Because it’s almost like no matter what you buy them for a gift, your teen isn’t going to like it. We’ll help improve those odds in 2020 (and beyond!).
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 teen girls 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 they’re a tween, they’re in that awkward stage because they officially stopped playing with toys and are ready for something more mature. It can be tough! And while we don’t love having to label gifts “for girls” or “for boys” these are some of the best ideas for teenage girls (as approved by the teenager in our life) but are 100% appropriate for the boy in your life too!
This year, thanks to the pandemic, things are so different…in case you couldn’t tell? So we wanted to make sure we provided a decent selection of options for those who are spending a bit more time at home (read: all the time).
Either way, we researched, tested, read reviews and scoured the InterWebs to find some of the coolest and most unique teen and tween gifts that make almost any of them happy. 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).
Check out some of the best gifts for teens (and tween boys and girls) in 2020. Happy shopping…and save your receipt!
The Best Teen Gift of 2020
The Bedside Essential Pocket – Buy It Here
Because how many more times are they going to lose their phone, tablet, earbuds, 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! Learn more here!
The Tech Choice
The New Apple AirPods Pro – Buy It Here
Ok fine, they totally do deserve to be spoiled every now and then! These are the new AirPods Pro that everyone is obsessing over, mainly because they’re also noise-cancelling and super comfy to wear. Noise cancelling? Grab a pair for yourself so you can tune our your teens! Learn more here!
The Positive Choice
The “Feminist Agenda” Journal + Planner – Buy It Here
The totally on-trend gift with a message that’s so important right on the cover. This top-selling notebook can double as a journal or planner depending on which you choose. You can even personalize it by adding their name (or team number) right on the cover. Choose from amazing color options like yellow, rose, peony, candy, and more. Help them get totally organized this year (especially for those who are learning from home these days). Learn more here!
The Cleanest Choice
The PhoneSoap Phone Sanitizer – Buy It Here
This is the thing to get, especially this year with the virus! Yes, now they can actually clean their gross phones thanks to this phone sanitizer case that uses UV rays to beam away all the nasty germs. It’ll actually get rid of 99.9% of germs. It’s basically a miracle! Learn more here!
The Girl / Friend Choice
The Famous ‘Puravida’ 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. Plus, it’s been one of our most popular gifts last Christmas (and so far this year too!) 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 Tech Choice
The 3-in-1 Apple Charging Statement – Buy It Here
Your teen clearly has enough devices so now they can charge up all their latest and greatest Apple products at the same time and they’ll actually know where they all are! Learn more here!
The Fashion Choice
The Nike Air Force 1 Sneakers – Buy It Here
If there is only one thing you gift them this year it’s got to be the latest Air Force 1 sneakers from Nike. They are obsessed. For real. These are for both boys and girls and are pretty amazing. Learn more here!
The Cool Choice
The 16-Color Moon Lamp – Buy It Here
Now this is the one thing they definitely don’t have (yet). This amazing moon lamp ball can change 16 different colors via remote control or touch and is a total mood stabilizer. It currently has over 3,800 reviews and ratings on Amazon right now! Learn more here!
The VSCO Girl Choice
The Fjallraven Backpack – Buy It Here
VSCO Girl-approved, this is the most popular backpack of the year. It’s totally water-resistant, is big enough to hold a standard laptop or Chromebook, can be held as a bag or has the straps to use as a standard backpack, and comes in a ton of really cool colors! Learn more here.
The Loving Choice
The “You Are Loved” Tee – Buy It Here
Simply stated, but a totally needed reminder that, no matter what, they really are loved. This super comfy tee comes in a variety of colors and styles for guys and gals like navy blue, light yellow, light blue, black, light pink, heather grey, and more! Learn more here!
The Trendy Choice
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 comes 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! Learn more here.
The Comfy Choice
The Amped Fleece Throw Blanket – Buy It Here
It’s one of the comfiest and coziest throw blanket ever! They’ll basically be living with it wrapped around them at all time. And it comes in about 8 different color options too. Learn more here!
The Baby Yoda Choice
The Child / Baby Yoda Chia Pet – Buy It Here
They may not remember Chia Pets of yesteryear, but they certainly know and love all things Mandalorian and especially Baby Yoda! Learn more here!
The On-Trend Choice
The Ivy Vine String Lights – Buy It Here
We don’t fully get the trend, but they’re obsessed with ivy vine string lights thanks to Tik Tok (another thing we barely get). But, trust us, get these. They’ll be all over their room in no time. Ok, fine, they’re kinda cool. Learn more here!
The Prank Choice
The ‘Prank’ Earwax Candle Kit Gift Box – Buy It Here
We love this prank box! They’ll think it’s really a 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!? Learn more here!
The Fun Choice
The Official Simpsons Puzzle – Buy It Here
Anything to get them off their phone, right? It’s the perfect time for them to tackle a puzzle and this 1,000 piece Simpsons cast puzzle is the one they’re all buzzing about this season. Learn more here!
The Personal Choice
The Five-Minute Journal – Buy It Here
The best way for them to take just five minutes per day to answer a few quick questions, set their intention, jot down what they’re grateful for, and more. We actually have this one and it really is pretty life changing. Learn more here!
The Bedroom Choice
The Light-Up Moon Sculpture – Buy It Here
A really cool way for them to decorate their room and something you won’t cringe at every time you see it. Can we get one too? Learn more here!
The Speaker Choice
The Bose SoundLink Micro Wireless Bluetooth Speaker in Yellow – Buy It Here
Did we mention this little bluetooth speaker is also waterproof too? They’ll love the sound, 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 Coldest Choice
The Hydro Flask Water Bottle – 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 Cozy Choice
The Faux-Sheepskin Lounge Chair – Buy It Here
This is the comfy lounger that they’ll have up in their room to do their homework, watch endless videos, chat with their friends on, and more. Learn more here!
The Fun Choice
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. Even better? $5 from this purchase will go to families of children with learning disabilities. Learn more here!
The Game Choice
The ‘Unstable Unicorns’ Game – Buy It Here
This is one of the best-selling games so far this year. 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! Learn more here!
The Kind Choice
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! Check it out in a bunch of different colors too. Learn more here!
The Bedroom Choice
The LED Photo String Lights – Buy It Here
It seems like every girl is hanging all their Insta-pictures on their wall as a badge of honor! One of the coolest ideas is the LED photo string lights that have clips so they can easily hang their favorite pictures and swap them out whenever they want, you know, without putting a million tiny holes in their wall! Learn more here!
The Trendy Choice
The Temporary DIY Henna Tattoo Kit – Buy It Here
Now they can create their own Henna tattoo designs right from home. Don’t worry, it’s only temporary and washes off. They’ll have a blast using this with their friends too. Super fun! Learn more here!
The DIY Choice
The Mini Terrarium Kit – Buy It Here
These are seriously the cutest! This is an easy (and low maintenance) way to build their very own mini terrarium that they can use to decorate their room, their desk, or even inside their locker! This kit comes with everything they need to easily show their creativity. Learn more here!
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The Instant Choice
The Polaroid Instant Camera – Buy It Here
Everything old is new again and just about every teenager is obsessed with taking photos of their friends and seeing the photo develop right before their very eyes. This new camera has a bunch of modern twists too. Learn more here!
The Comfy Choice
The Comfy Blanket Sweatshirt – Buy It Here
Yes, this is for real. Move over Snuggie because this year it’s all about the wearable sweatshirt blanket! First made famous on Shark Tank (of course) now all their friends are sporting these. They really are so comfy! They also come in all different colors and patterns to choose from too. Learn more here!
The Awesome Choice
The Smartphone Controlled Paper Airplane – Buy It Here
How cool is this!? It comes with everything they need to get this plane flying! All they have to do is fold the paper (there’s a template to help), attach the bluetooth device, download the app, and then control wherever they want it to fly. And the price is pretty great too. Learn more here!
The Fashion/Tech Choice
The SoundBot Wireless Smart Winter Beanie – Buy It Here
Yes this is real and, yes, this is awesome! This winter hat (that comes in a variety of colors) will not only keep their head warm, but it also allows them to listen to music, utilize hands-free calling, has a built-in mic, and is even washable. Learn more here!
The Activity Choice
The “100 Things To Do After Quarantine” Poster – Buy It Here
If they’ve been stuck inside for so long and we know they have, this fun “Bucket List” scratch-off poster give them 100 things they can do. They can even get the whole family involved, you know, if they’re not sick of you by now! Learn more here.
The Prepared Choice
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. Learn more here!
The BFF Choice
The Best Friend Game – Buy It Here
It’s like The Newlywed Game, but for BFFs. They’ll have a blast finding out how well they really know each other. There are 250 different questions to answer so they can basically play forever and laugh the whole time. Learn more here!
The Game Choice
“Game of Phones” Scavenger Hunt Game for Teens – Buy It Here
Because at least they can finally do something productive with their phone while they’re together. Learn more here!
The Sports Choice
The Spikeball Game – Buy It Here
Another best-seller that started out on Shark Tank, this is a super fun game they can play with 2 or 4 people. You can even play indoors too. Learn more here!
The Trivia Choice
The “Things They Don’t Teach You in School” Game – Buy It Here
This trivia game asks you super interesting questions and gives you even more interesting answers. There are over 400 cool factoids that are actually useful and most people don’t know….until now. Learn more here!
The Tech Choice
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. Learn more here!
The Creepy/Yummy Choice
A Bag of Pony Farts (aka Cotton Candy) – Buy It Here
The Selfie Choice
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 Choice
The ‘Always Remember You’re Braver…” Wall Plaque – Buy It Here
This super motivational and thoughtful plaque delivers a message that every teen girl 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 Feelings Choice
The Box of Emotions – Buy It Here
We all know that the teenage years can be totally emotional. We’ve all been there. This unique gift is a perfect way to help them express their emotions even if they don’t fully understand or know what they’re feeling. It helps put words to their feelings so they can better understand themselves, work through it, and help talk to you about it. Pretty genius and important. Learn more here!
The Fan Choice
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 DIY Choice
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!? Learn more here!
The Decor Choice
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. Learn more here!
The Bedroom Choice
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 Choice
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. Learn more here!
The Fitness Choice
The FitBit Inspire HR Fitness Tracker – 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 Calming Choice
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!? Learn more here!
The Magical Choice
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. Learn more here!
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