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Shopping for teens isn’t easy. Unless they specifically tell you what they want, you can be left clueless and feeling overwhelmed. But we can help! We’re always following the latest products, plus some of us are parents or just know teens pretty well. We’ve rounded up the most popular, most in-demand, and of course, coolest gifts for teens.
This helpful gift guide has something for every teenager on your holiday list. This is the best time of year for deals, deals, and more deals, so we made sure to include coupons and savings tips to help you treat your teen to something they’ll use and love. We also have stocking stuffer ideas, shopping guides for kids, and dedicated gift guides for every budget, from gifts under $50 to gifts under $5.
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Best Gifts for Teens in 2022, From Lowest Price to Highest
1. Scalp Massager
Teens will appreciate the uniqueness of this simple but useful head massager ($2, fivebelow.com). Tip: Five Below has a bunch of holiday gift sets you can get right now for just $5.
2. Alchemy Living Spa Set
When in doubt, beauty sets are the way to go. This one from Five Below includes bath bombs, face masks, lotion, and more bath goodies ($5, Five Below). The manufacturer claims that each sample is paraben-free, cruelty-free, and vegan.
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3. Chocolate Drink Maker
It wouldn’t be wintertime without some hot chocolate. This hot cocoa maker ($5, Five Below) is a fun gift for a future barista, and it has a money-saving bonus. By making their own hot cocoa, teens aren’t blowing money on drinks at a local cafe or coffee shop, which can get pricey. It requires three AA batteries, so you may want to add them to the gift.
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4. Stress Balls
At just under $5, mini stress balls are a great stocking stuffer for the teenager in your life. These squishy balls ($5, Kohl’s) pack a lot of punch. Each box contains three pinchable, pullable balls in assorted colors. We’ve seen the price drop down to $3.75 in early December 2022, so watch for sales on this one.
5. Empowerment Cards
No one said being a teen was easy — that’s why words of wisdom and inspiration are so important at this age. This set of 50 positivity-boosting cards ($5.62, Kohl’s.com) will empower your teen on a daily basis with “go get ’em” motivational quotes. We’ve seen this go on sale multiple times for as low as $6.
6. Hot Dog Hand Warmers
Keep palms and fingers nice and toasty with these doggie-shaped hand warmers ($5.99, Kohl’s). Each one heats in just seconds and stays warm for up to 30 minutes. Don’t forget to use the online promo code for 20% off when checking out. We’ve seen it go for as low as $5.99, nearly $10 off its original price.
7. Panda Keychain
A keychain attached to your house keys makes it easier to spot them. We find that this little panda offering ($8.99, Amazon) is marked down an extra 10% pretty frequently.
8. Portable Charger
Stylish and useful, this portable power bank ($9.99, Target) keeps your devices charged for up to six hours. The gadget allows you to simultaneously charge your cell phone, tablet, speakers, and more. It’s even eligible for same-day delivery and is half off now for a limited time.
9. Desktop Entertainment
Teens can play Skee-Ball at home with this little mini version ($9.99, Amazon). It comes with a mini Skee-Ball machine, five balls, and a book about the history of the game.
10. Genuine Leather Bracelet
This solid, braided leather bracelet ($10.99, Amazon) comes with a magnetic closure so it opens and closes easily — or slips on and off the wrist without struggle. It can be worn in the shower or when playing sports, and it won’t tarnish or discolor. Bonus: the bracelet comes pre-wrapped.
11. Must-Have Robe
This jersey knit hoodie robe ($11.97, Amazon) has a whimsical popsicle pattern. Soft and lightweight, it’s knee-length with long sleeves, and the belt is attached directly to the waist so it won’t get lost. If you order with Prime, you’ll get this by Christmastime.
12. iPhone Decor
These phone charms will add some personality to your teen’s mobile device when a phone case just isn’t enough. Choose from all sorts of food design charms, which are nicely detailed, such as “Cinnamon Roll,” “Gummy Bear,” and “Chicken Tender.” Each charm sells for the same price ($12.95, Etsy), so stock up.
13. Corgi Ring Holder
Meet the ultimate present for a teen who loves both dogs and wearing rings ($14.99, Amazon). Order this pup ring holder with Prime delivery to make sure it gets in on time.
14. Laptop Stickers
Teens can jazz up their laptop, iPad, water bottle, and skateboard with some awesome, super colorful stickers ($14.99, Amazon) in a variety of designs and shapes. In early November and December 2022, we’ve seen this drop down to $9.99, so keep an eye out for sales.
15. Owl Mug
Teens aren’t always careful with their things, which is a reminder to gift them stuff that is sturdy. This cheerful owl-print mug ($15, Amazon) is dishwasher and microwave safe; plus it’s made of ceramic.
16. Personalized Makeup Case
What’s so great about makeup cases ($16.99, Personalization Mall) is that they’re multiuse. Sure, you can store cosmetics but also cotton rounds, beauty blenders, eyelash curlers, oil-blotting papers, breath mints, pens — you name it. Your teen gift recipient will love this little cotton bag with a sturdy zipper, and the personalization comes included in the price. This ships in one to two days, and express shipping is also available.
17. Everyday Beauty Kit
This collection ($16.99, Ulta) is packed with value — get five mini skincare and beauty products for under $20, making it one clean deal. You can get it in on time for Christmas Eve if you order by Dec. 17.
18. Large Beach Towel
Grab this donut-shaped beach blanket ($18.49, Zulily.com) while it’s still on sale. Note that it can take up to 14 days to ship.
19. Cursive Necklace
Most cursive charms retail for $70, making the cost of this one ($19.79, Etsy) a fantastic price for a gold-plated piece. You choose the color chain and length as well as the font you think your teen will like best. Watch for sales — we’ve seen the price drop to $11 this holiday season.
20. Cool Artwork
This is a sweet holiday gift for a teen about to leave for college or teens who adore their childhood besties. You can order this poster ($19.79, Etsy) as a PDF to print at home or have it shipped to you unframed. Just know that the price increases depending on how you personalize it. We’ve seen the starting price drop to $11 on and off in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
21. Teen Shaver
A teen rite of passage is the first shave. This 1-blade razor ($19.96, Amazon) is specifically made for those who are new to shaving. It uses a special technology that results in a fast, smooth shave; each blade lasts up to four months and helps reduce razor burn and cuts on the face. We’ve seen it marked down a few times — right now it’s less than $20, which is the lowest we’ve seen in the past couple of months.
22. Ponytail Beanie
Not only does this winter beanie ($19.99, Amazon) look stylish, but it also keeps your teen’s ears warm. It has a hole in it for a ponytail to dangle out of — keeping it secure and preventing hair from getting knotty and tangled underneath the hat. This can arrive before Christmas if you order with Prime.
23. Make-Your-Own Chain Bracelet
This DIY kit ($19.99, Michaels.com) lets you construct Juicy Couture-style chains and charm bracelets at an affordable price. If you buy a few of them, you can score free shipping (orders over $39 ship free).
24. Flamingo Bombs
Lots of teens are obsessed with bath bombs and flamingos, and this gift set ($19.99, Amazon) gets you both. There are two handmade bath bombs inside.
25. Whimsy Tote Bag
This canvas tote has an eye-catching mint green pattern ($19.99, Tillys.com), and we’ve seen it for as low as $13.99 during December 2022. Tip: register your email with the site for exclusive deals and 20% off your first purchase.
26. Guitar Lessons
If your teen would like some professional guitar lessons — and owns a guitar — sign your budding musician up for a monthly guitar membership ($19/month, Infinite Guitar). When you sign up for quarterly or yearly memberships, you can save up to 48%.
27. Hidden Pocket Scrunchies
The ultimate hair accessory (and reminder, ’90s trends are back in style) are hair scrunchies that enhance your bun or sleek ponytail. These lavender and blue velvet hair ties ($20, Uncommon Goods) come with a nifty hidden zipped pocket to conceal your keys, cash, lip gloss, and more. Uncommon Goods members can score free shipping with this purchase.
28. Movies Trivia Game
This interactive game ($20.49, Target.com) will be a hit with your teen and their friends, especially if they’re movie buffs. Recommended for ages 13+, all you need is an internet connection for questions to appear on your TV or tablet and at least two players. You can even get same-day delivery right now. Also, watch for sales. We’ve seen this marked down to $12.29 in early December.
29. DIY Clay Jewelry
Friendship bracelets for the win. Make your own necklaces and bracelets using clay. This kit ($22.23, Walmart) comes with eight shades of polymer clay, pendant cutters, three pendants, 12 charms, 99 beads, cords, instructions, and more.
30. Super Soft Slides
These sandals ($23.99, Amazon) aren’t your typical open-toed rubber shoes. Reviewers say they’re so cushiony it feels like you’re walking with pillows on your feet. Amazon says it can ship within four to five days.
31. Multipurpose Headphones
According to a quick search online, these headphones ($24.98, Amazon) are popular with teens due to sound quality, color options, and reasonable price. They fold up nicely to fit inside your backpack or purse, plus they have cushioned, plush earmuffs that stay in place when on your head. Great for online school lectures or just rocking out to music.
32. Classic Cotton Shirt
This Nike tank top ($25, Kohl’s) is a good price for great quality. Note that you can’t use Kohl’s coupons for it, but you can earn Kohl’s Cash and rewards.
33. Happy Box of Goodies
Right now, Natural Life is having a sale where you can get an extra 30% off all sale clothes. We also like this gift box ($25, Natural Life) that comes with a hair wrap, wall hook, and more goodies. They’re already wrapped for gifting. You can also get a free gift bag with orders over $50.
34. Lip Balm Collection
With this gift set, you get five SPF 30 lip balms ($25, Vacation) inspired by classic desserts. Each balm stick is dermatologist-tested, vegan, super moisturizing, and made with coconut oil, cocoa butter, aloe vera, and Vitamin E — all the good stuff. And if you register your email online, you’ll get 10% off your first order.
35. Safety Alarm
This personal safety alarm ($29.95, Amazon) created by women for women is an item every teenager should carry on their bag or keychain. Just pull the loop out of the main device and it will emit an incredibly loud siren noise indicating you need help from an attacker, a car accident, or whatever is causing you distress. We’ve seen it go on sale for 20% off.
36. Must-Have Hoodie
Olympic Gold Medalist Simone Biles launched a clothing line with Athleta that includes hoodies with a pouch to store your cell phone ($29.99, Athleta). The current sale price is pretty good for Athleta, and you get 20% off when you sign up for Athleta emails, too.
37. Holiday Prep Beauty Box
You get so many goodies in the Ulta Holiday Prep Beauty Box ($30, Target), including hair, makeup, and skincare samples. Brands include big names like Urban Decay, Clinique, Tula, and IT Cosmetics. Tip: break up the 12-piece set into a few gifts for more than one teen.
38. Glow-in-the-Dark Blanket
Yes, there’s a plethora of fuzzy blankets on the market selling at amazingly low prices — but hear us out. This space blanket ($31.31 Walmart) is extra special because it glows in the dark. Plus, it measures a roomy 50 x 60 inches, which is great for lounging on the sofa.
39. Write It Out
The Happy Me Teen Journal ($32.90, Happy Me Journal) is beautifully illustrated, has a soft cover, and is available in a variety of colors. It offers teens a safe space to reflect and connect. The journal encourages calmness and tapping into happiness. Subscribe to the site’s weekly newsletter for 10% off your first order.
40. Hair Volumizer
Two-in-ones are awesome — this hair volumizer ($32.99, Bed Bath & Beyond) is both a blow dryer and a hair styler, and it’s on sale now. Register your email address with the site for monthly 20% off coupons. You can also get it with same-day delivery.
41. Color-Changing Moon Light
There’s nothing like having cool gadgets in your bedroom to impress your crew. The 16 colors of this 3D moon lamp ($33.95, Amazon) can sync to the beat of the music it plays. It comes with a USB cable to charge as well as a remote control and a wooden stand. Plus, we’ve seen Amazon offer 10% coupon codes on it every week or so.
42. Cool Cologne
If your teen uses cologne in their daily grooming routine, this one from Jimmy Choo ($35, Ulta) is up their alley and smells fresh and modern without being overbearing. If you don’t want to give “just” cologne, although this scent has rave reviews online, add in a little something else for extra holiday cheer. Plus, you get a free gift with this purchase. Order by Dec. 17 to have this arrive on time for Christmas.
43. Writing Tablet
The 10-inch LCD writing tablet ($37.99, Amazon) allows tweens and teens to doodle away and can be used over and over again. It comes with a built-in battery and is lightweight and portable. This is just a fun way for teens to take notes or create a to-do list that literally lights up. Walmart+ members can get this shipped for free.
44. Zodiac Candle
Teens who are into astrology will think of you every time they light their Zodiac candle ($38, Homesick.com). It costs more than your average candle, coming in at about $2.76 an ounce, but you’re getting a good burn time of 60 – 80 hours. We’ve also seen the price drop down to $30, so watch out for sales.
45. Spikeball Set
A popular game that’s described as “volleyball meets foursquare,” Spikeball can be played anywhere. The lawn-game kit ($38.99, Amazon) contains everything needed for a round of Spikeball: one Spike game target/net, two Competition Balls, one Training Ball, one Carrying Case, and an inflating pump and needle. Of course, it also comes with instructions. If you have Amazon Prime, you can get it before the holidays.
46. Benefit Cosmetics Letters to Lashes Full-Size Mascara Value Set
With this Benefit set, you get three full-sized mascaras ($42, Target). Wrapped in a tin box, it already comes ready for gifting. You can also snag an extra 5% savings with your Target RedCard.
47. Boxing Gloves
A great gift for an older teen, these boxing gloves ($54.99, Dick’s Sporting Goods) are ideal for sparring, punching all types of bags, and general mitt workouts. Made of synthetic leather, the gloves are durable and will motivate your future pro boxer to keep practicing the sport.
48. Digital Instant Camera
This is advertised as a camera for little kids, but it’s awesome for teens, too ($56.99, Amazon). Most regular (not geared for kids) instant cameras cost around $100, so the price is a gem of a deal. The camera takes traditional pictures, records videos, has cartoon frames, eight special effects, and more. It comes with three rolls of printing paper to print 240 pictures. This will come in on time for Christmas if you order with Prime.
49. Inflatable Chair
Great for both chilling out indoors and outdoors, this blow-up chair inflates and deflates in just minutes. This bean bag-inspired seat ($60, Wayfair.com), which gives your living space some retro personality, lights up in different colors at the touch of a button — a remote is included. And it holds up to 250 pounds. Right now, this ships for free, and we’ve seen the price drop down to $48 in early December.
50. Storage Chest
These storage drawers ($63.74, Kohls.com) are often marked down 20%, plus you can earn $10 Kohl’s Cash on this purchase.
51. Custom Name in Neon
It’s all about having a cool bedroom, right? Your teen will love seeing their name in lights with this neon wall decoration ($80, Etsy) that spells their name or any other term or expression. Just note that you need to account for one to two weeks’ shipping time for personalization. Hint: watch out for sales. In early December 2022, we’ve seen the price drop by 50%.
52. String Lights
Jazz up your bedroom walls or entranceway with these waterfall-inspired LED hanging lights. There are 16 hanging strings in total with gentle lights attached to each string. This home decor item ($89, Pottery Barn Kids) will brighten any space, and the lights are made of copper, metal, and plastic. They come with a wall-mount hook. Note that you can expect about a week’s shipping time, and this is eligible for free shipping.