February 24, 2024
gifts for teens

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No one has their fingers on the pulse of the biggest trends in fashion, tech, music or pop culture quite like teens — and they’re not afraid to tell you what they like (or, more accurately, don’t like). Which means that unless you’re a card-carrying member of Gen Z, picking out a gift for your favorite teenager that’s actually considered cool in 2022 can be a daunting task.

To help you out, we polled dozens of real-life teenagers to round up this list of the best gifts for teen boys, teen girls and nonbinary teens, whether they like to spend their free time experimenting with the latest tech gadgets, keeping up with the hottest TikTok trends, obsessing over their favorite Netflix shows or experimenting with aesthetic room decor.

There’s a range of unique gift ideas for teens on this list: Some are cheap ways to tap into their newfound passions, while others are sentimental gifts to commemorate milestone moments like high school graduations and big birthdays (their sweet 16, for of course). You’ll also find plenty of teen-friendly stocking stuffers and gifts to stock up on as we slide into the holiday shopping season (it’s never too early!). Looking for more gift ideas for teens and tweens? Check out our age-appropriate gift guides for 13-year-old girls, 13-year-old boys, 12-year-olds and tween girls, too.

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A Tech Gadget They’ll Actually Use

elago

Personal Charging Hub

Cool and Inexpensive Gift for Teens

SKRSOUL

Decompression Magnetic Metal Pen

Best Gift for Teens Glued to Their Phones

iWALK

Portable Charger

Popular Gift for Teen Girls

CUSHIONAIRE

Pillow Slippers

Expensive But Worth It

KODAK

Smile Classic Digital Instant Camera

For the Teen Who Has Everything

Art Skills

Make Your Own Neon Sign Kit

Ivi green

Life Skills for Teens: The First Visual Book on Soft Skills for Teenagers

Unique Birthday Gift for Teens

Birthdate Co.

Birthdate Candle

Best Gift for Teens Who Love to Draw

MYNT3D

Super 3D Pen

A Must for Any Teen

Lamicall

Gooseneck Bed Phone Holder

Totally Unique

Aiscool

Crystal Lamp

LECLSTAR

Photo Hanging Clips String

Practical Gift Idea

BedShelfie

The Original Bedside Shelf

For the Teen Obsessed With Skincare

Cooluli

Mini Fridge

For the Fashion-Forward Teen

YFGBCX

Fluffy Shoulder Bag

For the Teen Who Loves to Create Content

ABSIYA

Sunset Projection Lamp

Cute Idea

Squishmallows

Squishmallow

Great Gift for Teens Under $20

HYODREAM

Moon Lamp

For the ‘Stranger Things’ Fan

AriellaSkyDesigns

Max’s Favorite Song Sweatshirt

Practical and Cut

SUNGUY

Cable Protector

Over 1,500 5-Star Reviews on Amazon

Mindful Messages

Affirmations Cards

KOOKIN

Lighted Vanity Makeup Mirror

UBOTIE

Bluetooth Keyboard

Stocking Stuffer Idea

Fintie

Screen Cleaning Pad

Good Housekeeping Best Toy Award Winner

Lite Brite

Wall Art POP Wow

Something They Can Enjoy With Friends

Gift Republic

100 Things to Do For Your Wellbeing Poster

Uncommon Goods

Hidden Pocket Scrunchies (Set of 2)

Uncommon Goods

Bubble Tea Kit

BONAOK

Wireless Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone

KASZOO

Ivy Vine String Lights

WEKAPO

Portable Inflatable Lounger

Parents, This One’s for You

Apple

AirTag

My Cinema Lightbox

Mini Cinema Lightbox Sign

Teen Girls Are Obsessed

PAVOI

Chunky Open Hoops

aisity

Resin Letter Keychain

ZUYUROU

Gamer Pocket Throw Pillow Cover and Socks

Kinetic Sand Kalm

Zen Garden Box Fidget Toy

For the Teen That’s Hard to Shop For

KaylasGiftBox

Birthday Gift Box for Teens

We’re Not Really Strangers Card Game

Get a Matching Set for Sisters

CaitlynMinimalist

Zodiac Ring

Glossier

The Skincare Set

A Must for Music Fans

Meow3DStore

Custom Headphone Stand

Cute Essential

Blend Jet

Lisa Frank Portable Blender

Amazon Shoppers Can’t Get Enough

SHALAC

Large Hair Claw Clips

Get Personal (Without Getting TOO Personal)

LaLaConfetti

Customized Drinking Tumblers

Cheap Pick for Gamers

elago

Retro Gaming Airpods Pro Case

Elite Sportz Equipment

Hookey

cridoz

12-Piece Barrette Set

Special Graduation Gift Idea

Mejuri

Lotus Necklace

Ruby Love

First Period Kit

The Cookie Joint

Cookie Fries Mini Sampler

Handy Gift for College Students

Ãzhido

Extra Large Laundry Backpack

Eau de Juice

Pure Sugar Duo

Stockpile

Stock Gift Card

For ‘Harry Potter’ Fans

LEGO

Harry Potter Hedwig

SoJourner Bags

Holographic Fanny Pack

Pepper Palm

For the 2000s Plant Pot Bundle

Best Designer Gift Idea for a Teen Girl

Reformation

Meyer Top

Tulip

One-Step Tie-Dye Kit

Parade

Dream Fit Scoop Bralette

Best Gift for Teens Who Love to Read

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

The Complete ‘Summer I Turned Pretty’ Trilogy Box Set

FLYBYJING

Triple Threat Variety Pack

Shop more toys and gifts for kids and teens

Looking for more great gift ideas for the holidays? Let the experts do all the hard work for you!

  • Top-tested items: See what toys, gifts and books ranked the very highest in our Lab tests with our 2022 Good Housekeeping Best Toy Awards and our 2022 Good Housekeeping Best Kids’ Book Awards.
  • Tech for kids: Our lab experts are often asked for recommendations for digital devices for kids, and we’ve tested kids’ phones, game consoles and kids’ tablets to see which ones held up the best for families.
  • Great learning toys: While all toys can be helpful vehicles for supporting developmental growth, we love to spotlight notably exceptional educational Toys and STEM toys as well as ones that can support social-emotional growth, like those included in our lists of the best sensory toys, pop fidget toys and autism toys. Some of our favorite also landed in our lists of Hot Toys for 2022 and The 50+ Best Toys for Kids of Every Age.
  • Gifts for babies: Please the newest members on your gift list (and their parents) with these useful baby registry items, as well as gifts for babies, gifts for baby girls and gifts for baby boys. Of course, you might want to get something for new parents to help them through the hectic newborn stage.
  • Gifts for toddlers: The coolest new toys in this space pull double-duty, whether it’s social-emotional learning combined with motor skills, or creative play combined with language, as you can see in our gift guides for 1-year-olds, 2-year-olds and all toddlers, as well as our stocking stuffers for toddlers.
  • Gifts for preschoolers: As they begin to explore the world around them on a deeper level, help them explore with STEM sets, art kits, creative toys and toys that inspire their imaginations. Find our favorites in our gifts for 3-year-old boys, gifts for 3-year-old girls, gifts for 4-year-old boys, gifts for 4-year-old girls, gifts for 5-year-old boys and gifts for 5-year-old girls.
  • Gifts for big kids: By these ages, they’ve developed their own interests. Help them dive deeper into the subjects that most interest them, from coding to art to cartooning to history and geography, with these gifts for 6-year-old boys, gifts for 6-year-old girls, gifts for 7-year-old boys, gifts for 7-year-old girls, gifts for 8-year-old boys, gifts for 8-year-old girls, gifts for 9-year-old boys, and gifts for 9-year-old girls. It’s also fun to shop for some of our best-reviewed and top-selling stocking stuffers for kids of all ages.
  • Gifts for tweens: Sure, once they get old enough for an iPad or gaming console you might be at a loss of what to get them. We have you covered with engaging picks for gifts for 10-year-old boys, gifts for 10-year-old girls, gifts for 11-year-old boys, 11-year-old girls and gifts for 12-year-olds, or see what’s trending with boys or tween girls as a whole.
  • Gifts for teens: We decode what’s on the lists for this picky age group, from the hottest accessories to the most-wanted tech gifts, with gifts for 13-year-old boys, gifts for 13-year-old girls, gifts for 14-year-olds, gifts for teen girls, gifts for teen boys and even fun stocking stuffers for teens.

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