Because it’s almost like no matter what you buy them for a gift, they’re not going to like it. We’ll help improve those odds.
Teenagers. Am I right?! Let’s be completely honest, whatever you end up having to gift your teen will most likely be returned and with a chronic eye-roll because, well, you are the absolute worst and you know it! On a real note, these days teens already have everything they want and pretty much spend the majority of their time on their iPhone anyway so best of luck getting them something they’ll actually use. If you think it’s way too stressful to find your teen something in the fashion and beauty space, you’re not alone! Picking out clothes for them is no easy task. Either way, we’re up for the job and scoured the InterWebs to find some of the other coolest and most unique teen and tween gifts that make almost-perfect Christmas gift ideas for the 2018 season. From the early tween years all the way up to the late teen years (hello 19!) we’ve got something for every age and stage (eye-rolls need not apply). Happy shopping!
The New Polaroid OneStep 2 Instant Camera in Mint Green – Buy It Here
We’re loving this new instant camera, partially because the color is so cool and partially because of the new viewfinder. It makes see what you’re shooting so much easier than those older instant cameras with the tiny small window to try and look through. This one also has a self-timer, has a super high quality lens, and a 60 day battery life! If mint green isn’t your jam, it also comes in black and crisp white. Check out all the color options here.
The ‘Unstable Unicorns’ Game – Buy It Here
This is one of the newest (and best-selling) games so far in 2018. In fact, it’s one of Kickstarter’s 50 most backed projects of all time. Pretty impressive. The goal is to build your own unicorn army (mainly by betraying your friends). Be the first to to build the army of 7 unicorns and win this strategic card game! This one is perfect for teens 14 and older! Ok, and maybe a little younger too!
The ‘Choose Kindness’ Tee – Buy It Here
Because in a world that seems like bullies are everywhere, they can be a rainbow in the clouds. What a great positive message!
The Felt Letter Board in Pink – Buy It Here
Everything old is new again (again)! We’re seeing these felt letter boards everywhere these days and love how it in this calming pink color (don’t worry, it also comes in other colors like blue, grey, black, green, orange, purple, and more!). It comes with 300 letter pieces so they can change up their messaging depending on their mood for the day. Get inspired!
The Classic Unisex Black Sunglasses from Warby Parker – Buy It Here
We love that these are for either girls or boys! Heck, they can even share them. These popular sunglasses come in jet black, oak barrel brown, and crystal smoke. Plus, they’re from Warby Parker so you totally know they’re on trend this season.
The ‘100 Movies: Bucket List’ Scratch Off Poster – Buy It Here
If they’re a movie buff they’re going to totally love this scratch-off bucket list movie poster! There are 100 different iconic movies added and every time they see one of them they’ll find it, scratch it off, and get one step closer to see some of the best films of all time. You may even want to join them!
The Class of 2018 Pop Socket in Blue – Buy It Here
If they’re graduating this school year (hello 2019!) this is a must-have to add to their phone or tablet to keep it from easily falling out of their hands, especially when taking their 100th selfie (of the day). Plus it can prop up their devices to they can watch videos (and the like) hands-free!
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For the Nerd-at-Heart: The Kano ‘Harry Potter Wand’ Coding Kit – Buy It Here
Yes this is the magic Harry Potter wand they’ve been waiting for. They’ll actually build this themselves and learn to code all at the same time! From there their magic wand will be able to do things like make pumpkins grow, make feathers fly, multiply your magical goblets, make fire flow, create spells and so much more! Learn more here.
The Newbie: The Freshman Survival Guide Book – Buy It Here
This is the perfect gift for the teen who’s going to be starting their first year of college. It’ll help them get ready for studying, socializing, and knowing how to navigate this entirely new world. It’s great advice they’ll actually take, especially if it’s not coming from you…for the 10th time.
The ‘Prank’ Earwax Candle Kit Gift Box – Buy It Here
We love this prank box! They’ll think it’s really DIY ear wax kit they’re getting, but it’s just a prank box! You can put whatever you really got them inside the box. Isn’t it fun to mess with them!?
For the Forgetful: The Tile Style Keys & Phone Finder – Buy It Here
Now this is a gift we can get behind. If your teen or tween (or anyone, really) in your life is always losing their phone, their keys, their tablet or whatever these Tile finders will alert them to exactly where they left them/lost them. This one comes as a 2-pack and it’s totally stylish so it’ll look good attached to their most prized possessions. If white/gold isn’t their style, there’s also grey options. Check them out here.
For the Fun One: A Great Big Bag of Zombie Farts (aka Cotton Candy) – Buy It Here
You remember that bag of unicorn farts from last year? Well this year it’s all about the zombie farts. If they’re obsessed with The Walking Dead or, you know, just zombies in general they’ll get a kick out of this.
The LuMee Duo LED Light Up iPhone Case – Buy It Here
Did you know they take 200 selfies a day? Of course you knew that! Well now they can totally up their game! This iPhone case lights up with LED lighting so you always look your best. Choose the size based on the exact iPhone version you have! It also comes in ice grey, plum, and rose matte. See more color options here!
The Thoughtful Gift: The ‘Always Remember You’re Braver…” Wall Plaque – Buy It Here
This super motivational and thoughtful plaque delivers a message that every teen needs to know and remember. It’ll hang nicely on their wall in their room, at their dorm, or anywhere they see fit. If pink isn’t their thing there’s also other options available like this one.
The Famous ‘Pura Vida’ Friendship Bracelet – Buy It Here
These are the bracelets that everyone has been talking about, mainly because of how much they do to help employ those less fortunate in other countries, but also because they’ve been all over television lately. This friendship set of 10 can be worn all at once, divided up, or even split between them and their friend(s). See more bracelet options here!
The Basketball Mug/Bowl – Buy It Here
It’s just way more fun for them to eat their cereal this way or, you know, drink some hot cocoa and flick some tiny marshmallows into the hoop.
The Official NFL Jogger Sweatpants (Pick Your Own Team) – Buy It Here
Now they can show their support for their favorite NFL team on Sundays and, well, any other day of the week they want to be comfy! If they detest the Patriots, no sweat, because you can choose from all the major NFL teams (especially their favorite). See all the team choices here!
The ‘Grown Your Own Palm Tree’ Kit – Buy It Here
Now they can learn how to take care of something besides themselves! They’ll be able to grow their own little palm tree in this really cool mason jar. Who couldn’t use a little summer all year round!?
The New Echo Dot (3rd Generation) – Buy It Here
This is the latest Echo Dot that was just recently announced and, well, we’re loving it. It’s 3rd generation, comes in three different really chic fabric exteriors like heather grey, charcoal, and sandstone. Plus, it has much better sound this time around, can clearly hear you from across the room even when music is playing or the TV is on, and more! See more colors and learn more here!
The Hydro Flask Water Bottle in Flamingo Pink – Buy It Here
It’s a great way for them to get more water into their system all throughout the day! Plus, this double-insulated leak proof bottle will keep their drinks cold up to 24-hours (!!) and their hot drinks hot for up to 6-hours. Score! We love the flamingo pink color, but it also comes in a variety of others like blue, green, black, grey, stainless steel, and more! See more color options here!
The Cinema LED Light Box – Buy It Here
Now they can basically have their name in lights! Just like the Kardashian’s. Ugh. This LED light-up box comes with 90 different letter, numbers, and symbols and operates via AA batteries. From funny quotes to inspiring messages, sky is the limit!
The Official Pizza Rescue Kit – Buy It Here
Who doesn’t love pizza? No really, give us names. This pizza ‘must-have’ was created by a bunch of NYC pizza experts that put together the perfect combos of spices to take a boring slice into an award winner. It comes with Italian black truffles with Atlantic sea salt, organic Italian herb mix, and Aleppo chili pepper. What better than that?!
The Bose SoundLink Micro Wireless Bluetooth Speaker in Orange – Buy It Here
Did we mention this little bluetooth speaker is also waterproof too? They’ll love the sounds, the small portable size, the color, and you’ll love the price. It has up to 6-hours of playback time on a full charge and can connect to Siri, their Google assistant, and more! Other available color options are here.
The One Who Wants Privacy: The Privacy Pop Bed Tent in Blue – Buy It Here
We would have loved this bed tent in our bedroom or, you know, in our college dorm room! This privacy tent sets up super fast, is durable, and comes in a bunch of different colors and bed size option (including Twin XL). This one comes in a nice royal blue, but also has other color options too like lavender, pink, camo, teal, grey, and more. Check out additional colors here.
The Sporty Gift: The American Flag ‘GoSports’ Corn Hole Game – Buy It Here
Who doesn’t love a game of corn-hole! It’s perfect for outside, but you can also play it indoors as long as you have some room! This one comes with an American Flag design, a carrying case, and the corn hole bags (in red and blue). They’ll have a blast and, well, just might ask you to play too!
The FitBit 2 Special Edition Fitness Tracker in Lavender + Rose Gold – Buy It Here
They’ll love a Fitbit, but especially one so stylish and on trend this season! It’ll track their workouts, steps, heart-rate, calories, and so much more! Plus it’ll alert them of incoming texts and calendar alerts so they can’t pretend they didn’t know you were texting them! We love this color, but it also comes in black, grey, teal, plum, and more. More color options here.
The Unicorn Snot ‘Stress Relief’ Putty in Green – Buy It Here
They already love stress putty and all things unicorns so why not combine the best of both worlds and give them this funny Unicorn Snot!?
The Poppin ‘Super Stacked’ Desk Set Organizer in Aqua Blue – Buy It Here
Such a great (and colorful) way to keep them organized! Perfect for their desk at home or their desk in their dorm, this Poppin organizer comes with letter trays, medium accessories tray, and pen cup! We love it in this sleek aqua blue, but it also comes in other color options like orange, pink, white, and more! Additional colors here.
The Magical Unicorn PopSocket – Buy It Here
It’s the most magical PopSocket we’ve seen all year! This cute little phone helper will make it easier to hold onto your phone without dropping it (fingers crossed), can help prop up your phone or tablet so you can easily watch videos, and so much more!
The Fatboy ‘Point’ Bean Bag in Grass Green – Buy It Here
This multifunction bean-bag ottoman is perfect for pretty much anyone and any room. It measures in at about 14-inches in height and 20-inches in diameter. Plus it’s pretty comfy. This one comes in grass green (which is our personal favorite), but also in a bunch of other options like blue, purple, turquoise, white, brown, yellow, grey, silver, and so many more. Check out even more colors here.
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The Herschel Supply & Co. Retreat Backpack in Grey & Black – Buy It Here
One of the most popular backpacks from one of the most popular companies around! This one also comes in about 10 different color and style options, like camo, red, blue, black, yellow, and more. See all the colors here!
The One on the Go: The Retro Heated Smart Travel Mug in Red – Buy It Here
This super cool and retro 12-ounce travel mug will keep their drinks at the temp they want! Don’t worry, it’ll automatically shut off when it hits a certain temperature. It also comes in black too!
The Vornado VFAN Jr. in Vintage Green – Buy It Here
Perfect to place on the desk or bureau in their room or in their dorm room to keep them nice and cool (those rooms can get so hot!) all day and night!
The Pink Frosted Donut PopSocket – Buy It Here
Gotta love how truly helpful PopSockets are! They easily attach to the back of a smartphone or tablet and expands or collapses to do a bunch of things like safely holding it for selfies, propping it up to watch movies or videos, and more!
The Nintendo Switch Video Game – Buy It Here
Because, yes, they still do love to play video games and this most recent release from Nintendo is pretty much everything. They can play on their TV screen or take it with them and play on the go with the hand-held gaming console. Super fun. Plus, Super Mario Brothers is back!
The Super Comfy UGG Robe in Cream – Buy It Here
Who doesn’t love all things UGG? This robe is so super comfy and comes in additional great color options and styles too!
ICE Portable Wireless Bluetooth Floating Speaker – Buy It Here
Because even they’ll be amazed at a wireless speaker that floats right in front of their eyes. Plus, Star Wars!
The ‘Feminist’ Inspired T-Shirt – Buy It Here
Let them show their feminist pride (and you show your support for her) with this chic distressed “FEMINIST” t-shirt. This one is in heather grey, but they also come in baby blue, grass green, dark heather, and pink. Plus, there are even t-shirt sizes and cuts for guys and kids too. Keep it in the family!
Chill Sack Memory Foam Bean Bag Chair – Buy It Here
Because it’s the bean bag chair that’s taking over the Internet and it’s memory foam! So comfy! Plus, it comes in a ton of different colors too.
“Game of Phones” Scavenger Hunt Game for Teens – Buy It Here
Because at least they can finally do something productive with their phone.
Chia Pet Chia Gnome Plant – Buy It Here
Because they probably don’t really know the nostalgia of a Chia Pet, but they’ll love that they can grow their own gnome plant in about 1 to 2 weeks. Plus it’ll teach them some responsibility. Well, sort of.
S’Well ‘Sip-n-S’well’ Vacuum Insulated Water Bottle (Donut Pattern) – Buy It Here
This killer water bottle will keep their drinks cold for up to 24 hours and their hot drinks nice and warm for up to 12 hours. Good luck getting them to wash it though.
Colour Me Swiftly ‘Taylor Swift’ Coloring Book – Buy It Here
Now you can color in 16 classic Taylor Swift looks because, well, why not. Feel free to add in the corny “Look what you made me do” when you color outside of the lines.
The “I ‘Donut’ Care” T-Shirt in White – Buy Now
Because we all know how they feel about everything and, yeah, they really ‘donut’ care. See what they did there? Plus, DONUTS! Check it out in other cool colors like blue, yellow, grey, and light pink. Comes in sizes for both boys and girls!
BigMouth Donut Hole Mug – Buy It Here
Now they can easily store their breakfast right under their coffee (or juice). Just a fun little gag gift they’ll get a kick out of.
Intex Inflatable Chair/Pullout Bed – Buy It Here
The perfect addition to their bedroom, especially when they’re having sleepovers. This chair is inflatable, stylish, and with a simple pull it turns right into a twin-sized bed their friend can sleep on.
Elite Cuisine 3-in-1 Breakfast Station in Pastel Blue – Buy It Here
Perfect for the teen who’s off to college and you need to make sure they’re actually going to eat! This 3-in-1 breakfast center allows them to make up to 4 cups of coffee, heat things up in the toaster oven, and even crack and egg and make some bacon right on the top. Kind of genius. We want one for ourselves. It also comes in red, black, white, and more!
Unicorn Light Up Slippers – Buy It Here
Every time they walk the unicorn cheeks will light up in rainbow colors. Truly magical and truly comfy. #ThanksTechnology
Bedside Essential Pocket – Buy It Here
Because how many more times are they going to lose their phone, tablet, and ear buds, books and the like in their bed overnight. This is a great way for them to keep things organized and, hopefully, out of their bed!
“Watch Ya Mouth” Party Game – Buy It Here
Because it’s still so funny to play and, dare we say, one game they wouldn’t mind actually playing with you.
Letters to My Future Self – Buy It Here
Because they’ll be into finding a unique way to put their goals down on paper.
DIY Lip Balm Kit – Buy It Here
Because every tween girl pretty much lives for their lip balm, so why not have them make their own!
Neon Peace Sign Desk Lamp Light – Buy It Here
Because its a cool upgrade to their bedroom decór.
Clocky the Rolling Jumping Alarm Clock – Buy It Here
Because you’re totally over trying to wake them up each morning. Now it’s in Clocky’s hands. It won’t stop jumping and rolling around their room until they get out of bed and shut it off. Good luck!
BeatsPill+ Portable Wireless Speaker in Black – Buy It Here
Let them take their music with them on the go (like out of the house!). This portable wireless speaker has a 12-hour battery life, can pair up with their bluetooth up to 30 feet away, and also comes in green, red, white and more.
The ‘Be Yourself’ Unicorn T-Shirt – Buy It Here
At the end of the day all you have to do is truly be yourself. How cute is that unicorn too!? This tee also comes in a bunch of other colors if white isn’t their thing.
MacBook Air White Faux-Marble Rubber Case – Buy It Here
Because they always want to be different, even down to their laptop.
Cozy & Comfy Slipper-Socks – Buy It Here
If they’re not into actually wearing slippers, these slipper-socks are the perfect compromise. They’re comfy, cozy, come in a variety of different colors and patterns, and can easily be washed.
The New Echo Spot – Buy It Here
The latest from Amazon! We love how this handsfree device can fit pretty much anywhere in your home. Use 2nd generation far-field voice recognition to watch video flash briefings, see music lyrics, weather forecasts, recipes, to-do, shopping lists, face-to-face calls, and a ton more! Perfect especially for the teen who’s heading away to college and you want to actually see them when you talk to them.
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