50 Best Gift Ideas for Teens

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We get it: Holiday shopping for teens can feel…overwhelming. Factor in their sometimes expensive and ever-changing tastes, and the challenge can take on next-level proportions. Thankfully, cracking the code on cool gifts they’ll a) like and b) use is possible. From budget-friendly gift ideas to out-of-the-box, splurge-worthy presents that will surprise and delight, this roundup of gifts for teens is guaranteed to please!

In this guide
1. For the creative soul
$ 24.97

Brookstone Speech Bubble Message Board

For the teen who enjoys being able to express themselves with words, this cute LED lightbox—which comes complete with markers and erasers—provides a creative outlet. Even better: its compact size (it measures 20”x15”x13”) makes it a great option for any space, large or small.

$ 28.98

Umbra Hangit Photo Display

Help your teen showcase their favourite pics, sketches, illustrations and more with this stylish photo display. Easily mounted vertically or horizontally, Hangit includes 40 mini clothespins and five twine cords and serves as a style chameleon in any décor setting.

$ 45.96

KiiPix Instant Film Printer

As aesthetically pleasing as it is useful, this smartphone picture printer is sure to delight your budding photographer. The fact that it enables them to apply fun filters and edit their images is the cherry on top.

$ 26.97

STMT D.I.Y. Journaling Set

As far as cool gifts for teens go, this is a pretty good one: this 70-page journaling set allows your creative teen to recount their dreams, memories and experiences, personalizing each with doodles, stickers and accessories that speak to their personality and style.

$ 39.98

Umbra Buddy Floating Wall Shelf

For the design-minded teen who enjoys displaying books, photos or kitschy accessory items, this fun shelf will make a great addition to their space. Holding up to 10 pounds, it injects a playful vibe wherever it’s placed.

2. For the trendsetter
$ 5.97

George Women’s Ultra-Soft Crew Sock

Give your teen the gift of warm feet. These ultra-soft and ribbed crew socks are perennially stylish and they serve as the perfect way to keep teens on-trend when they venture out for winter festivities.

$ 11

Reebok Hazel Fannypack

Not your average fanny pack, this fun, trending gift for teens is sleek, easy to carry and durable. With a variety of colours to choose from, your style-savvy teen is bound to approve.

$ 24.96

Bitty Boomers Star Wars Chewbacca Portable Speaker

Whether they’re a Star Wars fan or not, there’s a good chance they’ll love this seriously cute Bitty Boomer. Wireless and portable, what the speaker lacks in size it makes up for in incredible sound. Offering an average of four hours of playing time, it also serves as a selfie remote!

$ 14.97

TAL Stainless Steel Ranger Coffee

For the teen who likes their coffee with a side of aesthetic appeal, this visually pleasing steel vessel is double-wall insulated, keeps liquids hot for hours and has a leak-proof lid for mess-free sipping.

$ 80.86

BOOST-UP Wireless Charging Base

For the trendsetter who doubles as a tech fan, this wireless charging base is sure to please. Providing fast charging for Qi-enabled devices, it’s compatible with most lightweight cases, doesn’t require the removal of a phone case to charge and it lights up to denote an optimal charge.

3. For the homebody
$ 12.98

Salton Mug Warmer

Whether they prefer a hot cup of Joe or a warm cup of cocoa, this mug warmer will keep your homebody teen’s favourite drink ready to sip.

$ 26.97

Zombie Kittens

And now for something completely different: for the teen who rolls their eyes at traditional card games, Zombie Kittens is a highly strategic, easy-to-learn, kitty-powered game of chance where players blow up—but their game carries on!

$ 49.97

Beautyrest Plush Weighted Blanket

Their naps will be more restful thanks to the deep-pressure stimulation of this weighted blanket, which replicates the feeling of a gentle squeeze. Even better: it features a removable, machine-washable plush cover for easy laundering.

$ 79.98

Koolatron Retro Portable Thermoelectric Mini Fridge Cooler

When you’re looking for gifts for teens that offer a significant cool factor, this modernized retro mini fridge is a win. Able to fit in the smallest room or dorm space, it conveniently chills up to six beverage cans at a time.

$ 168

RCA Bluetooth Home Theatre Projector

For the teen who loves to binge movies, this projector will enable them to enjoy a movie night in bed, in the backyard or anywhere else they deem appropriate. (Just add popcorn!)

4. For the tech lover
$ 12.97

Brookstone UV Sanitizer Light Wand

Let’s face it: their smartphone is probably in dire need of sterilization. This wand sanitizer uses UV-C rays to safely clean myriad objects—phones included—while also removing germs.

$ 69

Google Nest Mini Gen2

For the teen tech lover who’s begging for their own in-room Nest, this speaker will enable them to easily play music and check their schedule. What’s more, with a second unit in the house, it lets them (and you!) broadcast messages from one room to another.

$ 129.98

Kobo Nia 6" display, 8GB

Even in the wee hours of the morning, they can flip through the latest young adult fiction with this e-reader thanks to its blue-light reducing technology.

$ 59.98

Anker Soundcore Mini 3 Pro Bluetooth Speaker

This small Bluetooth speaker does not disappoint on the sound. Your teen can blast their tunes for up to 15 hours of playtime.

$ 77.48

Polaroid 4K Sport Action Camera

For the snap-happy teen who wants high-quality images from a waterproof, dustproof, freezeproof and shockproof camera, this option doesn’t disappoint. With two screens—a two-inch rear screen and a front-facing selfie screen—it also features WiFi connectivity that allows for instant uploads to any social media channel.

5. For the self-care queen or king
$ 6.97

Burt’s Bees Hand Cream with Shea Butter, Orange Blossom & Pistachio

Quite possibly the best scent experience they’ll have all year, this botanical blend nourishes skin with all-day moisture via shea butter, baobab oil and pumpkin seed oil. Easily stowed in their purse or bag, it delivers all-day hand hydration.

$ 39.97

Simply Essentials Nova Diffuser

Adding a few drops of essential oil to this colour-changing diffuser can do much to help your teen calm their senses. It’s ideal for setting a relaxing atmosphere, making it the perfect addition to their self-care rituals.

$ 39.98

Oster MyBlendMD Plus Personal Blender

For the teen who loves cooking up new ideas in the kitchen, this blender will enable them to easily whip up their favourite shake or smoothie concoctions. Bonus: they can carry their beverages in the blender’s impact-resistant bottle, which features a spill-proof lid.

$ 59.98

Umbra Aquala Bath Caddy

When your teen’s self-care routine involves regular bath sessions, they’re sure to appreciate this practical and stylish caddy. Holding essentials like books, tablets, phones and glasses, it takes water-based relaxation to a new level.

$ 21.97

Safdie & Co. Premium Ultra-Soft Reversible Sherpa Throw Blanket

It’s safe to say that for many teens, there’s no such thing as too many cozy blankets. Whether it’s for their bedroom, TV lounging or curling up in a chair with their favourite book (or app), this incredibly soft and luxurious throw is sure to be a hit.

6. For well-groomed girls
$ 19.97

Conair for Her Facial Kit

If manual face washing isn’t her cup of tea, this travel-size facial brush may be right up her alley. Perfect for everyday use, it features two speeds and a 360 rotating brush head. And, because it’s water resistant, it’s safe to use in the shower.

$ 9.97

FORMULA 10.0.6 Pores Be Pure Skin-Clarifying Mud Mask

If your teen is searching for a way to unclog pores, remove dirt, reduce breakouts and slough away dead skin cells, this clarifying and soothing mask is likely to be her new go-to.

$ 35.97

Tweezerman Petite Tweeze Set

Whether she’s a plucking pro or is new to the sport, she’ll benefit from this convenient, colourful and stowable set that includes Petite Point and Slant tweezers with the brand’s signature hand-filed tips.

$ 54.96

Philips One by Sonicare Rechargeable Toothbrush

Taking great care of your teeth is always in style and this sleek, champagne-shaded electric toothbrush will not only help her keep her mouth clean, but its travel case will make it easy to stow for nights away.

$ 199.97

Panasonic EHSA31 Spa-Quality Nano-Ionic Facial Steamer

For the girl who wants a glow-up, this face sauna will help cleanse, hydrate and refresh her skin simultaneously. Even better, its warm, moisturizing steam will open pores to help loosen dirt, oil and blackheads for a deep cleanse.

7. For well-groomed guys
$ 69.98

Braun Styler BT7240 Beard Trimmer and Hair Clipper

When you’re looking for Christmas gifts for teens that are useful, budget-friendly and likely to be appreciated, this set checks all the boxes. Along with a precision dial for 39 settings and functionality to create highly accurate lines and edges, it also offers 100 minutes of cordless trimming on a one-hour charge.

$ 3.97

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Face Sheet Mask with Hyaluronic Acid

When you’re looking for gifts for teen boys, a face sheet mask may not immediately spring to mind. Still, chances are he’ll appreciate this moisture-infusing mask. Made with hyaluronic acid, it contours to skin, delivering optimal hydration that quenches dry skin and instantly imbues it with moisture.

$ 29.97

Bulldog Beard Care Kit

Whether he’s currently sporting a beard or is pondering one for the future, help support his grooming habits with this three-piece kit. With a cleansing shampoo and conditioner, softening beard oil and a specialty beard comb, his face mane will look, smell and feel great.

$ 16.97

CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser with Hyaluronic Acid and Ceramides

Loaded with skin-benefiting goodies that include moisture-retaining hyaluronic acid and essential ceramides that boost the skin’s protective barrier, this cleanser is non-drying and non-irritating and is great for all skin types.

$ 68.67

Oral-B Vitality FlossAction Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush

If he’s not making his oral health a priority, it’s time. More effective than manual options, this toothbrush’s unique floss-action bristles loosens plaque that can collect and flourish between teeth. Its two-minute timer will help ensure that he’s brushing long enough.

8. For the gamer
$ 49.98

Three-Month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

From Halo Infinite to Forza Horizon 5, your gaming teen will love this three-month Game Pass subscription that grants access to over 100 games, including high-quality Xbox Game Studios games the same day they release. Plus, the Game Pass library includes games available on Xbox consoles, PC, mobile devices and from the cloud, adding a sizable cool factor.

$ 54.96

Otterbox Gaming Carry Case

This durable OtterBox gaming case will protect their controllers, triggers and joysticks from bumps and drops on the go, so they can game confidently any time, any place.

$ 79.97

X Rocker Play 2.0 Wired Floor Rocker Gaming Chair

Give them the gift of comfortable gaming with this innovative chair. Featuring an integrated audio system with headrest-mounted speakers for high-quality audio, not only will their immersion experience be heightened, but the chair’s rocking and reclining design will enable them to chill throughout their gaming sessions.

$ 49.98

Nintendo Switch Sports Digital Code

Get them moving with Nintendo Switch Sports. From soccer and volleyball to badminton and swordplay, there’s no shortage of fun for your teen.

$ 249.96

PlayStation VR Marvel’s Iron Man VR Bundle

For the gamer who wants to level up, this 3D virtual reality headset puts them in the middle of the experience with cinematic video and audio. This set includes a processor unit, VR headset connection cable, stereo headphones and earpieces, PlayStation Camera and stand and more!

9. For the makeup artist
$ 12.48

e.l.f. cosmetics Blending Sponge Duo

When the goal is to create flawless-looking finishes, blending sponges are a must. Ideal for full coverage, contouring or layering colour, these durable sponges are washable, reusable and suitable for all formulations, including liquids, creams and powders.

$ 97

Caboodles Cosmetic Train Case

Gift your teen a case roomy enough to contain their full collection of cosmetics, nail polish, hair accessories and more. The organizational possibilities are endless!

$ 10.87

Neutrogena Make-up Removing Cleansing Wipes Night Calming

Even if your teen already has a preferred brand of makeup-removing wipes, these will make a great addition to their rotation. Featuring a calming scent to induce relaxation, they target and dissolve all traces of makeup, dirt, oil and even waterproof mascara.

$ 24.97

Real Techniques Everyday Eye Essentials

Skip the piecemeal brush options and gift your teen with this set, which will help them craft an array of magazine-worthy, celeb-inspired eye looks.

$ 15.96

NYX Professional Makeup On The Spot Brush Cleansing Pad

The key to prolonging the life of any great makeup brush is to clean it regularly and thoroughly. Your makeup-loving teen will appreciate that this handheld pad’s ridges make it easy to deep clean brushes.

10. For the sports fan
$ 19.97

EastPoint Sports 2-Player Table Tennis Paddle and Ball Set

For the teen who loves a good old-fashioned game of ping-pong, this paddle-and-ball set ensures they’ll experience great spin control and speed with three balls providing the all-important “predictable bounce.”

$ 35.97

Collapsible Duffle Bag Travel Gym by Lumehra

This easy-to-tote bag is as versatile as it is compact. Perfect for travel, the gym, team gatherings and more, your sports-loving teen will appreciate that it also features removable organizer mesh bags, a shoe holder and a divider to sort all their gear.

$ 256.76

Hathaway Sure Shot Dual Electronic Basketball Game

When you’re looking to splurge on a gift for your sports fan, this arcade-inspired game fits the bill. In addition to eight games and a built-in time clock and sound, it also keeps track of your score. Bonus: it folds for easy storage!

$ 59.99

Letsfit Bundle Smart Watch with Heart Rate Monitor & Wireless Earbuds

Available in six colours, this smartwatch-and-earbuds combo not only allows for easy viewing, but it’s also waterproof, tracks steps taken and calories burned and even rates your sleep quality with the Letsfit app. Best of all, it provides 10 days of battery life per charge.

$ 34.98

JBL Endurance Run BT In-Ear Headphones

Ensure your sports fan always has access to stellar tunes with these in-ear or behind-the-ear headphones. They promise never to hurt or fall out and because they feature an in-line microphone and remote, these headphones provide your teen hands-free sound control and calls while they train or play!

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Liz Bruckner is a seasoned writer and editor who has been writing about all things lifestyle for more than 15 years. She’s contributed to Today’s Parent, Canadian Living, House & Home, The Toronto Star, The National Post and more. She lives in Central Ontario with her husband and three rambunctious boys and may or may not be known for her deep love for baked goods.

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