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20 of the best gifts for teens

20 of the best gifts for teens
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Theo Thimou |

We all know teenagers can be notoriously grumpy and “whatever” about life. Factor in the continuing fallout from the pandemic in classrooms and homes across the country, and it’s probably not unusual for your teen to seem a little bit bristlier than usual!

So if you want to ring in a happy yuletide time with your favorite middle or high schooler, you might want to consider kicking the gift giving up just a notch this year! Fortunately, our guide has you covered every step of the way across a variety of price points…

These gifts are great for teens!

Singtrix party bundle stadium edition karaoke kit at B&H Photo

With 300 built-in effects and a 40-watt 2.1 stereo speaker with a subwoofer, this is sure to get the party started for your favorite teen! Expect to pay between $300 and $400 for this.

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Apple AirPods pro with wireless case at Target

This is a particularly hot item this holiday season. You’ll likely pay anywhere between $159.99 and $200 on sale.

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Socially conscious subscription boxes at Alltrue

Young people are more socially and politically engaged than ever these days. Why not consider getting them Alltrue, which offers “beautiful, useful, mission-driven products delivered to your door”? Quarterly prices start at $24 or annual prices start at $149.85.

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Rubik’s Connected – The Connected Electronic Rubik’s Cube at Amazon

The ’80s classic is reinvented for the modern age! This smart version lets you compete with friends & cubers around the world. Expect a price point of around $50 or $60.

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Polaroid Go camera at Target

Everything old is new again, right? This pocket-sized Polaroid is perfect for taking snapshots with friends that a teen can actually hang up on their wall! You’ll pay around $100 for this.

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Bugha exclusive gaming gear bundle at Five Below

Got a gamer on your hands? This bundle pulls together 9 items from the signature collection of the Fortnite champion.

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Augmented reality sunglasses from Snapchat

Snapchat’s Spectacles combine AR functionality with traditional Bluetooth sunglasses features like an embedded speaker and microphone. Expect to pay around $380 for Spectacles.

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Blue light glasses at Warby Parker

We all know teens and screens go hand in hand. Prevent eye fatigue with blue-light filtering lenses for $50 with or without a prescription.

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VNYL gift membership subscription from

Vinyl LPs are all the rage these days. For $299, you’ll get 36 records over 12 months that are curated based on your individual musical tastes.

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Titan™ Super Massager Set with 6 attachments & carrying case at Five Below

Even young people occasionally get aches and pains! This item sells for $25.

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What Do You Meme? game at Target

If there’s one thing for sure, teens love memes! This hilarious card game lets you compete to create the funniest memes. Find it for $29.99 at Target. Note, this game is rated for older teens. However, there is a family version available that is suitable for kids 8+.

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50-ft LED strip lights with app control at Amazon

This may seem like a strange gift but these LED strip lights are all the rage on TikTok. They’re app-controlled so you can set the color right from your phone.

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The Comfy blanket sweatshirt at Amazon

This cozy wearable blanket is a top choice for holiday gifts on Amazon. It’s so cozy your teen will never want to take it off! Find it for $45 on Amazon.

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Video games and consoles

Video games are a way for teens to relax, and also even offer learning benefits! Recent video games such as Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy or Forza Horizon 5 are great. An alternative would be a gift card for $60, enough for your teen to buy their own favorite game or to put towards a new game console such as a Switch or PS5.

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Laptops are a great item to get any teen. With Chromebooks starting from just $129 and these deals on laptops, there’s an option for everyone! Check out our best laptop deals for the most current deals.

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With the amount of walking and playing teens do inside and out of school, shoes are always a great option! Versatile and stylish shoes like Nike Air Force 1s are popular right now, as are Adidas NMDs!

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Kodak Step wireless mobile photo mini printer at Amazon

This item lets your teen print their favorite Instagram-worthy photos right from their smartphone. Find it on Amazon for around $65.

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3-in-1 charging stands at Amazon

If your teen loves Apple products, chances are a stand like the one pictured could really come in handy. Find them for around $25 on Amazon.

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gimbOWL or gimbOWL Pro

This smart gimbal features auto-tracking making it perfect for vlogs, TikToks and other videos! You can get the original version for $29.99 or the Pro version for $69.99.

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Scrunchies at Amazon

This throwback fashion item has become popular again amongst teen girls. In fact, scrunchies are one of the top-rated hair styling accessories on amazon along with claw clips and metal snap barrettes. This set includes 45 velvet scrunchies to match with almost any outfit for only $8.99 on Amazon.

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