The Best Gifts for Teens That They’ll Actually, Really Like
Even if all they do is mumble, "Thanks."
Buying gifts for teens is one of the hardest challenges in life. The gift that you “would’ve loved at that age” just won’t cut it. That notebook you found last year that you thought they’d use to write all their deepest thoughts is still sitting under their bed untouched. The games/clothes/tech are always the wrong version. So, what do they like? The best gifts for teens recognize each kid’s individuality, while also being cool and even somewhat practical.
For those lucky enough to have ample space, this is one dope arcade game. It's got an LED scoring system, and a built-in game clock and buzzer. The steel rims with heavy duty nylon nets are a nice touch, and it folds up when they're done using it.
If your teenager is the type of kid who takes hundreds of photos wherever they go, this instant film camera, which comes with a 10 pack of film and photo stand, is a perfect way for them to save space on their phone and immediately show off the pics they take. Its fun colors and vintage design also make it a fun accessory to bring anywhere.
If your kid is cycling through 'That '70s Show' right now or is just looking to add some funky lighting to their room, this affordable lava lamp from Amazon will do the trick. The corded fixture gives off pink tones to infuse psychedelic vibes into your teenager's room.
Maybe you already have an Apple Watch planned as a bigger present this year, or maybe your kid already rocks one, but either way this affordable cream-colored band is a stylish way to make their smart watch more personalized and unique. Best Buy also offers a variety of designs and colors so you can pick based off your kid's taste.
Teenage style changes faster than you can keep up with, and since it's likely been a while since your kid even had to leave the house to go to school, they probably will want a new backpack for when they enter the halls again. The Kanken backpack is a cult favorite, big enough to fit any school necessities but also small enough to use as a bag for anywhere they go.
Between remote learning, listening to music, and, of course, gaming, your teen is online, a lot. This ultra-comfortable headset elevates their experience: It has 20+ hours of battery life and up to 15 m of 2.4 GHz wireless range. Plus, the sound quality is second to none.
While you may normally insist your kid spends more time out in the physical world, staying inside and socially distant is more important than ever right now, making VR technology one of the best 21st century inventions to get your teenager through quarantine. With this VR headset, your teenager can transport themselves to music performances, sports games, battlegrounds, and other countries...all from the comfort of their bed.
Kids are getting crafty with more time at home, and fewer places to go. This easy-to-use tie-dye kit comes with vivid colors to brighten up close to 15 adult-size T-shirts. You could even couple it with a pair of white sweatshirts and sweatpants for them to create a colorful lounge set that's all over social media right now.
You're probably well aware that your teenager likes to drown you out, which, let's face it, after all these months at home, is perfectly reasonable. (You wish you could drown you out, too.) These affordable noise-cancelling headphones will allow your teenager to listen to music without any distractions. You might have to yell a little louder when dinner's ready, but your kid will love it.
There might not be any better message to a teenager than to stop caring what other people think about them and to, simply, stop giving a... hoot. If your kid doesn't listen to your advice, maybe the wise words of this superstar blogger, whose self-help guide is a #1 New York Times best-seller, will do the trick.
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