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
Personal Charging Hub
Cool and Inexpensive Gift for Teens
Decompression Magnetic Metal Pen
Best Gift for Teens Glued to Their Phones
Popular Gift for Teen Girls
Expensive But Worth It
Smile Classic Digital Instant Camera
For the Teen Who Has Everything
Make Your Own Neon Sign Kit
Life Skills for Teens: The First Visual Book on Soft Skills for Teenagers
Unique Birthday Gift for Teens
Best Gift for Teens Who Love to Draw
Super 3D Pen
A Must for Any Teen
Gooseneck Bed Phone Holder
Photo Hanging Clips String
Practical Gift Idea
The Original Bedside Shelf
For the Teen Obsessed With Skincare
For the Fashion-Forward Teen
Fluffy Shoulder Bag
For the Teen Who Loves to Create Content
Sunset Projection Lamp
Great Gift for Teens Under $20
For the ‘Stranger Things’ Fan
Max’s Favorite Song Sweatshirt
Practical and Cut
Over 1,500 5-Star Reviews on Amazon
Lighted Vanity Makeup Mirror
Stocking Stuffer Idea
Screen Cleaning Pad
Good Housekeeping Best Toy Award Winner
Wall Art POP Wow
Something They Can Enjoy With Friends
100 Things to Do For Your Wellbeing Poster
Hidden Pocket Scrunchies (Set of 2)
Bubble Tea Kit
Wireless Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone
Ivy Vine String Lights
Portable Inflatable Lounger
Parents, This One’s for You
My Cinema Lightbox
Mini Cinema Lightbox Sign
Teen Girls Are Obsessed
Chunky Open Hoops
Resin Letter Keychain
Gamer Pocket Throw Pillow Cover and Socks
Kinetic Sand Kalm
Zen Garden Box Fidget Toy
For the Teen That’s Hard to Shop For
Birthday Gift Box for Teens
We’re Not Really Strangers Card Game
Get a Matching Set for Sisters
The Skincare Set
A Must for Music Fans
Custom Headphone Stand
Lisa Frank Portable Blender
Amazon Shoppers Can’t Get Enough
Large Hair Claw Clips
Get Personal (Without Getting TOO Personal)
Customized Drinking Tumblers
Cheap Pick for Gamers
Retro Gaming Airpods Pro Case
Elite Sportz Equipment
12-Piece Barrette Set
Special Graduation Gift Idea
First Period Kit
The Cookie Joint
Cookie Fries Mini Sampler
Handy Gift for College Students
Extra Large Laundry Backpack
Eau de Juice
Pure Sugar Duo
Stock Gift Card
For ‘Harry Potter’ Fans
Harry Potter Hedwig
Holographic Fanny Pack
For the 2000s Plant Pot Bundle
Best Designer Gift Idea for a Teen Girl
One-Step Tie-Dye Kit
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
Triple Threat Variety Pack
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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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