z. (And don’t forget to buy a typewriter ribbon that works with your model!)
Mulberry Silk Pillowcase. $80. Better for your hair and skin. Why not make sleeping as luxurious as possible. In several colors.
Friendship Bracelet Kit, $14
This is an essentiall for any Swiftie.
Record Player, $49
This is a Victrola 3-Speed record player with bluetooth and built-in speakers. It has great vintage styling, and great reviews too.
Silo Trilogy, $28 (also available at Bookshop.org)
My daughter Maude introduced these to me and it’s such a compelling series. Set in a not too distant future, where the population has been driven underground.
Eno Hammock, $45
Lots of color options and a fan favorite. For your backyard, or a camping trip.
Wool Beret, $14
A pop of color for your fashionistas.
Reliable Portable Charger, $26
Because sometimes phones run out of power right when you need to call your parents and tell them about your change of plans. In Black, red, blue, or white.
Cake Decorating Set, $16
Lots of cake decorating happening on TikTok these days.
Canvas Roll-up Pencil Case, $10
Such a simple smart way to keep colored pencils or pens organized. Throw this in your bag and you’ll be ready to doodle at school or church or at your desk at home. The canvas is simple and handsome, but is also calling out to be drawn on. Note: this is just the pencil case, but it would pair well with the fineliner pens I listed above.
Ugg Slippers, $70
So classic and cozy!
Tombow Brush Pens, $10
These are my daughter Olive’s favorite creative pens and they come in lots of different sets with other color options. Perfect for practicing hand lettering.
Bluetooth Shower Speaker — Certified Waterproof, $24
Do you have a kid that likes to sing in the shower?
Wreck This Journal, $9
This series of journals is so terrific. They’re probably the coolest journal you’ll ever see and come with instructions on how to paint, poke, create, destroy, and wreck this book to create a journal as unique as your teen.
Watercolor Paint Set, $18
A watercolor palette presented in a practical and transportable way.
Lovely Tea Set, $21
Floral teas are having a moment.
Compact Binoculars, $16
For sporting events, or birding, or other adventures. Small enough to keep in a backpack just in case.
The To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Paperback Collection, $18
The first one was made into 3 Netflix movies and they are great (but the books are better, of course).
Penny Board, $29
Skateboards can be pricey! Start with one of these, and the investment won’t feel like such a punch. They’re cool, and they come in lots of different color combos.
Puffin in Bloom Book Collection, $35, (Also available at Bookshop.org)
This hardcover book set, with cover art by Rifle Paper Company, is stunning. It includes 4 titles that would improve any personal library — Little Women, Anne of Green Gables, A Little Princess, and Heidi.
White Porcelain Bunny Lamp, $24
This softly glowing creature is endlessly appealing. What a gentle, sweet addition to any bedroom. Click through for other animals (but the bunny is the most elegant).
Slack Line Kit, $54 (Plus Amazon is listing a couple for 25% off!)
Have your kid watch some slackline videos on youtube and then head to the backyard or the park to learn a new skill.
US Chess Federation Supreme Triple Weighted Chess Set, $32
This set looks so official, right? And the carrying case makes it easy to bring to Chess Club. No chess club at your school? No problem. Your teen can start one and add that to their college apps. Comes in other colors too (we have green).
Washi Tape Set, $16
Such gorgeous colors and so many uses. Perfect for bullet journal fans.
Get Nail Kit, $27
In tons of colors options. Comes with the UV light and everything else needed for long-lasting gel nails.
3-inch Green Mini Clock, $9
It comes in 6 different colors, but the green and blue are my favorite. Oh, and it’s non-ticking! So it won’t bug anyone who likes to fall asleep in a quiet room.
How to Stay Alive in the Woods, $17 (Also available at Bookshop.org)
It’s divided into 4 essential sections — Sustenance, Warmth, Orientation and Safety — and it has excellent reviews. Your teen will approach the upcoming zombie apocalypse with confidence.
Accessory Stand, $41
A simple, good-looking organizer designed in Japan. It holds necklaces, bracelets, eyeglasses, a cell phone — and has a tray on the bottom for rings and watches.
Punching Bag, $33
I hung one of these in my family room when we lived in New York and had 3 tiny kids. It was an amazing stress reliever! This full-size, affordable version comes flat, and can be filled with whatever you like. (Gloves too!)
Leuchtturm1917 Journal, $24
My daughter Maude introduced me to Leuchtturm1917 journals and they are SO GOOD. Available with dots, rules, blank, or grid pages. Great looking and great details. Available in 15 different colors.
Starter Ukulele, $51
It comes in 10 different colors (I’m really feeling the black version), with all the needed accessories — Canvas Tote Bag, Strap and Picks. They’ll be playing Somewhere Over the Rainbow by New Year’s.
A great stocking stuffer. They can treat it as a novelty or toy, or if they like it as an instrument, and start figuring out songs (youtube has tutorials), you can upgrade them to an even fancier version later.
Because the night sky is full of inspiration. And looking at it together is incredibly bonding.
Duct Tape Crafting Book, $10
So many cool projects! Part art, part engineering. Everyone in the family will enjoy getting involved in this creative process. Don’t forget to order some colorful duct tape too.
Colorful, Sturdy Umbrella, $19
Something cheerful on a rainy day. It comes in solid colors too.
Digital Piggy Bank, $11
This hits a sweet spot between high and low tech. Ultimately, it’s just a jar for their coins, but the fact that it can total the amount inside? That’s pretty darn inviting.
Shoot the Moon, $29
Think of it as one of the first video games. (Adults love this one too!)
Illuminated Globe, $29
It’s pretty. It’s practical. Have it plugged in and glowing under the tree on Christmas morning and it is sure to bring a gasp of wonder.
Floral Socks, $15
The prettiest socks! And click through for more designs and colors.
Solar Robot Building Toy, $19
It’s designed for building early STEM skills.
Cotton Jump Rope, $16
Pair it with a Jump Rope Rhymes Book. And buy 2 if they want to learn double dutch. (This is also a great family gift. It’s a group activity — two people need to swing the rope, and then 1 or more can jump at one time.
12-Pack Sheet Masks, $10
Introduce some self-care into their routine. Fun to try alone or with friends and family.
Folkmanis Animal Puppets, $15-50
Have you seen these in person? Folkmanis makes really good puppets. There are lots of animals available, including a llama, an owl, and a clam with a pearl inside. If your kids think they’ve outgrown stuffed animals, but still appreciate something cuddly, a cozy puppet is a nice alternative.
Vertical Vortex Interactive Spring Toy, $19
A friend of Betty’s showed up at a theater rehearsal with one of these and Betty says it’s irresistible and super fun to play with.
Glow In The Dark Stars, $10
These are so cool! They stick to the wall or ceiling, absorb light during the day, and glow in the dark. You could use the starts to make constellations or any pattern you like.
It comes in four different colors, a it’s ready to be used for all the best yoyo tricks.
Star Wars Millennium Falcon Waffle Maker, $36
Have batter waiting in the fridge, then they’ll open this with Ohs and Ahs, and all of you can spend the rest of day in your jammies making waffles. Sounds like heaven.
Do you have stairs? Then this will be a hit. Put it in a stocking.
Traditional Matryoshka Russian Nesting Dolls, $23
My mom lived in Russia for awhile and brought us a set of nesting dolls when she moved home, and now I’m convinced every home needs a set. I’m telling you, people of all ages love them. They’re quite irresistible.
Magna-Tiles Building Set, $119
Another irresistible one. Try your best not to play with these when someone sets them in front of you. It’s basically impossible. And they’re so pretty too! Keep a basket or box of these in front of the TV.
Lincoln Logs, $109
This is another all-ages building set that is hard to resist. It’s a good family gift.
Free Play Magnatab. $14
I picked one of these up at a Museum gift shop and couldn’t put it down. It’s sort of like drawing with magnets. It comes in a larger size too.
Exploding Kittens Card Game, $19
Two of my kids put this on their wish list a few years ago. I had never heard of it. But the reviews made it sounds like it’s the best game ever. So why not? And we love it still!
Mysterious Benedict Society Paperback Set, $27
A really great series your kids might not have discovered yet because they haven’t been made into a movie.
Pogo Stick, $42
Everyone needs an option to get their energy out.
Set of 12 Gliders, $6
Have you introduced your kids to gliders yet? This set is a bargain and would be great in a stocking.
Retro Handheld Pacman, $17
Old school stuff like this is always a hit.
Clay Charms Kit, $15
I’m a fan of Klutz kits, and this one looks especially good. And they end up with an awesome charm bracelet when they’re done!
Rainbow Maker, $37
It basically makes magic. Hang it in a window and spread rainbows around the room.
Mudpuppy Beetle Puzzle, $22
We love putting together a big puzzle on Christmas afternoon as the day gets quiet. This ones is so colorful and charming.
Coogam Metal Wire Puzzle Set, $12
This comes with 16 puzzles and a carrying pouch. Each puzzle is a brain teaser that you have to disentangle. Something to play with when they’ve maxed out their screen time.
Your turn! What are you giving to the teens in your life this year? Does anything on this list spark a gift idea for you? I’d love to hear.